P-12C Pilot

The Flight Simulator experience and other tangential thoughts

P-12C Pilot

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • "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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 Bought the Farm

    Okay, I guess I bought A farm. My wife Sam is a horse person. Her passion is horses and mine is aviation. Where we live now she and I can have both, but she needed more. SO... now we have two houses. One for aviation where we have been for several years...
  • 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...
  • Lobotomy Flashback

    Yet another flashback to my past, this time from a longtime friend and ex-Lobotomite Tom. When I left Nintendo it was to start my own company, which I founded with two friends. The company name was Lobotomy Software and we created console and PC games...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Yak 18T

    It took me over a week to write this, but the weekend before last, I was hanging out around the house and heard a radial engine flying around. I ran outside and saw a Yak 18T fly over. I decided that if he landed I would drive around and see where he...
  • 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...