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    I think my favorite team has to be The Blue Angels.....twin engined fighter jets and very agile. While I have seen Fat Albert perform, it did not do a JATO. I first saw the Blues at Finningley (UK) on a VERY overcast day many years ago. I saw them again at Indianapolis about 9 years ago on a very sunny and very clear day. Brilliant! I saw the Thunderbirds at Waddington and must admit that I was not impressed at all. As for the Red Arrows.....they are up there with the very top teams and continue to do so. (How about some red Eurofighters???!!) I still remember the red Gnat days..... My BIGGEST regret of missing an airshow was the one at Finningley many years ago when the Russian Knights were there.....Oh well....I guess that is what YouTube is for! Martin
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    home of the Flintstones.
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    Microsoft stood still with FSX for 14 years, and eventually its crown was toppled. As we all knew it would be. X-Plane is currently seeing a lot of love from Addon developers, seemingly at the expense of P3D addons, but they're largely playing catchup with existing products, so at some point we can reasonably expect that Addon river to dry up, or at least slow right down. But the world doesn't slow down to wait for stragglers, and X-Plane 12 is presumably around the corner, along with P3Dv5. And yes, FS2020. Meanwhile, Intel is probably working on an i10 cpu, the NVidia 2180Ti will probably be awesomely expensive and still not have enough vram for my taste. It's a moving target, and you pay to play! I've already got my sights set on my next FS PC: https://www.scan.co.uk/3xs/configurator/reflectere-extreme and I figure if I save all the £2s I waste on the lottery each week, I might be able to afford it in about 190 years.... Course it'll probably still stutter! Oh, and as for Microsoft splitting their effort to update and rerelease a 14 year old product in direct competition with their new flagship.... hahahahaha! good one! Yeah no. Can't see it, not in any sensible universe (but on the other hand, there are signs that this is NOT a sensible universe... cough Brexit cough)
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    …..To hell with electric aircraft. Give me the full afterburner experience any day.
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    A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching his wife, who was looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off, he asked what she’d like as a gift. “I’d like to be eight again,” she replied. On the morning of her birthday, he rose early, made her a nice big bowl of Coco Pops, and then took her to Adventure World theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, everything there was. Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. He then took her to a McDonald’s where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake. Then it was off to a movie, with popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&Ms. What a fabulous adventure! Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed, exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, "Well dear, what was it like being eight again?" Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. "I meant my dress size, you idiot!!!!" The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is probably gonna get it wrong.
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    I thought getting older would take longer. A wise man once said nothing. Respect your elders; they graduated from school without the internet. I've decided I’m not old; I’m 25 plus shipping and handling. Why do I have to press "1" for English? Did America move? Behind every angry woman stands a man who has absolutely no idea what he did wrong. Instead of "single" as a marital status I prefer "independently owned and operated". Vegetarian: ancient tribal name for the village idiot who can't hunt, fish or light fires! I look at people and sometimes think..."really? That's the sperm that won?" In my defense I was left unsupervised. My decision-making skills closely resemble those of a squirrel when crossing the road. Some things are just better left unsaid. And I usually realize it right after I say them. Camping: where you spend a small fortune to live like a homeless person. If my body is ever found on a jogging trail just know that I was murdered somewhere else and dumped there.
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    So after reading the full report and watching the hearings on the tube from Special Council Robert Mueller looking into collusion between US President Trump and the Russians it begs the question, if Robert Mueller was a doctor would this be his diagnosis? "While we found no cancer, we still don't have any evidence that you DON'T have cancer. We would certainly say so if we did. So Congress is free to proceed with Chemotherapy if they so choose. Also pay no attention that we had to fire two doctors on our staff for malpractice."
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    @John- They should have used Energizer batteries because they just keep going and going...... @Alan- I believe it for a couple of reasons the first being they know how to get government money for any alternative fuel testing and second even though right now electric is more polluting in the long run they need to be there with patents and such so they can reap the rewards when and if the tide of electric use takes a technological turn for the better.
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    Very true Brian. A great TV series that ran from 1971 until 1993, produced by Johnnie Hamp. The Comedians.
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    Political life seems to be devoid of common sense these days.
