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Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:08 pm

All rightee then, everybody...the previous thread had gotten to the point where I couldn't even load it fully enough to announce this new one, so apologies in advance for any confusion. Let's continue where we left off, so I'll start with the latest trip under my belt, FRL3707, YWG-MSP:

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-3-23_17-54-40-375.jpg
Launching off of YWG,s runway 18 at a local time of 6:18 AM. It's getting lighter aready...spring is coming!

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-3-23_18-1-40-937.jpg
We were rewarded with this gorgeous sunrise after breaking through the low-level clouds!

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-3-23_21-0-57-250.jpg
No sun shade required

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-3-23_21-2-24-62.jpg
Looking good...

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-3-23_21-17-23-500.jpg
Descending over one of the thousands of lakes in northern Minnesota

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-3-23_21-41-24-328.jpg
On final for runway 4 at MSP

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-3-23_21-46-2-171.jpg
....and preparing to grease her down.

Enjoy!
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:28 pm

The other one was taking forever to load and I just noticed this one. So let's get it started.

BBJ into Malé

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z402/GingerSnap0407/FSStuff/Turnforfinal.jpg
Turning short finals

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z402/GingerSnap0407/FSStuff/Rollout1.jpg
Rollout

As you can probably tell...it was helluva sunny  
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:38 pm

Quoting Gingersnap (Reply 1):
As you can probably tell...it was helluva sunny

And you must surely have helluva computer? Very nice shots to both of the above!
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:46 pm

Quoting Harmonium (Reply 2):
And you must surely have helluva computer? Very nice shots to both of the above!

Why thank you.

It's not bad, but not the best by any means.

AMD Phenom II X6 Black 1090T @ 4.2GHz
MSI nVidia GTX560ti 2GB (OC'd also)
8GB Kingston HyperX (OC'd)
Corsair 800W PSU
Asus Motherboard and many fans  

I would have preferred an Intel machine but I didn't have the funds, plus when OC'd the X6 does very nicely.

Oh yes and I also use the ENB series visual effects (which was designed for GTA incidentally) which help that extra visual shine and give it a more "wow" factor.

[Edited 2012-04-01 06:47:50]
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:51 pm

Quoting Gingersnap (Reply 3):
It's not bad, but not the best by any means.

I'd gladly let you play my laptop, just to let you get a feel of how good your equipment actually is 
Quoting Gingersnap (Reply 3):
Oh yes and I also use the ENB series visual effects (which was designed for GTA incidentally) which help that extra visual shine and give it a more "wow" factor.

Could you provide me with a link for download/information regarding this? And how does it affect framerates? Thank you in advance.
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:36 pm

Linkety Link

ENB for FS9 & FSX
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:39 pm

The NGX. I like the plane, even if it had some engine 1 parts say goodbye and leave through the tailpipe approx. an hour after this shot:

The light at the end of tunnel turn out to be a lighted sing saying NO EXIT
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:16 pm

Quoting Fabo (Reply 6):

The NGX. I like the plane, even if it had some engine 1 parts say goodbye and leave through the tailpipe approx. an hour after this shot:

You might want to hire a new mechanic  
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:21 pm

Been a while since I have flown. I have been in Russia for a while, mainly flying between LED and the various Moscow airports. Decided it was time to fly back to the States, and I decided on flying LED-ORD with an IL96 operated by SU.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/csturdiv/FlightSim/53/ScreenShot01.jpg
Pushing back at the gate an a cold and gray day in LED

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/csturdiv/FlightSim/53/ScreenShot05.jpg
Holding short at the active

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/csturdiv/FlightSim/53/ScreenShot06.jpg
And we are on our way

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/csturdiv/FlightSim/53/ScreenShot11.jpg
Still climbing towards FL360

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/csturdiv/FlightSim/53/ScreenShot13.jpg
After a long time of flying over water and a brief crossing of Greenland, the northern edges of Canada are in sight


