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Andrew Godden

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  1. Further Testing. Never one to just accept something as a given or to make unsubstantiated claims, I have conducted further testing of the Carenado Cessna 182T Skylane which unfortunately exposes an additional lack of detail in this YouTube review. Let's first look at the reviewer's failures in start procedures: Differ significantly from those of the default Cessna 172 G1000 (a similar aircraft), Fuel Tanks not switched on, Standby Battery not switched to arm, and Fuel Pump not switched on. Whilst identifying the "cold and dark" start issue, and then raising q
  2. Is this guy serious!!! The issues with his review: claims to review it thoroughly yet misses the obvious fault with the camera view settings...a minor camera.cfg error, by the way; fails to acknowledge the "cold and dark" engine start is also a problem with some default aircraft, therefore, not necessarily Carenado's or the model's fault; ignores the simple fact that flight simmers may want a Cessna 182T Skylane, so stating it has nothing over the default Cessnas is nonsensical and totally subjective; the control sensitivity is also evident in other default aircra
  3. Sooner or later, you just have to fly the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. After my Airbus A320neo experience, yesterday, the 747-8 was today's challenge. Having just downloaded the patch update, I was keen to see how the 747-8 handled. My flight plan was designed to complete the achievement flying from Bordeaux-Merignac Airport (LFBD) to Seattle (KSEA). I've always found Boeing aircraft easy to handle on takeoff and during the climb and the 747-8 is no different. Likewise, the descent, approach, and landing were a delight. Now for that big long bit in the middle, the cruise, it was a total
  4. Much has been commented on the A320neo in different forums, and in some instances, not without good reason. How bad is it really.....I thought it was time to go and find out. Now, I am an A320 family numpty. Whilst I have some of the 3rd party detailed add-on aircraft for legacy flight sims, it is the one major commercial airliner I have neither spent a lot of time in, nor mastered. So, which ever way this was going to go, it was going to be interesting. I had just flown the Cessna CitationJet CJ4 from Queenstown (NZQN) to Adelaide (YPAD). Quickly setting up a flight plan for an onwa
  5. The Australian city of Melbourne now holds the world record for the tallest free standing building. Rising into the heavens in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, the building stands at approximately 2,500 feet above ground level. Pilots from around the world have been flocking to Melbourne to view this wondrous spectacle from the air.
  6. Interestingly, MSFS models the very first variant of the Kantana, the DV20-A1, as opposed to the later DA20-C1 variants. It wasn't until the development of the DA20-C1 variant that the original 80 hp Rotax 912 engine was replaced with the more powerful 125 hp Continental IO-240-B engine. Either way, a beautiful little aircraft which is a joy to fly.
  7. With just under 58 hrs in my logbook currently, I have now completed the three Bush Trips as well as numerous flights in all of the small GA aircraft. The Diamond Aircraft range are my preferred "go to" general touring aircraft and I found all of them to fly reasonably well. The DA62 provides the extra twin engine performance and comfort for longer flights, the two DA40 variants provide the option for analogue or glass cockpits in the mid-range with the glass cockpit DA40NG providing the extra benefit of an AP with the avionics fitout, and the DV20 is just great for low and slow VFR flyin
  8. Not happy with the quality of the base imagery you are seeing in MSFS! What you are seeing could be influencing your perspective and how you are looking at MSFS.....and it is all in the "Options" settings. I recently completed the Breckenridge to Mariposa Yosemite Bush Trip. Part of the route travels up the Owens Valley, an arid valley in eastern California. So, visually, from a flying perspective, the Owens Valley is fairly nondescript with not much to see. I found myself questioning the quality of the scenery even though I have my various graphics settings on "HIGH" or "ULTRA". I h
  9. Here is another link with interesting information and analysis of each of the graphics setting. https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/how-to-graphics-settings-and-performance-guide-8-18-2020/132407
