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  1. This is a very valid point and I can't understand how I missed that. I will have in mind to do that for the next update. Already added in our bug tracker. Hope you get your iMac soon and enjoy X-Plane with the Sundowner!
  2. @YYZ342 see above. With 11.50 Vulkan some new rules have been implemented, that might flag some objects for some "illegal" text. But just that. No other problems.
  3. I have looked at it and it is not a real issue, rather X-Plane "complains" about an grammar error in 3 files. You can use the scenery normally, and I will take care to make a patch to fix this.
  4. Hey all you! Been about 1 month and a half since the last update. Due summer, family vacation, and a couple other obligations, the development speed was at minimum, but now I am cranking the speed up towards the final stretch. Also the rhythm of development updates, will return to normal, around 1 per 2 weeks. Enough of that, let’s move on, and let’s talk about Auto(matic) Pilots! HISTORY The original DC-3 was equipped with the Sperry Type A-3A Automatic Pilot (see the difference in the wording?), a 1930’s system. I will not analyze the operation here, but in a next update, dedicated to the original version that will be simulated as well. In short, The automatic pilot, based on pneumatic operation, was developed to correct the angular deviations from straight and level flight, so WWII era bombers (like the B-17 Flying Fortress) become somewhat stable platforms for weapons (bombs) delivery. RATIONALE You can might imagine, that the operation was not very accurate, which led to development of the A-5 version later, during the WWII. During the development of our simulation, and after a long hunting for gathering good information since the use of the automatic pilot was mostly avoided(!), was obvious that in a flight simulation environment, will be extremely difficult to perform a controlled flight with ease. Overcompensation due to slow roll rates was a thing in the real aircraft, imagine in the sim! This led us to the decision to have a simplified version of the automatic pilot as well, as an option. Again, this does not means that the simplified version will allow to perform complex navigation tasks, but an “easier” method to controlled aircraft’s attitude, by the same means with the original version. SELECTION You will be able to select the mode you want to through the menu, where you will find a short description. Make sure that you select the version of the automatic pilot you want to fly with, either before flight, or with automatic pilot disengaged, to avoid any unintended flight path changes, or loss of aircraft control. OPERATION By selecting the Simplified mode, we can now fly! Here are the steps: Fly straight and lever and trim the aircraft to hold this attitude. Engage the automatic pilot (knob on the left lower part of the pedestal). The aircraft will enter into pitch and roll hold modes. Use the AIL (aileron) knob to roll the aircraft left or right. A small tick mark will move accordingly (not shown in the picture) to indicated the commanded roll. Use the ELE (elevator) knob to pitch the aircraft up or down. Small tick mark on the right side of automatic pilot’s attitude indicator (not shown in the picture) will show the commanded pitch. The RUD (rudder) knob, controls the aircraft heading, once you are in heading mode. On the left side of the automatic pilot panel there are 2 heading scales or cards. The lower card should be set to the aircraft heading as in magnetic compass, with the cage button/knob below. The top card is the automatic pilot heading command. To enter the heading mode, before engage the automatic pilot, you should trim the aircraft in straight and level flight, and use the RUD knob to match both scales. Don’t have to a perfect match, a couple degrees off still will work. But more than that, the automatic pilot will enter the roll/pitch mode. Then turn the automatic pilot on to enter heading mode. From this point on, you can use the RUD knob to fly to the desired heading. This of course is short description, with more information in the manual that will come with the aircraft. That’s all for now folks! See ya in a couple weeks! Cheers!
  5. Seems that you have not installed Gizmo. If you read the description says: Do that. Also when you have a problem, post your Log.txt and if exists the GizmoLog.txt files.
