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Andrew Godden

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  1. To claim “...for an A2A aircraft you only talk an extra fiver...” is totally incorrect. A fallacy with the comparatively cheap price of A2A products is you are not comparing apples with apples. I have previously highlighted this in a similar erroneous comparison with the price of Carenado products. The Just Flight Cessna 152 is a triple platform licence, i.e. FSX, FSX:SE, and P3D. This is NOT the case with A2A products “...for an extra fiver...” as they are a single platform licence ONLY. When you compare the price more appropriately with the closest A2A bundled product, the price
  2. And Arnie, if you find the time in your busy weekend you might even be able to get to the Flight Sim show at Cosford.
  3. Marcel, Joe is currently on holidays and travelling overseas. I will discuss it with him on his return in 2 weeks time. Cheers Andrew
  4. Always a brilliant idea when they are there! Glad you enjoyed it David and thanks for the comments.
  5. I haven’t got the software either, but whoa, do I have some fancy pants.
  6. Only five days late, but better than nothing.
  7. Paul, Five years is a very long time in the wilderness. I would have gone stir crazy after five days. Welcome back. Cheers Andrew
  8. Toby, I can assure you the MEBAR Contact form works. Both Joe and I have been a little busy this morning (someone stuck Easter right in the middle of the MEBAR ), but we will sort out this issue for you as soon as possible. Cheers Andrew
  9. Bob, You raise an excellent and very valid question. We have made the obvious slight change to the format for this year's MEBAR in that participant's are given a Target Speed (as ground speed) for Flight Legs rather than the traditional Target Time. We had effectively used this in past events when Flight Legs had "blind" Target Times, but then you were still flying to the cruise speed established in your Test Flight. This year, we felt it was time for a change in order to provide a different element to the event. It also removed the potential for using certain techniques to hit the
  10. Again, reading the Rules will provide you your answer. And again the very same Paragraph 7 to be exact! “Seek and you shall find, read and you will understand”.
  11. John, Well, I guess it’s a small world then, isn’t it. Cheers Andrew
  12. John, I believe this is because the Power Projects scenery is not P3D compatible. I have seen an entry on the P3D Forums from a guy who said he got it working in v4.2. However there were no details on how other than to say it was tricky. Cheers Andrew
  13. Excepting that the ground speed in the Test Flight has no bearing on the ground speed the Flight Legs are flown. The ground speed to be maintained on the Flight Legs is that associated with the allocated Aircraft Category. Let’s be sure that any advice offered is clear and unambiguous, and consistent with the Rules.
  14. Neil, The questions are free, it's the answers that cost you. The invoice is in the mail.
  15. As per the instructions on the Downloads page, the flight situation files are placed here, C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Prepar3D v4 Files, where USERNAME is your username on the computer. This is NOT the install location of the P3D simulator files, in your case, the E drive. If you place the files in the directory mentioned above you can then access the flight situation files by clicking on "Load Scenario".
  16. Neil, If you actually read the Rules, you will find your answer. Paragraph 7 to be exact!
  17. Thorsten, As per the Rules for this year’s MEBAR, aircraft are allocated to an Aircraft Category based on the performance characteristics of the aircraft and the submitted Test Flight time. Aircraft Categories are then allocated a target speed for the event. You must fly the Flight Legs using the Target Speed. Cheers Andrew
  18. Guys, Please see the following NOTAM post regarding weather and weather engines. Regards Andrew
  19. Nothing new to Australians, we have been doing this sort of non-stop flying for years. Non-stop currently, SYD-LAX is about 14 hrs, SYD-DFW is about 15 hrs, and MEL-LAX is about 15 hrs. Admittedly this PER-LHR extends the non-stop flying to 17 hrs, but really, in the bigger scheme of things, an extra 2-3 hrs is nothing. I was based in New York for six months working on a project and did a return trip between my Sydney office and the New York office every fortnight, about 20 hrs flying time each way with a 1 hr stop over in LAX. Oh, and when arriving in SYD, straight off the plane and into my o
  20. Simon, You seem to be confused between the timing for the Test Flight and the timing for the Flight Legs. As per the Rules, para 13, "...from when the aircraft reaches 35 knots on take-off until it decelerates to below 35 knots on landing..." and if you are using the FTime timer, the timing commences automatically on the take-off roll at approximately 35 KIAS and stops when the speed gets below 35 KIAS on landing. If using a manual timer, you need to be starting and stopping the timer as per the above speeds, or as close to. Hence, all phases of the flight, including th
  21. Guys, The MEBAR route is developed from default installs of flight sims and is then cross checked across all supported flight sim versions. This ensures that all NAVAIDS and airports used in the route exist in all supported flight sim versions. Any minor differences, e.g. KLD in FS9 is not a VOR/DME are accounted for in the navigation instructions. If the NAVAIDS do not exist in your flight sim, it is because you have done something to change that, i.e. use navigraph, or have installed scenery which has removed them. Cheers Andrew
  22. Neil, When using a manual clock, it would be ideal to start and stop it at about 35 KIAS, but not essential, as any small difference in time will have a marginal impact over the course of the Flight Leg. I can guarantee you there will be larger impacts on your overall Flight Leg time than a few seconds manually operating a clock. No, the itinerary is just aligned with the "official" period over which the MEBAR is conducted (see the Rules) and the submission dates for PIREPs. Once the event files are available (later this evening Mildura time), you can fly and submit all
  23. Neil, Given it's recent release, we haven't had a chance to slate it for review, but that is by no means a final indication. Our attention at the moment is focused on the conduct of the MEBAR, and when I can get my head out of that I can have a better look at our review schedule and what opportunity there might be. Having said that though, I already have the aircraft and it is a wonderful improvement on the original Milviz 310. There are some issues, though not show stoppers, and Milviz are good at regular updates so I'd think these will be addressed quickly. The sounds
  24. John, Good to see you again. Flight Leg 5 has the two shortest runways with ENFA at 2,449 ft and ENRA at 2,750 ft. I'd say both of those have more than enough length for a seasoned DC-3 pilot such as yourself. Cheers Andrew
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