FSX Twin Comanche – how to change engine time

Though the real aircraft has had a substantial overhaul, there is still quite a bit of hours on the Twin Comanche’s engines. Unfortunately, the engines are set to zero by default in the FSX version. Want to change that? Here’s how… First, you need to make sure you are able to see hidden folders. That’s pretty easy to do. Simply go to My Computer, select Tools, then Folder Options…. Next select the View tab, and look for a radio button that says "Show hidden files and folders" and select it. Now press the Apply button and you’re all set. Okay, … Continue reading FSX Twin Comanche – how to change engine time

A little easier on the eyes

While doing some sleuthing on some HTML code, I managed to figure out how to get line spacing working. It’s actually CSS code that I didn’t realize worked on Spaces (until I tried it). I used Time Magazine for a template. I’ve converted a few of my most recent blog entries and I’ll be sure to utilize this from here on out.

MVP Summit 2008 right around the corner

Next month, I’m headed to Seattle for my second MVP Summit. I am excited about this year’s format versus last year. The time I spent with ACES team members last year was quite limited due to how the whole event was organized. All Games for Windows MVPs were grouped together, which didn’t quite work IMHO. Those who are more in to MMOG’s and casual type games are not too interested in Simulation, and vice versa. This year, the Game for Windows MVPs who are specialized ACES Studio’s products are being split off from the main G4W group, getting 2 full days with Hal and … Continue reading MVP Summit 2008 right around the corner

What’s your command?

Often when I encounter new users to the MS FS franchise, I am asked how I know so many of the key combinations or keyboard shortcuts. The answer I give is practice and consistency from our friends at MS. Fortunately, many of the core key commands have been the same throughout the many versions, with a few new combinations added with each new version to take advantage of new features. FSX has greatly increased that number, so I can see how overwhelming these key combinations can be to the novice. I thought that it would be a good idea to post … Continue reading What’s your command?

Apology to Steve Halpern & Flight1

In my piracy post, I made mention of the Flight 1 wrapper in an inappropriate manner which to some was conveyed in a negative light. That was not my original intent and therefore I have removed all reference to it. I hope Steve Halpern and the rest of the Flight1 team accept my sincere apology. The point I was trying to convey was that it really doesn’t matter what vehicle is used for e-commerce distribution – there are going to be pirates out there who will figure out a way to share illegally the content, and I stress the word content.

TSInsider has some new updates

While a good portion of the TS Art Team is currently gathering research info in Europe, the folks back home have been steady with updates on the TSInsider website. You can meet the production team (though I know of at least 1 person they have overlooked). Check out a cool W-I-P video of the Horseshoe Curve Route (be sure to read the disclaimers). They also show a new European route – BLS Lötschbergbahn and some great renders of the rolling stock for that area. Be sure to bookmark TSInsider and check it often for more updates!

Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation

EAA has produced a very professional 17 minute video capturing some moments from EAA Airventure in recent years. Harrison Ford narrates the piece entitled Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation and explores what makes Oshkosh the Mecca for aviators and aviation enthusiasts alike year after year. Like many mention in the video, AirVenture is something that every aviation enthusiast should experience at least once in his/her life. You will find no greater collection of people sharing a common love for aviation than there. I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended 4 times (2001, 2003, 2006, & 2007), and I cannot put into words the awe … Continue reading Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation

Beauty of FlightAware

Have I mentioned lately how much I love FlightAware? Probably not, but I cannot think of a single "real aviation" site that makes my heart race more than FlightAware. One of the forum members at Eaglesoft’s support forum posted this today and I just had to mirror it here… This is the flight path of N750CX, a Citation X interesting enough being one that has the new eliptical winglets. Would this have been as impressive if flightaware did not exist? I think not!

Draw Call Monitor

Fellow FS MVP Arno Gerretsen has just released an essential new development tool for optimizing models for FSX – Drawcallmonitor! Check out his blog entry about it and you can obtain the program here. Good on ya, Mate!

I’ve been blogged!

It is funny thing how the internet works. I was browsing my statistics page the other day, and saw where someone had linked to my blog via a website that I had not heard of (at that moment) called blogged.com. Intrigued, I chose to follow the link and low-and-behold, there is a page with my blog listed! There are hundreds of thousands of blogs listed there in all sorts of categories. How mine #1) got listed on blogged.com and #2) ended up in the graphics section is beyond me. I guess I really don’t fit in any single category very well … Continue reading I’ve been blogged!