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  1. This is going to be a difficult month (but then, isn't it always a difficult month??) Here's mine: Wunala Dreaming departing Melbourne Intl Cheers Mallard
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  2. Born in '54 and grew up fascinated with science and astronomy and the "space race" of the '60s. Wanted to be a pilot and astronaut, but had strabismus at birth (eyes didn't align on a common focal point) that wasn't identified until I was school age, resulting in an un-correctable amblyopia by that time. Right eye became dominant and left eye became "lazy eye" to the point of 20/200 vision in it. Attempted left eye re-alignment surgery when 13-years old, but back then it was a "hit and miss" procedure using prisms to get a "best guess" on how many and which eye muscles to cut to re-align them. They got close, but no cigar. I was able to use eye exercises to strengthen my left eye, but it never got better than 20/50 corrected. So I knew getting an ATP was never going to happen for me. But still took PPL training at my local FBO when 17, even though I was told there was no guarantee I would get my PPL, as I would have to pass a "Statement of Demonstrated Ability" flight test at the end of my training, and if I passed it I would always have to have that as part of my PPL license. I took the training and when ready for my PPL, an FAA Flight Examiner took me up in a Cessna 150 for the check ride test and threw everything in the book at me. The primary concern was depth perception and whether it would affect my ability to safely act as PIC during landings. In two hours I had to demonstrate every possible type of landing imaginable...regular with and without flaps, short field, short field over an obstacle, and several other "what if" scenarios. I greased all of them. While we were taxiing back to the ramp, the examiner wasn't saying a word. I had no clue if I had passed or not, so I finally asked him, "Well, how did I do?" He looked at me kinda shocked and said, "Heck, your fine. Soon as we park I'm signing you off for your certificate, and you are a new Private Pilot. Congratulations." Never pursued a "real" Commercial rating because I couldn't qualify for the Class II medical back then. But I did take the (at the time) Cessna Professional Pilot Course to learn to be a "better pilot" and also get my Instrument rating. So I've stuck to the basic "Airplane, Single Engine Land" all my life, but never regretted it. When home computers came along with flight simming, I jumped on that bandwagon, and have never regretted that either. I can "Live the Dream" yet through it. Besides, I can't afford a Cessna Citation Mustang in real life, but the one in my FSX hanger gets a heck of a lot of flight time. It's all good. But I still envy you guys who got to do it for a living, and still get to make a living that way. More power to ya!
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  3. I was going to make a comment, but this post is so far removed from reality , so wrong on every level that its cringe worthy to read
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  4. WE'RE BACK!!!! http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:12190575 Go Seahawks!!
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  5. I hate the word drone when used for civilian purposes, as do most other operators in the UAV industry. Unfortunately, if we use the term Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, or UAV as they are becoming known, then the average person hasn't got a clue what you're talking about I hope JV and the gang don't think I'm using this thread to help push a commercial venture, but I'll just say it once and explain that I have started a new enterprise, Vistaworx, for industrial applications and media work. I was up at the crack of dawn on Sunday and by the evening I had edited this short film. It was only ever meant as a test shoot, but I was so pleased with the footage that I couldn't help but upload it to Vimeo and share it online. I hope you like fellas... BTW, watch in HD fullscreen! >http://vimeo.com/117305172
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  6. This time, I decided to use the RTMM-freeware Streatham airstrip (PF51), belonging to the Barnstormers scenery package.
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  7. Saint-Cyr-L'Ecole (LFPZ) is the field where I learned to fly. I'm still a member of two local airclubs on this country style and rustic field (Alcyons & CA-SGAC). St-Cyr has the particularity to be very closed to Paris, reachable via public transportation, have two grass runways, at the border of Château de Versailles (Palace) and Saint-Cyr keeps the freedom spirit of small general aviation airfield (compared to Pontoise or Toussus-le-Noble). All (air)clubs are closed together, you can walk directly to planes and share your passion with other fellows easily without security and other big field issues. When I heard that Sylvain Delepierre would released "my" field in the Europe Pack #7... I couldn't resist long ;-) Thank you very much Sylvain (and Orbx) to offer LFPZ and for the time/job done so far, despite they are room for improvment ;-) The size of the AVGAS station has dramaticaly reduced ;-) But we have full serve;-) The Cub from "Les Alcyons" or maybe it's the one from "Tissandier" (airclub) ? The tailwheel spirit rooted to the Alcyons airclub is represented by the two generic planes. Fine ! One is almost "my" DR221 (F-BPRT) ;-) Nice ! The generic building from the Orbx Library is doing its best to match the reality... Generic buildings but the placement is great and it's easy to feel the St-Cyr's touch ;-) Looks accurate ! Despite I'm not spending so much time in this area of the field. Here you can see a particularity of some *grass* field in France : the taxiway are *concrete* ! ;-) At spring the (runway) texture is really (really) great. You can easily see where plane are taxiing, landing, touching and with the help of white and yellow beacons (so many on this field !) you can easily feel yourself in the real St-Cyr, the one I practise for real as-soon-as-possible.No way to compare with the default scenery ! A real feeling of seeing the real field... Does it make sense or am I... impress ? ;-) As any Orbx fields... some grass around ;-) Unfortunelty, it was impossible to update the runway identifiers ? It's for years that runways are 11/29 and not 12/30 ;-) On "final" in the central taxiway Charlie. Don't laugh, it happend often that pilot land in the middle taxiway and not on the runways ! With the summer texture (seems less high-rez, isn't it ?) it easy (as in real) to mixed runways and taxiways. Great ! Where is Cessna's from SGAC !? ;-) (no offense : just joking !) Thanks again to Sylvain and Orbx ! Ps : I wrote the same (in french) article on my blog for those interesting in some videos, stories and photos of general aviation flight/cross country trip in France but not only ;-) http://20-100-video.blogspot.fr/2015/01/quand-orbx-se-met-lfpz.html
