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About fat-al

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    Flight Student - Groundwork
  • Birthday 03/12/1989
  1. The dreaded MCDU!

    @Martyn Hi, How about for longer flights though, and how much reading did you have to do to get to that point? Have you reached a point where you can do circuits without constantly pausing the game and reading the manual? I would love for this to become a more feasible option as I have waited like everyone else for a good 7/900 for a long time. I would be interested to know how difficult / time consuming you have found it so far and what aspects, if any you found it harder to pick up.
  2. Hi All, I saw a CRJ700/900 had been released at a really high level of quality and functionality and I got really excited. But, I then spotted that dreaded word MCDU....Great another awesome aircraft that there is no point in me purchasing. I work and I have a family, realistically I don't have the time to learn how to operate these aircraft on a semi professional level. I wan't to get onto the sim, fly the aircraft with the old school auto pilot but still enjoy having a realistic looking and feeling aircraft without the set up time. Its great that sims have come this far and its great that these levels of complexity are available but it's not that accessible to a lot of people. I am a real world Pilot (admittedly only sailplanes and paragliders) but I'm confident in my ability to learn the more intricate systems on offer, provided I had the time. 'Most flight simulator fans prefer flights that do not exceed two hours, and for a good reason. The parts of simulated flights considered “fun” are the departure and arrival. That’s why commuters are so popular with flight simulator fans.' I definitely fall into this category and am interested to know of the 2 hours includes the 20-40 mins it takes to sort out the nav data and get the aircraft to a flyable state. So many great aircraft are out there that all operate on these systems, Dash 8 Airbus series, CRJ amongst others. It would be great if there was a lighter weight option that wasn't also compromised when it came to quality. I'm sure this probably comes across as negative or a rant but it's just so frustrating. Even with weather engines etc there is now a set up time, resulting in great realism but still additional time before flight, add aircraft configuration to this and it could be an hour+ before you even push back. I feel like there is the potential for people to loose interest or fall out of love with flight sims because the fun and enjoyment is being overtaken by this need for ultra realism. It's easy to feel like your average, everyday simmers have been forgotten about by developers especially when the sims them selves are still flawed. Al
  3. Hi All, I have been involved in the FS community for a long time now but have only ever used VFR aircraft or basic in simulator navigation and planning. I can manually follow SID using NAATs charts and use VOR / ADF navigation just use the default autopilot. I really want to get started with the A318 series as I only ever do reliability short flights, but the prospect of planning the correct routes, fuel and FMC set-up keeps putting me off purchasing anything like the PMDG, majestic or Airbus X aircraft. What are the basics that I need, including additional software in order to fully utilise the A318? I want to be able to plan the route including SID's, approaches and all the info needed to update the FMC to actually fly the route. Any help on getting started would be much appreciated, the aim is to get onto Vatsim eventually and fully immerse my self. Al
  4. Thanks Mathijs, There is nothing unusual about the build, I7 6700K, GTX 980TI, 16GB 3200 RAM, Liquid cooler etc No SLI or anything. I may overclock but still can't see that causing any issues as long as it's stable. It was things like turning of paging files & windows services, moving temp file locations etc. If none of these are needed on more modern systems I will leave everything as it is. Al
  5. Hi All, When I first started FSX years ago now, I followed a PC set up guide produced by a chap called NickN. I don't know how familiar people are with this guide but it outlined a number of pc tweaks including turning of windows services and changing temp file locations. I am about to finish a new build with Windows 10 and was wondering, now that technology and parts have moved on considerably are these changes and tweaks still valid with a modern system and modern OS? Should I be looking to even install W10 and apply these changes or should I stick with Windows 7. Regards, Al