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  1. Hello I am using self loading cargo to simulate passengers and specific airline sounds. This add-on shares some features with fs2crew such as announcements, FO callouts, dings, passenger sounds and music. Most of these sounds are triggered at the same time. Although it's possible to resolve most of the "conflicts" by disabling certain options in one add-on or the other, the main conflict occurs with cabin announcements. With fs2crew it's possible to disable PA by moving the slider (FO cabin) to the left, but this also disable FO calls and conversations between crew and pilots (like boarding and closing doors triggers in the PF events). I haven't tried to manually delete some of the audio files yet. In this way, I guess I should be able to avoid "the double PA effect" without disabling the sounds I'd like to keep. In any case, I would like to ask you to consider more sound options in the config menu for the next releases, so to better separate what is said inside the cockpit - and between pilots and crew - from what is announced to the passengers. Cheers Mau
  2. Hi Guys and Gals, The AVSIM File Library is calling all enthusiasts! The growing community needs your help, and we have now opened more volunteer staff positions. We are currently accepting applications for Library Managers to assist us with the AVSIM File Library. Are you a student looking to build your resume? Or perhaps an avid simmer looking to give back to the community? Any and all are welcome to apply. Would you like to join our cause? POSITION OVERVIEW: AVSIM Library Managers, as a team, help process files uploaded to AVSIM, help with all AVSIM Library content, and answer e-mails. AVSIM has numerous pre-written e-mail template responses (and you can also create your own) for a variety of situations in order to speed up the e-mail answering process. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Processing new uploads (daily) and ensuring all newly uploaded files meet AVSIM criteria before processing them and making them available to the public. Contacting authors (through e-mail) if something is wrong with their uploaded files and explaining needed corrections. Our community appreciates a positive attitude and professional calm demeanor when dealing with any contributor, member, or staff member. Managing User Accounts: Updating the e-mail address on member accounts Deleting member accounts Helping members who have forgotten their log-in details Managing all library files and content (updating details, deleting files, adding/removing file(s) required link(s): When needed - editing the description and title fields of files. On occasion - correcting/updating the author field of files. Linking associated files (e.g. updates and/or corrections). Answering library members' and file authors' e-mails - providing assistance. REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for this position, an applicant must provide information (e.g. written introduction, summary of background, experience in similar positions) Access to either TeamSpeak or Teamviewer for training purposes. Able to install, to configure, and to utilize Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client. Have an account with AVSIM Library and AVSIM Fora. Have schedule flexibility to allow approximately 5 - 10 hours per week. If you're concerned about possibly volunteering 10 hours per week, we want to be real with you here. It's very rare that's going to happen. We work together as a team and most days you just need to check in a few times daily when you have time to make sure the queue is empty and e-mails are answered. So long as we work as a team, and do a fair share, there should never be a day you have to volunteer more than an hour a day. OTHER SOFT SKILLS/ABILITIES: Have a good understanding of Simulators. Have a good understanding of the AVSIM Online! Fora. Have a "Winner" attitude. Be a team player. Communicate effectively. Must be detail oriented. If you are interested, applications may be submitted using our "Contact Us" form from the forum menu or by sending an email to: library (at) avsim dot com. Thank you for considering giving back to the community! Happy Contrails
  3. Through the gracious offer from Marty Arant, consultant to Laminar Research, we can now provide an audio of Rob's Key Note address on Saturday evening at the Awards Banquet of the 2013 FANCON. In his Key Note, Rob addresses the future of flight simulation and the passion that he sees in our community and the need for that passion in the future. This is a zipped MP3 file and it is just over 12 megs in size. You can find it here. Thank you Marty! We really do appreciate it.
  4. Just Flight, the UK publisher of numerous flight simulation add-ons and an innovator in our hobby, today announced they will be exhibiting at the FANCON next month in Wichita, KS. Just Flight joins our growing list of exhibitors. By announcing its presence, once again, Just Flight strongly signals its support of the North American market and hobbyists in flight simulation. If you want to meet some of our hobby's longest serving providers of add-on's and innovation, you should register for the event today. You can register here. If you would also like to exhibit you can get the necessary information and register here. View attachment: jflogo.jpg
  5. AVSIM is very pleased to announce that Robert Randazzo, of PMDG, has accepted our invitation to be the KEY NOTE speaker at the Awards Banquet on Saturday night, May 4th. The Awards Banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn, the FANCON hotel after the meal service. Following Robert's Key Note Address, Reader's Choice Awards and the AVSIM BRAVO ZULU Awards will be presented. We are still waiting to hear from Rob what his topic(s) will be, be we are confident that they will be informative and worth the price of admission. Captain Randazzo is not only an avid simulation enthusiast, but an active pilot and of course, the head of one the best known commercial organizations in our hobby. Register for the FANCON today and do not miss out on this event.
