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Reply #1905 - Jan 1st, 2021 at 2:15pm
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Okay. I started the reinstall, of MSFS at 2030 (8:30pm 01/01/2021), a total of 107.69GB, and it finished at about 0040 (12:40am 02/01/2021). So it took 4 hours and 10 minutes to install it.
BUT... At  one point, during the install (at about 2330), while I was playing Cyberpunk 2077, and it froze on me. MSFS and CP 2077 were fighting each other for computer resources, so I had to exit the game (CP 2077). It took CP 2077 quite a while to shut down, and I was left with the game's main menu screen visible for about 5-10 minutes, unable to switch to anything else, including the desktop.

I still don't understand why it takes you 7 hours for you to get to 30GB, but I do know that MSFS takes far too long to reinstall. I have other games, that can be around 80+GB, and I can  usually download/install them in about 30-60 minutes, so MSFS at 108GB, shouldn't really take much more than an hour or two to install.
  

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Reply #1906 - Feb 9th, 2021 at 3:19pm
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Hi Mark,

Hope all is well with you both!
I sent you an e-mail a while back and wonder if you received it?

When I re-installed the MSFS-2020 it was a lot faster because the install did not load any planes or airports even though I bought the premium version.  So I just loaded the planes I really like and a few of the airports just to see how it would work.  My favorite planes is the Cessna 172.  It seems to fly pretty much as the real plane more so than some of the other planes.  I bought one of the ad-on planes the Carenado YMF-5.  I don't think it flies anything like the real WACO planes I used to fly.  I really like the A2A planes and wish they would have some of them available.  I downloaded the Friday Harbor airport, but I liked the Orbx version for FSX better. 

It would be fun to fly formation some time!

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Reply #1907 - Feb 16th, 2021 at 1:55pm
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Before I retired back in 2005, I always loved to fly visual approaches.  When I was still flying the Boeing 727 back in the dark ages, you really had to keep up with the beast.  The 727 and the 747 were great fun flying something like the visual to RW 13L at JFK, also the Expressway Visual to RW 31 at LGA was fun in the 727.  So after retirement, I was thrilled to fly the CS 727 and re-live all those fun landings.  Then CS comes out with the 757.  This was and still is my favorite plane to fly.  The CS 757 flies just like the real plane and the cockpit is as real as it gets.

If you want to have some fun, download the River Visual to RW 19 at DCA.
https://skyvector.com/files/tpp/2101/pdf/00443RIVER_VIS19.PDF

Flying this approach in the CS 757 is one of my favorite maneuvers.  You can try it with any of the CS planes like the 727, 737 or the C-130 - all will keep you busy and teach you how to manage the plane with out using the autopilot.  When you get pretty good at hand flying the 757, try adding some weather like rain or a crosswind. 

Great fun indeed!

Stay safe  Cool
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Reply #1908 - Feb 17th, 2021 at 8:13pm
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LOU wrote on Feb 16th, 2021 at 1:55pm:
the River Visual to RW 19 at DCA


Smiley  I saw that one in an article written by a pilot called something like, "Approaches Passengers Should Avoid." Pretty sensationalized, I suspect, but perhaps things are a little trickier nowadays than pre--911 times?

But, yes, that is a really fun one. I found out the hard way about the offset localizer at JFK in one night flight in the L1011. The approaches approaches are the best part of flying, although SIDS keep you busy, too, especially in the old airplanes, relying on radio navigation. I bet you appreciated two extra heads and sets of hands!
  

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Reply #1909 - Feb 28th, 2021 at 5:37am
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LOU wrote on Feb 16th, 2021 at 1:55pm:
Then CS comes out with the 757.  This was and still is my favorite plane to fly.  The CS 757 flies just like the real plane and the cockpit is as real as it gets.


Ditto on the 757! I hope it's not too long before it's available in FS 2020
  

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Reply #1910 - Feb 28th, 2021 at 9:29pm
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Jay, that would be wonderful.
Could you imagine you and me flying formation in the CS-757?

