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SPA031 Posted: 11.02.2019, 10:16

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These suggestions were posted on YouTube and are not my own recommendations.

In reverse order:

5. Airhauler2 Link
4. Terra Flora Link
3. Sim Tweaks Link
2. AcitveSky Link
1. ORBX Global Base Link and also ChasePlane Link

Enjoy!



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jer029 Posted: 12.02.2019, 08:26

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Hey Robert,

I made a relatively comprehensive list of things I liked about 5 years ago.  Here's the forum link:

www.stpaulairlines.com/index.php?module=pnForum&func=viewtopic&topic=2480&highlight=addons

Many of these remain my favorites.  This includes Orbx Regionals (I don't think the Global was out yet, but I certainly add that to my list).
Also ActiveSky made my list. 

As for Airhauler2 - I have that as an "early adopter/beta tester" in an effort to steer them toward making it interactive with web-based VA's so that we might incorporate that addon with our various VAs rather than a stand-alone addon.  The developer only took half of my suggestion by making an online version of AH2 with its own dedicated server so that AH2 users can interact with each other, but not within the various VAs.  Additionally, it's a bit more complicated and in-depth than I care to go at this point.  My consideration of AH2 was before we improved our ECON-2018 module that I tend to like better at this point because it's a much simpler model.  Therefore it's easier to understand and get up and flying.  Additionally, since it was developed in-house, it's extensible to the limit of our talents, server limitations and creative wishes of our users/pilots.

A number of these addons are no longer compatible when I made the switch to p3dv4.  This is true for one I was really fond of (FSPassengers).  There is a new release that was planned for p3dv4, but it appears to be stalled and it is questionable whether we'll ever see a release for p3dv4.  Too bad there is no succession planning for some of these wonderful addons.

I will have to look at your other suggestions (Terra Flora and Sim Tweaks), as I'm unfamiliar with those.

John



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SPA031 Posted: 12.02.2019, 11:29

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I installed Tera Flora yesterday since I removed all my ORBX. The Flora refers to trees and other foliage as a replacement for the default vegetation. The reviewer claimed that the trees looked more realistic than ORBX trees.

I found that version four of P3D has acceptable general terrain features from altitude. But, there are still ghost features at some airports. I can always add enhanced airport scenery like KMSP and KMIA.

My favorite enhancement is the latest ActiveSky for P3D V4.

Your ECON-2018 module rocks.
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jer029 Posted: 12.02.2019, 12:01

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Thanks Robert,

Much of the credit goes to Mike D. for his cost/revenue model that is much-improved over my original attempts.

I believe that Orbx also has a realistic tree addon.  Larry C. has tried it and thinks it's an improvement.  Also - the p3dv4 has that setting to make the trees blow in the wind - like from chopper blade wash, but it's too hard on my framerates to make it worthwhile.  I would rather use those resources in other areas like higher scenery and graphic settings.

John

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SPA031 Posted: 12.02.2019, 17:02

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John: 

Microsoft has a new learning website. Here is the link --> Microsoft Learn






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jer029 Posted: 12.02.2019, 20:56

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Hah, thanks Robert - but I'm not an up and coming software developer looking for certification and a promising future career.  I'm merely a retired old law dog who dusted off his IT degree to take on this webmaster gig.  Still it's been great fun to add my limited programming ability to Yoland's creative Bush Ops creations and Mike's mathematical skills to keep St. Paul Airlines a great virtual airline to be a part of.  I think the combination of the offerings here at SPA and the friendly community of pilots we have here makes SPA a great VA to be a part of.

John



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SPA031 Posted: 14.02.2019, 09:40

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It concerns me when I try to install SimTweaks and all I get is virus warnings. I am not one to bypass anti-virus warnings.
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jer029 Posted: 14.02.2019, 10:01

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Hey Robert,

I agree, but it's always good to do some online checking regarding the addon and the related virus warning.  I've found that some anti-virus programs start giving warning just because the program contains code to contact external sites (like SPAACARS does).  In fact, I started to get warnings from SPAACARS when I included a Microsoft routine to handle international Date/Time formatting to avoid the database errors where some systems were sending us commas as separators rather than periods, etc.  As the developer of SPAACARS I was well aware that it had no virus or dangerous code included.

Also, some of those warnings listed as "PUPs" stand for Potentially Unwanted Programs.  Of course, some of those - perhaps most, are actually "wanted" programs.

Another example is the now often-used FSHost replacement, JoinFS.  This program, after one of the many changes, began causing my anti-virus software to start sending warnings.  I continue to use it without known issues (as far as I can tell anyway).  I'm actually more concerned about the FSHost and TeamSpeak servers offered here at SPA that run from one of my local systems.  One of them - most likely FSHost I think, generates somewhat frequent attack attempts that are caught by my Malware Bytes anti-virus software.  I only know because I see the warning message from Malware Bytes pop up on the screen while I'm working at my other system  - my 'regular use' computer.  I never see a similar message on my 'regular-use' system unless I browse to an Internet site that as potential threats - even though I try to avoid obviously suspicious sites.

John

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SPA031 Posted: 17.02.2019, 16:56

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Would you have any information on Ultimate Traffic Live? Here is a YouTube link --> https://youtu.be/oW3yTrctHYA
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jer029 Posted: 18.02.2019, 09:31

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Yes Robert, I've been using it for some time now.  I haven't really explored all the possible options inside and out.  I basically load it up with the default options (but adjust traffic amount settings).  It works just like the older versions for my purposes - adding those real-world colorful AI liveries and making things seem more real.  I believe that UT-Live is the required replacement for p3dv4 and other simulators - as they show UT2 no longer supported.

John

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jer029 Posted: 19.02.2019, 21:46

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Let me add GSX to the list.  I see Bill C. has it with his latest pic of de-icing of his plane.  Ok...that was just too cool for me to pass up.  I looked into it and I had that too with my latest GSX version for P3dv4.  I guess I never tried the pushback option during freezing conditions to have the option since my latest install.  Anyway...I was inspired to add to my GSX with the Level-2 upgrade that includes all the moving gates that were no longer active from the default with the GSX version (which I really like because they're numbered so you know what gate your at).  Anyway, in addition to the moving gates and other eye candy, they come with moving passengers and aircrew boarding the plane - unless it's at the gate where you can't see them boarding - but you can hear them from within the flight deck.  If boarding from non-gate you can see the passengers and flight crew as shown in my latest pics.

For those simply interested in the flight aspects of simulation - this is a bit over the top, but otherwise - its a fun addition if you aren't in a hurry to get off the ground or park that thing and shut down at the end of the flight.

John

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SPA031 Posted: 23.02.2019, 11:42

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Does anyone use TOGA scenery enhancements? If so, I would like some guidance.

Here is the link --> https://togapjcts.wixsite.com/toga/our-team
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