COMPUTER PILOT PDF - VOL 14  ISS 1 - DECEMBER/JANUARY 10
COMPUTER PILOT PDF - VOL 14 ISS 1 - DECEMBER/JANUARY 10
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DECEMBER/JANUARY 2010 VOLUME 14 - ISSUE 1 - This is the full magazine in digital form!

Australian Air Adventures – Part I

“The following two-part article is not a review of the scenery, nor is it a complete tour of Australia as the word limit of the article won’t allow for that! Over the last couple of months I’ve completed many flights around Australia and invite you to follow me on this journey as I write about some of my favorites.”

The Story of Major Thomas Robert “Doc” White

Dr. White joined the United States Army Air Corps in June of 1941. His duties were primarily medical as a new Lieutenant serving in the Air Corps. “Doc”, as I will refer to him, with respect of course, had gotten wind of an operation that was seeking volunteers. In his own words, he “had a habit of sticking his neck out”

Aircraft Spotlight: The MD-11

In the early 1980’s, McDonnell Douglas Corporation realized that a successor to the famous DC10 Series was needed, at least for the company to stay in business. Due to the global recession nothing was planned or executed based on these ideas at the time but around the mid 80's, McDonnell finally decided to continue with his plans and launched, in December 1986, the MD-11 Program.

Flying the Dash-8 Q300

The ubiquitous DeHavilland DASH-8 is one of the finest airplanes in the world. There are many design variations of the DASH-8. We will fly the Q300 version from the Netherland Antilles starting from Willemstad Hato International Airport (TNCC) on Curacao Island to San Juan, Puerto Rico Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (TJSJ).

World War I Combat Sims – Rise of Flight

Mike Ray offers a unique insight into the new WWI combat flight sim, Rise of Flight – The First Great Air War, with an informational-style review and look at the history of aerial combat in the early years of aviation.

Commands and Datarefs

Datarefs and commands are ways to communicate with the operation of X-Plane. They resemble each other in hierarchical arrangement and format, but not in function.

“I Learned About Flying From That…”

This is the first in a continuing series of articles. While I plan to take a lighter approach with these stories, the “lessons” are meaningful and serious. For my initial topic, what is more appropriate than the first airplane I flew?

Trevor Thom - Pilot & Author

We take a look at the life history of our newest author and real world aviation training guru, Mr Trevor Thom, author of many popular aviation training manuals used by hundreds of thousands of pilots accross the globe.

