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About Radial9

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  • Birthday 01/01/1955

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    SW Florida
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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. After l loading Active Sky, Cloud Art and REX textures prior to loading P3D, all per the scenarios learned here from my fellow "much more knowledgable" pilots, I will often close down Active Sky and go to clear weather during a long cross country. My probably misguided logic is I have spent a small fortune in ORBX scenery software and if I find myself flying in my DC3 at 7500 feet with a 3000 foot ceiling I would rather enjoy the scenery than not during my LONG (around the world type) cross country flying. Do all the textures and cloud art data files that were loaded into P3D prior to loading and takeoff remain in my sim after closing Active Sky? I don't see any noticable changes, but I thought I would just ask those more versed in the subject. If I fly a LONG flight will I fly "out of" loaded data at some point? Thanks for any clarification! Bob
  2. OK... this post did it. I read it all and am simply impressed! Real support. What a concept. I'm buying the Reality-XP 750. This post along with the discount coupon good to year end pushed me over the edge. I have just HAD IT with that "other" brand! For nearly 20 years I have dealt with "Brand X", the other company that offers the GTN750. In all my flightsimming years have I NEVER run across such horrible support, clunky useless software and complete run a rounds to get very simple questions answered. I get frustrated beyond measure EVERY time I get near that outfit. I just use it in one aircraft, the A2A Beach Bonanza V35. I will uninstall my existing 750, buy the Reality XP and open a new thread should I run into issues. word not allowed I feel good about dumping them. I will NEVER darken their doorways again. EVER! Thanks Jean-Luc... Engage! Bob
  3. Simbol... With all due respect to your knowledge and helpful attitude, I believe your being a bit unreasonable here. Your asking for something that is simply not going to occur. As long as people are civil and "somewhat" polite, I can't see anyone asking for any limitation on speculation or their thinking, experience or opinions about much of any topic. I due agree with your comment that people should not be stating, falsely, that anyone has made any statements of fact that aren't true. You can't stop human nature, but it makes sense to state the obvious from time to time.
  4. Simbol... I don't see any flame wars or even anything close to them. Reasonable people with varied opinions having a civil discussion about issues very important to them. Folks with commercial interests in one outcome or the other may or may not wish to see civil discussion regarding all possible outcomes discussed as possibilities. Again, just my civil opinion. Civil discourse and opinions articulated in a non censored environment benefits most all of us. Some of us have VERY large investments in one platform or the other. Curious minds want to know....
  5. I personally would not underestimate LM. They have a choice to make. Stay in the consumer sim market, or exit it at some point. I personally have a high degree of confidence those discussions are taking place at LM currently. P3D is a rounding error on the LM balance sheet. They have enough in-house talent and resources to get the primary job of training accomplished without the consumer market. I do believe if they come to the conclusion that competing with MS for platform share is not a road they wish to travel, they will keep P3D relatively stable and take a long term exit strategy. Who knows, just speculation on my part. P3D was useful to LM for a multitude of reasons. Some of those reasons may be in question and I'm sure smart minds are looking at all the possible outcomes currently. If they do decide to stay in the game, I would not count out their talent and capabilities. I give the choice even odds at this point.
  6. I'm counting on much longer than a year. My belief is it will take yet another year, or eighteen months more likely, for many of the Addon community to release product for the new platform. I'm not a big "early adapter", so I can wait for the inevitable patches and hotfixes that will follow, both from MS and the dev's. I have been wanting to devote significant time to learning and becoming proficient flying the 737 (yeah I know, REAL late to the party) and until recently had the pursuit on hold given BillGatus of Borg's recent MS20 announcement. However, when PDMG released the 737NGXu with a $100 credit, it was a no-brainer. I could be wrong, but I feel like I have, worst case scenario, two to three years of very active P3D use before the siren song of MS20 gets too loud. And that does not take into account any upgrades by LM to P3D. Cheers! Artur, you should have plenty of life left for a P3D upgrade.
