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  1. glider1

    oculus rift

    You need controllers or can you manipulate windows in native with a mouse?
  2. Hi Dave Infinite loop with ATC handing me off to approach from center in an endless loop Sequence of events I was flying a GA IFR into Nelson NZNS in New Zealand from Stratford NZSD. I created a flightplan in P2A and hit Autoplan. P2A added an approach for the flight. I took off from Stratford which is uncontrolled. No frequencies available on the ground so I take off on Multicom freq. Climbing out I contact centre and ask for IFR clearance which they give me I get instructions everything is fine including handoffs etc At around 16:00 On TOD center wants me to contact Nelson approach in an unstoppable infinite loop. I had to disconnect and reconnect to stop the controller repeating the same message over and over. then manually ask for a visual into the airport from approach which they give me but they don't hand me off to the tower as I arrive on final Please find attached logs and flightplan. Note that the infinite loop happens at around 16:00. Link to logs: Thanks for your help. Glider1
  3. Thanks Dave. What about airports where there isn't even UNICOM? How do I find a center frequency that works either on the ground or in the air? Australia is full of long dirt airstrips that have no services at all with vast distances between them. Normally I'd look it up on a chart but in P2A I can't be sure the frequency is live unless it is in the frequency list. Thanks, Harry
  4. Hi Dave sorry to be a pain but this problem is back again for me on Here is a link to the log: It could be because I flew out of Norfolk Island NSW Australia which is uncontrolled after filing an IFR plan. I was hoping to contact center once in the air. Your software doesn't list center frequencies (I wish it would!) so I was flying blind for frequencies until approach turned up in the list for NWWE. No center frequencies worked not even official frequencies and not even the ones displayed in the taxi monitor. In order to find out if center is live I pretty much always start up by giving them my callsign and my altitude and wait for them to acknowledge. I also listen for background chatter which is a good indicator that the frequency is live. So I gave up on center and contacted NWWE approach but forgot to get IFR clearance from them. Approach didn't seem to care and immediately started giving me IFR directions which I found very strange (there is a bug like that in PF3 as well). But then they handed me off to another approach and that is when the infinite loop started..... At 16:42 in the log you start to see dozens of Trigger:ReachedArrivalSetup. I eventually had to disconnect, reconnect and refile my plan. Thankfully, I could contact approach and they carried on vectoring me in which allowed me to complete the flight successfully. But having to reconnect is a pain in the a... especially with a VR headset on. Could you take a look at the log please dave especially from 16:42 onwards? Sorry for the long post I realise you are very busy. Cheers, Glider
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    Using AiTrackerX for flying as a passenger

    Hi Oliver It is a complicated problem to pin down. Today no CTD for reasons I don't understand but I can induce one pretty easily. A couple of observations: I think center ATC think that the plane is being followed by another and will issue a traffic alert for aircraft less than 1nm 🙄 ATC stopped directing the plane during the flight. I had to end the session after 3 hours because the plane was way off course never going to make the dispatched destination. Probably a P3D ATC issue for AI planes. At least I learnt the aircraft systems it wasn't a waste. AI doesn't seem to react to weather engine effects like turbulence etc? What is really good about it is that you can learn the systems of the aircraft while they are all live enroute. The fuel levels update, the map updates, the gauges, FMS, lights etc. Much better than learning it on the ground while the plane is stationary. Not sure if fuel consumption figures are accurate probably not considering it is an AI flying. Boy they are rough pilots. No subtlety at all 🙂
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    Using AiTrackerX for flying as a passenger

    Ok thanks Oliver. I'll try to chase it down. Not sure what has changed in my system going from 4.2 -> 4.3. It is a caranedo phenom 100 with navigraph extension. This mode of flying is actually very useful for learning systems. You can do a flight as a copilot and physically interact with the glass cockpit and learn FMC etc while your pilot flies you somewhere..... at least you could in 4.2 in the same scenario.
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    Using AiTrackerX for flying as a passenger

    Hi Lorby sorry about that P3D 4.3 CTD. Thanks ok I get the concept now. Nevertheless the param changes in pilot view are causing the P3D CTD not every time just most of the time. Appreciate that you are busy.
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    Using AiTrackerX for flying as a passenger

