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About nigelgrant

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  • Birthday 01/06/1935

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    My System: INTEL I5 8600 o/c 4.8GHz; ASUS Z370; GTX1070 8GB; 16Gb RAM 3000mhZ; 500GB ssd; 1TB ssd; 2x 1TB HDD (backup); 700w psu; W10 64bit

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  1. What a great program you have produced, other than a few bugs on start-up which were quickly resolved, it works like a charm and has a lot of new welcome features Nigel Vancouver
  2. In FSX, I had been using a lot of WOAI traffic and was disappointed when P3D4 appeared, that many of the aircraft were no longer compatible, and it was too much “trackle” to try and convert things to work. So I moved to the payware MyTraffic which is pretty good but the aircraft graphics did not match WOAI planes. But I did not realize that Alpha India had made such strides in developing AI traffic. Now the Alpha India aircraft are right up there and I have installed many of the airlines I am interested in. A very easy and straightforward installation with a special click program for P3D4, although somewhat time consuming. But it’s FREE!! And they use the 2018-19 active flight programs for the different airlines, so my airports are swarming with AI traffic. I have just had a niece from Zurich staying with us, and there was their Edelweiss aircraft sitting at the gate at CYVR, on the correct date! I have not detected any conflict with the ORBx AI traffic programs. Nigel Vancouver
  3. me to from Vancouver, thx John for your huge contribution to this hobby Nigel
  4. When I graduated from St AndrewsUniversity in 1955 I bought a 1940 Morris Series E tourer for £50; it did 50 miles to the pint of oil and full of rust holes. Articled on a hydro project in the north of Scotland for a year and completely rebuilt the car and sold it for £170 (but spent £110 on parts). I have had convertibles ever since and now in the tenth year of a 2009 Beetle convertible - light silver with red interior and roof – a real “chick magnet” but when they pester me I tell them they are 50 years too late! Nigel Vancouver
  5. I am terribly biased, of course, but why has no one mentioned Vancouver in British Columbia - excellent airport scenery by FSDreamTeam, the incredible Vancouver+ by the late Jon Patch, and all surrounded by the ORBx magnificent Pacific NorthWest scenery - I just love flying here, so much activity! Nigel Vancouver
  6. Nigel here - sorry but I cannot help you, don't really know what to do - somehow get this post to Nick Cooper (post above), he will be able to give you good guidance - maybe try the General Discussion forum - good luck.
  7. Thx for everyone's comments, I decided to go whole hog. I upgraded to the i5-8600 from an i7- 920, from 6GB RAM to 16GB, and a new mbo. My dealer has o'clocked it to 5 MHz from 4 MHz - what a difference. I can now land at CYVR in the Dash 8 at over 20 fps and no blurries, lots of AI traffic, haven't tried with Active Sky yet. Before it was like a slide show and lots of blurries. All my other programs were unaffected and Windows 10 remained intact after the installation. Nigel
  8. Thx Nick for your, as usual, thoughtful and constructive opinions. My existing RAM can be expanded easily to 18 GB but the crux of my thinking is in your last para. I am approaching 84 and “most cost effective” starts becoming a bit “idealistic?”, pleasure is more practical! I haven’t made up my mind yet, but upgrading the mbo and RAM to 16GB, keeping my existing CPU and cooler, is another viable option, assuming that the CPU could be replaced easily if it fails. I am going to let the sub-conscious brain cells work for a while. Nigel
  9. I would appreciate comments on my proposed upgrade. My existing specs are shown to the left and initially my dealer suggested an upgrade of RAM from 6Gb to 16GB, as being “the best bang for the buck”. My system was running well but labouring a bit around the PNW area with all its heavy scenery (P3Dv4 - blurries and stutters), and he figured the increase in RAM would help a lot. But, my CPU and mbo are nine years old and I am concerned buying more RAM might be throwing good money after bad, who knows now when they might fail…………….. He proposes the following: · Intel Core-i5 8600k unlocked 6-core processor · Cooler Master Hyper 212+ EVO high performance socket LGA1151 heatsink/fan · Asus Prime Z370-A Intel chipset socket LGA1151 motherboard · Team Group Vulcan T-Force 16GB DDR4-3000MHz kit w/red heatsinks (2x8GB) The stock turbo frequency of this processor’s 6 cores is 4.3GHz and he considers he should be able to overclock it to 5.0GHz +/- 200MHz. My simming is usually one to two hours several times a week at a desktop with a 24” flat screen monitor. Any observations? Nigel Vancouver
  10. I created a FlightSim Club at the West Vancouver Seniors Activity Centre way back in 2002 (when I was 67 – yikes!). It is still going strong today and we were featured in the Centre’s newsletter this month. It can be seen at: http://click.mailsender05.com/web_files/2924/DWV_SSNL-18-5_WEB.pdf There are all types in the Club from those who just come to watch, to those who are deeply committed to this fascinating hobby. For example the pilot at the yoke is Peter, who has built himself an incredible cockpit in his basement with virtually a 180º panoramic screen, which makes it quite uncanny when you can look to the side and see the scenery going by! We are well set-up for software and have many of the ORBx sceneries and airports. Me - I am the one in the red shirt. Nigel Vancouver
  11. I purchased AF2 a couple of months ago (quite a download, but I succeeded) and I think the graphics and smoothness are superb. But I see it as a game, not a simulator - yet. For example I have yet to find a way to start at a gate (which lets you "simulate" the taxi to take-off); I cannot create saved scenarios; and I cannot "slew" (which would be one way to get to a gate start-up). If anyone has any suggestions to overcome these limitations I would appreciate their advice. At the moment AF2 is on the back-burner I look forward to AF2 upgrades which improve the simulator aspects of this rather remarkable software. Nigel Vancouver
  12. I use MyTraffic and it is pretty good, the aircraft are not so detailed as the ones for FSX, such as WOAI (unfortunately they have lots of FS2004 aircraft which screw things up in P3Dv4) but there are lots of them in MyTraffic (but be careful, MyTraffic includes a lot of AFCAD type files which sometimes you have to disable at add on airports. Hope this helps Nigel Vancouver
  13. Frank A small tip you might find useful if you don't do it already. I fly on "trips" in different parts of the world (wherever there is some form of ORBx scenery), from one airport to the next. When I am at the start point I save the scenario and call it "trip". I locate that file and create a shortcut on the desktop called "trip". When I get to the next airport I shutdown and save the scenario "trip" overwriting the previous one. Then next time I want to do the next leg, I double-click "trip" on the desktop and there I am where I left off previously. If I am on a flight and get called for dinner or have to go to bed, I just save the scenario where I am at in mid-flight and call it "trip". Back next day, double click "trip" on the desktop and I am back where I was. Very quick and convenient. Nigel Vancouver
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