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  1. Captains, After more than one year of full time development I am pleased to announce the TBM-900 is on short final and will be ready for your hangars this weekend! Releasing Saturday at Midnight Eastern Standard Time (get ready to hit that buy button Friday night!). The TBM-900 is the most complex turboprop aircraft simulation produced for X-Plane to date, and one of the most interactive of all aircraft ever produced up till now. We truly believe this will make for a very exciting experience as you fly through the skies! Because of the complexities of the aircraft, and the fact that text is not always the most fun way to digest information, we will be doing a daily 1 hour livestream video session. Each day we will announce which time it starts, with the first one starting in just a few short hours today at 6:30 pm EST (2230 Zulu). You can watch the livestream by clicking here! (Previously Recorded) A brief run down of the core feature list is here: Heavily multi-threaded systems architecture to leverage performance of modern CPUs with many cores.  Flight model tuned to perform to within a few percent of the real aircraft in the normal flight envelope, including maximum and stall speeds, rate of climb, fuel burn, trim behavior and control feel. Full aircraft state persistence. Every switch, flight control position, fuel state and on-airport position is restored upon reload. Even between reloads, system resources change in real time. The engine and oil cools down slowly between flights, the battery drains, tires slowly deflate, etc. Fine-grained systems model, down to individual sub-components. The always-on failure system realistically responds to wear & tear and overstress for each sub-component based on individual load factors. Over-torque, over-temp, frequent starts, hard landings, operating in FOD-contaminated environments and many more all affect individual sub-component wear & tear and service life. Sub-component wear realistically reflects on aircraft performance. Worn engine parts reduce maximum available power, worn prop reduces top speed, worn tires result in worse grip during ground ops, etc. Aircraft maintenance manager to inspect and repair or replace any damaged sub-component. The maintenance manager tracks per-airframe operating expenses in a realistic manner to show the real cost of operating the aircraft. Airframe manager that allows you to operate multiple simulated airframes, each with their own independently tracked wear & tear, livery selections and custom registration marks applied. Airframes can be automatically synchronized between multiple machines over the network with just a few clicks. This automatically syncs up aircraft position, configuration and wear & tear to simulate multiple users sharing the same physical aircraft. See how your fellow pilots treated the aircraft by checking the maintenance manager and engine trend monitoring outputs.  X-Plane 11 G1000 avionics stack with lots of customizations and overlays to simulate the special extensions in the real TBM900. This includes a custom EICAS, systems synoptic pages and special integration with the extra simulated systems such as the weather radar, TAS, electrics, etc. Integrated Synthetic Vision into the PFD with obstacle display, navigation pathways, airport labels and TAWS-B integration. Integrated live charts display from FAA and Autorouter.aero. Navigraph integration will be available in a future update. Fully custom electrical system. Simulation of all buses, switching behaviors and reconfigurations. Full circuit breaker system, integrated with the X-Plane failure system, so a failed or failing system can pop a breaker. Highly accurate PT6 engine model with realistic startup and operating behavior. Engine lag, secondary fuel flow, ITT evolution, response to auxiliary load and many more fine-grained behaviors. Custom prop governor, with all modes simulated, including electric auto-feather with negative torque sensing. Crew Alerting System integrated into the avionics stack with all annunciations, takeoff/landing inhibits, flight state filters and "corner cases" simulated. Environmental Control System integrated into the custom EICAS. Air conditioning and pressurization respond in real time to environmental factors such as ambient temperature, pressure, available engine bleed air, cabin temperature setting, cabin pressure vessel failures, etc. Custom TAWS-B ground proximity warning system with all annunciations modes, inhibits, real-time impact point prediction and terrain painting up on the MFD to ranges of 200NM. The TAWS-B uses the X-Plane terrain DSF data to construct its database, so it is always "up to date".  GWX 70 weather radar with weather & ground modes and realistic radar return painting. Full simulation of radar beam energy dissipation, signal attenuation when passing through dense weather and vertical cell analysis modes. Terrain mapping accurately paints surface features, including recognizable peaks, valleys and lakes. Supports the X-Plane 11 default atmospheric model as well as xEnviro. GTS 820 Traffic Advisory System (TAS) with aural alerts + visual alerts, the TAS MFD page and compatibility with X-Plane default traffic, PilotEdge, Vatsim and IVAO. Full simulation of the ESI-2000 standby instrument, including all configuration pages, sensor failures, AHRS drift and "roll-over" during extreme maneuvers, realistic battery operation and real-time battery depletion, etc.  