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Quickmarch last won the day on May 25 2019

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    John Marchant
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  1. MSFS 2020 Any first impressions from the MH crew? I just received the ad on my iphone via my email connection. Looks like the software is downloadable. I can't because I've barely enough bandwidth to read the ad. I'm out on the boat doing some serious social distancing - been gone all summer, but I'll be home around the middle of August and keen to try out the new simulator. Any chance that we (that's the Royal "we", Joe) might need a separate forum to deal with this new version of MSFS? I mention this because the current MH FSX forum is really ancient. Comments, Joe? I'm a great one to talk - I've been absent from flight simming in general and MH for quite a while now but it may be time to crank up the old i7 and have a look.
  2. A little humour here in deepest darkest Canada: Political cartoon published in a local paper on St Patrick's Day - picture of a leprechaun beside a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, gesturing towards it, obviously offering it. Caption: "Gee thanks anyway, but I really want some toilet paper " (tissue on the other side of the pond). Cheers, March Also, someone forwarded a picture of the Corona Lisa (Mona in a gas mask).
  3. I'm not at the point where I want to put it back in the box...yet. It is quite good for VFR flying as long as you leave the nav gear alone. Dialing in a course or a heading on the HSI is nigh on impossible. The radios are tune-able in a lot of sims with a popup that allows using the "hands" to move the frequencies. Unfortunately, this means you have to pick up one of their controllers - a bit difficult when you're blind and hanging onto a yoke with your left hand and a throttle quadrant with your right. I'm still looking into this and haven't given up. I'm thinking that it might be possible to map the electric trim switches to the heading bug and course selector. Take the Extra 300 for a burn . Also fabulous for soaring. The more I read on it the more I think I jumped a bit too soon (story of my life). The developers were working with the guys who developed "Leap". But as is often true when a couple of children get involved in the adult world, they screwed the pooch holding out for the big score. Instead they wound up selling for a fraction of the original valuation. Sadly, this also temporarily took the tech off the market. Wikipedia lists the company as "Defunct, 2019". See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_Motion. Sold to "Ultrahaptics", a UK company. Rumours are that this tech is heading towards being built in to the next gen VR headsets. Look up "Ultraleap", but exercise caution - my (Malewarebytes) anti-malware software tags the website as potentially dangerous. See also: https://www.magicleap.com/ Cheer up, mate. It's coming.
  4. I'm back. I bought the Oculus Rift S, FSX-SE and Flyinside FSX. First Impression: Nice toy. Lots of fun for a VFR experience. I really like the 360 degree aspect. For me, it makes it easier to fly the aircraft by hand. All aspects are a similar experience to the real thing. The spatial orientation is so superior to the 2d experience. I'm using a Saitek Yoke and Quadrant, Trim Wheel and CH Pro Pedals. Everything easy to use, even blind, except maybe the Trim Wheel which is horribly inaccurate - that will be solved with a bit more tuning. Not a biggie anyway because the electric trim switch on the yoke seems to work fine. IFR - useless. That is, unless you tend to do your IFR flying by hand. I'm still searching for a way to tune radios and navigation instruments. "FlyInside" has made a decent attempt to address this problem and I'm hoping that, with time and practice, I'll get their tuning technique down pat. Radio tuning is actually quite easy. I'm sure I'll find lots of tips and tricks but at this time trying to tune the CDI or the heading bug on the HSI is all but impossible. I'm just flying the Stock 172 and the Sim Cockpit Yoke is in the way of any serious attempt. Flicking that bug one degree at a time is getting old - fast. FlyInside allows the use of a mouse pointer inside the sim but I haven't found a way to use that effectively. I should mention that I use a Trackball - lots of thumb squiddling to move across the screen. If I set the mouse pointer acceleration to a level where I can accurately keep the pointer on the knob, it takes ages to traverse. Cheers, March
