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  1. Before I get started, this tweak is for users that doesn't have high end system, like me. My Q9505@3.6ghz can't cope with NGX. I mean it's flyable (from 20 to 30fps) but on finals with AI planes fps tends to go under 20, with lots of stutter. So I tried something simple, and it worked like a charm! This tweak is perfect for VC flyers that doesn't, or rarely use external view (spot view). Even if you are using external views, you can adapt this tweak. If you are very fond to watching and adore fantastic external model of NGX, skip this tweak and enjoy lower fps. So, I simply copied external model of default 737-800 (B737_800.mdl) to the model folder of PMDG 737-800NGX. Then I edited PMDG's model.cfg to look like this: [models] normal=B737_800 interior=PMDG_737_900_VC_LOW Reloaded the plane, and voilla, FPS better by 20% at least! And flight is much smoother, without stutters. Oh yes, VAS usage is lower also! NGX is using only 400mb with this tweak. If you copied only the external model, you'll get completely black model in FSX, because the model is not linked with any textures. Follow these steps to obtain textures for external model: - from B737-800 default folder copy "texture.1" (or any other texture.x folder) folder to PMDG 737-800NGX folder. - copy "texture.cfg" file from "texture.pmdg" folder to "texture.x" folder and overwrite. - open aircraft.cfg for PMDG 737-800NGX and find this line: [fltsim.0] title=Boeing 737-800NGX PMDG House sim=B737-800 model= panel= sound= texture=pmdg ... ... - change it to texture=1 (in my case texture.1 folder I copied) That's it! Test it and report back. There are few drawbacks though. The light effect (strobe, landing, etc) is not visible from external view, and the model position on ground is slightly off. But who cares, I can fly this beauty now.
  2. This is visually realistic enough, no? Enjoy the views, chill out music, and thank you for watching!
  3. Highly realistic SweetFX preset and realistic audio, all ingame! Overlay info graphics, Pilot'sEye style. Stay tuned for more videos like this, more complex, full flights, multiple cameras, timelapses and relaxing chill out music. Thanks for viewing!
  4. FSX DX10 + SweetFX + Gabriel Teles Lens Flare Takeoff, just before gear up call: One hour later, vectored approach to LSZH: 200, continue! Thanks for looking!
  5. My own preset for more bright days and darker nights. Also my custom darker sky textures to match brighter visuals.
  6. It's amazing how Prepar3D v3 looks good in vanilla state! Even ground textures look pretty good and convincing. I've just added SweetFX to correct hue a bit, nothing else. FPS was ~70 while taking the screens, almost max settings. V3 is defo bonanza! Enjoy the view! Thanks for stopping by!
  7. I'm waiting for FTX Global and OpenLC EU + Vector.
  8. I have GTX 960 2gb and v3 is running amazing on max details all the time above 50fps, smooth as butter, no stutters! So my question is, to all of you that have, or want to upgrade, why the card with more vram?
  9. I am an Airbus fan, I won't lie. Cockpit layout, flows and procedures are far more suited for me. Airbus logic is also more suited for beginners. Systems managing is simpler (for example packs management). After endless flights with Project Airbus A320/321 two years ago, I switched to PMDG NGX last year, and finally this month I decided to relive Aerosoft A319/320, just to make sure that I spent the money wisely, since FPS is worse than in NGX which had a negative effect on me. Of course, after several test flight I fell in love with it pretty much, immersion is fantastic. One thing I like more about the Boeing is how they look. I mean, 737 is prettier than A320, 757 is by far the sexiest plane out there, 747 is a beauty, 767 is simple by design but also sexy. A320 is naaah, A330 is ok but nothing spectacular. Only A340 is prettier than 777, if you ask me. Now, let me explain more in detail my experience with Boeing planes in FSX. I flew PMDG NGX in the past/this year numerous times, even with fs2crew (not Reboot), I enjoyed the realism and immersion, but I simply couldn't connect to the plane at all, I always felt that I'm in unfriendly (user) environment (cockpit). I tried so hard to like Boeing's cockpit design, but I simply couldn't, especially in 757/767. Display placement in one version of cockpit layout in 757/767 is horrid, especially for use in a flight simulation. ND is behind the yoke and below PFD, making it very difficult to see info if you don't have TrackIR. Even with TrackIR I say it's pain in the a$$ to move your head just to see some primary info on ND. Also, although I know this is on my end, when I finish the flight in NGX, it doesn't feel so realistic and satisfactory, like after every landing in Aerosoft Airbus. I'm using Saitek Flight Yoke when flying Boeings, and Saitek Cyborg joystick on Airbuses and some fighter planes. I mean I've tried to fly NGX with the joystick also, and the feel didn't change, and it's not realistic. This view is based only on my sim experience. I have some experience in the professional Boeing 737NG simulator with 1:1 cockpit and that's a bit different story (no surprise). Can't lie, the flight feel in 737NG simulator is insanely good, yoke is brutally precise and smooth, sensation when you make turns is awesome. But that's a professional simulator, the sensation and feel is completely different compared to the PMDG NGX in FSX. And I bet if I had the chance