Dynamic custom registration mark paiting on the fuselage and instrument panel with support for custom TrueType fonts, colors and positioning. This lets livery painters make a "generic" livery and each pilot apply their own custom registration mark with just the click of a button directly in the simulator. Liveries can specify a custom position and font to optimize the look. Custom sound engine with samples from the real aircraft and accurate modeling of individual engine states and sub-component noises such as fuel pumps, gear pumps, flap actuators, etc.  Now, let's roll onto our first day of systems overview briefs we will be doing up till release day! From the start, we have been focusing on making the aircraft "feel" like a real machine. And if you have dealt with real aircraft, you will know that they can be moody at times. Sometimes the engine starts on the first try, sometimes it just seems to want to drag its feet. Other times, you come up to the aircraft and the battery is strangely low, so you need to sit on the ramp after engine start a bit longer to let it charge up. While working on the core systems model in the TBM900, we have taken a great deal of time to focus on getting this kind "personality" coded into the aircraft. Looking at the above image, a watchful eye can immediately see that the "ITT" display is reading 18 degrees C. But the outside air temperature is just 15 degrees C. That slight discrepancy can be due to a number of factors. It could be a sensor inaccuracy. Or it might be some residual heat from a previous engine run. To provide such minute effects, under the hood the systems simulation actually breaks the engine up into tiny pieces and models heat flow between them. Normally those kinds of details would be inaccessible to the end user, but we have decided to go in the opposite direction. We will not only let you see the system details, we have built-in analysis tools for you to examine systems behavior in real time. All of the fields you see above are clickable and can be displayed like a graph of the last 10 minutes. While flying aircraft, we tend to forget about all the complexity that happens behind the scenes. We push a button and things just happen. But with the analytics screens built into our model, you can get an appreciation of what goes on inside the machine to make things go. Let's go for an engine start. We will skip most of the boring part of the engine start, that is the initial motoring and come right after fuel introduction. You can see that the engine has passed its critical "hot" point around 30% NG, but to help you visualize the engine model, I have brough up the ITT and Turbine temperature graphs. You can immediately see how the turbine temperature lags behind the ITT. That's because the ITT is the temperature of the exhaust gasses, while the turbines themselves contain quite a bit of mass of metal that needs to be heated. As the engine accelerates, you will see a double ITT spike that is very characteristic of the PT6 engine. No other aircraft model that we're aware of reproduces this correctly. The second ITT spike comes because the engine start is actually performed in two steps. The full fuel flow required to start the engine and bring it up to its low idle condition is too great at the low engine speeds. It would simply cause excessive engine temperatures during starting, which would significantly shorten component lifespan. So instead, the PT6 (and many other turbine engines) contains "duplex fuel nozzles". As you can see the fuel nozzle has two circuits, a small primary (darker green) and a larger secondary (lighter green). The primary is rigged with a flow divider valve that is spring-loaded to actuate above a certain fuel pressure. This is calibrated so that once the engine reaches 42% NG, the fuel pressure exceeds the spring tension and opens up the second fuel port and allows more fuel into the engine. In the TBM this manifests as a sudden rise in fuel flow from approximately 18 gallons per hour to 25 gallons per hour. There is also an audible rise in engine acceleration. The observant among you will also no doubt have noticed that the ITT display on the EICAS (Engine Indication and Crew Alerting System) is different from the graph value. The reason for that is rather simple if you think about how real sensors work. The sensor surface itself is a metal stud inserted into the gas flow. As such, it too takes a bit to warm up to the real gas flow temperature. In addition, the sensor is an analog device. There is an analog-to-digital conversion circuit that samples the sensor reading and since real sensor data contains some noise, the sample does input "filtering". In simple terms, it doesn't show the immediate value from the sensor, but instead gradually "filters in" the value sampled into an old reading. This provides output smoothing and a much more stable output value. So always keep in mind that what the aircraft's sensors are showing is probably a couple of seconds old anyway. In the next post tomorrow, we will focus a bit more on avionics and some of the cool features we have developed in that department. Stay tuned, and we look forward to seeing you in the TBM filled skies this weekend!
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    Sounds like the known issue of the latest version of XPUIPC causing this. You'll need to uninstall it or downgrade a version.
  3. Yes, we've been seeing this with in sim activations and this application as well, not just the installers. I'm guessing this update just came out in the last week? I wasn't getting any support issues about it till now. Surprisingly nothing about the installers, but definitely about the in sim stuff. Installers should be an easy transition, but in sim will take some time.
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    Take Command SAAB340 GPS error

