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Flight DDH950 from Miami (KMIA), to Kona (PHKO)

June 4, 2016
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Few picture of our flight DDH950 from Miami (KMIA, LatinVFR V3) to Kona (PHKO, FSdreamTeam) with our Boeing B77L (PMDG) and a small visit of Kona airport.

Flight to Key West (KEYW), LatinVFR V2

May 30, 2016
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First flight of our new Airbus A319 IAE N014DD (Aerosoft Airbus X)!

Departure from Miami KMIA (LatinVFR V3) to Key West KEYW (LatinVFR V2) the flight was around 45 minutes.

Here are some picture

Migration to Prepar3d V3 from FSX, my overview

May 17, 2016
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p3dAfter years of FSX usage, I finally decided to do it… migrate from FSX to Prepar3d V3.

Until last month I was very reluctant and skeptical to move to Prepar3d for different reasons.

First of all, all my payware sceneries, aircrafts and tools  have to be migrated. I was afraid about compatibility. I already checked multiple times the “FSX TO PREPAR3D MIGRATION TOOL” that allow you to install FSX stuff in Prepar3d. Is that really working? What is the impact? will it be really compatible?

Hopefully, most of the addon are compatible and the good thing is… By looking my download purchase on Simmartket I can see there is a good amount of add-ons already designed for P3D. Worst thing but I knew it, PMDG product needs to be purchased again and more expensive than before. But by reading this Article from PMDG, I completely understand their “pricing Policy” and completely agree (well I’m from the generation that think All work deserves to be rewarded! and when you come into a PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT, there is a cost)

The other reason was about “Out of Memory” issue. All people who have complex aircraft and scenery know this famous issue.
Working in IT, I expected to wait the 64 bits version but by reading a lot of article on the web I realized it was not the priorities of Lockheed Martin.
I was quite upset as it is a important question but I finally found a really good argument, and this is true.

FSX is designed to work with old technology and mainly using CPU ressources and then… RAM.
So if the new technology and LM can redesign the way P3D is using the ressources this could certainly fit the needs as well. If the app can manage the memory better, it will solve some OoO issues, even if a 64 application could manage more memory than the 4Gb of a 32 bits application anyway.

Another point in case P3D become 64bits, for sure all add-on based on 32 bits will not work on a 64bits application…. So in term of compatibly, it is not good at all for people like me which have tons of add-ons.

Money Money…
Well for sure I know that all my add-ons are not compatible and as money does not grow on a tree, I have to make some choices.
– So I would agree the lost some of add-ons I bought…
well… I can keep my FSX on another SSD to still use them!
I think, the bigger regret I have is that the MD11 from PMDG is not compatible and WILL NOT working on P3d. This is not a part of their business plan to re-edit as they are concentrated on professional business (and most of the MD11 are being replaced by companies), so it make no sense to spend time on this (even if it does not mean that other developer could not develop a similar product!).

The steps:

So, my first step was to buy a Prepar3d license, at least to try. 2nd, reinstall “Windows 7” 64 bits on a fresh new SSD to start from zero.
I will not explain all the steps here as there is already tons of good sites that explain this.

After the Prepar3d installation (that works like a charm), here is the add-ons I started to install.

  • FSUIPC, I started to install FSUIPC, and configure it to make my Joystick, Yoke, Rudder working with P3D. The license I purchased, works for P3d as well
  • ORBX, mostly all their products are working with P3D. So… Sceneries, Global, Vector, Europe, and Area are working perfectly (even if re-download all the stuff could take a while)
  • Aerosoft AES IS NOT WORKING! This, surprised me… AES is not working with P3d (at least the day I’m writing this article). Hopefully I have a license for FSDT GSX 🙂 That work perfectly as well… I used to work with both as they have different way to work, depending the airport or aircraft. But using only GSX is fine enough for me. It is a very good product and the politic to work with all add-ons is very nice!
  • REX Essential PLUS is working perfectly.
  • REX – Soft Clouds is perfect!
  • HIFI TECH – ACTIVE SKY NEXT is also designed for P3D, so… Perfect!
  • A2A SIMULATIONS – ACCU-FEEL V2, works perfectly with “FSX TO PREPAR3D MIGRATION TOOL
  • Bye Bye ImagineSim. Except the most recent scenery (from ZSPD Shanghai Pudong), none of older are working (buildings are missing, FPS issues, etc…). I only be able to instal ZSPD. The rest will be not reinstalled. And I remember it was the same from FS9 to FSX… Well… I do not plan to buy any other license from them.
  • FS Dreamteam. All the FSDT sceneries are fully compatible with P3D. This team did a wonderful job. Cool! (Boston is not P3d prepared but I installed it with Migration tool and seems working)
  • Aerosoft sceneries. A lot of Sceneries have the installer updated and work perfectly. In case “FSX TO PREPAR3D MIGRATION TOOL” works perfectly for this!
    US Cities works perfectly (Chicago, San Francisco, Buffalo, For Las Vegas, just disable the default scenery in the library)
  • FlyTampa. Most of the FlyTampa product are working. In case of, request the FlyTampa support to get new download link for P3D (thank you FlyTampa for your quick support! Fantastic!).
  • Unlike ImagineSim, most of scenery I have work perfectly with P3d (LatinVFR, Taxi2Gate, TropicalSim, Thai Creation, A_A SCENERIES, UK2000-<-are P3D already). either by copying the folder from FSX or by using  “FSX TO PREPAR3D MIGRATION TOOL“.
    Even for FlyLogic (Lugano, Sion, Bern-Belp) products are working, except some details are missing (like the safety net does not show up in LSGS – Sion).
  • One issue I have is with Aerosoft/FSaddon Tongass Fjords. Some issue of compatibility with ORBX Global / Vector. ( I see a big forest instead of water in PASI Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport). Read forums, change the priority, Tried to copy from FSX or install with migration tools, but still not able to make it work.
    Prepar3D 2016-05-17 19-27-34-38 It is a really nice forest but not what I expect :-/

