P-12C Pilot

The Flight Simulator experience and other tangential thoughts

P-12C Pilot

  • I made the jump to Windows Live Spaces

    There is a lot of information and random thoughts on this blog, but it's time to move on. I think the new blog is working alright and there's a lot more to do to get it up to the high standards of Hal and Mike, but I'll try. I don't plan to update...
  • Sharing the Cockpit of your Favorite Aircraft

    We have had many people lament that they cannot use the shared cockpit feature in FSX multi-player with their favorite add-on aircraft. The problem has been that third parties did not have the information on how to pass custom variables used in their...
  • Microsoft ESP

    I was going to post about Microsoft ESP but after reading Phil's post I'm not sure I can add much value... I guess I'll give more examples that might help you understand the opportunity. We have received e-mails periodically from people that wanted...
  • We Need an Aircraft Developer

    We have opened a position for a developer to help us make the best aircraft we can for the next version of Flight Simulator. There are several people in the community that can build great flight models, and if any of them can code and expand our platform...
  • Becoming a Beta Tester

    With all the great screenshots of FSX Accleration being generated and shared on various forums, a lot of users are inquiring about getting onto the beta program. First of all, it's too late for FSX Acceleration. The beta for Acceleration will be shut...
  • Acceleration Screenshots

    Just thought you might like to see some screenshots from the final bits of Acceleration. The beta team gets to run the final code as part of their participation and we are allowing them to post screenshots from that final version. Check it out! http...
  • Thank You to Acceleration Partners

    Although this information is quietly and publically included in the credits (under the help menu "about" section) I want to call out the great work from the companies and individuals that created content for Acceleration or contributed to helping us do...
  • We're Done!

    Acceleration is now done (the English version and we have 7 more languages to get out the door) and my stress level has dropped to very reasonable levels! This has been a great project with some ups and downs, but mostly just ups. I'm very proud of what...
  • Reno Day 5

    I'm a bit late with this, but Sunday's racing was awesome. It was touch and go that racing would continue for the weekend at all, but thankfully racing continued. The highlight of the day was the Sunday gold unlimited final and the match-up of Mike...
  • Reno Day 4 (Saturday)

    Just a quick note to say that we are getting a great reception at the Reno Air Races. The multiplayer races being run every hour in the "public" booth are full every time with a crowd watching from the sidelines. I have primarily been working in the VIP...
  • Reno Day 2

    So today I worked the VIP area in the morning helping folks learn how to fly the Mustang around the Reno course. In general people did pretty well once they realized just how big the course really is. Everyones first instinct is to turn left immediately...
  • Acceleration Ready to go in Reno

    Well the crew has the two display areas all setup and just about ready to go for tomorrow's activities. I helped get Acceleration installed on top of FSX and that part went without a hitch. We got all the machines activated, and the network setup then...
  • Crazy World

    Or maybe the world just has some really crazy people in it... So I'm following a friend of mine out of the community I live in at 6:00 am (on the way to the airport for my trip to Reno) and when we get to the front gate I see a motorcyclist walk out...
  • Gamespot Acceleration Preview

    Gamespot has a pretty nice writeup on FSX Acceleration with a bunch of screenshots if you're interested.
  • Realism and FSX Acceleration

    There seems to be some anxiety among our hard-core users that FSX is again turning into a game with the release of the Acceleration pack instead of building the sim. We saw the same anxiety with FSX because it included missions. Although there are still...
  • FSX Acceleration in Private Beta

    Many beta testers are already aware that we have entered our beta testing phase, but some may not be aware. If you are a beta tester for us, then please visit the beta forums and participate. We look forward to your feedback. If you're not a beta tester...
  • I'm Feeling a bit Chatty

    Not as chatty as Hal mind you. If you haven't been reading Hal's blog, you've really got to see what he has been up to at AirVenture in Oshkosh. Well worth the read and he has a lot to say about it. As for me, I'm going to skip the hints and innuendo...
  • Official FSX Acceleration Trailer

    Mike has managed to get our video up on fsinsider. Get to the site here . Apparently there were some technical issues getting the HD version posted as it was too large, so they are working on getting that resolved. Let us know what you think of...
  • Flight Simulator X Acceleration at E3

    E3 has begun and speculation has started regarding our expansion pack. If you've been checking my blog periodically, you already know how excited I am about it! There has been a video posted on GameSpot but it's worth noting that this video is a compilation...
  • "Launch Event" in Reno This Year

    If you read this blog much, you'll know I'm a big fan of the Reno National Championship Air Racing event held every September. Like many years past I will be there taking in the sights and sounds of the fastest motorsport on earth. The difference is...
  • Flying "Miss America"

    Let me be clear here, I'm talking about the P-51D Mustang "Miss America," not the human variety... I've always wanted to go for a ride in a Mustang, and I wasn't sure I ever would, but today I can say I've not only flown in a Mustang, but I actually...
  • My Trip to the Indy 500

    Life is good :) My brother, father and I made the trek to Indianapolis for the Indy 500 this year. It was the first time for all of us although we have watched it on TV every year as a family thing. My dad has always wanted to go and my brother surprized...
  • What's New!

    There's a lot new, more than I can really talk about, but it's been so long since my last blog post that I need to make up for lost time. Sorry if this turns out to be a long rambling post, but there might be some stuff you are interested in scattered...
  • Customizing Shift+Z Information

    I've been meaning to blog about this forever, and now I finally will. In FSX we implemented the ability to customize the information shown at the top of the screen when you press "shift+z." In the [CONTROLS] section of fsx.cfg there are headings of...
  • Rounding the Pylons in Reno

    After getting back from Arizona I returned to work and kicked off a build of the X-Pack. While I was away I missed the launch of SP1 into beta and I missed the new P-51 engine tech being checked in. So I grabbed the files and built the product, then proceeded...