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  1. Exactly, this might be a case where the smart decision is one where Aerosoft decides to drive the discussion rather than waiting on the various developers to come to them. After all, I'm sure that many of us went with Navigraph because NavDataPro didn't support an aircraft or application that we owned.
  2. Recently purchased and installed German Regional. Could someone explain what the scenery files in the AFD folder do? I would assume they are airport elevation correction files, but does anybody know what are they correcting? I'm guessing that I should add them to the Little NavMap's 'exclude add-on recognition' list. Thanks, Ernie
  3. Perfectly happy to stay with FSX. All of my add-ins work and I'm saving some serious money by not having to constantly upgrade my hardware....
  4. Wow! Good catch guys.. Using the mouse button instead of the yoke switch to start the plane was the secret. A wee bit of smoke, then there was none.. This plane definitely needs an FAQ, or something posted that says; "got this problem? try this".. Thanks so much for the help.. I absolutely, positively couldn't have done it without you.. Ernie
  5. Thanks for pointing it out. It's likely a mis-communications between the Katana and my FSX control settings. I have one of the toggles on my CH Flight Yoke set to engine start/stop. Apparently, the Katana isn't picking up on the changes in the switch. I recall the manual, or setup screen, warning of a similar thing with flaps. I'll give it a go again and try clicking on the switch with my mouse rather than using the yoke switch. I didn't confirm the oil level in simple, but when I did the walk around in realistic mode.
  6. Thanks, automixture was already off per manual. I ran a couple of tests this morning in both Simple (skipping the walk around and making sure carb heat was off) and Realistic. I completely exited FSX and used the Aerosoft reset configuration option before the intial start of FSX and prior to each test. In realistic I ran both the maintenance and service inspections to insure there were no issues, performed the walk around and did the pre-flight. No differences, smoke in both cases. All guages looked good, or at least to me. I decided to try a short hop in simple mode. Successful take off and landing. Plane flew great, but smoke all the way to destination. Not visible from cockpit, but it was in external view. At least other pilots won't have trouble spotting my plane. Later today I will try the takeoff and landing in realistic to see if something breaks.. BTW, tests were done from "cold and dark". Ernie
  7. I haven't tried realistic mode yet, but give it a go tomorrow. I will also take your suggestion of just getting in and going in the simple mode. Will let you know what I find out. Ernie
  8. Wow! The smoke just doesn't want to go away. A puff or a couple of seconds of smoke I would expect, but I seem to get smoke for as long as I'm willing to let the aircraft run. . I did a reset of the aircraft this morning, put it back in simple mode, ran both the maintenance and service inspections, with no yellow or red icons and performed the preflight inspection. Also, the blue graphic of the oil and cooler caps don't stay visible on the screen, when I'm in simple mode and only appear when I move my mouse over where they should be. I can still move them on/off their reservoirs, they just don't remain visible. The caps do appear correctly if the mode is set to realistic. Thanks, Ernie Windows XP SP3, Q9550 OC 3.4 Ghz, 2 GB RAM, FSX w/Accelleration Pack
  9. Thanks.. I shall then attempt the next step, which is taxi. :-) Ernie
  10. Just got the Katanta over the weekend and still trying to get it to successfully start. I am using simple mode. All items in the walk around appear to be successfully completed (no blue text). There is nothing on the ground around the aircraft and all of the covers appear closed. I even ran the inspection (though it shouldn't be necessary in simple mode), to see if there is anything wrong. The only issue that I see and it may not even be an issue is that FUEL light does not illuminate during the before engine start. However, the manual seems to indicate that it could take as much as 10 minutes for this to happen. I've been going through the checklist step by step, and even printed and bound a copy of the manual so that I could refer to it during the process. The problem is that as soon as I start the engine I get a large amount of smoke coming from the passenger side of the cowl. This has happened all four or five times that I have attempted to start the engine. I'm pretty sure that this isn't supposed to happen although I've owned automobiles in my youth where that was expected behavior. If I'm missing something, then I sure don't know what it is. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated because I would love to get this puppy in the air at some point. Thanks, Ernie
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