COMPUTER PILOT PDF - VOL 11  ISS 1 - JANUARY 07
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JANUARY 2007 VOLUME 11 - ISSUE 1 - This is the full magazine in digital form!

Sydney to Honolulu – Cessna Style
It’s always a long flight when you are flying Sydney to Honolulu in a Jumbo Jet. But what about flying it in a Cessna? Believe it or not, flying the route in a Cessna is even more exciting. Naturally, there are more stops on the way, and the navigation is always challenging. Join John Lattanzio for some island hopping, on a major scale!

Flight Simulator X Tips & Tricks
So you’ve bought the new sim, played around with it, and crashed more than once. Now find out some cool tips and tricks that are not so obvious to get the most out of the new sim version!

Dangerous and Challenging Approaches
The world seems to be filled with airports that are located in the oddest of places. It seems that airport planners have this uncanny knack for sticking runways in some of the most inconvenient spots for pilots, often forcing stressful approaches that require “threading the needle” among mountains and other obstacles. So let’s take a look at an example of each type of tricky approach – one compliments of mother earth, the other compliments of the complaints of those who decided it was a smart idea to buy a house underneath the approach path to a major airport!

Virtual Airline Profiles
We continue our close up look at more online virtual airline groups. Part of the enjoyment of flying with a virtual airline is in finding one that best suits your flying needs… Try these virtual airline groups on for size…

Lots of Raves. Rants to Follow!
Everyone who’s been using Microsoft Flight Simulator for the last 15 years knows the routine. A lot of hoopla surrounds impending releases of new versions, then a cargo hold of rants follows after flight simmers start using the new product. It’s that same old love/hate relationship that simmers have with Microsoft.

Importing Aircraft into FSX
The first of our specialized Flight Simulator X “How-To” articles focuses on moving aircraft designed for Flight Simulator 9 into Flight Simulator X. Not all will work however, and there are some basic guidelines to follow for success. David Wilson-Okamura has all the information you need.

Simulating Space Flight with X-Plane
Search the Internet and you will find several programs that can be used for the simulation of space flight. In this article Chuck Bodeen will tell you a bit about a few of those and then explore what can be done with X-Plane.

Round Robin Adventures
We are flying a Pilatus PC-12 for a Charter company, and today our passengers are bound for the Okanagan Valley in the British Columbia interior.

From the EDITOR..

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first issue for 2007, and the first issue in Volume 11. I’m sure we will have yet another fantastic year in the flight simulation hobby.

Who knows what the new year will bring us in terms of software, hardware and peripherals for our pastime? I’m going to make a prediction for 2007… I think the new year will see a big push on new home cockpit devices, and the number of manufacturers will increase as well. We will also start to see more affordable cockpit modules this year in the past year. Although this is only a prediction, there are certain indicators that are appearing that will have an influence on this area of flight simulation. More suppliers and manufacturers means more competition, which should lower retail prices and increase quality as the competition stiffens. New hardware and technology is now available to make the programming and use of such devices much simpler, leading to more interest from a wider range of simers, not just the tech-savvy.

I think software development in terms of sims is at a little bit of a plateau at present, but will again drive forward as we get further into the new year. The focus in the community at present seems very much to be on hardware and controllers as opposed to new software releases. Much of the developer’s time is spent at present attempting to patch older products to be compatible with FSX. As this is completed, I think we will see more new FSX add-ons becoming available. Mission add-ons will be released first, followed by scenery and aircraft further into the year.

For X-plane fans, the growth continues on as it always has, and new builds of the sim are coming out fairly regularly. However, the latest build releases are really pushing forward in terms of sim graphics and panel functionality options, something which the Microsoft line has always held dominance in.

For combat fans, the market is slow at present, but there have been a few combat sim announcements made recently, and we will be following those up in future issues, so stay tuned.

We look forward to your readership throughout 2007. For now, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride…

Enjoy the January issue of Computer Pilot Magazine – The World’s Favorite monthly flight simulation resource!

