sf4JC

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  1. Hello Howard, I had to give this a few quick searches and really didn't find the products related to soaring in a glider. We deal mostly with soaring, and the few questions that come as yours did. I'm really not familiar with all of Aerosofts many forums, but am sure your question has another place within Aerosofts forums somewhere. Sorry I couldn't give you much help, and sorry for not getting to this right away. You should be able to get an answer somewhere else. Scott
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    ASK21 in P3Dv3

    I cannot really help totally since I do not have that simulator, but I can tell you that I did an internet search with bing yesterday and found a topic that said yes it works, but there were problems installing it is all with some sort of installer. Scott
  3. After a little search, I found the following statement by myself in 2008, so I'm sure with todays computers one can get even better looking terrain without too much FPS lose. Anyway, here is the statement ... " I've got to say, if anyone is using the default mesh for the Mt Cook area, you're missing the top 2,000ft." The attached sreenshot gives you an idea of what a person is missing if using default mesh. Moderators, please do not enter this into this months contest. Thanks! Scott
  4. Whoops, sorry Aharon, I didn't quite finish what the 1000' was about. When flying at Mt Cook, default terrain mesh shows the elevation of it at least 1000' less than actual elevation. Scott
  5. Hey Aharon, I'm not sure if Aerosoft sells any terrain elevation data/mesh for FSX, so if they don't, you can always get some detailed elevation data at such places like Simviation. Hope that helps! I know having such mesh is a must for any virtual glider pilots like myself. For comparison it adds at least 1000' than what default FSX terrain mesh shows. Scott
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    What is the best technique to use ?

    Thanks, Peter! Yes, I forgot to explain how to get to an actual thermal, which is fundamental . And I almost asked you if you had your directions wrong, well, until I drew it on paper and realized I was getting headwind and tailwind mixed up. So, thanks again! Scott
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    What is the best technique to use ?

    Hello Peter, and mark767. Peter, doesn't the cloud lean with wind present? Maybe mark767 is missing the thermal by relying on the cloud/shadow of cloud. I'm not the best one to ask about thermaling, but as a rule of thumb for me, I try not to turn too early, one needs to stay straight until you hear the variometer slow down and then you can start to make your turn sometime after that. After that you can then start to get "comfortable" in the thermal. I have yet to have the experience of CumulusX! with thermaling since getting the paid version, I've just been slope soaring and enjoying the challenges of that when I have a chance. Not to say thermaling doesn't have it's challenges, I should just break down and give thermaling another chance with the added wing simulation that I didn't have with the free version. Scott
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    XCSoar, or SoarPilot, or...

    I have good news about XCSoar and Prepar3D......It Works!!! Though I only tested it for a little while. Just use the same settings as in FSX. Scott
  9. Just want some feedback on any freeware programs like these, that would be worth registering FSUIPC for? Or does FSUIPC need to be registered to be able to use these? Is having a PDA or like instrument useful while soaring? I've got an old PDA (Palm T/X) which I can possibly only use with SoarPilot, but I don't know if I can pay $40 to $70 for registering FSUIPC for one or both FS9/FSX. So any input would be great. Pros and Cons for the software you use also would be great. sf4JC
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    Soaring in LM Prepar3D

    I have tried a few of Wolfgang's gliders in Prepar3d, and have found some to have less visibility from inside the Virtual Cockpit, meaning, the cockpit reflection image is a bit too heavy or dark (this can be corrected to one's taste by changing the darkness of the alpha channel of the image). Does anyone know if this is the case for other FSX aircraft? Aerosoft's DiscusX Virtual Cockpit doesn't seem to be affected that I have noticed, but I lightned it up a long time ago. Scott
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    Soaring in LM Prepar3D

