P-12C Pilot

The Flight Simulator experience and other tangential thoughts

P-12C Pilot

  • Racing Across Greece

    Yesterday several of us flew a cross-country race to various locations in Greece. We only had 5 participants as team members are so busy it's hard to find time to spend flying, but even with only 5 it was pretty cool. With 16 it would have been awesome...
  • Easter Eggs in FSX?

    Well yes we do have "easter eggs. For those that aren't familiar with easter eggs in this context, they are hidden things to discover in a game (and sometimes in other types of software). In FSX we have several. Some of them are hidden in missions...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • I wish I spoke Spanish...

    ...it would really come in handy in Spain afterall! Yes I'm going to flying to Spain next Sunday to do my part for the team and present FSX at a LanParty in Madrid, then head on to Valencia for another presentation. I should be interesting and I've...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mission Building Article

    Mike Singer (here's his blog http://informationmike.spaces.live.com/ ) took a few days and cleaned up my article to post it on the FSinsider site. He did a great job and still gives me credit making me look like a much better writer than I really am....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • My Trip to Spain

    I’m on the plane flying back to Seattle from NY and thought I would take this time to write down some details about my trip. To be honest I didn’t really want to go to Spain . Considering my love of aviation and airplanes I had really wanted to go to...
  • The Snow is Almost Gone

    As some of you probably know, the Seattle area has had a lot of snow and stormy weather lately. The snow hit my area Last Sunday and dumped nine inches of white stuff on us and killed our power. It was three days of sub-freezing weather before the power...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • "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...
  • 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...
  • 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...