  6. We are pleased to announce the opening of registrations for the 2013 FANCON to be held in Wichita, Kansas at the Kansas Aviation Museum, which will also be held in conjunction with the Cockpit-Fest U.S.A. event. The hotel for the FANCON is the HOLIDAY INN WICHITA EAST I-35. The Saturday night Awards Banquet will be held there and a special room rate is available for all FANCON and Cockpit-Fest attendees of $77.00 per night plus taxes. This will be a large event with dozens of cockpits and exhibitors present, and hundreds of attendees from around the world. This is the first FANCON held in the U.S. since 2007 and we encourage everyone who can, to attend! We look forward to seeing you there and we'll be updating the registration and news page as necessary. You can read more detail and register here.
  7. AVSIM announced at the Saturday Awards Banquet that our Board of Directors have agreed to provide a donation to both the Kansas Aviation Museum of $2,000.00 and a $1,000.00 donation to the Cockpit-Fest USA organization. Throughout its existence, AVSIM has donated thousands of dollars to museums and deserving organizations around the world, including sponsoring scholarships at Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University. We are proud to continue that tradition with our donations announced last night to KAM and the Cockpit-Fest organization. We are confident that both organizations can put the donations to use to further our common interest in aviation.
  8. This is the Power Point presentation that was presented on Saturday night by Robert Whitwell at our Awards Banquet. Congratulations to all the winners and contributors to our great hobby. The various trophies for the winners will be sent out shortly. You can view that presentation here.
  9. We will post the entire presentation made last night at the Awards Banquet later tonight, but I thought folks would like to see the outcome of the Reader's Choice voting. It was very close in a couple of categories. So, here you are. Congratulations to all the winners. You will be hearing from Robert Whitwell regarding where to send your trophy. You can view the voting results here.
  10. We are pleased to provide the community an update on the AVSIM sponsored Richard Harvey Endowed Scholarship. First, some background. At the passing of Richard Harvey, team lead for the FLY! series of flight simulators, in early 2003, AVSIM opened a scholarship fund in Richard's name at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). Hundreds of community members and commercial organizations contributed to the Scholarship fund. The Scholarship reached over $10,000, at which point it could fund itself from year-to-year. In other words, it became self-endowed. Every year AVSIM receives an update from ERAU on the status and funding level of the scholarship. We are pleased to report the following: Fund Balance as of June 30, 2011: $16,106.36 Fund Balance as of June 30, 2012: $15,700.08 Amount Awarded in 2011 - 2012 Academic Year: $750.00 We will receive the profile of this years Scholarship recipient later this spring.
  11. Michael MacKuen made the following announcement just before 1500 EDT today. Closest Race Ever Concludes in a Dramatic Finish over the Black Sea (Wednesday, February 19, 2014) The 2014 Round the World Race was completed on Monday night with the three teams racing over the Black Sea into Sochi's URSS. After racing for fifty eight continuous hours, the end of the race was the closest ever. Team AVSIM finished at Sochi first but was carrying thirty five minutes' more penalty time as Team FlightSim and Team Sim-Outhouse came barreling in over the sea. Everyone was watching the clock and the visual flight tracker and the clock again – while trying to estimate whether the penalty margin would be enough or not. As fsxar177 and mickj300 screeched to a stop on the floodlit tarmac we all discovered that the difference was three minutes – FlightSim was not quite able to maintain the gap. Sim-Outhouse, flying accident-free, slipped in just before Team FlightSim for second "on the ground" though they carried a slightly larger accumulated penalty and finished third overall. Mr. Murphy, the carrier of ill-fortune, visited all three teams in about equal measure; but in the end, the maladies were allocated about equally so that the race was pretty much determined in the air. The finale showed just how equal are the teams' flying, planning, and organizing talents. The Wilhelm "Wilhe" Bendit Trophy Race Finish Order and Net Race Time The finishing times, counting the net bonuses and penalties accrued during the race, are: Team AVSIM 55:51 Team FlightSim 55:54 Team Sim-Outhouse 57:25 Congratulations to the 44 pilots who participated in this year's dramatic event. Kudos all around. Additional individual awards for performance will be announced in the coming days. The Executive Committee offers our thanks to all who participated.