I was about 500 miles west of YYR and switched to the cockpit view and noticed my fuel was at 10%! I pulled up FS Navigator and searched for an airport nearby that could handle the IL96, but couldn't find one. So I changed my flightplan to YYR.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/csturdiv/FlightSim/53/ScreenShot16.jpg
With my fuel way, way, way beyond dangerously low I am turning towards YYR, ignoring ATC instructions to circle for another runway.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/csturdiv/FlightSim/53/ScreenShot17.jpg
The moment my fuel ran out and the engines cut off.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/csturdiv/FlightSim/53/ScreenShot18.jpg
Some of the wreckage of SU flight 96 is visible through the fugly trees that I have installed.

The IL96 in real life has more than enough legs to the route I was flying. I already searched www.avsim.su and found an updated aircraft.cfg file that adds in more fuel, range and performance and will try again at a later date.
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:53 pm

Quoting Gingersnap (Reply 7):
You might want to hire a new mechanic  

I am not sure it would help.  
Plane is coming back home from the Canadian/Carribean instalment in a fortnight anyway. It is C-GTVF/OK-TVF, my repaint, real config. I am waiting for one more clarification before I let it run wild.

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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:06 pm

Great pictures everybody! And such a good idea to create a new thread, couldn't load the old one anymore either.
Here's some shots from my latest flight DEN to LHR. All pictures and the full report can be found here: http://fl380.wordpress.com/2012/04/0...london-calling-baw-218-den-to-lhr/
I don't wanna post everything here or this thread also won't load anymore in 1 week...  http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_1834.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_1907-1.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_2002.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_2036.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_2277.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_2335.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_2342.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_2444-1.jpg
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:47 pm

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 10):

Dude! once again amazing shots!

I am dying to retake my flying but I will have to put it aside for a moment.

MIAspotter.
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:58 pm

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 11):

Thanks man!  

Here's a bunch from my last flight, LHR to BCN. Enjoy! If you wanna read the full report, here's the link to my blog:
http://fl380.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/viva-espana-baw-478-lhr-to-bcn/

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_2476.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_2562.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_2683.jpg

Whooops! A little high and fast, time for a go around...
http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_2769.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_2828.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_2899.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_2907.jpg
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:03 am

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 12):

Ahh, BCN my former home, I have seen the BA 767 there a few times, and the approach to 25R is amazing flying parallel to the city, planes flew over the house I used to live on their way to the airport, I guess PAX on the right side must have had quite a nice view of Sagrada Familia.

Oh and in BCN, landings are on 25R/7L, takeoffs on 25L/7R  

The runway running diagonal to them it´s only used for late night /early morning arrivals (from the sea) but I think it is closed now being repaved or something.

I am now in MAD and I can always see the 767 taking off in the early afternoon 

Looking forward to the Canaries series.

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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:21 am

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 13):

I love how BA still puts 767 on some of the short European flights. Sometimes they even bring one to DUS, I heard that's mainly for cargo reasons then.
Indeed the approach was very nice. Couldn't make out the Sagrada Familia, but I saw the harbor and the city. Even twice, due to the go around. 
Thanks for the heads up regarding the runway configuration. Didn't know that, my charts said nothing about it, 25R had an ILS and ATC assigned me to it. Next time I'll use the proper configuration.
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:55 am

I took a 738 into LHR yesterday for the heck of flying the approach due to my neglect of LHR recently.

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z402/GingerSnap0407/FSStuff/1-2.jpg
Exit Armed...about to leave the hold at Lambourne.

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z402/GingerSnap0407/FSStuff/2-2.jpg
Weather looks good for arrival.

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z402/GingerSnap0407/FSStuff/3-2.jpg
Nice view of the latter stages of our arrival route.

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z402/GingerSnap0407/FSStuff/4-2.jpg
I do love this piece of kit.