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    I am using a mega or rather three megas, two for the warning lights and one for all the rest. The motor shield leaves pins twenty something to 53 free which is enough for all the other lights and switches bar the warning panel. As for getting the motor shield working, that is going to be a challenge. The shield comes with no paperwork whatsoever so I have some work to do there. I am using Mobiflight software (www.mobiflight.com) as the s/w interface but I am not sure if it can cope with the trim guage needs. There are some alternative options available for this aspect. As for the autopilot, time will tell, Mobiflight uses Fsuipc offsets so if the AP actions are reflected in their values then the guage will show them as well.
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    I'm posting this in an old thread because this is where it seems to fit best... Norway's first electric plane crash-lands on lake "The cause of the crash was not immediately clear..." "...police said the pilot and passenger both escaped unhurt." "...Alpha Electro G2 plane, produced by Slovenia’s Pipistrel…" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-norway-crash-idUSKCN1V423N?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5d548102a341320001ab088c&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter John
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    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 resolution photoreal, akin to satellite quality with the ability to identify real world individual buildings (no mention of autogen came up in the discussion) and accurate landclass; full 3rd party add-on capability; and it could have the capability to handle combat simulation, similar to / better than the level currently available in DCS World. Obviously, the road ahead is longer than the Nullarbor Plain and just as treacherous, but if the above information is accurate, the future could be looking good. Cheers Andrew
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    The freeware IrfanView program does batch conversions of images.
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    So, should we expect a SP 3 including the FSX:SE improvements and more? Or does the development remain on hold in favour of MS 2020? I think I can guess the answer.
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    Another - $6.99 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Qunqi-L293D-Shield-Arduino-Duemilanove/dp/B014KN2898/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=arduino+servo+shield+12v+output&qid=1565135208&s=gateway&sr=8-3 Pretty sure the best answer is an Arduino motor or servo driver shield plugged into the top of your Arduino with an add-on 12 V power supply. Be sure the board you get has input pins for a remote power supply of >= 12V. I saw one that was only good for 10V and 600 mA, so not all of them will work. You should probably tie the Ardino and external power supply negatives together, though the shield might be hard-wired to do that for you. You could also do this with discrete components built around a power transistor or an op amp, but it would take a lot of fooling around and the Arduino & shields solution takes a lot of the work out of it and provides a lot of built-in functionality and protections. Calibration would be fiddly, no doubt and being able to tweak that easily in the Arduino code/script/sketch would make that much easier than trying to do it with pots, trimmers, etc. John
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    This Arduino shield looks like it can do the same thing, but is intended for lower current loads than the one above - probably fine for what you have in mind. Note that it's pretty cheap - $7.95 USD. You'd still need a 12 V power supply from somewhere other than the Arduino board. https://www.amazon.com/DEVMO-Shield-Expansion-Arduino-Duemilanove/dp/B07S39BCZ6/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=2A0NEUMTA9EZW&keywords=arduino+motor+shield&qid=1565134812&s=gateway&sprefix=arduino+motor+shield%2Caps%2C163&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExUlMzVUFaQzYxNk1YJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwODU2NTU3MURNNDI4QVBEN0ZQQiZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNjA4ODg2MVBLQTZTNUVIWkhTVSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU= Thinking about it some more, your application is more like a servo than a conventional motor. John
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    Being across the pond you wont have seen the Vulcan Bomber flying. It is so loud that your ears cant cope with the noise and all the cars with alarms in the carpark at the runways end had them going off. Sadly now a thing of the past.
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    I can't begin to imagine how they flew and created this video but it is really awesome!
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    the new scenery by Godzone jk0616 jk0621 jk0638 jk0645 jk0664 jk0660
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    A fine looking aircraft, I really enjoy flying this one
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    A very comprehensive collection Al!
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    'tools' - Members of Parliament the worst tools you'll find
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    Vaguely recall that, Alan. Household furniture.
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    They went bankrupt after their record company went bust owing them thousands of £ . One of them was in a lort lived engagement with MP Lembit Opik. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cheeky_Girls
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    Ah yes, how quickly we forget. Wonder what became of them. Will try and avoid the obvious, Boys.