    Well, I made the jump into Prepar3D seeing as though more of the SOAR community may do the same. At this point in time, I feel a little anxiety towards my decision. It is definitely suited for academic purposes I feel. There is no RealWorld Weather as was in FSX, so a person cannot "learn on the fly", which I'm really not sure why that would not be academic. Though since it's a learning tool, I see how it is used in a sence that a test (or even the material used for a test) has to be the same for everybody, and therefore a person has the ability to retest/restudy the material in an unchanged way. As far as success stories, I have been able to get FaceTrackNoIR (a free TrackIR type substitute), and have also got XCSoar working in it as well, so that was 2 of my main concerns, but still a little iffy on whether or not the TrackIR workaround is done legally. And on that subject, I have gotten Aerosoft's DiscusX into it, but may later uninstall because if memory serves me correctly, it can ONLY be installed into FSX but will have to check the licensing agreement thing on that. I haven't flown a whole lot yet, but there may be a problem with the new CAIset guages working right or maybe it is the old ones not working right (will have to check which ones I'm using and where and recheck my installation of them). I haven't made any changes to the cfg file for more FPS (if it's possible), but at the moment I do not feel I need to, so that's definitely a PLUS+ for Prepar3D. Scott
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    Soaring in LM Prepar3D

    jcomm, did you ever get any positive/negative feedback on installing FSX stuff to Prepar3D? I'm just wondering, because I am about in a position to make the jump into it, and would hate to not get my money's worth out of it since it took me this long to get the money. I will search the forum again for success stories and workarounds, but if there is anyone out there listening in that have enjoyed soaring in Prepar3D, please let us know. I have one other forum I can check that may give me some quick answers to, but haven't been there for a while. Scott
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    XCSoar, or SoarPilot, or...

    It's great, but a little overwhelming at first. I was finally able to get the maps working in XCSoar before noon today. Had kindof a busy morning with other things, so not much time was given to using and understanding the software, but I haven't really put any effort into reading the manual for it yet either. You can bet I'll be a little more acquainted with it before the weeks over though. Scott
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    XCSoar, or SoarPilot, or...

    Yep, IT WORKS! That's one of the things I was missing Ivan. I got it working just as I was about to leave the house this morning. I had sort of made a mess of things last night, so I started from the beginning and worked myself through it. One of my tries last night was to change the CNCA0 to COM2, and I think it would have worked but I didn't have the hub2com set up correctly again I think. I tried so much stuff last night, I lost track of where I was at times. GRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! It was so frustrating! When I woke up this morning, I thought I'd have another go at it, and sure enough, I got everything set up correctly just minutes before I needed to get ready to get out of the house. Now, is this public knowledge, because I found little to no help searching the net for a solution in FS2004. I'm kinda wondering if this is well known, how come I never heard of it. Also, can I make it known by "Pinning" a post in the forums, or is that somehow a no-no. I just cannot believe through all my searching through the years, I never stumbled across this solution. I must have been so close, yet so far from the solution. But, WOW!!!! I am excited!! So the next question is going to be, will this work in Prepar3D? Scott
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    XCSoar, or SoarPilot, or...

    Okay, so here is where I stand at the moment. I'm actually kindof speechless, to say the least. I've actually got it working with the free version of FSUIPC, so I'm thinking, does Xconn even use the FSUIPC module? Just for kicks, I tried it on FS2004 despite knowing it works only for FSX, and yes, it doesn't work in FS2004. So now all I have to do is save up some money for the FS2004 version of FSUIPC to get XCSoar to work with it. Wow, I sure wish I would have been studying XCSoar to understand all the features/functions and know what all I need to download and such. This is going to be great, it's one more thing to immerse myself into the sim environment. THANKS guys for pointing this out to me! Scott
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    XCSoar, or SoarPilot, or...

    Thanks Peter, will look into it later tonight. Scott
  17. Thanks Ivan! Now I have something to look forward too in the future! Scott
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    XCSoar, or SoarPilot, or...

    Well, I don't know why I get my hopes up all the time?!?! GRRRRRRRRRR. (Hehehe) I keep forgetting that no mater what you want getting the NMEA data to, you HAVE to have the registered version of FSUIPC to get it, unless the program has that capability like FSMovMap for example maybe, or even CCS2004 for that matter. Am I wrong on this? Scott
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    XCSoar, or SoarPilot, or...

