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    I'm an expat (from NY originally) active Gulfstream Captain based in Bangkok Thailand. Still love simming even though I fly for a living, still enjoy the GA and turbo prop stuff cause I seldom get to mess with that here. I don't fly a ton of hours per year so its actually nice to keep up to date a bit with the SIDS/STARS and approaches of the airports here in SE Asia

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  1. Greetings all I don't post very often & I'm sure this is a simple problem, but I just upgraded to v4.5 (I know 5 is out, but there was a reason I chose 4.5 - specific study-level plane that I needed to practice with that wasn't v5 compatible and time was a factor. For the life of me, I cannot get AS Cities Buffalo to show up in the sim. Did Cleveland & Boston no problem, Buffalo will simply not do it. I used the installer, it has the same path as the other AS cities - it just doesn't appear - or I should say, appear fully. It looks like there are some buildings (smaller ones) that are there? so I even verified the scenery settings like mesh, textures, etc - no joy. Very frustrating, any help would be much appreciated. Steve
  2. I messaged Whamil77 but I'll post it here as well - if its possible that he or someone else who has it send me the 690B mods? I'm no programmer so I hope they're not too difficult to install but from the rave reviews, sounds like it would be nice to have. Thanks so much!
  3. Hey all. In my never-ending quest to find a long-range biz jet for P3D sim world (since none exist) I was wondering: There is the IRIS Global which was 1st released as an Easter Egg for FSX. Some clever folks have updated it, pretty sure got it working in P3D (I'm running V3.4 currently, planning to move to 4.4 here at some point). The IRIS Global has a default CRJ cockpit which is ok, but VERY limited. So I was wondering- would it be possible to use the Aerosoft CRX700X cockpit with the IRIS Global exterior? Would need the EICAS to read different fuel values & engine parameters (Air.file?) but could this be done? I'd be more than happy to purchase the CRJ just for my own entertainment if such a swap would be possible. No Global interior sadly, but one step at a time. Thoughts? Steve Real World G200 Captain P3DV3.4 user
  4. So typical of Carenado - gorgeous model, God-awful avionics & autopilot. Database has no approaches or runways in it, even AFTER the update to 1811. Entering a flight plan is entertaining (some of this panel, knobs from that panel) but do NOT attempt to to use Direct-To to a waypoint in it, it'll go to that waypoint & vanish everything else - old FSX behavior! All enroute info on the dedicated page for it is just plain wrong, manually tuning the ILS will work, but leveling off prior to FAF, plane will then begin an uncommanded climb (to the GS I guess?) well before GS is even active. Bush-league, any way you slice it. Anyone know a way to install the Mindstar G1000 into this thing? In VC as well? Too nice a model to be crippled by lazy programming, the Carenado puppy mill approach is alive and well!
  5. When you open the CAB file in question with notepad, you get symbology/code that isn't plain text. The fix as generously posted by Whamil77 is in plain text. How does one integrate the two?
  6. Question - I'm no programmer so I am wondering how Whamil77's revised coding to fix the pitot heat issue is installed? I found the CAB file in question in P3DV3's GAUGE folder, but when I click to open it it opens with windows explorer (I'm using 7.1), not notepad. There are colored lines in there and it doesnt seem to let me click on it to insert the revised coding (I can highlight the coding thats there to copy it) Before I go messing with this, is there a process to it thats a bit more involved than say modifying an aircraft.cfg file? It's a nice plane, would really love to be flying it but the pitot issue makes it so annoying. Thanks in advance for any replies.
  7. Hey all Shortly after installing Majestic Q400, I got this message (first about VTBD scenery, then about scenery in general) that "Default.fxml failed to load. This could be due to a malformed XML file." I'm no computer expert, and P3DV3.4 was running great up until now. I have numerous add-ons including ORBX Global, Base, 3rd party airports, GSX etc. I run Active Sky Next with Rex4 textures .... I have no idea what this message means but the scenario now starts at 0/0 lat & long with no aircraft defaulted ...and changing to any airport does nothing. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Steve
  8. Any hope that some of our talented subscribers can work a little magic and fix this thing? I remember the response to Carenado's Citation 550 - turned in a plane that was essentially unflyable into a favorite for many. I know it's no ones job but Wilco's but with so few corporate planes out there ... I'm still holding out hope for an 11th hour miracle lol Steve D Gulfstream G200 Captain & many year sim enthusiast
  9. Ahh, well there ya go - problem solved lol My observation was based on a few posted pics, I don't have the Hawker 850XP to play with just yet.
