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Gavin
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Real world pilot and huge Flight Sim enthusiast
Moved from years of Microsoft flight sim over to X-Plane a year ago and haven't looked back

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Hello all,

Stefano

LIPE

Engineer and flight sim pilot since many years. P3D is the platform where I fly PMDG NGX  and DH8D of Majestic. I love GA too (A2A cherokee) that reminds me when I was used to fly it many years ago.

I am really curious to see the develompment of this new network...I fly now in  VATSIM (great but with a a very bad audio codec) and with IVAO too (definitively better for comms).

 

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Sorry for the double post...found this page after posting this in another area.  Guessing this is the correct one so could an admin please delete my other post?

Howdy all!  I am Greg Swagler.  I am a chef, drummer, sound engineer, and VP (Virtual Pilot) as well as many other things people have called me over the years (LOL.) 

I live in Hamilton, Ohio.  I have been using flight sims since waaaay back in 1987 when I was in flight school at Hawthorne College in Antrim, NH.  Actually, I was using flight sim games back on my old TI-99 4/A computer and my Amiga in the 80's. 

I have been using MSFS on a regular basis since FS9.  Switched to FSX when it came out and was quite big into the sim community back then.  I got into airport design with my Virtual Airlines but never got to finish the 3 I was working on thanks to my being so freaking perfection oriented. I always found something to fix...thus never just completed the full thing.  My vision was never realized because I always wanted better, LOL.  I did a great deal of online flying with friends but never used VATSIM or any other service.  I ran a flight sim design school with a few friends where we taught model design, airport design, etc.  I had a pretty decent system but found that the best I could ever get was about 10-15fps on a good day.  This was really getting annoying. I was finding less and less enjoyment.  I lost 2 hard drives in the same week, one being my flight sim drive with almost 500gigs all flight sim.  I was about to rebuild....Then, as happens, life took over.  

I've been out of the flight sim world for about 7 years.  I just found some time to get back in and WOW, all the changes!!!  I reinstalled FSX and renewed / updated all my aircraft and scenery licenses and started to renew my collection of planes and scenery...now I have a computer that can almost handle it all...  As I was flying around I noticed (I run all sliders full right) I was still only able to get 20-25fps.  This is in sparse areas.  UGH!  While watching videos on how to improve things I found the ADX videos.  WOW!!!!!  Seeing as how these were using Prepar3D I started doing some research on it.  Spent a couple weeks researching all I could on FSX vs Prepar3D.  So I got Prepar3D v4 and found that while it really is just a better engine running FSX I was at least now able to get 30-50fps with stock scenery and most of the sliders up to full.  That's a start.  

I was not really impressed at all with the STOCK scenery as it really is just a rehash of the FSX stuff.  To me, the textures still suck, land classes suck, night environment suck.  The couple local stock airports I flew around suck.  I mean, my God, if you are going to keep upgrading a product how about at least TRYING to get major airports right.  KCVG (Cincinnati) has had a 3rd runway now for many years.  Yet, in a 2018 version of a flight simulator, they don't show it.  I mean, the airport itself is so crappy looking (again, this is still stock right out of the box) but at least make the runways correct??!!!???!!!  

As I was watching vids for Prepar and still looking up information I came across XPlane 11 videos.  I had played around with XPlane back in the day...and was NEVER impressed.  So I never really even gave it a thought when getting back into things.  But, watching the videos from XP11.....I have to say, they have come a LONG way.  Years ago I did graphic design for GUI's for various company's software.  So GUI, to me, is HUGE!!!!!   FSX is not horrid, but then again, maybe it's because I was used to it.  I have to say, the GUI in Prepar3D v4 is downright pathetic.  Again, it's 2018...how about update the GUI to not look like something from 1988.  UGH!!!!  Then I see the GUI for XPlane11.  OMG!!!  This is absolutely gorgeous!!! So very intuitive.  It could benefit from some of the information available to change that Prepar3D gives, but the look and feel... And the wow factor starts from the very first screen.  Nice full screen shot at night with all the lights.  Then, digging in, (and I just saw this on videos...I am tapped out $$ wise so not getting it, yet.) I love the way you set up controllers, select planes, and weather.  The airport MAP is a dream!!!  Being able to see a terminal with all the gates so you can pick the gate/ramp you want to use.  That's perfect!!!!  Prepar3D is still stuck on using a list that means absolutely NOTHING to the human brain!!!!  I selected 5 gates at KCVG trying to get to a certain terminal and never did find myself at the one I wanted to be at.  And I didn't feel like loading up the AFCAD to figure it out.  The MAP information and visual setup of weather in XP11 is simply GREAT!!!  Prepar is lacking seriously!!!  I paid way too much I think!!!   However, I made my final choice based on a few things.  And boy I wish Prepar3D had curved runways... Since I think maybe 5 runways in the world are NOT curved...XP11 at least figured that out.  While they may wreak havoc on AI, and I LOVE my AI, they really do add to realism at many airports....especially smaller ones. 

