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  1. X Plane. Wonky's Blog! 100th Video. Some of my favourite Helicopters and a bit of playing around. Just want to say a big thank you to everyone that watches and has subscribed to my videos. Also a big thank you to the Helisimmer forum and the VRAG group for all the support this year. I am not going to mention individuals but also a big thank you for all the help they have given me. first real flight with my Flight Sim Pro Controls, so not the best flying in the world as it's going to take some getting used to. all I can say is I am glad that I have finally got a set, but I can see a lot of mods yet to come. Stay Safe To All Of My Virtual friends. Wonky Joystick Productions A voice Made For silent Movies Videos For fun.
  2. Flat-screen 4k VSKYLABS Dynali H3 Project inc. Trip Round British Airways i360. Wonky's Blog! 99. First VR flight with the Dynali H3 from Vskylabs, on special offer at $16.99, just a fantastic small fun helicopter with amazing textures. This trip is from Just outside Shoreham up to the pier and the Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion. Then a flight around the i360 tower on Brighton beach then landing at the Hilton Hotel. Orbx Scenery and X Plane 11.50b6. Recorded originally in VR and then made a video of replay. VR version can be found on Wonky's blog! 98. Maxed out except for reflection and antialiasing one notch up. Still have some problems on outside shots with a fuzziness now and again.
  3. X-Plane. VSKYLABS Dynali H3 Project inc. Trip Round British Airways i360 Tower. Wonky's Blog! 98. First VR flight with the Dynali H3 from Vskylabs, on special offer at $16.99, just a fantastic small fun helicopter with amazing textures. this trip is from Just outside Shoreham up to the pier and the Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion. Then a flight around the i360 tower on Brighton beach then landing at the Hilton Hotel. Orbx Scenery and X Plane 11.50b6 and its the best VR experience so far. Maxed out except for reflection and antialiasing one notch up. I have a flat-screen version in 4k out later today under Wonky's Blog! 98.
  4. X Plane. 222UT from Joshua Cowan with GTN750 flight to Goodwood and back. Wonky's Blog! 95. Sorry about the sound quality. Had to use an old headset. Also had few health issues with my throat and my dystonia condition lately so it's even deeper than usual with a bit of a tremble. But getting better. A long video on how I use the GTN750 in a very basic mode to fly to Goodwood and back on autopilot. I have edited it down a bit to help. Please note I am not an expert on the GTN750 and being English have never read the manual. So if someone would like to take up the challenge of how it should be done on this fantastic helicopter and others please do so. A bit of a rushed landing at the end but after being on Autopilot for so long, I had nearly forgotten how to fly, or at least slow down at a reasonable rate. Managed to get away with it! still, a lot to learn. For those that want a good introduction, Tom Woods video on the 429 and GTN750 is a great place to start on how it should be done but not all features will be the same. All links in youtube blurb.
  5. New Hughes 500D Wonky's Blog! 93. Showing monitor, Vulcan settings. But now video capture problems. So here are the settings I am using under Vulcan on my flat screen set-up. It's the smoothest its ever been and I also have for the first time clouds and reflections turned on with full texture quality. Screenshot at start and end of the video. During the flight, it's the best visuals I have seen at my local Shoreham. That's not to say the same settings would work in London! What surprised me is the video capture using G Force was for the first time not keeping up. It has a number of stutters and some blurriness. I have never seen before? It could be that the card can't cope as it used to with recording and all the data now being thrown at it. so I might have to look at lower settings for video. It's a shame as it did really look good. I have an I7 at overclocked at 4.9 and a 1080 graphics card. More investigation needed. It's worth a look as at times it looks so good, and then a stutter and a blurriness for a short time. So we have an updated Hughes 500D 11.41.5. you can get it here. https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/52938-hughes-500d/ As ever she is great to fly and I hope we will continue to see upgrades in the future.
