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  1. There is still a lot of news out there related to Boeing's problems. e.g.,: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/06/boeing-to-suspend-787-production-in-south-carolina-until-further-notice-due-to-coronavirus.html https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/03/13/boeing-coronavirus-737-max-crisis-aircraft-purchases/ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/boeing-voluntary-layoffs-offered-to-employees-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/ https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/11/business/boeing-next-jets/index.html
  2. Well, I used to think the same thing. The reason that health officials are recommending wearing some kind of cloth covering over your face is to protect others from being infected by someone nearby who is infected (perhaps asymptomacally and so is not aware). A quote from the AAAS Science magazine (28th March 2020): “It’s really a perfectly good public health intervention that’s not used,” argues KK Cheng, a public health expert at the University of Birmingham. “It’s not to protect yourself. It’s to protect people against the droplets coming out of your respiratory tract.” Cheng and others stress that however masks are used, people must practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. When people do venture out and interact, they’re likely to spew some saliva. “I don’t want to frighten you, but when people speak and breathe and sing—you don’t have to sneeze or cough—these droplets are coming out,” he says."
  3. I believe just about all of the main carriers charge per the desirability of the seats in the main cabin. I have recently flown on United, Virgin Atlantic and American and they all surcharge for any but the least desirable seats. But I pay it anyway, because the last thing I am want to do is to be stuck in the middle seats on a transatlantic flight of 10 hours or more.
  4. And the stock market seems to think his departure is good news for the company. From CNBC: "Dow rises 100 points to kick off the holiday week, Boeing shares lead the gains..."
  5. Looks as if he was FIRED .from the NY Times: Dec. 23, 2019Updated 10:05 a.m. ET Boeing on Monday fired its chief executive, Dennis A. Muilenburg, whose handling of the company’s 737 Max crisis had angered lawmakers, airlines, regulators and victims’ families. The company said Dave Calhoun, the chairman, would replace Mr. Muilenburg on Jan. 13. Until then, Boeing’s chief financial officer, Greg Smith, will serve as interim chief executive, the company said. The Boeing board made the decision on a call on Sunday, after a string of disastrous announcements for the company, according to two people briefed on the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Mr. Muilenburg has stepped down effective immediately.
  6. PMDG DC3? Are you sure? I wish they did have one. Are you referring to the PMDG DC6?
  7. Why all of this discussion of X-Plane? This is a discussion of MSFS 2020.
  8. From an article in today's London Sunday Times: The Sunday Times reports that thousands of tickets are still being sold for flights on Boeing planes that remain grounded following two accidents in which 346 people died. It says a number of airlines, including American, Norwegian and TUI, have scheduled more than 32,000 departures on the 737 Max jets later this year. One British tourist says he felt like "a guinea pig" when he found out he would be travelling to the Caribbean on one of the planes, despite being given assurances to the contrary when he booked the flight. He then asked for a refund but was refused one.
  9. You definitely do not want to miss Shoreham aerodrome EGKA with its restored art deco terminal, which has been used in numerous motion pictures. It's virtually next door to Worthing. I went there when I lived in West Sussex and worked in the area. You can take lunch at the terminal cafe with outdoor seating with views of the aircraft and runways. The Orbx EGKA airport looks much like the real thing. It might also be worth taking a look at Goodwood aerodrome EGKG near Chichester, and close to Worthing. There is also a good Orbx rendition of this one. Farnborouogh Airport in nearby Hampshire might be worth looking into, but not sure if it is open to visitors outside of the airshow. I currently live in Cambridgeshire near the Imperial War Museum Duxford airfield. It's 2-3 hours drive from Worthing, but if you want to see three or four hangars filled with classic aircraft - British, American, German, French - some of them in flying condition, this is the place to go. I visit it two or three times a year. Hope you enjoy your holiday whatever you decide to do.
