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    November 16th, 2014, 11:43
    +1, Huub! It's amazing to me, given that I started flightsimming nearly 30 years ago, that we have all this variety, that we get to match aircraft and sim experiences to our tastes, and that we get to have debates like this. I was thinking how personal the choices get. I'm not a wealthy person and am not likely to be. My attempts to be one got me a nice cardiac stent, thanks. So I'm biased away from simming in airplanes I cold never afford, and I'm biased toward working airplanes, preferably with some hard mileage on them. I'm much more likely to fly the A2A military Mustang than the civilian one - it just seems more dignified to me, and much as I think it's wonderful that there are Mustangs in circulation that go to airshows and such, I don't personally want to experience the...
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    November 15th, 2014, 14:51
    So, punchline, after all that rigamarole I wrote up above, here I am, all set up with the 182 and the GTN 750, running my first test flights, doing the walkarounds and mapping out the gates to the DC SFRA. Damn you, A2A and my complete lack of sales resistance, damn you both! She's a beauty, by the way, nice and solid and totally different from the 172, which is totally different from the Cherokee. Will be doing some cross-countries this week. Maybe outbound in the 182, and back home in the P-51?
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    November 13th, 2014, 22:49
    Agree completely. From a business standpoint it'd be insane to do anything else. Think of the scale - instead of unit sales and one-off support, you sell X number of licences at a time (20? 50? 200? depends on the size of the client), and your support is delivered to a professional IT unit handling a standardized set of installations. It's wholesale instead of retail. Whether it's popular in the hobby or not, this is the future of flightsimming - the professional market generates volume, and we get the dividend. Am not sure if my post above was clear enough, so just to reiterate - I think A2A's move into GA is a great thing, and features like the walk-arounds are exactly the right offering for the professional market, individual pilots (whether active or grounded by...
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    November 13th, 2014, 21:07
    Interesting topic and a good discussion to be having. Clearly we all have our preferences, but we also have realities we have to deal with, and for me, that means that sometimes my aspirations for realism clash with my limited schedule. Several times I've bought airliner study sims but I've broken down trying to learn them. I simply don't have big enough blocks of time in the day to do them justice. For similar reasons, digital cameras saved my photography because I don't have three-hour blocks to work in the darkroom, but on a computer, I can work productively for little 15-minute bursts and over the course of several of them I can get something done. On the other hand, there's a polish that comes with some of the in-depth offerings that I like, even if I don't use all the depth. ...
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    November 10th, 2014, 16:11
    Great looking model but how close was it to completion? Were there flight dynamics? Sounds? Were gauges coded or are those just visuals? Not trying to be provocative - I honestly don't recall. But depending on how much progress had been made on those fronts, it might take a lot of effort to finish it. Would be grateful to get a better sense of where it stands currently.
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    November 10th, 2014, 12:17
    IIRC, radios are tunable by clicking on the face of the (Simflyers?) GPS (after you've turned it on, of course - avionics master on, then right click on the power button). Am not 100 percent sure since I haven't used the original VC in a while (have been using the interim virtual VC for a couple of months). Am hoping that if I'm wrong, others will step in and set me (and the OP) right.
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    November 6th, 2014, 21:18
    At one point, if I recall correctly, Manfred suggested that when the VVC is finished, he might pull together a v3 release, with the aircraft, the texture basepack, TuFun's soundpack and the new VC all in one package. I don't know if that's still something he's considering, but if he is, it'd be welcome. With luck, we'll find out before too much longer. Nice to be able to write that!
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    November 6th, 2014, 17:31
    True - though the Sibwings one manages to achieve a high (and wonderful) level of ponderousness... :cool:
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    November 6th, 2014, 10:12
    Sounds like you're in the market for an AN-2...
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    November 5th, 2014, 23:24
    Wow. Just wow. Sometimes good things do happen after two o'clock in the morning (my local time, at least). Eagerly but patiently (but still eagerly) standing by.
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    October 31st, 2014, 09:57
    Moving some equipment aside to make room in the hangar... The plan: Long Way Home for freight hauling, and Ready 4 Duty for coastal patrol (a rewarding pastime thanks to Henrik Nielsen's AI ships). Or to put it more simply: Ready 4 Download...
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    October 30th, 2014, 15:24
    Well, I'll tell you... it's been 45 years since I first decided I wanted to fly Short Fuse Sallee. Today was the day. So... thanks! EDIT: re-posted to remove duplicate image after I tried to swap in a higher resolution one. Am clearly new at this...
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    October 29th, 2014, 17:21
    Wouldn't mind seeing that for the A2A P-51 as well.
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    October 29th, 2014, 17:16
    Absolutely stunning! And re: the other point - what else are hard drives and hangars for?
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    October 27th, 2014, 17:18
    Indeed - he occupies a large amount of space on my hard drive/in my hangar. My post above referred only to the couple that he's agreed to do as a result of my own requests. If we're talking about his total output, well, then, I'm not just rich, I'm drowning in wealth...:cool:
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    October 27th, 2014, 10:28
    @KellyB - just to set the record straight, the repaint is Jankees', not mine. Credit where it's due!
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