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  4. Hi Brian the beast is looking cool, I like the new paint job and beast. Glad you did not hit TOGA and saw the runway in time, I was already late for a meeting, and if you diverted or went around I would have totally missed my meeting, oh and tnx it was nice flying Brain's Charter. Congrats on that landing
  5. Knight W

    Saving an Queen of the Skies

    tnx @brian747
  6. I usually follow along with one or more of the Worldflight trips, although without the "benefit" of Vatsim. This year Worldflight's only UK landfall is at Leeds-Bradford, where the 7,382 ft runway is not the shortest they have to contend with this year, but nonetheless it still requires some care in a Boeing 747-400. Although as luck would have it, (well, my sort of luck anyway) as things turned out I had rather less than that to work with. But I'm getting ahead of myself. It all started when my favourite steed was in for its D check, and afterwards it was evident that a new paint job would be required. [Translation: over in the real world, I had decided to change my puppet aircraft in the scenery generator from the FSX version to a POSKY 744, so I pretty much had to reach for the electronic paintbrush]. Now I hate repainting with a passion, mostly because I do it so rarely that I can never remember how I did it previously and so have to start learning again from scratch (not to mention that it's always a different paint kit anyway), but I felt that a touch of new paint probably wouldn't go amiss, so I gritted my teeth and produced one. Since I have the artistic eye of a Neanderthal there isn't much difference from the old paint (still the same colours and the same overall layout) but I did remember to change the Union flag to the English flag (in view of the fact that these days the Celtic fringe are making noises about going their own way, which is fine by me) hence that was the only change of any significance. Apart from the seasonal touch of a Christmas hat, of course. Anyway, I felt that Worldflight was a good opportunity to give the new paint job a quick trial — so I decided to do a short flight from Heathrow into Leeds-Bradford. The first problem came when I discovered that Worldflight would be landing there some time after 2 a.m. tomorrow morning. Hmm. These days I need what little sleep I can manage to get (between hanging upside down in the wardrobe eating white mice, of course), so sadly I had to discount the possibility of vlying alongside everyone else. Therefore when my wife conveniently announced that she had decided to spend the morning at a bridge competition I decided that now would be the ideal time, albeit a few hours ahead of the Worldflight guys. I always use RW weather, and today's is somewhat problematic and November-ish. It was fairly murky at Heathrow .... .... and up aloft I had to climb through a lot of gunge .... .... before reaching my cruising altitude at FL190. And in the nature of such trivial trips, it wasn't long before I reached ToD and started my descent into Leeds-Bradford. I had (optimistically?) planned to use rwy 32: it has an ILS, which is always reassuring in poor vis conditions, and furthermore there's a nice generous turning circle at the far end. So it was with a familiar feeling of disappointment that I discovered on checking ATIS that the runway is use was rwy 14. <sigh> Life's like that, right? Although it is kinder for local residents in view of noise considerations, I suppose. However, as Britjet pithily puts it in his Route Information Manual for this year's Worldflight, "Approach to Rwy 14 is over the high ground. Ridge 6.5nm out on the approach to Rwy 14 which may give rise to radio altimeter ramping and possibly GPWS activation." (Which it duly did). And "Mast to 262 ft asl at 2nm finals Rwy 14". Oh, and: "ILS 14 – G/P fluctuation may take place between 3.5nm and 1.5nm from the Rwy 14 threshold. Note that the ILS G/S angle is 3.5°", not to mention "The landing thresholds of both Rwy 14 and Rwy 32 are considerably inset". And finally "Many aircrew have commented that the published missed approach procedure is difficult to follow." Right. All good clean fun, then. But the comment that spooked me slightly was this one: "Poor visibility due to industrial haze may occur in settled conditions as well as radiation fog". I always knew that the folk on the wrong side of the Pennines were a bit odd — maybe it's that radiation fog? Otherwise, it's easy-peasy. I've landed my 744 on plenty of runways shorter than this (my landing at Sion was one, although sadly the pics of it in my blog have been lost thanks to Photo-trash-bucket's cessation of free hosting), and the snag with this particular runway is that if I don't stop in time to exit left on taxiway D then I don't know how I'm going to turn round, so that makes the runway even shorter than would otherwise be the case.... Hey ho, and it's time for an approach to runway 14. Given the prevailing weather, the latter stages of this were entirely in cloud, and in fact the runway only became visible disturbingly close to minimums when I was about to press the TOGA button (thank Icarus for RNAV! — although I had my diversion to Manchester ready in RTE 2, just in case). Once on the runway it was time to see just how quickly I could slow the thing down.... ....and happily I was able to achieve 10 kts just in time to negotiate that extremely tight (for a beast that's 744-sized) turn onto taxyway D. All dramas now safely behind me, I blithely cleaned up the aircraft as I taxyed in.... .... even stopping to accord precedence to the minnows. In fact I was so elated that I even achieved a rather more precise parking position than is my norm. It was only after I had shut down the engines and gone looking for the WV ACARS that I discovered that I had forgotten to start it at the beginning of the vlight. <DEEP sigh> (We all do it from time to time, but it still irritates the **** out of me). It serves me right for feeling good about the landing, I suppose. Ah well, there's always another day.... Cheers, Brian
  7. brian747