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z402/GingerSnap0407/FSStuff/5-1.jpg
After touching down just after a BA T7 vacated, we were followed closely behind by this CX A343 at about 4 miles behind. Nice job ATC (for once  )
Also I like the shadow of our wing peaking into view.

Thanks.
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:43 pm

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 12):
Here's a bunch from my last flight, LHR to BCN

I also get to see BA 767's at ORD...only 767 I've ever seen with RR engines. Looks cool and strange at the same time! Nice shots, Speedbird!
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:35 am

Here's my latest contributions

http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/1765/747r.jpg
By vhqpa9 at 2012-04-14
Melbourne Takeoff

http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/9210/alice1ff.jpg
By vhqpa9 at 2012-04-14
Taking off from Alice Springs

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/3325/atrd.jpg
By vhqpa9 at 2012-04-14
Virgin ATR at dawn

http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/5622/jetstreamh.jpg
By vhqpa9 at 2012-04-14
Jetstream taking off from Darwin

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/4220/portmoresby.jpg
By vhqpa9 at 2012-04-14
Qant... eh sorry Jetconnect landing at Port Moresby
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:15 pm

Quoting THEBATMAN (Reply 16):
I also get to see BA 767's at ORD...only 767 I've ever seen with RR engines. Looks cool and strange at the same time! Nice shots, Speedbird!

Thanks!  
I agree, those RR's look just like the IAE's on the Airbus at the first sight. Is the V2500 based on the RB211? Since RR was part of IAE in the beginning and all...

Some shots from my last flight. AEA 9143 with B737-800 from Barcelona to Tenerife North. Hope you enjoy, full report can be found in my blog: http://fl380.wordpress.com/2012/04/1...hopping-vol-i-aea-9143-bcn-to-tfn/

There's a thunderstorm coming in from the Mediterranean Sea.
http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_2983.jpg

Lined up on 07L and ready to go.
http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3053.jpg

One last check before take off.
http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3067.jpg

Out of the way!
http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3079.jpg

Tenerife comes in sight.
http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3138.jpg

No room for errors in this terrain.
http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3161.jpg

Above the coastline.
http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3165.jpg

Almost there...
http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3169.jpg
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:27 am

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 18):
Is the V2500 based on the RB211? Since RR was part of IAE in the beginning and all...

No, the RB211 is a triple-spool design while the V2500 is a dual shaft high bypass turbofan. The engine was developed by RR, P&W, MTU and one other, me thinks...

Nice 737 shots, btw!
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:02 am

Quoting THEBATMAN (Reply 19):

No, the RB211 is a triple-spool design while the V2500 is a dual shaft high bypass turbofan. The engine was developed by RR, P&W, MTU and one other, me thinks...

Nice 737 shots, btw!

Thanks!

Wow, you really know your engines. That's kinda comforting, considering you're working on them to make a living. 
Now I know who to ask about engines, Dark Knight!

Btw what where you thinking here? Driving without valid license plates, that's a rookie superhero mistake man!
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:28 pm

Speedbird, you're not allowed to post in this thread unless your posts includes at least five new screenshots. The dissapointment of seing you as last poster and not seeing any new screenies is just unbearable 
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:59 pm

Very nice screenshots everyone. I intend to contribute in the next few days.

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 10):

What model 767 is that?

Quoting gingersnap (Reply 15):
I do love this piece of kit.

How do you set it up? It has been puzzling me for weeks. I have read the manual, used google but still no luck . 
Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 18):
I agree, those RR's look just like the IAE's on the Airbus at the first sight.

  
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:45 pm

Quoting zkojq (Reply 22):
What model 767 is that?

It's the LevelD 767-300ER. I can only encourage you to get it. It's a wonderful plane and one of the most sophisticated simulations out there.

