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  1. Copper.

    Start up issues - I think I broke it

    It could be possible that another program that you are running with/for fsx is interfering with fsx. Could you list here what programs you are running in addition to fsx and the PMDG ngx. At the fsx flight screen, I usually load things up in the following sequence: airport, time of day/date, weather and then finally, the ngx. Give the ngx the opportunity to load properly before clicking “fly now”, I usually give approx 20secs as I have ssd, hdd may have to wait a little longer perhaps. This method has worked for 7 years of ngx flying. real basic and normal stuff - but are you running the installation process and fsx every time you open as “run as administrator”? This too, can have positive or negative effects if you don’t. Most important is to provide a list of programs you’re running at the same time as the ngx as the ngx typically works normally.
  2. Post them up; Would love to see them! Actually, seeing the other chap’s photos encouraged me to improve sim looks. I have been messing with PTA since I saw Carl’s awesome photos. im trying to get the balance right. Night lighting is what I’m concentrated on at the moment.
  3. And finally, for my final contribution, Part 2... my arrival to Hong Kong, into a healthy 32 degrees C with a bit of scattered cloud at 3000ft. Enjoy!
  4. Hello ladies and gents (copy and paste of my previous post) [PMDG 747-8 i/F is a Work In Progress] The 748i is an absolute dream to fly manually! I would have a field day doing Cessna type VFR roam flying in it under manual control. In the short time I tested it today, I hand flew it as much as I practically could. I had no problems flying with autothrottle and autopilot disengaged on the Approach in VMC and low workload conditions. I needed to do a few base circuits to get used to it as she is her own character because as Carl says, this bird is a mix of old and new. It is strangely familiar, but also so acutely different. You do feel in command of a 747, but that slight (not 100%) feeling you’re in command of a 777/787. The 8i has a roughly 45tonne (99.2k lb)/27tonne (59.5k lbs) mtow/mlw difference from the -400 meaning performance, even off long runways, needs careful attention. Environmental conditions and airplane condition on takeoff need careful attention at the high gross weight end of the spectrum. Queue PMDG’s Onboard Performance Toolbox (OPT) via the onboard EFB. Having the EFB and the ACARS adds another dimension to aircraft operation which adds time. Of course, if like me, and you just want to get in and fly, you can absolutely do that! If you want to play airline pilot and use all the bells and whistles to their fullest extent, you can do that too! Not wishing to hype this aircraft up, but there is in fact a hidden magic to it, and it is absolutely and surprisingly marvellous. Boeing themselves have done an incredible job in retaining commonality with the ol’ faithful Queen of the Skies (-400) whilst simultaneously invigorating it with avionics that puts it on par with her more contemporary and modern family members. Need a simple but extremely effective example? The eCL’s or, electronic checklists - For those that operate the PMDG 777, you are no stranger to this. But to those of us who don’t, this function is a godsend. So simple, and not new, but so intuitive and very effective. You can see why, for so long, the 747 is traditionally considered the pinnacle of aviation. Because, even in the sim, as graceful as she is, you do get the sense of her weight and imposing geometry. Mistreat things, and there will be consequences - she is just too big to be a lazy and reactive pilot. Only the sharpest and dedicated of the pilot group will do for this bird. No exceptions. PMDG in my opinion, have of course done us a tremendous service and have represented the Queen, in this context meaning the 748, faithfully.
  5. I was a user of fsx up until last week. I have almost always reverted to fsx. P3D seems to make a lot of impressive gains but, developers and Lm appear to spend those gains almost immediately. Pmdg seem to maintain a constant footprint as far as their products go. What seems true is that you are getting MORE for your processing power in P3D. For some reason fsx is best for my hardware situation. Decide for yourself. But all the developers are focussing attention on p3d and xplane. The decisiin is yours. Pmdg are crossplatform for now.
  6. The 748i is an absolute dream to fly manually! I would have a field day doing Cessna type VFR roam flying in it under manual control. In the short time I tested her today, I hand flew her as much as I practically could. I had no problems flying with autothrottle and autopilot disengaged on the Approach in VMC and low workload conditions. I needed to do a few base circuits to get used to her as she is her own character because as Carl says, this bird is a mix of old and new. She is strangely familiar, but also so acutely different. You do feel in command of a 747, but that slight (not 100%) feeling you’re in command of a 777/787. The 8i has a roughly 45tonne (99.2k lb)/27tonne (59.5k lbs) mtow/mlw difference meaning performance, even off long runways, needs careful attention. Environmental conditions and airplane condition on takeoff need careful attention at the high gross weight end of the spectrum. Queue PMDG’s Onboard Performance Toolbox (OPT) via the onboard EFB. Having the EFB and the ACARS adds another dimension to aircraft operation which adds time. Of course, if like me, and you just want to get in and fly, you can absolutely do that! If you want to play airline pilot and use all the bells and whistles to their fullest extent, you can do that too! Not wishing to hype this aircraft up, but there is in fact a hidden magic to it, and it is absolutely and surprisingly marvellous. Boeing themselves have done an incredible job in retaining commonality with the ol’ faithful Queen of the Skies whilst simultaneously invigorating her with avionics that puts her on par with her more contemporary and modern family members. Need a simple but extremely effective example? The eCL’s or, electronic checklists - For those that operate the PMDG 777, you are no stranger to this. But to those of us who don’t, this function is a godsend. So simple, and not new, but so intuitive and very effective. You can see why, for so long, the 747 is traditionally considered the pinnacle of aviation. Because, even in the sim, as graceful as she is, you do get the sense of her weight and imposing geometry. Mistreat things, and there will be consequences - she is just too big to be a lazy and reactive pilot. Only the sharpest and dedicated of the pilot group will do for this bird. PMDG in my opinion, have of course represented the Queen, meaning the 748, faithfully.
  7. Copper.