  6. 222UT from Joshua Cowan. John Brays X-Plane 11 version of the Gazelle. Wonky's Blog! 93. Well, what a week! So much great stuff going on and even being isolated I can't keep up. I want to play with it all. You will be pleased to hear no voice commentary again this week as the old throat has been playing up. Just as I put this together I have just seen an update on the MD500! pop up. So it's just a short video of my first flights with the two Helicopters. No landing for the Gazelle as I managed to crash it coming into the pad. So I finished it with a nice closeup. But even without my voice, you do have the great soundtrack of two great Helicopters. We have the first release of the 222UT from Joshua cowan and it looks and flies beautifully. The HeliSimmer paint scheme by David Erard for the Bell 222UT is just beautiful but wasn't out when I made the video, but do have a look and download. We also have the John Brays X-Plane 11 version of the Gazelle, John is working on other projects but has released the work so that others can add or finish the project. "In an effort to reduce the number of requests for an updated version of the X-Plane 11 version of the Gazelle I have, released an updated version of the X-Plane 11 version of the Gazelle. It contains all the features available at this moment in time". Thanks to John perhaps it will be picked up and completed. We then also have a great utility included in the great Nimmbus Simulations UH-1 as standard, a joystick axis viewer created by Joe Kipfer Adrien Filliol. This is the Helicopter Edition of AxisViewer for viewing the cyclic, collective, and anti-torque pedal position. I think this will be particularly cool for those of you who make videos, or those of you who are instructing/learning. It's very DCS-ish in that way. Tested working well in Non-VR, VR, and Vulkan. All links in YouTube blurb. What a week for X-Plane, even the updates work for me. Stay safe.
  7. We just need to stick to this home isolation, it will save lives. And the time will fly by. Yes, I did cheat and fly through the building " Good Old Orbx!" And then stopped the replay. JUST AT THE RIGHT TIME!
  8. X Plane, The AS350 B3+. Wonky's Blog! 92 So after much debate, I took the plunge and downloaded The AS350 B3+, It is packed with advanced features including the new 'Arcade Mode' that will allow anyone to fly this helicopter with great ease. Well, some of you might have seen my post in the week. I was tempted because the Swiss creation team did a really good job on AS350 B3+, like the AB4212. What I never expected from dream foil was a dark and dismal display from inside and a virtually unusable helicopter with my standard settings. As you will see in the video I ended up with rates set at 70% and it is still very unstable. After a recommendation, I tried advanced physics on and off and played with the number of frames. Tried it with Vulkan and 11.41. I am getting better. And I did use arcade mode at the start out of frustration. I would love to know from others, is it me. I love everything about the outside, especially with the swiss mod. But surely no helicopter is this difficult to fly. In real life, I did get to hover one of these many years ago when a member of my RC helicopter club used to give me lessons at our flying field near Box Hill and from memory, it was better in the hover than the R22 and the Enstrom 280FX Shark that another member-owned. I had lessons in all three. So why is it so touchy and so variable. compared to the Bell 407. What a disappointment. The pitch angle looks like it on a knife-edge when you fly. I even put spring back in my X52 and ended up with rates at 70% as you will see in the video. If anyone has any updates or could let me know about I would be very grateful. Out of 15 or so X-Plane helicopter's, it's the most difficult and I don't see why. Used spit screen move just to show the best flight so far, jumped around a bit on the top Flight as it was meant to be single screen video at the start. I think its Sinesio Brito who has been using spit mode so sorry if it was you for stealing your idea! my most Succesful flight so far. Rubish landing but I can get some sense of achievement on making it back. I flew the EC135 v4 straight after and what a joy! Standards X52 joystick wth springs on as without them it was even harder the first time that has been the case. More practice, More work needed or I need an update to a more realistic flight model. And that inside is so bad. I thought people must have done upgrades over the years but nothing I can find so far. I want a glass G1000 or GTN750 or better. I really thought this was a popular Helicopter that had loads of things done for it. I should have looked more closely. just one other thing the sound isn't great. nothing like the Bell 407 that sound so realistic. So you might have gathered not overly impressed. Not one other helicopter in my library behaves like this. Some might say it's the only one that behaves close to a real one but i would disagree. The nearest I think in hovering terms is the MD500. But happy to be corrected as it's been twenty years since had lessons. and if you have any recommendations for updates please let me know. My first disappointment in X-Plane that I wash I could get my money back.