    Saving an Queen of the Skies

    Looking splendid after the repaint, Pieter! Great pics — I'm sure that you and your new steed are going to be very happy together! Cheers, Brian
  8. Knight W

    Saving an Queen of the Skies

    Knight Aviation decided after the completion of the charter tour of Aussie, it is time to expand it's fleet and what better way to do it with an Queen of the skies? Through a very trusty broker and expert on B744 named Brian747, KA got hold of a good solid mid life B744 decommissioned by an well known Airline. KA immediately jumped at the opportunity to rescue such a beautiful young Queen of the sky and put her back where she belong at 41 000 ft. Only problem was she needed to be rescued out of some grave yard in the middle of some unforgiving dessert, called Mojave Airport -KMHV (could actually be called aircraft HELL). Brian747 arranged for the refurbish and new paint job to restore her, to be done in Las Vegas McCarren Int. - KLAS. She then had to be taken to Miami Int. - KMIA for her new engines and proper inspection and registration, apparently the inspectors and the engineers work better in the tropical climate of Miami but I think they just wanted a reason for all paid vacation in Miami..............mmmmm The next step when she is all done is the trip to her new home base Cape Town. Meet the Queen at Mojave, who would do such a thing to such a beauty? Climbing away from the HELL and back in the sky where she belong! Turning for ILS approach at Las Vegas. Long finals with Vegas in sight. Taxiing to the gate. Unveiling of the new painted KA B774 Queen of the sky This the new look the day before the flight to Miami at the unveiling. The flight to Miami Climbing out of Las Vegas for FL410 The Mississippi river Approach into Miami Int. Now for the leg home Cape Town SA FACT!
  9. Knight W

    LOVING P3D

    Yeah luckily it is socket 1151 and even the new 8gen I7's are still 1151. Good luck with the project lol
  10. brian747

    LOVING P3D

    <grin> It's a good 'un (for its age), and I'm not yet at all tempted to change it — especially since my mobo would probably need to be replaced as well, which means a lot of downtime while I fiddle about getting everything realigned. Life's too short as it is. Cheers, Brian
  11. Knight W

    LOVING P3D

    @brian747 We have the same CPU lol.
  12. Knight W

    LOVING P3D

    Yes thanks I tried to maintained as much realism as possible, but yes you are right I will have to turn crash detection off there will be some where some buildings or trees in the way of the runways like some hairy stuff I have found already. thanks guys.
  13. brian747