 

  • Iceland X and Keflavik X. the terrain is not working properly for me. Whether I copy from FSX folder or install the scenery with the migration tools
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    SOLVED:Finally I found a duplicate of BIKF bgl  file in Aerosoft/Iceland X/ folder
    (Thank you Simple Airport Scanner!). I just inactive it by rename the extension and solved 🙂

 

  • AEROSOFT – NIGHT ENVIRONMENT. are all designed for P3d, so great!
  • Another good tool I’m using from years and works with P3d is Illbeback from José Oliveira. You can setup a feature like a “Pause at top of descent” for any aicraft. That pause your FS regarding the NM you entered (really useful for CaptainSim product!).
  • FSFX Immersion, propose P3d version, and it works very well!
  • DRZEWIECKI DESIGN sceneries are designed for P3D, so nothing to do here 🙂
  • Fraps. to take screenshot and video I use Fraps. It works well but the only thing, you MUST start fraps before P3D, otherwise it does not detect it.
  • Simple Airport Scanner is a great utility that allow you to find multiple bgl file per airport and location. This is fantastic when you have issues with sceneries.

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  • PMDG:
    As mentioned before, PMDG product need to be bought again… as I already have a lot of aircraft, I decided to buy only the B777-200 and 300. I owned the CaptainSim B777 but the FSX version is not compatible with P3d and need to be re-purchased. And personally, regarding the cost, I prefer spend my money on PMDG than CaptainSim. Regarding the 737, I would not purchase it right now (maybe later) but for a medium-haul flight I will fly with Aerosoft Airbus X product. MD11 is not compatible, J41 and B747 either. (PMDG is working on a new B747 version, I’m looking forward for this!).
  • Aerosoft Airbus X is designed for P3D 🙂
  • CaptainSim
    B757/767. I started to copy the aircraft from the FSX folder but I have a better result by installing with “FSX TO PREPAR3D MIGRATION TOOL“. Even if I still have some issue with it. The TCAS considers the CaptainSim aircraft as trafic, you have a red point when activated.
    EDIT: I found the solution! To avoid this issue, you must disable the Avatar feature from P3D
    The b777 will be not replaced or installed. the C130 I have to try, maybe later.
  • Level-D 767. Well… I love this bird but from my point of view, it does not fit the P3D graphic expectation anymore.
  • Majestic Software
    I owned recently the Q400 Majestic software. This is a beautiful aircarft to flight with. So this one will be kept for most of short-haul flights
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  • Carenado
    C208, Cargomaster is working perfectly. So I keep it!
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  • Fligh1 Mustang. This one is not compatible for the article I read. It is a shame. I would replace it with another Carenado product, maybe later on. (seems they are working on a new version HERE)
  • Simcheck A300 + FMC upgrade. Need to be tested.

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My first impression….

Well… Long time ago, I tested P3d V1 and was not really convinced… but P3D… wouhaou… The graphics and performance are much better, the texture is smother. We can really manage the setting better without playing with the Prepar3D.cfg (new fsx.cfg in app data folder).

When I start it for the first time, I was surprised by the color of the sky, the “blue” was more like a “grey-blue”. but by playing with the “Bloom” in lighting config, we can manage this very well. and the light… wouhaoo… this is just fantastic when the light of the sun is moving over the cockpit when you move.
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So, after two weeks of P3D usage, I do not regret the migration at all, even if I lost some sceneries and aircrafts,

But here is just my overview about my first experience with P3D.
note that the config I have, is what I “negotiate” with my configuration, it is not working on all config. The best is you to take time to try, retry, try again, retry again and again to find the better compromise (and even for me, now we can easily select a setting profile, I do not use the same profile whether I’m flying over Caribbean or over a big city like Chicago or New York).