  10. Hi Richard, Thanks! Actually I don't as of this moment have the 850XP so I can't speak to your ALTS CAP issue (the real mode sequence is kind of interesting actually, it'd be cool if someone ever models it realistically) - I'm not a critical as some on Carenado products overall but I have learned to wait until a SP's been issued or Bert's had a crack at it lol I'm sure I'll get it soon, right now I'm still enjoying the suitably 750 moded C550 too much :Big Grin:
  11. I don't have the 850XP (least not yet) because I was disappointed at the "PL21" lite ... I have a Hawker type rating, a few hundred hours in the plane, taught it as a classroom/sim instructor (5 years ago, been on a Gulfstream since) and was a PL21 instructor so I can't tell you how sad I was to learn that this sim bird has a ways to go. That said, I've come to know Bert a bit (he's saved my butt on more than a few occasions simworld-wise) and I'll say this - anything this guy touches makes whatever he worked on better - this 750 mod is but one example of this. It's also worth noting that he's one of the nicest guys on any forum anywhere, damn near selfless IMHO. Just a good egg all around, and I'm glad I've come to know him. Damn - now I may have to go and get this ensemble just out of tribute lol Oh - one thing I noticed just in passing .... On the copilots MFD the engine info block is great, but in the real bird that's in part where the animated flap indicator resides and for good reason - it's the only actual indication of flap position anywhere in the cockpit. The mechanical indicator needle next to the flap position switch on the console? It actually is only indicating the selected flap position, not the flaps actual position believe it or not. Dunno if that's a biggie in sim world BUT that's why the left/right MFD upper bars show things a bit differently. Still ... from what I can see, a SWEET mod nonetheless. 750 is just a great unit and a must-have in sim ... and Bert's mods of this are works of art. For those on the fence I'd say go for it ..... you won't be disappointed. B)
  12. Hey Janek Got and installed the files you sent - thanks!!! It still is a bit different (but as Craig explains above, this has to do with ISG logic and such which is understandable) but even so, the plane for the 1st time is truly flyable! Love the latest tweeks on the display (Can read clearly the VSI set and the descent "green banana" is a nice touch and very useful!) Just did a quick hop from Bangkok to Phuket, including SID (Sabai1) and STAR (MODON1C) and it worked pretty well. Oddly there were a few waypoints in the arrival that were out of place, but easily deleted and overall it was honestly a good flight. Thanks so much, I was getting pretty frustrated but these latest changes make a big difference. Can't wait to see 1.2!! But even so, you've made a terrible flying plane not only flyable but dare I say it enjoyable?? You da man! Thanks again! Steve Hi Craig Thanks for the clarification, which makes sense when you watch how the lateral NAV portion plays out. Frankly the "heading hijack" is fine, albeit a bit different, it's just learning the sequence you need to do to get it to do what you want I guess that's sometimes not easy to see. But in the end, long as ya get where you're going with no surprises, all is good Steve
  13. Been flying this bird a bit with Janeks mods and Carenado's patch. Performance is better - even at gross weight I can get to mid thirties (albeit slowly climb-rate wise obove about 32,000 or so, but that's fine and from what I'm reading - realistic) The ISG gauges are much easier to read, a definite improvement. The FMS is a bit quirky (sort of uses a Univeral-style menu system but it's not wholly user-friendly - but if you follow the instructions for its particulars of operation its not bad) and best of all it runs up to date Navigraph data, which i like. Janeks tweeks have been a huge help. Pressurization system is a disaster - alt set knob is stubbornly slow, you get false hi alt warnings and the pressurization rate defaults at 10 ft/min hahahahahhaaa! I can't get it to adjust either - it's a joke. What's driving me absolutely insane though is the auto-pilot - it is literally the WORST I've ever seen in an aircraft, pay ware or otherwise. It simply makes no sense - you press HDG and you should get HEADING, simple as that. Not with this - if you're in LNAV NAV (flown a lot of airplanes in real life, never seen that particular annunciation before before but that's what it is in the Carenado bird) - and you still don't simply get heading. The heading bug when in NAV automatically leads whatever the course in the FMS is - another 1st. You load a SID in the FMS, the Needle shows the course of the particular points of the SID as you fly it - but the MFD map does not - it seems to show the basic airport to 1st waypoint of the fltplan, irrespective of a SID added later. I'm wondering - is there no free ware or payware autopilot that could be installed? Even FS's base autopilot logic would be better than this. Thankfully Janek added click-spots to the VSI gauge so that its easier to control rate of climb/descent - most of the time I simply follow the course line in heading mode and use VS as needed. Tried to couple up to an ILS - heading bug decided once APP mode was activated to just kind of do its own thing and turn the plane in the opposite direction. AP off and hand fly it, FD is worthless as it doesnt follow the ILS anyway so its always a visual ending to any flight with this thing. Some solid, realistic AP language would do wonders for this now that at least some of this planes MANY faults have been tweeked. But as of now, nice as it looks and as nice as some of the mods have been .. its still a sadly frustrating experience. But hey - what do you expect for $85 lol (plane plus ISG) Janek - Bert - please save us lol
  14. Yes please Janek - I would very much like to get your version 1.1
  15. Ahh ... Well that explains that lol Which is fine, that is a very small price to pay for the bennies of the ISG suite overall - I really love what Janek has done with it. In fact I'm aobut to order it - is there a clear definitive way for install and modification of the ISG components? There've been some changes since it was 1st tried so ...wanna make sure I do the latest & greatest. The current stuff in th eplane is maddening - the FMS (so called) is awful and the autopilot just does odd things. ALT hold ...doesn't. Alt Arm ...doesnt on climbouts but seems to on descents. And I get an uncommanded climb (VSI bug rolls right on up to 1500 fpm) when the plane crosses any waypoint in the FMS. Cross it and up she goes. Last flight I tried it was doing uncommanded descewnts at each crossing. And VNAV is not functional with it, so I dunno what its doing. Is there an autopilot to use anywhere that behaves as even a 2-axis AP is supposed to? I just did a quick flight, Bangkok to Phuket after installing the SP!. Engine numbers and climb above 20k is much improved (I was at mid-weights and got up to 380, albeit slowly from aobut 33k on up which is right on) There's just so much to like about this model visually, it hand flies great and ground taxi is sweet - I really hope the collective changes come together because this could be a very likeable machine.
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