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  8. Many moons ago, I stumbled into a website called fspassengers.com, there was a single dev, and an empty forum, I bookmarked it because it looked interesting... fast forward 3 years later and we had completed the beta's with myself as the lead beta tester at the time and the voice of my wife as the default flight attendant. As a special thank you Dan sent us this and I found it in my cupboard yesterday while looking for something else so I thought I would share it with you. To add to the nostalgia I thought back to a video by Jaggyroad a couple of years later and I thought I would share it with you as well. >http://youtu.be/eSCr9PiQ0ec
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  9. All I'm thinking... get it? eh, haha
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  10. Hi Howard, your video is simply wonderful and the landscape as well It's one of the things i had in mind, to use a UAV for these things. Very stable the image, and also the editing is simple but effective, as i like. Few effects leaving the images to talk
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  11. Very nice Howard, many thanks for posting. Robert
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  12. Hi burakko, My two cents, With all due respect, I think you must first resolve the FTX Global Base installation. It is very easy to install it: if something is wrong in your "end", certainly the installation of Vector will get worse! Cheers,
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  13. I have 2 SSD's (see my sig) and love having them. I may not have any performance gain with them but loading times are fast. I also like the fact I don't have to defrag my drives. Prices keep coming down so I say get a 120 GB SSD for your OS and a 500 GB drive for your sim. Just my 2 cents, adjusted for inflation. Todd
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  14. Hi Howard, well done and you chosed a good music too. It's Windermere Lake? Spirit
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  15. Very nice indeed!... This shows how good these devices can be, in the right hands. Where is this location Howard?
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  16. Hi Howard, it looks very good. Go on showing us more of those stuff, please.
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  18. STRUTH!!! That is fantastic work Howard. Are you keen to do some filming in Australia and New Zealand next time you come to visit?
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  19. Really beautiful! Thanks, Fritz
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  20. Be aware when TT updates their CLIENT side software ( the one I install here ) I install it within a few hours of the release of the update
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  21. Hi Howard, Fantastic and very professional. I wish I could afford one as well. Must be one of the top of the range Drones. Well done. Derek.
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  22. Smashing shots, bit cold for you there eh mate
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  23. Howard, That is absolutely terrific! I like the ducks scarpering in front of the uav, too. Well done Kev (jealous, because I want one!)
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  24. Go Hawks! I grew up in western New York so I was around for The Comeback in 1993 when Buffalo was down 35-3 in the third and came back to win it 41-38. But this one was so much more sudden (and so late) that it was even more amazing in many ways. Russell Wilson's and Jermaine Kearse's postgame interviews just added to the raw emotion. The AFC championship was unbelievably boring after that. As an aside, since I guess this post was an aside, did you know that the average attendance at Seattle Sounders' soccer matches (43,734 per game) is about the same as Liverpool (44,671 per game)? So I guess it is possible to like both American football and world footie.
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  25. Yeah - I'm trying to be good in 2015, this is NOT helping. Jas
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  26. Older was slower. Newer is faster. I can't even remember the changes in between. Sigh...CRS is a terrible disease... Doug
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  27. +1 - This bird is calling my name too . Brad
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  29. What a great little field! I love grass airstrips. I'll have to check this gem out.
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  30. Wow! Can people please stop posting screenshots of this aircraft? They are not helping my resistance to purchasing it. Thanks!
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  31. Very nice post Thank you posting this. cheers Iain
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  32. Must be fun flying around one's own backyard Cheers Mallard
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  33. I've tried many different adjustments in my prepar3d.cfg, but always back them out as I find they usually aren't a big benefit for my setup. Here are my graphics settings: http://www.robainscough.com/P3D_4K_Long_Haul.html -- for GA Flying I may pump them up a little pending my location (turn on SimObject shadows, extend weather to 110mi, buildings up one notch). Blurries are 99% of the time related to simply too high a graphics settings or CPU affinity issues. I stick with 1024 textures in all cases. But John was having a similar problem that he resolved here: http://forum.avsim.net/topic/460306-i-broke-p3d-v24-but-it-works-great-with-few-blurries-and-jitters/ - might work for you. Cheers, Rob.