  7. Maurice… I made the same transition from GA (DC3) to the Q400 about 18 months ago. To answer your question, it depends on how far you want to take it. It is a beautiful aircraft to fly. The more I fly it, the more I love it. It will take you some time to become familiar with it. At first it can seem complicated, but after a bit of repetition and familiarity it does become much easier. If you go for it, I would highly recommend the purchase of the Airline2Sim training video’s. They are professionally done and will flatten out the learning curve substantially. You did not mention your input hardware. I found one of the more difficult and frustrating hurdles to the Q400 was setting up control devices. I’m using a TM Warthog hotas and throttle. It did take some time and frustration, but eventually it all worked out and it now it all feels like a well worn glove. Look up some of the advanced control utilities available and try to utilize them, they do make a difference. If it wasn’t for the $40 price tag I would inquire if your end game was to fly bigger jets such as the 737 or 777. There is a lot of change coming, which is all good. Again, to answer your question, after about a dozen or so hours it smoothed out. Especially with the video instruction mentioned earlier. I’m sure I will always fly the Q400 as it has become such a joy and pleasure to fly. All the hype and accolades are well deserved. I will also mention that support for the Q400 can be hit and miss. Majestic lost decades of back forum posts and had to start over about 18 months ago. Trying to be kind, I, MY OPINION and experience, I found the team at Majestic to be best described as “burned out”. If you have a serious issue, they will rise to the occasion, but for the typical new pilot looking for a quick easy path, you may not find it there. I’m going to take a close look at how Majestic responds to the coming changes in our hobby with a high degree of skepticism after following them closely post their huge success with the Q400. There are a lot of pilots flying it and a lot of kind people here and elsewhere who can assist you, if you are making the sincere effort. Feel free to PM me if you run into issues. Again, depending on your hardware you may find getting the control issues working to be your first big hurdle. Majestic doesn’t use the P3D controls, so you need to learn how they work. It’s not impossible, but it does take some learning. The Q400 will always be an aircraft I will continue to fly. Go for it. Well worth the price of admission.
  8. Thank you threegreen for taking a few moments to answer my questions. Greatly appreciated! I went ahead and pulled the trigger yesterday on the purchase. Good to know I can place my existing checklist into the EFB and have it on my second monitor. I have only made a brief overview of the manual docs. The Intro and Tutorial 1 give no mention at all to the EFB, unless I missed it. Tutorial 2 PDF goes over EFB Navigraph chart use only, unless again I missed it. Both FCOM volumes appear to be duplicates of the old 737NGX, unchanged, at least by looking at the copyright info and a quick run through. Little document on the EFB use for a user who has no prior experience with an EFB in a PMDG aircraft. I'm surprised by that. I'm sure I will figure it out all in due course.It would be nice if I did not have to fire up my AiviaSoft EFB if I can get all the necessary info and calculations from the PMDG EFB. Thanks again!
  9. Should I understand this to mean the EFB can be popped out and moved to a second monitor and resized. I have vision issues and would find this a GREAT help. Thanks!