  6. Happens to me as well. Investigating the cause and I will update you.
  7. Version 1.0.0

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    ITX-D Lights Controls, gives you the control of X-Plane night lighting in a very intuitive way. By dragging the sliders you will be able to achieve the result you want, live. Also includes a custom lights.txt file with bigger light coverage. FPS impact in most cases will be one, or very minor. REQUIREMENTS: FlyWithLua INSTALLATION: Unzip the downloaded file into X-Plane 11 folder. Will request to overwrite the default lights.txt file. Note: In case of an update, the updater would like to overwrite the file with the default one. Don't allow to do it, or after update, re-install this utility. USAGE: Go to Plugins -> FlyWithLua -> FlywithLua Macros and click on the ITX-D Lights Controls. A window will pop up (as seen in the images) to set the values you like. Once you are happy with the results, click the Save Settings button to save the settings. From now on X-Plane will load with those settings, automatically. Note: Using extreme values, will drop fps significantly and make the output unrealistic. Use with care! Strongly recommended to use with Extended Night Lighting, as seen in the images below. ]
  8. ITX-D Lights Controls View File ITX-D Lights Controls, gives you the control of X-Plane night lighting in a very intuitive way. By dragging the sliders you will be able to achieve the result you want, live. Also includes a custom lights.txt file with bigger light coverage. FPS impact in most cases will be one, or very minor. REQUIREMENTS: FlyWithLua INSTALLATION: Unzip the downloaded file into X-Plane 11 folder. Will request to overwrite the default lights.txt file. Note: In case of an update, the updater would like to overwrite the file with the default one. Don't allow to do it, or after update, re-install this utility. USAGE: Go to Plugins -> FlyWithLua -> FlywithLua Macros and click on the ITX-D Lights Controls. A window will pop up (as seen in the images) to set the values you like. Once you are happy with the results, click the Save Settings button to save the settings. From now on X-Plane will load with those settings, automatically. Note: Using extreme values, will drop fps significantly and make the output unrealistic. Use with care! Strongly recommended to use with Extended Night Lighting, as seen in the images below. ] Submitter airfighter Submitted 08/29/2020 Category Plugins and Utilities  
  9. @diamonddriller regarding graphics and performance, C23 was optimized to absolute best possible with Vulkan in mind (which also should see benefits in OpenGL), without degrading the quality. Thumbs up to Laminar for the great tools they are providing, due to Vulkan/Metal transition. Now we can have actual metrics on many things that helps us greatly to improve things. About NAV. The S-TEC 55 autopilot, a quirky piece of kit, has some idiosyncrasies, one of which is that uses the heading bug as tracking reference, rather the course indicator value from any source (VOR/ILS or GPS). You must always set the heading bug to a value close to the desired track, otherwise the behavior might be erratic. There is nice video from Philip explaining the operation of the autopilot. I will also hope soon to be able to do a live stream, to answer any question regarding the C23. About the COM situation, the aircraft meant has only one COM radio, and kept the buttons and knobs on the GNS430 for convenient, so , in your case use the stby frequency as ATIS and switch between the 2 as you like. The "hardcore" version of me, would like to go and rip off those button, and even lock the possibility to switch between stby and main frequency, so you have to dial the frequencies back and forth! Also, convenient, is the reason I put an autopilot. The base model has no one, but later many was retrofitted with some autopilot model, many with the S-TEC 55 (source beechcraft forums). With those older aircrafts, nowadays, you almost cannot find any typical layout. Most of them (to be able to fly today) have passed through a "modernization" phase with some newer avionics. So, with the V2 update, we also "modernize" her a bit! I will see what I can do for the lighting.
  10. AVITAB for FF A350-900 View File Avitab integration for FlightFactor's A350-900. Uses OIS charts page to display the Avitab screen. REQUIREMENTS Avitab plugin FlyWithLua INSTALLATION Unzip the file and you will get 2 folders. One for the root folder of FF A350 (Avitab.json), and one for the FlyWithLua/Scripts folder (FFA350_Avitab.lua). USAGE Go to OIS and select on the OPTIONS PAGE -> CURSOR ON DISPLAY -> DISPLAY + OS. This will keep the mouse pointer visible above Avitab display. Then go to OIS -> CHARTS and you will see the Avitab display as shown in the screenshots! A small caveat is that hides a small part of the Page Menu. Credits for the idea: Ivy Sofia Claro Jelmayer Submitter airfighter Submitted 07/29/2020 Category Plugins and Utilities  
  11. Version 1.0.0

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    Avitab integration for FlightFactor's A350-900. Uses OIS charts page to display the Avitab screen. REQUIREMENTS Avitab plugin FlyWithLua INSTALLATION Unzip the file and you will get 2 folders. One for the root folder of FF A350 (Avitab.json), and one for the FlyWithLua/Scripts folder (FFA350_Avitab.lua). USAGE Go to OIS and select on the OPTIONS PAGE -> CURSOR ON DISPLAY -> DISPLAY + OS. This will keep the mouse pointer visible above Avitab display. Then go to OIS -> CHARTS and you will see the Avitab display as shown in the screenshots! A small caveat is that hides a small part of the Page Menu. Credits for the idea: Ivy Sofia Claro Jelmayer
  12. Newsletter, not. But you can go here https://forums.x-pilot.com/forums/forum/242-douglas-dc-3-v2/, and on the right top side is a 'FOLLOW' button. Click it and you'll get a list of option to get informed when something new is posted here.
  13. XP12? We may assume that is coming, but who knows? I'm eager (just for fun) to say "will be released with XP12", but what if the new version has no more serial number, and be just... 'X-Plane"? Then we can postpone release ... indefinitely!
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