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  1. TDS will soon release an update for addons which allow for use of both TDS GTN and WT GNS (the new early access version in the Marketplace). At the moment, addons like the Carenado PC12, Black Square Analog KingAir, and Blackbird (Milviz) C310, which use allow for a selection of GNS or GTN units, will not work completely. Both units will fight for control over the autopilot. Addons such as the FSW C414 are unaffected by these new GNS units because FSW has defined a set of avionics per model. Here's my screenshot showing the TDS GTN 750Xi next to the WT GNS 430. At the moment no variables are shown on the GNS430. It may be possible, later, to have a secondary GPS source with populated data (I asked Matt from WT about this). In this example I would use the GNS430 for additional navigational reference like selecting direct a fix to gather distance/track info. That being said the GNS430 will still function as a COMM2/NAV2 for the time being. Additionally, in this specific Carenado example, it is quite possible that Carenado will adapt a GTN 750Xi/650Xi combination instead of the 750/430. GNSlvarsPC12 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr
  2. Finally I can share my thoughts... The initial release of this addon was not pretty. I had low fps after a short while, an electrical system that completely died, a semi frozen CDI needle paired with the GTN (and no lpv glidepath), and low power on initial departure (and or low ASI reading). It was a hangar queen for the last two months. I'm happy to report that Carenado has recently released a patch, version 1.1, that has fixed these issues for me. It did take a while (we know the marketplace is fairly slow so it's not completely Carenado this time). I am finally able to enjoy this aircraft. And I do recommend it! It's fast, all weather capable including Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI), pressurized, has onboard radar, and supports the TDS GTN 750Xi and the PMS GTN 750. It will run the early access WT GNS530/430 combo but I would not call the two compatible at the moment. I was experiencing partially inop AP functions such as vertical guidance during an RNAV approach to lpv mins and non functional altitude selector. This is to be expected as the PC12 patch just came out and so did the WT GNS. Flying the PC12 by hand is enjoyable, it's a smooth and stable, yet nimble airframe. Takeoff or landing with short runways is a simple task. It does appear to hit performance numbers (google a manual for the PC12/47) in cruise with a top speed of around 270 ktas. Down low you can easily do 200 KIAS with a psi around 36.0 (typical cruise setting). Stall speed in the flaps down config (dirty) is a measly 67 kias with max gross weight. (Just fast enough to hurt yourself). Sounds are pleasing to the ear - I don't think they modeled accurate beta range but you will hear the sound once bringing the throttle to reverse detent. Now is the time to take your PC12 out of the hangar and enjoy flying with it (don't forget your update via the Content Manager). Here's some various screenshots that I hope you enjoy! Freeware KEDC airport KEDC1 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr KEDC2 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr (You'll find a host of freeware repaints such as this one at flightsim.to) KEDC3 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr (And a few repaints by me) dlh11 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr cockpi1 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr CO1 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr CO3 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr brasil by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr bras3 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Well equipped for IMC tdspc121 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr suisse1 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr The PC12 in its happy place... suisse2 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Air Ambulance ops rfdsflying by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr rfdsflyingsunrise by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr orangetoronto by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr orangelanded by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr And of course personal transport - skiing anyone? ribbons1 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr chronos1 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr chronos3 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr It also includes multi-level cockpit/cabin lighting cockpitnight by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr
  3. For about the last year I have not been able to properly load any one of the four Carenado aircraft I have. TBM-850, Piper Malibu Meridian, Cessna Citation 525, Cessna Citation 560. The exterior views of all four aircraft are fine. The problems are with the interior. The panel, floors, walls, ceiling, passenger cabin (except for the windows and seats), are all transparent. The condition lever moves but won't stay up. The yoke does not push or pull, none of the clickable locations operate, and when trying to start, the engine burns up. I've tried un/reinstalling and that doesn't work, not getting much support from Carenado. I was just wodering if anyone else has experienced this problem, or better yet, have they figured out how to correctly install them. Any input would be appreciated. HELP!
