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  1. Well, at least I had a window seat...but you forgot the announcement about the seat backs and tray tables. :mrhappy: Nice job. John
  2. Reef, Very nice! I especially liked the underbellly shots looking forward toward the nose gear in the first one. One was while taxiing and the camera was along for the ride. The second was at the beginning of the takeoff roll with the AC moving away. Those really caught my eye. Nice work. John
  3. Well, you're right, I don't much like the place; I was there in about 1969, but I don't think it's gotten much better since. It may have taken the entire GNP for two years to repaint the runway. It's the kind of place where you don't drink anything that doesn't have a tax stamp on the neck of the bottle, but for the Navy's finest, that's not too far from the norm anyway. It popped up as a Cargo Pilot destination and I flew almost 1,000 miles there from KSVN, Hunter Army Airfield, near Savannah, GA. As a former boss used to say, it was the best of a sorry lot! John
  4. I've discovered that the runway designation of Port Au Prince Int'l is now 10-28, according to current on-line documents. In FS9 it is shown as 9-27. The ILS frequency is the same but the current approach course is 096 vs. 094 in FS. I guess magnetic variation marches on... If we live long enough, all the compasses will point west. :mrhappy: I don't know how you could have gotten through the day without this vital information. John
  5. allardjd


    Hello, Airpilot1. Welcome. You heard right, this is a great place. :mrhappy: John
  6. Fred, Very interesting. I have my eye on that P-38 they're working on. There have been some broad hints lately in the JF-CP forum about the next thing in the Airliner Pilot/Cargo Pilot genre. The Rescue Missions title looks interesting and is, I believe, an early entry in what will be a stream of these from both commercial developers and power users, taking advantage of the missions feature of FSX. I sincerely hope, however, that Rescue Missions is not what they've been hinting at. It is certainly not the hoped-for Cargo Pilot 2. JF has always given me the impression of being a class act. Your fortuitous invitation and your well-written article reinforce that. By the way, what did you do with your mother while you were having all that fun? :wink: Keep up the good work. :mrhappy: John
  7. The length is not an issue. It loads as it plays, with a gray "load" bar preceding the black "play" bar below the video window. In my case, the play bar soon caught up with the load bar and the playback became "choppy", but that's not your problem. Nice job... John
  8. EJ, Interesting write-up - thanks for sharing that. I've done both of those things, though I don't think I've ever done both in the same flight. Just to show that sim pilots aren't the only ones who do these kinds of things, I have a similar real world experience. A long time ago, I was a passenger on a Cessna 421 charter, sitting in a rearward facing seat, back to back with the pilot. My seat gave me a good view of the port wing. After the pre-dawn takeoff, as we climbed up into some dawning daylight, it was obvious that the flaps were still set for takeoff. I tapped the co-pilot on the shoulder and asked if that's what they intended. Soon, the flap motor was heard briefly - I would have loved to have heard the discussion on the intercom between the flight crew at that point, but it was too noisy. If anyone needs any further illustration why you shouldn't do something complex and hazardous when you're not sharp - there's about an inch of my left thumb missing - lost to a table saw late on a Sunday evening, just trying to finish the last of a job I'd labored all weekend on. It was a long time ago, but I get the opportunity to be reminded of it every day. I have to be very careful about using rule of thumb. :mrhappy: Maybe I'll post a photo of it someday, if Mut ever opens a section for amputations and mutilations. :wink: John
  9. Fred, that's good flying, good writing, good shooting and editing. Count on you for realism and quality. Nice job! John
  10. allardjd


    I found a couple of pretty good sources for instrument approach charts, arrival and departure charts and airport diagrams tonight. These were not limited to just US charts, in fact, the second one only had a single US airport on the list, but many others elsewhere. http://perso.orange.fr/ggl/indianair/ind_doc/charts.html Mut, might be worthwhile to add to the resources tab of the ATWC page. John
  11. Thanks, guys. I've always found it kind of unrealistic to arrive in an AC with the engine already running. John
  12. Then you would have to do it for each AC? What if you were starting in a different location? Sorry to be dense. There must have been good weather there today. It's been kind of quiet in here, whenever I check. John
  13. Gentlemen, In Cargo Pilot flights, FS is launched from CP and you arrive in a cold, dark aircraft. I like that. Is there any way to begin all flights that way in FS? I should add that I'm referring to FS9, not FSX. Thanks, John
  14. allardjd

    2D Panel vs VC

    EJ, How are you driving the paired monitors? John
  15. Very, very nice. I'm going to have to explore that area. John
  16. Dai, it was just great - what more could I ask for - the Beach Boys, a BUFF and a KC-135 all at the same time. Nice play on words with the title of the musical selection too. Good stuff! John
  17. Sam, Very nice first half; definitely not a tube full of seats! :shrug_no: I think you still have the ball - - - or the baton. Fred and I have both flown our legs and are waiting for the second half of your post. John
  18. Very nice photos - quite an interesting selection of aircraft. I noted two Hurricanes, I think, one on the ground while another is in formation with the Spit and Lanc. Nice to see that some of these things still exist. John
  19. allardjd


    Nice selection, Dave. I have a vague sense I've seen that 757 before. :shrug_no: John
  20. Dave, The geography of being on a peninsula will simplify VFR navigation tremendously. :shrug_no: Great shots...and you have a gift for maintaining a certain continuity in the yarn you're spinning - you do it better than most. John
  21. allardjd

    2D Panel vs VC

    I fly 2D exclusively due to graphic card limitations. 3D displays OK, but the panning speed is too slow for it to be useful. John
  22. Ahem, to get back on topic...my Spitfire package has arrived intact, all the way from far-off England. I expect to be loading it up and kicking the tires this weekend. Mut, if you should hear a Merlin overhead, stick your head out the window and wave. Anyone have a favorite variant to recommend? John
  23. EJ, Per our earlier e-mails on FSP, I'm going to look into it - maybe by downloading the demo and playing around with it. Does it allow you to use any AC you have in FS, or are there limitations on what you can fly? I think you also told me that it is possible to configure it for cargo only, so you don't have to worry about seat belt signs, cranky passengers, etc. I'm still very happy with Cargo Pilot, though have managed to be too busy to fly it much recently. Your earlier suggestion, also via e-mail, about using CP for cargo generation, but actually flying under FSP for a more robust company and flight management engine sounds like it is worth a look. John
  24. Well, Dave, by the time I got a chance to see this and respond, it's almost time to be saying welcome back...so, welcome back. John
  25. Martin, I'm afraid I'm as guilty as anyone in the case of your #1. The term initially became popular here far more than twenty years ago, and I'm of a certain age, you know. I was an impressionable youth and it was deeply imprinted on my psyche. As for the rest, I am in full agreement. In the case of Michael Jackson, there are not emoticons damning enough, nor a screen wide enough to hold enough of them. Through cosmetic surgery he tried to turn himself into a white girl, and almost succeeded, but in the end only ended up as an alleged child molester. Sorry to hear your cat is having an averse reaction. John
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