  10. I have also taxied to parking and stopped and it has successfully registered each leg as complete.
  11. As I discovered in recent activities on MSFS (see the Bush Trips and Fuel thread), there are a range of keyboard mappings which are not assigned as part of the default keyboard mapping. Some of these are very useful, depending on what you are doing or how you fly in MSFS. Having a good look at these unassigned keyboard mappings is a worthwhile exercise and this can be done by going to "Options", "Control", "Keyboard", and selecting "ALL" in the "Filter" on the bottom left hand side. Cheers Andrew
  12. As a way of continuing to explore the depth and quality of MSFS, I have been flying the "Bush Trips" under the "Activities" section. These flights are VFR with a specified navigation log to follow and are a great way to explore areas you may never think of going to. Due to the nature of these flights, they have a pre-established set-up and some features of the custom toolbar have been deliberately disabled, such as calling for a fuel truck. However, at some point you will need to refuel and the "Request Fuel" keyboard shortcut, SHIFT+F does not work in these instances, nor does simpl
  13. Damn, just when I thought that curved earth perspective at 21,000 feet was a natural feature as opposed to an undocumented feature. Excellent information, James. Thanks
  14. Took a punt on the released Carenado CT182T Skylane. A beautiful external visual model and comparable with the quality of MSFS native aircraft. The cockpit visual model is, at least. up to Carenado legacy quality but I have not had a chance to do a detailed comparison. There is a minor config problem with some camera views...they don't do what they should. As far as I can see, this is due to missing elements in the cameras.cfg file. A simple fix for which I expect an update will be issued in the near future. Cheers Andrew
  15. James, Short of Joe's suggestion about the config files, I've been through all the options menus thoroughly and there is currently no way of disabling the rollover tool tips. Cheers Andrew
  16. I have been using SPAD.neXt for Saitek/Logitech peripherals on P3Dv4.5. With the release of MSFS, the Pro Flight Yoke, Pro Flight Rudder Peddles, and TPM are all recognised and configurable direct in the "Controller" section of MSFS. The current release version of SPAD.neXt provides full connectivity and functionality in MSFS for the Multi Panel, Pro Switch Panel, and Radio Panel. Cheers Andrew
  17. Jaydor, This might help, I hope. With my installation of MSFS, I specified an install location, D:\Flight Simulator\MSFS 2020, as opposed to accepting the defaults. This created a series of folders under the MSFS 2020 folder, \Official\OneStore\ which contain aircraft configs and texture folders similar to what we have been familiar with. If you are unsure of the install location for the above, open %AppData%\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\UserCfg.opt This file can be opened with Notepad and at the bottom you will find the setting, InstalledPac
  18. Absolutely, Jaydor. I, likewise, will not be ditching P3D from my flight sim PC for some time yet.
  19. Phil, Being new to the MS Store app in W10, I found it not to be as simply intuitive for the MSFS install as I would have expected. Having purchased the Premium Deluxe Edition, I was actually presented with four install options in the "My Library" section of my account, Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition, Premium Deluxe Edition, and one for the digital ownership. Admittedly the Premium Deluxe Edition sat at the top with the other content sitting under a banner, "Bundle Contents", so choosing that is the logical choice. Having spent the time to understand this better now, it appears th
  20. I will start by saying that I am not one who normally jumps into a new product on Release Day 1.....but after 14 years (ignoring the aborted MS Flight product), the anticipated hype of a next generation Microsoft flight sim, the very positive reviews from reputable flight sim community contributors, and outright peer group pressure, I didn't have much choice. I have been a Prepar3D convert in that time but for the purposes of this post let's just consider that an extension of MS FSX. Not having any experience with Xbox or other MS online product purchasing, the purchasing process was no o
  21. Four and a half years is a long time between drinks and an even longer time in war. However, the beauty of our obsession is that it can be held in a stasis for as long as it takes us to return to it. In this case, the return and continuing adventures of the decorated, gallant, and erudite Lothar Kramer is marked by two major events. Firstly, a new flight simulator PC (see specifications below the signature block), which adds new dimensions to how Rise of Flight runs (among other simulators), along with TrackIR 5, and dusting off my Thrustmaster HOTAS Cougar and rudder pedals...a slight ov
  22. Some interesting inside information. So this might sound like a case of a friend of a friend of a friend, knew someone, however, through some other online gaming interests, I have met a guy who works for an add-on aircraft development company. His company has a close association with MS in the development of MSFS 2020. Some information I have gleaned from him, which is exciting if MS continue to work towards this goal, indicates that: aircraft systems modelling of the level only seen to date in PMDG aircraft will be the norm in MSFS 2020; worldwide scenery will be high r
  23. Interesting screen shot. I'm no expert but those knobs look photoshopped...if not, they don't look quite natural enough. Interesting play on their title too...The Microsoft Flight Simulator Team. At least they can spell "simulator", time will tell if they actually understand the definition of it.
  24. I'd say they already lack serious credibility issues. You don't shit in the face of a customer base and loyal community, a loyal community of diehards that has been with them and supported them for up to 30 years and then expect all will be normal, as if nothing happened. I'd like to see MS produce the next generation flight sim, but they had better pull a very big rabbit out of that proverbial hat.
  25. I couldn't agree more, John. As Joe knows, I have an elephant's memory, and having read that latest release gives me more than just a touch of deja vu. Now, the cynic in me says they are using the exact same modis operandi as last time and the press release has just been copied from an early MS Flight press release from a few years back, with a change to the dates, names, and a few sentences in order to protect the guilty. By the way, I have this great elixir that cures all illnesses, including baldness, old age, and death.....want to buy a bottle!!! I only have a dozen bottles
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