Quoting Harmonium (Reply 21):
Speedbird, you're not allowed to post in this thread unless your posts includes at least five new screenshots. The dissapointment of seing you as last poster and not seeing any new screenies is just unbearable

Haha, thanks a lot man! 
Okay, I hope these new shots make up for it?! Fresh out of the sim, just completed my recent flight from TFN to SPC on ATR72. Enjoy and see my blog for the full report, as always:
http://fl380.wordpress.com/2012/04/1...land-hopping-vol-2-ibb-tfn-to-spc/

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3205.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3278.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3302.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3306-1.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3408.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3433.jpg

Am I forgiven now, Harmonium?  
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:55 pm

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 20):
Btw what where you thinking here? Driving without valid license plates, that's a rookie superhero mistake man!

That's a great clip. I had several people tell me about it at work. The guy was on his way to a children's hospital, so the cops let him go (naturally - he's Batman for crying out loud!) and then started taking pictures with him. Batman driving a Lamborghini...gotta love it.
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:06 pm

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 23):
Am I forgiven now, Harmonium?

As soon as you have provided me with a system capable of running FSX at your settings and acceptable framerates, yes! 

Also, bring candy.  

Edit: What's that ATR? Freebie, payware? Link, if possible?  Smile

[Edited 2012-04-17 10:08:34]
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:54 pm

Quoting Harmonium (Reply 25):
As soon as you have provided me with a system capable of running FSX at your settings and acceptable framerates, yes!

Also, bring candy.

Hey, don't push too hard here! We can agree on the candy. 
I would take one of those systems too. FSX runs horrible on my system. This is actually all FS9! Pictures are not even edited. But so many people fall for it and think it's FSX...so why invest money in a new system now (except for the upcoming PMDG 777)?  

The ATR is payware. But it's pretty much a must-have! The Flight1-ATR can be purchased here: http://atr.flight1.net/

Quoting THEBATMAN (Reply 24):
That's a great clip. I had several people tell me about it at work. The guy was on his way to a children's hospital, so the cops let him go (naturally - he's Batman for crying out loud!) and then started taking pictures with him. Batman driving a Lamborghini...gotta love it.

Yea, I read the story about him in the Washington Post. They wrote about what this guy does, and hats off to him! He's a self made millionaire and now tours children hospitals as Batman to give them hope. We need more people like that in this world. Here's the link to the article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...uy/2012/03/28/gIQA8nPjgS_blog.html
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:15 pm

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 26):
Hey, don't push too hard here! We can agree on the candy. 
I would take one of those systems too. FSX runs horrible on my system. This is actually all FS9! Pictures are not even edited. But so many people fall for it and think it's FSX...so why invest money in a new system now (except for the upcoming PMDG 777)?

Wow, that's really impressive. Maybe one should consider going oldschool for FS9.. I only started playing FS recently, and I just automatically assumed that the most recent product would be the best. But I'm really starting to hear more and more about people flying in FS9 and it looks just as good visually, I must say. That's of course thanks to a lot of addons, but if it's more framerate friendly, then I'll take that. Any major drawbacks to FS9 compared to FSX?

About the PMDG777, I'm nowhere near having the skillset to operate a PMDG aircraft, so for now I'll just stick to what I have  
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:34 pm

Quoting Harmonium (Reply 27):

Of course FSX offers more, compared to FS9. For example you can't do polar routes in FS9 (the world is flat according to MS, and just ends with an invisible wall above 80 North or so - never got into such a situation on my hundreds of FS flights though). FSX of course has better graphics if everything is maxed out, at the price of low FPS on most systems. But I heard that it would hugely benefit from Intel's Sandybridge CPU's.
More autogen, better water, higher resolution textures, the new generation of aircraft add-ons (like the PMDG NGX) are developed for FSX-only.

Sounds like a lot of reasons to use FSX over FS9, but in FSX I take the NGX for a ride at a default airport, no AI-traffic, no improved textures, landclass, mesh or any other add-on that is pretty much crucial to have a realistic experience and get 20 FPS.
In FS9 I have everything maxed out, thousands of AI-flightplans, add-ons for mesh, landclass, textures and everything there is to modify and get a constant and smooth 30 FPS (they are locked at 30). No matter if I go to an airstrip in the desert, or sit in my PMDG 747 virtual cockpit at JFK, facing the skyline of Manhattan and the sky filled with clouds. And it looks almost as good as default FSX.

