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  1. Ok - seems that this VK.com page has some nice videos about aircraft. After watching I managed to start the engines, startup switch-box was indeed located near the sidewall of commander seat. In USSR only commander could start the engine or use radar. Nice aircraft!
  2. Seems to be great freeware! 3D cabin, X-Camera views, many working switches. Some understanding of Russian langugage would be good, but not unevitable, essentially there are many-many abbreavtions in use which meaning should be just known. Still some docs or videos or checklists would be great. I managed to start the APU but now starting the engines is small challenge. Both Yak-40 and Tu-154 had nice bunch of toggle switches under the cover to start the engine, nothing similar in 134.
  3. This artificial horizon seems to be old Soviet style - brown up and blue down, so realistic. Had to check Yak-52 documentation, there similar one in use.
  4. Saab 340 is not included with default aircraft in X-Plane 11. There is one produced by Carenado and the other by Leading Edge Simulations. Which one has the problem? Is the condition lever moved to start position?
  5. Logitech (or former Saitek) quadrant has issue with pots, they are tiny-tiny and give spikes. Best results could be obtained by opening the unit and cleaning them with contact cleaner and swab. Opening the unit is not very complicated, just there are many screws to remove.My personal issue has been wires, they break away from soldering points of pots and circuit board very easily. Sometimes I felt that connections snapped due to looking them, then had to solder them back multiple times. So maybe cleaning took 1/3 of time and soldering 2/3. Surely this quadrant was bought 2013, maybe now wires are better?
  6. I think that big full motion simulators and also Aerowinx PSX has "Motion freeze" function - everything is still going on (avionics working, engines burning fuel) but aircraft is in fixed location. X-Plane does not seems to have this option, should make proposal to Austin.
  7. As Pax: Airbus A220 Airbus A320 Airbus A321 An-2 ATR-72 Boeing 737-300 Boeing 737-500 Boeing 737-800 Boeing 757-200 Bombardier CRJ-900 Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 Cessna 172 Embraer ERJ-175 Fokker 100 McDonnell Douglas DC-9 Saab 340 Yak-40
  8. Maybe the mouse right button is stuck - it enables to pan the view but sometimes it gets locked somehow?
  9. Timing is interesting. In July 2014 Microsoft licensed FSX code to Dovetail Games and in December FSX: Steam Edition was released. So Microsoft started the development of MSFS on the same time period? Dovetail released their Flight Sim World in May 2017 and canceled it in May 2018. Maybe they got some information about Microsoft new project and thought that paying for Microsoft to use/modify FSX codebase is not practical anymore? The development is done by Asobo Studio SARL (completely outside of Microsoft), so there should be big business plan behind everything.
  10. The main question seems to be - has Microsoft found secret way to make flight simulation mainstream? When there are 100+ developers working for 5 years and petabytes of Bing map data then then there should be very serious businessplan also. For last 10+ years flight simulation has been niche of niche of gaming, Microsoft FS2020 does seems to be different.
  11. Quote from the same thread (user RichardMcDonaldWoc): "3. I guess that Microsoft will take over most of the market for land scenery and weather simulation. Companies, such as Orbx, will have to concentrate on airport sceneries. As Asobo said, there will have to be adjustments to markets. There appears to be no future for Active Sky, Prepar3D and XPlane." Well - from description seems to have super-capacities (weather system consisting of up to 32 individual cloud layers, aerodynamics modelling based more than > 1000 individual surfaces of the aircraft..). But at first the simulator must be released.
  12. Some information from PMDG forum (user threegreen): "The main developer of this sim isn't Microsoft, it's Asobo from France. They have, in fact, a team of 200 (!) people working on this sim. Further, they are working with actual aircraft manufacturers (Cessna, for example) to accurately represent aircraft in the sim. They have bought a used airframe for reference. Last but not least, over the course of the 5 years they have been working on the sim now, Asobo have reportedly actually payed for flight lessons for team members, some of whom have acquired their PPL by now." So the team behind MSFS 2020 is much bigger than original Microsoft Aces Studio ( 130-140 people, developing also Train Simulator etc). And being in development for 5 years - so there should be big budget and business plan behind. And probably a lot of meetings with Powepoint slides.
  13. Is it sure that this prompt is from X-Plane? For example Simcoders REP-package also asks sometimes for key and it is very hard to determine the author of dialog box.
  14. Air France 447 is also one reason to remember that human being performance is not very good at night (during 1-2 AM or 01:00-02:00). For example: 1986 - Chernobyl disaster at 01:23 1994 - sinking of cruise ferry MS Estonia at 01:50 2009- AF447 at 02:10.
  15. Due to my jubilee started here to think about things that happened 10 years ago and then just came to my mind. Would 23. January be the 10. anniversary of end of Microsoft Flight Simulator? Aces Studio was closed on 23. January, ~100 people were RIFed...
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