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    Today, 08:41
    I'll hazard a guess that that's the RealAir Spitfire. Still an extremely nice ride after all these years.
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    August 13th, 2015, 20:17
    Now I know why that overhead looked familiar - I've been staring at it for the past year or so, ever since I installed the improvised VVC (described farther back in this thread, somewhere in the messages in the 500 series or thereabouts) to tide me over 'til Jan's is done. I guess I was a bit thrown, though - not used to seeing it in three dimensions. Looking forward to using the full-featured one that's in the works...
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    August 12th, 2015, 14:25
    What's that that's taken the place of the radios in the ceiling panel just forward of the "emergency exit" sign? The unit with the two hand cranks and the knobs (valves?) color-coded for port and starboard?
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    August 10th, 2015, 08:10
    As the Ninth Doctor would say.... FAN-TASTIC! You're making the wait harder, though. Javis = the ghost of DC-3 Christmas flights yet to be?
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    August 10th, 2015, 08:09
    Best of both worlds!
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    August 10th, 2015, 08:08
    I did. Is love too strong a word? Waiting, waiting, waiting for a VOR-only flight... Maybe on Christmas morning? :cool:
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    August 9th, 2015, 13:13
    Lots of options and (always) lots of strongly held opinions when this question comes up. I use MyTraffic 6. Reasons: good performance on my system, lots of variety (including airlines, GA and, uniquely for a commercial AI package, military). I haven't seen UPS but I don't spend a lot of time on the cargo ramp. Have seen lots of Fedex. Disadvantages: the quality of models is highly variable - some are excellent, some are crude. Also, it doesn't run real-world schedules the way UT2 does - that may or may not matter to you. It does a good job of populating airports with the right carriers and the atmosphere is plausible (to borrow a phrase from X-Plane partisans...) There are people who can't stand MT6. UT2 has its strong supporters. And there are those who are strongly in...
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    August 8th, 2015, 09:21
    You know, another aspect of this for my flightsim fantasy life (which is, apart from training, what we're talking about here) is that, when it comes to GA, I like to fly the kind of equipment I could afford in real life. Since I'm now post-corporate, that's pretty restricted. So I could see my way to a used Garmin 295 for the sake of safety. But stuffing a $17,000 GTN750 into a $20,000 airplane? Not so much. Happy to play with those things if it's somebody else's aircraft, but I don't like debt, so I'm going to stay more basic. Maybe this line of reasoning applies to a C170. Noted for what it's worth. Great discussion, BTW.
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    August 8th, 2015, 08:33
    Love the way they were flown/navigated, and learned to do it pretty much the way you did. In my case it was in MSFS for Macintosh, c. 1985, using the FAA approach plates (cheaper than Jepp charts). It's just that FSX isn't always satisfying as a period sim, and I like the idea (or at least, like having the option) of handling a vintage aircraft in modern airspace with the added convenience of a transponder and a GPS, at least for visualization (note: no reference here to FMS or magenta lines or even autopilot!). As others have said, I sometimes operate as though I was flying an old aircraft to an airshow, or otherwise attracting lots of attention when I bring something with big radials into a 2015 airport. And as my culture hero Saint-Ex once observed, a true adventure is one...
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    August 7th, 2015, 11:04
    Always appreciate a pop-up GPS... or even better (thought it's much more work), two different VC panel options, one with some modern "amenities" and another that's pure vintage, as if it was a period restoration. I love the atmosphere of a pure vintage panel but it's also nice to be able to operate a slightly tweaked version that can be operated in modern airspace. I'm particularly impressed by the range of panel options in the Warbirdsim Mustang line, especially the representations of modern aircraft that have been fitted with up-to-date nav instruments that fit well visually in an otherwise vintage VC. Again - I recognize that creating something like that is a huge amount of work that not every developer will want to put in. So this isn't a request that you go to those lengths -...
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