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  1. Did you not see an A321 Neo in the promo vids? Do you know that PMDG has offered a cross grade to MSFS 2020 of the NGXu when it is released?

     

    Honestly, so much disinformation, you guys need to do more research....

     

     

     

    Frank

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  2. Hi Guys.

    I put a little post here, about a week ago, to do with the state of my new sim.

     

    In the video that I posted within the post, It has a  brave statement indicating that we will be using  MSFS 2020 for our visuals I our new 737 MAX 8 cockpit.

     

    I don't have any inside info, I don't have a crystal ball.

     

    I watch, I listen, I read and I read.

     

    There is a changing of the guard. That does not mean that the old palace will fall down, just more variety to choose from.

     

    You guys are intelligent, aviation followers. Perception is one of the tools for flying.

     

    You can't bury your head in the sand about this. ORBX will be OK, as will all of our favourite manufacturers. They are survivors and will eek out a marketplace. Their products are just too valuable to dismiss.

     

    I am by no means saying you have to go that way, but every other forum I visit is now way past..."if it's subscription, I'm not having it".

     

    Embrace the future and keep informed.  This could just be the Nirvana that we have all wanted for such a long time.

     

     

    Frank

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  3. Thank you, guys. I am hoping that the biggest upgrade Ive ever done, pays off. I still need some major events to take place and some key features to fall into place. Some of the stuff happening in the wings, I'm not at liberty to discuss, but the excitement levels are fever pitch here.

     

    I am nearing the nd of the formal build process, I have all my major components either finished or very near. 

     

    From a technical point of view, my swap to Sismo Solutions modules was the best thing I did. Their quality of components is second to none, in the cockpit building business and their unending devotion to the MAX project, was amazing. Added to that, their costs were very competitive and the sales and after sales were exemplary.

    However, apart from all of that great stuff, their dedication to network baseplates, instead of the ago old, problematic USB, has been a god send.

     

    I've managed to reduce half of the clutter of cables and IO cards in the back of all the major components, like the pedestal, overheads and the MIP.

    So far, from the testing I've done, the system is the future, certainly for me.

     

    The next part of the exercise will come a little later in the year, when we finally see the release of MSFS 2020. I have a list of wish list components for a new main PC that will be used for the graphics, but it's subject to change. 

    My secondary PC, which will run all of my peripherals, such as the 4 big 15 inch MIP screens and the CDU's, is all set up and tested and ready to run the Avionics suite as soon as it's released.

     

    Finally, my foyer area that used to present our older 737-800NG Pseudo Airline, is also undergoing a spruce up and a new graphic for the wall is under way. We'll also slap a new coat of colour on the foyer and give it a new MAX look.

     

    I will not forget to put up a few pics and some vids as the time goes by, I know you guys have been keen supporters for a long while.

     

    I'm still an avid follower (fan boy) of ORBX (always will be) and look for ward to their advancing role in the new flight simming industry that will be happening this year...

     

    Take care, fellow ORBX friends,

     

     

    Frank

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  4. Thanx Guys.

    Nice to be back, Iain. Always a seat in the sim for you, mate, anytime you come to Brissie.

     

    Scott, It isn't so much the joy of manufacture any more for me. I love that I still have the skills and it's a great outlet, but it has honestly been a struggle with failing health. I recently had a stint in hospital with fluid in the heart cavity and pneumonia. That slowed my progress down to a crawl.

    I knew when I started this project off last year, that it would be a all on or nothing, but as usual, it kept growing.

     

    My biggest downfall is that I want so badly to just fly in the cockpit, but my desire to achieve the highest degree of immersion and reality overcomes it and I start tweaking.

     

    I've been blessed with the most fantastic family, who have helped enormously and an incredible wife who has faith in my ability to see the project through and remain fiscally sensible about it all. 

     

    So, as far as the video's go, we are all set up with new GoPro 8 with all the media accessories this time around, so we'll be shooting 4K every video and editing in Premiere Pro.

     

    As long as the guys from ORBX don't mind, I'll pop the url's over here, in case anyone is interested in seeing what's going on....

     

     

    Frank

     

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  5. Hey Orbx People.

    I haven't posted here, much for a long while. For those that remember me, I built a 737NG cockpit and ORBX allowed me to post all of my progress in 3 rather amazingly long threads, which totalled over 500000 views.

     

    I haven't been idle in the last few months, I drop in here very day and check out what is happening in your neck of the woods and watch the steady progress of the most brilliant Scenery based company in the world.

     

    I decided, over 12 months ago, to upgrade my cockpit from the 737-800 to the latest Boeing 737 MAX8. (please, no comments about the real plane or the saga surrounding MAX)

     

    It has been my most ambitious project to date.

     

    I sold off most of my original NG parts and scratch built the MAX MIP. I compiled drawings from original photo's and plans and tech drew all of the necessary panels in autocad.

    I then took them off to a laser cutting business and after two iterations, I had a working prototype.

     

    I decided that Sismo Solutions were the people to buy all of my modules from, so I designed the MIP to suit. I also sourced 15 inch monitors worldwide, suitable for the job.

    My son and I bought into the world of 3D printing and began the tedious job of learning the skills and manufacturing all of the support parts for the MIP.

     

    Cut a long story short, we are racing towards a finish date. All of the necessary parts have fallen into place and I am hoping to have the fully functional cockpit, together with MAX throttle, Pedestal and both forward and rear overheads finished by mid-2020.

     

    We have a selected Avionics suite on the horizon, as well as a new flight simulator platform, which has already shapen up to be our target visuals.

     

    It's all been exciting and full of precarious investment, but we have never shied away from either of those things in Flight simming.

     

    I just finished our latest trailer for the upcoming sim, so if you wanna take a look at some of the progress we made in the past 12 months, head over to our youtube channel for a look. Many of my old friends from here, are already subscribers there.