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  34. Installed Microsoft Flight simulator on its original release on an IBM PC with an expansion unit to add a Hard drive, wire frame graphics and a time lag when you used the controls. Did not do a lot of flying using flightsim, Upgraded to a Pentium processor when it was released tried again still a mess, so flew F-19 stealth fighter instead. Bought a Dell and installed flightsim 95 and have worked my way through each release as it came out. Changed machines a few times gave up on Dell when I found out the processor was locked to stop overclocking, and if I wanted any drivers had to buy from hardware and upgrades from dell or they were not supported. Now have a rig that allows a fair bit of eye candy and responds well. Only issue I have is slow load times, will fix that when SSD's drop further in price
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  35. Oh, what was it? It was a Pentium III... my goodness..!! There was a simpause then (and my wife was happy) But: Reinstalled FSX in late 2007 on a iMac i5, 27" with W7 via bootcamp. But then I begun to suffer from the ORBX virus and more place and power was needed. 2010 I built a AMD 1090BE system on a Crosshair Formula IV and this combination was actual until last summer. Today the iMac is still running, but as third monitor and client for weather, Plan-G, GOFlight panels and so on. Main rig has changed in juli 14 to an i7-4790k @4.4ghz on a Asus Maximus Hero and a GTX780 running a 27" UHD Dell and a 27" HD Samsung monitor. Very satisfied since then.
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  36. My first was an AMD dual core at 2.7Ghz with onboard ATI HD3000, run FSX default as a slideshow most of the time. Second was a AMD quad core running at 3.4Ghz with a GTX 460 at first wich crashed after 4 months and then replaced it by a GTX650 wich I Always regretted since the GTX460 ran FSX much better. Final machine since 6 months, an i5 4670K at 4.0Ghz on a Z87 gigabyte mobo and a GTX760 GPU and I'm happy with it running FSX smooth, even in the Full fat PNW scenery with my iFly 737 ( did a fkight this week from Portland international to Vancouver international and didn't get under 20fps, and that was on the ground. ) PS; first 2 systems ran on Windows XP pro and last system on W7 64 bit home premium. Herman
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  37. Mine was some overpriced Dell machine designed more for graphics than simming. It handled a base FSX quite well but I remember the PMDG's and poorly optimised (at the time common) airports/sceneries that would bring it to it's knees. Plus there was the dreaded UIAutomation core crashes which were a totally mystery to a newbie like me and were the most frustrating thing imaginable at the time. There was always that one add on too many that would cause issues and force a complete reinstall. Those were the days! Then I thought I would be clever and buy an Alienware machine that was a good 3 years ago now and was an overpriced mess - I elected to install 2 ATI Radeon's in Crossfire too which was an error - this was around the time people realised NVidia cards were the way to go with FSX - it caused me all sorts of headaches! To be fair it was a beast of a machine but not designed for FSX. It was also the first machine that was able to push FSX enough to cause OOM's which were novel at the time. I now have a more customised PC which funnily enough still has the Alienware processor in it - overclocked to 4.3 GHz quite nicely! The NVidia GTX 780 Ti in it is also amazing albeit going to get upgraded (probably along with the processor) in 2015 in favour of a potential GTX 980 8GB card. FSX is no more on my machine and I use P3D 2.4 - I'm future prepping for a hopeful 64 bit future. The stability in P3D now compared to the FSX on my old Dell machine is much improved admittedly but the same OOM's and odd crashes do occur showing that no matter what hardware you throw at the problem, if the coding isn't up to it, you can still crash the sims! James
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  38. Hope Russell Wilson gets used to crying, cause the Seahawks are going down.
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  39. Rip: The Seahawks QB coach, Carl Smith, is a childhood friend of mine and a graduate of my high school. He was spotted taking a selfie with Russell Wilson on the podium behind Terry Bradshaw after the game. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205167150691325&set=a.3085311904729.138160.1621856633&type=1
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  40. Gerard, If you aren't familiar with what Monument Valley "really is", the name of it can be a bit misleading. It's not a valley in the sense that it is at the bottom of surrounding terrain that is much higher than it, like if you were in a valley surrounded by the Swiss Alps or other mountains. The entire "valley" is relatively flat, wide-open U.S. desert southwest terrain. Sandy rocky scrub brush flat lands. The "monuments" are simply the large, tall rock formations that stick out randomly in different areas in the "valley". There is one main two-lane road that runs north/south through the "valley", and the one UT25 airport at the southern end of the "valley" near the tourist accommodations areas. Other than that, it would be hard to even construct a VFR flight plan for the area because of the random scattering of the "monuments" that are the real reason you go there...to look at them. Like Wolter and Doug said, just go to the UT25 airport, take off (preferably pointing north unless you like looking at a very large rocky wall in front of your airplane ) and look around for the big rocky "monuments" sticking up from the desert floor. Head for one of them and enjoy the view near it. Then look for another one, and repeat. It will be a random flight as there is no rhyme or reason as to the way they are scattered around the "valley" area.
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  41. I would highly recommend putting your OS on the 250gb SSD and your FSX on the 1TB HDD, for reasons being that SSD's do not improve the performance of FSX and will not be enough space in the end. Also your OS will take better advantage of the SSD. My Velociraptors work way better overall than my SSD's.
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  42. My first entry - Real Air Duke V2 over Open LC Europe (Flight from Zurich to Venice at Dusk)
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