    No problem, and happy to help!
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    XP10 version

    The X-Plane 10 version is no longer available on our servers. We made sure to be clear that we were no longer supporting it.
  6. Hello, all, This will serve as a formal forum announcement that we have released the version 1.9 update for the Mitsubishi MU-2B-60. All customers who have purchased the Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 up till now have been sent an e-mail by X-Aviation with complete installation instructions on how to update your product. We have made this a very simple process! For those that purchase the Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 from today forward, your purchased download will already be updated to version 1.9 for you. What if I didn't get the update e-mail? If you did not receive your update e-mail don't fret! X-Aviation has updated our system to allow all customers to update with ease, regardless of whether you received an e-mail for the update! Simply login to your account and re-download your original order. There are some important fixes and requests implemented in this update. Please note this update is for X-Plane 11 only. X-Plane 10 is not supported. The following is a list of additions/fixes included: Changes/Fixes: Propellor start locks simulation. More accurate start sequence and EGTs during start Unfeather pumps implemented Fuel Purge feature during engine shutdown using RCS switches. More accurate fuel governor / overspeed governor Accurate power lever range vs actual power, yields low thrust at ground idle Actual beta angle control of prop pitch via the power levers in Beta region Negative Torque Sensor / feather valve simulation implemented. Cleaned up night cockpit lighting texture to eliminate "blurred text" in several areas Fixed transponder ident function for Pilot Edge® network users. Was not working before. New volumetric propellors in side view. Small tweaks to the PBR textures for reflections. New preferences window to set default VFR code for the GTX330. to set joystick preferences for power lever usage. Updated POH As always, thanks for being a customer with X-Aviation. We appreciate your feedback and support! Enjoy these latest updates, and stay tuned to the forum as we continually announce the latest happenings.
  7. Hello All, This will serve as a formal forum announcement that we have released the version 1.0.8 update for the Cessna 310L. All customers who have purchased the Cessna 310L up till now have been sent an e-mail by X-Aviation with complete instructions on how to obtain your update. We have made this a very simple process! For those that purchase the Cessna 310L from today forward, your purchased download will already be updated to version 1.0.8 for you. What if I didn't get the update e-mail? If you did not receive your update e-mail don't fret! X-Aviation has updated our system to allow all customers to update with ease, regardless of whether you received an e-mail for the update! Here's what to do: 1. Login to your X-Aviation account here: https://www.x-aviation.com/catalog/account_history.php 2. Find your original Cessna 310L download and re-download the file. It will download as the latest version! The following is a list of additions/fixes included: What's New / Changed: ADF needle now reacts to aircraft heading ADF Gain needle reacts when the tuned frequency is in range ADF thousandths dial is more visible Transponder interrogation light fixed Autopilot Vertical velocity is set to zero when the white line in the center of the VS wheel is clicked (New VS to zero commands) Autopilot switches behavior corrected, now they won't move on their own (New AP commands) Aircraft elevator tunned. Now it should be 20% less sensitive and up to aircraft specifications Interior Texture fixes New Autopilot Popup Window New Avionics options. Now, in "weight and balance" popup, you can select the GPS configuration between no GPS, single Garmin 430, single Garmin 530 or Dual Garmin 430/530 As always, thanks for being a customer with X-Aviation. We appreciate your feedback and support! Enjoy these latest updates, and stay tuned to the forum as we continually announce the latest happenings.
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    Cessna 310L v1.0.8 Update Released!

