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  1. Flightlevel question

    It helps if you install real world route information into PFPX - there are some available to download from forums and they have a tool to generate them from the real world information available from air traffic services like NATS - but it's a bit of a tedious job. If you let PFPX figure out the route it doesn't always do a great job.
  2. First official XP11 screenshot

    Sounds like it's finally XP11 upgrade time then. First of all though, I think it's RAM upgrade time for my PC because the 8Gb I have at the moment only just makes the minimum system requirements for XP11, and doesn't come close to the recommended system (16-24Gb or more)... So much for a "free upgrade", IXEG!!!
  3. Incompatibility with latest XSquawkBox

    This morning I looked into it and found XSB 1.3.3 is in beta release - so I installed it, did a flight and it ran perfectly. The new OBJ8 format CSLs look good and there was none of the usual diabolical frame rate drop when approaching an airport with several other aircraft on the ground. XSB is improving in leaps and bounds now.
  4. Custom Cockpit

    It would be good to be able to link the cockpit options to the livery selected, like PMDG do for their airlines in FSX. I am not sure how easy or difficult that is within X-Plane at the moment. I guess it'll either be trivially easy or completely impossible, depending whether or not there is a mechanism for a plugin to find out the livery name/folder.
  5. First official XP11 screenshot

    I have a notice on top of my monitor at work saying "DO NOT TOUCH MY SCREEN!" and still people insist on poking their grubby fingers into it Seriously, it's good to see some action from IXEG again, the v1.1 for XP10 is a useful update and the XP11 version looks great. Can't wait for it because that'll be the excuse I need to go and buy 32Gb of fast RAM and a copy of XP11...
  6. Configurable mouse sensitivity

    I get the same problem... 34900, 35100, 34900, 35100... so, it would be useful to be able to reduce the sensitivity in the settings somewhere. Alternative strategy might be to add + and - clickspots to allow that last annoying 100ft to be easily corrected. Another alternative would be to add MCP up/down controls to the custom controls page, allowing me to assign them to spare switches on my yoke. I do this for heading up/down and altitude up/down on the Flightfactor birds that provide this feature (757 and 767). I know real planes don't have switches on the yoke for this, but real planes have a copilot who can set the MCP while you're hand flying the plane - this is a useful cheat to achieve the same effect in a desktop sim.
  7. Questions for Jan please

    I wish someone would release a generic pushback tool based on the FlyJSim "ghost plane" idea. It's absolute genius - it lets you see where the plane will end up after the pushback, and it lets you experience the push-back from the flight deck (more importantly, it lets you start the engines during the pushback). If it was too difficult to draw a silhouette of the actual plane, then a simple arrow showing the position and direction of the nose wheel would still do the job.
  8. What is the next IXEG?

    I suspect you might be right, especially as PMDG have said not to expect their 747 V3 in X-Plane in the forseeable future. It clears the way for someone else to put serious resource into developing a 744 for X-Plane. Please, IXEG, get there before anyone else does...
  9. Question on ILS

    There is a facility in X-Plane to fix problems with navaids, but like most things in X-Plane 10 the user interface is not exactly user friendly. Location --> Local Map Check the "Edit" checkbox in the top right of the screen Select the offending ILS (remember the localiser is located at the far end of the runway as you approach to land) and use the controls in the bottom left of the screen to nudge the position and/or the direction of the localiser. It helps if you respawn the aircraft on the runway concerned, as X-Plane will then place the aircraft exactly on the centreline of the runway. Then you can zoom in and nudge the controls to bring the localiser centre line into alignment with the aircraft silhouette. IIRC, you don't need to hit any button to confirm - the changes are live immediately in the simulator as soon as you exit the local map screen. However, X-Plane will ask whether or not you want to save the updated data when you exit the sim - so you can feel free to experiment with this, and you can always abandon your edits if you make a complete hash of it. Also please be aware a few airports have offset localisers - please check the approach chart before editing! LOWI is a good example, the initial approach from the east tracks the localiser on 255 degrees, but the runway itself is at 258 degrees. Whilst it is easy to fix the alignment of a normal localiser using the actual runway as your reference, an offset localiser is more difficult to fix (and more difficult to see any problem in the first place). Here is a video of someone editing the LOWI localiser (although he actually calls it the glideslope, which doesn't exactly instil confidence). I am fairy sure he is doing something badly wrong here, which is why I put the video at the end of my post. The charts I have for LOWI say you should track this localiser inbound at 255 degrees, but here it seems the localiser is set to 256.89 degrees in X-Plane. However, rather than adjusting the localiser heading to 255 (which may not be correct but would at least have had some logic to it), he instead moves the position of the localiser south until the centre line crosses the centre of the threshold of RWY26. Sorted! Anyway, with that disclaimer out of the way, here's the video... at least it does demonstrate how easy it is to edit navaids...
  10. IXEG and XP11

