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  1. hehe Hodge, still kickin ass? My 2c: FSX isn't really GPU-limited, but  decent card still makes sense. For THREE screens though the ATI/AMD solution is significantly better than Nvidia. I've run triple screens for many years, through several generations of both Nvidia and ATI graphics cards. The ATI/AMD cards from the 5000 series onwards have Eyefinity, a hardware buffer combining the screens built into the card. At a fairly fundamental level the rest of the system can (if desired) treat the three screens as a single screen (in my case with a resolution 3600x1600). Nvidia on the ot
  2. water ballast simulation in FSX is not bad - the FSX aircraft within the sim has 'loading stations' that can be arbitrary weight and an X-Y-Z location relative to a defined mid-point of the aircraft, and this existing simulation capability is used for both aircraft fuel and conveniently for glider water ballast. FSX is simulating the aircraft in accordance with how heavy it is, and the FSX aircraft developer has a huge number of parameters available to define things like inertia in pitch and roll, all of which are affected by the aircraft weight including the current ballast. So if you load
  3. you'll need to use the 'mklink' command, and link your Scenery folder on hard drive back to the correct location on the SSD. The method doesn't have a lot to do with FSX so there's better help elsewhere on the interweb - google words like 'mklnk' 'ssd' 'symbolic link'
  4. FYI msoft have updated their website for MS Flight as of Oct 2011: http://www.microsoft.com/games/flight/
  5. ahh - I love a happy result. B21
  6. You need the ballast indicator to know the FULL and EMPTY weights of the LS7. It is made easy for you to find out those weights by simply putting the ballast indicator into "weight" mode as you discovered. Start with the glider on the ground, note the FULL reading, open the ballast valves and see what the reading gets to when all the ballast is gone (i.e. EMPTY). These weights are in Kg. Then you have two ways to fix up the gauge in the LS7, both involve editting files: (1) Add the "b21_polar_v2" gauge from the ASH25 into the LS7 as in the ASH25 (see panel.cfg) - it has a size of 1x1 s
  7. see if the ballast % gauge on the LS8 is what you want... http://carrier.csi.cam.ac.uk/forsterlewis/soaring/sim/fsx/simobjects/ls8-18_b21/
  8. right-click 'play in youtube' to get the HD version. I agree there's lots of eye candy, but that was always the MSFS advantage. Condor's a better soaring sim but the scenery is not as good. And MSF will have multi-player that works out of the box. If we end up with FSX+(working multiplayer) that will be a significant advance. At the same time I'm assuming soaring in MSF will be seriously borked due to some technical oversight, e.g. no thermals. B21
  9. After a few months off, MSoft have added new screenshots to their Microsoft Flight marketing site. You can go to the site if you can be arsed to install proprietary Msoft plugins just to view an image, or check out the versions below to see if it's worth following up: These images are hosted on a blog somewhere - I'm guessing they're reduced resolution.
  10. CumulusX ridgelift kicks ass - if you want to try it set the wind at 310 degrees (i.e. from the NW) 17 knots from 0..7000 feet, set a 3/8 cumulus layer at 6000 feet (not essential for ridgelift, but it tells CumulusX where to put the thermals up to..) and take off from Mifflin County Airport, code KRVL. With a NW wind, the wind is hitting the ridges to the *South* of the airport, so just fly over there and get down to ridgetop but stay on the airport side (i.e. stay on the NW side of the ridges) Active Sky made the mistake of referring (I think) to ridge lift in some of their product liter
  11. Tigerclaw - CumulusX was built specifically for soaring (unlike Active Sky which as more general appeal) so the thermals are much more accurately programmed and CumulusX has ridge lift which Active Sky does not. It's unlikely the CumulusX lift is sometimes working, sometimes not - more likely sometimes you find it. I've a couple of suggestions: 1. open the CumulusX debug window to check the thermal and ridgelift strengths so you know the lift is out there 2. do a lot of ridge flying before worrying about thermals too much - for various reasons the ridge lift is easier to exploit. I
  12. B21

    Smart Tow Plan

    yeah - FSX tows are totally unrealistic with a fully ballasted glider at 90 knots with a climb rate of 10+ knots - in my experience by the time planes get to be towplanes they're fairly gutless - I've had tows being dragged along the ground too slow to lift off with the towplane already off the ground struggling to climb, getting ready to release (which means wasting 45 mins pushing back to the launch point and waiting for another tow) until being dragged into the air flopping about like a dying fish on the end of the towrope. In general you call up the towplane with "B21 towplane a few mo
  13. LOL we've had that in Scotland wave too. Nice flight Peter. ~220 km ? Thanks for posting up the pics. You did well to make it in the dark... Ian
  14. Thanks Peter you just beat me to it... I became aware of that issue yesterday and have fixed it with a new version on the download page. An updated version of the B21 ASH25 has been uploaded to the download page (refresh your browser if download appears to be missing - you have a cached version of the prior page). BUGFIX This updated version (1.4) fixes a 'speed-to-fly' bug that occurs at random and affects some users, causing the calculated 'speed-to-fly' to remain fixed at 104 kph / 54 knots. The bug can be made obviously visible by clicking on the face of the Airspeed Indicator so tha
  15. Yup, this model does actually stall and you have to move the stick forwards to recover. Recovery is pretty immediate though. Even though some of the signs are there (nose is high, handling is poor) FSX doesn't get across the pre-stall info as well as a real glider (e.g a noticeable lack of wind noise, and the controls becoming almost weightless). More importantly, did you end up sitting in the same glider??? I've never tried it. B21
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