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Max Roodveldt

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  1. Hi,

    I've decided to put the website back on: FSZwever

    The URL has changed from fszwever.com to fszwever.nl - I always wanted a .nl extension... :rolleyes:

    It's still under construction but I needed the space to store my files.

    Please note it's only FSX from now on.

    And the downloads are just dummies to check if it's working - real files will be available later on.

    More later...



  2. edit: I've attached a screenshot of the '302' vario running in 'diagnostic' mode. You just click the gauge at about 9 o'clock (you'll see a hand cursor appear in clickable area). The instrument was essential to incrementally develop the ASH25 glide performance. The diagnostic numbers in this image are:

    +0.152 (angle of attack of main wing, radians)

    106.7 (airspeed, kilometers per hour)

    2 (flap handle index number - most negative flap is zero)

    -0.51 (sink rate, meters per second)

    58 (L/D ratio)

    Got it - 60 (even a little better) - wonderful...:clapping_s:

    Max we can follow up on email for joint testing and development for your auto-polar gauge - I should mention the ASH25 has *active* control of its flight performance and we'll need to look at how it interacts with your gauge.

    Good idea, thanks. Perhaps we can synchronize some watches...



  3. Thanks Max - I've made that small tweak to the aircraft.cfg on the B21 version and will get to it on the caiset version. I'm guessing the only impact of the station loads entry is you can't change the weight of the two pilots before the fix ?

    :lol: no, it crashed my polar gauge, and the gauge crashed FSX - and it took the usual 'couple of hours' to locate it... B)

    oh well, it's all part of the fun.



    btw - how do I setup for a best L/D of 60 ? I'm reaching only 50.2... (with water ballast and no flaps)

  4. There's a - small - error in the aircraft.cfg:

    station_load.0=165, 5.0, 0, 0, 0.0 // this line has 5 entries where there should be only 4
    station_load.1=150, 2.0, 0, 0, 0.0 // please remove the last entry - 0.0
    //station_load.2=10, 3.0, 0, 0, 0.0 // so the next 2 lines will work...
    station_name.1=Rear Passagier



  5. Hi,

    the updated CAI set is working, the polar gauges are working, the waypoints editor is running, the polar viewer too...

    All that's left to do is writing some user's guides - and that's the worst part by far... :lol:



  6. But since you asked, I would like to be able to assign keyboard presses to the instrument buttons. Don't know if that's possible, but would be nice feature to have, instead of using mouse in the 3d cockpit.

    Thanks, that's a very good idea - I'll look into it.


  7. Hi,

    here's a little progress report - so far I've got:

    • updated Grob Astir CS flying (still needing some work in the animation dep.)
    • updated CAI-set - with up to 10 tasks.
    • all new gauge set to test fly the polars from the 'virtual' planes.
    • a viewer to study those polars.
    • a waypoints editor - to create the gps-nav.dat file from original CAI formatted *.dat files and to add up to 10 tasks.
    • updated version of AirWrench - it now includes the ballast tanks as used by the default DG-808.

    and it's all working on the win7 platform.

    The way things are progressing it might take a month (or a little more) to take the most obvious bugs out.

    I'm still thinking about doing a new recorder - with a standard IGC format output - so it can be read by the usual (commercial) viewers..

    If you might have some wishes regarding all of this, now is the time...



  8. Is the Polar Gauge ready for release, Max?

    Hi Dave - no, not yet. I haven't yet solved the Win7 problems I've got but I ran into something completely different.

    To create polars this way planes need to have reasonably correct air files and most of the ones I have (12 in all) don't.

    Some of the older planes still use the fuel tanks for ballast - that's a lot of re-writing.

    I downloaded a copy of AirWrench to do something about it only to discover it didn't know anything about water ballast (amongst things)

    Jerry is looking into that...



  9. Perhaps slightly off topic (but not in my case) - what Windows 7 version do I really need ? :unsure:

    There's Home, Pro and Ultimate - and how about just upgrades (like the Home family pack) ? And there's a 32-bit and 64-bit version of each...

    I've to upgrade 3 machines (2 for me - 1 for the wife (or even 6 - counting the childern and the dog) so clean installs could be rather expensive... :beatcomputer_s:

    At the moment the machines are running on Vista (1x) XP (4x) or 2000 (1x) - if I buy upgrades I only have to replace the 2000 first.

    Any advise ?



  10. Thanks guys,

    the score is 2 - 2. What I don't understand is that both sets use the same code and where the fs9 set don't give any problems at all the fsx set has difficulties. Somehow I'm under the impression the last build is less stable but now I'm not so sure.

    Scott's debug error is just a program error and quite easy to solve.

    I would like to have Ian's problems solved before I continue...

    The only way I could make the gauges disappear on Windows XP was by removing the SOARrec.dll from it's folder.



  11. Hi,

    I could do with a little help right now... B)

    I decided to try and update the Caiset for FSX. So I dug out the old source code and run it through the compiler.

    And mr-fs9-caiset.gau changed to mr-fsx-caiset.dll - here's a download link: http://www.xs4all.nl...-fsx-caiset.dll

    You'll need a new font too: http://www.xs4all.nl...wnloads/LCD.TTF . Please download and install.

    Put the .dll into the FSX \ Gauges folder and please use Wofgang's LS8-18 to test it.

    Change the entries in the panel.cfg from

    gauge09=mr-fs9-caiset!lnav,   441,484,139,142
    gauge10=mr-fs9-caiset!gpsnav, 456,353,116,117
    gauge11=mr-fs9-caiset!caf,    346,369,100
    gauge09=mr-fsx-caiset!lnav,   441,484,139,142
    gauge10=mr-fsx-caiset!gpsnav, 456,353,116,117
    gauge11=mr-fsx-caiset!caf,    346,369,100

    like this.

    The problem: it's reported the gauges won't show up on Win 7 and I need some confirmation.

    As I still run Windows XP and don't have access to a Win 7 PC I'm up the creek. :rolleyes:



    btw: those without Win7 are welcome to the update too. :D


  12. Hey Max, two decimal places would be helpful for the sink number at the low speed end, and that would be great. For interval, 5kph is great at the low end - from 120km onwards a 20km interval would be fine if that reduces the measurement time.

    I'll end up with the numbers on a graph like this and compare it with what I'm aiming for:

    thanks, Ian

    So it could be something like this... :rolleyes:

    Changing the interval at the higher speed end of the scale won't reduce the time needed so I'll let stay as it is.

    Can you explain the two (or rather three) little peaks at the end of the scale on your graph ? Where the lift makes a jump.



    post-24134-011947400 1295605917_thumb.jp

  13. Hi Max - are the curves on your graph the Av^2+Bv+C quadratics? I appreciate these A/B/C are the parameters you want to find for your gauge.

    Yes, they are - and it works ok for what I want. I also use them for the LNAV.

    So the graph that would be helpful to me would be a plot through the actual readings, or a table of the results I could put into Excel, e.g.

    93, -0.41,+0.121

    98, -0.45,+0.082

    106, -0.53,+0.002

    123, -0.73,-0.011

    (I added (A:INCIDENCE ALPHA, radians) in case that's possible). I'd prefer the simple graph though as this really is an iterative process.

    I can give you a readout of the complete range from almost stall speed up to 250 km/h. Incidence alpha is no problem too.

    What interval do you need ? Are 5 km/h steps sufficient ?



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