I still have the OoO message and more easily than before but…
The option in P3D let to push a high level of details, definition, etc… So if you were put all the config to Max with P3d, you should not consider to drag all the settings to the right. As explained, you need to find a good balance with your hardware and your expectation. But again, the profile management let to manage that easily. And to be honest, I have taken the habit to restart my Flight Sim before the descent. I save my flight, and restart it. This is the best way to have a good quality without having the OoO message during the final.

Maybe this few lines could help you to take your decision (or not ;-)).

There is still a lot of test to do to solve some issue with my sceneries but will let you know as soon I solve that 🙂

 


The configuration of my computer is:Capture
i7-4790 overclocked at 4589Mhz (with a corsair H110i cooler)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980
16GB of Ram (Corsair)

 

Finally our B757-200 is repaired

April 30, 2016
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During our last mission to Antarctica, our B757 HB-DDC had technical issue with pressurisation and Autopilot system what delayed the mission . We finally found spare devices in Atlanta airport, where is the HUB of Delta airlines which is the bigger user of B757.

Our B757F HP-0003DD based in Panama and actually in TAPA, was in charge to  carry the spare devices from Atlanta to Sint Maarten

Here are few picture of the mission

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CaptainSim B757 / B767 issue with AP LNAV and HDG

April 30, 2016
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I recently had a lot of issue with the Autopilot of CaptainSim aircrafts (B757, B767, and even the B777).

When I started the LNAV or HDG  it stopped working after a tight turn and continuously flying in circle. what make me crazy after a lot time in CaptainSim’s forum to understand what happened.

Finally I found why…

As I have multiple devices (Yoke and Joystick)  I do not activate the Joystick in FS and use only FSUIPC to control my devices (and I removed any axis control from the FS control) .
But with CaptainSim aircraft, it may appears a conflict between Yoke and Jostick and I realized that an issue of sensitivity could cause the issue as well.

So… I finally activated the control of the joystick in FS control Center. But I have configured ONLY the Aileron Axis and Elevator axis from there and only for the yoke. All other controls for my other joystick are removed and only set in FSUIPC.

And the other point is to reduce the sensitivity and increase the null zone. (sorry my FS is in French… but the position keep the same), your plane doesn’t know what control to take. Sofs-control

Last point is configuring FSUIPC.

When you are parked with your CaptainSim aircraft at your favorite airport, start FSUIPC.

Go to “Axis Assignment” and select “Profile Specific?” to activate the configuration ONLY for your current aircraft (what will not impact the configuration for your other aircraft).

Then press Rescan for each  Aileron Axis and Elevator axis , select “Send to FS as normal axis” and remove the control if any and let it blank. (check the FSUIPC manual in case you need more information) this will remove any conflict you could have with your CaptainSim aircraft and Joystick.

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Voilà… This resolved my AP LNAV and HDG issues with CaptainSim aircaft. I hope this will help you. When I flight with other birds, I uncheck the “Enable controller” from the FS Joystick Control Center.

New pictures from our Mission in Antarctica

April 27, 2016
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Here a few picture of our Mission in Antarctica with our good old B767-300ER HB-DDK

New Q400, V2-DDD to serve our Caribbean hub

April 26, 2016
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New Q400, V2-DDD to serve our Caribbean hub in Antigua, V. C. Bird International Airport (TAPA)

The plane is serving the following airports from TAPA airport:

St. Maarten TNCM – SXM ,
Pointe-a-Pitre TFFR – PTP,
Fort de France TFFF – FDF,
Saint-Lucia TLPC – SLU,
Port-of-Spain TTPP – POS,
Babados TBPB – BGI,
Canouan TVSC – CIW,
San-Jose TJSJ – SJU,
Punta Cana MDPC – PUJ

Mission to Antarctica finally able to take off

December 28, 2015
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Boeing B767-300 HB-DDK has been finally dispatched to St. Maarten to replace our B757-200 HB-DDC.
The bird is able to carry the 9 tons of materials and 30 peoples to McCurdo Airport.

With the B767-300 we are also able to reduce the number of flight and can fly directly to Ushuaia – Malvinas Argentinas International Airport SAWH.

Mission to Antarctica delayed

December 27, 2015
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Due to a technical issues with our B757-200 HB-DDC, the mission to Antarctica must be delayed.

Starting from Geneva LSGG to LPMA Madeira, multiple issues occurred from the autopilot few minutes before the descent. Technicians from Madeira tried to figure out the problem what caused 1 day delay regarding the agenda.

