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  1. Hello, my sim friends. To begin, I have a relatively new Macbook Pro with Catalina OS. With that said, I was VERY excited to purchase and download the Orbx SoCal HD. However, when running X-Plane 11 after selecting the SoCal airport of my choice to begin, it crashes midway through the loading process. Next thing that appears is my computer desktop and asking if I want to relaunch X-Plane. This has been extremely frustrating as I've tried everything, including moving all of my custom scenery files to a backup folder and starting from scratch. Still, the same thing. I could really use some help. Thanks, everyone. -Paul
  2. I just purchased my first Orbx product. Installed So. California SD into my Orbx library and everything went smoothly. Only problem I have found, is that my (Shortfinal Design's KLAX HD) is showing up, but without the Orbx scenery all the way to San Diego. I attached this photo. Sorry, I am new to forums.
  3. Departing Palm Springs for Big Bear City (L35) Vertx DA62 Orbx SCA, PSP, L35 ASP4/ENVTEX Untitled-2 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr (Drone?) Untitled-3 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-4 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-5 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-6 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-7 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-8 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-9 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-10 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-11 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-14 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-16 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-18 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-20 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-21 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-22 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-23 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-24 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-26 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr Untitled-27 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr
  4. A really quick flight from Bakersfield to San Luis, CA in the always incredible Flysimware Lear 35. Superb paint by Scott Brunner. If you don't own this product yet, you should. PBR exterior, stunning interior and lovely hand flying plus F1 or RXP GTN/GNS options. The best payware bizjet for ESP sim to date. Also flown online at Pilot Edge so I didn't have the best angles to take... but enjoy nonetheless! Making the turn to the west out of BFL Untitled-1 by ryan b, on Flickr All PBRed up Untitled-2 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-3 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-5 by ryan b, on Flickr Going fast...time is money! Untitled-6 by ryan b, on Flickr Ooops a bit high, ATC possibly forgot about me! Untitled-10 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-11 by ryan b, on Flickr Turning back to the North towards SBP Untitled-17 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-18 by ryan b, on Flickr Oceano Co airport (L52) off my right wing Untitled-20 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-21 by ryan b, on Flickr A little high still on the base...no worries though....the checks won't complain as much as passengers! Untitled-23 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-24 by ryan b, on Flickr Droppin like a rock ha! Untitled-25 by ryan b, on Flickr All done for the day Untitled-27 by ryan b, on Flickr
  5. Was heading toward Vandenberg AFB, for reasons I won't bore you with, and spotted what looked like an attack of the "random office block syndrome" over towards the coastline. Went to take a look-see and found a bunch of rocket launch sites. Off to Google Earth and Wiki and found out about the missile test program at Vandenberg and the launch sites at Point Arguello. Wasn't aware of any of this so a big thank you to Orbx for going to the trouble to include this all in So-Cal. Not just fun - educational too!
  6. A few from a nice flight in some vintage metal. Liked to livery, too! Beautiful weather and beautiful terrain to fly over.
