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  1. You takeoff and land into the wind to the extent that's possible with the way runways are pointed. Airports with multiple runways often designate one for takeoffs and one for landings. Sometimes they designate one for, say, south arrivals and departures, and the other for north arrivals and departures. It depends on the particular airport, traffic, time of day, etc. Your best bet is to find the prevailing winds and go from there. Outer runways are often for landings, inner runways often for takeoffs. Sometimes airports won't change runways with the winds until they're very strong because of other airports in the area, like in New York City where it's a big dance with 3 major airports all next to each other.
  2. If you're using vPilot, AI model matching is discussed in the documentation: http://vpilot.metacraft.com/Documentation2.aspx
  3. Not to get off topic, but since you're here... I noticed that the new SODE jetways have trouble getting low enough for RJ's like the CRJ, even at gates they should be able to (e.g. at Concourse F). I had similar trouble at the old Imaginesim KATL in the other direction, the fix I think was to make an adjustment in the limits of the simobject.
  4. SODE works just fine for me. There's an updated version that might solve whatever issue you're having.
  5. Do you have a link? Couldn't find that in the library.
  6. Maybe, but the specific proposal is to hand over ATC to a single organization, not several. The real question should be "what is the justification here, who benefits?" It won't be General Aviation, it won't be Air Traffic Controllers, it certainly won't be pilots. Our current system is the safest, most efficient it's ever been with fewer and fewer people. The solution to this isn't a tumultuous transition to a new system with new hiccups. Compare the fallback plans of ATC loss, a relatively smooth process, to how airlines have handled IT outages. Privatizing our ATC would turn it into something like our national power grid: a hodgepodge system of private companies with no consistent coordinated plan, ruled either by one company and "managers" or, if other proposals surface, the even worse series of multiple, independent contractors. Right now the FAA does an amazing job managing air traffic, and technologies like ERAM and ADS-B are letting is cram more and more traffic into tighter spaces that increase capacity and reduce noise and climate impact. ATC is a perfect example of infrastructure, something that is the backbone of our nation's engine and not something that should ever be concerned with making enough money in a quarter.
  7. I had a chance to play this last year around E3. It's a tremendous amount of fun and I can't wait to try the TOS mode.
  8. Have you tried using simbrief? It allows you to import routes from various sources. As for the actual planning, If you want to do it by hand then simply go to a place like www.skybector.com and plan your route. Copy the output to https://www.simbrief.com and you can download the .fpl file. http://www.fltplan.com is another real world resource that has free tools for you to use.
  9. For what it's worth, I've seen plenty of flaps 25 takeoffs from SNA, particularly because on top of the short runway and hot summers, you have a very strict noise abatement program. No derate, packs off, etc. Additionally, don't forget about standard short field take-off procedures, such as spooling up the thrust while holding the brakes instead of throughout the take-off roll.
  10. Thanks! I'll start experimenting to see what works. Any idea why they might pop through low visibility and then disappear when getting close? It's like I can see the airport through low clouds, then they go away when I get "inside" of a cloud. Perhaps it's how ASN deals with fog and low visibility, creating a "cloud" or reducing draw distance.
  11. I've been practicing CATII and CATIII ILS approaches in the NGX over the last few days. I've noticed that at both default and 3rd party airports, the runway lights tend to be high intensity visible from about 10nm out until just about 2 or 3nm, where they disappear, behaving like they should where VV is 100ft in 1/4sm visibility and fog. I'm using ActiveSky Next if it makes a difference to anyone who has run into this before. I'm wondering if it's a level of detail bug. For now I've just kept my head on the instruments, but it can be a little distracting the way the lights behave. That said, flying a CATII approach down to minimums using the NGX HUD and by hand at night is an amazing amount of fun.
  12. Looks great, John! Do your repaints include cockpit config files as well? Matt Kramer
  13. Do you have the SDK installed? Download Airport Design Editor and load up the AFCAD you downloaded. Go to List --> Taxi Links --> reset all draw flags. Then compile the AFCAD and install it.
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