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  1. What a load of rubbish ! Have any of you made any attempt to measure the height of the trees ? Well I have , and they are as accurate as you could ever wish for . I would suggest that you get reputable gardening books that list various heights of trees. Although there is no fixed heights , generally trees will be from about 40' to 140' with very tall being 200' and the tallest at 300' Then go in the Sim and measure the height of the trees , both the smaller ones and the taller ones . How do you measure the height ? Easy , aircraft have a Radar Altimeter that is stunningly accurate . Fly your aircraft till the lower fuselage is just resting on the top of any tree , and hit Pause , note the RA readout to determine height . I have done this often and can confirm their height accuracy . Cheers Karol
  2. Hi Steve Thanks , I enjoyed your video . Several years back a lovely lady that I know who lives in Chesterfield sent me a birthday card that featured the Lady Bower dam photo on the front , I still have that card on display . I created a Mission adaptive Flight Plan Editor instrument for my F-111 panel that enables Latitude/Longitude to be entered into a Flight plan in three different formats . I did a Google search for the Lat/Long of Lady Bower , then set that into a flight plan and flew there in the sim , so you can see the extra significance that your video had for me . Cheers Karol
  3. In my opinion ORBX is incredibly accurate , you must remember that this is not " Photo scenery " , with this scenery we can get down ultra low and still have sharp visuals , some Photo scenery is nothing but blurred textures when flying low . Is it perfect in every detail ? .... NO , if it had all the detail even the most powerful computers would be brought to their knees , and we would have frame rates in the single digits . If it wasn't for ORBX scenery I wouldn't even bother using the Flight Simulator , they have given us an awesome world to fly in . We owe a lot to both ORBX and Microsoft for what we have in our Flight Simulators . Cheers Karol
  4. RAAF Airbase Laverton no longer exists in real life , see following , Laverton's runway was decommissioned September 1996. In early 2007 the Victorian Government gave approval for the land that was formerly the Laverton airfield and runway to be developed into the new suburb of Williams Landing. Three areas totalling 55 hectares (136 acres) were set aside for conservation. More than 100 ha (247 acres) of nationally significant native grassland outside the reserves was permitted to be cleared by the state- and federal governments. Williams Landing is being developed into a transit-oriented development, major activity centre and employment node. As well as being a major activity centre and employment node, there will also be four residential neighbourhoods each with their own distinctive character. Construction of Williams Landing commenced in late 2007 and is due for completion by 2025.
  5. I would recommend that you open a new topic titled " Perth significant POI's suggestions " Originally VOZ and then ORBX started out with a mainly Australian team that were in tune with Australian features , over time the ORBX team became more international based therefore some Aussie features might be missed . The Melbourne Cityscape is truely wonderful and as far as I can tell is absolutely accurate , but that level of detail is limited to mainly the CBD , of coarse that is a necessity to keep down the computing overheads , that results in the suburbs missing out . In Melbournes case , the TV towers on Mt Dandenong were removed , and 2 significant VFR reporting points , (1) The Academy , and (2) Doncaster shoppingtown , were not included , they should have been as all 3 are visually dominant . In Brisbane the highly significant " Storey Bridge " was removed , to the best of my knowledge it is Iconic to Brisbane . If you want significant features that represent reasonable requests in Perth list them in a specific topic now while it's still in development , it will be too late to request them after the package is released . Cheers Karol
  6. Is Sydney really in Australia ? ...... Why , next you will be telling me that Perth is also in Australia ! ..... Sent with love from Melbourne Cheers Karol
  7. Hi Jordan Since you are Melbourne based , any chance that you could do a screenshot showcase thread of the Garden of Eden ( the Yarra Valley ) . I know that YLIL Lilydale and the Yarra Valley are very popular with a lot of the ORBX users , I've done countless numbers of flights there both in real life and in the sim it's a stunning area to fly over . I had always hoped that it would get the special treatment , it now looks like that hope will be transformed into reality with the new AU . Would love to see shots from Ringwood on up to Warburton if possible . Cheers Karol
