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About Radial9

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    Aviation, Astronomy, Building Vintage WW2 Styrene Models, BlueGrass Music

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    Been flight simming off and on since 2006. Member DC3 Airways since 2006. Most of my sim hours have been in a DC3. Dabble in heavy metal from time to time. Spent 35 years in SE Alaska. Now living in SW Florida getting closer to full retirement. Real world pilot 20 years ago, have not flown in over 15. Owned a tail dragger up in AK and then a small Cessna.

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  1. Gentlemen... Thank You for the opinions offered. It sounds like I should wait a bit to buy both the yoke and throttle set up to get Hall sensors in both. Perhaps by waiting too the Intel 9th gen processors will be shipping in quantity. I ended up ordering a Crosswinds last week.When I looked at the Thrustmaster Pendular early last week there were 7 at that big warehouse in the sky. I went back to look Thursday and they are now back ordered 60 to 90 days. I believe I will be pleased with the Crosswinds. They have already shipped. All in good time. Now I have the next big decision to make. After making my target hours in the Q400 do I move next to the 737NGX or the Maddog. I'm leaning heavily toward the Maddog. Both are sitting in the hanger uninstalled. I put a few hours in the C47 today. It has been a month or two. It's like slipping on the best pair of warm slippers you have ever owned on a cold winter morning. Just relaxing flying after shear terror after terror in the Q400. Thanks Again! Bob
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    Chaseplane worth it?

    What he said. +1
  3. Purchasing a new flightsim computer sometime in the near future. Probably going with Jetline Systems and a new I9 overclocked CPU’s once they get them on the bench and stable. I’m moving into flying commercial jets after years of flying piston AC. Going to retire here shortly and I intend to fly heavy metal and work on my short game. I have a TM Warthog HOTAS and Throttle now. I dabbled for a while in DCS but found I was not as interested in learning weapon systems and blowing XXXX up as I thought I would be. I do enjoy flying the Spitfire and will probably return to it at some point in time. I also GREATLY enjoy flying my Manfred Jahn C47. A LOT! I pulled the TM Warthog off the system and put the CH yoke, THQ and Rudder setup back on. The TM setup is setting off to the side, collecting dust. I do believe the majority of my flying will be jets going into the future, but I know I will still fly vintage war AC and general aviation (read A2A Bonanza) too. I’m thinking of buying a Yoko yoke and TQ6 to go with the new rig. If I decide not to buy them how much of a compromise is it to fly the Q400, the PMDG 737, 777 and the Maddog MD80 with the TM setup and not buy the yoke and TQ6? I suppose I could have both setup full time, but it would make for a crowded desktop and front office. I guess it sounds like I want it all, but I'm concerned flying heavy metal with the TM setup will be filled with shortcomings and trade offs that I might not be able to accept. Would appreciate any opinions on the decision. Thanks!! Bob
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    ILS Gone as NAV Source on Q400

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    ILS Gone as NAV Source on Q400

    By hovering the mouse over NAV Source button and either right or left clicking it I cycle through FMS, VOR or ILS 1 and 2. Each of these modes displays in the bottom right corner of the PFD. FMS1 and 2 in magenta with same color needles, VOR 1 and 2 in light blue with same color needles and ILS 1 and 2 blue needles (course needle) when tuned and in range. When I'm on approach I ensure the ILS radio is tuned to the localizer. I switch from NAV to Heading mode for decent and approach vectors. Once on runway heading I press APPR and I have been cycling the NAV source to ILS 1 which displays ILS, the frequency and DME info in blue on the bottom right PFD. Repeated cycling through NAV Sources no longer presents an ILS option. There is only four choices, not six. The two ILS1 and ILS2 are not offered as choices as I click the NAV Source button. Am I having a "senior moment" here? I believe this is the way I have been landing the past two months. The ILS will not show up as a NAV source upon near final of the approach. Thanks for the inquiry. Appreciate it!
  6. As of a week and five flights ago I have lost the ILS option as a NAV Source on my Q400. I tune my NAV Radio and know I am close enough to the ILS, however, cycling through the NAV sources I only get the two FMS and VOR choices. No ILS. I have tried various airports and runways with the same results. I have updated my Navigraph cycle to the latest for all my addons. I created several new flights cold and dark and flown them. Although I no longer lose my FMC flightpath display, which also started to happen mid flight, I still cannot choose ILS for as a NAV Source for the approach and landing. ILS simply is not there as a choice. I am at a loss to know why. Any suggestions or corrections or opinions would be much appreciated. I have posted the query over on the Majestic support forum. The post has been up for four days now with no feedback Yet there has been regular feedback provided in various threads from Majestic staff. Not sure what’s going on there. If I’m going to embarrass myself by missing something repeatedly over and over on the checklist, so be it. That’s how one learns. Cheers,
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    Current thoughts on ATC programs

