P-12C Pilot

The Flight Simulator experience and other tangential thoughts

P-12C Pilot

  • Combat...

    I have gotten a lot of e-mail speculating that my time spent at the RAF base recently was for a pending CFS title. I wish I could say you are right, but you are not. However, I am very confident that the CFS franchise will come back sometime and many...
  • Autogen tweak that might help

    Many of you have been frustrated that you can't control the density of autogen trees verses buildings because we only have one slider to cover both of them. Some have also been frustrated that our lowest autogen setting is more dense than FS2004 at max...
  • FMS, ATC, SIDS & STARS

    All of these features are often requested and we are very aware that one segment of our users want these in the product. We seriously talked about all of these during the development of FSX and there were several reasons why each fell off the plate...
  • Reality Check

    Okay, back from reading through the links at sim-outhouse regarding my combat post. There certainly is a lot of cynicism out there regarding "M$"... Let me address some of the general comments. I was going to post this as a comment to my combat post,...
  • Who Let the Cat Out of the Bag?

    Is that a meow I hear or a roar? Definitely a roar and the cat's got claws, sharp teeth and over 4,000 horsepower. They don't call it the fastest motor sport on earth for nothing! Other than the absence of hot air balloon racing, there is racing for...
  • I'm a Winner! :)

    I'm actually a fairly low key person, but when I get into a competitive situation, I want to win! If I don't win, I still enjoy the heck out of it though. So yesterday we flew two MP sailplane races and two MP Red Bull races. I am very happy to say...
  • Things to do in Flight Simulator X

    Missions in Flight Simulator X are somewhat of a mystery right now, and I'm not going to spill the beans before details of our plans are officially announced. But I can say they provide "new things to do." Advanced users and Flight Simulator enthusiasts...
  • FS 2004 Aircraft

    We constantly see posts on various forums about how poorly we model aircraft, how we should have chosen this aircraft instead of the one we did, etc. We see this so much we've developed pretty thick skins, and frankly some of the criticism is well deserved...
  • Fire Storm of Opinion

    I knew I was dropping a small bomb by talking about ATC in my last post. I know it's a charged subject and nobody from ACES has really addressed it at all. A side effect to my post is that I've found out just how passionate you are about single player...
  • Performance Anxiety

    Not mine, but FSX of course... The number of posts regarding FSX performance is staggering, but not particularly surprising. Unlike console systems, PC's come in a lot of different flavors and the number of hardware and driver combinations is practically...
  • Good Fun

    Brandon (one of our mission designers) is back from his hiatus, and the last couple of days we were testing out some of the concepts we are working on. Prior to that Justin and I were doing more of the same. Happily I can say it was very fun flying together...
  • Red Cessna

    There have been a lot of questions about why the Red/Gold Cessna is actually white. The answer is a simple one in that it's a simple bug that was either missed, or postponed in favor of focusing on bigger nastier bugs. The description should have said...
  • Memorable Moments

    One of my goals for FSX (or any product I'm designing) is to seed the design/world/experience with opportunities for memorable moments. I'm talking about events that you will remember for years, not just a few minutes. I still clearly remember the...
  • It's Never Too Late

    I often see posts where users are wondering if it's too late to submit wishlists for FSX. Although my title for this post implies it's not too late, in all honesty it is too late to include major NEW features in FSX. Interestingly many of the wishlists...
  • FSX Hell

    It's pretty much hell in the office these days. Not that it's particularly unusual when trying to wrap up a huge software project. It's always this way with pretty much any game, but at the end of a three year cycle after pushing agressivly for over a...
  • Mission Building Tips Article

    After a bit of wrestling, I think this is now the correct link to get to the article in question... Considering this article will likely end up on fsinsider, please don't re-post it, but feel free to link to it if you find it useful. http://blogs...
  • No More "Blurries?"

    Adam has been working hard on our scenery system and he has recently checked in a fix that should remove most of the blurries from FSX. That said, if you're flying a fast aircraft with autogen and other stuff cranked up, you can still outpace the updates...
  • Simulation Enhancements in FSX

    A lot of users have asked what we have done in the way of enhancements to aircraft and the simulation in general. Here are some that stand out for me off the top of my head (not an all inclusive list). New Sim Connect API so third parties can more...
  • Video Miami to Tampa on Vatsim

    One of our beta testers pointed out this video of a pilot flying from Miami to Tampa starting in a dark cockpit of a Level D 767. For any that haven't seen what it's like on Vatsim or IVAO, this is a good example. The pilot did a great job explaining...
  • Playtesting

    Last week we held another play test of missions, so I thought I would share some thoughts about play testing. As team members we try to squeeze time into our day to play with Flight Simulator X, especially areas that we don't directly work on. This...
  • Just Sailing Along

    I'm so tired I can barely see straight. I've spent a good portion of the weekend building a sailplane mission and I've probably flown our new sailplane for a total of several hours today. I should check the logbook and see exactly how many hours I...
  • P-12 pictures posted in the gallery

    I just posted a bunch of photos of the P-12 my father has been building over the last 20+ years. The images span a wide time range covering about 18 or so of those years. You can find the gallery here . There are far more images that I haven't posted...
  • Sitting in NY

    Here I am sitting in the Delta Airlines lounge waiting for my flight to Madrid. The weather is nasty and we sat in a holder pattern for an hour before getting clearance into JFK. Unfortunately having a fast laptop also means batteries don't last long...
  • Hair Now Extinguished!

    This has really been a crazy month or so. The last few weeks my hair was on-fire (what little I have) with multiple deadlines hitting simultaneously. There were two big ones with our script lockdown for all of the localization work to support all the...
  • Howdy!

    I’ve been thinking about doing this for several months and always had some excuse to postpone doing so, but I finally set aside a few hours to make it happen. Hopefully those that peruse my blog will find something of value and worthy of your time. ...