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Dusterman

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  1. Back to X-Plane. Seasons and volumetric clouds are also part of the plan.
  2. FS Elite has an interview with Austin on the future of X-Plane. In it Austin states X-Plane will not go the MSFS route and will continue the "plausible" scenery route, aimed more at real pilots who want the most accurate aircraft simulation. Also showed a short preview of the Airbus A330 that will be part of the base package. Great to see we will continue to have multiple paths for flight simulation.
  3. 590 boards are PCIE 4.0, can accommodate both PCIE 4.0 video cards and M2 drives. Samsung 980PRO is a PCIE 4.0 drive and is twice as fast as other Samsung drives. It is about $200 for a 1tb drive. That is the way to go if you want the quickest drive access. The Intel M2 drives (I have both 660 and 665 in other PCs) are significantly slower than Samsung PCIE 3.0 M2 drives, and the cost is not much different. You need the Rocket CPU to use PCIE 4.0. To answer Nick's question about the CPU connected M2 slot: The chipset allows one M2 drive to bypass the common data bus and connect directly to the CPU. That should be faster and that is where my Samsung 980PRO is installed with the OS.
  4. VFR France has five airports for MSFS available through Orbx. I just ordered them as a package at a substantial discount. I only discovered France VFR on Orbx when I purchased Southampton Airport (another pleasant surprise from Orbx).
  5. Great news!. I worked next to the airport in the 1980s, was always a treat to see the B25 parked next to the underpass under the runway. For the definitive story on the airport, watch 16 Right, my favorite airport video.
  6. With the release of Siletz Bay this weekend and Catalina for MSFS Orbx is releasing the kind of airport I started buying Orbx products for. As a GA/business flyer small airports are my preferred destinations. Thanks again for the weekend surprise release.
  7. Is Arlington compatible with True Earth Washington? I have Arlington purchased from another source and it took some manual removal of Arlington files to make it compatible. Seems like Orbx should market versions compatible with Orbx products, or at least let us know if the product is not compatible and what we have to do to make it work with Orbx products. Arlington by Airfoil Labs is one of my favorite airports, but I would prefer a version that does not have compatibility problems.
  8. Just preordered the Airbus control set from Honeycomb. The versatility of this throttle is one more reason to buy it. Hope they come up with a set of controls for generic twin and single engine business jets. X-Plane and MSFS business/personal jets are my favorite fast movers. Easier to fly single pilot than the airliners and usually can use smaller airports.
  9. Throttle is powered by USB on back of throttle. USB C on throttle, cable is regular USB on other end. I preordered three throttles (only wanted two, but somehow ordered three). One directly from Honeycomb, one from aircraft supplier (Aircraft Spruce and Specialty) and one from Flight Velocity. Aircraft Spruce order came first, then Honeycomb and finally Flight Velocity. Returned the Flight Velocity order so someone else could get a throttle at the regular price. Great product, only complaints are the autopilot value rotary knob should be dual concentric to make altitude switching quicker and there is no provision for identifying the switches. I solved the switch ID problem by creating a holder for a Brother tape and putting the IDs on a piece of tape. There are also some mods for the throttle (different flap and throttle handles) at FREESimStuff.com. You need a 3d printer to make the parts. Also some mods for Saitek throttles at that site. Probably will see a lot more mods available over time.
  10. June 5th, 2020 in the Compatibility Forum says airports: yes, Seattle City: no. That is my experience also. The post recommended removing both the airports and the City and reinstalling the airports after the True Earth installation. That worked for me.
  11. Just purchased and installed both Perth and KJAC (Jackson Hole). Only issue is that they must be installed in the X-Plane folder, not a library.
