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  1. 2 hours ago, Ben McClintock said:

    Hi John,


    Just to clarify, as soon as we have the Prepar3D v5 files from TFDi, we will update it on our end and make it v5 compatible.


    I don't imagine they will give us those files until they have completed their beta process, however.

    Hi Ben 


    Perfectly understandable - and reading the statements from the developer - it will be a while yet

    Seems V5 has caused a lot of problems - but everyone is happy to wait to  get it right


    Personally - I bought the aircraft yesterday-  but  I haven't tried it yet - looks like a long learning curve -

    especially since I am a low and slow VOR prop man - but I am happy with the idea of up "lifting" my skills

    to the tramlines of Hi Flight Routes 


    I bought the B717 as it looks like I want a medium twin to look - it was from Orbx - and it will be my first real jump into "Tubes"

    properly - as all  others I have been "practising' on are just freeware's.


    The cockpit controls learning curve look to be  a while before I will need to worry about a V5 version - and will use it only in V4 - 

    which T.W ! - is running pretty well at the moment

  2. Hi Nick

    Do mean you installed it "yourself" or by Central 


    You know I can be a dill when I have to do things myself -

    that's why I want to buy and install it via Central


    Yes - I realise it isn't a proper DC 9 but it fills the category as I see it

    in appearance and general terms and it looks like the ones I flew in 50 years ago

    at the same time as the 727



    Your Central log file provides us important information, please attach it to your support requests. You can find it at the following locations, or by pressing Control + Shift + L.

    • Windows: %APPDATA%/Orbx/Central/central.log
    • macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Orbx/Central/central.log
    • Linux: ~/.config/Orbx/Central/central.log

    You can delete this box/quote once your log is attached



    In June - I noted that Ed announced the new relationship with TFDI and will be selling their Boeing 717


     I have been looking at this aircraft for a while-  as I couldn't find a suitable DC -9 for my Hangar. 


    I hadn't  bought - prior to Orbx -  because I am quite nervous as to - what seems to me from their manual -  a difficult Install procedure


    Before I stick it on My Cart -----


    I assume therefore that Central will take the full process - to install this aircraft purchased via Orbx for P3D V4.5 only ??


    Similarly - TFDI have not yet confirmed that it is OK for V5 - but there is a beta and a new installer required ( FS Elite Hub)


    Can I expect that Orbx will continue as usual with all updates as and when available


    Operating system:  W10 /2004

    Simulator: P3D4.5 - I 5 - 8G Radeon -16gRAM




  4. 11 hours ago, Gypsy Pilot said:


    Yep, time just flew by . 

    Yesterday my youngest Granddaughter turned 36.

    I just looked up the Golden Gate Bridge and yes, I am older by 2 years.

    We are all a gaggle of Old Coots and I am glad to be here.




    Sheesh - my memory not being what it was - I forgot the Golden Gate - that's 3 famous bridges in my lifetime

    but I do remember Bing Crosby in the film about the building of it:D

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  5. Hey Gipsy - g'day from Downunder


    Baton Rouge - Louisiana


    Is that the place where


    "magnolia blossoms round everybody's door and the folks keep eating possum until they cant eat no more"


    Believe it not - for some reason I can't  get that #$%^&& song out of my old brain:(

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  6. 8 hours ago, Stillwater said:

    Just to keep this going, and without checking in the sim: Let me throw in Essendon?

    Well done Gerold


    I was getting worried for a while and getting another pic ready of The freeware  727 at ESSENDON -

    which is the Orbx one -  little a little more posh than the old airport and still a very busy GA airport


    To those who don't know Australia - Essendon until 1971 was the 2nd principal airport in Australia

    with Sydney slightly bigger.


    Essendon was replaced by the new Tullamarine Airport - you know as Melbourne YMML - which opened in August 1971

    and built with advanced planning  - to take the new Jumbo 747s. 


    The wife - myself - and 5 kids under 11 and 14 suitcases - arrived in the first week of The new shiny  - 1 terminal airport

    as Immigrants -so the place holds fond memories - but I find it hard to find my way around these days -  on the odd trip down South 


    The 727 was the standard internal aircraft - used by the independent airline Ansett and  by the government owned  T.A.A.

    I000s of takeoffs and Landings here.jpg

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  7. Speaking of Age - and yardsticks -  it used to be said that you knew you were getting old when policemen

    and the local priest started to look very Young  - even if they were in their 40s/50s.