I chose to spend my $ on Prepar3D based on what I was seeing in the videos of actually flying around.  The night lighting in XP11 is far superior out of the box however, I do own most of the REX software so I can fix that.  I have not installed it yet, so my issues may all vanish once I do.  I also purchased a ton of the ORBX add-ons.  (Pretty much drained my FUN savings account for the year.)  So I am committed.  I just wish, and really can't understand why they have not, the Prepar3D team would spend an hour fixing the GUI!!!!   Hell, hire me...I'll fix it.  And since nothing is sacred anymore... they should open up XP11 and do what they did!!!!  PICTURES work so much better in the human brain than words.  That's a simple scientific fact.  (Great video on this if you look...)  There are many PRO's that I can see with Prepar3D.  But I will be honest....the cons really do irritate me.  While some things are always going to be subjectively good or bad.. some things are such simple and easy fixes..  Why not do them.  STOP looking like FSX!!!!!  

In closing, LOOK wise, it really does look like they simply slapped some lipstick on a pig and released it as new.  I know there are improvements...but out of the box..I gotta say, I was hoping for a LOT MORE...especially given the number of years, technology, and PRICE!!!!!

All that said..  HOWDY ALL!!!  ?   I really am happy to be here and am looking forward to being a part of this community.  It's been said on many forums that ProPar3D really doesn't have a community anywhere...and from what I can see that is true.  Maybe one will form here as part of this community.  

Greg

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Hello from the 757 Spy Flight Deck. Been flying on Vatsim for years and can't wait for the new network to go on-line. About to hit 500 flights on ProjectFLY. The spy flights are on Twitch too ... www.twitch.tv/757spy ... it's time to fly!

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Hello, everyone!

Skyeler

RPLL

I enjoy flying the RPLL-VHHH/VHHX flight with a freeware Concorde (because the aircraft can be set up quickly,) and the RPLL-RPVE flight (because I created my own (not so realistic but it has marshallers) RPVE scenery) with a FlightFactor A320 (because, realism)

I also use a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick (can’t find anything else in Manila)

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Hello, 

Matthew (Ning) Everyone calls me, Ning!

EGLL

I have been using flight sims since 2000, 18 years later I'm still going but now on X-Plane 11. I fly the Zibo, FF 767, 757, some GA Aircraft. Waiting for full release of FF A320. I would like to stick around with POSCON and take the training etc, and help out as much as I can.

Ning

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Forgot to mention.... I live right between KCVG and KDAY.  My local is KHAO and in flight school our school airport was 8B1.  :)

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Hello everyone!

William

WIII-Soekarno Hatta International Airport

Gotta love vfr flying around Bali!

A happy Logitech 3d extreme pro user

 

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I have always loved aviation since childhood. My dad used to take me to the airport on Saturday mornings for breakfast and we would watch the general aviation aircraft at our small local airport.  I was given a flight lesson for my 16th birthday and was hooked for life.  Got a PPL in the late 80's and was working on my commercial/instrument ratings when I stopped. Life got in the way and I'm older now but aviation is still my passion!

Looking forward to a new online network!

Jim aka Jimbob

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Hi my name is Richard and I have been into aviation (plane spotting)  for many years. I still remember as if it was yesterday my dad taking me down to heathrow and the queens building to watch the planes on the weekends. That was almost 30 years ago luckily I still have my dad but the queens building has long gone. I have been into sims for a few years starting with Microsoft 2004 until last year when I went to x-plane 11 and have not looked back. I am new to vatsim and Have done a few flights.  I have had both good and bad times with it as some of my flights I feel that some people don't have time for new online low airtime people. I do all my sids and stars and like to follow real time procedures. If I do not fly with vatsim I use fscloud as I do like to fly with others as it gives a better experience. I am looking to the future with a new online atc network. Thanks for looking at my post and fly save. Richard.

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Hello! I'm Josef!

KPHL

Got into flight sim 2-3 years ago, currently using x-plane 11. I'm definitely on the younger side, and I'm currently and AS3 on IVAO, I control mainly Kennedy, and I fly all over the world, I look forward to this network which seems to bring some amazing features! 

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