I tried FSX more than once and always went back to FS9. Maybe in a few years I will switch, when I can run it with the same amount of add-ons at good performance. You should give FS9 a try. But don't panic when you start it up and see everything default for the first time. You really need to put a lot of work/add-ons into it to get good results. If you need any help with that, just contact me and I will help you.
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:19 pm

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 28):
I tried FSX more than once and always went back to FS9. Maybe in a few years I will switch, when I can run it with the same amount of add-ons at good performance. You should give FS9 a try. But don't panic when you start it up and see everything default for the first time. You really need to put a lot of work/add-ons into it to get good results. If you need any help with that, just contact me and I will help you.

That's very kind of you   I'm really considering FS9 since my only computer is a laptop. What system are you running FS9 on? And how well do you think the system posted below will run FS9, maybe even compared to FSX if possible? (anyone else than Speedbird kind enough to contribute would of course be very welcome.)

Thank you so much in advance  

Here's my specs:

Acer Aspire 5820TG-5464G75Mnks
:: Processor
Intel Core i5 460M 2.53 GHz
:: Mainboard
Intel HM55
:: Memory
4096 MB, PC3-10600
:: Graphics adapter
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 - 1024 MB, Core: 550 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, DDR3, 8.713.3.3000
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:46 pm

Quoting Harmonium (Reply 29):

You would definitely see a huge improvement in performance over FSX when using FS9. My system:

Intel i7 920 @ 3.8 GHz
ASUS P6T SE Mainboard
6 GB Corsair PC-12800 DDR3 RAM at 1,600 MHz
EVGA GTX 570 2.6 GB Edition
Corsair HX850W PSU
WD3000HLFS 300GB Velociraptor for FS9
WD1002FAEX 1TB Black for Windows 7 64-bit and applications/games
ASUS Xonar DG Soundcard

This is relatively high-end, except for the CPU. I guess I would see a huge improvement with an Intel Sandybridge, but that would also require a new Mainboard and I don't wanna spend that money at the moment.

Now to your system. It's good that you have an Intel CPU, as they generally perform a lot better in FS than AMD. The RAM looks sufficient for FS9, and your GPU looks decent too. I just switched from ATI to Nvidia, as they are a lot better for FSX (I saw an increase of about 10 FPS compared to my previous HD5850 - still not enjoyable though). You will probably experience a drop in FPS in dense areas like NYC, London etc. with an FS9-setup like mine, but it should be a very enjoyable experience.

I can't even imagine what FSX must be like for you, even my system struggles with it. And I can play any other modern game just fine. BF3 runs at 60-70 FPS, Batman Arkham City around 50-60. FSX is just a terrible example of how to butcher a great engine with bad code. If they would have implemented Multi-Core support we wouldn't have any problems at all. But yea, try FS9 and see for yourself. And like I said, don't get scared by the out-of-the-box FS9. Look at my screenshots and you see what still is possible with this 9 year old piece of software...
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:21 pm

Quoting vhqpa (Reply 17):
Qant... eh sorry Jetconnect landing at Port Moresby

Very nice!

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 10):

I really like that last one.

I guess it's been a while...but no fear, I'm back!  

Here are a few random shots to start with:

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-3-24_18-29-18-453.jpg
Big Delta 744 lifting off from MSP

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-4-2_18-34-46-859.jpg
Westjet 737 on its way out of SFO for Vancouver

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-4-6_16-3-32-921.jpg
Untited Express ERJ-145XR landing in Durango from DEN.

Now for the main event, UAL248, ORD-IAD:

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-4-15_12-47-17-906.jpg
Starting the engines on this ex-Continental 777...I assume cross-fleeting is in place at this point...

