FSBreak 8: Most Expensive Home Built Flight Simulator, Problems for Computer Pilot Magazine, and Sully's Flight!
Hosted by Eric McClintock, & Joe.
The World's Most Expensive Home Built Flight Simulator
Matthew Sheil, owner of a trucking parts company, has the most expensive home built flight simulator, an almost exact replica of a 60 Million dollar 747-400 simulator, cost him just $300,000 to build. The simulator is housed in his Sydney Australia warehouse.
The cockpit features:
- Over 45 different software programs running on 14 different computers.
- He rents out the simulator to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and then donates the money earned from the rentals.
- His Simulator offers full motion.
Matthew also is a real life pilot and owns a beechcraft baron B58, and says he prefers flying the real plane but enjoys the limitless posibilities of the simulator:
In the [real] plane I fly, you take off and you point it in the direction of Melbourne and you press a button and away it goes until you come into land, whereas a simulator you can do whatever you want - if you want to fly upside down, fly upside down, If we hit a mountain or the ground the simulator just freezes in its current state and everything goes red - and then we just hit reset.
Problems For Computer Pilot Magazine?
(Correction, in the podcast I stated that they have gone for 3 years on a monthly release date, the actual time is 7 years.)
Robert, the owner of the popular Computer Pilot Magazine, sent out a note to subscribers explaining that they are selling less, and hence the cost have gone up, forcing him to reduce the frequency back to once every TWO months instead of once per month.
Computer Pilot started as a bi-monthly and then went monthly in 2003. While we enjoyed 7 years of month-after-month issues, a recent slowdown in readership and advertiser support due to the toughened economy has forced us back into the bi-monthly schedule.
They also state: Don’t worry, we’re not planning on going away any time soon. In fact we’re taking this opportunity to regroup and recreate a better magazine with a complete new look and improved content based on reader feedback. So while it will be 2 months between issues, they will be “better” issues from this point forward.
If you are currently a subscriber, don’t worry, you haven’t lost anything. You will still receive the number of issues that you are signed up for. If you have 8 issues remaining in your subscription, you will still receive 8 issues.
Nothing else will change. Computer Pilot will be a better magazine with a new and improved look and improved content, published and delivered every other month.
X-Plane releases "Sully's Flight" for as an iPhone Application
Based on X-Plane, 'Sully's Flight' starts you on runway 4 at LaGuardia in an Airbus A-320, at similar time, weather, and weight conditions to that fateful flight. YOU will fly the plane yourself, following hoops plotted in the sky showing Captain Sullenberger's approximate ACTUAL flight-path... This will let YOU fly the same profile Sully did, from take-off right through to landing... all with realistic physics and accurate land and river placement.
As well as the actual location, airplane, time, weather, and flight-path, the ACTUAL radio transmissions are played at the right time, giving a full immersion into the actual 5-minute flight... and with flight physics that are accurate enough to make it very similar to the real plane.
Touch down below 120 knots, at less than 250 feet per minute rate of descent to score a successful outcome. You may need to lower the flaps a bit, or trim up a bit, to achieve this!
The Application is being sold for 99 cents.
Flight1’s Heli Traffic 2009
Flight One Software is proud to announce Heli Traffic 2009, a Flight Simulator X module that creates helicopter AI traffic. It is the first Flight Simulator add-on to offer realistic AI helicopters that take off and land vertically, fly like helicopters and use helipads and not runways.
This innovative product brings it’s own AI engine that controls helicopters, which results in a very realistic flight behavior. It also offers excellent customization options.
Heli Traffic 2009 will fill the sky with AI helicopters flying randomly chosen routes according to your settings. You can also add scheduled helicopters that fly fixed routes or maybe just circle in the sky, and define your own landing spots. The product can use every helicopter installed in FSX.
Air Hauler Arriving Soon
As we discussed in an earlier episode, the AirHauler addon is now taking pre-orders and is due to ship at the beginning of April for the CD-Rom version, and the Download version before the end of march.
Prices: CD-Rom: £27.45 / €34.95 / $41.99 Download: £24.45 / €29.95 / $36.99
More Info [Link]
Fix For Eaglesoft’s FS9 Citation
Eaglesoft releases Hotfix 1.6 for the Citation X 2.0 for FS9, the hotfix addresses every known issue presented in our support forums, adds additional documentation, more realistic operation, and sample flight with STAR approach. Owners may simply redownload and reinstall using existing key and password to obtain Hotfix 1.6. More detailed information is found from the company's support forums. [Link]
View the article. [Link]
Space Shuttle Mission 2007 Service Pack 3.0 Released
Exciting Simulations has released a major Service Pack for the Space Shuttle Mission 2007 simulator.
The download adds new communications for the launch phase, revised and enhanced HUD graphics, new Approach and Landing guidance, improved flight model and the usual fixes.
You can find more information on this and a demo from their website. [Link]
Captain Sim: 727-200 and 727 Freighter Expansion Models
The '727 Captain' is a remake of the famous 'Legendary 727', rebuilt to meet modern Captain Sim quality standards and provide a full spectrum of FSX features.
The '727 Captain' delivers brand new re-modeling and texturing, re-programming from a scratch of all systems and number of additional features.
The '727 Captain' series now includes both 727-200 models and 727 Freighter models which are available as separate expansion packs for the 727-100 pro pack.
Eric: Meljet 777 2.0 [Link]
Joe: FSPassengers [Link]
Emails & Voicemails
First Voicemail from Dave from North Carolina!
- What hardware do you have?
- How would you rate your overall experience of FSX only from 1 to 5?
Two Emails on JoySticks/Yokes
Jim Writes in:
Which joystick should I use. I had a "Sidewinder" last, years ago but it will not plug into my new computer. Everything now is USB. My eye is on the x52. Is it to complicated? Will it work flying a piper cub up to a 737 heavy? what should I use???????? yoke and pedals maybe? I'm sorta lost on which way to go....I haven't even installed the FSX yet.....Jim
And Rich writes:
I've been flying with the CH Yoke now for years but it just recently broke and I used that as an excuse to pick up the new Saitek yoke. [Link]
Reply From Steve
I was the Steve who submitted the question about new ones joining and learning from the VA's. I enjoyed the program and from what Joe said I have taken your advice and applied to join Delta. I have not yet received a reply after 2 days but I imagine after the podcast they will have a run of people to get on. In the meantime you stated that the aircraft they use is the CRJ or the Embraer are there freeware versions of these that I can practice on for FS2004. As mentioned I can take off and land in a Lil' Cessna and can even do the same in a 737 landing ILS but would now like to get into the finer points. I have heard some unforgiving stories about some VA's but Delta sounds just right particularly that you can practice offline. Hope to hear you on FSBreak again. Just wanted to say thanks for the advice and will keep you updated on my progress.
Joe recommends the Project OpenSky CRJ's. [Link]