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  1. This is how I do it in MSFS. I fly mostly GA along with the EMB-110 freighter. I use the WT-G1000 mod and Scorpion's amazing GNS530 mod depending on what the plane came with. I make my flight plan in the MSFS World Menu. I select the takeoff and arrival airports, then select Low Altitude airways. Next, I select my parking spot on the drop-down for my takeoff airport. On my arrival airport I look at the wind and decide what runway I want to land on then select the RNAV approach for that runway on the Arrival Airport's drop-down. For instance, I just landed at KSAV on my last flight and chose RNAV01 for the Arrival runway. I do all this in the World Menu Flight Planner so I don't have the added problems of getting it to work while I'm flying and for the most part, it works. It may not be realistic locking in a landing runway at the beginning of a flight, but it reduces the chances of something going wrong in my flight. If there's an Arrival/Departure available also in the appropriate drop-down, I select them too. In my aircraft I set my GPS for CDI/FMS/etc. so that it's following the flight plan I created and set AP to NAV to follow it. I manually enter enter ALT and VS to keep up with ATC instructions during my flight. The G1000 mod will fly me to the IAF without having to do anything, the GNS530 mod will not. I have to pick a spot along my flight-plan in the GNS530 to activate the approach in the procedures page and then it will fly me to the IAF. In either case, ATC will "usually" instruct me to the correct height to be at by the IAF. Occasionally it will be wrong, but that's why you read the charts for the RNAV approach you're using and make note of the IAF and FAF altitudes to make corrections to ATC instructions if needed. Once at the IAF, hit the APR button on the AP (in my case, on the Logitech Multi-panel) and when close to the FAF (sometimes right before it, sometimes right after it), APR mode will take over (ALT button on AP will go off) and vertical guidance down the glidescope will begin. The AP will fly you right down to the runway if you let it. This works for most airports I fly too that have RNAV approaches, but then lately I hang around the Southeast U.S. mostly doing NeoFly missions. I'm not a RL pilot and only ever flown in Flight Sims. I'm not saying this is the correct RL way, just how I do it to get it done in MSFS. I have modified flight plans in the aircraft during flight and it seems to work, but I have always used the World Menu flight planner to make my initial flight plan. For the most part doing it this way, RNAV works and Vertical Guidance of the Glidescope works (even if the plane in real life doesn't have vertical capabilities, but that's MSFS for you).
  2. I had forgot about this as I always exercise every axis on the yoke, rudders and toe brakes to their full extent when I first enter any aircraft. It may be some of the control problems people have and thank you for bringing it back up to remind everyone to do so.
  3. Do planes in MSFS have the ability to set different handling characteristics for flight and for ground? My impression was that ground handling itself in sim is somewhat bonked and if you adjusted for ground handling, you messed up flight handling. That's just my impression though and I may totally be wrong.
  4. Actually it does, but just during during AP APR (even when the aircraft is not suppose to have it). It also depends on the airport sometimes. With the GNS530 mod you have to activate the Approach yourself. This just puts you on the assigned approach to get you to the IAF. After that and once at the IAF you can then activate the APR button on the autopilot and it will capture the glidescope (usually at or near the FAF) and fly you right down to the runway. This depends on whether MSFS setup the RNAV glidescope for that runway and if they got it right or not (if they have you to high to capture it, etc.). When it all clicks it will provide vertical control right down the glidescope whether the plane has the capability or not.
  5. Many of us have even if they don't admit it. I did it a few months back flying a RNAV approach into KASE at night. Was following the approach and all of a sudden the runway approach lights disappeared. I thought mountain but it was already to late and my climb wasn't enough. I was in a GA plane and not an airliner, but I've flew flight sims for decades and should have planned better (night into KASE is tricky) instead of relying on ATC. Yes, trust but verify is good advice, but simmers are learning as they go (not being instructed). Sometimes we slack off because the stakes aren't real (got to get that snack, hit the john, etc.). So don't feel so bad. Now you/I/the next person that does it knows.
  6. The Mooney from Carenado is the same way. If you have the vent window open then as soon as your wheels leave the ground, instance overstress crash.
  7. Well, had the same plane in FSW from them and only the GPS100 was in it so I assumed that was what was in the plane they modeled it after. This is what their sales page for FSW said:
  8. I thought the Arrow was modeled on a plane they have easy access too.
  9. File a Zendesk ticket to hope they fix it in the future.
  10. You can find the hours for each individual plane (including community folder aircraft) in you local cahce folder (…8bbwe\LocalCache\SimObjects for MS version) For steam it will be in roaming (mine is in \Users\XXXXX\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Flight Simulator\SimObjects\ ). Select the plane in there to see it's state.CFG file which contains flight and hobbs hours.
  11. I have the issue from time to time and simply restarting the game from scratch seems to fix it.
  12. My routine for updates is to temporarily remove community folder content, apply the update, delete and then rebuild the rolling cache (don't have any manual ones), then shut down and restart MSFS to check if it's working decently. If so, then shut down again and reinstall community folder items and run MSFS to check it again. It's a lot to go through for a update, but I try to give myself every chance of MSFS working correctly or if not, then knowing if it's MSFS or a community item that's causing problems.
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