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    July 11th, 2015, 21:24
    Agree completely!
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    July 11th, 2015, 13:50
    Alan_A replied to a thread P3D vs. non P3D aircraft in Prepar3D
    Thanks - I have to get that hotfix installed, and then I'll give it a try. Not sure the hotfix itself will make a difference, but might as well compare apples to apples.
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    July 11th, 2015, 13:22
    @Tim-HH - having dug a little deeper in my memory and through the Interwebs... you're right about the JS4100 being more than a "lite" product. The confusion comes in because they first announced it as one, along the lines of their old Beech 1900. What was eventually published was a bit more complex - but still not on the level of their jet tubes - no system failures or abnormal procedures, for example. It'll be interesting to see how they handle their DC-6 - their statements so far suggest it won't be in the league of the NGX for realism, but that still means it could go into some depth. I guess we'll find out, eventually. The DC-3, if there is one, would be in the same "Classics" line. My question is, if they don't do deep systems modeling, how much of an advance will it be...
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    July 11th, 2015, 13:09
    Alan_A replied to a thread Best tube? in FSX General Discussion
    Re: preference for glass, I stand corrected. Advantage, Donnybalonny! That QW 787 does look really impressive - it might wind up on my short list.
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    July 11th, 2015, 07:30
    Alan_A replied to a thread P3D vs. non P3D aircraft in Prepar3D
    @donnybalonny - when P3D v2 first came out, it was giving me much better performance than FSX boxed in similar situations. A couple of years in, I feel as though the situation has reversed itself - FSX SE is amazingly smooth, and P3D 2.5 has gotten a little balky, for me at least - between working to cure microstutters, trying to resolve artifacts in SLI, and waiting... waiting... waiting... for decent anti-aliasing, I have to say it's refreshing, for now at least, to step back into FSX and just have things run decently. And as noted, there's the economics, too. Like you, I miss some of the P3D visuals - the cloud shadows and the volumetric clouds, for example - but I find it's a pretty quick adjustment back to FSX SE after adding some texture improvements. I thought it was an...
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    July 11th, 2015, 07:21
    Alan_A replied to a thread Best tube? in FSX General Discussion
    Hey donnybalonny - he actually says in the original post that he wants "complete and realistic avionics." That doesn't necessarily mean glass - as indicated by the fact that he says just above that he's taking a look at the Captain Sim 707. I agree with you about the QW 757 - it's a nice get-into-the-air-fast aircraft built on some smart choices about what to simulate and what to leave out. I've never been able to cure the overspeed problems, so I'll have to check out their forums - didn't know there were tips about how to change the descent profile. Thanks for that tip - most appreciated!
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    July 11th, 2015, 07:15
    Of course I like the idea of a PMDG DC-3. But in addition to the (years-long?) lead time, keep in mind that the notional DC-3, like the upcoming DC-6, is in their new "classics" line, which, like their "lite" products (JS4100) won't have the in-depth system simulation you're used to from their top-of-the-line tubes. So while it's bound to be very good, I'm not sure how much of an edge it'll have over Manfred's C-47v3, or whatever he'll wind up calling the one with Jan's vintage VC. I feel like, with that, my gooney needs are going to be taken care of for a long time to come.
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    July 10th, 2015, 20:00
    Nice one - looking forward to it! I don't want to be one of those "but-what-about-what-I-want" types, and I'll definitely be in on this one. But... :cool:... in the future, any chance of some early postwar variants, maybe some civilianized ones? Have always wanted a B-17 fitted out for SAR or salmon-hauling or what have you. It came to mind only because the absence of a chin turret put me in mind of some of the turret-less conversions. Again, this is not an "instead of" request, more a matter of, if you ever do it, I'll be in on that one, too...
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    July 10th, 2015, 19:37
    Alan_A replied to a thread Best tube? in FSX General Discussion
    @TeiscoDelRey - the rap on Captain Sim is that their products look good but are often buggy, and that the bugs don't always get fixed. However, the 707 has an excellent reputation. I've never flown it but it's supposed to be one of their best. Well worth a look. @PilotTJ - Same for me - I've never been able to get hardcore procedural about airliners. It's odd, because airliners were my first big point of connection with aviation (kid spending 60s summers right near JFK). But when I try to work with them in sim, it always feels to me like work. And not just work - work at a detail-oriented, process-intensive, big-organization job, which is not the kind of work I like to do. Getting all creative in a DC-3 is more like it. That said, I ought to give the 777 a try. Maybe...
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    July 10th, 2015, 19:29
    Alan_A replied to a thread P3D vs. non P3D aircraft in Prepar3D
    @DaveWG - Thanks. I honestly don't know whether it was you or somebody else who'd made the EULA/illegal point - I just read through quickly and noted something in passing to that effect. It seems to come up a lot, so I posted, this being my nit, as noted. But I wasn't trying to call out anyone personally. It isn't aimed at anyone, it's just escaping on the run... The RealAir Spit flies nicely for me in P3D but I can't get the switches to work. So, yes, it's a checklist issue. I can use it as a CTRL+E aircraft, but that's mostly against my religion. That said, I ought to try installing it again - maybe it'll "take" this time.
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    July 10th, 2015, 09:18
    Alan_A replied to a thread P3D vs. non P3D aircraft in Prepar3D
    Am coming late to this thread and I don't want to get into axe-grinding or long drawn-out EULA debates. So I'll confine myself to one nit and one broader observation. The nit: in US or English law, at least, someone who violates the EULA isn't doing anything illegal. The EULA is a private contract, and if you violate it, you're in breach of contract or committing some other sort of contract violation that would be addressed under civil law. It's not like piracy, where there are criminal statues. It's more like an argument - the kind that leads to cease-and-desist letters and lawsuits and such. Apologies, but the "illegal" thing about EULAs is like fingernails on a blackboard to me. So I had to get it out of my system. I feel much better now. Aren't you glad? The broader...
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    July 10th, 2015, 09:01
    Alan_A replied to a thread Best tube? in FSX General Discussion
    For me personally, this is a complicated question. I'm often frustrated about tubes - I'd like to get into them, but don't want to give up my warbirds and other vintage stuff, and so often find I don't have time to learn and master the more complex tube offerings. PMDG's stuff is wonderful, but it sits in my hangar because I can never seem to devote enough time to really mastering it. The A2A 377 would seem to be the right solution but isn't in practice because it's a slower-than-jet long-hauler, and I have a hard time fitting its mission profile into the rest of my life. Short-haulers work better for me. Among these, the Majestic Q400 would be great if I could get my mind around its really gnarly automation. A better fit is the Coolsky DC-9, which deserves a lot more credit...
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    July 7th, 2015, 08:36
    Just adding my +1 to this thread.
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    July 2nd, 2015, 08:53
    Alan_A replied to a thread Old Airmen in FSX General Discussion
    Average (thanks, Bjoern!) member here at age 55...
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