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-4-15_12-52-48-765.jpg
Blasting off of 4L

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-4-15_13-0-31-531.jpg
Chicago lake shore with Midway and even Meigs (yes, it's an FS staple!) in view

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-4-15_13-19-32-734.jpg
At cruise over western Ohio

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-4-15_16-21-19-500.jpg
Slowing down on 19C at Dulles. Unfortunately this meant we didn't get to pass the tower at the Udvar-Hazy Center.

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-4-15_16-22-5-562.jpg
A couple of international heavies await our company.

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-4-15_16-40-22-250.jpg
N37018 is being readied for the evening's transatlantic crossing.

Enjoy!
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:31 pm

Quoting zkojq (Reply 22):
How do you set it up? It has been puzzling me for weeks. I have read the manual, used google but still no luck . 

Hit me up for a lesson on this. I pretty much know the NGX inside out, even if I do not fly with HUGS often...
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:21 am

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 30):
And like I said, don't get scared by the out-of-the-box FS9. Look at my screenshots and you see what still is possible with this 9 year old piece of software...

It surely sounds interesting. I'll have to look into FS9 for sure. I luckily haven't spend any money on FSX addons, so I'll definitely give FS9 a try, and given the screenshots that you have posted I cannot see why I wouldn't stick with it if the general flying experience is nearly as good as in FSX. I'd really like to hear what addons you've installed in order to get your FS9 to look that pretty, cause it definitely beats anything I've seen on my screen in FSX. So if I get better graphics along with better framerates and the flying dynamics are nearly the same, I'll definitely have a go and probably stick with FS9. Your contributions look just as good as the FSX screenies posted in these threads for sure  

Thank you so much for the help. It's really appreciated  
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:26 pm

Quoting UltimateDelta (Reply 31):

Wonderful shots mate! Love the DAL 744 and all of the 777 ones. My two favorite birds, great airlines too.

Quoting Harmonium (Reply 33):

Wow, that could become quite the list. The overall flying experience shouldn't be too different from FSX. I tried both and don't see/feel that much of a difference.

Let's see, what add-ons would be the essential of the essential. I'll just name you a few, in my opinion, essential add-ons in different categories to get your FS going.

Global Add-Ons:
1. Real Environment Xtreme (with Overdrive) - gives you stunning HD textures for sky, clouds, sun, water and so much more. Really one of the products that enhances FS9 and brings it close to FSX standard.
2. Ground Environment Pro by Flight1 - replaces the default ground textures with better ones. You can also create custom sets for different weather conditions.
3. Ultimate Terrain USA + Canada/Alaska + Europe (3 different products) - realistic coastlines, rivers, streets, landclass and so on for FS. Only enhances the above mentioned regions though.
4. FSGlobal (I still use the 2008 version) - high resolution mesh. meaning your mountains in the whole world have realistic terrain data, coming from a NASA shuttle mission. It makes a huge impact over the default mesh/terrain that comes with FS. There's comparison shots on the internet, just google it and you will see what I mean.
5. Active Sky Evolution - gives you an awesome real-time weather engine. A whole new game compared to the default MS weather.
6. I use a combination of WorldOfAi-freeware AI-Traffic and hundreds of other traffic files i compiled myself. Also MilitaryAiWorks has nice military AI-Traffic. Adds a lot to the atmosphere and populates your airports and airspace.

Aircraft (complex, heavy birds only):
1. PMDG 747
2. PMDG MD-11
3. Level-D 767
4. iFly 737NG
For not so heavy (but still very detailed renditions) aircraft try anything by Carenado. They offer a lot of Cessnas, Mooneys and so on.