    Great discussions here. Very helpful. Spent a bunch of time this weekend looking over all three programs websites. This old pilot is slowly making his way from the piston age to the turboprop age. Nearly 2K hours of DC3 logged hours I figured it was time for some "variety". Got my Q400 airworthy. PFPX loaded and learning. Fighting getting AviliaSoft EFB demo up and running, but I'm sure we will get there. At this point I'm drawn toward PF3, mostly because of the well written manual I read through and the fact I would prefer an ATC that is just an ATC, not another Swiss Army knife program that wants to do what PFPX and my EFB already do. I also like the concept of separating the SID/STAR from the plan and having choices. Reading all the "lively discussion" here this makes the most sense to this old pilot. This piece of my Flightsim environment is a bit down the road, but I needed to ask this. Should I decide, install and get stable any AI program FIRST before looking to add an ATC program? I'm also intending to fly my Q400 with a VA, but this may be a great way to get some good training and get more proficient with ATC. Again, great informative discussion, you gentlemen have helped this "old school" simmer out a great deal. Thanks!
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    C47/DC3 (Manfred Jahn) VOR display not working

    I have had the VOR inop problem a time or two over the years. Turned out there was a conflict with my Master Battery Switch key and its assignment to another key or button.Go in and look very closely at all your key assignments to ensure one is not assigned to the Master Battery that you are not aware of. Other times the battery simply is not on. Makes you feel real smart. Use the pop up windows Shift 2,3,4 to look over the status of your battery, generator etc. Keep at it, you'll get through it. Worth the time! Cheerio,
  9. After quite a series of CPAN/hardware issues, FSUIPC conflicts and operator head space I FINALLY have my Q400 up and flying. Over the past few weeks I have gone through the Airline2Sim Cadet training and am now flying a few flights a day between KSEA and CYVR. Going fairly well. I think I might be on my way up the learning curve. VNAV even works. I need to come here with crumbled up aviator hat in hand and ask a few questions that I have jotted down that I can’t seem to find answers to. Hopefully some of the experienced Q400 pilots can shed some learning light on these items. In the Airline2 Sim videos they press the format button to bring up the course deviation image on top of the terrain map to prepare for landing. It is inop until LNAV goes to Heading Mode. I have tried every combination of settings and cannot bring up the overlay. Any ideas what I might be doing wrong? The voltage on the far right side of the electrical panel shows .15 all the way, top and bottom. Video’s I watch show .25. Should I worry about this? The last issue is not the Q400, but the Aurasim web app used to determine V speeds. I bought a 2 year sub for $5, however I cannot figure out how to enter data to get the calculations. Whenever I click on the Airport tab a blank larger box comes up that will not allow any data input. If I press another button I get another overlay on top of the text already on the screen and the app crashes, completely inop. I attempt to send Aurasim an email asking for directions/instructions but their message input web app is broken too. Spooky. "word not allowed" away $20 for Topcat along with my PFPX purchase. Learning to use it. Somewhat quirky, but I’m getting there. It’ll teach me to look a bit more before purchasing some of these goodies. No Q400 profile for Topcat. Other than that I’m having a grand time learning to fly this beautiful AC. A few more weeks and I’m going to start logging some VA hours. Bought some nice airport scenery for KSEA. Might not be the last time I have to come here with hat in hand for some directions. Lots of reading, watching and flying. BTW, yes… I have folded it into a ball of aluminum more than once over the past few weeks. That’s how you learn. Appreciate any thoughts. Cheers,
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    PMDG Expansion 747-8 or QW 787

    I'm getting a tingling feeling down my leg just thinking about it. Cheers,
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    Q400 RNAV approach questions

    EXCELLENT video series. I’m far into my third attempt to master the Q400 over as many years. I’m making a transition from nearly 20 years of piston AC, most notably the DC3, into turboprops first, then the jets. Have put a wheelbarrow full of cash into the endeavor building out hardware and software. Many difficulties along the way, most notable the Q400 controls and my hardware, but all is worked out now. I am DETERMINED to fly this AC well. I’m not stretching this stat, I believe I have at least 40 to 50 hours of YouTube Q400 video logged. Many of them multiple views. I’m finally at the point where I’m quite pleased with my confidence to begin to fly regular VA flights. ALL of my simming time is now in the Q400 and will be for the next 6 months or a few hundred hours before moving up to a B737. Just like in the real world. I have watched these Airline2Sim video’s over and over and over. Each time I watch them I pick up something I missed. The value lies in the fact that they are planned, scripted, and detailed in extreme detail and are well executed in addition to having a real Q400 pilot in the cockpit giving you the “real deal”. Not to take anything away from some of the other video’s out there, but few come anywhere close to the expertise provided in this training. The two pilots take the training and the flight VERY seriously, rather than saying “screwit, that didn’t work, move on, it’s only a sim”. Worth the price? Beyond any doubt. Hope I’m not highjacking the thread, but I did want to offer an opinion on the buying or not buying decision and if they are worth the money. I have a few questions regarding some of the procedures taught and what I can get done, but that is between my ears and should be another post. THANK YOU for doing these Ben! Very professional and worth the purchase price. This opinion from a retired GA pilot in the real world. Cheerio! Radial9
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    Radial 9 Pilot Experience

