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  1. I refer to MSFS, P3D, XPlane, and others as games. That's what they're marketed as and the label they carry. That being said I've also been using them to practice IFR procedures, in the airplanes I fly in the real world, for years. In that sense I guess they could be considered simulators. They're fairly comparable to an actual GA sim, just without a physical panel in front of you and, in some circumstances, don't have nearly the depth that is sometimes required (I'm looking at you P3D G1000 developers!).
  2. If it's a certified aircraft it's going to have the certified avionics to go with it. Frankly, it's absolutely absurd since an experimental can use identical hardware and pay less than (sometimes) half the cost for the same product. Check out the price difference on the 10.6" G3X for example: For certified: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/682215 For experimental: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/166058
  3. Throttle creep isn't only on older aircraft. KingAir's have a tendency for throttle creep due to the design of the friction lock on the quadrant. I'm not sure if Beech fixed the issue with newer aircraft...
  4. That makes perfect sense. Still a great idea for a program! I'll look out for the developments!
  5. Neat program! Does it also simulate the weight of the passengers? It'd be pretty cool on something like a cabin-class airplane having to retrim as the people in the cabin move around.
  6. On some of the pilot boards I'm a member of, people complain about the touch screen, specifically in turbulence. If you've ever been in some pretty bad turbulence and tried (accurately) turning the knob on a 430 you can imagine how difficult it'd be with just a touch screen. Other than that though, very cool flight deck! As for side sticks, I used to swap between PA28's to PA18's, to SR22's. Not in any particular order. Adjusting from a yoke to side stick is only weird for about 10 minutes or so, then you're used to it. Same as with a yoke to stick.
  7. It wouldn't be a bad buy if you were in the defense industry. There are a few civilian outfits out there that purchase military aircraft and contract with governments to provide tactical aircraft services. Air USA is one of them. I can only shudder at what the maintenance and fuel cost would be for that thing! A quick video of them in operation
  8. I'm not sure they keep "avoiding" making one...I'm just not sure the demand is there. I'd love to have one in real life, but for flightsim or P3D, I think they'd be boring...cruise speed is around that of a 182, and I haven't really found a good simulation of bush flying in the game. The PT6 is about as bulletproof and hands off as a turboprop can be, so there's not much in terms of additional workload. It's a cool airplane for sure. It's capabilities are outstanding. I just don't think it's qualities would really translate to the game.
  9. I'm not really sure what you're trike story had to do with this, John. Weather happens. I will agree however that we should let the investigators do their work.
  10. Mario hit the nail on the head. No one wants to pay the equivalent of becoming an MD, and then get stuck with a low salary for the majority of your career (there are exceptions, of course). Airlines are now offering to pay for the flight school to get people in the door. That's not without problems either, of course. They're requiring you to basically front the cost, and then reimburse you in installments after. Take JetBlue's gateway program. Sure, you can skip the regionals and go directly to a major, however you have to be able to pluck $125,000.00 from the money tree and float it for a few years while training. Or take a look at the Epic-Ameriflight gateway program. It's a better deal than Jetblue's in my opinion, but you still have to front approximately $53,000.00. That will get you a chance to go to Ameriflight flying boxes, and then Ameriflight has a flow thru program with UPS. Of course those aren't the only options, but either way, you're going to be shelling out a lot of money with no meaningful return for a long time. Me personally, I got my private back in 2008, and worked on advanced ratings. I used to want to go to the airlines, but I realized that once my hobby would become work, then I'd probably start to hate it. Now I have a successful career where I'm home every night, get better pay, and can fly when I want to, where I want to, with who I want to. And still enjoy it!
  11. ACR

    How To: Trim like a Pro

    I'm not sure how it translates to the sim, but in the real world with most training aircraft you can roll the trim the whole way to the stop (towards up) and it will establish word not allowed close to best glide..within 1-2 kts.
  12. Started out with FS5, flying the 182 and Lear...I wasn't into the Sopwith Camel or the glider. I got hold of some instrument flying books and taught myself how to fly some basic instruments like tracking VOR's and using an ILS. Then I started playing Falcon 3.0 for awhile. I also started to collect and fly all of the Janes titles as they came out. All the while upgrading FS as the new versions were released. Then I started flying for real in 2008. Now I'm flying P3D, and I fly whatever. Sometimes I'll fly the A2A Comanche to practice real world maneuvers before I go do them in the actual aircraft, sometimes after. I like to use it to fly instrument approaches to keep me sharp. Other times I may fly a warbird or airliner. I never followed the real world progression theory. I just want to have fun flying what I want, how I want, where I want
  13. I don't disagree with your post, but I'm curious what private plane's you've been flying that have installed, working A/C. I can count on less than one hand the different ones I've flown where it's installed and working: An SR22, and a Cessna 340. The majority of the GA fleet in the states (and I'm assuming the rest of the world) don't have A/C. Even on, say, the Piper's that originally came with it, it's usually removed to save the weight. Heat is another story...I don't think I've flown a single airplane without heat (for obvious reasons).
  14. Good catch! I totally missed that it was the rear. I was trying to think of where it came from! That explains the layout... But, how about the SR-71? This one is from the front seat this time!
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