X-Plane.com Website gets a facelift!
Rise of Flight available in box and download
Rise Of Flight is the latest in a long list of PC Flight Simulators featuring air combat over the Western Front during the First World War. Together with the Battle of Britain this era is known as 'the pinnacle of aerial combat'. The best pilots from both sides met in the sky, they were matched equally with machines and conditions not favoring either party. Nothing but the pilot's skill determined the outcome. Flight Simulator fans have always appreciated the simplicity of the aircraft and weapons of this period which allowed the pilots to focus on the dog fight and not on the systems. You can find out more information here!
SimFly.EU Giving Away 'Ultimate FSX Gaming PC'
August is a very special month on SimFly.EU, to mark this occasion we have a fantastic ultimate FSX gaming machine to give away to one lucky member courtesy of our sponsors. We will choose the winner based on the amount of time spent using simfly services over the month of August. The PC has the following specifications:
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 3.2GHz 8MB Black Edition
- Memory: 8 GB High Speed DDR
- Hard Drive: 2 x 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA
- Optical Media: Blu-Ray, DVD-ROM, CD-RW Drive
- Display: 2 x 22" Samsung DVI Displays
- Graphics: Asus GeForce GTX285 648Mhz 1GB
- Controller: Pro Flight Yoke System & Pro Rudder Pedal
- Operating System: Microsoft Vista 64 Ultimate Edition
- Others: Microsoft Flight Simulator X + Acceleration Pack
- Others : Choice of Software from Flight1, First Class and Aerosoft
This PC will play FSX at high settings, even with many addons, SimFly claims. The winner will be choosen on the 1st September 2009. You can find out all of the information here.
New AFCADs are now available for customers using MyTrafficX, complete with some custom scenery improvements. Get all of the information here!
Great YouTube Flight School Resource
As Mark and Eric know, I have flown combat flight sim in the past. I am currently a beginner venturing out for more realistic flying. One tip I have is to understand how runways are numbered. As I have started flying the hamburger flights, it is sometimes a challenge as a beginner for simple things like runway numbers. I found a series of videos on YouTube by a gentleman by the name of "georgewscott". One of those videos is a short video on how runways are numbered. It is a short & very easy to understand video. The link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eAI3bQWAcw Ted
Best Video Card Settings?
Could you tell me or point me in the direction for information on how to adjust optimal settings on a video card for FSX? My motherboard is an AMD dual core 2 gig mem with an ATI: HD3600 series video card with 512 mem. Some info to include would be nice such as fast write on or off? antialiasing feature controlled by the card or by FSX? And so on. Thank you, Bob Lacy
This looks like a great resource to get started on: http://www.highflightsimulations.com/recommended.html I also just found that trial and error is sometimes the best way to go too, since not everyone's system is exactly the same. Try tweaking individual settings to find out how each one of them affects your performance/eye candy, and then pick the best combination of them. Everyone also has different tastes too. For example Mark likes a full and smooth 20FPS with so-so visuals. But personally I like eye candy, even if I am getting a 5FPS slideshow!
You really should check out both www.dodosim.com and www.hovercontrol.com The dodosim team create extremely accurate helicopters for FS. Their first FSX heli is a Bell 206 Jetranger. But these are not just models and paints, but full start up systems, programming that accumulates wear on the engines and gearbox if you abuse the heli that is persistent, so you could get a failure at any time on successive flights (unless you service the bird), and much much more accurate flight models than either FSX or X-plane. It is far and away the best heli (and fixed wing aircraft, including the RealAir spitfire) I have ever bought. Hovercontrol is a dedicated site for simulated helicopter flying. There are load of good downloads, training lessons, an online flight training system if you want to learn to fly heli's properly in FSX or FS9, and really great forums. Please go and check it out and introduce yourselves, we are a very friendly bunch, with zero flame wars and juvenile posting. Lots of us are Real World pilots too. Anyway, thanks again from the UK, and keep up the good work. Rats404
Transcriptions of Shows?