  9. Joshua Cowan UH-1 Police Helicopter, Nimbus UH-1. And more rooftop landings in VR. Wonky's Blog! 90. So this week, as you will see from the Blog. I am trying to get to grips with why I can't land on Rooftops without a fair bit of practice. This VR episode is the Royal London Hospital and You can download the building for just £1.00 from the link below, and it works with Orbx South ie. London. One outside view at the end. More practice required. Being in lock down with the family, I think it might be one Blog a day for a while. could see that 100 videos a bit faster than expected. Also, the amazon Neck brace for Oculus mirror is working a treat with my dystonic tremor hopefully giving you a much less shaky experience. but I would recommend it for anyone doing a lot of VR use. I wish you and all your families good health during this period. Let's hope together we can all beat what Bill Gates said would happen in his Ted lecture all those years ago. Keep your distance and stay safe. Joshua Cowan UH-1 Police Helicopter version is another work of art. You need the original Nimbus UH-1 to start with and then download this beautiful version he created.
  10. Lowi Innsbruck. Thump Thump River Run, Nimbus UH-1. Wonky's Blog! 89 Just another River Run. Turn the sound up and Thump Thump enjoy. Sorry about the funny zoom bit, but I edit in real-time and hit the incorrect key. Stay safe and keep your distance. I wish you all good health and look forward to better times ahead. Might take an hour or so for the 4k version to appear! Wonky Joystick Productions A voice Made For silent Movies Videos For fun
  11. FREEWARE GAZELLE FOR X-PLANE 11 IN PUBLIC TESTING, Wonky's Blog! 88 Posted a few videos on my channel using this FREEWARE GAZELLE FOR X-PLANE. So thought I would use one my playing around Videos as my Blog! The very last part just before I enter an Auto Is a sigh! that many of us make when X-Plane Crashes, worth a listen to on its own. John bray had asked to see some testing. So a few of us have posted videos as john uses a mouse and does not a very high spec machine. So here are a few spins inside and out a bit of low down showing a problem I have with the trims when in-ground effect and then a low-level dash around Shoreham with a X-Plane crash and big sigh at the end just before the auto. First time in ages it has crashed. it is in 4K but might take a few hours for YouTube to do its encoding. so only 1080P to start with.
  12. X Plane Lowi airport Innsbrook easy run following the river, great practice. Wonk's Blog87. fly to the end of the Orbx Innsbrook Lowi runway and you will find a nice river run Back to the town. It's a great width for practising low-level flying. Using my new dragon filming unit EC135 v4 with all the mods I am finally getting to grips with this bird. outside view 2mins 31 secs. Oh! and don't rate my landing! Rotorsim EC135V4 Avitab and GTN750 integration 4.12.2 Wonky Joystick Productions A voice Made For silent Movies Videos For fun https://youtu.be/xIJQJre4dqQ
  13. Xplane, Vskylabs R66, Avitab and Airspaces map. Tools for Mountain or low-level flight. Wonky's Blog! 86. Sorry about the sound quality but had to use an old microphone. With so much mountain and low-level flight for helicopters going on at the moment, I am having another look at one of the first programs that I found to let me see the position of my Helicopter over a google earth map and trace its path. Having just purchased and downloaded the Dolomite's and also doing a lot of flying around LOJT with the Innsbrook Orbx scenery. I thought for those that have not heard about the Airspaces desktop app or not used it. Then it might be worth a look. Over the last week, I have been using it in VR with the Rift S by grabbing it from the VR desktop and pinning it inside the helicopter. It's not easy to get it just right but well worth it when you do.