  4. Real life was being a bit of a swine today, so once things had calmed down I went for a brief sortie from one of my bucket list places:- Princess Juliana Airport, Sint Maarten. I flew out to Saba Island, landed, then flew back to Grand Case, Saint Martin. I should have taken more screenshots, but I just wanted to escape to the virtual skies. Here's the Skymaster all safe, sound and warm after the flight. Seems like I need to see if there an upgrade for TFFG - according to Google maps, all the light aircraft are parked on hardstanding..
  5. Three legendary aircraft, the Citation, the Enstrom copter, and the Cessna 170 lastly shown flying over Roanoke VA..... I love the Manhattan flyover every time I do it, reminds me of my one and only visit in '99 when I was working at JFK airport installing and teaching business systems at the then JFK Hilton. On one day off, me and my business colleagues took a taxi to Manhattan, splitting the cost. Then we went to the Art Museum on central park. They wanted to go bar hopping, I wanted to visit the World Trade Center (little did I know back then its fate). I got to stand atop the WTC, on a wildly windy and clear day, I could see to JFK, to Connecticut, to Jersey, all over the place on that December day in '99. The outdoor observation deck was a gathering of nations, accents from all over the place surrounded me, I took a snapshot of a British family and they returned the favor taking my snapshot, although I hated the pic with my freezing red face from the wind chill, and my wind blown hair. I was a nervous Nellie as I descended into the WTC's subterranean Mall to catch the "A" train back towards JFK, though it did not go all the way. I had thought of all the iconic subway movies, including the seldom remembered movie of the week "Short Walk to Daylight", about an earthquake hitting Manhattan. But I made it back to the hotel I was working at (where I met Alan Alda, he stayed there, along with the Jet Blue trainees). I did not bug Alan Alda but enjoyed listening to him talking as he ate dinner near me, I moreover enjoyed the friendship of the Jet Blue Trainees--the airline was just getting ready to launch. We'd drink together, laugh together, they knew I was a frequent flyer and aviation buff. The pilots mingled easily and non arrogantly with the rest of the flight crew trainees. I knew from their vibe and warm companionship, because they knew my two colleagues had to go home to prepare for a Y2K conversion since the Hilton paid for me to spend additional training time there, that their airline launch would be a great success. And I am so so glad they saved the TWA terminal which I had gone thru on a couple of trips to Europe, it was so beautifully designed. A week later I was on the opposite coast with just a Christmas day stopover to visit my wife and newborn daughter in Phoenix. I did the Y2K conversion of a Best Western in Seattle (although I had proven during testing of the system I replaced that it was Y2K compliant, but we wanted our clients to be on Windows based systems back then). It was the Y2K conversions that trained me to be a Windows LAN/WAN installer, which helped my later career when I wanted less travel, since I could travel 40-45 weeks out of the year from 93 to early 2000. My daughter as she approached eighteen got to go atop the new WTC, I remember the early designs for it and I like the design that resulted from the architectural studies, especially because upper Manhattan now has tall towers, the new WTC has not been out landmarked by them, even though they are taller. John
  6. The Falcon 50 over Colorado and Nebraska, and the Shorts 360 over DC and Virginia... John
  7. I modified the aircraft.cfg cabin view so the viewpoint can be moved anywhere in the cabin..... Just replace the cabin camera definition with this section (the lines in bold can make any fixed camera interior viewpoint movable) [CameraDefinition.009] Title = "Entire Cabin" Guid = {a191c48f-ef1f-4784-986b-69a08f4fd1dd} Origin = Virtual Cockpit SnapPbhAdjust = Swivel SnapPbhReturn = False PanPbhAdjust = Swivel PanPbhReturn = False Track = None ShowAxis = FALSE AllowZoom = TRUE InitialZoom = 0.39 SmoothZoomTime = 2.0 ZoomPanScalar = 0.75 ShowWeather = Yes XyzAdjust = TRUE ShowLensFlare=FALSE Category = Cockpit PitchPanRate=20 HeadingPanRate=60 InitialXyz=0.6, -0.10, -2.60 InitialPbh=10, 0.0, 180
  8. I like this aircraft, it flies so well, and anything that has RealityXP Integration makes the flying more fun. I decided to use a livery and place pertinent to the livery, Japan, spent just a day there once, actually one night and one day on the return, back in 92 when I had do something in Guam for Genentech. I listened to the Celine Dion album that was released just that year on my way across the Pacific to Japan and Guam, Northwest was playing it on one of their airline music channels. So I listened to the album again last night for the first time in years while flying the Saab 340 over Japan. I've only flown a Saab 340 once, I believe with an airline affiliated with United, between O'hare and Indy I believe. It's a nice ride, I like 2x1 aircraft, if you are lucky enough to be in the single seat set of rows, you are in first class, with a window seat and an aisle seat, nothing is better than that. John