    Vic closed the real world pilot thread after seven days so I did not get a chance to add to it. I was traveling and never got around to making the post before it was closed. Hopefully this will stay up. I made my solo flight May 5, 1990 at PAJN, where I lived for almost 33 years. My brother was an AP there for quite some time. Our first AC was a Stinson 108 Voyager. It was in pretty rough shape and not airworthy at the time of purchase. The owner was leaving town and wanted $6500 for it. We ended up giving him $1500 literally two hours before he got on the ferry to leave town and not knowing what to do with it at the airport. We spent almost a year getting it airworthy. We had to send a jug out of the Franklin engine to Franklin Indiana, the only place in the world that would take the repair. We were quoted $900 for the rebuild, ended up having to give them $2300 to get it back to Juneau. Had less than 250 hours when I traded my AC for a family. Good trade. In those pre GPS days it was VERY dangerous airspace. Literally NO navigation aids anywhere and an always closing ceiling. I have some experiences I would never put in a public forum, or a private one for that matter. Lost four good friends over the years to SE Alaska airspace. Two Mother Earth swallowed and never gave up. But I have had the blessed experience to fly over and see some of the most beautiful places on earth. Cheers, Radial9
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    Chuck's Guides for Prepar3d/FSX Aircraft

    Absolutely Outstanding! Dare I say "Works of Art". If the flightsim community were ever to present a "Humanitarian Award", you da man!! I use your A10C and P51D guides over on DCS regularly. You're unofficial statemanship between the two platforms is truly nice to see. I have been banging my head against the wall using the Q400 tutorial from the Majestic user page that has outdated and useless airway info from 2013 trying to enter a FLP into the FMC. Your Q400 guide is truly "mana from heaven!" A tutorial flight that works. What a concept. You asked for input. I'm almost ashamed to suggest given the level of work you have put into the Q400 Guide. However... a page or two in the guide that covers throttle control settings in the Majestic CPAN I believe would benefit many virtual sim pilots making the transition from piston slappers to a jet. I had bookmarked half a dozen forum posts about the issue and with the meltdown at Majestic and the Q400 forum here going "poof", I believe the need truly exists. Ohhhh... BTW as you are surely aware many of us warbird enthusiasts own a TM Warthog Throttle. Using it as an example I'm sure would benefit most everyone (sounds a bit self serving, I know). Anyway.... thank you again for all your VERY KIND work for myself and the community. You make the world a bit nicer today. Cheers,
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    Chaseplane Broken

    Hi Keven... always good to come back and let you know how events turned out. I have spent most of today downloading, installing and configuring the new 0.4 ChasePlane software since I already had a licence. Seems to be working just fine with my P3Dv4.2. I know you get comments about having cloud based presets. It was a pleasant surprise to have all my aircraft and presets come up just as I had left them 6 months ago. I had thought I would have to rebuild everything. I even took the time to read all the new tutorials and use existing community views for my new Majestic Q400 install. Pretty slick! I was able to assign those community downloaded views to buttons on my CH Yoke and THQ. They work, imagine that! Now I can, with the press of the rocker buttons and front yoke switches access views to learn how to fly this beautiful aircraft without having to struggle with these old eyes and a checklist that had become frustrating as hell to learn in the standard Q400 VC view. Hopefully the software will remain stable. GREAT software when it works. Thanks!! Radial9
  15. Finally have some time to put all my reading and video watching to practice. Spent my ENTIRE day today configuring control surfaces for this aircraft. Disclaimer: I have flown piston ac, mostly the DC3, for thousands of hours. I had a few hundred hours in the CRJ45 a few years back, but it’s mostly forgotten. I have spent considerable time reading the manuals and watching the Airline2sim video series, and ALL the posts here for the past few years. I come to the land of hopeful pity on this soul somewhat prepared. Very frustrating day. My setup: CH Eclipse Yoke, THQ throttle quad and CH Rudder pedals. I’m using the registered version of FSUIPC. All my “stuff” works fine in my DC3 and other aircraft. The biggest issue I am having is getting the throttle and condition levers set up and calibrated. Not as much of an issue with the condition levers, although they could be better I’m sure. The two throttle levers, on the other hand, are driving me bat---t. Here is what I have done and what I’m getting. Set up the Q400 yoke, throttle and rudder in FSUIPC, for calibration to FSUIPC, then calibrate. Seems to go OK doing that. Control surfaces appear to respond as they should. My understanding is the next step is to then go into the Q400 control panel and set that up. I can follow previous forum posts logic, to a degree, but I’m still not getting the desired responses on the throttle. I put the various input values into the corresponding boxes after moving the levers to the correct position. What I don’t know, or understand, is the setting for Denent. This lack of understanding may be the culprit. What I’m getting is a radical jump on the throttle lever when I push the CH lever just past Flight idle, all the way to MAX. Makes trying to cruise a bit difficult. Trying to taxi is a comedy of errors. DISC=0 IDLE=9500 MAX=65536 Full Reverse = -16384 WHAT do I put into IDENT???? This old pilot trying to learn jets is almost a comedy show in itself. I’m determined to stick with this and get it right. Any help would be most welcomed. I’m patient, can RTFM and consider myself somewhat versed in these matters. But this one is a major PITA. Thanks!