  8. Not parallel lines . Please look more carefully !
  9. How very , very , very wonderful . Well done ORBX , and well done to all the guys associated with it's creation . It really is absolutely stunning ! Nice set of shots in this showcase . The first shot was nostalgic , many years ago I flew a Piper Warrior in the Battle of Britain Dawn Patrol . About 208 aircraft participated in the Dawn Patrol , it was still dark when we departed Moorabbin , flew to Pt Ormond , then down St Kilda Rd over the Shrine of Rememberance , turned at Princess bridge , flew down the Yarra river to West Gate bridge , then to Avalon , and then completed a complete circuit of Port Phillip bay terminating back at Moorabbin . My 3 passengers on that flight were elderly gents who each had been pilots in Bomber Command in WWII . Cheers Karol
  10. The weather in Germany during the airlift was unpredictable at times . For those interested in re enacting airlift flights the following video of the recently created GCA arrangement in zero visibility might be of interest. I created the Synthetic ILS instrument ( lower right hand ) that was utilised by another developer in the creation of the GCA instrument , I think that what he has achieved is rather wonderful . Turn the volume up . Cheers Karol PS Description of my Synthetic ILS instrument follows : " Instrument enables selection of any of the 24,491 Airports that exist in Flt Sim database , then selection of any Runway at that Airport, then selection of either Rwy end. Airports can be selected at any global distance from aircraft. Distance Bearing and Steering arrow are displayed,the ILS aimpoint is computed at 6% of relevant Runway length and the ILS is full precision with usual ILS Deviation bars text data includes current, Glideslope, Height above Runway, Distance to touchdown aimpoint, offset (Circuit Width)from Runway centerline,full Airport name and details , enables precise rectangular standard circuits to be flown , also enables an Intercept position to be set at any desired distance prior to ILS aimpoint to easily align aircraft with the Runway. Also includes MARK POSITION capture of any location on earth and generation of a Synthetic Runway, ie. a paddock,a beach, a river, lake, sea, hardened rooftop or bridge, and subsequent ILS approach at that location. the default ILS Glideslope is the usual 3.00 degrees but any angle can be set. Can be used in any aircraft, Helicopter, cropduster, float plane, or fire fighting aircraft. 16 page notes PDF, an Airports ICAO PDF, and several descriptive screenshots. "
  11. Hi Bernie RAAF Pearce is a really nice airport . I did a Direct To Flight from ORBX Lilydale YLIL (Victoria) to RAAF Pearce YPEA (WA) total distance 1,486.1 nm flew at Mach 2.52 total flight time was 58 minutes , not realistic , but it beats the airlines . If you still want RAAF Amberley try asking Lawrence at his website. I'm hoping that he is still working on the improved Version 2 of Amberley , but if it does eventuate it will still be about a year before it's release . SLEW , regards using Slew to back up aircraft into hangars that have an open door , I tried it and it's very easy to do with high precision , I had never used Slew before . Cheers Karol
  12. Hi Bernie Download from his website , https://flightsimdev.com He no longer lists the RAAF Amberley , however if you ask him he might provide a copy of it. note, he also did RAAF Pearce in WA . I have his Amberley and think it's magnificent , it's my favorite , should you wish to see his RAAF Amberley watch this video , Cheers Karol
  13. I agree . If you don't have it get the Freeware Pease airbase Newhampshire USA by Steve Hess , it's great , it has cold war alert facilities , lots of different military AI . I have Air to AIR Lock On capability in my radar , can select and Lock On to a AI then intercept or fly close formation , it is a target rich area . Another open hangar is at ORBX Tamworth , a stunning product , the aircraft shade shelters there have a low clearance height and are only suitable for CT4 sized aircraft Cheers Karol
  14. I have the Freeware RAAF Amberley , Williamstown , and Richmond military airbases by Lawerence . Amberley and Williamstown both have long car port style shelters that can accomadate over 20 aircraft , the F-111 fits , so the Hawk will fit , and they are easy to enter and exit . Richmond has a hangar that has a door that cycles open and shut , but I doubt that you can control it . Across the runway from the main terminal at ORBX Brisbane there is a large hangar with the door open . At Lakenheath I taxi through the back wall of the HAS , not desirable bet better than nothing . When I was creating the BNS (Bomb Nav System) instrument it required flying the aircraft to the center of the bomb blast to measure deviation in feet from target to blast to determine a correction factor . A guy in the US who was also doing measurements for me used Slew to get accurately to the blast center . Possibly Slew could be used to back up an aircraft into a HAS or open Hangar . Also there used to be an addon instrument called Pushback that might possibly do that task . Cheers Karol
  15. ....... getting lost in the flight simulator . I had the same problem when I started using the flight simulator , although I had for many years a RW pilots licence complete with the usual navigation theory , still got lost . I found that I would fly about enjoying myself , then finally not know where I was or how to get to an airport , it was annoying . I resolved to fix that problem , learnt xml coding and started to create instruments to overcome it , I wanted something that was specifically useful for the flight sim . I created the following instrument , It displays 16 nearest airports , click on any line and you get ; distance , bearing , steering arrow , and full name of the selected airport . The full name is very important as it is usually a recogniseable town or city name that has meaning to us . You can also type in on your keyboard any 4 character airport ICAO and the same data is provided regardless of where that airport is on earth . If you turn your aircraft until that steering arrow is pointing upwards then you are heading to the airport of your choice . With that instrument you will never be lost again . If it's of use to anyone it's available freeware at either Simviation or Flightsim websites as follows , #1 . Search for F-111 Pig HUD it is included in my F-111 panel . or #2. Search for Mini panel Bill McCellan included the instrument in his mini panel . Cheers Karol
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