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whqx7wAQtQ4&t=5s

     

    Take care, great to still be lurking around and sharing the passion with all of you fellow enthusiasts and looking forward to a really bright future for simming….

     

     

    Frank

     

     

     

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  6. I just did my first night flight in the PMDG 737Ng from Hobart to Melbourne at dusk.

     

    I'm running UT Live and REX Skyforce 3D and REX Environment Force.

     

    WOWser! 

    Cannot think how this stuff is gonna get any better.

     

    Coming down through the clouds to line up on 34, with the skies full of traffic and the Melbourne skyline in the background was gob-smacking.

     

    This is going to lift my cockpit to a whole new level.

     

    Just amazing guys, truly!

     

    Thanx for all of your Great work,

     

     

    Frank

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  7. Hey Guys.

    Congrats on such a wonderful achievement. So many of the best artists in the industry there.

     

    I honestly believe the last time I was so excited over a sim release was the original Tamworth. It was ground breaking and you guys have continued to raise the bar ever since.

     

    I am almost finished a very intense upgrade of my cockpit to a beautiful shiny new Boeing 737 Max 8 and this will be my pride and joy in the new cockpit!

     

    Can't wait to show all of my friends this masterpiece...

     

     

    Frank

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  8. Without knowing all of the hardware and software running on other people's computers it is very misleading to advise people not to install a product which has obviously taken the ORBX team lots of time to produce, and which may be fine on others computers.

     

    I see a proliferation of these kinds of headline grabbing posts throughout the forums, with little research to back them up.

     

    Perhaps asking if others are experiencing the same problems might have been a more accurate Heading for your post.

     

    I speak from experience, as I have also done the update and am not having the same issues as yourself.

     

     

    Frank

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  9. Hey Guys,

    It's getting a bit monotonous, but I'm gonna say it.

     

    You guys hit it out of the ball park with True Earth GB.

    I took the Robinson for a long spin up and down the river, checked the palace, Piccadilly square, the eye, holy smoke, so much to see.

     

    I know I'm not supposed to say it, but UK 2000 London City works beautifully, as well.

     

    This is one of my favourites now, and a great place to explore.

     

    I think it will be time to brush off all those GB airports and give the country another recce under True Earth.

     

    Thanx for the great efforts, wonderful!!

     

     

    Frank

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  10. 2019 has kicked off in a big way for OZI, Ozsim International Airlines (my fictional airline).

     

    We've gone through some real updates and upgrades over the past few months and finally we have tweaked and calibrated the heck out of the cockpit and the associated hardware.

     

    I had an awesome Xmas, with lots of friends and family flying with me, all over the globe.

     

    I've already completed the first few major flights and have several video's waiting in the wings. 2019 will feature our new tops and tails and newly developed graphics for my youtube channel.

     

    Last year, we went over to 4K and use picture in picture to access all areas of the cockpit. I'm just awaiting a lavalier mike to arrive, for clearer voice-overs and our Intercom will be in use in the next few weeks.

    But, the big news is our major upgrade this year. OZI will phase out the current 737-800Ng and will be flying a fully functional 737MAX 8 later this year.

     

    It really is a major change. The current MIP will have to go, along with the main overhead. I've already bought the overhead frame and plan to start building that immediately. The pedestal and throttle will also undergo changes, to represent the real aircraft cockpit.

    Even though Virgin are the only Australian Airline to order MAX's so far, I predict that they will be in plentiful supply in the next few years.

     

    It also means new training and paperwork for the MAX, as many of the operating procedures have changed.

     

    Avionics is a major part of the operation and we will be using the very latest Prosim suite, as soon as it launches.

    We already have a new aircraft livery and logo's for the new aircraft model.

     

    I'm really excited about the changes, as it means I'll be able to keep pace with the current aircraft, training, procedures, paperwork and carry that for a good many years.

     

    I'm happy to keep posting here, on the progress of the operation and throw in a few video's and photo's of the progress, provided Nick or John Venema don't have any objections.

    ORBX have always been great in accommodating my previous build updates, so I hope they don't mind if I do this one as well. 

     

    So, that's the state of play, folks. Hope you can all get on board...haha, get the pun!

     

    More news to follow,

     

     

    Regards,

     

     

    Frank

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  11. I know it's only personal choice, but I didn't like the position of the camera, at all. I like to see what is going on, in the video and that means seeing the upcoming runway and the gates, etc.

     

    The video is superb quality, 4K, but it's so dark, it's hard to make anything out in the cockpit.

     

    Mind you, that 787 is one beautiful bird. My wife and I flew home from Singapore on a Dreamliner a few months ago. The steward introduced me to the Captain and FO and I showed them my cockpit at home. They were stunned. I asked if I could take some pics and they told me to fill my boots.

     

    I got lots of great shots.

     

    You gotta love aviation...

     

     

    Frank

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  12. To get back on track here and re-direct the conversation, I was merely pointing out that the 4Tb series were very affordable now (sub 1000 dollars), so I'll be looking at adding that to my already 2Tb drives, not substituting.

     

    And as for the comment about de-fragmentation, it is still important to maintain an SSD by trim and keeping it lean by removing all the dead and orphan files. I have regular maintenance intervals where I do maintenance on my drives, do updates and fix small issues within my cockpit.

    The systems we run do not maintain themselves, yet!

     

     

    Frank

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  13. I'm not so sure about future-proofing, as I have a lot of scenery add-ons and fully loaded, I still only get to about 800Gb, running Win 10 Pro and all of the sim gear (including all of my avionics and associated cockpit software), so at the moment a 2TB is ample.

    Who knows what will happen if we have more True Earth software to load.

     

     

     

    Frank

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