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Chris DeGroat

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  1. Ive tried the bluebell as well as the XCSL packages. XCSL model matched him maybe the first 2 times on vatsim to a piper, everything after that has been random. Both our setups are identical as I set it up for him for the most part. Even lately for me, when I fly the TBM 900, first two times it picked the correct plane, now its picking random aircraft. I figured once it model matched that would be the model it picks going forward, not seemingly random, although Im sure its more than that. Im not changing aircraft type on xpilot when I connect either, I reuse the same reg # from the drop d
  2. Hey folks - are there any guides to troubleshoot model matching? A friend and fly together often and hes typically in the Justflight warrior. When we load in hes usually in anything but a piper, most times a cessna, other times the Grob G115. Any ideas why that is, I have a handful of piper CSLs in my directory.
  3. Hey folks, got a question in regards to Class B departures and/or VFR Flight following. So when departing a class B, you're essentially receiving vfr flight following on the ground to depart the airspace. My question/confusion comes in when your being handed off between controllers. After tower passes me to approach, do I need to ask for flight following again once airborne with approach? Or are they aware from the initial clearance? 2nd part of that question is once approach hands off to center - do I need to ask again for FF, or are they also aware? In my head I kind of play this out a
  4. Firstly - I just want to start by saying thank you to all the awesome folks online last night, controllers and pilots alike. The experience I had last night wouldn't have been possible without this community! Beware my lengthy and possibly rambling post! So brief backstory - a friend and I have been doing shared cockpit airliner stuff for awhile now, and I mainly used Pilot2ATC for atc because I guess it was just easier. My friend started his flight training, so then we switched primarily to the Piper warrior as thats what hes training in IRL. After some shared cockpit stuff with that
  5. Thanks for confirming. I have to say I'm glad I joined, my only regret is I didn't do it sooner. So far each flight I've done there has been some takeaway of knowledge.
  6. Hey folks, had a quick question. The other day I was flying VFR from Grand bahama to Palm Beach. When I contacted Nassau center who was handling ground/tower, he told me a VFR flight plan was required. Just wondering why this was? I didn't think VFR flight plans were a required thing? Edit: Did some research, looks like that it is required in IRL so this was a good learning experience. https://www.bahamas.com/vfr "A good pilot is always learning"
  7. Yep, that too. Thanks for the tip because I'm 99% certain I've glazed over the checkbox a few times since I couldnt find it.
  8. So a buddy of mine want to get attempt smart copilot with vatsim - but how would one of us join as copilot with xpilot? I dont see any option to join as an observer. Been doing a bit of googling but my google-fu is failing me today. Edit nvm, literally just found it in the docs to add a letter suffix... Whoops!
  9. Awesome info. Had a great time on today. Jacksonville CTR went off line when I was getting ready to go, so head a venue change to Farmingdale in NY. Sat in GA parking for a bit listening to the NY airspace madness and then as I was going to give it a go NY Center went off for a bit lol. No worries, worked on Unicom, and then spoke with Islip Approach for the class C transition eastbound towards East Hampton. Then back on unicom for landing at HTO. Was good fun and practice. Thank you to all the controllers for your service!
  10. Ahh gotcha! That makes sense. So one more question, if no towers were online for your airport would you pick the closest CTR I assume? Right now im on the ground in Hilton head, SC, and I have NY CTR and JAX CTR currently online. I assume since Im closer to JAX, Id tune them for delivery, taxi and takeoff?
  11. Hello all! Decided to take the next step in my hobby and join up here. I'm also looking forward to getting my PPL and figured every bit will help. So I have a quick question. Obviously vatsim cant be staffed to real world levels and I get there's overlap, but Im confused even after reading the General lessons on the PRC. It was going over the different controllers and all but there was something that mentioned if a tower isnt manned, it may be controlled by whose working the approach frequency - makes sense. The part I'm confused on is - do I tune the local ground/tower frequencys, a
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