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  1. Just a quick question: will ORBX as a business continue to be about the only developer (and in this case also solo-retailer) in the flightsim-world not to offer potential customers the option of paying through PayPal? Cheers Mallard
  2. I actually went through quite a number of the "frozen paypal" sites - most of them which are several years old. And what I gleaned from the more serious ones is that Orbx obviously did not read the EULA correctly. How ironic... Well - be it as it may, that's the end of my 6 years of loyal custom. Hi Uwe - I used to have the prepaid card from the ADAC. If you're a member with them, then you can get it for €29 per year. Cheers Mallard
  3. I see the real problem here that Orbx was simply not properly prepared. Because, as you quite rightly point out, a large number of other flightsim-related sites have paypal - and no problems whatsoever. I don't recall FSS having come under such difficulties each time a new Orbx release was made available and their servers crashed due to demand. Or do you hear REX or Aerosoft mentioning moving away from paypal? No - as with the bandwitdth issues Orbx did not recognise what was coming at them and got caught out. But it's not for us, the clients, who should have to be the ones to suffer the consequences, but for Orbx to get things settled if they want to play with the big boys. Or they should offer their products on other sales-platforms that allow us to continue purchasing as before. Just my (probably unpopular) 2 eurocents... Cheers Mallard
  4. I know that - I have a Visa Debit card myself now. But that is still more than the majority of Germans have. There the EC-Maestro card is the standard, which, allthough technically a debit card, pretty much is limited to cash withdrawals or direct payments through cardreader machines. Heck, I had major problems the first few times I came to Ireland and wanted to rent a car here. Without a "real" credit car that is pretty much impossible. Or even paying for a room in France (or filling up the tank of my car) was quite a gamble with only the EC-card at hand. At one point on a trip through France I was lucky to have had a Swiss mastercard at hand when I wanted to pay for a hotel room, because two of my German cards would not be accepted anywhere but at ATMs. In Germany itself there would have been no question at all that those cards would work everywhere and with everything... I had friends regularly asking me to book flights on the low-cost carriers, as they didn't have a card and could not complete the booking transactions. Of couse Orbx will have a number of transactions from Germany, it would be ridiculous to think that credit cards are not used there, but I still say they are losing out on an even larger customer base since paypal offers the link to ones bank account, and Stripe doesn't. Cheers Mallard
  5. I'll give it a go with Looking down at Ganser Field from my Bronco Cheers Mallard
  6. OK - so that still leaves the large percentage of (especially German) potential buyers without a CC out of the game... Thanks for the clarification, Nick Cheers Mallard
  7. Just making sure that things are all right on a flight from Blue Canyon-Nyack via Ganser and on to Redding I probably blew the portapotty over... Coming up over Ganser Field I interrupted my flight here for a couple of hours... And onward to Redding! Benton to the left below me Once again more or less cropped DX10s - this time with "Blue Daze" Shade preset Cheers Mallard
  8. Thanks for the comments, mates! I think I had "Endless Summer" Shade preset on top of my SweetFX in these pics - and was myself quite pleased with the results Cheers Mallard
  9. As far as I can see you will still need a credit card at some point in the transaction..? Cheers Mallard
  10. Care to X-plane why you highlighted the "X"?? A fine pic indeed... Cheers Mallard
  11. After all that open water in the Samoa-series I suddenly I had the urge to make a quick flight around Cunderdin - which is nice and dry and inland I checked on Google Earth, and as far as I can see the Neptune is indeed still at Cunderdin aerodrome. I wonder what will ever become of that plane... More or less cropped DX10s Cheers Mallard
  12. Thanks for the feedback! I really enjoyed this flight what with the new, smoother waterclass Cheers Mallard
  13. Nice mood in this one... Cheers Mallard
  14. Great selection of pics and destinations Thanks for sharing these. Mallard
  15. Very nice set of your flight with AMIA Cheers Mallard
  16. Well - I provenly had a total of 5 cards so far burnt when paying vendors of online and "real" products directly through the credit card options on offer and had the hassle with getting replacements (at one time being left with a pretty much empty larder and just 10 EUR for a week before you can access your funds is quite an interesting experience). This never happened in connection when going for a Paypal-payment. Of course nothing is safe on the net, but there is "safer" for the customer. By the way - I even got in contact with one of the vendors when a second card got rendered useless two hours after using it on their site after one before that got smashed an hour after a previous purchase just to hear that it was impossible and could not be their fault. They used the best protection available etc. p.p. Sound familiar? Cheers Mallard
  17. Thanks for the comments, mates! Hi Gerold - you're in luck, as I did in fact take a pic or two from the pit on this flight. Something that I normally don't think of doing... Cheers Mallard
  18. Thanks for the "smoother" water around Samoa Here are some shots from a flight from Fitiuta on Manu'a island, passing Ofu/Olosega then on over Pago Pago to Faleolo on Upolo The coast looks a damn side better after this patch. Pics more or less cropped DX10s Cheers Mallard
  19. Ah, shucks. Just as I was contemplating finally trying out buying something through FTX Direct - so no purchase from me. But at least it's just making my transition to X-plane that bit easier... Cheers Mallard
  20. Brilliant to read that the operation went well! Have fun in rehab Cheers Mallard
  21. Looking through my attic I found some faded pics of the unique EC24-A. It appears to have been on a flight from Tahiti to American Samoa... On the ramp at Fa'a'a Moorea in the background Raiatea and Ha'apu on the horizon ...and then a whole lot of nothing... The Rose Atoll Ofu/Olosega and Manu'a Tutuila with little Aunu'u Cropped and quite heavily edited DX10s Cheers Mallard PS - the first five pics are using some other developer's scenery...
  22. Some from a flight with the Albatross to Swains Atoll The (ASN) weather and visibility cleared a bit some 50 miles out from Pago Pago Just skimming over the palm trees with full flaps to make the most of the landing on the lagoon More or less cropped DX10s Cheers Mallard
  23. Quite some tour you took us on there, Gerold Cheers Mallard
  24. Will be keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well! Cheers Mallard
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