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    Have a few questions?

    Hi all, I'm trying to find out a few things and you all can help me.
    1, Is Dinos F35 pack with the A,B and C models still payware? Just don't want to buy it and find out it was freeware.

    2, How do I go about doing carrier ops ion P3D?

    3, I'm thinking about getting tracker, but at $170 that's kinda steep. So I read about a couple of others like free track. What is a good cost effective head track option?

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    Dino F-35 is still payware. A freeware version is still downloadable on his website though, but it's an older version, and the B (VTOL) will not work properly in P3Dv4, if I'm not mistaken. At least, I have not been able to make it switch to VTOL.

    For carrier ops, it's exactly the same as in FSX => use AICarriers.NET or TacPack to spawn a carrier anywhere.
    P3D includes the FSX Acceleration features, so carrier cables and catapults are supported natively (unlike FSX SP1 or SP2).

    Concerning trackers, TackIR is the best for flying in 2D, and VR helmets are the best for flying in 3D.
    Freewares like FreeTrackNoIR do work, but the head tracking is anything but precise, and you'll end up with a lot of parasite movements of the camera.

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    I've have had my TrackIR Pro for over 10 years now (I think it was about $250 back then). I haven't tried any other head trackers, but TrackIR has been very stable, especially with P3D.

    Personally, I'd say TrackIR, for $170 is worth it. You get all the hardware and software you need and tech support as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by XLR8 View Post
    Hi all, I'm trying to find out a few things and you all can help me.
    1, Is Dinos F35 pack with the A,B and C models still payware? Just don't want to buy it and find out it was freeware.

    2, How do I go about doing carrier ops ion P3D?

    3, I'm thinking about getting tracker, but at $170 that's kinda steep. So I read about a couple of others like free track. What is a good cost effective head track option?
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    Five years ago I made my own cap with LED's (actually quite easy) and use Facetracknoir software. It cost almost nothing and is rock steady.
    Windows 8.1 64 bit
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    I consider Dino's "payware" F-35 one of the best military jets in P3D when TacPac'd. It has a menu to easily add weapons and there are no drawn out procedures for "firing" them. The aircraft looks great and flys smooth (but watch your sink rate on final). Dino's F-35 is one of those planes that you will always keep in your hangar!

    I just pulled my 8 year old TrackIR out of the closet. I've never gotten used to the function of it, but I'll keep trying this time. Many call it the "poor man's" VR headset, but if you don't have one you might just save your money for real VR (if you have a computer with the power to drive it).

    There are way too many things to spend your money on in flight simulation these days (and I just did a quick review of all the software I purchased over the past 7 years...wow)!
    Jay
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    Comp Spec - ASRock Steel Legend WiFi M/B, Ryzen 7 3700X, RX5700 (ASUS), 32GB RAM, M2 SSD for DCS, SATA SSD for P3Dv4

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    I've given up doing that sort of inventory!



    Bad for the health!
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    Track Hat (trackhat.org) is another option for head tracking at a nice price. I got one a couple of years ago and really like it. My only issue is my eyes. Can't read the gauges very well (I wear progressive lenses) while using the hat, so for the most part I don't use it.
    Expect banging, belching and an occasional manly fart as you roar down the runway at full power. (I have found that the engine can make similar noises)

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    Wombat...exactly. Lots of green!
    Jay
    USNR-Ret; Former Airline Migratory Worker; Builder, Owner, Operator RV-8 N817J
    Comp Spec - ASRock Steel Legend WiFi M/B, Ryzen 7 3700X, RX5700 (ASUS), 32GB RAM, M2 SSD for DCS, SATA SSD for P3Dv4

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    Sorry to take so long to get back.Thanks for the head tracking info. Some of those look good. I did get dinos F35 and took a couple of flights in it and what a nice plane. Thanks again.

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    I looked for aicarriers and found like a hundred diffent ones. So what am I looking for? I tried one but it didn't work as I never found away to launch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XLR8 View Post
    I looked for aicarriers and found like a hundred diffent ones. So what am I looking for? I tried one but it didn't work as I never found away to launch it.
    You can get AICarriers.NET (the recommended version) here. The download link is at the base of the first post.
    Installation instructions come with it. Don't try to take shortcuts.

    Dave

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    Indeed, AICarriers.NET is the one you're looking for.
    Works like a charm with FSX and P3D all versions.

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    I don't have P3D of any kind, however, I have found numerous posts that pretty much say that AICarriers.exe (The original version, by Lamont Clark) doesn't work in any P3D version above P3Dv3.
    You need to use Orion Lau's AICarriers.NET for that. I have also seen evidence that it needs to be installed within the P3D directory structure to function properly.

    It can be started with the EXE.XML, but I understand P3D has 2 different copies, and the correct one must be used to "auto-start" AICarriers.

    Just a small side note: When adding carriers/formations to AICarriers, don't use the default, included, aicarriers.cfg file to add things to. Always make a separate, individual, .cfg file for the additional ships/formations, and place it in the conf.d folder.
    Also, to prevent the menus from becoming bloated and unwieldy with too many ships/formations, only place the .cfg file containing the desired ships/formations into the conf.d folder one at a time. Save all the others in a sub-folder. That way you can easily find the ship/formation' .cfg file you desire to utilize, instead of have to page through dozens of menu pages to find the one you want.
    Just swap out the .cfg file previously in the conf.d folder for the desired one. If you want to do this while AIC is running, you must stop AICarriers.NET, change the .cfg file in the conf.d folder, then start it again manually.

    AICarriers.net may also be used, by the way, to place hoistable "sling loads" for helicopters and the MV-22. Just adds another dimension to the sim

    Have fun with it!
    Pat☺
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    USMC, 10 years proud service.
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