[jhb_airlines] Re: FSX and all that

  • From: "Tom Smith" <ftd.smith@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 22:29:30 -0000

how are you finding the go flight gear.what about fsuipc is it needed .Paul if you are about is fscommander any thing like fs nav Tom----- Original Message ----- From: "Gerry Winskill" <gwinsk@xxxxxxx>

To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 8:18 PM
Subject: [jhb_airlines] FSX and all that

I started to look at FSX as a sceptic; once bitten twice shy etc. With the launch of Generation X I became somewhat dischuffed at its launch condition. Over the past few days I've been flying between the various farm strips, to check whether they are useable in FSX. In the move to a new machine, naturally, I'd lost all the old saved situations, that I used to position myself at the required strips. Not being able to use the short cut I've been forced to fly into them. So far I've checked 21, so only another 74 to go!

I'd started this job thinking it would be a chore. In fact it's turning out to be the sort of job you look forward to getting back to, each day. The GenerationX has transformed it! Taking off from Oldbury on Severn, heading S E to Manor Farm, took me across a couple of large extraction sites, either side of Yate. The realism of big pits like this is now staggering. When doing the strips in FS9 I've flown over them before. They looked like sandy areas. Now they're bloody great holes in the ground, with all the strata and paths knife sharp. One of them comes almost to the motorway's hard shoulder. You wonder what posessed them to build it so close to the edge of a huge crater.

Looking at Lockyears I see I've got only one landing direction available, with a curved finals, to avoid the village. The village is so clear I'm waiting for some retired BA Captain to emerge and wave his fist at me!

Those of you who've not yet taken the plunge don't know what you're missing. The forums suggest people are getting decent results on low spec (ish) machines. When you think about it the demand, doing the VFR flying I'm currently enjoying, isn't high. The scenery is so realistic I don't need any Autogen. In fact I'm resisting the temptation to add FS9 VFR Addon AG, I'll wait for the bespoke stuff. The GenX scenery, apart from the load time, doesn't seem to run any slower than FS9. The UK2000 fields aren't all acceptably compatible but I wouldn't be using major airports for VFR anyway. Just using the farm strips gives me somewhere to leave and destinations to use, as an excuse to enjoy the scenery. Looked at realistically, all FSX is, for me, is the essential vehicle for the second generation photo scenery. The only current negative is that I can't use it for MP; well not the PClub server, anyway.

Gerry Winskill

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