  14. Orbx Innsbruck Airport to LOJT for X-Plane 11 in the Cessna 172 on autopilot. Using the GTN750. In my attempts to get the GTN750 to fly a helicopter low down through the mountains from Innsbruck Airport to LOJT on autopilot. I thought I would jump into the Cessna 172 and see if all my points through the mountains would work. I am a confirmed Helicopter pilot but I managed to get up get the Cessna 172 autopilot working and make it to LOJT and back to Innsbruck Airport. On landing, I have some panicky moment when I realise the autopilot will not switch off and the plane is out of trim. But I managed to get it down, just. Long video, no talking, you might want to jump to the end for the panicky bit. Next, getting it to work with toms, Bell 429 helicopter. Just a bit of fun!
  15. Wonky's UH-1 Low And Slow! Just a bit of fun with some low flying, slow motion and the Nimbus UH-1. If can't sleep this might be the video for you. if you have the chance to watch in 4k the detail on the UH-1 and flight model looks fantastic. Happy New Year To Everyone. Best shots for me. 47 secs 1.35 secs 2.05 secs 3.10 secs my favorite. 4.28 secs 6.26 secs. Wonky Joystick Productions A voice Made For silent Movies Videos For fun.
  16. X Plane 11.40. Low Level Joy Cicare 8 Helicopter. Wonky's Blog! 78. VSKYLABS Aerospace Simulations. New upgrade! what they can improve. They could put my GTN750 just above the key! That would be nice. Just the joy of flying this Cicare 8 blows me away in VR. Having a good old bash around. Talking about how to balance inputs and the to treat low level flying like a race track. Still messing around to see if I can improve on the Oculus mirror so you can get full screen. I still like the long thin view, but I have had a few requests to use full screen. I think some minor adjustment on the the collective curve and I will have this little hot rod flying like the UH-1 for low level heaven. The mass of the UH1 smooths everything out in flight, this is seat of your pants stuff with great viability. So different and yet I love them Both. Upgraded 1.2 and it's a joy.
  17. looks like i cant spell. Xplane, Back in The Cicare 8 after man flu! Wonky's blog 77, For some reason could not edit post Cicare 8 Dave
  18. X Plane, Back in The Cicaro 8 after man flu! Wonky's blog 77 Trying the Oculus mirror again. Been laid up with man flu this week that has some strange affects on my dystonia condition and laid me out flat for a few days so wonky's blog is a bit late and is just a VR fly around in the Cicaro 8. A bit of slow low level flight around the Shoremam area. Really do like this helicopter and its had a few updates this week, if you put your mouse over some of the dials you can change them and also some new paint jobs. The Oculus mirror wasnt to bad but it still reminds me more of a head tracker rather that a a real VR experience, I do like the long view so you can see your feet and the foot well. So just a bit of gun flying around and didn't manage to sneeze once during the video. And we all know how bad man flu is!
  19. VR X Plane VSKYLABS Test-Pilot Cicare-8. Wonky Joystick Productions. Just great in VR so much Glass. Another great bit of work from Vskylabs.
