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Don Desfosse

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  1. Welcome back, Mike, from another old ZBW hack! This community is great -- extremely supportive and top notch quality. As in the old days, easily one of the top 5 quality facilities on the entire network, but an even more supportive community. -- Don Desfosse (DO) TA 2008-2009 ATM 2009-2013
  2. Wait.... you got certified last night??!!?? j/k of course... Glad I could be a part of it In all seriousness, congrats!
  3. My very strong suggestion is that if you cannot do the entire flight online, in attendance, DO NOT sign up for a slot and preclude someone who can actually meet the requirements of the event (which is indeed to be in attendance throughout, with allowances for short, say 5-15 minute breaks, IF approved by ATC, in the middle of the flight). All that said, it really depends on what you mean by break. If it means getting up, walking around within a few feet of your chair, keeping audio volume up (or wearing a wireless headset) so you can hear, run back to your chair, and respond to ATC, etc., that's in the spirit of attending your connection. If it means going upstairs and taking a nap, or going across the house to your favorite couch or armchair, that doesn't work.... In the event that your breaks are more significant than stretching your legs within a few feet, into the next room, etc., but you can still monitor audio and run (or jog) back to respond, I offer the following additional thoughts. If you're trying to get ATC at both the beginning and the end of your flight, my next suggestion would be to try to take of very early, perhaps 10-30 minutes before the first slot time, or very late, perhaps 2-2.5 hours after the last slot time, when your reconnection will not make such a huge negative impact on the controllers trying to work the swarm of aircraft. You're not guaranteed ATC outside of the "normal" event times, but I can tell you that just reconnecting "blind" in the middle of a swarm of traffic could easily get you removed from the network, and possibly even given a 24 hour suspension if you push the point with repetitive reconnects. Otherwise, if you are only really interested in a takeoff during the swarm, fly with the swarm for a bit, and then a disconnect, you could participate as a non-slot aircraft. Though we don't usually have extra delays for non-slot aircraft at Boston, VATSIM always warns non-slot aircraft to expect significant delays. Some facilities enforce the slot times for slotted aircraft rigidly, to the exclusion (read delay) of non-slot aircraft. Boston is much more capable and forgiving than most....
  4. Claude, did you move your .bgl files to \addon scenery\scenery\ or to the program's \scenery\ folder? You should have moved them to \addon scenery\scenery\, and you should NOT have made any extra entries in FSX pointing to the RNAV update .bgl files. If you did make any extra entries in FSX pointing to the RNAV update .bgl files, you should delete them.
  5. My pleasure, Claude. Just to confirm, all is working now?
  6. \addon scenery\scenery means that under the \addon scenery folder, there is another sub-folder called \scenery The full path, if you were copying files via Windows, might look like: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Addon Scenery\scenery\ Herve's installation instructions, on the right side of the Fixes page, are very clear and simple. He even includes a link that takes you to a step by step guide. Bottom line: if you only put your files into \addon scenery\, FSX will not find them on its own. You need to move them to the \scenery\ subdirectory (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Addon Scenery\scenery\) for FSX to find them automatically. Alternatively, you could put them somewhere else, but then you'd have to add that new area within the FSX scenery library. I would recommend the former; make sure the .BGL files are in the \scenery\ subdirectory (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Addon Scenery\scenery\) (move them if necessary). Hope this helps.
  7. Yes, you understood perfectly. If you put your BGL files in \addon scenery\scenery, I would have thought they would have worked. I also have not used FSX in a while and do not have it on this machine, so am shooting from (aging) memory. To be sure, though, you put your BGL files in \addon scenery\scenery, and not just \addon scenery, correct?