  10. Sorry if I am uninformed on this, but is the flight model in the simulation engine software or in the aircraft software? Over the years many in this forum have complained that aircraft from some developers, Carenado is often mentioned, do not have accurate and realistic flight models while aircraft from other developers, A2A is often mentioned, have accurate and realistic flight models. I had always assumed that the simulation engine provides a model of how the environment the aircraft flies in (atmosphere, gravity, wind, altitude, temperature, runway surface, etc) behaves, and codes an interface of this behaviour to the aircraft, which is represented by its own model (weight, center of gravity, airfoils shape & dimensions, power, speeds, torque etc). So assuming the flight model is aircraft specific, I should think that developing flight models would be quite difficult and require significant expertise and time. While tables and physics models might exist, interpreting these for incorporation into a specific aircraft, with all of its specific characteristics, would be quite a challenge. Otherwise there is no reason why Carenado and A2A aircraft should not have equally good flight models?
  11. Some of us have insisted vehemently that if our current addon aircraft, that we paid good money for over the years, are not compatible with the new MSFS 2020 sim, we won't buy it. If the new sim really is a revolutionary new simulation, not just a remake of FSX, I would not want it to be held back by compatibility with existing FSX or P3D aircraft. I have purchased many over the years - for FS9, FSX, and for just about every version of P3D. Of all of these aircraft I now fly only 3 or 4 :RealAir Duke, A2A Bonanza and Comanche and PMDG DC-6. And I fly these in P3Dv4.5. Of the 20 or so other a/c in my hangar, they are out of date, or else were poor quality to begin with, and I haven't flown most of them since P3Dv3x came out. If the upcoming MSFS 2020, in order to be a real step-change simulation, is not compatible with existing aircraft, I will be happy to buy new ones without a second thought. I expect the new aircraft addons themselves will be able to be better than anything we have today, and many existing simmers, not to mention the thousands of new ones that may join the hobby, will be grateful to have not only a new and better simulation, but also new and better aircraft. Just my opinion.
  12. I thought about this, too, and I don't think it is necessarily a negative idea. Microsoft is about to introduce what they claim is a revolutionary new flight simulator/game, and I think they wish to "clear the board" as far as Microsoft flight simulation/gaming is concerned. As long as there is a sort of "legacy" Microsoft flight simulator out there, it dilutes the space Microsoft would wish to occupy and has the potential to keep some new customers from coming back to the new Microsoft flight simulator. FSX Steam also I understand retains most of the issues and limitations that the original FSX had, which surely MS does not want the marketplace to be continually reminded of. Would the same thinking apply to P3D? Evidently not because according to LM's agreement with MS, P3D is an academic/training product not an entertainment product like steam and MSFS2020,
  13. I think think it would be helpful to remember that the observations and concerns voiced by PMDG could also apply to other high quality developers, such as A2A in the GA field. If you look at the history of the original Microsoft FS series and now the P3D series, neither company seems to have put much priority into developing high quality addons - scenery or aircraft. Do you really know of anyone who wishes to fly their default aircraft or use their default scenery? That's why we have companies like PMDG, A2A and Orbx. So I am wondering why we think MS would want to do high quality addons now when they haven't in the past? PMDG and A2A charge more than other developers because the quality of their products is higher than other developers, and many customers are happy to pay their higher prices. I understood that PMDG's concern was that Microsoft wanted to require addon developers to allow MS to monetize their products, not MS developed products, through MS's "subscription" pricing model (presumably giving the developer a share). This may or may not be a good way to achieve not only an updated, improved simulation engine, but also improved addons.
  14. I was simply referring to observations made by PMDG in their forum (that I referenced in the first post in this topic) based upon their history in working with Microsoft. I was not referring to Microsoft's statements. A couple of quotes from the PMDG forum: "...Based upon history, we know: In 2005 Microsoft began to explore how to monetize the secondary add-on market for themselves...." " All of us would love to see a new, modern technology platform that remains open-world to developers ..., but it is highly unlikely (given recent history) that this will happen. I will not be surprised to see this title marketed more toward the game community based upon my historic conversations with Microsoft as they tried to find ways to expand their customer base. " Just someone's opinion, of course, but someone who has a lot of history and knowledge to base that opinion.
  15. I think what is really interesting are the observations concerning Microsoft's emphasis on gaming (rather than flight simulation) and their assumed desire to "capture" an income stream from 3rd party addon developers. Like everyone else has said, we will see what Microsoft really brings out, but I personally do not see this as the end and/or replacement of serious flight simulation platforms like P3Dv4 (especially when coupled with Orbx sceneries and PMDG and A2A aircraft.)
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