  9. I love the initial climbout heading to Socal out of SFO, as one climbs over the south SF Bay then glides past Monterey Bay, reaching cruising altitude right about that point. It is such a scenic part of the route to Socal, passing the Pacific Coast along the San Andreas fault system, looking down at Santa Cruz and deep Monterey Bay and towards Carmel. John
  10. A nice pair of cities to fly between in Xplane11. Gotta love Reality XP, I love the way you can program the flight from takeoff to vectors for final then you can hand fly the approach once lined up, as I end up for Midway 4R. I have landed and taken off from Midway just once, in an American Trans Air 757 on my way from Phoenix to La Guardia in '99, flew a 727 from Midway to La Guardia and had a beautiful approach into La Guardia, with downtown Manhattan off to my left. It was a funny flight my office travel agent scheduled, because I was going to JFK to train the staff at the then JFK Hilton which was converting to a Best Western. My two week trip ended up extending to four weeks so I could do additional accounting training, sales and marketing training, and housekeeping report programming for the hotel using Crystal Reports, which could mine our proprietary database. I was surprised at how small the CIO's flat was in Queens, much smaller than my Phoenix apartment, but he loved the city lifestyle. I became close friends with the Front Office manager, a man from the Middle East though I forget what country, and after 9/11 almost two years after my visit, we stayed in touch until he moved back to the Middle East with his family. Sadly the hotel I trained went out of business for a while, but friends have told me it is back in business. I ate dinner with Alan Alda in our small restaurant back in '99, but did not bother him--but in tribute I have the last episode of MASH in high def video. Also, a former bike shop owner from Napa where I used to live visited the hotel while I was there and ate the same day Alan Alda was there, he gave me the oddest look, recognizing me but not recognizing me. His shop did repairs on my bike way back when, in the 80's. Last I have mentioned before, Jet Blue was starting up and their flight attendants and pilots were at the hotel, and we'd have one or two beers together, they would buy me beer, they were just a great bunch and a predictor of the success of the airline. From my hotel room, it was adjacent to runway 13L, and I heard a roar and looked out the hotel room window just in time to see the Concorde come roaring past just before touchdown. The hotel put me in the runway facing room at my request so I could traffic spot during my time off. Bless that hotel, they upgraded my ticket home on America West to First Class, since I was flying home on Christmas Eve and only had Christmas Day at home before doing a Y2K cutover at the Best Western Space Needle in Seattle, so I did a coast to coast trip during that December in '99 and saw the Seattle Y2K celebration with the Best Western's owners on the hotel roof. John
  11. Hi, I purchased the ATR 42 yesterday and when I went to install it I got the error invalid serial, I've followed the instructions on the support forum but after turning off all anti virus and firewalls it still tells me invalid serials. I know the problem is the installer not being able to connect to the server because I tried to install another product from Carenado that I had successfully installed in the past and that gave me the same error. I have no idea what else to try. Any help would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you
  12. Hey Guys so i recently bought , a new airplane from Carenado and i have this issue If i load up the model with all the systems and the screens closed , i am getting a solid 50 fps , as soon as i turn the batteries on , the fps drops from 50 to 0.3 - 0.5 Please help me guys !!! :( . I Never had anything like this , with the previous carenado planes i bought . I am getting frustrated cause i am thinking i spent my money for nothing . I have a good laptop , i am not saying it's the best , of course it's not , i have an Intel core i7 at 2.20 GhZ , my graphics card is : Nvidea Geforce GT 740M , A RAM that is 8 GB and windows 7 64 bit , i am also running the 32 bit version of fsx , just cause i am used at it all these years that i've been playing it . I NEVER, neverrr had any issues with any other Carenado planes i had , But as soon as i opened this plane in fsx , all hell broke loose . I mean as i said above if i load up the plane in a state without any power and avionics i am getting 60 fps , the problems start as soon as i enable the 2 batteries . Can anyone please help me ??? . I already sent a message to Carenado , but they seem to ditch me for some unknown reason . Do you guys know any solution ? P.S. I've already tried re-installing fsx , re installing SP2 , And the Acceleration pack or however you call it , and still nothing :(
  13. Flying the wonderful route out of Bishop in the wonderful and classic Cessna 421, a nice little airliner that can fly in the flight levels. John