I know this is an audio format, but I wonder if you make written transcripts of your shows available? Thanks, Mike
Hi guys, just started listening to the podcast last week, I've listened to about 1/3 of them now, working my way through the rest, really helps the time pass by at work. I especially enjoyed the interviews with Mathjis Kok and Austin Meyer about the future sims that we might be seeing take over after the "death" of MSFS. I just thought I'd submit a couple of story ideas for you guys. First is a flightsim community / addon called FSEconomy that I'm a member of. It's basically a flightsim MMO consisting of a website and program for Flightsim general aviation pilots to fly jobs in hauling passengers and freights to earn virtual money that can be spent on purchasing aircraft and building FBOs. In turn members can rent out their aircraft and sell FBO services (fuels, supplies) to other members. The program sees what job you are flying from the website and adds the proper weight and cargo and sets the fuel for your flight within flightsim, and logs the flight itself. Every day random jobs are generated between airports that members can pick up and fly, as well FBOs can generate flights to desginated airports to set up routes. Members can also form groups to work collectively, some Virtual Airlines have even set up groups in the system for their pilots to fly within. It really adds a lot to the experience as it gives you a reason to fly, and unlike products like Cargo Pilot or Air Hauler, it's community based so those planes visiting your FBO are real people also flying in flightsim. As well every aircraft is a persistent entity - so you'll see some well used planes that 50 different members have flown floating around that have been sold time and time again, and if someone is renting that plane no one else can fly it. Also if you fly your Cessna 172 from Seattle to Nanaimo when you go to fly it again tomorrow it will be sitting where you left it (unless someone else flew it if you allow others to rent it of course). It's a fairly active community with something like 3000 members, and has a very active forum. It's definitely worth checking out - the website is www.fseconomy.com. Another good story could be looking at G2XPL for X-Plane and Tileproxy for FS9/FSX, perhaps interviewing the developers. I know one of you did try it and found it a bit gimmicky but I really think these tools are quite understated in how revolutionary they are. I use G2XPL to practice my real world cross country flights I'm doing for my private license in X-Plane, it allows me to look for landmarks etc. ahead of time before I do the real flight, I've found it almost invaluable. Plus doing a lot of my simming in the more remote regions of Canada it really adds a lot of variety to the terrain vs endless generic forest. Either way just a couple of ideas, keep up the good work. David
A Chance to Win a Free TrackIR System
Hey guys, Very nice thing you guys have here! I have been routinely listening to your podcast while at work since you guys came highly recommended by the FSX Thunderbirds. I've come to you today with a request. Our team is currently hosting a texture painting competition where the winner will receive a brand new Track IR system free of cost. This is meant to be a basic, fun and easy competition for many to participate and enjoy. Is there a chance that this event can be advertised on your show? The details for the event can be found on our website www.fsxblueangels.com. -Justin "Jimi" Hendrix FSX Blue Angels
Aerosoft and Piracy
Hi Eric and Mark I listened with interest to your interview with Mathijs from Aerosoft. I have several addons from Aerosoft and I like them all. I am anxious to see what they come up with by way of a new simulator software. On the question of piracy, I have spent hundreds of dollars on legal addons from a variety of companies and I have been stung by a significant number of them. The one I resented the most was a product I purchased from Just Flight. When the disc arrived I found out that the disc scanned my computer and found a software (totally unrelated to flight simulation and of course perfectly legal) which then blocked the installation of their product. I resented their intrusion into my computer and then dictating to me what I may or may not have installed. I contacted them and in the end they offered me a download option but I must first return the disc at my expense, which included insurance for any damage that might occur. I live in the Philippines and sending anything by mail from here is risky at least and expensive at best. As a result I ate the cost and junked the product, but I have never purchased another product from them. One of my main objections is the way some if not most companies hide behind forums for their support of a product. Some are pretty good but even the best leave you spending hours reading totally unrelated comments before finally having to try to contact the supplier directly. This is usually very difficult if not impossible. Aerosoft by the way is one of the better ones to deal with. You raised the topic of DVDs in your comments. My belief is that the industry, Movies and Music industries, bring this on themselves because of their greed in pricing their products. They are never satisfied with making a profit or living, they think they have a right to become rich off everything they sell. Take the cost of a DVD which is released some time after the movie is released to the public through movie houses. Within a week or so if the movie is any good, they have made millions in profit. Then they release the DVD which is always priced at $25 or more. This is all gravy as they have already met production costs and significant profit. The pirates get the product (from who knows where) probably for free. They then duplicate it on DVD complete with printed labels and sleeves, distribute them all over the world to their distributors who then distribute them to the actual retailers. The pirated DVD sells for about $1 or less. From that price several people and a whole network of suppliers make some profit. I ask you who are the real pirates. Here in the Philippines I saw when the VCD and SVCD movies first came out. They sold legally for about $10 while the pirated versions sold for $1 or less. When DVD's came out the cost of the legal SVCD were dropped to about $2-3. There was no market any longer for the pirated versions of SVCD. Therein lies the lesson for the industry. Price the product fairly and there will be no room for pirates. Flight simulator started out as a community hobby type activity and as such many people gave freely of their time to develop the products and addons. When they became commercialized the tendency then changed to a more profit oriented operation while still relying on the community to support their product. I feel that if you sell something you must support that product yourself or you will reap the wrath of all your clients eventually. I also liked your comments on the movie Snow Walker which I believe was supposed to take place in the NWT Canada. As it happens I worked in the NWT for 14 years out of Hay River and Yellowknife. I worked as a Fishery Officer for the Canadian govt. We worked (flew all over the north in small aircraft such as depicted in the movie) so I really liked it (the movie) although it was not tied very much to reality. The young actress is a Canadian Inuit by the way. I forgot her name as I saw the movie a couple of years ago. So keep up the good work
FSX HOBBS Meter?
Hi Matt here, On FSX there is a HOBBS meter in the aircraft , is there a way that I can reset them back to 00000 I know this is not normally done in real life but I would like to restart them a zero Hours Any ideas?