  7. I continue some short flights in SOCAL. I continue to prepare myself for real flights I plan to make in almost one month, departing from San Diego, as usual. I may flight a C172 or PA28 around California, Nevada or Arizona. Wherever the weather will be good. I flew there several times and Orbx addon's help me get trained in advanced, preparing flights, understanding the field or navigation environment. I have a list of field I never went to. Kern Valley (L05) is part of this. So let's prepare a small navigation from Bakersfield (KBFL). As usual I use a mobile app. to prepare and run the navigation (Foreflight on iPad). I connect my iPad to my Prepar3D to get train on the app as well as the flight navigation. Departing field : Bakersfield, Californie. Code : KBFL. Destination is Kern Valley, with its camp. Code : L05. The runway is for, for a north american runway : a little more than 1000 meters. I depart from the big valley and southbound to follow the Sierra Nevada and catch the Kern River until Isabella Lake. The field is at the north of the Lake, surrounded by mountains. Field altitude is 2'614 feet. Surrounding mountains are at almost 7'000 feet. Not much room for the pattern. During my preparation, I missed the Right Pattern clearly stated for the runway 17 Approaching on a left hand pattern, it doesn't look good. Hopefully we are in the sim. Let's take the Just Flight PA28. I love this used avionics and cockpit It's a short flight, less than 40 nm, so around 25 minutes. Screen shots is from Foreflight on iPad connected to Prepar3D. Traffic AI's (UTL) are displayed on the mobile app as regular traffic, as in real life with an ADSB receiver. Taxi at Bakersfield from Epic Jet Center FBO. Cool, it's runway 30 in use. Short taxi. It's the default scenery included in Orbx Socal. My traffic is geo-referenced on the airport diagram (costly feature in Foreflight, from $99/year to $100/year) I read pilot's comments from Foreflight on Kern Valley. I should have get focused on the RP17 written on the Sectional Kern Valley information. Plain simple. Again "RWY 17 : Trees. Rgt tfc." Take off runway 30R, right turn, northbound and climb as much as weather permit. I target 5'500 ft. It's the ceiling clouds as far as METAR's display. Let's have a look. Last look at Bakersfield Leaving the big valley and follow the Kern River. As expected, cloud base are right there. Thank you to Active Sky. Seems to be better on the lake The PA28, Isabella lake and Kern Valley field should be there. Overhead the field, look for the windsock. Pattern is empty, radio is silent on this field even if I can hear (default P3D ATC) other unicom traffic on other field on 122.8. Approaching the lake. Look at Foreflight Final 17. Too high ! But nice view ! At L05 Kern Valley ramp. Anoter GA aircraft is making touch&go's.
  8. Let's climb into A2A C172 Trainer for a flight to Vegas ! I choose to start from KVCV Victorville and prepare, during the 1 and something hour flight, to get into the Bravo airspace of Vegas. Time to work on the airport diagram of KLAS as well Victorville is a small fied up north Los Angeles and south of Mojave. In the desert. There are hugggggeeeeee runways. One is 15'000 feet long. It's also a famous airplanes graveyard. Victorville, as seen from top view of Prepar3D I check NOTAM's. Actually, Foreflight (the aviation mobile app) check Notam's for me directly from the airport diagram. Runway 17/35 is closed. With Foreflight pencil, I draw a redline. I set the route in the Flight1 GTN 650. Hum... Actually, I put a direct Later in Foreflight, I add DAGGET VOR on the route to avoid Edwards airspaces, often active/hot. It full of UAV and other strange planes there Up north the Area 51 rules the game. Altitude advisor of Foreflight suggests me an altitude Check the profile view to check my choosen altitude. It looks like OK Unfortunately, P3D ATC doesn't care of Notam's and gave me the 35 for takeoff I'm at the fuel station and draw in blue the taxi clairance. Takeoff runway 35 Look at the right side. Orbx SOCAL does a great job. I just regret the lack of 3D objects to fill this graveyard. Cool... Hum.. Cruise over the desert. Single engine operation Some obstacles on my way. Keep a eyes on ground highway to stay close to "human being" activities in case of forced landing. Oh no ! Green field in the middle of desert. Human activities... Approaching Las Vegas, descending into the Class B airspace ATC clairances gave me the left downwind 25 Entering left downwind, look at the left and cross the 19's runway that I use to have (in real life) when I come with Cessna 172. Left downwind 25 (or 26). The Las Vegas Strip in the background with the Stratosphere tower on far up right. This tower is a landmark for the base of runway's 19 Left base 25/26. Cleared number 2 behind Southwest on final. Caution wake turbulence. Thank you to Ultimate Traffic Live Final 25L. Take off are on the right. A liner has vaccated runway 25L and wait to cross 25R. It's my destiny as well Vaccated by the right and the wait to cross the 25R. The terminal is full of Ultimate Traffic Live traffics. Default Orbx SOCAL KLAS scenery. Can't wait for the Flytampa ! Waiting... And spotting traffics approaching runway 25 Hum... Still the same ATC issue. Someone will have to go around ! Spotting departure The green drawing of the ATC ground clairance I caught more or less the same last may in real, landing on the 26L and taxiing to the Atlantic FBO up north of the field ! Unfortunately, taxiways in P3D are not exactly similar to the real ground chart. Go FlyTampa ! Release KLAS scenery ! Traffic everywhere on ground. Las Vegas strip is in the background Atlantic FBO Ramp You can release the seatbelt and get out now