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    I think the difference is probably rule-based. Some US military pilots were disciplined some time ago for busting minimums on a sports stadium flyover that looked pretty modest. I think the brass hats keep the demo teams on a fairly short leash. I've seen the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds any number of times and also single ship demos of F-15 and F-14 (back in the day) and A-10, maybe some others I don't remember. Of all of them, the F-14 put on the best show but, a) it was about 1982, I think, so different rules, and b) it was a clear, cloudless day with no ceiling. Most of the other demos I've seen had some level of ceiling or at least scattered clouds that probably constrained what they could do somewhat. My perceptions of... - Loudest air show event - Blue Angels C-130 Fat Albert doing a JATO/RATO takeoff. - Loudest air show take-off/flyover - B1 Lancer, going at the speed of heat (Six Blue Angels FA-18s a close second - twice as many engines as the Thunderbirds doing the same thing in F-16s) - Loudest sustained airshow event - Harrier in hover If you really pay attention, the pre-main event for the Blue Angels is a demo of Fat Albert by her USMC crew and they REALLY horse that thing around, including steep bank turns at about 1-1/2 wingspans from terra firma, short field landings and takeoffs, backing up on the ground, etc. It's just a warm-up for the FA-18s but they put on a pretty good show. Of course, they're probably very lightly loaded when they do that, but still pretty impressive. Haven't seen any demos by non-US military pilots except the Canadian Snowbirds, a long time ago. Very precise and artistic, as I recall, but the aircraft they fly are not in the same performance category with 3rd and 4th generation fighter types. An observation about the big name demo teams and something probably overlooked by most - in a typical show they do a number of routines that end up with four (or sometimes six) aircraft heading off in different directions at high speed, sometimes at different altitudes and attitudes. Despite that, in 45 seconds, they're all back together, at the same speed and altitude, pointed in the same direction, positioned for the run-in to the field for the next maneuver. That's a hell of a lot more difficult than most people realize and speaks to hours and hours of planning and practice. All the teams I've seen seem do it equally well. John
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    Yes, the Americans seem more reserved in their flying. I am from the UK originally and went to many RIATs and other shows. I had seen the USAF fly the F-15 a few times, but they was a very conservative shows. I went to Waddington one year and the Israelis flew the F-15 I and WOW.....they really showed how to fly it! It put the American's to shame. Other favorite displays have been the Su-27 Flankers and the MiG-29's.......happy days!
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    I think that how American pilots fly in an air show may depend upon which American pilots are flying. Let me share a totally unexpected experience that I had many years ago while in the Marine Corps and watching the Blue Angels fly at Beaufort Air Station: I worked in a two-story building at the air station that was located beside the end of a runway. Since the building had a flat roof, all the men in my unit decided to watch the air show from the roof. That gave us a great view of the runways. In the direction away from the runways, we couldn't see anything due to all of the nearby pine trees. We watched as the Blue Angels flew straight up in formation from the middle of the air base and did their fleur de lis maneuver, in which they fly off in all directions from the top of the maneuver and disappear over the horizon. While we continued to watch the middle of the air field, one of the Blue Angels unexpectedly came from behind us over the treetops and directly over the roof of our building. We didn't see it until it was directly on top of us. All of us just about came out of our boots. Believe me, that aircraft was low!
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    Happy birthday to one one our VIP members and wordsmith - Arnie! ..And many more, sending a virtual beer! Cheers, Joe
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    Don't forget the kettle! You'd look a bit of a plonker with mugs and a jar of coffee, but no hot water . . .
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    https://kotaku.com/enormous-flight-simulator-installed-in-tokyo-hotel-1836238095 Brings a new meaning to "We're going down Captain"
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    Not quite as good no. It is freeware after all and is still buggy but at least it gets updated on a regular basis.
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    Ok....I got something like it following your instructions. It is a bit difficult to stall the F-18 though, what with all those high lift devices! I will have another go on another aircraft..... Thanks for your input!
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    I haven't tried it, myself, but you might want to try it with FSX F/A-18 HaniMod V3.
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    Wow what a piece of kit! Thanks for sharing.
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    Combat FS capability...yes...even shooting down ai or other player aircraft. My #1 request because otherwise when I finally replace my dead computer i'll be switching to DCS world... Associated; Robust support for multi-player even in civil operations. Air-hauler, for example, flying with actual other players would be awesome frosting! ALL the weather/shadow/cloud/lighting/atmouspheric effects! Immediate support for add-on development and integration. Unicorns.
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    For all those who are following "Le Tour" and wondered how we get all that all that unbroken TV coverage, read on! https://www.flightradar24.com/blog/how-the-tour-de-france-goes-from-cycle-to-screen/?fbclid=IwAR32qXy-aIeG1CO-U8_JKg_F9l3Wta4EgjfBCVFZ5X8GuJM-neknzHQ01wM
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    Personally I look forward to electric aircraft. Think of all that lovely leg room you will have in economy when they fit the bicycle peddles for the electric generators.
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