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FSXCENERY - TWEED-NEW HAVEN REGIONAL AIRPORT FSX P3D
brian miller
I am mainly giving this review as a Thank you to the developer for making addon scenery for the state of Connecticut. We are home to flightSimCon and have been ignored in the FS world for years. This scenery is definitely better than nothing and the quality matches the price.
AEROSOFT - SACRAMENTO AIRPORT FSX P3D
Aaron Penn
Just installed Sacramento. Gorgeous!! I have a Core 2 Duo E8600 with a GT8800 card running Windows XP with only 3.5 gigs of ram; an ancient system. And guess what? It runs at 25 FPS!! Now the thing is you may, like I did, have to remove the LIB and the _LC which included all the parked cars and maybe other stuff. But The airport is not affected. Traffic? Try 100% Airline and General Aviation!!! It crashed with the LIB and _LC installed but if you got the power you may not have this problem. I give it a green light!!Go!!
PAULO RICARDO FSX - MEGA RIO DE JANEIRO AND NATAL CITY PACK 5
ANDRE ROVIGATTI
Simply the best scenery I have ever seen ! Crowded of tons of very well detailed buildings, makes Rio de Janeiro one of the most exciting place for flying, with an amazing view, blue waves and all the famous touristic points . Because de complexity of the local mountains, we can choose different (some illegal) aproaches, flying between huge moutains, in a very challenging final approach . The scenery has a very good definition, and makes our experience as real as it gets ! Finally , good news for low buget PCs : I am flying on Rio at full controls, with a stable 20 – 25 Frames per second , with payware add-ons, not tons of them, but enough for a confortable flight, on a – unbelieveable ! - APU AMD A-10 7850K , Kingston 120 MB SSD, 16 MB RAM memory, WITHOUT DISCRET GRAPHIC BOARD, at a half cost of an Intel + GForce. Congratulations-
, Paulo Ricardo !
SIMPLE FSX MISSIONS - CARGO AIR
Eskil Dalenius
This mission pack comes with a folder of programme files for manual installation, which is very good! The missions also have rewards - another plus! There is a cargo manifest (load sheet) for each flight (an elegant touch!). The aircraft aren't loaded accordingly, however, so it is mainly eye candy. Unfor-
tunately the quality of the pack is marred by several errors: - The required flight plan is missing for flight #1, and two non-relevant flight plans are included in the pack. - The paths (in the .flt file) for all flight plans are incorrect (they point to the mission creator's own setup). - There is some sloppy spelling and punctuation. -
- The final sound file, and its accompanying caption, are transposed between flights #6 and #7. - In two of the missions (Honduras-Mexic-
o and JFK-Gander), the cruising altitude in the flight plan and in the mission file do not tally, so the mission will not end unless you change one of them. Also, the altitude is set as AGL, which will result in it not triggering if you fly over high terrain (the Honduras mission). - For flight #9, the altitudes on approach are set as AMSL, which means they will not trigger and therefore the mission won't end. - In the Honduras mission, the "AirportLanding-
Trigger" is set for another airport than your destination (MGTK instead of MMUN), which will prevent the mission from ending. - The Mission Compass will not always indicate the take off runway that you are given by ATC. This means that you may have to taxi first to the Mission Pointer (to trigger the next mission step), and then return to the runway given by ATC. - Two of the missions load as Free Flights. If you remove the four SimObjects (ground vehicles) at the beginning of the .xml file, and the corresponding "ObjectActivati-
onActions", the missions will work! Had it not been for the multiple errors, this pack could have been worth its prize. As it stands, however, you should get it only if you are prepared to, and know how to, spend time repair all the glitches.
PAULO RICARDO - SALVADOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SBSV AND CITY FSX P3D
Jens Peter Bruun-Hansen
Paulo Ricardo is the magnificent Scenery Wizard Number Uno ! Once more i must praise a fantastic scenery project from Paulo, and like with Fortaleza you get an extremely real feel approaching Salvador with an incredible richness of details,thousan-
ds of skyscrabers and houses in the city and a very nice and detailed airport too. The most fantastic is the incredible speed (fps) you prowl along the scenery with (100+) and even I'm not a frequent SA flyer,i will.. I Must come back to Salvador, this is FSX scenery wonderland THA-
NK YOU PAULO RICARDO the scenery deserves 10 stars, not five !
CARENADO - SR22 GTSX TURBO HD SERIES FSX P3D
Sean Karges
Carenado has released a few significant updates to this model within the past year, which supersede the reviews from other users in 2013. Performance at least for me has noticeably improved by a great amount (i5 machine @ 4.8GHz w/ GTX 970), as is the addition of further functionality to the G1000 (editing waypoints, as well as a number of minor functions). More fluidity as well in the displays.
FSIMSTUDIOS - PORTLAND MAINE INTL JETPORT KPWM FSX P3D
Sean Karges
Solid representation of an important airfield in this part of the US. With the exception of Boston, everything North-Northeast of NYC has been neglected in terms of custom scenery products, and this effort is very welcome. While we're not talking FlyTampa quality here, the airport itself is perfectly nice, and features a custom terminal and surroundings, mixed in with some well-placed default library objects as well. Makes for a great stopover between FlyTampa's Boston and Orbx' Bar Harbor. What really stands out the most though is the effort of the developer if you need support. I had some issues with textures on some of the static aircraft (in addition to not really caring for static aircraft to begin with) and the developer proved to be extremely responsive to emails, and actively troubleshooted the issue, resulting in a satisfying resolution which will be applied to future iterations of this product. While most companies would take days or weeks to respond, or only offer vague guidance / minimal help, FSimStudios didn't play games - they jumped right, established what the issue was, and worked with me to achieve a solution. Excellent! F-
our stars out of five for the solid representation of the airport, and excellent support. Minus one due to some heavier reliance on default objects than I expected.
FSIMSTUDIOS - PORTLAND MAINE INTL JETPORT KPWM FSX P3D
Brandon Mckay
Another Great scenery from a great developer. This is a wonderful rendition of Portland Maine
FSIMSTUDIOS - LOUIS ARMSTRONG NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FSX P3D
Brandon Mckay
The Fine Gentleman of FSimStudios reached out to me personally once you received word of my troubles. He was able to help me fix the scenery and now it works great. I will definitely support this developer. Great customer service.
TUNEVNAV - TUNEVNAV DESCENT PRO3.2
Charles Ngoma
There is an unnecessary registration hassle with this program. I haven't even tried it yet but it is annoying when it wants to change your language settings, your date and then email the product ID for the key! Why?
your country of residence