  9. Hi guys. I find myself here after purchasing NA SoCal back in July, and admittedly I did little research other than reviews, ofcourse pre purchase I didn't see a bad review, so I wen't ahead, and shelled out the 50 something dollars gladly thinking it was money well spent, as I mainly fly the region. I like to fly commercial heavies usually, PMDG 47/77.. I run pretty modest settings on my rig, and before hand never had any addon scenery with the exception of LatinVFR KSAN. Normally getting upwards of 40-50 frames with a PMDG product, depending on if I'm on approach, sitting at a gate or what have you. Upon installing SoCal, and running a few flight trying to see what I may need to do with settings, I was getting very stuttery frames, jumping between 15-20 (a very un smooth 20 when it would hit it). I tried turning off my vehicle traffic to 0 from 9%, turning my autogens down from normal to sparse. I tried turning my level of detail radius down from ultra to high, my scenery complexity down from dense to normal. Autogen draw distance down from very high to high.. Settings I already had pretty low; water detail set to low, reflections only set to user vehicle only, special effects both on medium dynamic 3D autogen vegetation was off, no HDR lighting, shadows medium, cloud draw at 60miles detailed clouds, volumetric fog. No other traffic besides cars (which I had turned off as mentioned). Display setting FXAA off,, 4xMSAA,, 2048X2048,, Aniso. 16x. Tried locking frames around 30, 25, 20, all with same result of a slide show upon approach, really badly approaching LA. I emailed ORBX with all kinds of info screen shots, video, and was told the product was working fine. OK fair enough,, so I gave up for months and wrote off the money as a loss... Got a tick to try to give it another go, started out with some more searching, and what do you know, the bad reviews, and people with same issues make an appearance. I read an older thread from 2015-2016 where people we're basically saying how you have to turn everything down as much as possible, not fly commercial addon type of aircraft ETC. & I'm thinking to myself, WHY, why should we have to basically turn everything down so much and tip toe the sim around a product that we paid good money for. Not be able to fly the aircraft of our choice ETC. without having to worry about a a choppy slide show. I didn't read anything about minimum or even recommended specs on the purchase page? Unless I'm just blind and missed it completely. So excuse my little rant, it's just a little frustrating to spend money on something I don't even use, when I hardly ever get to put money towards hobby as it is. This is my last ditch effort for some help, without having to turn everything down to the point of not even being able to fully enjoy the scenery as it should be. I'm even considering getting Global base, and adding on vectors, and OpenLc as I go (but I'm a bit scared). As I've read global seems to get much better performance, obviously I understand there will be some hit, but I don't think it should be so bad I can't even run it.
  10. .... errrr V tail lol!! Flying Santa Barbara SBA to Oceano County L52. Online at Pilot Edge Untitled-1 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-2 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-3 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-4 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-5 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-6 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-7 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-8 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-9 by ryan b, on Flickr Passing overhead Santa Maria SMX Untitled-10 by ryan b, on Flickr Traffic! Untitled-12 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-14 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-15 by ryan b, on Flickr Short strip is no match for the low approach speed of the Vision Jet Untitled-16 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-18 by ryan b, on Flickr Drone view! Untitled-19 by ryan b, on Flickr Clouds popped up.... see you next time! Untitled-25 by ryan b, on Flickr
  11. A nice day to fly! ASP4/ASCA/ENVTEX/ENVSHADE Just left Victorville, CA prm1 by ryan b, on Flickr prm2 by ryan b, on Flickr prm3 by ryan b, on Flickr prm4 by ryan b, on Flickr prm5 by ryan b, on Flickr prm7 by ryan b, on Flickr prm8 by ryan b, on Flickr prm9 by ryan b, on Flickr prm10 by ryan b, on Flickr prm11 by ryan b, on Flickr prm12 by ryan b, on Flickr prm13 by ryan b, on Flickr prm14 by ryan b, on Flickr prm15 by ryan b, on Flickr prm16 by ryan b, on Flickr prm17 by ryan b, on Flickr prm18 by ryan b, on Flickr prm19 by ryan b, on Flickr prm20 by ryan b, on Flickr
  12. So, got myself a new knee, and am now in that "can move around but not really get out" phase so time to fly! Found this nice freeware KC45 the other day, and thought I'd go for a trip around the bay, so out of Edwards AFB and off to Travis but taking the scenic route. Quite a few pix (sorry) and all 4k with all the sliders maxed, so if you've got a big screen they're worth seeing full size. Off we go - heading north and west approaching the coast as the sun goes down Santa Cruz ahead of us Monterey behind us That'll be the highway out of Santa Cruz up over the hills to the valley. I seem to remember driving that a couple of times and passing though some lovely little towns San Jose down there to the right Heading up towards 'Frisco Gonna swing out and turn round to head back in over the Golden Gate Looking back down to SF and Oakland The lights are coming on now Lining up for Travis and here we are Still one of my favourite areas, and so nice to be able to see it from the comfort of my desk.