  12. AVSIM has opened the Reader's Choice Awards nominations to our readers. These nominations will be used as the basis for an AVSIM membership vote for the Reader's Choice Awards, which will take place in March of 2013.The winners of the vote in March will be presented with the Reader Choice Award for his or her category at the 2013 FANCON Awards banquet, which will be held on May 4th in Wichita, Kansas. All of our members are enouraged to participate in the nomination process. Your nominations and the following vote will provide recognition for those in our community who have contributed to your enjoyment and the growth of our hobby. Place your nominations today! You can find the nominations categories in the 2013 FANCON forum.
  13. AVSIM is looking for an IT manager that is very experienced and willing to volunteer to maintain and keep our systems running at peak efficiency. This person must be a U.S. Citizen and must reside in the U.S. The volunteer must provide at least five verifiable references and a resume detailing at least 5 years of experience in an IT technical position. Preferably, this person should live in the middle east coast area, and be available to travel on reasonable notice (weekends, etc.) to supervise services provided to our hardware located in northern Virginia. Needless to say, being a flight simming enthusiast will add significantly to our consideration of this person. Ideally, the candidate will have the following critical experience: Unix / Linux (Centos Linux) Apache server MySQL DNS, LDAP, DHCP, FTP, SSH NAS, Switches, Router, Ethernet configurations and mapping PHP Admin Tools that will initially be available to the candidate will be Webmin, Usermin, SSH Telnet, FTP, NAS front end software, and router administration among others. Additional skills that are "nice to have" would be web design, Java, familiarity with IPBoard, management of subcontractors and an ability to work under pressure when necessary. This is a very senior position within AVSIM and could result in appointment to the AVSIM Board of Directors with time and experience. As a BOD member, this position contributes to the direction and policies of AVSIM and helps to establish AVSIM Community outreach and charitable initiatives. If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and references to bod@avsim.com. DO NOT post a reply to this in the forums. Please only respond if you are serious about the position and are willing to volunteer your time to the management and continuing success of the flight simulation community's premier resource.
  14. The Board of Directors of AVSIM and our global staff are pleased to welcome back Doug Horton as Contributing Editor. Doug became hooked on flight simulation in 1990 and he wrote reviews for Avsim in our early days. Our hobby led him to achieve private pilot certification in 2000, an instrument rating a few months later, and he’s been writing exclusively for flight simulation magazines since then. Doug is returning to Avsim, where he will focus initially on writing reviews about hardware for flight simulation, from computer components to displays and other accessories; an area of reviews that we definitely want to increase our tempo with, and one that we are confident that Doug can deliver. A little bit of Doug's background; after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Doug became a nuclear submarine officer, where he believes he spent about 10,000 hours underwater. After 25 years combined active and reserve service, he’s a retired Navy Captain, and subsequently, he’s served as a corporate executive, consulting engineer, and professional speaker on engineering topics. Doug holds graduate degrees in engineering and business, and he currently flies a nicely equipped Cessna 182S with several co-owners, based at Chicago Aurora Municipal Airport (KARR). With a few add-on gauges and control panel modifications, Doug simulates flying the same airplane in FSX. You’ve likely seen and met him at several Avsim conventions, including the most recent in Wichita. From all of us at AVSIM, we’re glad to say, “Welcome back Doug!”
  15. The voting is now open for the location of the 2014 FANCON. If we hold a FANCON in 2014, which of the cities nominated would you like to see the FANCON held? Here's your opportunity to vote for your preference: http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=7c21797e-1e52-46ca-8abb-a1ee20d25546 We will close this voting on the 1st of November. Place your vote and let us know which city you prefer.
  16. We are pleased to announce that live video of the Awards Banquet will take place on Saturday night commencing at 8 p.m. EST. The Awards Banquet will be held in the ballroom of the venue hotel. We are pleased to bring this first live Awards Banquet event to you, and hope that you will tune in no matter where you are. The schedule for the live feed is an introduction by Tom Allensworth, followed by the Key Note address from Rob Randazzo of PMDG, followed by the Reader's Choice Awards and the AVSIM BRAVO ZULU Awards. We will then give away gifts in our raffles that vendors have graciously contributed to (and there are some stunning gifts to be had). We hope you can join in live, but if not, you will be able to see the video later on Sunday as we post it to our video library. The URL for the Live Streaming is: http://ustre.am/XOp9 which will come live at about 7:50 p.m. Saturday night.
