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  1. Hi @himmelhorse - if it's not against the forum rules, could you recommend some of these 3PDs that I might look into? I'm wary of these things usually - I'd only want to use well-supported, well-adopted solutions (e.g., not some weak attempt that has a high chance of being abandoned in 3-6 months as is so often the case in development libraries I deal with as a software developer). I'd be perfectly content to invest in a paid or subscription-based service that is run by a solid company with attention to stability (particularly as this sim is so new and with so many changes, it's a tough time for that right now). What I'm not looking for is to join an online community of simmers who work together over ATC. While it's something I may do someday, for the foreseeable future my aim is to become more familiar with general ATC operations, both VFR and IFR, on my own time at my own pace. I can (and have, lightly), look around myself, but I'm not confident what I'm looking at and what the solutions are really geared for, how well they're supported, etc. If you (or whoever) has an advice or recommendations in finding a suitable one given what I'd like to do, I'd certainly be appreciative. Thanks, -jack
  2. I've tried all frequencies at the destination airport, but I'll try again and make it a point to squawk 1200 to see if that helps. Thanks
  3. Hi - I've never really spent a lot of time with ATC in sims, but am trying to now, specifically in fs2020. I have some general questions and wondering if someone can give me some high-level responses... Departure: I'm doing VFR flights with a C172. When I start a flight at parking I can pick up ATIS and tune to Ground and request taxi clearance, and I can switch to Tower when holding short and request takeoff clearance. Once I get that, I'm pretty much done with ATC other than "I'll let you know when you're out of my airspace." I don't get any vectors for my takeoff direction (I have no other planes in the sky despite having tried to set that up, thinking some traffic and ATC chatter might be nice...). Cruise: I can't really do any radio work in cruise. I could request flight following (yay!), check nearby ATIS, but that's it. Not that there's much I expect to be able to do here, but it'd be great to be able to request winds aloft or a TAF from a nearby station or something... anyway, no biggie here, I can deal with it as-is Arrival So I near my next destination, a field in class Bravo. I can't do anything here. I can tune the radios to approach or tower or asos or whatever, but I can't make any calls. The only option i have is to request flight following (still, if I haven't already). There's just no option to initiate any of these calls in ATC. Therefore, instead of being vectored into Class B airspace for landing (which would be nice), I just do it myself (oh well, there's no traffic anyway, so I'll just pretend I was asked to enter a left pattern at downwind 45...). I land, turn off the runway, then I can contact Ground for taxi clearance to parking. This is a huge hole in the experience. I must be missing something?!? Or, my expectations are way too high? Re-Departure (Same Flight) Ok, so same flight here, I've drained the dragon, grabbed a snack, stretched my legs, ready to get back in the air... I can't do anything on ATC. No option on Ground to request taxi clearance to a runway (I have Ground Services, which doesn't include anything useful), no option to contact Tower for takeoff clearance. The best I can do is hop on the runway (not a problem, it's an eerily empty ghost-airport anyway), and take off. At about 200 feet, Tower finally speaks up: "XYZ, you were not authorized to take off!" Thanks buddy. There's apparently some pretty big holes in the ATC system. At very least I'd expect to be able to have the things noted above. Should this be possible? Am I missing something? Is it because I'm not filing a detailed IFR flight plan, that VFR at controlled towers just doesn't really work with ATC? In this latest flight I did actually set my arrival airport as part of the flight setup (which I hadn't been doing), hoping that'd at least let me contact Tower on approach and get vectored in for landing, but no luck there either, it made no difference. Any recommendations on things I may be able to do to make this experience a bit more authentic? Be it settings, configs, game operation, plugins... Thanks
  4. I'm not positive (haven't tried it myself), but suspect this should work. I'd expect sim should read it as just another type of input controller and you'd be free to configure/map them however you'd like from there. I don't think there's any particular restriction about having a single type of controller (though the default setup for it might be a little wonky).
  5. Partially, maybe, but hardly fully. I'd suggest it's a matter of risk... how much risk of a virus being downloaded to your machine while using a flight sim? There's many ways aside from AV to be security-conscious, and I think turning off active monitoring during a sim session is relatively low risk, provided you're careful about what is running during that time. Sketchy add-ins may be a risk, and email is usually the only other thing that "listens outside" that's also risky, but that can be mitigated fairly easily by closing your email client or having it download headers only by default. Anyway, it's a bit far afield the original post now, and I'll respect anyone's opinion/practices on matters of security, but that's my 2cents worth. Cheers
  6. Thanks for the confirmation. Odd though, at least in the US, couldn't they have gotten digital (and marked!) images from the FAA? Maybe there's some license/usage issue with getting it directly from there, but geez, they're way easier to interpret than aerial images, and it has all the info: https://www.faa.gov/airports/runway_safety/diagrams/ Anyway.. wish in one hand... By chance, do other sims have the same issue? (I'm thinking of perhaps firing up XP-11 as I hear the flight model is slightly more realistic there)
  7. (re-reading that post sounded a bit condescending - not what I intended at all, was more of a post for future lurkers that might have come across it due to the title and wanted some general tips...)
