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  1. Lep, FSX doesn't have good thermals. Get CumulusX! It will open that new world even wider. binky9
  2. Joachim, That's the way it looks to me, also. Another reason why I am reserving judgment. I hadn't thought of putting the two together. Worth considering. Thanks, binky9
  3. There is another option that I have been watching for awhile, called SIRX 2009. It is at this website:http://sirx.flightsimulatorcenter.com/, and is supposed to be available soon for free! It looks very impressive. I have held off getting Switzerland Pro, until this comes out. At that point, I may go with Switzerland Pro, anyway, because SIRX 2009 looks like it might require lots of hard drive and RAM memory above and beyond what I care to add. If it wasn't for SIRX 2009, I would have Switzerland Pro already, to go with my Aerosoft Discus. I hope I haven't stepped on any Aerosoft toes by mentioning this option in this blog, since they are a for-profit company and have excellent products. I have the FSGenesis Landclass B21 mentioned, and like it very much binky9
  4. Believe me, I've searched, and can't find the email telling us how to make the PDA larger in the Discus. Could someone help me out, here? Thanks, binky9
  5. Joachim, I don't want to put words in his mouth, but I think he means build and sell some of the vintage gliders with the same attention to detail and realism as the Discus. If you did, I would vote for the Libelle 201B or the Phoebus B-1. Both have good performance, good looks, and are fun to fly. binky9
  6. Bert, Nice circles are the result of both constant bank angle and constant speed. The center of the thermal does seem to change in FSX, but not in Condor. I wish there was a thermal track indicator option on the PDA in the Discus, as there is in Condor's.
  7. The column, the cloud, and the glider can't move in different directions. In RL, the cloud moves in the same direction as the wind, as does the glider. The source of the lift stays in the same place, thus making the thermal column lean downwind. A track of the glider in the thermal would show it being a series of overlapping circles being pushed in the same direction as the wind. I' sure hope CumulusX makes things happen the same way. I went straight through several thermals, just getting what lift I could, and only stopping to thermal when I got too low, because I thought my time might be better that way. It's always a balancing act. How much time do I spend time thermaling, but not going forward, as opposed to doing as little thermaling as possible, and moving toward the finish line? binky9
  8. I did 2 hours and 12 minutes last night. I was so low at the finish that I didn't have time to take take a picture, though. I don't think I ever got above 5,000 feet. The thermals I was in all seemed to start dying at about 4,800 feet. I did pretty well, until I got past the last TP. Up until then, I thought I had a slight chance to beat 1:53. But, it was not to be. It was a good flight, and I'll be doing it again. binky9
  9. Damn! I was hoping to be the first. Congratulations, and I'll make sure I beat 1:53:24, also. Someday. binky9
  10. B21 I am having a problem with your new task. As soon as I click on "Go to Briefing", CumulusX turns off. It won't come back on if I back out, and choose a different soaring task, either. If I close FSX, and then open it again, I can fly any other soaring task but this new one, without losing CumulusX. binky9
  11. Get the Austria missions at http://carrier.csi.cam.ac.uk/forsterlewis/soaring/sim/fsx/missions/ They are all centered on Zell am See, and are real good. Also, I have flown west from Innesbruck, then south and then east to Bolgano, and then north back to Innesbruck. Look this up on Google, using "terrain", and just stay in the valleys. It's 342km., as I recall. binky9
  12. B21, You were right about the .txt file. I changed things, got the message, and have throttle2spoiler as an addon. My only problem now, is changing the button for the spoilers on my joystick to blank. But, I find the "Recorder" tab in the joystick settings has a problem and won't open. Everything else is fine, thanks to you. I'll now work on this new problem. binky9
  13. B21, I was not getting the message. So, it looks like your #3 is the problem, I have gone back to the backup copy of the .dll file I made before adding the throttle2spoiler section. FSX is working fine with it. I know you have told me before, but bear with me. After saving the .dll file in Notebook, and adding the throttle2spoiler section, how do I get it back into the .dll format? I am such a dunce, when it comes to computers. I couldn't survive, without these forums. Thanks, binky9
