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Andrew Godden

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    Torquay, Victoria, Australia

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  1. Introduction It seems nearly a lifetime ago now when Honeycomb Aeronautical invaded the psyche of the flight simulator community, tempting us with the announcement on the development of their Alpha Flight Controls. After a few years delay, due to Honeycomb refining the design, the community was finally rewarded with the first dedicated and reasonably affordable yoke and switch panel in more than a decade since the launch of the Saitek Pro Flight range. Following on, Honeycomb announced the development of the Bravo Throttle Quadrant, and the flight simulator community was further whipped i
  2. And now for something completely different! Having had the luxury of retiring at the age 47, it's been over 11 years now. Flight simming, other PC based gaming passions, researching, and writing have filled the hours nicely in that time and continue to do the same. So, why do I need to revisit a hobby I last engaged in back in the 1970's - you may well ask! Well, I blame my children, both of them. About seven years ago, my daughter presented me with an Airfix 1:48 scale plastic model kit as a present for my birthday. Of course, she wasn't sure if I would even like it, but unbeknown t
  3. The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is coming to MSFS as an add-on aircraft. Rumours floated around back during the early development days of MSFS that it could ultimately support full combat sim functionality. Could this add-on be a precursor to that capability in the future? https://hypebeast.com/2021/1/microsoft-flight-simulator-dc-designs-f-15-fighter-jet-news
  4. Brett, "Vale" is obviously not in common use in the USA as it is in Australia/elsewhere. It is Latin for farewell and is often used in an orbituary. Cheers Andrew
  5. The world loses another great pilot. R.I.P
  6. Introduction Since establishing Iris Simulations in 2005, David Love-Brice has built an excellent team of developers, artists, and code writers with a solid reputation for producing great add-on aircraft for Microsoft FSX, and Lockheed Martin Prepar3D. The recent release of Microsoft Flight Simulator has produced the expected flurry of excitement for the flight simulation community and Iris Simulations have been quick to support the community with the release of their first add-on aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Jabiru J160/J170. Let’s jump into the cockpit of the Iris Simula
  7. These two links below provide some excellent guidance on how to optimise the settings in MSFS for performance without compromising the experience. The second link specifically provides interesting information and detailed analysis of each of the graphics setting. This link was previously posted in another thread and is reposted here due to the similarity of the content. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2020-flight-simulator-optimised-settings-for-next-gen-experience https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/how-to-graphics-settings-and-performance-guide-8-18-2020/132407
  8. Jaydor, I merely seek the truth by challenging what is presented, where necessary, so that a better balanced and more accurate assessment of something is presented. I note that Q8Pilot, (real name Osamah Alabdullah) is a noted content creator and has quite a profile in the flight sim community, and particularly with X-Plane. His stated aim for his Carenado Cessna182T Skylane review was "...to provide you with sufficient insight and information to decide if this Carenado CT182T is worth the investment or not...". On the simple basis of the points I raise, he has even failed to achiev
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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