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  4. Congrats LV! took me 3 attempts to write Congrats - Grammar is a challenge...
  5. Yeah...I know. Trust me, I've dealt with it firsthand much more than I ever would have wanted to. It's especially challenging when the issue only presents itself on short final and an aircraft takes 45 minutes to make it from the FAF to the runway. But I couldn't find a nice way to say it without giving all the background info. The word "pause" seemed a little easier.
  6. Looks good Evan. Btw, the problem with having <20 FPS is not that you will appear to "pause" to other pilots, but because your aircraft will move slower than the groundspeed that is displayed to controllers (which is not adjusted for the simulation rate). This will make it difficult and to sequence you with other traffic. Szymon, I would recommend some additional items for X-Plane Free Scenery. Let me know what you think. Ortho4XP - this utility allows you to generate photorealistic scenery tiles for any part of the world and greatly improves VFR flying. US Orthophotos (alternative to Ortho4XP) - you can download pre-made tiles with various improvements for the New England area. Space-intensive. HD Mesh Scenery v4 (link to torrent files) - improves depiction of terrain, roads, forests, water bodies, etc. Like Orbx's FTX Vector. ZBW is contained within two tiles, +40-080 and +40-090. May impact frame rates. simHeaven/World2XP - improves autogen, buildings, and landmarks. Download "w2xp_America.7z" from here: https://simheaven.com/simdownloads/w2xp-sceneries/ (works for XP11) Download VFR-Landmarks, VFR-Aerials, from here: https://simheaven.com/xp11-sceneries/ Cheers, Richard
  7. Please join me in congratulating our newest S2 Jack Levine (LV)! Jack did an excellent job applying theory to two very difficult sessions at PWM and ACK that tested his ability to sequence VFR arrivals, splice long departure and arrival streams, and correctly define "cleared for the option" (don't forget about stop-and-goes!). Congrats and enjoy your new rating!
  8. Thanks @Richard Wang...sure is nice to have you back! If others would also go through our documentation with a critical eye and share their feedback, we would be able to keep our stuff in much better shape! I don't use X-Plane so I can only rely on information I gather from members. There has always been some disagreement as to how effective autospeed has been. Using the post you referenced, I updated the X-Plane section of our Getting Started Guide: https://forum.bvartcc.com/uploads/bva/GettingStarted/XP/connecting_index.html Do you feel this presents the situation appropriately? I have no idea what the plugins referenced are, or how one might go about installing them, so feel welcome to contribute any other guidance that seems relevant. I'll leave it to @Szymon Puzdrowski if he wants to update this thread. Although we do reference it in a few places, I still consider it somewhat unofficial (though it is certainly helpful). The current hope is to build an updated Getting Started Guide that incorporates a lot of this knowledge at some point in the future.
  9. Note that as of Jan 2020, VATSIM has enforced a minimum of 20 FPS for X-Plane users flying on the network. Now, if you fall below 20 FPS for a certain period of time, the client will detect that and kick you out of the network. More info about the update here: https://www.vatsim.net/news/important-information-x-plane-users That means the Autospeed plugin is no longer a solution for pilots who experience low FPS. Instead, VATSIM is asking pilots to adjust their graphics settings and/or use Lua scripts to meet the minimum FPS requirement (see the links at the bottom of that page). VATSIM has not dictated the exact criteria that should be used by the clients to catch users with low FPS. From my experience, xSquawkBox has an overly strict and punitive approach which makes it impossible to fly on the network even if you only fall below 20 FPS once every 60 seconds. On the other hand, xPilot has a more reasonable implementation and I've never had any problems with getting disconnected. I think we should update our reference material on the website to remove the references to Autospeed and instead instruct users to use the xPilot client and adjust their graphics settings. @Dana Atwood, looks like you made the right decision to use xPilot Cheers, Richard
  10. Read more about 60 Hours of ATC and other community news in the December Logan Informer. BVA members wanting to apply to Cape Air Virtual can use this application form.
  11. I haven't tried this yet, but it's highly rated and looks pretty good... for WINGS IFR #10, 5B2, Saratoga Co. https://flightsim.to/file/1680/saratoga-county-airport-5b2 Also, in addition to the other products mentioned by Matt, Working Title also produces the Garmin Touch Screen Gx which is great for the XCub, VL3, and others. https://github.com/Working-Title-MSFS-Mods/fspackages/releases/tag/gx-v0.1.0-dev3 Almost forgot this updated version of KASH https://flightsim.to/file/778/boire-field-kash-nashua-nh-airport-update
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