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  1. Hi Paul, I would have to agree with you. I too was very skeptical of MSFS. As with any new item though, there is a learning curve. Even my teenage son initially did not like MSFS. But he has made the jump to MSFS and no longer plays P3D or XP11. The graphics and performance of MSFS is leaps and bounds, and miles ahead of the other platforms. To be specific, I did a flight out of Orcas Island on MSFS in the Beaver. Just as a comparator, I decided to fire up P3Dv4 to see how similar or different the two sims were. I used the exact plane, and the exact scenery. As good a quality as both products are( Orcas Island and the Beaver), I literally felt like I was back in the time using P3D. There truthfully is no comparison. I remember vehemently fighting against FSX when it initially came out. All of my comfort and quite frankly money, had been poured into FS9. How could they have taken my baby, FS9 away from me and brought this monster called FSX into my world? Then I discovered this company called Orbx was creating scenery for FSX that was mind blowing, so I had to make the change if I wanted to feel relevant. The rest is history, lol. I would encourage the skeptics to start off slowly. Enjoy their current platforms while "toying" with MSFS. Just as I did, I'm sure they will find themselves waking up one day and literally thinking to themselves, hmmm that's weird, I've now gone several days without touching the other sims. MSFS definitely grows on you and over time, becomes the new norm. So to your point, I don't see developers cranking out too many new products for the older sims.
  2. Excellent news for sure Don. I haven't been on here as much lately. Just busy with work and life stuff. I have to admit what a great time to check back in to hear your awesome news! Thanks for sharing, Gary
  3. Omg Ryan, Talking about throwing a rock at a hornet's nest! While MSFS has added a lot to many of the default sceneries, there are many areas that we were spoiled with in FSX/P3D by Orbx, that are no longer there. The areas you mentioned as well as so many of the PNW airports aren't there in MSFS. I flew from Concrete to Squamish yesterday and as I flew over Skagit Regional and Anacortes, and into Squamish, it was disheartening not to see all of the high def areas of the past. I know they are pumping out new areas right and left, but can we get all of the "Oldies but Goodies" back in our flight sim lives???
  4. Nicely done Frank. I really enjoyed your flight. I actually visited Clingman's Dome last October. I had no idea it was simulated in the sim. Looking at some of the default MSFS 2020 airports made me come to realize how much we appreciate payware quality scenery as well as the unlimited potential Orbx still has available to our wonderful hobby. Gary
  5. I use FSUIPC 7 as well John and love it. However I do have a question. Not sure if it's a MSFS issue or an issue on my end. But if add a new "profile specific" setting for a new aircraft I lose all control settings and have to restart the game. Does this happen to you as well, or am I doing something wrong??
  6. Hi Contrails69, Please see the KBUR V2 release announcements. If you purchased it at the Microsoft Markeplace you will have to wait until it updates there. Go to your Content Manager in MSFS to see available updates for your products. Hope that helps. Gary
  7. Looking good Adam, I'm picking her up now!
  8. Yeah Matt I honestly didn't realize how much I enjoyed them, and how much I miss them now because they aren't all there anymore. The PNW is so special to me, as well as to so many others I am sure, because it was Orbx's first USA product(s). I was so impressed by what Orbx did with that area that my family and I made several vacations up there and I visited Snoqualmie Falls because it was depicted in the Fall City scenery as well visted the Squamish, Friday Harbour, Anacortes, Concrete, and Darrington areas. I was blown away by the fact that Orbx sceneries were so accurate. Oh let me not forget about Skagit Regional airport area too. MSFS is definitely good, but Orbx would truly make that entire area better! Let's keep our fingers crossed, lol
  9. Not sure if it's already been asked but thought I'd ask just to know. I know there's a lot in the works with Orbx and it's great to see them churning out scenery for MSFS. I have moved to it and haven't touched P3D in months. Sure there are tons of planes that I miss and scenery too. In particular being able to jump from Orcas Island to Friday Harbor to Anacortes to Skagit Regional. Any plans to add those airports for MSFS? And yes the graphics and performance for MSFS 2020 are awesome for me. That's the main reason why I haven't been able to look back. Gary
  10. I agree Brad(ba43) and I also agree with Brad B. Just as Brad B stated, I haven't had many issues with its performance, and to my own surprise, I have not touched any of the other sims in the last 6 months. It's buttery smooth for me, and as more add-ons have been introduced, the visual experience has been stunning. However to your point Brad, there are some issues with some of the scenery areas that maybe Asobo could use some input from Orbx and their expertise as to how to overcome these issues. There's always room for improvement. That way each party gets to show off their strengths and get better for all of us. Avid flight sim enthusiast, desiring to get the most out of the hobby. Gary
  11. Very sad to hear but a from scratch version would be a phenomenal thing to happen! Fingers still crossed
  12. MSFS2020 has done an amazing job with my home state of Florida. I can fly around the Tampa Bay area and spot almost everything just as I would from the air in a Piper Arrow( the plane I fly in RL). MSFS hasn't been quite as generous to the PNW region though, so that's where I as well as many others on this thread are hoping that our friends at Orbx will hopefully jump in!
  13. I will chime in and say my flights in and out of the PNW are few and far between in MSFS2020 compared to in P3D. I got spoiled with Squamish, Anacortes, Friday Harbor, Orcas Island and Skagit Regional in P3D. It was a really picturistic short hop flying into Squamish from any of these airports as well as from Concrete and Darrington. I hope it's in the plans for sometime soon.
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