  10. First off... Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope this day finds you with much to be thankful for and are enjoying this day with friends and family. I'm giving serious thought to buying the 737NGXu. I have some questions about the new EFB that is included. I don't own or fly any other PMDG aircraft with the EFB. 1. Are the PMDG checklists available through the new EFB in the cockpit? 2. If they are, are they viewed by zooming into the EFB in it's permanent position in the cockpit and then moving your viewpoint to accomplish the task? Are the checklist items readable on the EFB in a view position that would allow to accomplish the item, or does one have to move around the cockpit after reading each item, either through a Chaseplane view or TrackIR? I know as I become more familiar with the going through the lists I they will become "second nature" and the EFB item would just be a formality to ensure the item is done, but getting there is going to take some serious time and I wish to know what I am getting into view and flow wise. 3. I now use a PDF on a second monitor to go through checklists and am hopeful the EFB has enough usability to discontinue the use of a separate PDF. Is that a safe assumption? 4. Down the road after the checklist and flows become more familiar, can I import my own checklists or other docs into the 737NGXu EFB? 5. I see there are no 2D panel pop ups. Can the EFB display be moved to my second monitor? Thanks for any feedback here. Greatly appreciated. I keep putting off making the transition from the Q400, which I just REALLY like to fly, to the 737. But I need to get his done. Now with the 737NGXu, I feel like I have a new 24 month sure bet window with the 737 and P3D before the 800 pound Gorilla alters the universe. Bill Gatus of Borg. "You will be assimilated!" Cheers, Bob
  11. First off... Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope this day finds you with much to be thankful for and are enjoying this day with friends and family. I'm giving serious thought to buying the 737NGXu. I have some questions about the new EFB that is included. I don't own or fly any other PMDG aircraft with the EFB. 1. Are the PMDG checklists available through the new EFB in the cockpit? 2. If they are, are they viewed by zooming into the EFB in it's permanent position in the cockpit and then moving your viewpoint to accomplish the task? Are the checklist items readable on the EFB in a view position that would allow to accomplish the item, or does one have to move around the cockpit after reading each item, either through a Chaseplane view or TrackIR? I know as I become more familiar with the going through the lists I they will become "second nature" and the EFB item would just be a formality to ensure the item is done, but getting there is going to take some serious time and I wish to know what I am getting into view and flow wise. 3. I now use a PDF on a second monitor to go through checklists and am hopeful the EFB has enough usability to discontinue the use of a separate PDF. Is that a safe assumption? 4. Down the road after the checklist and flows become more familiar, can I import my own checklists or other docs into the 737NGXu EFB? 5. I see there are no 2D panel pop ups. Can the EFB display be moved to my second monitor? Thanks for any feedback here. Greatly appreciated. I keep putting off making the transition from the Q400, which I just REALLY like to fly, to the 737. But I need to get his done. Now with the 747NGXu, I feel like I have a new 24 month sure bet window with the 737 and P3D before the 800 pound Gorilla alters the universe. Bill Gatus of Borg. "You will be assimilated!" Cheers, Bob
  12. I'm sure we can all agree that good people can and will differ in their point of view and knowledge. This public Boeing profile can be found at pretty much any source, this one is from Yahoo Finance here: https://beta.finance.yahoo.com/quote/BA/profile?p=BA But there are many others that will provide an understanding of all the endeavors, both public and not so public, that Boeing is engaged in. Commercial aircraft is one of four main businesses. Again... No one is giving Boeing a pass. I'm just saying what they do; taking billions of people and hurling them though the air in aluminum tubes at incredible speeds, 99.99% of the time without notice, often does gets a notice. Like now. Everyone has a legitimate right to be outraged should it be determined fault for the loss of human life lies at the hands of incompetent individuals. I have issue with guilt before findings and just plain old big business political bashing, which I clearly see in this thread. Others can simply differ. The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sales, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight and launch systems, and services worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Commercial Airplanes; Defense, Space & Security; Global Services; and Boeing Capital. The Commercial Airplanes segment provides commercial jet aircraft for passenger and cargo requirements, as well as fleet support services, principally. The Defense, Space & Security segment engages in the research, development, production, and modification of manned and unmanned military aircraft and weapons systems; strategic defense and intelligence systems, which include strategic missile and defense systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cyber and information solutions, and intelligence systems; and satellite systems, such as government and commercial satellites, and space exploration. The Global Services segment offers products and services, including supply chain and logistics management, engineering, maintenance and modifications, upgrades and conversions, spare parts, pilot and maintenance training systems and services, technical and maintenance documents, and data analytics and digital services to commercial and defense customers. The Boeing Capital segment offers financing services and manages financing exposure for a portfolio of equipment under operating and finance leases, notes and other receivables, assets held for sale or re-lease, and investments. I'll stand by my comments. Cheers, Bob
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