  8. I would highly recommend shutting down all non-essential background services and applications prior to running this. In recent years my little bit of playing with FSX:SE didn't really matter as I could never push the boundaries of my system (I didn't use any add-ons, really, tinkered only), but with 2020 being such a resource hog (for good reason)... I build a system from the ground up specifically for this, and the first thing I did after installing Windows was remove everything unneeded, the check all my startup services, etc. So, the OS is squeaky clean (or as squeaky clean as Win10 gets anyway...). If I were running this on a box not dedicated to the sim, I'd definitely come up with a batch script that shut all that stuff down prior to firing up the sim. Anti-virus, backups and update services are notorious for causing performance issues when they run. If they can't be turned off entirely, at least try to be careful of their scheduled run times and turn off live monitoring during flights, etc.
  9. Hi - in my setup, I'm using ForeFlight on the iPad and streaming sim's GPS data to it. Works great. Except... most airports I've been in don't seem to have taxiways laid out correctly in the sim, and while they're sometimes close "physically", the names are way off. E.g., Bravo might be on the south side in the Sim, but it's actually on the North side in real/on ForeFlight. This is a bit of a letdown as I was really hoping to practice ground ops situational awareness with ForeFlight. Further, there seems to be no way to find a taxiway diagram for the sim: all I can do is look at signs (which I guess is a good old-school way to do things, if my plate flew out the window on the flight there maybe, but not what I had in mind). Is this a known issue (or has it never been expected and I was just blindly wishfully thinking)? Is there some data I can upload to "fix" it? Is there some way I can view a taxiway diagram the sim provides, in a worst case scenario? Thanks
  10. Hi - two questions regarding wind settings (because I can't seem to find them anywhere and there's no in-game help or manual, apparently)... 1. when setting wind levels, what happens in the intervening space? Is this the same as x-plane, for example, if I set a level at 1000ft 0deg at 10kt and set another level at 11000ft, 180deg at 20kt, would I get: Ground: 0d at 10 500: 0d at 10 1000: 0d at 10 6000: 90d (or 270?) at 15 11000: 180d at 20 15000: 180d at 20 (or something close to that... is that how the wind layers are interpreted? So I could create shear by setting two close layers in opposing directions?) 2. Gusts: I see a gust slider for frequency in seconds (presumably how often it happens) and speed, which IIRC goes from 50% to 200%. What if I want a strong, steady crosswind coming from the ocean without a lot of gusts? Set my frequency very high and my speed to 50% maybe? But what does that actually mean? If anyone has insight as to how to interpret these settings, they'd be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  11. Perhaps there's some risk involved, as noted by w6kd, but I've transferred OS's this way fairly often myself and never ran into issues. My thoughts exactly. Spindle heads used to be a big factor, but with SSDs they're... nonexistent, so therefore not a factor. I keep them separate for ease of backups/replacement disks if needed.
  12. I built from the ground up with the 2080ti (oh well) and the i9-10900k, MSI Z490, 32g ram and a pair of SSDs (one for OS, the other for content). It installed and defaulted to Ultra and it works so well I haven't even measured framerates. I haven't been through NYC, but did a VFR down to Miami then out to Grand Bahamas over the weekend, and I didn't notice any slowdown around Miami (I'm more of a GA VFR guy anyway, so flying around NYC isn't really in my priority list... Lukla and bush flights in general are more my thing). Between the new box and hardware, an Obutto revolution and a Samsung 49" curved (running 5120x1440), I'm done spending on sim setups (thankfully still have some leftover for the real flights). The setup is amazing though. I'm glad I had the sim gear already (yoke, pedals, throttle quadrant, multi-panel, switch panel). I have ForeFlight for real flying and figured out to wire it up to FS2020. I'll be a lot happier once I can get my hands on a radio stack and maybe a GPS430 sim, but this setup has been a dream for 10+ years, and I'm quite happy to say that it all came together so well. Happy simming...
  13. My "little tv" sits about 15 degress up from my headset (which the reflectors are attached to), maybe 3-4 feet away. I haven't had any issue with it - I just bought it for this sim setup and wonder how I ever lived without it, I absolutely love it. It's handy to keep in mind that F9 will toggle tracking on/off, and F12 will re-center the view. I use both when I need to hone in on something on the panel (or if you prefer, during external view, etc.). The two key shortcuts are easy to remember and hit when needed, I haven't found it to be an inconvenience at all. I haven't tried any other trackers and haven't used TrackIR anywhere except FS2020, but it's smooth as can be and once I realized the F9/F12 shortcuts, it's perfect. The only slightly tricky part was finding out I had to "Update" in the TrackIR software after installing to get the sim to pick up on it, but after that it was smooth sailing.
  14. Does anyone know if msfs2020 has any function to get winds aloft while en-route? I can get the FSS frequencies but can't seem to make any call to them. I could work around it by pulling it up in ForeFlight, but wondering how one goes about keeping abreast of weather while in-flight in this sim. I'll take any general guidance :) thanks
  15. Hmm, I didn't notice any lag at all in the views. I'm using the default F9 (which I was pleasantly surprised to note worked while in the sim, and didn't seem to override any prior keys), and there's no delay at all. Not sure what differences might be contributing to that.
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