Scenery (now, that's a tough one. There's so many good sceneries out there - pay and freeware. But also bad ones, so always check reviews, screenshots or check the forum on avsim.com about experiences):
1. Aerosoft usually has good quality sceneries of airports
2. Imaginesim creates decent airports, mostly in the US but lately also in Asia (HKG, SIN)
3. FSDreamteam has awesome sceneries
4. there are many other designers that have some great airports. it all depends on your personal preference and where you want to fly. Also check avsim.com for freeware. Maybe start with Sunskyjet's PHL and the YVR scenery by JGabbert/addictedtoairspace.

I would say the most important ones are the ones I listed first in the Global category. There's many many more, but these should get you started. If you want more infos, or have questions about a specific add-on, just ask. Hope this helps. I guess it can be confusing in the beginning with all the products out there.
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:29 pm

Quoting zkojq (Reply 22):
How do you set it up? It has been puzzling me for weeks. I have read the manual, used google but still no luck . 

What exactly are you having trouble with?

The FMC setup options menu will give you the option if you scroll through the PMDG Setup->Equipment (I think...similar anyway) and that will allow you to choose if your aircraft has the HUGS or not. You can also set whether you want it to automatically set up the system based on the parameters you set.
For example, if you tune both NAV radios to an ILS frequency with the relevant course settings. Once established on the glide/loc the aircraft will automatically enter Land 3 and the correct display will be shown.
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:51 pm

After seeing so many great pictures of yesterday's final flight for the Discovery shuttle, I really felt like doing this in my FS. I finally found a very nice model to do this today (the POSKY SCA). So here's my take on the Discovery's last journey to the National Air and Space Museum. It brought back some great DC memories. May the Space Shuttle, and the men and women who died during missions, never be forgotten!

For the full pictorial, please see my blog: http://fl380.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/a-tribute-to-the-space-shuttle/

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3748.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3794.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3534.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3653.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3667.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3696.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3721.jpg

[Edited 2012-04-18 15:52:35]
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:32 am

I'm currently on a round-the-world jaunt in a DL 738 - a lot of the flying has been at night, so not many opportunities for screenshots...

Leg 1: KLAX-CYWG - entirely in darkness
Leg 2: CYWG-BIRK - arrived early in the morning:

The sky begins to lighten...
http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q620/skyhawkmatthew/X-Plane/ScreenShot2012-03-04at73244PM.png

Cruising over the North Atlantic
http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q620/skyhawkmatthew/X-Plane/ScreenShot2012-03-04at74935PM.png

On final, BIRK
http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q620/skyhawkmatthew/X-Plane/ScreenShot2012-03-04at83557PM.png

Leg 3: BIRK-LIRF - entirely in darkness

Over the North Sea with the moon
http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q620/skyhawkmatthew/X-Plane/ScreenShot2012-03-25at122135PM.png

Leg 4: LIRF-HKJK - departed in darkness; sunrise soon after.

Sunrise over North Africa
http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q620/skyhawkmatthew/X-Plane/ScreenShot2012-03-30at30950PM.png

Cruising over the Sahara
http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q620/skyhawkmatthew/X-Plane/ScreenShot2012-03-30at63758PM.png

A bit more green below on descent over Kenya
http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q620/skyhawkmatthew/X-Plane/ScreenShot2012-03-30at73237PM.png

On final at Nairobi
http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q620/skyhawkmatthew/X-Plane/ScreenShot2012-03-30at74113PM.png

Next stop: Johannesburg!
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:09 am

Here's something a little different from me this time. VFR in the P-51D Mustang on our Canary Island tour. This time from La Palma to El Hierro. For the full report follow this link: http://fl380.wordpress.com/2012/04/2...land-hopping-vol-3-vfr-spc-to-vde/

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3804.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3847.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3861.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3880.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3918.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_3961.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_4064.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_4091.jpg

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o593/madmax15787/YAFSS_4121.jpg
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:50 pm

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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:10 pm

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 36):
After seeing so many great pictures of yesterday's final flight for the Discovery shuttle, I really felt like doing this in my FS

Those are amazing! I might have to follow your lead there...  