    Here's another - today I learned that the Brisbane Story Bridge was 80 years old - and I already knew

    I was older than The Sydney Harbour Bridge - that makes 2 -


    so I must check up on the Nipon - Clippon  Auckland Bridge in the Shaky Isles - to see if I can beat that for a hat trick

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  8. 32 minutes ago, Dadtom65 said:

    Okay so now have 3 wish lists on a Computers site, did mention which one it was but thought I might be in trouble mentioning it, but still not sure about what graphics card to get. I use mainly Xplane and probably the new one that’s coming. Really it’s a toss up between a 2080 Super or which I have never had the top of the range 2080 ti. I have never had a top of the range computer, always been mid range. I have read about each one over and over again but the 2080ti is so dam expensive. I suppose I’m asking would the 2080  Super do for both Simulators or if any one got a 2080ti spare they could sell me cheap. :rollmyeyes:. Thanks Derek.

    Hi Derek


    I'M pretty sure that I have said this before to you  - but wait "until the new one" has come and buy the X Box series X for 300 quid - instead

    off worrying   about the costs of a top line PC - in your UK place  -   around 3000 quid to match the top spec suggested by

    Microsoft  - which includes the 2082TI.


    If like me -  and you want to shop your bet  - and still  use your X Plane  - or the P3D - and  - what you have -  is reasonably stable -

    then just buy a mid range video card 8 Gigs Vram just to give a little fillip


    So -- taking my own advice - I just bought a Radeon Rx 380 for on special for $A300 (175 quid) that will keep me going with P3D 5

    especially after upgrading the windows 10 to 2004

  9. There are two possibilities: either MSFS 2020 is as good as the YT commenters and everyone seem to believe and no one's ever going to need a scenery addon product anymore.


    The second possibility is that the new sim's landscape is surprisingly dull and does need scenery revampments. In this case we could have all sticked with P3D.



    Lars - I doubt that there are any out there that might disagree with your 2 statements - because P3D and X plane are not going away

    at least I hope so.- and because MS 2020 will not be all that we actually get from the 2 current sims.


    Although e.g. --  ! - I will be the first to get it for my brand new X Box Series X  - out in November - because it is being made for this console as well

    However - as an 4K - X Box One X  user at present - I cannot - technically - see how we will be able to add a scenery product - or an aircraft

    to the X Box - where the best ones seem to be just the one decently powered single prop  -1 bizjet - and 2 boring tubes - which will restrict my enjoyment

    of the new sim.

    So - in my opinion - I will not be able to use - all the Aircraft I have in my hangar - or the huge investment in Orbx scenery - not to mention

    all my PC games from Steam.


    Again - however -- MS have distinctly stated on many occasions that on the PC version - 3rd party elements will be accommodated

    I leave it to someone more knowledge than I - as to how - based on the experiences in the past of tweaks and frustrations - of addons

    just how  this might be achieved. 


    Furthermore - I can't see why I should spend lots of dosh to upgrade my mid range PC for 2020 - when I can get all the mooted benefits  

    of the new sim - in a console that will cost me a great deal  less  - than a GTX 2080 TI  - not to mention an I 9 cpu - and get all the sim  in 4K /8K


    I haven't yet installed P3D V5 - because I have it running well - my attitude is -  if it doesn't break - don't fix it!   - but that aside - as a resolution fanatic

    who just loves 4K HDR 10 - where P3D4 - or XP - doesn't perform well - I am interested in the DX 12 side to version P3D V5 - since many positive comments are made

    in the vision aspect - ( I just wish - people would state what resolution their monitor is at when they show screen shots)

    Now that H2 is out - I will be installing it on a separate disc using my better Aircraft - and using the retained V4  - for my aircraft that won't work in V5

    I will drop FSX Steam which is useless in 4K  - because my most of my older aircraft versions - also work in V4.


    That said - I will still be using MY PC for "legacy" flight simming and PC Games pass - which will include a simplified 2020 - and will be 

    using my new X Box  - for all the bells and whistles - of MS 2020 - or whatever it is called - for my monthly games pass - as I do at the moment


    If I have to pay $A 89 for a separate version --- and a new 2020 joy stick/yoke ---  so be it!!

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  10. Hey Ian - Old Mate 


    Does this mean you are back in Harness again???  - how do you feel ?? - you obviously got thro' the lockdowns


    In my case - it meant that the missus didn't moan a lot when she had to go out shopping - on the basis 

    of the warning for the over 80s - and all I did all day - was flying aeroplanes - without conscience.


    I actually had my first haircut for 8 weeks last week - and today I went to the library - by appointment to pick up 5 reserves

    which were available 3 months ago. Only one person working at a desk just inside the door - and the books already for me

    which means I can put my Kindle back in the drawer


    You must be missing the Library !!

