P-12C Pilot

The Flight Simulator experience and other tangential thoughts

September, 2006

  • Great Rebuttal on Avsim

    Our Studio manager Shawn Firminger pointed out this commentary on a thread at Avsim complaining that Flight Sim and Microsoft in general aren't innovative. I tend to gloss over the obvious rants, so I'm glad Shawn pointed it out. It's a great rebuttal...
  • Do we have a launch yet?

    Not quite yet, but we are sooo close. We are in the process of looking for a release candidate that passes all of our tests. Basically we fix the big bugs, do a build (which takes all night) then create DVD's and test it like crazy. IF we don't find...
  • Flying with a German Co-pilot

    I have been helping test the Polish and German versions of FSX flying missions to see if things are working well. It's very interesting to hear the lines I have come to memorize flying the missions in a different language (the Polish version has translated...
  • Reno was a blast!

    Blasted cold that is... It was really cold on Thursday and Friday with wind chill near freezing. The wind was blowing 30-40 knots and we got wind burned those two days. It’s amazing that the race pilots can fly the course at nearly 500 mph in such gusty...
  • Keeping up on Reno

    For those that are interested in following what's going on at the Air Races in Reno, the forums at the following two sites are good (there are likely others as well, but I've been following these). They both have a lot of great air racing material. ...
  • Devs flying missions...

    As we wind down, a lot of the developers have been trying to catch their breath, so some of them have been flying missions that they never had time to try earlier. It has been really fun for me to watch and hear the reactions as they play, and even...
  • Thank you Brandon!

    Now that I've gotten that last political rant off my chest (there are more waiting btw) I must say that we will miss Brandon while he takes his required time off work. For those that don't know, CSG's at microsoft (contingent staff or what is commonly...
  • I saw a shiny package...

    ...and you'll be seeing yours soon too. Maybe I shouldn't be saying this... Okay what I saw isn't on the shelves yet, but it sure looks pretty sitting there all sparkly and nice in our "Flight Simulator history" display cabinet.
  • Racing Reno Style!

    Reno is just around the corner and I can't wait. I love seeing the warbirds take to the course, and walking the pits with all the passionate crews working their butts off to have a fast and healthy plane. If you haven't ever gone to the Reno Air Races...
  • Remembering September 11th

    With respect and honor my heart goes out to the victims and survivors of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the lives lost in the aircraft which crashed in Shanksville, PA. The world stood beside us and shared in our grief as...
  • Thank you community sites!

    I've been meaning to post a huge THANK YOU to all of the various sites that host forums and allow downloads and links to content for Flight Simulator. Without your support over all of these years we would not be where we are today. May the next 25...
  • Tutorial 12 Times

    We have 12 tutorial missions in FSX. The last 4 are helicopter tutorials and the last one is really difficult. You fly through a series of gates which are up a hillside ravine at tree top level, then down a cliff face. After that you land on a moving...
  • Biting my tongue

    I want to talk about my favorite missions, and find out what yours are, but then I remember that most of you haven't flown FSX yet, haven't tried the missions, and may not know what I'm talking about. So I must wait - and wait - and wait some more...
  • AVSIM Conference

    I didn't go, as I'm sure you've figured out, I was in Reno, but I heard the show and the various presentations went really well. I spoke with Mike Singer today and he did the missions presentation. It's great the community has embraced the mission system...
  • P-12C still coming along nicely

    My father has been working hard on the P-12 and is making great progress. Since my last report he has pretty much finished the cockpits with controls and windscreens, fabricated, fitted, and painted all of the sheet metal for the fuselage, hooked up the...