  5. I've loaded Amazon.ca several times but I haven't pulled the trigger. Best Buy is out of the running because they have no stock (in Victoria, Canada) I do not want to get into second-guessing the developers. You know the routine: BUY! No, wait a bit, maybe an improvement is waiting in the wings. Right now the choices are not that hard to make - Oculus Rift S or Vive. The price of Vive is over the moon for something that may get dropped pretty quickly. I've got the hardware so no need to spend big bucks on another PC. Let's see how it goes - "Click". I'll be back! March
  6. I hear you, Brett, I was just curious how this was going to be received. Seems to be a non-starter (so far) Cheers, March
  7. I just received an email from Aerosoft advertising a (new?) interactive (game?) called OnAir: Airline Manager - something along the lines of Air Hauler. Appears to be based primarily in Europe. They are offering a two week free trial here: https://www.onair.company/download/publish.htm I do recall Mutley doing an interview. Any one else care to comment? Cheers, March
  8. Atta boy JG - only they'll have to call it 'Aftershock'. My wife saw this on the local news - while launching/retrieving his boat a guy forgot to put it his hybrid SUV in park and it rolled into the salt water. When they hauled the truck out of the water it burst into flames - flames that the local fire department couldn't put out. See: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/caught-on-camera-hybrid-electric-suv-plunges-into-water-at-port-moody-boat-launch-1.4425001?cache=yes%3FclipId%3D375756%3FclipId%3D89578 Cheers, March
  9. Thanks for that, JA - inquiring minds MUST know, and now we do. Fascinating stuff! Cheers, March
  10. Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life. As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play. The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man. And as I played "Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full. As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen anything like that before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years." Apparently, I'm still lost....it's a man thing’’.
  11. LAST RIDE ON MY HARLEY While riding my Harley, I swerved to avoid hitting a deer, lost control and landed in a ditch, severely banging my head. Dazed and confused I crawled out of the ditch to the edge of the road when a shiny new convertible pulled up with a very beautiful woman who asked, "Are you okay?" As I looked up, I noticed she was wearing a low cut blouse with cleavage to die for... "I'm okay I think," I replied as I pulled myself up to the side of the car to get a closer look. She said, “Get in and I’ll take you home so I can clean and bandage that nasty scrape on your head.” "That's nice of you," I answered, "but I don't think my wife will like me doing that!" "Oh, come now, I’m a nurse," she insisted. "I need to see if you have any more scrapes and then treat them properly." Well, she was really pretty and very persuasive. Being sort of shaken and weak, I agreed, but repeated, "I'm sure my wife won't like this." We arrived at her place which was just few miles away and, after a couple of cold beers and the bandaging, I thanked her and said, "I feel a lot better but I know my wife is going to be really upset so I'd better go now." "Don't be silly!" she said with a smile. "Stay for a while. She won't know anything. By the way, where is she?" "Still in the ditch with the Harley, I guess."
  12. Is that not a Dassault Falcon 7X? I'm not really conversant with European Business Jets, but I think the "Corvette" is a twin jet. Please correct me if I've got this wrong. All that said; thank you Jan Kees for another in a long line of beautiful repaints. Cheers, March
  13. See: https://www.timescolonist.com/business/island-helicopter-will-get-russian-piggyback-ride-to-chile-1.23599615 Also: https://www.cheknews.ca/large-russian-aircraft-arrives-in-victoria-to-piggyback-island-helicopter-to-chile-525393/ Quite the sight, seeing this monster landing on RWY 27 - 6998 X 200 ft. Cheers, March
  14. We've been having some extreme weather events in parts of BC recently. Lots of snow! Yech! Travel Services has issued a travel warning due to snowfall and bad road conditions. They suggest that anyone traveling in the current icy conditions should ensure they have the following: Shovel Blankets or sleeping bag Extra clothing including hat and gloves 24 hours worth of food De-Icer Rock Salt Flashlight with spare batteries Road Flares or Reflective Triangles Full gas Can First Aid Kit Booster cables I looked like an idiot on the bus this morning.
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