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John Stockton

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About John Stockton

  • Birthday 03/13/1962

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  1. From experience, you'll have to purchase it. I've been an X-Planer since ver 9. Ver 10 we had to pay. Ver 11 we had to pay. Upgrades within a version, ie 11.0, 11.3, 11.55 are all free. When X-Planed switches to an all new series (next will be 12) you'll have to purchase it. My feeling is if you're wanting to learn/fly FAA procedures (IFR) X-Plane is the way to go. If your focus is visuals (VFR) MSFS is the better simulator (currently). MSFS requires a stronger computer than X-Plane for comparable frame rates. I have both loaded in my PC (specs in signature).
  2. I used to be a P1. After VATSIM restructuring I became a P0. I have no desire to join a VA. An ATC (VATSIM controller) should be able to say " Hey this dude/dudette knows what they're doing. They should be bumped up a certified level. Who better to judge than VATSIM ATC?
  3. Also go on YouTube and watch Aviation101. This guy is articulate and spot on. When VATSIM ATC is online it's the same as real world.
  4. Hi VATSIM, As the title says, How can I make a donation? Link? What you all do is AMAZING it would make me feel good to support your efforts.
  5. Completely aware of 18,000' and above= 29.92" in USA. Being GA I'm seldom at Transition altitude, typically VFR, 10,500' / 9,500'. A better question would be.... Does VATSIM ATC show the same altitude on their radar as I see on SimAware?
  6. Thanks for all the replies below. I guess I asked the wrong question. This time I'm looking for a Yes or No. Is the altitude, of my plane, that I see on SimAware the same that ATC sees on their radar? Please accept my apologies on the previous original question (erased). I think I got too fancy in my wording. The more I think about it, this should have been posted in General Discussion. Mod's please move if you agree.
  7. Out of Rockies for Boulder CO. JustFlight Turbo Arrow III
  8. @Mike Sweeney That's basically what I did. The waypoints are a general guide for my GNS530 (x-plane). I flew visually staying within the 'passes' at the same time trying to stay close to the path I created in the GPS. I mapped out my desired path using SkyVetor 'World VFR map' then switching back and forth to SkyVector 'World Lo map' to find the nearest waypoint to match my VFR path. I find this a much easier method than to try to put multiple custom coordinates into the GNS530. Having been a Tubeliner vPilot for, dare I say decades, I am comfortable using Airways, RNAV, ILS, etc. I
  9. Thank you very much. So I guess, yes, you do alter your altitude to match flight direction.
  10. This morning I flew from KSBS (Steamboat Springs) to KEGE (Eagle County), VFR. KEGE is practically due south from KSBS. My flight plan had some zig-zagging in it. Sometimes I would be flying westerly and sometimes easterly. Would I file Odd FL + 500 or Even FL +500? If you really want to map this out, Here is my flight plan. KSBS SBURG JESIE KIMBL V421 VAILE KEGE. FYI, I went with 10,500. Because my direct would have been ever-so-slightly westerly. Thank you.
  11. P0 here. I totally agree with you. If ATC has to pass tests and be trained online, I think pilots should have to do the same. This would make online flying a smoother experience for both sides of the radar.
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