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General Discussion / Re: MSFS is alive
« on: October 02, 2019, 08:12:49 PM »
The videos all make it look very impressive. I've signed up for the "insider" hopefully to keep track of what is coming, but I'm too impressed so far, no forum yet, they give you a made-up "name" ... I hope they clean this up so we can use it.

I haven't seen one pontoon in any of the videos and I think I've watched all of them. I wonder if they'll have any bush planes (tundra, etc). Well, it's a long way off.  If you see things that might impact us, be sure to post it in this thread.


Addon Scenery and Enhancements / Re: Halibut Cove plane floating in air
« on: September 07, 2019, 02:33:22 PM »
Interesting, I’ll take a look at it. Thank you.


Addon Scenery and Enhancements / Re: Halibut Cove plane floating in air
« on: September 07, 2019, 08:22:41 AM »
Think of the “hardened surface” of an object like a invisible coating of paint. The designer makes an object, and hardens it with the “hardened surface coating”. Then a scenery designer decides to use that object at a location. But the object (in this case a wharf) must be resized (made smaller), to resemble a concrete pier. The pier that you see is resized perfectly...but the invisible “hardened coating” does not resize. It is always at the original size. Therefore when you approach such an object, your aircraft will react to the original invisible hardened surface and seem to jump in the air if you approach the object.

What I have done for some of these is put red buoys at the limits of the hardened surface, (Bear Observatory), warning a float plane or boat not to approach closer than the buoys. Or, the designer can change out the object. Or we can treat just live with it as we live with a “unhardened” dock you can drive through. But now you know what is happening.

General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Dorian - Freeport Bahamas -09.02.2019
« on: September 05, 2019, 09:53:31 AM »
Hurricane Dorian has now "passed" my position in South Carolina. A little windy (gusty), rainy, but basically just a windy rainstorm. Too bad the media hypes these things out of proportion chasing thousands of people our of their SAFE environments and puts them at risk on the highway.  Yes, they are bad on the coast because of the storm surge ... and if you have a cat 5 sitting on your position for 2 days, you can EXPECT to get wiped out (Bahamas). But you really have to take the "predictions" from the radio and TV with a "grain of salt." Most of the spaghetti tracks were WRONG, but when the storm passes and they erase them, everyone tends to forget. (I don't, I save the screenshots).

Another thing for people that live in this area (inland coastal SC). The hurricane always passes to the right (east) of us (following the gulf stream). If it would come from the left, it would be ON LAND and would diminish to a tropical storm quickly. So the ONLY winds we will see that could be damaging will be from the NORTH.  I only put up the north storm shutters ... takes about 20 minutes, vs putting up shutters for the whole house (2 hours +). Last night I sat on my south porch (screened) and watched the "hurricane" and read my Kindle and listened to Pandora on the dot ... completely dry. Living in a hurricane corridor, you need to study and understand YOUR location ... and disregard the hype and politics on the TV and radio.

General Discussion / Re: BWEP
« on: September 05, 2019, 09:41:43 AM »
The only difference between A and B is PAVD payware.  So the instructions to disable the indicated airports are the same for both packages. But if you have Payware, just use the "A" instructions, disregard the "B" instructions.


Addon Scenery and Enhancements / Re: AI River Rafting
« on: September 04, 2019, 06:59:33 PM »
The rivers have no current, so you need a boat with a motor. We have many boat rides down rivers that we have added vegetation and structures to. The Owikeno Lake has three river runs. Check The Miirungs fir more.


General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Dorian - Freeport Bahamas -09.02.2019
« on: September 03, 2019, 09:17:41 PM »
I like them, mostly around airports, so not everywhere.

General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Dorian - Freeport Bahamas -09.02.2019
« on: September 03, 2019, 02:42:41 PM »
Rod, I knew you’d come through!

General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Dorian - Freeport Bahamas -09.02.2019
« on: September 03, 2019, 02:12:29 PM »
Yeah, they just called is a Tropical Storm watch for here now. So we will get a couple of inches of rain and some gusty winds (like the last 4 times). Thousands of people evacuated for NOTHING (again). All they have to do is wait about two more days to call it accurately...but they called it too early (again) and they call it WRONG (again).  If they keep “calling wolf!” ... one day thousands will die in a REAL emergency, because fewer and fewer are believing and heeding the warnings.

And it can get expensive...It costs about $450 dollars to get your hurricane shutters put up (for the seniors in my senior community). I watched the workers putting up more this morning AFTER the Trop Storm Watch was called. Now the evacuees will spend next week driving back home from some overpriced motel and spend more money to take the shutters back down.

Living here is sort of like watching an ant colony.

General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Dorian - Freeport Bahamas -09.02.2019
« on: September 02, 2019, 08:11:19 PM »
C’mon Brad, it’s a hurricane! It’s so bad down there even the static trees were moving!

:-) Doug

General Discussion / Hurricane Dorian - Freeport Bahamas -09.02.2019
« on: September 02, 2019, 05:16:30 PM »

I've never been able to fly a helicopter successfully in the sim ... but today I got the "feel" for it anyway. This is a video of me sitting beside the runway at Freeport during the height of Dorian. Flew like that for a while actually, kinda' fun (with the crash off of course :-)


PS ... Mandatory evacuation order as of noon today for Hilton Head Area of South Carolina because of Dorian. Our governor calls these things WAY too early. The tracks are good, but they always pick the worst possible track for the warning. So our whole "gated" community is not closed. I can get out, but can't get back in if I leave. (Sort of the opposite of Hotel California). All amenities are shut down.

It takes about 2 hours to put up the hurricane shutters for the house, I've done it now 4 times. What I learned from the 4 "events" is to way about 6 hours before it the thing is supposed to hit and make a decision on shutters. All of these for times we did all the work for 3" of rain and an occasional 45 mph gust of wind. So we are 'staying put' ... no shutters up, lovely day.

Addon Scenery and Enhancements / Re: Halibut Cove Refreshed!
« on: August 30, 2019, 05:13:49 PM »
Absolutely correct! Good eye. I have now changed it to a "must re-download" with the red exclamation point. Thank you, Steve.

Help and Troubleshooting / Re: Rotating Beacon in P3D V4
« on: August 18, 2019, 03:19:23 PM »
The pic is from PF64 Winter Trail.

Help and Troubleshooting / Re: Rotating Beacon in P3D V4
« on: August 18, 2019, 08:42:25 AM »
I’m using 4.4, no hotfix.

Help and Troubleshooting / Re: Rotating Beacon in P3D V4
« on: August 17, 2019, 09:48:28 PM »
Yes, every rotating beacon I can find now has this phenomenon.

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