TRAFIC, TRAFIC - PULL-UP!  Grin
  

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Reply #1911 - Mar 16th, 2021 at 3:28pm
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I've been playing around with the CS 757-300.  Although I never flew the -300 it flies pretty much as does the -200.  I spent some time looking around the cockpit and the level of detail is fantastic.  Small things like the worn look of the speed brake handle from being touched by the greasy paws of the pilots, or the coffee cup stains on the center console right where it says NO LIQUIDS!  Grin

Speaking of coffee cups, the coffee cup in the pilots side cup holder can disappear with a click.  Pretty cool!  I'm sure you all know you can move your view around by clicking the right button on the mouse and dragging left, right, up or down and then zoom in or out with the mouse wheel.

Of course I remember my first CS plane the 727.  The detail of the worn parts in the cockpit was exactly as I remember it in the real cockpit. 

When I was a simulator instructor in the early 70's as well as line pilot and FAA check airman I would have loved to have this level of reality in our multi-million dollar simulators. I watched the visuals in these high-end simulators go from fuzzy TV scenery which was generated with a wall map which was 25 feet high by over a 100 feet long where a vidicon camera moved along the wall on a crane to produce an image of a single runway that was sent to a TV monitor in the cockpit window of the simulator. Then years later to computer generated sets of light dots on the simulator cockpit windows which was not much better and even when I retired in 2005, the level of scenery was nothing compared to what I can see in P3D or other platforms.

Fellow Sim pilots, enjoy the ride!
Stay safe  Wink
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Reply #1912 - Mar 28th, 2021 at 1:30am
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LOU wrote on Feb 28th, 2021 at 9:29pm:
Jay, that would be wonderful.
Could you imagine you and me flying formation in the CS-757?

TRAFIC, TRAFIC - PULL-UP!  Grin


Sounds like a plan Lou! One of two things need to happen first though.....either I need to re-install 300gigs of FSX or CS needs to get the 75 into FS2020!  I prefer #2 Smiley
  

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Reply #1913 - Jul 8th, 2021 at 2:29pm
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Captains,

It was always fun to have to do crosswind landings - for real - in the 707, 727 or 747.  Each one of these planes had to land with wings level since the engines on the 707 or 747 could hit the ground if the wings were not level.  The 727 needed to keep the wings level so as not to drag the outboard leading edge flaps.  In order to make a successful crosswind landing in these planes the pilot would need to "crab" into the wind during the landing. 

Establishing the correct crab angle was not too hard, but as the wind speed and angle would change as the plane descended, the pilot would be making constant corrections to the crab angle to keep the plane lined-up with the runway.  The critical part of the landing was the flare to touchdown.  The 707 & 747 had big wings and lower wing loading than the 727 so the flare was not as difficult as the 727.  In the 707 & 747 you could just hold the crab with wings level until just the last second before the wheels would touch.  At that point the pilot would use the rudder to take out the crab while keeping the wings level with the ailerons as the wheels touched.  In fact in the 747 there were so many main wheels that even if you were late taking out the crab the drag of the landing gear would bring the nose of the plane around while leaving a bunch of rubber on the runway. 

The 727 on the other hand was a bit more difficult to land in a crosswind because of the higher wing loading. In the 727 you would fly at a slightly higher airspeed and add some thrust as you started the flare and brought the nose in line with the runway since in reality this maneuver was really a side slip and lift would be lost.  This was not as big a deal in the 707 &747, but in the 727 if you did not add power the plane would smack down hard on the runway and sometimes give you a "rubber jungle" in the cabin as a lot of the Oxygen masks would fall out of the overhead compartments.  If ever that would happen, we would make the Flight Engineer stand at the cockpit door an say good-by to the passengers.  Smiley 

The 757 on the other hand would land in a side slip since the engines were much higher off the ground and keeping the wing down was not a problem.  In fact the 757/767 autopilot would automatically transition to a side slip at 500 feet AGL while doing an auto-land.

One evening landing in Las Vegas in the 757 we had a 25 knot crosswind and the autopilot did a really nice job of slicking on the landing.  At 500 feet on the approach the autopilot brought the nose to line-up with the runway while lowering the wing into the wind. As the flare was started the wing was kept down on the up-wind side and on touchdown, even the spoilers would deploy at a slower rate since only the upwind truck was touching the runway first because the wing on the upwind side was down to slip the plane sideways into the wind.  Really nice system.

Stay well, and keep flying!