Here's the entire collection of shots from my most recent trip, AA2357 ORD-DFW. You fly over a very nondescipt part of the country...

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-4-20_17-13-46-281.jpg
Rock n' roll off runway 28

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-4-20_17-48-19-578.jpg
So yeah...this is pretty much what the whole flight looked like...

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/2012-4-20_18-57-7-281.jpg
Short final for 35R at DFW

Enjoy!
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:01 pm

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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:53 am

Speedbird217;

I've gotten hold of FS9 now, and what a difference! My FS9 looks much better than FSX and runs very smooth. I'm slowly starting to get a hold of some addons from your list. Now I'm just stuck with a problem, for some reason I cannot take screenshots? I googled and found out that I was supposed to use the PrtSc key and paste it to paint, but whenever I do so it pastes a picture of whatever program I have open 'behind' FS9 - i.e. my browser, iTunes etc? Any fix?  Thanks in advance.

And THANK YOU for recommending FS9. So much more enjoyable.
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:19 am

Get YAFSscreen. IMHO the best screengrabber there is.
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:51 pm

Quoting Harmonium (Reply 42):

So glad you have a good experience now! You will see that the more add-ons you add, the better it will get! And frames will stay pretty much the same.

Fabo is right, YAFSscreen is a great tool. I use it for my screenshots. You can set the quality of the image and output format (I use jpeg and highest quality). If you use Windows 7, you might want to switch to the classic theme for using FS9 and taking screenshots. Sometimes there are issues with Windows Aero and taking screenshots, so when you press prt sc it would only take a snapshot of your desktop. If you switch Aero off by using Windows classic theme there are no issues at all. Good luck! Looking forward to seeing some images from your FS9.

Edit: Before I forget. YAFSscreen is freeware. You can download it here: http://www.marian-aldenhoevel.de/YAFSScreen/

[Edited 2012-04-26 05:55:14]
 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:31 pm

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 44):
o glad you have a good experience now! You will see that the more add-ons you add, the better it will get! And frames will stay pretty much the same.

It's a completely different experience indeed   Thank you so much!

Only picture I've taken so far is this beautiful sunset on approach to Mumbai:

 
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:08 pm

End of an 8.5 hour flight from BFI-KEF with a 737-800. This aircraft will continue onto AMS, but I won't be with it.

Just one pic from the cockpit, as that's where I spend most of my time when it comes to the PMDG NGX.

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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:14 pm

Quoting Harmonium (Reply 42):
Now I'm just stuck with a problem, for some reason I cannot take screenshots?

I use FScreen . It saves it as a bitmap on your desktop. I then use Photoshop to improve it and save it as a JPEG.
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:08 pm

Well I'm out of FSX for a while.

Had a hard drive crash and I lost everything. I've since went out and bought a new hard drive, but something has disheartened me significantly.

After spending near enough £60 on both the 800/900 & 600/700 NGX packages, PMDG will not let me re-download either of them. Because I decided not to purchase their extended download stuff, the only way I can use them again is to re-purchase them.
My opinion of PMDG before now was whilst expensive, can be worth while in the long run. Now I am of the opinion that they are well and truly mastered in the art of extortion.

I have actually been onto the PMDG forum and lambasted Mr Randazzo, but I doubt it will be of any help. I should have stuck with iFly.


EDIT: Turns out you can buy the Extended download service after the purchase has been made. I have since done that and are waiting for them to get back to me. I still don't think I should have to, but I can't complain at £3.75.

[Edited 2012-04-28 08:35:56]
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RE: Another FS/X-Plane Screenshot Thread- 2012

Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:32 pm

Quoting gingersnap (Reply 48):
EDIT: Turns out you can buy the Extended download service after the purchase has been made. I have since done that and are waiting for them to get back to me. I still don't think I should have to, but I can't complain at £3.75.

I think five bucks for lifetime downloads is fair. Or you can always just burn it on a dvd or back it up somewhere on your own cloud...
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