  13. Still looking for ORBX designed expanded parking slots for KEDW - Edwards. The best place to check ride military airplanes. I've tried one or two after-market user made parking files, but they always create artifacts or other issues. Thank you.
  14. A sunken wheels Issue has been reported after installing LatinVFR's KSAN v2 over FTX SoCal. I recalled that 2 SCA files should be disabled for compatibility after installing FTX KSAN some time ago. From their P3Dv4 root folder these files are in ORBX\FTX_NA\FTX_NA_SCA05_scenery: ADE_FTX_SCA_KSAN.BGL ADE_FTX_SCA_KSAN_CVX.BGL I had renamed these files, as in ADE-FTX-SCA_KSAN.BGL.off -- so I've removed the ".off" and together with the recent KSAN v2 hotfix this corrected the sunken wheels issue.
  15. Finally, finally, finally picked up the A2A Cherokee, and she is a joy to fly! Just a quick jaunt from Agua Dulce to Burbank (Bob Hope).
  16. So please to fly with Orbx South California. These static waves look great on... screen shots. Plane is the Piper from Just Flight.
  17. The autogen view distance is really impressive with Prepar3D v4 despite Orbx SOCAL is still a fps-killer when settings are too high.
  18. Short SoCal FedEx hop from KPSP to KSNA in the ATR 72 -202F.
  19. Early AM flight over the Mohave Desert, Edwards Air Force Base [KEDW] in the distance
  20. Just before dark travels in the KSAN area
  21. Several images of the KSAN area in a before and after comparison. The before images utilize FTX Global, FTX Vector, Orbx Trees, OpenLC NA and the SoCal region. The after images added the KSAN product to the mix. Before The 805 Freeway crossing the Mission Valley Freeway [I-8] has a good deal of defined details often using autogen. Next to Qualcomm Stadium and I-15, there's a good amount of detail. There are some hand placed objects and autogen features. A good amount of geographic variety. After Same general area of the Mission valley Freeway around Qualcomm Stadium. An updated stadium is surrounded by a diverse set of numerous hand-placed objects. The detail in the area is crisper and geography is has far more variety and shadows. There are numerous detailed office buildings and retail areas. The topology and vegetation is very detailed.
  22. Flying from Palm Springs to San Bernardino just before sunset Takeoff from Palm Springs [KPSP Northwest of Banning I-10 and I-215, San Bernardino BNSF Intermodal Yard, San Bernardino
  23. I'm unable to find a topic after a search. How do you reinstall a full fat region after using FTX Central for uninstalltion. I uninstalled SoCal because of frame rate issues. I noticed that the files are still in place, just not ticked in the library insertion. I also have a back up of the scenery/world/scenery files, which I assume to be complete. If I choose to reactivate in the future, should I reinstall or should I just file copy the scenery/world/scenery back up files and re-select SoCal in the library?
  24. Hello forums, I was wondering if the new Ksan would also come with the neighboring kmyf? As a San Diego resident it would be incredible to see myf get some orbx treatment! It's an incredibly nice (and popular) airport in the socal area for ga/corporate flights. Amazing work so far! -Josh
  25. Noticed that many of my recent flights were with aircraft sporting American [AA] and American Eagle liveries. On approach into KCLT Departing KMIA Flying over Fort Meyers, FL West of KPHX Departing KDCA West side of Phoenix Decending in the SoCal area, east of KONT
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