  14. I have both the .ini and the .dll files in FSX/Modules but, when I start a Discus mission, I don't have the throttle2sploiler listed under "Addons". I do have SimProbe, WinchX, CumulusX, FSEarth, and FSRecorder. They all work. Is there a limit to how many addons you can have? Here is the .dll file: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="Windows-1252"?> <SimBase.Document Type="Launch" version="1,0"> <Descr>Launch</Descr> <Filename>dll.xml</Filename> <Disabled>False</Disabled> <Launch.ManualLoad>False</Launch.ManualLoad> <Launch.Addon> <Name>FS_Earth</Name> <Disabled>False</Disabled> <Path>FS_Earth\fs_earth.dll</Path> </Launch.Addon> <Launch.Addon> <Name>Object Placement Tool</Name> <Disabled>True</Disabled> <ManualLoad>False</ManualLoad> <Path>..\Microsoft Flight Simulator X SDK\SDK\Mission Creation Kit\object_placement.dll</Path> </Launch.Addon> <Launch.Addon> <Name>Traffic Toolbox</Name> <Disabled>True</Disabled> <ManualLoad>False</ManualLoad> <Path>..\Microsoft Flight Simulator X SDK\SDK\Environment Kit\Traffic Toolbox SDK\traffictoolbox.dll</Path> </Launch.Addon> <Launch.Addon> <Name>Visual Effects Tool</Name> <Disabled>True</Disabled> <ManualLoad>False</ManualLoad> <Path>..\Microsoft Flight Simulator X SDK\SDK\Environment Kit\Special Effects SDK\visualfxtool.dll</Path> </Launch.Addon> <Launch.Addon><Name>FS Recorder Module</Name><Disabled>False</Disabled><ManualLoad>False</ManualLoad><Path>C:\Program Files\FS Recorder for FSX\RecorderFSX.dll</Path></Launch.Addon> <Launch.Addon> <Name>throttle2spoiler</Name> <Disabled>False</Disabled> <ManualLoad>False</ManualLoad> <Path>Modules\throttle2spoiler.dll</Path> </Launch.Addon> </SimBase.Document> Does it look tight? I am using the MS FF2 joystick. Thanks, binky9
  15. For the glider, how about something vintage, like the Libelle 201B or Phoebus B-1? Both of these were among the first glass ships, and are both fun to fly. Airliner: I really like the Super Connie Fighter: RF-8G Crusader from USN Squadron VFP-62 Ultralight: The new two-seater Cessna Lightspeed (or something like that)? Historical: GEEBEE racer binky9
  16. What an incredible difference those little changes make! The panel is sharp, the reflections on the surface of the wings and fuselage are now evident. Joachim, thanks for the solving the mystery. I tried several other planes in FSX, and they all look better, too. So, I made similar changes in FS2004, and the planes there also look better. I did the mod to the canopy reflections, and that solves that problem, too. The scenery seems to jump out at me, now. It's as if I just got new reading glasses, or something. binky9
  17. Great! I'll try it tonight, when I get home, and report back. Thanks, binky9
  18. Joachim, Here are the screenshots, The instruments (except for the compass) are fine, but the other lettering above and below the plugs and switches are pretty much illegible. Too bad about the PDA color/contrast, and I didn't know you had already said something about the last thing I mentioned. binky9 2009-9-9_20-9-13-500.BMP 2009-9-9_20-6-14-562.BMP
  19. Has there been any resolution to the fuzzy panel lettering and compass, or the color/contrast on the PDA window? There has also been mentioned a way to put the PDA in a popup window. Does anyone know how to do that? If I have missed these solutions, I apologize. binky9
  20. No, I hadn't tried a winch, yet. Thanks, binky9
  21. After flying the Discus a few more times, I think the sound of the landing gear running along the ground needs some work. I don't hear the kind of sounds I am used to in the R/L gliders I have flown: Libelle, L-23, L-33, Grob 103, Phoebus B. One thing that is missing is the bump sound, as you take off or land on a grass runway. Also, the sound of the brakes taking hold and slowing you down. Also, is it possible to make the wings level just before take-off? As if there is a wing runner there. binky9
  22. binky9

    PC Pilot

    I just ran across an interview with Mathijs in this magazine. Good publicity for Aerosoft. In reading the interview, I also found out he has another love, who he likes to be under. Figure that one out for yourself. binky9
  23. Koala, Would you share the steps to do the added window? Thanks, binky9
  24. Joachim How do I get to this "glidersection"? Couldn't find it using Search, or any other way find a glider forum showing your help. Sorry, binky9
  25. I have installed the Discus, flew the Austria 1st day, and set a new course record. All in all, a pretty good day. I have some observations: 1) Several times during this flight, I suddenly saw the altitude change on the C4 to 1-3,000 ft lower than I had seen a moment before. The altimeter didn't change, though. 2) I can't read the compass, no matter how close I get to it. Could it be a little bigger and/or sharper? 3) The topography on the PDA needs to have a lot more contrast, so that we can see more details while flying in the mountains. Maybe a different color then yellow is the answer. 4) In comparing the cockpit I see in the Discus with the FSX DG808S, the field of view seems to be wider with the DG at the same zoom setting. 5) I think the reflections off the top of the canopy are too noticeable, and make it harder to see into a turn. 6) Changing settings on the PDA is just as hard in the Discus as they are in a real glider. That's not a criticism. The plane flies very well, but I need to get use to the rudder pressure needed for a turn. Thermaling, however, was a breeze. Congratulations on a fine addition to FSX soaring. binky9
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