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About smakar

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  • Birthday 04/16/1958

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    Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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    Classical music (scoring and mixing), building scale models (primarily WWII airplanes and ships), PC games (like Oblivion and Skyrim), good food, and long naps.

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    Love an easy-going life. Got my private pilot license in 1992 but have not flown since December of that year (I got married in 1994 if that's a hint).
    I've been flying flight simulators since the early days on my Commodore 64, when I was excited to see detailed scenery such as a vague outline of mountains <g>

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  1. I use it with my stand-alone installation of FSX-SE - works great!
  2. I have AccuFeel with my PMDG 747 and no issues (although I would be nervous flying a real 747 with some of those noises <g). This is on FSX-SE standalone.
  3. I don't know what you mean by "dead end". I still get enjoyment from it, and even more so with the improvements, including stability, that the Steam Edition has brought. Not to mention companies are still developing new products for FSX. My wife has a 2007 Porsche which she occasionally lets me drive (normally so I can wash it for her <g>). Just because there have been new models since then does not take away any of the enjoyment I get when driving it. There is also the fact that I do not qualify as a student, so purchasing P3D would cost me $200 - something I simply refuse to do, out of a matter of principle. I don't care what the nay-sayers say: FSX-SE has brought many improvements, and they are not "placebos" - I can complete flights I never could before due to OOMs, even after a fresh installation. I am one happy customer! Edit to last paragraph - I meant "I can complete" not cannot.
  4. Pete, You're the absolute best! If you ever decide to run for president or Prime Minister, you have my vote!
  5. A2A's Piper Cherokee works great - no issues with the plane or AccuSim. Sorry - I don't own Real Air but you can check http://steamcommunity.com/app/314160/discussions/1/626329820762751955/
  6. Neither Flight1SoundStream and TaxiSignsHD work with FSX-SE (sole installation). Incompatible DLL issues that crash FSX-SE if attempting to run the DLLs once.
  7. I would search for AirTrafficManager* - I haven't been able to download/run this yet, but will follow up when I do and if I find anything else to search for that may help. BTW - I would perform this search not only on the drive where you've installed it, but also on your C: drive (if your installation was on a different drive). In my situation, the remnant files were buried in my Windows folders. Ray, I have a dumb question to ask - I just tried running this app and got the same error because FSX was not started, but when I started FSX and loaded a plan/flight, it ran fine. Was FSX started when you launched the application?
  8. I had a similar problem with another application - my computer had crashed when installing ELicenser software (for a music application). I ended up solving it by searching my entire hard drive for the application (using a wild card for the file name suffix), after which I was able to successfully install and run the application. I don't know if this will help but maybe it's worth a try.
  9. I second what 777 wrote. I just started to use this and I think it's great. I left FSX running for half a day yesterday, parked at a gate, and would occasionally pop into my computer room just to watch the AI traffic via FS Commander. Great job and many thanks!
  10. I have (and love) RC4, which I use when my wife is sleeping, and have/use VoxATC when she is awake. I think VoxATC is great for keeping in practice with ATC voice communications, be in in normal or expert mode. I've also purchased Pro-ATC/X and have tried using it numerous times, but too many flaky things have occurred (e.g. directed to a STAR way-point while still climbing in my SID - and Yes, I validated that my generated flight plan was correct) that have led to frustration, so I've stopped using it. I recently purchased PFE but am still reading the manual (which I have to say is very well written), so I haven't had a chance to use it yet. I have to say that I LOVE RC4! I've yet to have it crash on me (knocking on wood), and it is VERY simple to use. I've read complaints that the voices are too "computerized", but I personally do not think so. In fact, I recently tried out the MeatWater voice packs, but did not like them so I reverted back to the original voices. Of course, as in any product, there are areas for improvement, but all in all I think RC4 is very solid. Having a wife who has health issues (disabled), I completely sympathize with the author's personal situation, and wish him and his family the best. I also appreciate his honesty with further development being halted. But should he ever decide to resume work on RC4, I will be first in line to purchase the upgrade.
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