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jpreou last won the day on August 10 2013

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  • Birthday 02/09/1972

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    Christchurch, NZ
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    R/C models (fixed wing, heli), flying (microlight, lapsed), skydiving (lapsed), flight sim

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  1. Well that doesn't sound promising, but thanks for the quick response John. Maybe I should just forget ANR and stick with passive... Cheers
  2. I see this is an old thread, and hoping you are still around. Please, please provide your detailed (as much as you can) review back in here ... I'm also looking for a headset here in NZ and the prices are eye watering (NZ $634 for the Pilot vs over NZ $1545 for the Zulu). I fly fixed wing microlight class 2, but I'm thinking not often enough to justify the Zulu's. At $140/hr flying wet, that's over 10 hrs for me!
  3. Be interested to see what you think. I was looking at the PFT Puma but the costs to NZ with freight, tax and exchange rate are eye watering!
  4. ...and here it is. I also have the CSV files that can be imported to PlanG so that both the South Island and North Island airfields and POIs can be 'found' and used for flight planning. I can't vouch for the reliability, security or accuracy of these files and they are provided 'as-is' with no responsibility accepted on my part! Worked for me though... _readme.txt FTX_NZNI_Unlisted_Airstrips.BGL
  5. Pretty sure there is a North Island file too - when I get back into my computer this afternoon I'll see if I can find it.
  6. Gotta say, I think I'm leaning 5.2 ... if only due to the fact that I have all those addons for just about everything, although some may need an update. Perhaps I might wait until MSFS matures a bit in flight model, and especially helicopters which is an area I want to pursue next. Great thread, and thanks for all the input.
  7. Thanks guys, yeah that's my issue - which sim to go for -- or even stick with what I have. It's a conundrum! I'm also trying to talk wifey into letting me purchase 'proper' heli controls, and a little later on a new PC and VR - and yes, I know for helis MSFS is not there yet and that leaves me P3D for even [gulp], XPlane. I'm unlikely to go 'multi-sim' simply because I wouldn't have time to fully benefit any of them, let alone the space requirements.
  8. Ok, so here's a question which I'm sure will be devisive. I've been out of flight sim for quite some time; I currently have P3D 4.something installed. I'm about to wipe that disk to start again. So have been looking at MSFS, but then seeing the enthusiasm in this conversation seems like P3D 5.2 may have become solid. Whichever sim, I'm likely to have to, over time, replace addons with either updated or new versions, paid or not. Now I don't know what to do!
  9. Anyone in here running helicopter specific controls? That is, a 'proper' cyclic, collective and anti-torque setup and not 'standard' aircraft re-purposed type controls? If so, which ones, how long have you been using them, and what are your general (or specific!) thoughts. Cheers
  10. Exactly - I have a real bee in my bonnet about this - so my house after 3 years is valued higher and my rates go up proportionally -but the cost of supplying the services my rates cover hasn't changed, or at least not by the same rate or anywhere near it. Money grab, pure and simple. Exactly again. While my house has increased in value, so too has the house I purchased (albeit not by as much, it seems). I smaller house on a smaller section just around the corner from where I purchased just sold for $60k more than I paid for my new home almost two months ago. Like I said ... crazy, crazy ... I'm pushing the boat out to try to build equity that I can leave t my kids, otherwise they have no hope in hell of home ownership unless there is a sustained market crash. A crash in NZ is certainly possible, but from what I saw in the UK in the mid-90s it will bounce back quickly and higher than ever. ...and I did exactly that when moving from Hamilton to Christchurch 4 years ago - but now I can no longer afford to move back there, so I'm stuck here! ... and there is the downside...
  11. I just sold my house in NZ two months ago - I move out on Friday (long settlement) and it has already increased another $100k (on paper) in that time, as has the house I bought. Housing market is crazy crazy.
  12. Lenticular clouds are common here in Canterbury as the wind / wave comes over the Southern Alps - not usually quite like this though - certainly is an unusual and spectacular formation.
  13. NZ airports are an immediate purchase. I might be biased...
  14. Thanks Guys. I'll upgrade this PC later I think, when the CPU comes cheaper since I'm unlikely to see a significant benefit to flight sim. In another 18 months or so I'll buy a new one and then this one will become th family 'gaming' PC for the kids. Cheers for all the feedback, read it all and most appreciative.
  15. The other consideration is that while this PC is currently my sim PC, when I replace it with a new one the old one will become the family gaming PC so I can play multiplayer games with my little fella. Our favorite is ARK survival, but right now we only have the one PC. As this PC ages it becomes a greater gap to whatever new PC I buy for simming. With this same PC in an older configuration, I intended to keep an eye on CPU availability and then when the 'max' CPU the board could take was at the bottom of the list, do the upgrade. I missed that and the result was a new BM, new CPU and new memory as the tech had progressed so far. I don't want to fall into that trap again; if I 'max out' this PC it will last in the gaming role for probably another 3 years, maybe longer. It's a dilemma, that's for sure, but thanks for your input ... interesting that an upgrade of CPU and graphics card is only likely a 20% increase ... I'll give some more thought to this (and, of course, I still have to get this past the other half! ) Cheers
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