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  1. Good to know, this was one of the planes holding me back from moving to P3D - though it's not directly clear to me whether it needs to be bought separately, from the web page. One less missing piece, let's see how this goes
  2. Ok then we're on the same page. I own both Dukes and have contacted them, but no useful answer so far. Keeping me fingers crossed...
  3. Not exactly right, if I understood this correctly - for VC panels that are RXP-ready, it supposedly possible to simply point to the Mindstar DLLs instead of the RXP ones. There is no real reason why this shouldn't work really, as the 3D models obviosly have to be the same (it's a GNS530/430 after all). I've been told this works for the A2A C172, the P-51D and the GNS430 in the Dukev2 (and so very likely also for the GNS530 in the Duke, as well as the same in the TDuke). That's the point in my post above - as soon as I'm shown a way how to switch the Dukes to the RXP panels without actually having to have them installed, I'd give that a try. Maybe someone with the RXP stuff and a Duke can help me with some discovery here? Probably would be sufficient to log file or registry accesses when opening the Duke configurator, I could tell you how to do that...
  4. Reality XP is a ridiculously overpriced product with no official support or active development, and with no clear path forward where things like future Windows versions are concerned (as it's simply a wrapper around a trainer software package from Garmin that was developed for XP-era Windows). Also it can only be updated by using official Garmin aviation database updates, which you can buy for the full price that Garmin charges for updates of real-life GNS430/530 units, or you might get current data through non-official channels from people who have bought the Garmin data - but I'm not sure that this is a Good Idea in the longer run. On the plus side, it's running in a process space outside of FSX, which means it doesn't contribute to the memory footprint of the FSX process and it can make use of cores that aren't used by FSX. Also it is probably the most feature complete offering, as it was originally intended as an official GNS trainer. My money will be on (and with, at some point this year) Mindstar, as the previous paragraphs might have hinted at. My one gripe with Mindstar at the moment is the very intransparent communication re implemented features, and support for plane addons. On features, the first answer is: "We implement everything the original GNS does, as our unit is used for real world training." Then, when someone asks for a feature of the real world unit that is missing in the Mindstar implementation, the answer is "we only implement those features that are actually relevant for our real-world-training customers." So... a bit hard to get a clear picture from that, as I'm not one of the real-world-training customers. On addons, if I got a clear message from Mindstar and RealAir that the GNS430/530 can be made to work with the Dukes, I'd have already bought the unit (for A2A there has been official support announced for the P-51D Civ and the C172 too I believe). But the RealAir dukes only let me switch to the external-gauge panels when I have the Reality XP stuff installed (which I don't, as I don't own it) and I haven't gotten an answer yet on how I might switch to those panels even without a Reality XP installation, and Mindstar is basically keeping out of the entire discussion and refer to the addon makers. Some trial and error by other form member in another form apparently have shown that you can simply drop in the Mindstar gauge into the Reality XP Duke panel, but only if you can get it to use those panels in the first place...
  5. Second this - voting for the ASN weather radar to be included.
  6. Is there a chance that you guys post the settings/config files for all the successful integrations? If it works in the Twotter, Miliz C310, A2A C172 and Civ P-51D with the next update, and the Realair Dukes, I think that's the critical mass for me.
  7. I understand where you're coming from; I was thinking among the same lines recently. The Dukes are brilliant, I especially love the Turbine version for its speed and ease of handling. But it really would gain with a GPS unit that's fit for more automated IFR flying. I also understand your feelings about the Reality XP units: I also think they are overpriced for a product that apparently has been abandoned, be it as good as it may - I might be prepared to spend half the money, but this is way too much. Yes you can use them in many planes - but that also goes for scenery for example. Yes the market is small - no wonder with that price point, and as I said, that kind of money might be considered for a product with active support backed by its developer and some evolution going on, but not like this. They could at least have a sale every now and then, just sayin'... That part of the market is in sore need of competition, let's see whether Mindstar can get their act together, and maybe even make integration of their units simpler e.g. by offering 3D models to integrate or something - at least that's what I would do if I wanted to sell a unit in this business. At the moment I solved the problem for myself by getting the Flight1 King Air with the G1000 - a brilliant plane as well, the big brother of the Turbine Duke - and the G1000 is pretty well done, offering approaches and departures even, updatable with Navigraph data. The downside is, the G1000 is pretty heavy on fps and memory, and for me the KingAir is on the upper limit of size and complexity, as planes go - I'm a GA guy. There also is a Flight1 T182T with the G1000, but you need a lot more patience when you're going somewhere in that one :-) So... A good, more affordable GNS530/430 combo, or even a G1000 (actually, a G600) coupled with the Turbine Duke, that would tick all of my boxes as well. As things stand I'll be getting a lot of time on both members of the Beechcraft family in the coming months :-) EDIT: I've just read that Mindstar *have* gotten their act together, the 530/430 combo is available now. And for a price point that is realistic. I'm excited... Now we just need VC integration for their Garmin suite for the 'important' GA planes out there :-)
  8. I'm dreaming of that plane with Mindstar G1000 integration... but I'm almost the only one with that dream I believe...
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