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  1. Hi Ian, I edited the XML file as you suggested, and the gauge works perfectly now. Both weight and percent are now displayed. I appreciate your suggestion and your help. Thanks again. Randy L.
  2. Thanks Ian!! I will give that a try. I appreciate your help, and I love flying your ASH25. Take care. Randy L.
  3. Hi b21, I did download and install Ian Forster-Lewis's Schleicher ASH25 with the b21 panel. What a sweet glider that is! The water ballast gauge works great in the ASH25 so I imported that gauge to Wolfgang Piper's Rollade-Schneider LS-7 panel. The gauge works if I click on the gauge to display the aircraft weight. But for some reason the gauge does not display the percent of water in the tanks like it does in the ASH25. It simply reads "0" when it is in the LS-7 panel. Is there a way to configure this gauge so that it displays full ballast tanks "100%" at the beginning of the flight? As I said, it does work correctly in the LS-7 panel as long as it is displaying the aircraft weight, but I would love to have this gauge also display the percent full indication of the ballast tanks too, just like in the ASH25. Thank you for your help. Randy L. rlink@cableone.net
  4. Hi Rob, I checked out your link, and it is not quite what I had in mind. I was hoping to find something like the Max Roodvelt ballast gauge that comes with his FS9 Grob CS, but that would work in FSX. Thank you for your reply though. Take care. Randy L.
  5. Does anyone have a water ballast gauge that will work with FSX? I am looking for a gauge that will indicate the status of the ballast tanks, like a fuel tank gauge in a regular airplane. I have tried using Max Roodvelt's ballast gauge for FS9 that comes with the FS9 version of his Astir CS, but it does not seem to work. I cannot get this gauge to register full tanks, nor can I get it to fill the tanks as it does in FS9. I am hoping that someone knows of a ballast tank gauge that will work with Wolfgang Piper's LS-7 W in FSX. Thanks in advance. Randy L.
  6. Thanks Bulau, I will give that a try. Take care... Randy L.
  7. Does anyone have an LNAV_polar.dat file for Wolfgang Piper's Rolladen Schneider LS-7 that I can use with the Caiset LNAV gauge? I am currently using the .dat file that came with the gauge, but that is for an ASW20. I really love the LS-7 and that is what I have been flying mostly. I would love to get the correct LNAN_polar.dat file for this aircraft though. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks... Randy L. rlink@cableone.net --Remember: Any landing that you can walk away from is a landing that you can be fined, sued, or prosecuted for.
  8. Hi Peter, I removed the joystick button assignment and used the Shft+Ctrl+Y command to request the tow-plane, and now it works as advertised. I am able to command the tow-plane to fly both left hand and right hand patterns now. Thank you so much for your help. I would like to make a suggestion concerning the Smart Tow-plane for a future version of CumulusX. There are times when I would like the tow-plane to simply fly a continuous left hand or right hand pattern around the airport without it leaving the vicinity of the airport to look for lift. The problem that I have with the tow-plane making just one right turn (or left turn) and then going off to look for lift is that it often leaves me miles from the airport at a very low altitude. If I break the rope then I don't have enough altitude to make it back to the runway. I think it would be a good idea to not have the tow-plane leave the traffic pattern to look for lift until it has reached at least 1000 feet AGL. That way if we break the rope on tow then we have enough altitude to make it back to the runway. I would like to suggest that in a future version of CumulusX that in the Configure Tow-plane menu that you keep the current choices that you have, but then add two more choices to the Configure Tow-plane menu. They would say something like "Left hand patterns around the airport to altitude" and "Right hand patterns around the airport to altitude". If one of these items is selected, then the tow-plane would simply fly a continuous left or Right hand pattern around the airport (of course there will be wind drift) until the glider pilot releases the tow rope. Again, thanks for your help, and thank you for CumulusX. It is a terrific program! Take care... Randy L.
  9. Hi Peter, Yes, I have the "Request Towplane" command mapped to one of the buttons of my joystick. Randy L.
  10. I'm using the FS9 Caiset GPS and LNav gauges in most of the FSX gliders that I have installed. I have created a "GPSNav.dat" file for the area that I like to fly in. Everything works fine except that even though I have entered the airports field elevation in feet MSL, the Caiset GPS displays the elevation in meters. Is there any way to get the Caiset GPS to display an airports field elevation in feet instead of meters? The format that I am using to enter data into the GPSNav.dat file is this: 0001,43:33:52N,116:13:22W,2868F,A ,Boise ,Twr 118.100 Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks... Randy L.
  11. I just installed CumulusX in FSX and purchased a personal license for it. I love this program! I do have one problem with the Smart Towplane though. While I can change the towplane to any aircraft that I have installed in FSX using CumulusX, I cannot seem to make the towplane fly right-hand tow patterns. All that it does is fly left-hand patterns, no matter whether I select the right-hand pattern or not. This is towing out of airfields that have no high terrain on either side of the airport. The Smart Towplane is suppsed to fly a pattern, then fly to the nearest visible lift area, but all that it does is fly the left hand pattern without seeking out any lift. Also, after release, the towplane simply climbs and flys away, instead of returning to the field like it is supposed to. Before CumulusX I had a little add-on program called Aerotow installed. I removed Aerotow before installing CumulusX. The Smart Tow feature of CumulusX is acting as though it is controlling the selection of the towplane feature, but it is not controlling the direction of the tow plane. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Randy L.
  12. I understand the TE compensation and the Netto compensation in the Winter vario for the SOAR DG808S, and I even understand the MacCready altitude computation (altitude at arrival at waypoint) but I am not sure if I am clear on the MacCready Factor (the numbers 0 - 9 on the Cambridge vario). What are these factors - for instance, what do the indvidual factor values represent? And whan would you use these factors?? Just curious... Randy L.
  13. Hi Don, PlayClaw is a commercial product that you can find at: http://www.playclaw.com/en/index.php The publisher offered it for free last week, but only for 24 hours (as a promotion) and I was lucky enough to find out about it and download it while it was free. I'm not sure how much it's going for now. PlayClaw is a lot like FRAPS, but doesn't impact framerates while it is running as much as FRAPS does. Plus PlayClaw is very simple to use (it would have to be for me to use it). VideoWave came with Roxio's EZ CD Creator v9.0. http://www.roxio.com/ It's one of the utilities that comes with EZ CD Creator. I bought version 9 about a year and a half ago for ~$80, I'm not sure what version they are currently putting out. I'm glad you liked the video, I had a lot of fun producing it. Thanks... Randy L.
  14. I don't know if this is appropriate here or not, so if it isn't then please let me know. I have created a soaring video using FSX, PlayClaw, and Roxio's VideoWave that I thought I would share. It can be found at: http://www.vimeo.com/3419160 This is a short soaring flight out of Bad Ragaz airfield, Switzerland in an LAK Genesis 2 sailplane using Microsoft Flight Simulator X. I also use a small program called "Aerotow" to select the towplane of my choice, and to get the tow plane to fly the pattern that I want. The Genesis 2 sailplane is a standard-class glider with ballast, and is one of the best freeware gliders that I have found for FSX so far. This is the very first video that I have produced. Any comments would be welcome. Thanks... Randy L.
  15. And that is a shame too. He really did have superior aircraft and tools. Thanks Don. Randy L.
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