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Wayne Conrad 989233

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  1. Reece is one of the friendliest controllers in a hobby full of friendly people. I'm glad you got to enjoy flying under his control as much as I do.
  2. Nobody knows. My gut says that, for the future, you want more system RAM and more/faster processors (cores). X-Plane is very CPU hungry, and is likely to get more so. That's just my gut, nothing better. Your best reading for the "inside scoop" on x-plane performance may be Ben Supnik's blog. Read that entry, and go digging into his past (and future) entries.
  3. Nick, That's a plane I've long been interested in. Who makes the model?
  4. I received the first issue of the newsletter this afternoon. Thanks all for your help.
  5. How about: stick it on the web and give it an RSS feed. No p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word needed, and those reading it get to find out when there's a new issue without having to check every day.
  6. Norman, Thanks for the link. What's in the newsletter that needs p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word security?
  7. I went to read it, but got stopped by the p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word question. I just don't remember mine--it's enshrined in some files somewhere, so that I don't have to remember it.
  8. It looks like an IFR departure, maybe cancel enroute. Kenosa is forecast to be windy as heck, modified VFR. Rather than the suggested IFR route: BULLY V216 SQUIB I'm planning on filing: V216 PETTY V7 TALOR, 8000 For two reasons: First, a /U or /A aircraft can't navigate direct BULLY. Second, it's tidier if the route ends in a feeder or IAF for an instrument approach.
  9. Wade Williams, the maintainer of xsquawkbox, is asking those experiencing this problem to please report their platform and processor in this thread (x-plane.org).
  10. A USB headset (or a non-USB headset with a second sound card) is the only choice for me. The reason for either USB or a second sound card is so that ATC can be routed to my ears and airplane sounds to my speakers. That makes much easier to hear ATC than if both come through the speakers. Also, a hand-held mic. will add some delay to your readbacks.
  11. I have been delighted with the quality of Heinz's Planes. The panels are good, and the flight dynamics seem friendly (although I'm not a pilot, so I can't tell you how real). The panels for all of his planes that I've bought are wide-screen friendly and good in both 2D and 3D. The latest of his planes that I'm flying is the Twin Beech (Beech 18 ), and it's very nice. Highly recommended. It's not just Heinz's planes that are great. Heinz himself is a good guy and supports his planes very well. As well as his Twin-Beech, I fly his Comanche, Clipper and Tri-Pacer. They're all outstandi
  12. Don gave a fabulous answer to the five T's. I use the order they're more traditionally taught in (Turn Time Twist Throttle Talk), but I agree with Don that the exact order of the first two T's isn't crucial. I only want to add that I find the five T's useful during cruise as well as enroute. Crossing a VOR, Turn. Time (record time of p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]age, which I will use to estimate the time of the next fix, and also to see if I'm running early or late, make sure the wind is treating me alright in terms of gas). Twist. Throttle (if I have been given a "climb/descend after" instruc
  13. I like Stefan's answer way better than mine. There you go.
  14. Which approach to which airport? That will help us to know whether DME was required for the approach. If required, then the inability to tune your NAV2's DME prohibits you from flying the approach. If not required, then you can fly the approach using crossing fixes. It's more work, as you indicated, but still gets the job done. By the way, when you have the time for it, try to use both DME and VOR to identify fixes on an approach. This will help you to stay ahead of the plane, identify navaid or equipment failures or mistuned radios, and makes fixes easier to identify. For example, some
  15. Welcome to Phoenix! You're here for the best time of year. You're going to love it. Next summer, you'll be saying, "What have I done?" But don't worry. Winter comes again, and you'll say, "Ahhh. Yeah. This is why I came here. I remember."
  16. Mike, Has there been any consideration for using Teamspeak as your communication medium?
  17. Oh, I knew you knew better, Gary. I apologize if you thought I was warning you personally. I wasn't. I read that NASA has some modified bizjets that they use for practicing shuttle approaches. I don't know if they are modified just with software, or what. 20 degrees! I wonder if spoilers would be enough. Students of aeronautics will notice that the glide slope is actually shallower for a heavier shuttle (18 degrees heavy, 20 degrees light). It might seem backwards, but it's a fact that that every glider pilot knows, and every powered pilot ought to. The higher your wing loading,
  18. I put that up for humor. Not because anyone on Vatsim out to be flying it. Just saying.
  19. I have to say something about controllers who have trouble logging off. It's this. We notice. I've been flying, sometimes, into some podunk field in the middle of nowhere, and there's hardly any traffic. There I am in my slower-than-highway-traffic bug smasher, and it's getting late, and I know from the controller's yawns that he would rather go to bed, and why doesn't the guy log off? But there he is, giving me altimeter settings, and doing not much else until he gives me a approach clearance, and then clears me to land, then to taxi, bids me good night, and then announces that cen
  20. Hi Alex! Good to see you. Thanks for the key. At least I can turn it off now. What an incredible destroyer of illusion it is to make a turn and find my plane has been pooping a giant jumprope... Now to find the function so I can permanently unmap it.
  21. There is some key that turns on a jumprope that shows your plane's flight path in the sky. I'd love to map that function to no key at all, because it's a useless function to me, and I'm always accidentally turning it on. Does anyone know, (1) What that key is, by default, and (2) What is the name of that function is settings/joystick options/keys?
  22. The problem comes and goes for me even when I keep the same version of xsquawkbox. It has all the the signs and symptoms of an uninitialized variable, race condition, interaction with other software, or one of those other non-deterministic conditions that drive programmers absolutely bat-poop crazy. I doubt it has anything to do with a specific version of xsquawkbox.
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