Lou  Smiley
  

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Reply #1914 - Aug 30th, 2021 at 4:43pm
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If you are going to try a three autopilot landing (auto land) in the 757 or 767 remember to be configured for landing before reaching 1,500 feet AGL since the autopilots go through a check that ends at 1,500 AGL and will display a green flag in the autopilot panel on both pilot instrument panels only if the plane is fully configured.  If the check goes well it will display in green - LAND THREE.  It can also display LAND TWO if one of the autopilots does not pass the test but it can still make an auto land. If there is a fail of the test or the aircraft is not configured properly it will display NO AUTO LAND.

You should try to have the aircraft fully configured (gear, flaps & speed) for landing before reaching 1,500 if using auto land and 1,000 if hand flying.  Don't forget to enter the approach airspeed in the computer by pushing the INIT REF button and confirming the final speed by entering the flap setting and speed.

Hope you all are stay safe...
Keep flying,

Lou  Cool
  

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Reply #1915 - Oct 11th, 2021 at 2:28pm
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Hello all you CS pilots,

Hope you are ALL well and safe.

I spent the last two months onboard the Viking Orion based out of Bermuda in the Sargasso Sea. Each segment or trip was just one week so I did eight trips around Bermuda.  We would start in Hamilton the capitol and sail around the island for a day and a half and then dock and the other end of the island and spend a day only to sail out again for a night and return to Bermuda on the last night.  This was a very different type of trip but it was designed to return to sailing with just a short voyage. 

I've been doing enrichment talks for Viking for over six years and really enjoy the experience.  I am considered the Viking Resident Astronomer on this ship since it has a state-of-the-art planetarium and a very expensive telescope so I can show passengers all the wonders of the night sky.  I also have a special telescope to look at the Sun in the light called Hydrogen alpha or Ha.  The views are amazing.  I started doing cruise ship talks soon after I retired and sailed on many different cruise lines but once I sailed on Viking Ocean I was hooked.  I enjoy the curiosity of the passengers on Viking and the wonderful presentation screen - not a projector but a wall of tiny LED's -  in the main theater that spans the entire stage and has a resolution of 1080P along with surround sound.  There are no casinos or kids on the ship!

Where I'm going with this drivel is to tell you that I also bring my high-end laptop using P3D-v5 and a bunch of Captain Sim planes.  I love to use the CS 757 and during the cruise take the passengers into the cockpit and tour some city or place along the route.  So this time in Bermuda I found a great way to treat folks to a ride in the CS 757 and tour Bermuda.  My joystick got messed up in my suitcase so I had to use the mouse and keyboard commands to fly the 757.  I would start on the ramp with a cold plane and do a preflight of the plane, first form the outside and then in the cockpit doing a cockpit safety check before placing power on the plane.  I would start the APU and establish A/C and electricity.  I would begin with the overhead panel, start the IRS units and load the computer with the position and flight plan.  I would do a normal engine start, complete the checklists in real time and taxi out and take off for a tour of Bermuda.  It took me a while to learn the keyboard commands but with a few tries it worked just fine.  People love the opportunity to be in the cockpit and see everything a pilot does to keep the flight safe and fun.  Between the large screen and surround sound, folks could really think they were in the plane.  One fellow told me he was looking for the seat belt because he forgot he was in a theater.  One of the other enrichment speakers - who was also a pilot - made the cabin safety announcements and several of the onboard singers performed as flight attendants.  It was a scream!  Folks were laughing and enjoyed the funny chatter. 

With the Covid-19 situation Viking was the first to shut down early in 2020 and they are just starting to open up to cruising again.  To test the waters - no pun intended - Viking decided to limit the number of passengers to only around 300 on a ship that holds 930 passengers.  Everybody was double vaccinated and had to wear a mask in public.  Before we could fly to the ship we all had a PCR test and when we arrived in Bermuda we received another PCR test at the airport before we could proceed to the ship.  There were three doctors on the ship along with two lab techs and every morning we would spit into a plastic tube in our state room and that would also be a PCR test.  We also wore a small contact tracing device and every time the theater was used it would be fogged before the next use.  Their were two robots that roamed the ship's public areas late at night that would disinfect using UV light. No one got sick!

Maybe some day I could see you on a Viking Ocean ship and take you for a ride in a CS plane.

Stay well and keep flying!

Lou
  

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