    Another related question for IXEG - have you considered how individual users will migrate from XP10 to XP11? I mean, in terms of activating the 737 in XP11 if the same serial number was already activated in XP10 on the same machine.
  11. It's good to fly the IXEG B737-300 back !!!

    At LEBL they use the parallel runway (07L/25R) for landings and occasionally a few takeoffs. That one, 07R/25L, is usually just for takeoffs. But then, of course, you shot that video on a day when there was a NOTAM saying 07L/25R was closed for repairs!. I'll get my anorak... Actually I'm not a total anorak, I go there quite a lot with work, so I've learned the way the airport operates. My flight back is usually delayed so when I'm not getting drunk on Voll Damm beer I do sometimes watch what's going on outside. But you can only watch so many A320's arrive before you lose the will to live and head for the bar, again.
  12. VNAV switch to kts approaching TOC

    Two flights in a row, I have found VNAV trying to maintain airspeed in KTS near the top of climb, which it can't do - the set speed is higher than the barber pole and it ends up stuck one or two thousand feet below cruise altitude, trying and failing to gain speed. I actually only noticed it because I'd stopped climbing. On the second occasion, it definately had switched to Mach (0.73 I think) during the climb, then at some point close to TOC it had reverted back to KTS. To fix the problem during flight, I selected LVL CHG, switch to Mach, dialled it down to something sensible, then re-engaged VNAV. Screenshots and log files attached. GizmoLog.txt Log.txt
  13. [1.0.7] Soft Crash when selecting STAR/RWY and rwy at LFLB

    I think I got something similar flying from Katowice (EPKT) to Innsbruck (LOWS). Before departure I selected the LNZ1R arrival into LOWS and couldn't find the RNAV visual approach for 33 in the FMC, so I tried to just pick RWY33 on its own, got a Gizmo crash. I rebooted Gizmo and did the same again but this time didn't enter any arrival runway. What I did instead was add all the RNAV points in the approach to give me the references I needed from the approach chart, and figured I would just need to do without an extended centreline. Yes, I could probably have generated one using a fix, but I was feeling brave. All went OK until I started trying to change speed restrictions on the legs page during the descent, and the FMC wanted to change all the speed restrictions to a mach number, which I thought was a bit oddball. So, I erased the change without executing it, and just decided to leave the FMC alone for the rest of the flight. I had bigger things to worry about anyway, like the huge mountain next to the airport for example. Once I had amazingly brought my speed down without overshooting the initial RNAV approach, I took out the A/T and A/P, turned off the flight directors, and started hand-flying the plane, trying to reassure myself that however bad this was going to be, Innsbruck would have been worse. When I was just coming out of my (really terrible) turn onto final, I got a Gizmo crash again - I just dismissed the window and carried on with my dreadful approach. After the Gizmo crash I also got a horrible pause at 20ft AGL which ruined my landing, which annoyed me because by this point I had actually recovered a nice stable approach for the last couple of hundred feet. I am using Navigraph data and just updated it today as there was an update for the IXEG 737 available. This was the first time I tried flying to LOWS (just bought it today in the sale) although I had sat at the airport earlier in the day just to make sure the scenery was working correctly. It was also my first flight in the 737 since updating to 1.0.7. So unfortunately too many changes to pinpoint what might have caused the issue on this particular flight. Although the moral of this story is probably that I shouldn't try any more visual approaches in the mountains of Austria, I hope my Gizmo log (attached) helps solve the problem. GizmoLog.txt
  14. IXEG 737 Classic v1.0.7 Has Been Released!

    Let's hope 1.08 is on the way within a day or two and that it'll be able to hotfix a broken installation of 1.07, i.e. without a full reinstallation of the aircraft.
  15. Flight Director bars disappear manual approach - SOLUTION

    Probably copying bad habits from videos on Youtube!