Took off 1 day after from Madeira direction St. Maarten TNCM, the flight was perfect except the delay of one hour due to the wind and hard turbulences. Arrived at 20:22 pm at St. Maarten, we refueled the plane and cooled breaks during one hour.

Departed to SLLP La Paz airport, technical issues occurred again with autopilot and another issue, the pressurisation system. Autopilot has been disengaged, pilotes flew manually and returned to St. Maarten TNCM airport without any other issue.
As the B757-200 is one of the older plane of the company, we will make some test and see if we will remove it from the fleet.

With 30 peoples aboard, the goal of the Antarctica mission is shift change and supplying. DdD Business is looking to prepare another plane able to replace our 757-200 and land to Antarctica. Certainly our B737-700 HB-DDF

HB-DDQ, Q400 loading at Sion Airport

December 21, 2015
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Our Q400 HB-DDQ is loading at Sion Airport LSGS to Bern Belp LSZB

New Bird for DdD Business, a Q400

December 19, 2015
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For our departures from Bern-Belp, we acquire the new Q400 from Majestic. During the winter the plane will serve Sion airport for the ski season.
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Swiss National Day – T-001 Presentation

August 2, 2015
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For the Swiss National day, the PMDG B77L T-001 of DdD Swiss Government, flew over Sion (Aerosoft/FlyLogic, ORBX FTX Global, Vector, Open LC Europe) escorted by 2 F/A 18 for a small presentation.

T-001 Arriving from KIAD for the Swiss National Day

August 1, 2015
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LSGG Geneva 6:30am, T-001 is arriving from Washington KIAD under escort from the border to the airport.

 

 

New bird for DdD Swiss Confederation

July 31, 2015
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DdD Swiss Confederation decided to replace the B767-300ER Level-D with a new and modern aircraft, the #PMDG B777-200LR.


The plane is configured to carry up to 30 passengers and material everywhere around the world, nonstop.

For its first mission, The new B77L T-001 made its first flight from LSGG – Geneva (FSdreamteam) to KIAD- Washington (FlightBeam).
Swiss delegation will discussed about Cuba and USA relations as Switzerland is not needed anymore.

T-001 will come back in Switzerland Friday 31 July, to be there for the Swiss National Day, August 1st.

Disaster avoided on the flight TG461 from Bangkok (VTSB) to Melbourne (YMML)

July 24, 2015
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Flight TG461 (Thai Airways International, virtual) departing from Bangkok to Melbourne (Boeing B777-300ER, HS-TKU) , made an emergency landing at Melbourne, without any engine.

All of the 349 passengers are safe and no injurie reported.

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Few moment after starting the descent (around FL280), for unknown reasons both R and L engines started to heat and reached a critical temperature.
Pilotes and co-pilotes started procedures to decrease the engines temperature, without success. The temperature didn’t decrease.

Descent with idle throttle until around FL150 and autopilot disengaged, APU started.

 

 

 

Around 12’000FT, both engines L and R turned off suddenly. After processing with the emergency checklist and RAT deployement we received the approval of the Airport to proceed to a direct landing to the runaway 16 (initially planned to 36).
As a big good glider, the B77W descended smoothly with spoiler activated to keep correct speed and altitude. Unfortunately, still failing to restart engines.

Because the speed was too high and there was only one chance, pilote made few turns to decrease the speed enough during the final to land.
With a touch down at around 200kts, the brakes attempt a high temperature quickly. But the plane landed successfully without hard landing at 19:44. Aircraft was completely stopped at the end of the runaway 16 with deployed emergency slides. Emergency services were ready and waited on place.

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Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), is now investigating the HS-TKU to identify the reason. The virtual company of Thai Airways International is now checking all its B777-300ER engines.

A B777 from Captain Sim is flying to Melbourne for the return flight.

“It was a really intense and scary but we informed passengers with calm and everything went well”, Pilot saids

Thai airways international in Asia

July 23, 2015
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Some flights with Thai airways international and PMDG B777-300 around Asia:

Bangkok (VTSB)
Chiang Mai (VTCC)
Kathmandu (VNKT)
Phuket (VTSP)

 

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United Airlines: Few Pics…

June 26, 2015
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Few pics of flights with the 737-800 of United Airlines around USA.

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United Airlines : Flight to Kahului Airport

June 16, 2015
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Few pictures of the flight UAL202 from Chicago to Kahului.

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Cargo in Caribbean

July 6, 2014
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From our hub in Guatemala City airport (MGGT), our B757F provide the freight for Caribbean area airports like Panama City (MPTO), San Jose (MROC), Caracas (SVMI), St John’s (TAPA) and many others.

Easter holiday 2014

April 23, 2014
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Geneva (LSGG) to Keflavik (BIKF), Monastir (DTMB), Djerba (DTTJ) and to Sharm el-Sheikh (HESH).      For more pictures, please visit the Gallery :-)]]>