  20. X Plane VSKYLABS Test-Pilot Cicare-8 Wonky's Blog 76. First look at the VSKYLABS Cicare 8. Its 4k so might take some time to process. My first flights and look at the Cicare 8. Outside flying views around the twenty minute mark. It's everything I had hoped it would be. Long video but the details are outstanding. If you have been thinking about it just buy it! This project is part of the VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot' series, designed specifically for use with X-Plane 11.40+ cutting edge Experimental Flight Model (should be enabled in X-Plane's General Setting menu). The VSKYLABS development of the Cicare-8 project for X-Plane flight simulator was approved by Cicaré S.A. However, it is an independent VSKYLABS project which is not related, affiliated and/or endorsed with Cicaré S.A. Wonky Joystick Productions A voice Made For silent Movies Videos For fun
  21. XPlane VR Cyclic Control, Rubber Bands, Toilet Roll. Getting it all lined up in VR. Wonky's Blog! 74. After the blast of the opening credits you will have to turn the sound up. Watch out for volume increase at the end, It might give you a heart attack. Probably my most embarrassing video to date!. First part shows the development of my VR Cyclic Controller and in true "Blue Peter" fashion, Rubber bands , plumbers fittings and a toilet roll. For those not in the UK ,Blue Peter was a children's program famous for making toys using things found in the kitchen. I had to make the first part of this video with a webcam, sorry for the sound quality. Part two starting at 8 Mins 50 seconds is how to align the controller in VR and make everything appear in the right place inside your VR experience ie. joystick and VR controller linked and moving the cyclic as if you are inside with everything lined up. If you know a easy way to do this let me know in the comments. I had a few problems with a Oculus download so had to repeat a few bits in this section. This part also shows how good the VR cyclic is over my standard X52 for hovering and precise flight as proven by using Joe Kipfer's hover test program. You can find in the info settings on you tube. I think the experiment has proven its worth proceeding with the VR cyclic minus the toilet roll. But, I will have to think about extending my X52 Joystick to the same 20" extension for my main controller system. It's been great fun testing and trying to come up with ideas without access to a workshop. I always mention my shaky hand and head to promote the dystonia condition and information can be found in the info. Thanks for taking the time to read and watch the video. Things I am sorry about! Sound quality on the webcam at the start. Didn't know the Rift S picked up breathing so well. Still moving my head left and right all the time. Duplicating some of the wording on the second part as I had a Oculus update that crashed my system when filming. Watch out for volume increase at the end, might give you a heart attack. Wonky Joystick Productions A voice Made For silent Movies Videos For fun
  22. Why the Rift S Was for Me. Wonky's Blog! 71 So finally I managed to get the Rift S. probably the last person to do a revue but its not a bells and whistles type of thing it's just why it was for me. after the flight sim show I had little doubt the Rift S was the one. Then after flying sorry to say planes for about four hours with the rift S left me in no doubt. Have a listen to me babel on about why and how good it was to meet up with Sergio and guys from Komodo at the show. Its all personnel and so much depends on IPD, Budget and what PC you have. Not much flying and you cant see what I see in the headset so quality has to be seen first hand. I did this time try something with the recording that made the image bigger but didn't give the horrible quality that Oculus mirror gives, a bit of a halfway house to those that sat " I want full screen" and me that wants to see my feet. One thing I will say the mike in the Rift S helped my deep voice quite a lot and less cables not only for the rift but no extra mike.' for everyone else that has a different point of view, enjoy it as I do my new one. VR is the way to go. Wonky Joystick Productions A voice Made For silent Movies Videos For fun A voice Made For silent Movies Videos For fun
  23. Rift S and X Plane. Joshua Cowan UH-1 Police Helicopter version is another work of art. It's time to fly! Go download this baby and rescue some people and stuff. Joshua Cowan UH-1 Police Helicopter version is another work of art. You need the original Nimbus UH-1 to start with and then download this beautiful version. Flying at Shoreham using True Earth south. Send him some money to buy more coffee. Only a quick flight and ramble about the helicopter, meeting Sergio and using the Rift S for the second time. My first time with the S and why it was for me will be out on Friday as a Wonky's Blog! Joshua Cowan said. "I really like this one, so I thought it deserved some extra love. Totally redone textures and PBR work of the Nimbus UH-1. The real helicopter was an Army bird and transitioned into the civilian side along with one of the pilots".
  24. Aeros-2 Trike Project The VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot': Aeros-2 Trike Project for X-Plane 11.30 Well I had to give it a go. and what a blast in VR. for an amazing price tag of $20.00 this realy does add another dimension to you your VR flight in X Plane and is just a real fun thing to have a go at. For thorough project description and information please visit the project's page at the VSKYLABS website: Link in the YouTube description. This project is part of the VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot' series, designed specifically for use with X-Plane 11 cutting edge Experimental Flight Model (should be enabled in X-Plane's General Settings menu). The development of the The VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot': Aeros-2 Trike Project for X Plane 11 was approved by 'Aeros Ltd.'. Although acknowledged by 'Aeros Ltd.', it is an independent VSKYLABS project which is not affiliated and/or endorsed with/by 'Aeros Ltd.
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