The 'Air Hauler Bug' from Chuck
Hello Mark and Eric Just to let you know that I am still doing the Hamburger Flights. I just finished the Inside Passage but I have so many screen shots I need another 24 hours to whittle them down to 15-20. Of course I flew it in FS9 and I already had the Glacier Bay scenery in addition to Misty Fiords. The comment I have to make about these flights is that they give flight simming a purpose. Not just to hop on the plane and mope around aimlessly. I had an interesting flight this time as I got into IMC and had to turn back to Haines. I want to show that in my pics and I need the time to edit the shots. Great idea to have the listeners tell you if they at least flew or attempted to fly the flights. As I posted in a previous e-mail, I have cought the Air Hauler bug and for the same reason listed above; It gives flight simming a purpose. I have flown to at least 75 airports in the Pac NW that I would never have visited if not for AH. And a number of them have presented challenges not unlike the Hamburger flights. For that reason I have been hard pressed for time to dedicate to the Hamburger flights. I think AH has been the app for FS that I have been wanting for years. Interesting enough is that I first heard about it on FS Break; Maybe Episode 4 or 5? One of my AH companies is based in Bremerton Wa KPWT and I get to fly a lot into the Cascades. I can't wait for the FTX/ORBX scenery to be released and the interview with Mr Womack just got me more excited. http://www.justflight.com/duncanmurrayinterview.asp is the Just Flight AH forum interview with the developer, Duncan "Slopey" Murray. I really think that this product is a winner and would be glad to answer any questions you might have in regards to my experience with same. I am not trying to sell the product. I just think it will make FS much more enjoyable for many due to the depth of the program. If you read the the forum posts you will find that everyone using it is hooked in the gills(lol). Lastly I would like to add that the show keeps getting better with age. I only want to contribute to the FS community and unfortunately I can't make scenery enhancements or aircraft. So my comments here are just to enlighten and inform. Many Thanks For A Great Program Chuck H
PMDG BAe Jetstream 4100: Coming Soon
Hey Eric, Have you been keeping a eye on this one? http://forums1.avsim.net/index.php?s=9e083b6f64c435eb9fb0af519ca90884&showtopic=254656 Cheers Max
Check out their official page here: http://www.precisionmanuals.com/priv/pages/prod/fsx/js4100.html
$100 Hamburger Flight: Martha's Vineyard
Flight Recommended by Chuck T. Martha's Vineyard is the largest island in New England, with six main communities, including Edgartown, Oaks Bluff and Vineyard Haven. Martha's Vineyard is believed to be named after the wild grapes found growing on the island in the 16th century. With many scenic cycle trails and roads, such as the roads of Chilmark and West Tisbury, hiking trails in West Chop Woods near Franklin Street, superb fishing in the village area of Menemsha, water sports and deep-sea cruises, around one fifth of Martha's Vineyard is dedicated to conservation, with many wildlife sanctuaries and refuges. Martha's Vineyard also features a number of superb sandy beaches, which are particularly popular during the summer months. Download Everything Here (PDF with Pictures, Sectionals, Navigation, etc)
You have a weekend free and need to show a buddy “The Vineyards”. He will take off with you from KHYA – Barnstable Muncipal Airport and head over to KMVY – Martha’s Vineyard Airport for some lunch, and then drop him off at KACK – Nantucket Memorial Airport where he will take you along for some sailing. Fly back home to KYHA before sunfall.
HYA-> MVY 238° for ~22.5nm.
MVY-> ACK 123 ° for ~26.5nm.
Set time to early evening.
ACK-> HYA 354 ° for ~27nm.
KHYA – Barnstable Muncipal Airport
Barnstable Municipal Airport was founded in 1928 by Charles Ayling and his son Robetson, an aviation enthusiast. The two formed the Hyannis Airport Corporation and cleared 57 acres near Mary Dunn Road in the village of Hyannis. The land was leveled and a single turf runway was constructed. Amelia Earhart was an early stockholder and director of the corporation.
KMVY – Martha’s Vineyard Airport
Originally constructed by the Navy as a training field for pilots during World War II, the airport was transferred to Dukes County for the purposes of operating a civilian airport. Since 1947, the property has served this role, and hosted many other tenants and activities. The property had remained largely unchanged until the late 1990’s, when the construction of a new passenger terminal building and airport business park was completed. The airport now hosts more than 75 private business with a combined employment of nearly 750 people. Annually the airport serves more than 300,000 passengers and approximately 75,000 aircraft operations.
KACK – Nantucket Memorial Airport
The island of Nantucket’s beginnings in western history can be traced to its reported sighting by Norsemen in the 11th century. But, it was not until 1602 that Captain Bartholomew Gosnold of Falmouth, England sailed his bark Concord past the bluffs of Siasconset and really put Nantucket on the map. The island’s original inhabitants, the Wampanoag Indians, lived undisturbed until 1641 when the island was deeded by the English (the authorities in control of the land from the coast of Maine to New York) to Thomas Mayhew and his son, merchants of Watertown and Martha’s Vineyard.
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