    Hi Oliver - I had this working quite reliably in 4.2 using your procedure above but now in P3D 4.3 it crashes when changing parameters. The weird part is that cockpit view looks correct but when you look out the window at the wings, there are two wings superimposed vertically like a biplane. If you try to correct that with parameters it doesn't superimpose exactly and can crash to desktop. Could you in your spare time just do a check of this in P3D 4.3 just to be sure it is working and not a problem my end? Maybe I need to reinstall AITrackerX or something? Thanks
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    WhereAreMyAircraft - WAMA updated to 1.12

    Hi Oliver - All's good. I must have gotten AITrackerX into a strange mode first trial. This time I did it per your instructions above and didn't use the observer pod but was in the actual aircraft I intended to be a passenger in before commencing following. I used the shortcut keys to change my position in the seat in VR. No clipping absolutely perfect as if I were flying the plane. I could actually interact with the G-1000!? Pilot didn't seem to care 😉 Interesting way to learn ATC procedures too for beginners. Excellent thought that people with disabilities are going to love this feature in VR! Good on you for thinking of them. I don't have CameraX installed. Cheers
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    WhereAreMyAircraft - WAMA updated to 1.12

    Hi Oliver - I tried sitting as a passenger in an AITrackerX flight as you suggested. It was a lot of fun! A few minor issues I found in pilot view. When the pilot accelerates or deaccelerates my position in the passenger seat shifts even when I lock it. The virtual cockpit integrity is clipped by the observer viewing bubble. So I can see the cockpit but also see the ground underneath even when I adjust the position with the pilot view parameters. I assume this is because you are actually superimposing the observer aircraft within the AI aircraft I am following? It even works in native VR! Anything that can be done about these minor issues? Cheers
  11. I'm confused Dave. I downloaded it as an update from your website yesterday about 12 hours ago.
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    Thanks. I had no idea what performance was before this update but performance is a key decision I had to weigh up. It seems good enough. It can be kept away from the main sim cores with affinity. It is surprisingly heavy on cpu use but it doesn't matter much if it is not running on the same cores the sim is. The one thing I don't like is that the SQL database process P2A needs runs separately from the app and it cannot be kept off the main sim cores (system forbids it). But luckily it's impact is not noticeable so far because I'm guessing that the SQL process is merely doing quick database lookups not any processing of data.
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    Adding frequencies modding the DB

    Thanks Dave got confused about difference between FIS and FSS.
  14. Hi there Flying ORBX New Zealand north island at the moment. P2A doesn't find any FSS for the region. I think that in reality it exists: Just wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to modify frequencies database. There is nothing in the manual and I read that the feature was removed in version 2. What about doing a naughty and modifying the database with an external app? Any help appreciated, no stress. Cheers
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    Ear Trumpet - Better volume control.

    Thanks mixing volumes has become a pain no question. I do think that it would be handy if pilot2ATC had a volume control for the chatter it would make things a lot easier. Right now if you want to turn down just the chatter you have to increase all the other volumes from almost ten different sources including other apps so that the chatter is the correct volume.
  16. I think I have an issue with P2A latest version not knowing what the center frequencies and names are for my part of the world Australia-New Zealand. If you look at the image below, P2A doesn't show the names or frequencies for any areas in southern latitudes only the boundaries: P2A ARTCC display Question: What do I need to do to add this data? I already imported the P3D BGL database and it made no difference. I would like Pilot2ATC to list the center frequencies and boundary names for Australia/NZ which it currently does not. Thanks in advance
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    Missing ARTCC data in P2A

    I actually didn't want to edit them. I wanted to know what they were because I was attempting to find someone that would open my vfr flightplan. There isn't a FSS or departure frequency listed where I am only tower and approach. I tried opening it with approach but they didn't understand what I wanted. I tried unicom and that didn't work either. In the end I scrubbed the whole idea of opening the flightplan and just filed it and asked for clearance. So I thought I'd give center a go and that is how I found the bug.
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    Missing ARTCC data in P2A

    Hi Dave I must be the only P2A pilot in the southern hemisphere! Glad that the data is actually there. The center frequencies are also missing in the list of available frequencies in the main display. Cheers and thanks for looking into it.
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    Cumulus X in P3D v4