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Customer Reviews
REX - SOFT CLOUDS FSX P3D
Gabriel Castro
Excellent addon, quality at a very good price !! 100% compatible with P3Dv4
AFS-DESIGN - AIRBUS A350 P3D
FRANKLYN SALOMONS
I have purchased my share of sim-lite type aircraft and found them rather enjoyable for what they're worth. When I saw the AFS A350 released for P3D I thought why not? Now the V1 release which you'll see on youtube is really old and looks far from an A350, but the V2 is improved and wanting an A350 with a representative VC in Prepar3d ( I have the freeware FSP version, but the aliased A320/330 VC bugged me) I dove in to take one for the team. When first released it was listed as V4 ready but this was quickly removed. I thought it was probably gauges but I still have V3.4 so no biggie, install away. Installed in V4 as well. In V3, it loads at my selected airport, but, no button in the VC works. Bring up the 2D panels, they work, but nothing in the 3D vc responds. Not a good start. I looked in the sim objects panel folder and the gauges are all xml files, so this should not be an issue, unless... I loaded V4. Now it does not officially support V4 but lets be honest, the default FSX aircraft and many FSX native freeware port over just fine as long as they don't depend on dll's. But this A350, "Cannot load model" in the vehicle selection screen. Uh oh. This begins to confirm my suspicion. Load it anyway, select my scenario, loading, crash to desktop. Now a model that claims to be made for P3D having these much issues in two different P3D version where much older (almost 10 year old) FSX models load fine? So I pull up Model Converter X to check and sure enough, FS2004 based mdl file. Did a quick convert (sans animations) and it loads up in P3D v4 select screen and no crash scenario loads. I have to say that in light of this discovery I'm very dissapointed with this developer. I was hoping to get it flying in V4 with some tweaks and offset the seeming negative views towards AFS with an honest recorded flight. but no. You release a model claiming it is P3D specific but its just the same FS2004 based mdl because it seemed to work? Not even tried to recompile with any P3D SDK. Nope. AFS Design let me give you some advice, Prepar3d V4 is here as well as Flight Sim World, the Microsoft ESP engine is moving forward in 64 bit era, these past few and upcoming weeks are a crucial time as people who are transitioning are eager for Natively produced models and sceneries. Many small developers like you have updated their products supporting FS9 to P3D V4 with each installer made with the Sim's Native SDK. And check the reviews, customers are won over. heck, even DD added an FSW install option to their scenery. I've purchase addons from developers I haven't before just because they made that effort and seeing what they did i would by from them again in a heartbeat. In closing, this item labelled as for P3D is outright untrue, but you can redeem yourself. Recompile it with the proper SDK and give that to your existing customers. I personally will rate you higher if you pull through. You have an opportunity right now to gain favor with the community during the transition to V4 and FSW. Other developers have gone in and are reaping the rewards. Don't get left behind. Your move.
BINERSIM - HALIM PERDANAKUSUMA AIRPORT (WIHH) - FSX
James Bristow
Excellent addition to Indonesia FSX , relatively simplistic but very good visuals and performance
LIONHEART - QUEST KODIAK BUILD 2.6 FSX P3D FS2004
omar capellan
I love this aircraft. They did a great job. It is one of the best I've ever had. Makes me want to fly one in real life :)
FSIMSTUDIOS - CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CYYC FSX P3D
Marco Eckl
Perfect scenery, matching in every detail! Just to recommend!!
JETSTREAM DESIGNS - METZ-NANCY LORRAINE X FSX P3D
Scott Harmes
A fantastic representation of this airport. Another great quality scenery from Jetstream Designs.
JUSTSIM - DÜSSELDORF AIRPORT EDDL FSX P3D
Philip Jensen
This scenery is really a let down by the ground textures. JUSTSIM other sceneries have better ground textures. It really is disappointing considering the buildings look great. You cannot see it easily from the distance but when taxiing it really shows.
AEROSOFT - TRONDHEIM- VAERNES X 2.0 FSX P3D
JASON SMART
This is one of the BEST and comprehensive in terms of developments and advancements I have seen, for instance the animated passengers adds a excellent realism to the overall sim and experience. The only negative thing is that the elevation is WAY off for instance on a downward view it takes you under ground, and some GSX integration errors seem apparent, when gSX was offloading my aircrafts luggage, the luggage containers were in the air, and there was NO baggage handler or equipment in sight as they were under ground again directly due to this elevation error. Also, it seems for a pretty average airport in terms of size it is pretty frame-rate hungry, I have a decent spec PC and overall setup and I am getting some frame rates on ground of 6-10FPS with an average aircraft that I have had or don't have any issue in much more graphic challenging airports such as Mallorca, Malaga X etc in terms of size and details-hopeful-
ly these will be rectified/or improved in an update in the very NEAR future, otherwise it is an excellent rendition and enjoyable airport and approach.
DRZEWIECKI DESIGN - NY AIRPORTS V2 X : KEWR, KLDJ, KCDW FSX P3D
Marcin Gwiazdzinski
What can be added? Great performance and optimization, beautiful night lighting, static aircrafts, SODE with active jetways, animated objects. Perhaps the airports are not outstanding works of art, but you can use them without fear of poor fps. Very decent product for a vey reasonable price for me!
DRZEWIECKI DESIGN - NY AIRPORTS V2 X : KJFK, KLGA, KTEB FSX P3D
Marcin Gwiazdzinski
For me it was the long-awaited re-edition. Finally it's compatibile with all P3D versions, incl. P3D v4. After the first flights it seems to be much better optimized, thanks to the new techniques I guess. Performance is much better in my sim too. I used to the additional optional features, which can be choosed during the installation - it's nice. SODE with active jetways, new lighting system, animated objects - all of them were known for me from the previous DD sceneries, so they didn't suprise me but for sure I appreciate and like them. As for me - with this very reasonable price it's a very decent product.
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