  14. Love this route, due to the variation in scenery...
  15. Misc shots over California and out of Pueblo Colorado in the Citation 550. The California photoreal is MSE, the Colorado Photoreal is my own scenery, made with FSEarthtiles, and found here at Avsim in our file library (eight downloads in all). John
  16. After installing ORBX Telluride scenery in my P3DV4.0 (by FTX Central 3) I noted that Bonanza (P3DV4 default) vc panel textures were corrupted with a mixing of 2d and 3d images, moreover I had frequent CTD loading some Carenado planes (Phenom300, Navajo, C90, H850XP); this problems were never before ORBX Telluride installation. After lowering the grass detail level and other details using Telluride control panel, this problems were solved completely and everything returned to normal, no more CTD. In my modest opinion this interference is not fortuitous, connected maybe to an overloading of video card or other possible texture rendering interferences in my system. It would be interesting to know if other customers have had similar problems. Thanks, GR My specs: I7 6700K, 16 GB RAM, NVIDIA GTX 760 2GB, 2 x SSD .
  17. Enroute to Socal at FL350. Carenado finally updated the C550 for P3DV4. John
  18. I am trying to use my Carenado C180 G1000 sim aircraft to practice instrument approaches using autopilot. Using heading mode works fine but whenever I try to switch to NAV mode the airplane is turned North. The same happens in Approach Mode. I am using P3Dv3. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  19. Also, a link to a pilot's report from Flying Magazine.... https://www.flyingmag.com/aircraft/turboprops/tbm-850-jet-prop#page-2
  20. Since Carenado updated the C550, it's virtually all I fly now. I love the autopilot, the smooth framerates, and the aircraft handling. It's a fun throwback to the 70's and 80's when it reigned the skies. My flight was out of Napa (as usual) down to the LA Metroplex and into Santa Ana. Enjoy
  21. Need to give a shout out to the great customer service I received from PCAviator when updating all my old Carenado GA aircraft to V4. Thanks also to Carenado for providing the updates of course, but I felt the quick response and no hassle method from PCAviator was worth a shout out from a grateful customer. Placed an email to them last night with the info from my old (some 5 years old) planes that I could no longer fly. Today I get an email back from PCAviator with the codes I needed to update these birds. Below you see a spreadsheet I keep of all (well most as it's a work in progress, hehe) of my Simming purchases. I filter/sort them when I need to pull up some quick info. This view filters out all but Carenado planes bought from PCAviator. As you may have noted, I bought 3 of them 5 years ago to the day...LOL...shows I cash in on the holiday season Carenado sale. :) This year I only purchased one net-new one...the CJ2 (really liking her so far). So....thanks to the efforts of these 2 companies, planes I have not flown in years are now sitting all shiny and new in my P3DV4 hangar with a net cost of $0.00 to upgrade....I call that a deal. I'm grateful to both companies...thanks again PCAviator and Carenado!
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