    Have you still got the "Harley"



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  11. Wow Thanks to both of you - and now I feel a right dill:wacko: 


    I have had the A/NZ package installed for months - and all my slides to the left


    Thanks to you I now  have all my slides to the right - and will never feel lonely again 

    at Our Oceana airports on Orbx -


    - and in looking for this - I see also have the same for the US - so maybe I might start using my US regionals

    and see what happens there

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  12. 1 hour ago, TigerTigerM said:


    I've never figured out this SODE stuff.

    I am  flying 747's & 380's a lot recently & then one starts looking around for the 13,000' runways, [I need plenty of runoff:)]

    Frankfurt & so on. Though others have done them, it would be nice to get a few Orbx 'large' airports.


    I am the same - and I haven't quite worked out the answer someone kindly gave me the other day



    I have just found out that I have the ability to have many aircraft around me at an airport - and I have had 

    this Orbx freebie installed for over a year:banghead:

    and apparently SODE works all the gubbins - so something else to learn


    You hinted that you might have got your freebie A380 from the same place as I have

    Try their B787 and the old B727 - I am having many hours long runs in the B787 - until I can afford the 

    better payware - and the old 727 to reprise many flights around OZ from the 70s

  13. 6 hours ago, bean_sprout said:

    We already know that MSFS 2020 will revamp flight simulation with weather / flight model and scenery profiles using global data via the MS data farm (AZURE) that has been instituted in the past 10 years?  What can we as users expect to see as value addons from Orbx?  I and many others have greatly appreciated Orbx efforts to enhance FSX shortcomings with scenery but from what I can we expect to see with MSFS 2020?  It's a whole new ball game IMO.


    Finally, will Orbx support the XBox framework?  I will definitely be a new XBox Series X customer in 2020.





    HI BS

    2 questions and a statement ?


    The statement first --- you will not be alone in this from the probable point of view - of a lot of current PC simmers - I can't speak for the other X box users

    or simmers - but my new X Box Series X - is on the wish list of a few suppliers.;)


    Regarding the 2 questions - to add to Nick's statement of suitable announcements - might I suggest that somehow - you get hold of

    a copy of the magazine P.C. Pilot - issue 127 - (a UK publication) - in which - nearly all Orbx senior management - took part in a Q+A session

    following the Orbx board meeting in February - where the future plans were discussed - and commented on in the article.


    Having read the article a few times - I can probably summarise the answers to your questions as :-


    Orbx are looking forward to the advent of MS "2020" which presents a challenge  - and opportunity - for companies like them.

    They didn't actually say that they were involved - for obvious reasons - but outlined plans for large expansion - especially in their UK studio!!


    There are many other statements made by all the senior execs - that indicate that Oryx is going to continue to expand a service for 

    2 of the current Sims - and we will have an Orbx for a long time to come. !! 


    I do recommend that all of you out there - who constantly  worry over the same questions - get hold of the article - because 

    obviously - although I would love to add a screen shot of the article to this - certain laws forbid itB)



  14. I once commented on the great aircraft scenes at my Home Orbx airport on the Gold Coast

    Lots of aircraft - which positions seem to change daily - both at main Gates and GA area.

    I believe Mr Ericsson had something to do with that (??)


    Recently - I have moved to the big "Tubes" - so have started using both Orbx  Brisbane and Melbourne A/p

    and surprisingly no static aircraft whatsoever - all Gates Bare. obviously - the same nakedness -

    occurs at Orbx Regional scenery as well.


    I don't have any other developers airports other than Orbx - but I cant help but notice static A/c

    all over others U Tube videos when seeking A/c reviews


    Any Discussion - anyone?? - I do realise that one can purchase software to produce both moving and 

    static AI


  15. On 6/28/2020 at 10:56 PM, TigerTigerM said:

    Would be interested too.

    Probably have the same freeware A380 as you, & sometimes wish Orbx would do a few for the heavies.


    Hi Tiger 

    Looks like we did Orbx a disservice 

    I wandered around Brisbane Orbx - and lo and be hold - what looks to be a double decker

    at GATE 75 - but using it would be a mystery to me.

    Maybe someone at Orbx might explain that to us if using it is possible


    For many years of simming - I have never really felt the need to leave my propped aircraft and venture much

    above VFR and 10000' - but I recently bought a couple of Biz jets -  and have been flying high and fast - interstate OZ and Europe

    in the bizjets and a B 727


    I came across 3 very good freeware aircraft  (to my limited Knowledge of "Tubes") - and have been enjoying Long distance

    in the B787 and The A 380.


    I only have - the Major Orbx airports - but none seem to have the "double decker "airbridges that services the A 380.

    I have seen a couple on u tube videos of the aircraft at such gates - but they never say which airport  - Orbx or not

    Any advice anyone ?

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