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  1. Having flown the Carenado CJ2 extensively for about a year now, with and without the mod, I would say the main issue with the Carenado PL21 is it's lack of functionality compared to the real PL21. My biggest issue is it's lack of radius to fix turns, when the F1 GTN performs them flawlessly. The PL21 comes upon a fix with a heading change, and makes abrupt turns circa FS2002 style. Bottom line, there's no suitable PL21 available for FS, that performs as good as the F1 GTN. Being most of us don't actually have physical FMS keyboards, I see little difference in punching numbers on a GTN, compared to a PL21. The goal is the same, and the F1 GTN gets better results.
  2. eelb

    FSX:SE and GTN 750

    Where are you trying to import flight plans from? My impression has been that only the database in the Garmin trainer can be used.
  3. Is there anything involved other than a HDMI cable in making that work?
  4. eelb

    Lotus L39 Albatross - airspeed

    Many private owners in the US, have modified them with Garmin G600 PFD/MFD's. Look around on some of the aircraft broker sites under warbirds, and there's often good panel photos.
  5. eelb

    Coming back from Steam

    I went straight from FS9 to Steam. Tried FSX boxed when it came out, and had a slow slide show for FPS. Never could justify the hardware investment to make it work, although I think there was some embellishment on forums of what it actually took to run it adequately. The reduced price of hardware and the arrival of FSX-SE kind of coincided for me.
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    Anyone tried running the 2D panel in the Carenado CJ2?
  7. eelb

    Just a personal musing of FSX:SE

    The big thing with me about FSX-SE, is that it freed a bunch of simmers that were hardware challenged for a decade, and stuck in FS9. You no longer need a super computer to fly FSX.
  8. That Flight Info gauge is invaluable. I've used it in other airplanes. Not prototypical, but it sure eliminates the need for some other gauges on a limited space 2D panel.
  9. Sounds like the usual Carenado AP quirks. There's likely some button pushing/knob twirling required, that you're missing. All of their AP's seem to work differently, even with the same avionics suite, but in different airplanes. Compounding the problem, is their lack of documentation. It usually takes the "mod squad" here, to correct the AP, and make it more straight forward and user friendly.
  10. What I mean by "default autopilot", is as you state, certain parameters in MSFS limit how much the AP can be modified. In the past one could always design an airplane, and use whatever MS had as an AP in that particular type aircraft. If you designed a business jet, whatever AP values were in the MS Lear, is what you used. This seemed to work fine through multiple generations of sims, until designers started to get cute in the name of realism. So we end up with these FUBAR AP's like Carenado's. I've found you can stick about any AP in any airplane using a panel editor and it will work. The stock MS King Air is my AP of choice. At the end of the day, all you need is HDG, ALT, NAV, APR, VS, and a way to switch NAV between VOR/LOC and GPS. All the rest is just eye candy if it doesn't work properly.
  11. eelb

    flc and vnav working ?

    One problem is the IAS/Mach transition never works correctly with their FLC. It won't hold a Mach number, it merely holds the IAS when you transition to Mach. The IAS should decrease with altitude, while the Mach remains constant. Probably has something to do with the stock FS AP, that they can't find a workaround for. FS has always relied on "autothrottle" to accomplish this task, and that is an incorrect application of how FLC works.
  12. I don't know why Carenado just doesn't use the default FS autopilot. I understand the attempt at realism, but after numerous airplanes where the AP doesn't work, maybe it's time to rethink things.
  13. eelb

    New CJ2 re-paint download

    Is there some legal issue with Carenado that doesn't allow repaints to be uploaded to the Avsim library? Seems these "limited time only" files are all that's ever available with CJ2 mods. I ended up finding most of them by accident on YouTube of all places.
  14. eelb

    Carenado CJ2 Few problems

    In his first pic, he's showing 2700 lbs. of fuel and FL450. So with an empty weight of 7600 lbs., that would put him at 10,300 lbs. MGTOW is 12,375 lbs. Assuming an 800 lb. burn he would have to have over 1,200 lbs in payload. Unless Carenado put a half dozen 300 pounders in the seats as a joke, I don't see this as a weight issue. Regardless, this isn't the case, because other than fuel load, I never touch any of the other numbers. The default load is two 190 lb. pilots and 50 lbs. of baggage. The other issue is he's making it to FL450, which he couldn't do if the airplane was that much overweight. This is a simple issue of not knowing how to manage a climb. He's climbing at some extreme ROC, and not reducing it with altitude. By the time he reaches FL450, he's down to 123 KIAS. At that point, the angle of attack is such, that he can't gain any speed in cruise. Passing FL250, maintain Mach .55 by adjusting VS. Leveling off at FL450, the airplane will accelerate to about 390 KTAS. Assuming MGTOW, with max fuel. The weight at TOC @ FL450, should be around 11,500 lbs., 875 lbs. below MGTOW.
  15. eelb

    GTN 650 or 750?

    I think most of the Carenado models have F1 GTN mods available. Once you fly with the GTN-750, no GPS/MFD will ever be the same.