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About Alan_A

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  1. engines not starting

    That's interesting - if I recall correctly, FSX (and probably P3D as well) interprets idle mixture as a fuel cutoff. The Lotussim L-39 documentation flagged this specifically and required full rich mixture for startup. I thought I'd deleted the mixture axis in the DC-6 but there might be a stray one. I'll check - and I'll run these tests in the DC-8 once I'm set up.
  2. engines not starting

    For what it's worth (and I hope it's worth something in terms of troubleshooting), I have one other payware aircraft that exhibits similar behavior - the PMDG DC-6 in P3D v4. My default flight is cold and dark (I keep it that way because I fly a number of GA aircraft that don't have an easily selectable cold-and-dark state). The only way I can get a good engine start on the DC-6 is to do what TheFinn suggested - I load my default (the Bonanza in my case), start it with CNTL+E, then load the DC-6, then select cold and dark. Following those steps, engine start is 100 percent reliable. None of my other payware add-on aircraft (from A2A, PMDG and Aerosoft among others) or freeware (the Manfred Jahn C-47) displays similar behavior. Based on my DC-6 experience, I'm wondering if the issue might not be the battery state but rather the way the fuel system (or some other engine-specific parameter) is initializing. I haven't put this to the test (I really should submit a ticket to PMDG but haven't so far), so it's just a working hypothesis at this point. I've bought the DC-8 but haven't installed it yet (trying to finish a deadline project) so haven't yet tested things out with your aircraft, but I will as soon as I can. Happy to try patches or alternative suggestions. Again, hope this helps.
  3. Douglas DC-8 preview (released)

    I'm hoping the same. Think it might be a sweet spot between the propliners (which have to be nursed through their climb and descent routines, not a good fit for modern airspace) and contemporary jetliners, which feel too much like work and too little like flying. Am guessing based on Mathijs' post that this preview forum will be closing up shop soon. Looking forward to seeing everyone over on the support forum.
  4. Douglas DC-8 preview (released)

    No, I understand - was thinking, based on your post, that I'd want to figure out a flow that works, then write that up as a custom checklist. In general aviation aircraft and single-engine warbirds, I typically do a flow with some kind of directional logic (e.g. counterclockwise around the P-51 cockpit), then verify. But with airliners, it's harder, at least as a simmer. I think that to master a flow-checklist sequence (Do-Verify), you'd have to limit yourself to one, or just a couple of aircraft - as if you were a type-rated line pilot on a current assignment. That way you'd really get the flow under your skin. I keep looking for the airliner that'll be that one aircraft in my sim world. Maybe the DC-8 will be it.
  5. Douglas DC-8 preview (released)

    Just read an article in the latest Business and Commercial Aviation that argues in favor of "read and do" checklists (officially "Challenge-Do-Verify") vs. the more usual "flow, then checklist" (officiall "Do-Verify") - says CDV is safer and actually faster. I know that's considered sacreligious in some quarters... but it's useful to those of us who are sim flyers - makes it easier for us to jump from one type to another. Based on what you say, it'll take some work to edit the official list into a more useable CDV version. Which, I suppose, will be another interesting step up the learning curve.
  6. Douglas DC-8 preview (released)

    Thanks, Michael - understood! Feels a little like cheating but I'm happy to tell myself that I'm rushing aboard at the last minute, having (over?) delegated the startup to my trusty crew... Or, alternative... there'll be separate procedures for weekends and for weeknights. And I'll admit to using autostart in a/c like the A2A Connie sometimes when time is really short, so it's not like I'm going to be a fanatic about these things. Am continuing to stand by with credit card in hand.
  7. Douglas DC-8 preview (released)

    Ouch! I mean, understandable, and it's going to be a fascinating experience. But some of us (me, for example) are going to have to figure out how to fit this aircraft in with real-life demands. Those are sobering numbers. Ah! Wait - maybe starting the aircraft can be a hobby in itself. See? Every problem has a solution! Am feeling better now. Bring it on!
  8. Just this once I find myself missing the "like" button...
  9. Douglas DC-8 preview (released)

    @Michael2 - Thanks much for the sound samples - more than enough to take me back to my (1960s) childhood near KJFK. Credit card standing by.
  10. Douglas DC-8 preview (released)

    Looking VERY impressive! +1 for a chance to hear the soundset, if time permits. Eager to try this one out.
  11. +1 for this. A2A in particular does outstanding work with sound - not surprisingly, since Scott Gentile was a musician and recording engineer before he was a developer - but don't get enough credit for it (people focus more on their other Accu-Sim features). Things like the groaning of the brakes, or the pinging sound an engine makes as it cools after shutdown, really add to the "you are there" feeling. What they and a few other developers also understand is that for us simmers, sound needs to stand in for other sensations that we can't experience while sitting at our desks - like a slightly exaggerated touchdown sound to make up for the fact that we can't feel the rumble when the mains hit the runway. PMDG's (excellent) DC-6 is in this case an example of how to get it wrong - they did a fully accurate touchdown sound, which is barely audible over the engines. But without any other cues, it's almost impossible to know when you've landed. A louder-than-realistic sound in the sim would play the role of the seat of your pants. Ambient sounds from an open window help me "feel" the hot or cold wind on the ramp and help me get from my desktop to the left seat. Hope this can be added to the busses at some future point. EDIT: Sorry, Mathijs, I posted while you were posting. Feel free to delete. If you decide to leave my post up, I'll add that my open-window experiences mostly happen in period airplanes like A2A's B-17 and Manfred Jahn's C-47, where the open window doubles as the air conditioning. So not the same as the Bus. Could live without open Bus windows if it came to it.
  12. Douglas DC-8 preview (released)

    That support sub-forum has been lurking there for a while - at least a month, maybe a month and a half. I was excited, too, when I first saw it. But I think it's just a placeholder for now. So the (patient) wait continues...
  13. Douglas DC-8 preview (released)

    Not to pull this further off topic, but worth noting that Just Flight has a Caravelle III in the works - it's listed on their In Development page. Something I noticed while trying to keep myself occupied while waiting patiently for the DC-8...
  14. The problem for me is that it's not clear what timing "in between" refers to - is it before or after the numbered event? That's why people read the first item - "A318/A319, 14 days in between" - and thought it meant that the A318/A319 would be released in 14 days. What I tried to do was make it more explicit that in each case there was an event, then an interval, then the next event. It's much clearer to say in so many words that we don't know when the A318/A318 will be released, but that the A320/A321 will follow 14 days later - leaves nothing to the imagination. I honestly have no interest in seeing any of these releases happen on any particular date - so I didn't want to misunderstand it. I just did, because of that ambiguity about "in between." I write for people who are distracted (like editors and businesspeople) and I'm used to the idea that all kinds of things will go wrong and all kinds of confusion will happen unless I roll up a newspaper and smack them over the head with what I mean to say. Speaking of smacking things with rolled-up newspapers, we've probably all done it to this topic by now...
  15. Well, the client gets the final vote... especially when the client hasn't asked for help in the first place. So if they take down the post, that's cool. All we can do is try...