    LOVING P3D

    @Knight W Many thanks for that info, which makes a lot of sense. The reason for the question is that I've been considering putting together a totally new sim installation, and planning what I would do differently. My looooong-established FSX setup (which I will retain) is rock solid, but whilst I'm running PSX on the same machine it can't maintain 30 fps at complex airports: since I vly only the 744 I feel that I should be able to do better on the same hardware (i7 6700K @ 4.6GHz, GTX 1070 8Gb, 512Gb M.2 NVMe SSD, 34 inch G-Sync 3440x1440 px) by not installing stuff like Orbx scenery, and using fewer weather and texture add-ons, and less complex mesh. Less is more. At seven miles up fancy scenery is irrelevant anyway, hence this time around I would spend awhile using the default scenery (although complex airports and GSX L2 are must-haves) before gently starting to introduce some add-ons in priority sequence, testing each one for fps impact as I go. So your current situation is particularly relevant for the way I'm currently thinking. I'm in no hurry, and am prepared to take as long as it takes when the time comes to installing things to get the result I'm aiming for (I'll report back to the forum when the process is complete, but I fully expect that to be in 2019). Oh, and Trooper is bang on the money — turn off crash detection. Real simmers tend not to vly into buildings or bounce down the runway, anyway — that's gamer territory. Cheers, Brian
  14. Trooper

    LOVING P3D

    In your settings go to realism options and uncheck detect crash. This will solve your problem.
  15. Knight W

    LOVING P3D

    What is a bit annoying in P3D if I open the cargo bay doors the little cargo loader comes to play and it then crashes into my AC and the sim goes crash detected and reset the session !!!!!!
  16. Knight W

    LOVING P3D

    @brian747 At the moment I am using only default scenery since it is a great improvement on FSX on its own and I would rather have a smooth sailing sim then good scenery. For me it is more about the flying and procedures. I am using the Default FSX 738 with some extra popup (Instruments) windows that I have put in myself borrowing it from other AC like the Citation X radio's by just adding them to my panel.cfg and all the necessary *.cab files to the gauges and sound directory in P3D . I suspect my FPS rate will dramatically decline if I where to start adding scenery stuff. My rig is an I7k 6gen with 8gig memory and a GTX 1050 ti oc 4gig ddr5 (clocking constantly at 1756mhz) GPU. Nothing fancy. I run 3 screens, 24" curve x1 and 24" flat pannels x2. I run the sim from an 120gig SSD crucial. Hopes this helps.
  17. brian747

    LOVING P3D

    Well it sure is looking good, and it's great to hear that you're happy with the change! Good news indeed: to put that into context could you please tell us what aircraft you are using, and what scenery (i.e default, Orbx, whatever), along with your CPU and GPU? It's just that, as a survivor of many sim versions over the decades, I am a little wary of quoted rates soon after the sim is first installed, since they do tend to take a nosedive once more and more add-ons get into the act. TIA, Cheers, Brian
  18. Knight W

    LOVING P3D

    Here are some more feed back on the P3D conversion KA undertook. First I must say I am loving it. KA since done three more flights in the Ausie Pacific 2018 tour and not even so much as a stutter, I am maintaining a FPS rate of 60 and the sim is smooth. Had to do some fine tuning to some of the scenery density but got it now where my GPU are happy. Next will be to upgrade to a 8GB GPU....mmmmm Here are some pics of the last three approaches. Regional Jet trying to steel KA landing spot Who can keep the nose the longest in the air?
  19. harrry

    Knight Aviation finally took the plunge

    It should be no problem for you changing to P3d4 You only need one plane, the 747. A little pricey,especially if you add the 747-8 but I am sure they would keep you busy for a while. Your other favorite of the Real planes should be no problem as they have been upgraded for P3D4
  20. brian747

    Knight Aviation finally took the plunge

    Thanks for that, harrry — I've heard that said, too. But it seems that different people have different experiences in this area, which I guess is why I'm finding it so hard to understand the problems in advance. But to 'suck it and see' is a little expensive, with P3D.... Although I'm beginning to fear that that may be my only option in the end. Cheers, Brian
  21. harrry

    Knight Aviation finally took the plunge

    If the aircraft is a default aircraft using only fsx default controls and guages there are few problems. With anything else while the body may import guages will not work.
  22. brian747

