COMPUTER PILOT PDF - VOL 15 ISS 2 - MARCH/APRIL 11
COMPUTER PILOT PDF - VOL 15 ISS 2 - MARCH/APRIL 11
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FS Economy – Where Fun Is The Currency!
As I write this piece I am sitting at 10,000ft above the mountainous terrain of eastern New South Wales in the flight deck of a Beech 1900D making my way from Tamworth to Dochra Military Airfield to the SSE. My cargo would normally be just one… that’s me, the pilot, and a quiet and lonely cabin sits behind the pilot’s seat reminding me that flight sim can sometimes be a lonesome hobby. But tonight’s flight is different… It has a purpose… It has FS Economy driving it!

I learned to Fly From That – Part VII
“I received my pilot’s wings and moved on to advanced flight training schools. First was at Luke Air Force Base just northwest of Phoenix, Arizona (USA). The F-84F Thunderstreak, built by Republic Aircraft, was the first truly single-engine, single-seat plane I flew. It was the latest in a long line of overweight airplanes beginning with the P-47 Thunderbolt of WWII fame. The next iteration of overweight planes by Republic would be the F-105 Thunderchief used extensively during the Vietnam War.”

TrackIR 5 User Guide
If you ever considered the head tracking device – TrackIR5 – but shied away from it for any reason, have a read of John Achor’s article in this issue which details his experience with the product, along with tips on how to get the most out of it.

Touring the United Kingdom
“There I was lounging in the Leeds & Bradford Airport Starbucks with my hands around a steaming mug of coffee when my phone started to ring. “What Now?”, I thought. I'd just flown up from London in terrible weather hauling boxes in the Cessna 208. All I wanted was a chance to let my nerves recover after the flight.” There was going to be little chance of that. Before I knew it, I was on a trip around the UK with a buddy of mine, playing the virtual tour guide. Why not come along and join me?

Benchmarking FSX – Performance Summary and Recap
Over the past two years, Computer Pilot has published a series of six articles about FSX performance, related to graphics cards, multiple and large displays, processors, third-party CPU coolers and overclocking, six-core processors, solid state drives, upgrading to Windows 7, budget computer builds for FSX, and other topics. Now we recap some factors and explore a couple more as we wrap up this popular series.

A Discussion About Flaps – with Mike Ray
“I think I can say without contradiction that every modern airplane that has any performance whatsoever will employ a wing configuration mechanism of one kind or another. So, just take my word for it… airplanes (usually) have flaps! Unfortunately, all too often flight simmers are either not aware of the complexity of the flap system, or simply lack the knowledge base to operate them properly." We are here to solve these issues!

Preparing for a Great Landing – The Approach
Perhaps the most screwed up event in the flight simmers catalog of goobers and hickeys in the last three inches of the flight profile… just before the wheels contact Mother Earth. Too often, it seems problematic whether or not the airplane can consistently be maneuvered to the point where a smooth and predictable landing can be accomplished. It all starts with the right approach!

An Approach to the Cat III Approach!
So you want to land but the reported ceiling is nearly zero…this is not a problem. So you want to land but the reported visibility is nearly zero…this is not a problem. Well, to clarify- these may not be problems. Let’s find out why, and how we can work around them…

