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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 sa
  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 m
  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. T
  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
  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
  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
  15. And that is a shame too. He really did have superior aircraft and tools. Thanks Don. Randy L.
  16. Just curious, is Max Roodvelt's FSZwever website no more? I can't seem to find it. Randy L. "I reject your reality and substitute my own!" Adam Savage
  17. I have Flight1's Ultimate Terrain USA X installed in FSX, and I must say that it really does a great job of enhancing the VFR scenery. Roads, highways, coastlines, landclass, rivers & lakes, etc look much more realistic now. However, after installing the FSX Acceleration pack, I was in for a BIG surprise. All roads, highways, and interstates were gone. All water features, including oceans, were gone! You can imagine how happy I was with this. Fortunately Flight1 has a small patch that fixes a few small scenery files, and a procedure for restoring all of the landclass and water features. Af
  18. I was just wondering. Does setting all of the weather parameters manually in FSX have any effect on thermal generation? I mean, is there a specific group of settings for wind, clouds, temperature, barometric pressure, etc that would give you more thermal activity than just using the default "Fair Weather" theme? I have fiddled around with different weather parameters manually, but so far I don't see any better thermal activity than if I use the default "Fair Weather" theme. The reason I ask is because I have a favorite airport that I like to tow out of. But when I use the "Fair Weather" theme,
  19. Hi Peter, I noticed at the DG web site that they had performance data listed for 2 different versions of the 18-meter DG808S. One version had winglets, the other didn't. I noticed that the 18-meter version with the winglets had a slightly better L/D than the one without the winglets. I wonder if Microsoft modeled the winglet version for FSX, but used the performance data from the version without the winglets? That sounds like something that Microsoft might do. Randy L.
  20. Hi sf4JC, The flap settings in the FSX DG808 are printed next to the flap actauator handle on the side of the cockpit. The scale for the flap settings reads "L, 8, 5, 0, -10, -14". However, the simulator only allows you to move the flap lever in four positions. It looks to me like it moves to "L, 8, 0, -10, -14". I still think that one cannot move the flaps to all of the indicated flap settings, but it's no big deal. As long as I can move the flaps downward, and upward then I'm happy. Now I really am confused about something. Are negative flap settings ones where the flaps trailing edge are
  21. I have been flying the DG808S glider a lot lately in FSX. But now I would like to fly it a little more intelligently. Does anyone know where I could find performance data (like a Pilot Operating Handbook) online for this aircraft? I did find a limited amount of performance data at the DG website, but I don't know if this data bears any relation to the aircraft in FSX. I would like like to find the reference speeds for the aircraft (Vso, Vs1, Vfe, Vne, etc) as well as best L/D speed, minimum sink speed, best speed-to-fly, etc for both the ballasted and non-ballasted aircraft and different flap
  22. Hi sf4J, I have seen the cumulus cloud visualization on flightsim.com, but I haven't installed it yet. I do enjoy soaring with the hawks, but unfortunately it has been my experience that not all areas, or even all thermals have hawks in them. Do all of the thermals in an area have a cumulus cloud above them? I would like to use something that makes it easier to spot the thermals. It's too bad that someone can't make a hack that would allow one to use BOTH hawks OR cumulus clouds at the same time. I have used real world weather several times in the Mont St Michel soaring flight. It makes it
  23. I have created a quite enjoyable flight in FSX that I thought that I would share. I start the flight in the DG-808S sailplane, on the ground in a farm field about one mile inland from Mont St Michel, France. http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c62/rlin...chelTakeoff.jpg Mont St. Michel is this beautiful 13-century abbey built on a small island off the coast of France. My objective is to fly cross-country (or cross-ocean!) to the island of Jersey - one of the Channel Islands - and land at Jersey Intl (EGJJ) which is a flight of about 45 miles. I enter the ICAO code for Jersey Intl into the Gar
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