    Recycling the Flight Directors

    Just checked. It’s standard Boeing fleet procedure I think for circling approach only. Always good to keep abreast other operators procedures, reasoning and philosophies. Looks like air Asiana had fd cycle procedure for npa’s too, meant little to them. in both air asiana and Air France cases, discipline is key and instrumental. Even now I still wonder why those accidents happened... they didn’t need to and shouldn’t have with a more disciplined crew. cheers
  8. Copper.

    License activation limit

    Approaching 24hrs..... man, this is torture.
  9. Copper.

    Recycling the Flight Directors

    Nope. You understand with clarity. I was thinking the same thing too. I can only imagine there was a bug, or incident or accident that caused Boeing to add that procedure. FWIW, I never cycle them, even on circling approaches which is the specific FCTM procedure that prescribes the cycling of fd’s. I just look through steering commands unless going around at MDA/MAPt.
  10. Copper.

    License activation limit

    Still a preposterous procedure if looked at subjectively.
  11. Copper.

    License activation limit

    I periodically fresh install windows every 6months or so for years. Having a limited. Amount of activations was never a consideration in fsx, which is where I just came from. 2 hours left, that makes 1 day wasted/elapsed that could otherwise be spent testing PMDGs 748.
  12. Copper.

    License activation limit

    I agree. Thanks for the reply.
  13. Copper.

    License activation limit

    Hi guys, I sent an email to licensing. What is the usual turnaround for these things? Rather archaic methods of handling licensing. I’ve just come back to P3D from FSX and done 2 fresh installs of windows and P3D because I screwed the first install up. It is rather frustrating to have to wait for this.
  14. Copper.

    Recycling the Flight Directors

    Don’t construe my words. They are to be read in entirety. I reiterate: “This thread wouldve been better served if you rationalised the text instead of lazily slopping that lot onto the pile. Please refrain from copy and pasting boeing text verbatim and provide references instead.” This isn’t the first time you’ve done this sort of thing.