    Knight Aviation finally took the plunge

    That's very helpful, thank you! Unlike some of the stuff I've been reading elsewhere, I might add.... I think that because I'm attempting to reach a balanced view of what's involved by reading a whole slew of Internet posts written by many different people with different experience levels and different agendas, it's hard to get a balanced view of what the problems are likely to be — so it's refreshing to read a clear and succinct statement on this topic. Cheers, Brian
  23. Knight W

    Knight Aviation finally took the plunge

    Hi @brian747 I think because it is the default B738 from FSX it was this easy as copy and paste the B738 folder out of FSX into P3D. You just have to make sure all the relevant *.cab files are also there or copy them from FSX gauges to the P3D gauges folder. I even got all my extra popups instruments that I use, to work as well for instance the Citation x radio's . Just go into the panel.cfg file under the Windows of that instrument and see what *.cab you need and copy that then also into the gauges folder and sound folder as needed. I know not all will work, the only one that did not want to work was the pushback util I use in FSX in my AC but its read me file does state it is for FSX only. But yes the most were really easy. Some of the other AC that have installers I have not tested yet.
  24. brian747

    Knight Aviation finally took the plunge

    Thanks for the update and the pics — very impressive! — and congratulations on your courage! It looks like you survived the transition very well (is that really P3Dv4 default scenery? Impressive...). Coo: is it really as easy as that? Or does your aircraft have a specifically-made P3Dv4 installer? Having read so many horror stories about people trying desperately to import aircraft and airports (in particular) from FSX into P3Dv4 I'm agreeably surprised. Do keep us updated from time to time on how you're getting on with P3D: it's especially helpful for those of us standing on the edge of the pool, uncertain about how deep the water's going to be.... After all, it's always nice when someone else has done the pioneering.... Cheers, Brian
  25. As every one probably by now knows I was considering it for a while now to do a P3D step up from my old trusty (actually these days just crashing) FSX and last Sunday after yet another VAS OOM sim crush, just before I was to start my descend after a two hour flight , I decided it is time for all Knight Aviation Aircraft to get the P3D conversion. What kept me from doing it in the first place turned out to be a breeze. That was the buying online - "what if I do not receive the license like they say, how will I get support me being in South Africa ect." I had bad experiences before with well respected companies so I am a bit OCD about stuff like that. Immediately after payment my details where emailed and I was on my way. The next step was downloading the 12,6 GB file, but luckily I have fiber at work and that too was not much effort to do. Ok wait so some where there had to be a catch this is just to easy, it's like flying C172 with a 3 axes autopilot ......damm that would be just to easy. So I was expecting the install and run of P3D yeah there is where the catch going to be.............wrong I had a more difficulties buttering bread when the butter are bit cold...smooth sailing. Well done Lockheed Martin. On Monday night after installing P3D I just had enough time to fire up P3D just to see how it looks like and I kicked the tires and light the fires of the C130 just for a quick flip and with not knowing the AC panel quite good or speeds and my joystick not setup yet I .......mmmmmm crashed landed on the runway. Guess Knight Aviation won't be doing Cargo for awhile unless we can borrow Brains 747....... Back to the Sim Tonight I got every thing setup and imported my B738 from FSX into P3D and did a circuit at FACT. The default scenery is so much better. It feels and looks much better then FSX even, that is to me any-case. Now we will just have to see how it does on longer flights. I also need to fine tune every thing still. I will work out what works best as I continue with the Aussie Pacific tour. Here are some pics of the new P3D B738 at FACT and over Table Mountain.
  26. harrry

    Knight Aviation officially took to the skies.

    Is the one plane airline still in business?
  27. brian747

    Knight Aviation officially took to the skies.

    OK, so after two whole tours it's a slightly belated welcome to the skies for Knight Aviation, then. It'll be good to folllow your progress here.... Cheers, Brian
  28. Although Knight Aviation already done a tour of Africa/Middle East (Africa/Middle East 2018 tour) and a tour of Mexico/Caribbean (Mexico/Caribbean 2018) the official launch of Knight Aviation was only on 8 September 2018 with the first official flight from FALA (Lanseria SA) to FAGG (George SA) done with the new Knight Aviation owned B738.
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