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    One of the rare few still using P3D, and one of even fewer still on v4.5. No, I won't be moving to MSFS any time soon.

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  1. First flight in all of March, an overnight from Denver to Cologne in the FedEx 777-F. Rotating out of Denver for the 10 hour crossing. Losing sunlight fast! Waking up a few hours later, safely cruising above the UK. Inbound the ILS for 14L. A great landing wraps up this 10 hour crossing, where to now? N846FD unloads at F23, and is currently resting in Cologne waiting for her next flight. Might go to Phoenix and then Mexico City.
  2. For a while now I've been in a constant pursuit of the "best" sky textures for P3D, from REX Skyforce to freeware packages from Pascal and Lucas Cavatoni, however I've always ended up being somewhat dissatisfied with the result as I personally feel none of them are 'perfect' for me. They're all just very close. At the minute my sky textures are Google Earth Sky Textures V2 from Lucas Cavatoni, and they're pretty good on the ground! But once you get to cruising altitude that's where the imperfections begin to seep in for me. Mostly about the grey band at the horizon which just feels too dark compared to the clouds, and more often than not ends up contrasting too much between each other and spoiling what would be a good image, as can be seen here - Exhibit A: Sure, it looks good to most people looking at it for the first time. But to me, I've seen this kind of picture so many times that a tiny thing like the colour of the horizon sets me off, and I just get a feeling of discontent with my sim, and it's these kinds of things that make it harder for me to start up and use nowadays. Perhaps the worst offender is my clouds. Holy s**t I cannot figure out how to get them the way I want, sure ASCA can look great but in my experience that's only under specific conditions. Take this for example; Exhibit B: You can also see that 'grey horizon band' which I was talking about far more prominently here, but the clouds really put me off sometimes. Why are there just random ugly grey clouds littered throughout the overcast layer? Why aren't the clouds far off in the distance blending with the horizon properly? (to be fair, that's probably the sky textures problem, but my point stands). "Okay then Chris, what other sky textures have you tried then? Surely there are some textures out there". Oh I've tried many, namely the entire set provided by REX Skyforce before deciding that there were only about 3 presets in there which I would consider using, and all of them have one glaring issue (colour doesn't blend as it goes up the sky to the zenith, looks too washed out, doesn't look good at cruising altitude/on the ground) but the biggest problem I have with RSF is how it has blue shadows and not gray shadows, like Pascal's Real Atmospherics or GE sky textures (although GE shadows are slightly lighter) Photoreal Sky Project by Pascal! It's like Real Atmospherics but it has different sunrise & sunset textures, and the daytime is a little bit darker. Should've been exactly what I wanted when I was looking for textures which were a fairly deep blue at cruising altitude, but not comically dark on the ground compared to real life images. Looks almost the same as GE? I don't blame you. Most people I've spoke to don't really see much of a difference, but I personally see it instantly because I spent hours at a time switching between presets to see which ones I like best in a number of scenarios, and basically choosing them based off of "which ones are good in the scenarios where i like to take pictures" or "which ones look good in most scenarios, and not in just certain scenarios" Look at that deep blue. Now photoreal looks great at cruising altitude, I think it's the best I have found for cruise. Granted these pictures will look different to you because of your monitor being different from mine. However, photoreal basically only looks great in this part of the flight - cruise. On the ground it's a different story. Yeah it looks alright, but the problem for me is that washed out blue at the horizon. I can't explain precisely why it ticks me off, but it just does. Enough to send me straight into my downloads folder looking for the next preset to try. You can't see it because of the angle of the picture, but another issue I have with photoreal sky project is how the blue sky when you're down on the ground gets too dark too quickly, normally the sky isn't that dark when you look up. At least not when I'm looking outside during the daytime. TL;DR - I'm upset with my simulator because of my sky textures never being perfect, and my clouds sometimes looking out of place or too dark. So, what would I do here? Don't get me wrong, I do want to fly, but every time I load up my sim to get ready for a flight, I'm looking out the window and I always feel like the sky textures can be better, and that "this picture could look a lot better than it does right now", or maybe just "my sim doesn't look great" which can on it's own make me too annoyed to fly! I've been through so many sky textures and I've never found ones which I truly like, and it's waning my interest in my sim because I know I'll get word not allowed off with my sky textures somehow. I feel like I'm not flying because I like to fly anymore, and more that I'm flying just because I have nothing else to do. Or maybe this is just a crazy rant which nobody would understand, but anyways. It's out there now. Perhaps I'm doomed to switch around sky textures and scour the caverns of the web (a.k.a forums) for another set which looks promising. Although, at least it would only need the daytime textures to look good, my sunrise and sunset ones are perfect at the moment, it's just daytime for me.
