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About mu2freighter

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  1. That ASW 28 is a hoot, thank you for the link! Love the audible VSI, effective Schempp-Hirth spoilers and nicely animated yawstring. It handles well, a lot more responsive to the controls than I'm used to in FSX. My only concern is the specified VG of 50 KIAS, that feels awfully low, and presents quite a high nose up attitude in external view. It seems a lot happier at about 70 KIAS when looking for lift...any comment? To answer your question, no, I never had to use thermals when crossing gaps between ridges. The LS-7 did a fine job of holding altitude, though I admit it got a bit tight
  2. Looks like fun stuff, thank you! I'll have to get familiar with those; they look like handy utilities. They'll be useful once I've got some more time and experience with practical soaring. As I've mentioned before, I've wanted to develop my skills for a long time...in RL I've logged over 15,000 hours, but only about 15 in sailplanes. Since I'm limited to virtual flying now, it's great to have all the tools I need at my disposal!
  3. Yeah, I think I'm getting a handle on using CX. Using a theme for fast setup is fairly brainless, and the user-defined weather is pretty intuitive to set up...for ridge lift, since you're at a lower altitude, it's a snap to set up the winds aloft since you don't have more than a couple of layers to deal with. Speaking of ridge lift, I just flew a small cross country trip in a downloaded LS-7 from Chilhowee up to Pigeon Forge/ Gatlinburg, about 125nm or so over 1.3 hours. I like the more contemporary machines not least for their water ballast capability, and it went well. Lots of low alti
  4. OK, so we're talking a convective vertical current, gotcha. Simpler than I expected. thanks!
  5. This is working nicely! I get your point about themes for simple setup...I just spent about an hour around Brookhaven, Long Island (got my private power license there in 1978 and hung around a bit with the Long Island Soaring Association folks) hopping from thermal to thermal in a simple Schweizer 2-33 after a fast setup with 'fair weather.' I'll keep your advice in mind when setting up custom weather, but as you say, using themes is a simple no-fuss way to get soaring fast. Perhaps it's my screwy brain, but I'm not getting a good grasp of the concept of blue thermals...the manual see
  6. Good info, thanks, B21! Just to check: in setting up conditions for ridge lift, I used 'user defined' weather rather than the 'fair weather' theme, to allow for a decent wind velocity and direction (about 310 degrees at 24 kt in the Chilhowee example). Can I assume that CumulusX will take whatever weather data is used to implement lift as it sees fit? In this line, will it help to use user defined weather at desert strips like Minden NV or Estrella Sailport AZ and set it for fairly hot, like 105 F with scattered clouds on a summer day, with light wind? Reading the manual, it indicates yo
  7. I am having fun, thanks, Peter! I clearly have lots to learn about optimizing the weather setup, even with a 24kt wind almost perpendicular to the slope at Chilhowee, I'm not getting much lift...but I AM getting lift, so things are moving along. I spent an hour at about 2500 feet AGL hunting lift in one of Wolfgang Piper's ASK-21s...felt good, and very satisfying to gain altitude above the height I released at, even if it wasn't of the hat-sucker variety yet. I'll have to try a bunch of different parameters, the manual is well written, but a bit long on theory and leaves me a bit at a lo
  8. Well thank you for your kind words, Peter! I'm just happy to be done messing with install trouble. I went straightway to Chilhowee Gliderport here in Tennessee, put in some moderate wind over the ridge by the field and was gratified when I was able to get my first 1000 feet gain in the stock DG-808. I quit early since leaking daylight was making my TrackIR misbehave, but I'll certainly fly more later, perhaps in a downloaded Libelle I appreciate your comment but in this case I had to persist. I was a professional pilot for 20 years, but in 2006 had to stop due to developing multiple s
  9. Okay, I installed FSX, SP1 and SP2, then ran the install.cmd. Surprise, it seems to work. Now it wants to know which installation directory to use...should I let it use the main Microsoft Flight Simulator X directory (depicts this as the open folder) or more localized, as C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\Misc? Nice to be seeing some progress! EDIT- OK, call me impulsive but I let it do what it wanted and install to the main FSX directory. Lo and behold, there's now a Modules folder and Sim Objects folder as should be. I uninstalled SP2, reins
  10. Hmm- I do have a second PC but it has no DVD drive so unfortunately it's a non issue. I uninstalled everything again, checked WinSXS and found one folder left: x86_Microsoft.FlightSimulator.SimConnect_67c7c14424d61b5b_10.0.61259 I've deleted it, now trying reinstall on my C drive on a hunch, will report results. Thanks!
  11. Hi, Peter- Well, I ran that HelloWorld program, the message appeared so OK (thank you, nice to know all's well there). Next, uninstalled everything FSX related, then deleted everything still remaining. Did a fresh install of FSX on my 'D' partition and activated it. Installed SP1, then SP2, all successfully. Tried running the CumulusX install.cmd...same result; a command prompt window that opens and closes in a half second or so and no changes to FSX. Tried running the CumulusX.exe, same error message as before. I performed each step in the order you specified, took my tim
  12. Thanks, Peter, guess I'll have to try that! Before I do, though, is there any way that having FSX installed on the 'D' partition of my hard drive could be the trouble? Also, I'm using the repair function to check the dotnet 3.5 SP1 but as I mentioned originally, I tried installing NET 2.0 Runtime as the .pdf manual suggests, but running the dotnetfx.exe failed, showing an incompatibility with a previously installed version. Upon checking, my 'add/remove programs' list shows I have .NET Framework 1.1, 2.0 SP2, 3.0 SP2 and 3.5 SP1 all installed. And as B21 mentioned: The check
  13. Appreciate the effort you're putting in to help, but so far, no luck. Attempting to run CumulusX.exe gets the error popup: D:\fsx temp\Modules\CumulusX!\CumulusX.exe This application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.
  14. Well, nuts. I've installed SP1 and 2 with no problem, but I'm getting the same result as my first try. When I right click on the install.cmd file and select 'run,' I get a command prompt window for about a half a second before it closes, nothing else happens. I'm stumped, sorry. PS- if there's any question of administrator rights, I'm the sole user and only account on this machine, listed as Computer Administrator in XP's user profiles.
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