    Just tested it on my Mac. It mounts fine and reports no errors. I have not had one single report about this aside from you either, so I'm guessing this is your machine and not a common issue. Google is usually pretty helpful too. In about 30 seconds I found this answer for someone experiencing this with MacOS in general: "I was able to resolve this problem by opening up my macOS Security & Privacy settings, navigating to General, and then clicking Allow on the app developer that was being blocked. Hope this helps!" If that doesn't help you'll need to do some more digging. We have plenty of Mac users, so I would have heard this already by now if it were truly a problem.
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    Terramaxx and true earth

    It won't, actually. The reason is because unless ORBX specifically creates object textures for TerraMaxx (free for them to do) then you'll see the same season around their scenery year round. Maybe nudge them?
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    Activation Problem

    Glad you got it sorted!
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    Activation Problem

    Do you have an antivirus active, or a firewall? Might be causing issues.
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    Unable to install

    It definitely isn't if you're seeing the issue you describe. After applying the setting you may need to restart Windows for it to take affect. This ONLY happens when your OS text size is too large.
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    Need help from tech support!

    There is no "cure". If a machine ID is locked it's because you or someone using your license did such a thing by typing 'FREEZE'. I also don't appreciate you creating a second username on this forum to try and circumvent the fact you were already informed we do not tolerate licensing issues in the forums. Enough is enough. I also suggest you stop frequenting a well known piracy site that I'm very well aware you're a part of.
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    Need help from tech support!

    When you choose to deactivate a machine it is VERY clear that it is forever. It states so, and further, we force you to type 'FREEZE' in upper caps to ensure you want to continue the operation. It's not meant to be reversible for good reason.
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    Unable to install

    Lower the text size of your operating system back down to 100%.
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    Unable to activate license

    You have a firewall or anti-virus active that might be preventing the licensing system from contacting and receiving a license from our server?
  17. There's a chance there might be some news on the engine power update/fixes in the near future. There's always chances in life.
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    Things that are NOT going to be in V1.0

    Probably at their homes where people normally go for time with their families at the end of a day. They visit here daily too.
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    Looking forward to the next update(IXEG)

    Yep, it's dead.
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    Skymaxx pro 4.6

    Looks like you have used products from an account that does not belong to you.
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    X-Aviation Change Account

    Yes. You'll need to send an e-mail to support@x-aviation.com for this.
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    Skymaxx pro 4.6

    This post is nonsense. You need to be way more descriptive.
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    X-Aviation Change Account

    No. You should never be using any account but your own.
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    X-Aviation Userid and Password Not Saved

    The activation is intended to request activation every two weeks. You can select it to do it in the background within the Gizmo plugin preferences.
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    Too Many Random Problems

    Sounds a LOT like lack of knowledge on the operating of the aircraft. Nose wheel steering requires the tiller, engine stop sounds similar to overheat or over torque, etc. MaxxFX and SoundMaxx are so turn-key I can't even imagine how they "never worked properly" on your system. I don't think I've ever had a single complaint about those two products and their operation! The lack of start when props moving has me to believe you are using auto-start. In this situation you will need to wait for the props to stop spinning (sometimes at load from X-Plane shutting the engines down) prior to running auto-start.