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  1. Firstly, I'm an FSX:SE user on an FSX:SE forum. So I won't (and can't) comment on P3D. I've been thinking about the original post and can't come up with an easy solution. I run ORBX products including all the land classes and most of the regions. I also run with MyTraffic, Vector, ActivSky, Navigraph, and loads of payware airports. I've learned to confine my PMDG 747 to AustralAsia/SA and I keep my PMDG 737 out of USA regions. Most of my flying is in Europe between payware airports while monitoring VAS occasionally. I've learned that I can't fly out of payware EGLL to payware EDDF without doing a pause/save/reload at TOD. I've also learned that I shouldn't sit on wingtips or clouds unless I want to risk OOM. All my flying is in VC mode. Other than a mega-refresh going on the background I can't explain your OOM. But I think there's plenty of entertainment left in this old flightsim.
  2. Folder is in C/Program Files (x86)/Steam/Steamapps/common/FSX
  3. It appears we have similar setups. I too use SimBrief for my route planning, but found that in some instances Navigraph wouldn't recognize (allow the "save") for the upper airways suggested by SimBrief. All was good when I manually deleted the "U" prefix from the airway designator. I always manually input the SimBrief route into the Navigraph route planner, validate the route through the Save and then input the plan into fmc. Good luck.
  4. I use FSX:SE and have the Heathrow airport from Aerosoft. I'm not sure this is a fix for you, but on several occasions I've had success auto-installing to FSX when FSX:SE should have worked.
  5. Hello all, I'd appreciate any of your comments. I have followed the instructions for uninstalling and reinstalling the 400 and get the activation error mentioned earlier. I have already purchased the 800, but can't use it because of the 400 authentication issue. I have not yet installed the 800. After reading the PMDG response to some of these same questions, I'm more confident that you users can help me. I would much appreciate any help from one of you who may have already solved the authentication error message (the 50003, etc. error message). Pete Donaldson
  6. I hope that a real world airline pilot can answer this question for me. Here's some background. I'm retired now after a career in finance, including aircraft from the PSA Bae146 to the more recent BBJ1. The career included the finance of business jets and various other fixed/rotary wing aircraft. I began flight sim three years ago and have the FSX and x-plane platforms with some wonderful aircraft from PMDG and other excellent developers. I'm presently looking hard at the Flight Factor 320 as my birthday present (to myself, of course). While explaining my desired "gift" to my wife, I found myself saying that these aircraft are "study-level" and close to the real thing in behavior and avionics. Then I paused. Is that true? Would a real world airline pilot have a straight face while telling me "Yes, Pete, these virtual aircraft are as close to the real thing as you can get without sitting in a $3 million dollar simulator". And yep, I've financed those too. I know this is a long-winded question, but can some pilots tell me these study-level aircraft are the real deal? I truly apologize if this subject has been covered before. Any response would be much appreciated. Pete
  7. I have the PMDG 737 and Queen. Enjoy them both. But I admit to some annoyance. It's not with the announced product. I'm glad to see evidence of continuing development in the simulation community. It's the buildup to the Big Announcement. My expectations were high. I avidly followed the threads of those in the forum trying to guess the "product line". Rushed home from a party to startup my computer and discover the new product. 10 years and so hush-hush. Had to be big, right? As you can see, I usually don't comment on the forum, being somewhat new to the sim world. But, to me, this was a "nothingburgher". Sorry. Pete Donaldson
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    Farewell FSW

    Interesting. But if that was my only option, I'd be looking for another hobby. Speaking for myself, much of my flight sim enjoyment includes downloading addons, appreciating the richness and effort of both payware and freeware developers and optimizing my system/environment for best results (for me). And yes, I'd also miss drooling over that next aircraft while explaining to my wife why it's a "must have". Pete Donaldson
  9. I'm new to flight sim and owe my entry to the FSX:SE sale about two years ago. I moved to x-plane four months ago, but continue to use FSX from time to time as I can't walk away from a good chunk of cash spent for scenery and aircraft add-ons. As a retired finance guy, I'm very interested in the marketing side of the sim business and, by extension, the recent DTG announcement. It seems that the only platform players at the moment are P3D, xplane and FSX. The future seems to belong to the first two. Lockheed has limited its potential customer base while xplane's appears wide open - at the very time when many boomers are retiring, may have some leisure cash, and are in search of something other than shoot-em-up games. I don't like to see the FSW departure because I think competition is healthy for the sim community. I hope the staff all land on their feet. But the sim business opportunity appears wide open and prospects look exciting.
  10. I moved to xplane several months ago, but I'll just say I ran into problems with some payware aircraft displaying when I started AS16 before starting FSX and when I ran in full screen mode instead of windowed mode. Perhaps a couple of AltEnters would help. Good luck.
  11. That's not too far from my own experience. About $2500 in two years of simming with FSX. I spend more time at it than you do. But I've been to war, raised kids, paid for colleges and weddings, worked like a dog. And now it's my turn. I've moved to xplane and the spending continues. My golfing friends spend far more than I do. But, that said, I confess to something of a "new toy" addiction when it comes to this hobby. Best regards.
  12. I have always started my weather add-on before FSX. I experienced CTD when selecting the QOTS from the default trike. I reversed the start sequence. FSX first, select QOTS, Fly Now - and then the weather add-on. No CTD problems. The Queen is indeed a beauty. Pete Donaldson
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