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DOMINICDESIGNTEAM - RKPC-JEJU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MSFS
Suyun
Most of them are satisfactory. However, the height of the terminal building is too high. It's very different from the real thing. Hope this gets updated.
LATINVFR - AIRPORT STATIC AIRCRAFT FOR ASOBO AIRPORTS MSFS
Edmund
Definitely a disappointment! The models are pretty good however the aircraft are few and far between. Would of also liked to be able to have these at the Airports that LVFR created.
SIERRASIM SIMULATION - MGGT LA AURORA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MSFS
Rene
Excellent scenery very detailed another one for Central America now we hope Palmerora replaces Toncontin Honduras thanks friends of sierrasim
SIM SKUNK WORKS - FIAT-AERITALIA G-91 FOR MSFS
Arthur
I have been enthusiastic about this aircraft since childhood and was very happy that the G-91 is available for the MFSF. The design, the details and the presentation of the cockpit inspire me. Unfortunately, I am less enthusiastic about the flight characteristics of the Fiat. At the start I could not keep them on the runway and crashed constantly against airport buildings. SimSkunk advised me, very quickly, to switch to the aircraft model into "Modern". After the changeover I get the Gina at least in the air. There, however, it is extremely unstable, especially around the roll axis. I haven't been able to fly controlled curves so far. The elevator also hardly reacts to the instructions from the cockpit. I also fly the MB-339. It is stable in the air and reacts to rudder movements as I expect. At the moment it is not much fun to fly the G-91. Maybe there will soon be an update that stabilizes the flight behaviour.
PROJECT MAX - CYZF YELLOWKNIFE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT P3D4-5
Timothy
Ridiculously good scenery for the price--or more than the price. MAX keeps getting better. One of these days we'll be saying, "Ah, I knew them when..." And what better time to say thank you for supporting P3D. There is a lot of custom detail, including, of course, the iconic Buffalo hanger. All it needs is a Herman Nelson heater! Plenty of cars and equipment, too. The snow config is super: piles of the stuff, and not all in neat smooth mounds, either. Very realistic. Grey weeds sticking through where it's thinner are a great touch. The pavement is cracked and has puddles, and reflection is used to good effect. I was very impressed. I spent an hour just taxiing around in my Buffalo DC-3 taking in the sights, and it's not a very big airport. The AI traffic was appropriate, too. Lighting is good, and it looks great at night. Five stars doesn't mean it's FlyTampa quality, by the way, but if we have to compare apples and oranges, we should take into account a lot of things, including price and exceeding expectations by a wide margin. This is not some cheap, carelessly knocked out airport. This is really very nice by any standard, and I'm happy to give it five stars. I would have been glad to get any sort of Yellowknife (as an Ice Pilots NWT fan), but this is a very good little airport on its own if you fancy a NWT destination. -
Having said that, I should mention that installation is not exactly a one-click process. In fact, the only clicks are to extract folders and then one to add it from inside P3D. It isn't exactly manual installation (you don't have to look at the scenery.cfg) but it does require attention to detail getting various files (including more than one set of fixes) into the correct places. It probably won't be too hard if you know your way around the P3D folder, but if you've never done this sort of thing before, be aware. Especially since while the instructions do make sense if you already know what you're doing, if you don't and just follow them literally, it's not going to turn out well. If you get in a jam, though, I'm sure the devs would be happy to help, or you could check in with your favorite flight simulation forum, like AVSIM for peer support. Oh, there's also a click or two on the configurator to get those wonderful snow effects. The-
re are a couple of minor graphics issues I've written the developer about. Nothing to cause you to hesitate on a purchase though. I imagine they'll get back to me. They clearly put a lot of effort into this one. A must for Ice Pilots NWT fans, and I can't see anyone who enjoys flying in Canada passing it up. This isn't exactly bush flying. It's a nice flight north from Edmonton and has a First Air terminal. Plenty of appropriate Canadian AI (saw a Canadian North 737: bingo!) Honestly, you won't find better scenery at this price, and you could do worse at twice the price. Just be careful on those valley runs. Nothing good ever happens in Norman Wells on the show ;-)
LEBANZAY DESIGN - GRAPHICS PRESET PACK FOR P3D4-5
Timothy
After all the drama over shaders and settings, how could a cheap little drop-in file produce such great-looking results? I dunno. I just flew from New York to Sao Paulo, Brazil in a DC-8, so I got a great view in the daytime, though sunset, and well into night. It looked great. The colors--includi-
ng sunset--looked natural, and I noticed "the golden hour" as filmmakers call it really did look golden. A sort of warm, rich, but not at all overwhelming lovely tone. I have no idea how this works, but am mighty pleased with the results given the ridiculously low price and easy of installation.
BEAUTIFUL MODEL OF THE WORLD - ABRUZZO PESCARA ITALY MSFS
Ettore
Absolutely perfect! Nothing more to say, definitely the best rendition of LIBP in any flight simulator out there
LATINVFR - AIRPORT STATIC AIRCRAFT FOR ASOBO AIRPORTS MSFS
Rocco
Im trying to give an honest review.. after downloading i was beyond excited for the add-on. The truth is the concept is great and the models are amazing! One problem.. there just isnt enough models!! At KLAX for example there is missing planes at almost every gate on the south side of the airport. There just isnt enough planes to make it feel real like it did in X-Plane's static aircraft add on. Im really hoping they update this as its a bummer because the models are really nice its just there isnt enough of them at the gates. Not to mention some of the models arent even at the gates.
RKBRIDGER - PITTSBURGH BRIDGES MSFS
Tony
Excellent work as always. These bridges are not just thrown together as you can tell from the first glance at one. Night time they come alive! I own all of RKBridgers bridge packages and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to enhance their sim experience.
AIRWIL SCENERIES - RPVE BORACAY CATICLAN AIRPORT X-PLANE 11
Carl
This is top notch scenery. Installation instructions are awesome and love the fact that there is a free ortho scenery available. Must have for your scenery collection!
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