    Yes it can be installed manually. It is just an external app that installs a couple of folders into official locations in the sim, one for the app and another for the clouds. Did you download it officially from here: Run the installer as administrator. It is just a command line program so it disappears for a while then comes back When it says it can't find fsx, click yes you do want to install it somewhere else Install it into a dummy location say for example c:\fsx_dummy When it says it can't find exe.dll and DLL.dll say no you do not want to create one At the end you will find in your dummy location, a simobjects and a module folder You now either make an official addon.xml file and install it as a P3D app or You simply copy the files and folders into your P3D installation manually because there is no difference between FSX and P3D folder structure Other things to keep in mind: There really are only two folders to copy, the modules/cumulusX! folder and the CumulusXcloud folder which you put into simobjects/misc. You don't need the DLL at all. CumulusX is standalone but for the cloud folder. Run cumulusX application by making a shortcut of it where ever you want (suggest running at as admin but I don't think it matters?). You can launch CumulusX before the sim starts or after. It doesn't matter. If you get strange movement of your plane every few seconds, it will because you didn't put the cumulusXcloud folder into the correct spot. If it is working, the CumulusX app will be connected to the sim and will show "GREEN" indicators for both thermal and ridge lift Remember that the unregistered version doesn't have extra features such as turbulence effects. The towplane speed and flap angles can't be customised because CumulusX tries to write them to an fsx.cfg file that doesn't exist. It would be great if someone wrote an addon.xml for CumulusX in P3Dv4 because it is just begging to be installed that way.
  20. Great software well done. I have been a long time PF3 user but the voice recognition integrated with MCE is less than optimal for me even though a lot of work has been put into it. I found Pilot2ATC recognition working better integrated with MCE. More variety of ATC situations especially for VFR. Am looking forward to using it as an advanced tool for IFR as well and it looks to be a great way to learn about SIDS and STARS. Happy with the purchase although it is expensive in my currency had a great flight with it yesterday. The background chatter option really adds to it as well. The computer voices are getting better and natural enough with static mixed in. Kudos for the excellent 10 day trial period without limitations really thoughtful way to try out the software. Request though... Could you put an option in to hide your aircraft position? I really like old school navigation. Do want to see the map - just not the plane! It isn't much to ask! Cheers, thanks.
  21. The Indian and Spanish voices in w10 are worth it (but are female again). When the speech pack is around 100MB it is a clue that the quality of the voices will be pretty good.
  22. VFR situation in MCE/PF3 is still a work in progress and I have similar problems to you. Changing runway verbally is a pain in the a and would like to know if there is a reliable command for that. On the mechanism I think you have to cross the holding point officially designated at your airport otherwise PF3 doesn't realise that you are ready to transition from taxing to contacting tower. So I don't think you can shortcut the takeoff procedure because the intersection takeoff doesn't trigger the transition. It is worth experimenting. MCE of course still doesn't handle pattern communications with PF3 properly yet and I don't think you can request touchngos either. Please correct me if you have had successes with any of this!
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    P3Dv4.2 loads on START

    That doesn't always work I found out. P3D closes but on some systems with slow shutdown times it is still in memory while windows 10 is shutting down so W10 thinks P3D is still loaded and runs it on startup next time anyway 🙃 You either have to check that P3D is fully unloaded using task manager, or click on the desktop and press ALT F4 and select shutdown from the menu that popups up. Yeah I know 🙄 I couldn't find an option in the settings to disable this "feature".
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    Cumulus X in P3D v4

    Hi Caleb good one glad you got it working. CumulusX doesn't do wave lift. We tried hard to convince the developer to do it. He started work on it but never finished. Modelling wave lift is difficult especially since you have to have a pilot to test the model that has experience with wave lift. Not just wave lift, but dealing with ATC at that flight level and needing oxygen etc. We also tried suggesting it with Active Sky but not sure if they will give it a go. Condor sim does it. Realistically though, the CumulusX covers 95% of all gliding you would ever want to do and it does it very well. Strongly suggest buying the app to support it. It is cheap for what it does and there is always a possibility that we will never see a proper weather simulation for gliders other than it because the tube flyers don't need it.
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    Cumulus X in P3D v4

    Hi Caleb. You won't get much ridge lift unless there is wind blowing directly onto the ridge so that when it hits the mountain, it rises. That is what gives you the lift. The fair weather preset is for thermalling and it only has a light breeze. You can modify the preset to add a wind layer blowing onto the slope. Add 20 knots at 3/4 the height of the ridge at angle that blows onto the slope as close as possible. That should do it. Just as in real life, even if the wind is not blowing onto the slope directly, if there is any wind around, deviations in the shape of the ridge can produce small pockets of lift and ridges will also produce more thermals than on the ground if the angle of the sun is onto the slope (think solar panel). There is a lot into it. Enjoy learning the intricacies. By the way, the free version has things missing like turbulence effects so it is a cut down experience.