  17. On Sunday, May 5th there will be a very special Stearman Bi-plane fly-by for Cockpit-Fest. The aircraft will fly past the old 1929 Stearman Sales Hanger. The planes will fly past the Kansas Aviation Museum and then make a turn near the factory building where all the Stearman bliplanes were made. This is a special event that you will not want to miss. The Stearman factory was eventually purchased by Boeing which lead to the modern facility that builds 737 fuselages and Dreamliner cockpits today. After WW1, Lloyd Stearman moved back to Wichita, Kan., where he found a job doing cubical structure design work for the S.S. Voigt architectural company. By 1920, he had become a mechanic at the newly formed E.M. Laird Airplane Co., building the "Swallow" biplane. In 1924, Laird reorganized the company to form the Swallow Airplane Manufacturing Co., with Stearman as chief engineer and Walter Beech as test pilot and salesman. Stearman and Beech worked on the prototype for a new airplane with a welded tubular steel fuselage but it was not approved. As a result, in 1925, Walter Beech, Lloyd Stearman and Clyde Vernon Cessna, an aeronautical engineer, formed the Travel Air Co. in Wichita, and the Travel Air commercial biplane first flew the same year. In October 1926, Stearman moved to Venice, Calif., where he did some stunt flying and where he met Fred Hoyt and Mac Short, also Kansas fliers. The trio formed Stearman Aircraft Inc. to build planes for the movie industry. They built the first "Stearman" C-1 and the C-2. However, business was slow. A former investor, Walter Innes, convinced Stearman to take his company back to Kansas, helped by friends in Wichita who raised $60,000 to facilitate the move. The renamed Stearman Aircraft Co. in Wichita started out 1927 equipped only with two lathes (9 and 16 inches), a 20-inch drill press, five small bench drills, an 8-inch shear, a 4-inch roll and a beader. Nonetheless, it built the successful C-3, designed for both mail and passenger services. It was used by Charles A. Lindberg to survey the route for Transcontinental and Western Airways, and 136 were built. In 1931, the well-known Los Angeles flier, Ross Hadley, took the Model C-3B on a trip around the world. In the early 1930's the Stearman Company designed and built a training airplane for the US Air Force and Navy, based on the earlier Model 6. The prototype, named Model 70 took the skies in 1934, followed by the final production series Model 75, which had its maiden flight the same year. Designed as a military aerobatic trainer it featured a rugged airframe stressed to high load factors of 12 Gs positive and 9 Gs negative. The hallmark of all Stearman aircraft was that they were highly sophisticated and well made, but expensive machines. When the Stearman Compay was puchased by Boeing this airplane became known as the BOEING STEARMAN, produced in large numbers by Boeing Airplane Company in Wichita, Kansas. Stearman Hangar, now known as Building #9, is located at what was the north end of the old Municipal Airport on the grounds of McConnell Air Force Base, near the Kansas Aviaiton Museum. Stearman Aircraft Company (Boeing) built the structure in 1929, at a cost of $42,000. The company used the one-story building for storage and display of new airplanes before they were delivered to the purchaser. Stearman hangar is now owned by the Kansas Air National Guard and was used a squadron building by the Civil Air Patrol. The building has a functional-utilitarian design with some Spanish Mission architectural elements. The north facade has eight cantilevered steel and glass sliding doors and is said to be the first aircraft hanger to utilize them. The building has concrete footings, foundation walls and floors. The interior walls are 13 inches thick and made of brick. View attachment: stearman_aircraft_640.jpg View attachment: StearmanFactory.jpg View attachment: StearmanHanger9.jpg
  18. Wichita, Kansas (May 4th and 5th): There will be a public debut for the new John F. Kennedy Air Force One exhibit during the Cockpit-Fest USA and AVSIM simulation convention to be held at the Kansas Aviation Museum. The replica, which is built from a real 46-foot long aircraft fuselage, is currently undergoing conversion in Augusta, Kansas from a President Nixon configuration to the earlier JFK configuration. It will feature the cockpit, an Air Force One communication station, a presidential stateroom, and a bedroom that was specifically designed for the Kennedys. "It is fitting that the JFK Air force One debuts in Wichita, Kansas, because the Wichita Air Force One program here not only supported SAM 26000 but has provided upgrades and maintenance on every Air Force One since the 1960's," stated Steve Cannaby, president of Nu-Tek Aircraft Instruments which is converting the replica to the JFK configuration. "Normally the Air Force One support personnel cannot talk about the work they do but this replica will give them the chance to show their friends and family what an Air Force One is like," Cannaby noted, "and this will be the only public appearance of this exhibit while it is still under conversion." In addition to touring the JFK style interior the public will get to see some of the conversion work in progress. Owned by the American Presidential Experience, in its Nixon configuration this SAM 26000 replica has been used in movies and for exhibit at several Republican Presidential Conventions in addition to being displayed at the Presidential Museum in Branson, MO. "JFK was the first President to use SAM 26000," stated Kansas Aviation Museum executive director Lon Smith. "Later, Jacqueline Kennedy decided the Presidents' planes needed a special livery and commissioned Ramond Loewy to design a new one. That livery is still used by all Air force One aircraft to this day." After Cockpit-Fest USA the replica Air Force One will be placed on display at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas, in remembrance of the JFK assassination and the swearing in of President Lyndon Johnson aboard SAM 26000. Cockpit-Fest USA will feature multiple privately owned aircraft cockpits and flight simulators that will be transported from across the United States to the Kansas Aviation Museum for one weekend of public display. The AVSIM Simulation Convention will feature International participation of simulator vendors and enthusiasts of flight simulations such as Laminar Research X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator.
