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Kattz

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About Kattz

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    Viper Demo Team (East) 91-95
  • Birthday 08/08/1965

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    My 300 gallon saltwater aquarium, gaming, simming, building computers, reading

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    Retired USAF Viper Crew Chief
    Engineer (not the train kind...)
  1. Chase, logged out, went to another non-AVSIM page, and used your link provided. Worked great. Thanks for the heads up.
  2. Still have issues going on. When I log in and press the "submit" icon, it does nothing and will eventually time out as "no response from server" or "server too busy. please try again later." However, if I click "submit", wait ten secs or so and then click it again before it times out, then I get an error from AVSIM that "You do not have permission to do that." or "You do not have permission to access that." HOWEVER, I am shown as logged in and the site works normally from there. Neither faster nor slower than usual. This particular problem has been going on all week. My bookmark is http://forum.avsim.net/page/index.html. If I do the same thing by going to Yahoo (I don't use anything from Google, in my business too much!) and looking up AVSIM and I'm not already logged in, it does this for every shortcut but the library.
  3. @ codechris - agree completely. Regarding any sim produced by DTG for flight simulation, I'm adopting a "wait and see the reviews" approach. Won't completely discount it yet.
  4. P3D. I think it's great that a new sim might be developed. However, if it degenerates into a Train Simulator-like product, then good luck with that. Consider this - there are a LOT of MSTS fans who are still running MSTS, bad as it looks, because the functionality and realism of the old sim (ACES Studio, BTW) far outstrips the new TS2015. I moved over to Run8, which is really cool and has great realism and graphics and is controlled by human dispatchers similar to VATSIM. Regarding TS DLC, what do you get for your money? Donner Pass with missing grades and unrealistic physics for 39.99 or Majestic's Q400 for the same price for plain-vanilla FSX? Which DLC gives you more realism? Currently,TS must rely on a small group of independent users who post physics fixes to the motive power so that you actually have to climb Marias Pass with a full consist in notch 8 instead of the default notch 2 or 3. This has been brought to DTG's attention and junk is still getting pumped out in the DLC's. 'Course, FSX and P3D has it's share of devs who pump out poor content here and there; it happens. The only team that fully vets an addon before they will allow it is DCS. However, DCS is a combat sim, which it does beautifully. If I could use my Milviz aircraft or Iris aircraft in DCS and it had a larger world, I'd probably never return to P3D. Kattz out.
  5. AVSIM was unreachable for me most of yesterday and is still going on today. Tried to access from several different servers, no joy. Once logged in, AVSIM running VERY SLOOOOOOOOOOOW...
  6. For me, it's simple - Level up the ATC, WX, flight model, and autogen realism including traffic 64-bit, DX11 with the engine overhead to expand that Take advantage of multicore/multithreading, DDR4, 3- and 4-way SLI DO NOT turn the new sim into a GAME. Perhaps "game" settings and "realistic" settings. I appreciate that DTG is asking for our opinion. However, having used MSTS for years and liking the physics engine that drives it, I recently purchased the DTG Train Simulator. Needless to say, it no longer resides on my computer. Nice graphics, total lack of realism from a physics and real world standpoint. Not bashing, just asking ahead of time, because if DTG makes a sim that doesn't at least equal a semi-"loaded" FSX install (REX, RC, AW, PMDG or Majestic, ORBX, etc running), your only market will be the casual or game simmer. Thanks for asking for our input. Kev
  7. Apologies, my misunderstanding. I see now you were quoting a review from the web. As you can see, I disagree with that person's thought process. Sorry about that.
  8. Jfri, I'm sorry that you're not satisfied. Frankly, the modification to the stick spring is a completely unessential one and has been overhyped via forums and YouTube. I can tell you from experience that after about 100-200 hours the stick parts "marry" and everything is much smoother and easier to use. This includes the grease. For the people out there posting about this, they've never experienced the debacle that was the Cougar. In real life, the stick in the F-4, F-15, and A-10 all have hydraulic dampers on them. Once you start the engines, the stick is about as stiff as the Hog. Speaking directly from personal experience. And as KG said above, the spring is what makes the stick as accurate as it is. My advice if you want; put it back together the way it was, fly with it for about 100 hours, and then make a determination. My opinion is that there was very little time from your postings that you asked about the stick, got the stick, and modified the stick. That was really super quick to make a judgement that fast. I have never understood how one can damage the o-ring. Kattz
  9. I could see what you mean. On the other hand, I worked on and flew in F-16's for 15 years, so the sidestick feels more natural to me.
  10. Not at all. I fly DCS for 3-4 hours at a stretch without issues. The Hog sits to the immediate right of my keyboard and the throttle sits to the immediate left. I don't use it in the center of the desk. If I did, it would be very uncomfortable after a while. To be completely honest, when we move to the new house in the fall, I will be using it centered from the floor in my Obutto sim chair and using the "bent stick mod" for better realism in the A-10C and F-15E. But as it is, it works fine for me.
  11. Warthog. Bulletproof, and really stands out regarding precision and keymap ability. I fly everything with it, and it excels at DCS and FSX/P3D, especially when flying something with twin engines. I fly my 777, 737 with it, my DCS A-10C, and in FSX/P3D, my IRIS Mudhen F-15E and A-10A. It sits on my desktop, and I've never had ONE mechanical or electrical issue with it. I don't even use my Saitek Pro yoke any longer. My $0.02 worth.
  12. Although I'm not an XP user, I think it's great that the X-Plane group will get their own PMDG product, get it first rather than a hand-me-down, and get such a priceless beauty of an aircraft as well, all wrapped up in one beautiful package. Captain Randazzo, that bird is truly sierra hotel! Kattz out.
  13. @ Ohsirus - I have their EFIS, MCP, and 737 CDU Pro. It makes flying so much better IMO! Kev
  14. I was being just a little facetious...
  15. So... Here is what we actually know - MH370 departed the airfield - we are sure of that, right? :ph34r: The aircraft is somewhere, one can assume... It didn't land at the intended destination - we think... This is really all we know - maybe.
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