  3. Back in ALFG returning from Edinburgh this evening, half my screenshot folder for this month is this aircraft now! Loading up Taxiing to 24 Back to Frankfurt we go. And back in Frankfurt. Might need to go back to narrow-bodies again to mix up my screenshots folder a bit.
  4. A comfy winter Lufthansa Cargo Helsinki rotation was in order this week, so I loaded up D-AFLG (fantastic work by Tavers!) and headed up north Loading up at EDDF Starting the clock.. Off to winter wonderland! Sun setting over Sweden Dark finals into ILS15. Called it a night, as I wanted to fly back to Frankfurt in the day for the best screenshots, and screenshots did i take! Loading back up on a snowy Finnish morning This called for some deicing. Back to Frankfurt we go! A proper good look at the livery here, again, fantastic work from Tavers here. Foggy finals into ILS25R at Frankfurt. Back safe and sound in a chilly Frankfurt. I'm eager to do some more flying with this thing, I've always loved cargo ops and this livery is just a screenshot machine (under the right lighting, of course).
  5. Browsing through my aircraft list on Volanta, looking for some long-haul returns, and I find one of my 747's resting in Chicago waiting to come home to London Pushback from stand, starting the clock. Taxiing to 10C, giving a wave to the tower! And we're off to Heathrow! Foggy skies at FL110 Some time later.. She's back home at London Heathrow after 7 hours and 10 minutes. Here's to her next journey.
  6. As you can see in this screenshot, my Taxi2Gate Doha is missing some kind of objects in the middle there, as well as every single lamp pole responsible for a light. I have tried reinstalling it, i'm fairly sure the scenery order is correct as well. Settings issue or am i just an unlucky guy?
  7. Picked up the QW 787 this month, done a few flights with it so far and she's a looker! EGLL - KIAD EGLL - KDEN KDEN - EGLL OTHH - LOWW Long post, i know, but god she's a beauty and i can't get enough of my shareX bind when i'm with her.
  8. Gents, I've found myself in a conundrum here, because I've been looking at getting the QW787 for a fair amount of time now, but never got round to it because of the consistent reports of flight-ending bugs related to nosedives and crashes. But in 2022, I would have hopefully imagined that those kind of bugs would have been ironed out by now, so my question is: Is the QW 787 worth 80 USD in 2022? Or should i just save my money for something else.
  9. I downloaded the navaids World Update package off of https://www.aero.sors.fr/navaids3.html and then went into P3D to start an evening flight from EGJJ to EGLC, loaded into EGJJ and its got default scenery loaded in with UK2000 scenery objects overlapping it as well. All other airports are fine, (ORBX, FlyTampa, MK-Studios) and uninstalling the navaids did not fix the issue, so now i've gotta reinstall all my uk2000 scenery. Only question is - should the navaids package be affecting my airports? From what i understand it should be updating VOR's, NDB's and ILS frequencies. Also, is it even worth updating P3D's navaids?
  10. Just to add to this - i've tried deleting the default.xml in p3d's autogen folder, didn't fix anything. Reinstalled UK2000 EGLL and that hasn't done anything either. Also, some of the remaining lines of autogen cuts straight across the nearby lakes (using vector at the moment)
  11. I've noticed this problem for a while but its never really bothered me, and after fixing a missing autogen issue (thanks 29palms skiathos!!) i couldn't help but notice that this peculiar issue was happening near Heathrow. It only happens at EGLL, and i did a test and it only happens when i have UK2000 EGLL enabled. Turning it off and reloading fixes the issue. Perhaps a bugged autogen.xml in P3D? Maybe something happened in UK2K EGLL itself? I can't find any forum posts on their website about this issue (they're pretty dead anyways)
  12. True, i guess i've been subject to the secret rule of P3D that demands you only fly to payware scenery. Because it looks so nice! (And the airports are up to date and have GSX support usually!)
  13. Alright i figured it out, i'm already beginning to love this thing. And i haven't even landed it yet!
  14. Right, well i'm flying right now from UUWW-EDDF in the 744, wonderful departure out, only now i have a fuel imbalance issue 🙄 so i guess i have some more to learn before i try anything serious with this thing.
  15. Just to ask one more question for anyone still here - is the -8 expansion worth the whole 70 USD? (or rather, 52 USD with the sale right now). From what i understand, its basically only used by Lufthansa and Cargolux, at least they are the 'major' operators that i know.
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