  19. The Kansas Aviation Museum (KAM) made the following announcement today: "The Kansas Aviation Museum in association with the Newark Air Museum, UK is hosting the 2nd annual Cockpit-Fest USA this May 4th and 5th in Wichita, Kansas, the Air Capitol of the world. You are invited to bring your cockpits and simulators for outdoor display during this 2 day event held in conjunction with the AVSIM Fancon, the world’s leading international flight simulator convention. Confirmed cockpits attending include a 737-200 simulator, general aviation simulator, AH-1 Cobra simulator, NASA DC-8 simulator, F-4 Phantom simulators, B-52 Stratofortress cockpit, DC-9 cockpit, A-7 Corsair cockpit, F-84F Thunderstreak cockpit, F-15A Eagle cockpit, and the President Kennedy Air Force One replica cockpit and Stateroom." AVSIM will also start opening up registrations later this week for the 2013 FANCON which will be held in conjunction with COCKPIT-FEST USA. If you have a cockpit that you would like to exhibit at this huge event, please go to KAM information and registration page here. View attachment: cockpitfest2013banner.jpg
  20. Hi Bryan, I just recently updated P3Dv4 from v4.3 to v4.5 and at the same time installed the v1.4 update for FS2Crew 747 QOTSII voice control and I seem to have a bizarre issue now with the PM announcing the 10,000ft level at approx 30,000ft on the way up and similarly on the way down at around the same altitude. On both occasions Baro was set to STD. Any thoughts what could be causing this? Regards Mark
  21. Volair Sim announced today that they will be exhibiting at the 2013 FANCON. If you are not familiar with Volair, you might want to pay a visit with them at the FANCON. Volair Sim describes themselves as; "Volair Sim™ cockpit is a world-class universal flight and racing simulation chassis that is factory pre-configured for many of the most popular flight and racing simulation accessories from companies such as Logitech®, Saitek®, Thrustmaster®, and CH Products. The Volair Sim cockpit chassis is one of the most affordable yet most complete flight and racing sim chassis systems on the market. It is a perfect solution for all flight or racing simulator enthusiasts or anyone desiring to improve flying or racing skills." Bart Waclawik, President of Volair had this to say about their attendance at the FANCON: "We will be bringing our fully set-up IFR-capable cockpit so hopefully a lot of fun for the participants. In addition, we have partnered with PilotEdge.net which will have a pilot fly our sim during FANCON connected to the PilotEdge.net network which, will provide real-time FAA-like ATC services (service designed for professional pilot training). So it will be a really realistic demo" Here is a 25 minute video introducing the Volair Sim system being used with PilotEdge:
  22. VATSIM ZKC has announced that it will provide real time ATC from the 2013 FANCON. The VATSIM ZKC controllers will be operating from the interior of the Kansas Aviation Museum's KC-135 Tanker in real time. Real time ATC will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday of the event. Times are set to be 10:00 A.M. to 5 P.M. Central time (-6 GMT) on both days. Tentative plans are to provide full coverage for KSTL (St. Louis), with controllers operating Kansas City Center; St. Louis Approach, Tower, Ground, and Delivery. On Sunday, ATC will be provided for KMCI (Kansas City), and controllers will be operating Kansas City Center; Kansas City Approach, Tower, Ground, and Delivery. Attendees to the FANCON will be able to board the KC-135 and view the VATSIM ZKC team in action. VATSIM members from around the world will be able to participate in the event as well during the operating hours of the event. If you have not yet signed up for the 2013, we suggest you do! You can read more about the FANCON and register here.
  23. PMDG's Robert Randazzo today informed AVSIM that they will sponsor the FACON 2013 Awards Banquet which will be held on the evening of Saturday, May 4th. The Awards Banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn Wichita East I-35, our "home" for the 2013 FANCON. AVSIM is very pleased that Rob and his team are sponsoring the event and we look forward to the gathering of sim enthusiasts under the PMDG banners. For more information on the Banquet and the FACON in general, please read this.
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