  12. Orbx Partner has just announced KJAC for X-Plane. Hope it will be available on Orbx Store.
  13. Ports from one simulator to another may be difficult, but the two X-Plane airports (KIDA and KMBS) Orbx acquired from Turbulent Designs, promised to be released by Orbx in previous posts, have never appeared. Orbx also stated Turbulent Designs KGPI would be ported to X-Plane, no evidence of that yet. The True Earth team is working on MSFS Cityscapes according to Orbx posts. Other developers are porting X-Plane airports to MSFS, so it appears that X-Plane and MSFS scenery development have some commonality. If that is the case, it might make sense to create some sceneries in X-Plane and port them to MSFS or the existing US airports for X-Plane could be candidates for ports to MSFS. Since there is only one Australian airport from Orbx, that might be a good candidate for an Orbx port from X-Plane to MSFS.
  14. Interesting that someone paid for Cityscape Portland, since it has always been freeware.
  15. A2A just gave us a Christmas present with a free P40. Check out the Flying Tigers' aircraft under Freeware. Thanks A2A!
  16. May be a new emergency exit device. When the Lockheed F104 Starfighter came out, the ejection seat fired downward because the designers were afraid the T tail would slice up the pilot. You can see the problem with a low altitude ejection where you would have to go inverted to eject. Lockheed later changed to the normal upward ejection seat. My brother-in-law flew KC 135 tankers for the USAF Strategic Air Command. To escape from the aircraft, a hatch is opened on the belly and the person bailing out hangs from a trapeze bar before letting go (this was in the 1970s, maybe the USAF has a better process now). Perhaps Cessna has a secret method of bailing out of the airplane and you were witnessing a test.
  17. Any chance we will see the J230 with the 3300 engine? More power for us high altitude flyers. Beautiful engines in the Jabirus.
  18. This has been requested at least twice in the subforum for sceneries and POIs, with no response yet. Another developer has a pretty good rendition of the airport and seems to be moving X-Plane sceneries to MSFS. If they intend to create this airport for MSFS there is not much incentive for Orbx to duplicate their effort. This post should probably be moved to the sceneries and POIs subforum. I noticed that Orbx or Partners have released some of the airports requested on the subforum. Might be appropriate for someone from Orbx to update the posts if an airport or scenery has actually been released.
  19. If you do Arlington, don't forget the glider operation, Evergreen Soaring. Need to plan ahead for the MSFS sailplanes that will be coming someday.
  20. I counted the Orbx releases since July and they have been in the range of three to five new products per month. That doesn't include the P3d V4 to P3DV5 updates. I think that is an impressive output, certainly more than my wallet can accommodate. With over 100 heritage products, if Orbx released three MSFS conversions a month it will take more than three years to convert them all, perhaps less as it appears MSFS sceneries are easier to create. Just to give some perspective on Nick's comment.
  21. I had problems completing the survey in Firefox first time through and quit. Tried again in Firefox and completed the survey without any problems. My answers from the first attempt were in the survey when I tried the second time, so it didn't take much time to complete the survey. It was interesting that the Orbx forums were not included as a check off item in the list of forums.
  22. Finally some Concrete results for Orbx and MSFS. Will the scenery be updated as the buildings are completed? Thanks for the iconic airport!
  23. Two months from the debut of MSFS and Orbx has a third party aircraft for the simulation. I have been debating buying the Long Ez for MSFS, knowing with the state of the SDK there would be a lot of updates required to get the aircraft right. It's always a pain to have to: find out there is an update; remember which vendor you purchased the product from; search out the update and manually install it. Orbx Central makes the update process easy and I purchased the Long Ez today. I have the Long Ez for X-Plane 11 and it will be interesting to see how the flight characteristics compare.
  24. Ken's comments on why developers are migrating to MSFS are very enlightening. It stands to reason that modern, efficient tools to develop airports will give better return on the investment in developing sceneries and lowering the cost of addon scenery. It will also stimulate the freeware developers to create content for MSFS. As a scenery developer for X-Plane freeware scenery, I have been frustrated by the difficulty of creating high quality scenery with a reasonable time investment. If MSFS development tools make high quality scenery creation cost effective, the freeware folks may migrate to MSFS. The MSFS SDK is still in early development and has some deficiencies, but the ability to relatively easily create sloped runways is a major attraction for me. X-Plane needs to up its game for scenery development tools if they want to keep developers creating for X-Plane.
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