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    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core
    Motherboard: Asus Z77-A ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GT 640 2GB Video Card
    Installed on 240G SSD FSX:Steam with Ultimate terrain USA Scenery And TAC, ORBX, FSXSteam addon- Airports, Trees. Milviz 310R, Alabeo Cessna 310, Flight1 GTN 750, Carenado- TBM850, Baron, Arrow, V35, F33, RA Duke B60 V2, RA Duke Turbine V2,C340, C441, PA31T Phenom 100, Premier 1A and always running real wx.
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  1. Snatched up the Steam SALE version of Active Sky Next. Where has this program been all my life?? I love it. Tried it today after watching a few youtube vids last night on how to properly install and use it. I'm very impressed. -It downloads and updates real world WX thats been missing from FSX for some time now. -in my case , on my marginal computer by todays standards and flying the new AlaNado 421C with the F1 GTN 750 I suffered very little (if any) FPS reduction . I windowed it on a second monitor with multiple layers of data on the moving map. Departed KSMO over add on scenery LA City to Grand Canyon.. Admittedly it was a good day to fly with mostly clear WX. I checked FSX/ASN wx against real world reporting stations enroute including winds aloft. & it was all correct.. So far so good. Best $14.99 FSX add-on ever.
  2. I have nearly all the "Carebeo" pistons and enjoy them all. Especially with tweaks offered here on these forums. My next and if done right favorite plane is bound to be the non-geared Cessna 414. Alabeo/Carenado are you listening? Give us a Cessna 414...
  3. would like to change the background color or just darken it in the Alabeo 310 and the Carenado 340. Any ideas?
  4. Thanks.. however I'm getting a warning on that site "redskyadventures" I read on other forums people that did risk it said the forms were blurry and not lined up on the pages.... Thanks for the response though.
  5. In trying to find some basic T/O, climb out, cruise and descent, approach settings. Even an old dream fleet or Flight1 manual for 'general' references. Like others ...I agree Leaning is a b*tch. Additional fuel flow gauges would be helpful. [Control X doesn't auto adjust mixtures...which I don't normally use] I DID come across this RW owners comment in a 421 pilot forum. ......."with 500 hours in both B and C models. I never had a problem with them. BABY the engines. factor 40 GPH even 50 GPH for conservatism" "Start pulling back power at 25 miles to 23 MP, then 20 miles out to 20-21MP, 15 miles at 18 MP and so forth. I believe you should be landing over the numbers with about 17 MP. I also had ballast in the nose as well." "Oh be careful with ice. The leading edge on the elevator is too thin for the boot. They are prone to tail stalls."
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    First impressions

    I finished first flight with V1.1 C421. I love the cockpit layout. (added the Flight1 GTN750) Taxis great..very stable and well behaved not squirrelly. Cant find the Strobe the 800B AP caused me much grief but it was non familiarity / operator error. AP climbs and descends to preset Altitudes (unlike the 400 Nav-O-Matic in the 310R) handflyings good RNAV Approach works great , intercepts glideslope and GS lights up I had some trouble getting her slowed down full flaps and MP 15. ( the 310 likes to be flown all the way down to touchdown so, maybe this ones similar? Very impressed. Good job Alabeo! Now I just need to go read thru the manuals that AndiKunzi provided and improve my piloting.
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    Auto pilot odd behavior

    Which GTN750..Flight1 or RealityXP?
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    Before I pull the trigger.

    Flying it now with integrated gtn750/ KACT - KBNA Wonderful taxi manners. very predictictable yaw on TO ( just a smidge of right rudder keeps her on the centerline.) FL230 HDG 64 with 80 kts tailwind from 240 136 kts/282 KT GS, 14gph per , MP27, RPM 1700 EGT 29 F mixture 26%, 70% throttles... AP light NOT working overhead cabin lights coupled to gauges ( hope they fix this) some minor mislabling doesnt bother me.. will implement AndiKunzi mod after flight.. Overall Not perfect but smooth. Similar to the Cheyenne II except it's a CESSNA..
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    Before I pull the trigger.

    thanks Bert. I just downloaded it. How do you get the gtn750 IN to the panel) I have it configured in the Flight1 configurator. but its in the drop down stack.I thought this aircraft had it "integrated" like the 310 or Duke....? perplexed. nevermind... good old Total Commander peek at the directory ...found the obscure F1GTH750C421C file.....
  10. Am really excited about this C421. I fly the Alabeo 310R old Carenado 340II and the 441 Conquest. Besides the panel layout appearing to be the best with the old steam gauges and ability to integrate GTN750.. My question is can someone that has the 310R or Conquest tell me how the graphics (interior, gauges specifically) compare? I'm hoping the 421 has crisper , more readable gauges. [the 340II is old so not a fair comparison] Appreciate all the interest and good info on this A/C most of us piston twin fans have been longing for.
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    Version 1.1

    They don't have the C421 listed to buy..either Carenado or Alabeo
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    Wonderful airplane..

    Share the relocate line please. (jumped the gun...sorry I now see you addressed this
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    back in the Saddle

    Not a 310R but informative.
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    back in the Saddle

    After fooling about with small Carebeo Jets - Premier , Phenom etc. and wrestling with FMS and Proline 21 I've taken a break from that frustration. I climbed back into the 310R. I revisited proper start from cold and dark. (can't check for over 300 rpm drop when at 1700 run up as when you cut the magnetos in the Alabeo it kills the engine) and... been flying the 310 with VOR DME NDB and "trying " to leave the GTN750 minimized and only for radios and NAV freq's Going back to VOR approaches , procedure turns and old school pilotage. It's a lot more work than following a magenta line. Fun work. I'm finding as I get older, like most hobbies and passions, we tend to "buy" into gadgetry for ease of use. For my other passions getting a trigger job done on a new acquired firearm or buying the newest high-tech drum heads for my drums to get that "perfect" sound..Flightsimming is the same and sometimes It's good to strip things down to just perfecting the basic skills. Learn how to become proficient with simple , basic tools offers new appreciation.