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  1. Like so many other add-ons, its a shame its only XP for Windows and not XP for Mac as well. Not that I'm complaining, really, because its still a joy just to be able to fly on a Mac without having to go into Boot Camp.
  2. That would probably have been from Flightstore.co.uk At least that’s where mine came from when they sold off the prior year edition, albeit many years ago.
  3. I probably stand corrected. It's been some time since I last built a PC. It would appear that a PC with similar spec to the iMac from one on the UK's advertising Flight Sim PC builders, turned out only £300 cheaper than the Mac. The cost of the PC increases significantly with a 5k 27" screen comparable to the iMac, and the iMac price can be reduced by using Crucial RAM upgrade from 8 to 32 GB rather than Apple's exhorbitant prices. Either way, its still a large slice for any of us on a pension!
  4. Jonn Well, as an existing XP11 user, with all 3 parts of TE UK running on a now quite ancient 2014 iMac at very reasonable frame rates, all I can say is - it's a joy to behold. And by quite reasonable I mean 30 to 40 fps over most of the UK, down to 25 fps over large cities, with the exception of London which is quite a killer. And that is with 'sensible' settings i.e. one or two notches down from Max. However, there is a caveat. This is ORBX TE on a) XP11 and b) on a Mac under the Mac OSX Operating System, which doesn't mean that it will be the same on P3D or even XP11 on a PC. I've had no issues with any of the TE UK regions, excepting minor frame rate reductions with the release of SP1 for TE South which was to be expected given the upgrade in autogen and PBR. But I'm well aware that others have had significant issues with TE South on P3D and to a lesser extent on XP11 on the PC and even some with XP11 on a Mac. Yes, they are processor and graphics intensive and I imagine the new TE Washington/Oregon HD versions would be virtually unplayable on my iMac which require a minimum GTX 1070 GPU or equivalent given that I'm running it on a mobile Radeon R9 M295X with 4 GB! And the Washington Enhancement Pack it recommends an eye watering Nvidia 1080 class GPU with at least 11GB OF VRAM to use the 1024 and 2048 textures with good FPS.But the same goes for DCS, which I see you also use, where the recommended spec for the F/A18-C & F-14 is a GeForce GTX 1070 / AMD Radeon RX VEGA 56 with 8GB VRAM or better. Of course this issue isn't new - for the last 20 years or so of flight sims have always required a higher spec than the average man in the street could afford. My Amstrad 1640 fared no better then than my iMac does today. But what I have to fly in and around today is light years away from Microsoft Flight Simulator Version 4 back in 1989. For native OSX Mac users XP11& ORBX TE really the only game in town, but believe me, it really is perfectly flyable and very enjoyable too on for me something that is by no stretch of the imagination a games machine! So it 'should' also be fine on your spec PC, providing you're happy not to turn the wick full up, oh, and to avoid London! As a PC user you will also have the benefit of needing a smaller disk space as highlighted by JV in a recent post - P3D seems to use smaller files than XP11. But to be fair, disk space really isn't the issue these days with a standard 4TB HDD coming in at £100 or even a 1TB external SSD (USB3) at £130. So, to answer your question, as an existing XP11 user (albeit not your typical XP11 user), I'm getting on fine with a mid to low range computer. 350 gigs of disk space? Not an issue, and disk space is relatively cheap. Processor - an i7 would be nice, but the i5 still copes OK. Graphics? Always the weak point on a Mac, but the R9 M295X does amazingly well considering. On a PC I'd ideally spend £500 on a 1080Ti with 11 GB of RAM, but that means going back to Windows. The best I can do on a regular Mac is a Radeon Pro Vega 48 with 8GB ! Combine that with an 3.6GHz 8-core i9 32G of RA, a 2TB SSD and a 27" 5K screen and you're heading towards £4,000! Whatever the cost of a decent machine to run the latest ORBX eye candy, just bear a thought for us (idiots?) who wish to fly on a Mac - 4 grand would get you one stunningly awesome PC! Tony
  5. 64 with the pensioners discount only 5 months away. But isn't 60 the new 50?
  6. You will need Orbx Central to downloadload & install and not FTX Central: Compatibility General You will need Orbx Central to download and install this product. Orbx Central runs on Windows 7+, macOS and Linux. An internet connection is also required.
  7. Certainly in the UK Nationwide has them but it may require you to have an account, some of which have monthly fees but do include other ‘freebies’ such as travel insurance and car breakdown cover - their web site has a table with details for all cards. Both my credit and debit cards (both Visa) are free of FTF when making purchases and the debit card also free on cash withdrawal abroad. And their FEX rates aren’t bad either.
  8. The only problem at the moment is that the original question was for open hangars for X-Plane, which rather restricts the list until ORBX convert more of their scenery.
  9. And a really wacky suggestion for you. RAF Marham in Norfolk (EGYM) has both Rubb shelters that you can 'drive through' and Hardened Aircraft Shelters if you want something really, really secure! Though I'm not quite sure how you would reverse into the HAS. And the doors don't shut either. This is the excellent RAF Marham scenery package by dkm from X-Plane.org which blends in perfectly with TEGB South.
  10. X-Plane and the XTrident Tornado (albeit with non-standard weapon fit!) showing off the Norfolk countryside in TEGB South. Over Mildenhall & Lakenheath Returning to Marham
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