    Hey Ivan, if you get it working, can you please come back and tell us? I downloaded the software a while back in hopes of using it on my wife's old Android phone and never could get it working. At the time, I was thinking it was maybe because of me only having the free version of the FSUIPC module. If this procedure works with the free FSUIPC, it would be great to know. I've actually put FSUIPC into my budget for next year already if things go well, but it would sure be nice to play around with XCSoar until then. Scott
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    Prepar3D

    I may be one step closer to acquiring Prepar3D. My family is having a "garage sale" this weekend and I believe I have my wife talked into letting me keep just 35% of what my stuff goes for. It isn't much, but at least it's something. I would sure love to get that and also a replacement monitor for my computer. Having the viewing area of three monitors at one time is just unbelievable. Scott
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    Hello from a newb

    Hello akdennis, I used to love soaring out of Dillingham, HI (FSX default scenery) in FSX. I had made a few videos years ago and I had to go see them again, it really brought back some great memories. I almost always fly real-world weather, unless I am trying to set up a FunFly for both FS2004 and FSX users to participate in together. One of the last videos I made at Dillingham was in the thread found at http://forum.aerosoft.com/index.php?/topic/29442-dillingham-tow-flight/ . In particular, notice the second video in the thread if you have time, it's of the 7 minute controlled glider tow from that flight. I noticed I had done another set of videos about a year later in the same FSX Soaring Videos section. I love the scenery there, I may just have to set up another flight there when I get back after the holiday. Scott
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    Prepar3D

    Hey Peter, and anyone else that may have Prepar3D, I have been staying away from it because of what I thought it states about eligibility, but after reviewing the license a bit, I'm almost sure anyone can aquire it. Can anyone verify this for me. I would say YES if you are willing and able to do this. Though, I may not be able to "get funding" for it right of way (my family is on a very, very tight budget). I'm almost sure I can work it in next year though maybe possibly if I'm eligible to have Prepar3D. Maybe I can possibly get it sooner if I drop a BIG hint for my birthday. Scott
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    SOAR Achievement Certificates

    Good question! As I am about to assume an "Acting Director" position at SOAR, I have had the question asked a couple of times in the last year. You will still be able to receive the certificates, but at the moment there is still not a clear updated proceedure on how one can go about doing this. I have talked about it to a few people, and have for the moment, not got any experience in awarding these certificates. I do have some experience with the program's used to verify a flight, but I think some testing needs to be done on whether or not the other (non-CAIset) IGC's can be verified correctly using the old method of checking the flight. There may be another program that could be of help, but I've not put much time into it yet. As far as possibly a "dis-interest" in people wanting these certificates, I don't have clear knowledge on the history of the certificates with SOAR to make a good comment. It may have been partly due to the coming of FSX, but it could also have been due to the fact that SOAR hasn't done memberships in a great while. Scott
  24. Well, it's been about a year since I left the project, so this past week I decided to load it back up into my FSX installation, without some of the extra stuff that was holding me back. First off, Don or Karen & maybe even Orange, I'm not sure I have the latest scenery files, so I'll be giving you an email in the coming days to see what I do have. Anyways, not sure how many of you (the SOAR community) fly the SOAR Ranch area, so I decided to make a video of one of my flights to show some of the proposed scenery changes, and also to show what great soaring can be done there. You can find the whole flight video over HERE. The following video is just highlights of the flight for discussion of what you may want added, subtracted, or changed. This is a chance to have you vote in, so please take the time to view it if you will. The old SOAR Ranch, though it is still good scenery and I have flown it a lot this past year again, is just a bit plain when compared to what FSX has to offer the area. I realize you have to just go by what you see in the video, but the following are some areas of discussion... 1) the SOAR Ranch - Too much, or Not enough? - Your thoughts on what an ideal gliderport would be like 2) the Resort area - Too much, or Not enough? - One thing that really bothered me a year ago while reviewing the scenery, was that the resort really cut into the ridge I used to ride. 3) something not shown in the video is some added airports within soaring distance of the SOAR Ranch - While such scenery would be nice, would you want it to be installed within the SOAR Ranch folder, or should it be a separate install? 4) there is also a question about trying to reproduce the scenery in a way so that FS2004 users can also enjoy the area better in FS2004. Again, I realize everybody hasn't had the chance to fly the area with the new proposed scenery, but I feel like we should try and revisit this project. David put a lot of work into this just to have us let it totally fall by the way side. Maybe we can salvage it somehow. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated, Thanks. Scott
  25. Thanks to whoever took care of that. I got busy and didn't get back to this, I haven't found the other post yet. Scott