to try professional A320 simulator that I would probably like it more, because of the stuff I mentioned in the beginning of the post. After all, I feel much more confident in the Airbus cockpit, every button, switch or whatever is in its logical place. Never caught myself searching for a button or a switch like I saw the cockpit for a first time. In 737NGX or 757 cockpit, after several flight I couldn't get used to cockpit layout. That issue was far worse in the professional 737NG simulator where I had to move my head and be very fast and proficient to find the button/switch on the overhead panel. After so many PMDG NGX flights, I couldn't find window heat and pitot heat buttons in less than 10 seconds, I was lost lol. So many switches over there, it's so easy to get lost. I'm certain that I will find buttons/switches in the real Airbus cockpit a lot faster. Don't get me wrong, but these are my experiences. Now a bit different view on this subject, a possible facts. My opinion is that the Boeing pilots are more skilled and proficient than Airbus ones. The workload in Boeing cockpits is higher, when some particular failure happens you can solve the issue in different ways, not how the computer is letting you (Airbus), which can be pretty important in serious situations. Of course most of procedures in emergency situations are the same in planes from both manufacturers. In one PilotsEye video, there was a problem with one of the engines, and the FO reached for some kind of manual to find a solution, or to check the severity of a problem. I can't remember when I saw a Boeing pilot reading the manual or whatever in similiar situations, not to even mention emergency ones. That's why I said the Boeing pilots seems to be more skilled and proficient, and I highly respect that. There is also one side of the story that says that Boeing planes are more for serious plane lovers, and Airbus is for computer and automation lovers. I could easily agree with that statement. Boeing = old muscle car or an Alfa GTA, driver vs. machine, Airbus = McLaren P1 or similiar, tons of computers to assist the driver. One thing that is quite interesting is that in driving sims I like much more Alfa GTA or old muscle car than Ferrari Enzo or McLaren P1, complete opposite than in flight simulation. But yeah, driving a race car on a track is completely different story than flying a serious tubeliner. Don't let me hang here alone, share you opinions and experiences! I didn't wrote this pretty long post for vain, I want to hear more from you, and probably I will learn something new.
  10. Reboot is more detailed, more functions and stuff I guess, but I don't like the UI, looks complicated. Also, you can use only SOP2 with the button edition. I stopped using voice edition because I'm limited when I can use the microphone, and on top of all some phrases I must repeat two or three times, a bit annoying. I found myself almost yelling BEFORE TAKEOFF CHECKLIST for example. The voicesets are absolutely the most important feature in FS2CREW for me, 80% of immersion. When the voices are bad it can kill the immersion completely. Female from the EU voice set just sounds like she is dictating phrases, I don't know.
  11. Thanks for the links. Anyway, I watched few fs2crew Reboot videos on YT, and I don't like it at all. I don't like the new FMC UI, it's complicated. Also, new voices are AWFUL, especially EU female, she sounds unnatural and robotic. First version of NGX fs2crew has very good voice sets, natural speaking, easy menus and UI.
  12. Shadows are amazing in P3D!
  13. That aircraft is known for causing performance issues on some systems, search for the help at Aerosoft support forums. On my PC I get better frames with NGX which is more complex. Definitely the coding of that Airbus is not the best, but maybe I'm wrong since FMW system is taking the most of CPU cycles.
  14. Stage 1: "hmmmm maybe I can try flight simulation, looks interesting!" After buying FSX Gold, and few hours in default C172 controlled with keyboard, he founds that main strength of FSX is an endless possibilities, the whole world is in your hand. No use of flaps, GPS, mouse as yoke, not to mention flight plans, VORs... ... Stage 2: "C172 is boring, let me see all other planes in FSX." Flew Maule, Cub, Baron... but all planes seems boring because he doesn't know for navigation, ATC, procedures, approaches, plates. "Wow, Boeing 737, 747, Airbus!!! Must try them!" He took B737, placed it on a runway, hit F4 and pulled up at 180kts IAS, just to realist at 5000ft AGL that he probably wanted to retract the gears like in the real world. Finding for a shortcut in the menus, exited, pressed G, and realized that his Boeing is already going 300kts... In complete panic he pressed F1 with a thought "damn, this is hard, now I can see why real world pilots have good pay checks". Stage 3: Few months has passed and our fellow simmer has discovered the world of flaps, default flight plans via GPS gauge, and finally FsPassengers. HE also wanted to change some of the engine sounds, so he decided to buy TSS 737 soundpack and FsPassengers. He thought "well I didn't planned to spend this money, I doubt I spent it wisely". Stage 4: After few months of pretty scary flights with FsPassengers, following flight path of a DIRECT flight plan, all via heading know on MCP, few crashes because of guessing vREF, is it 120, 160 or 180 , and using rudder commands on keyboard, he decided to buy a good controller (joystick or saitek yoke). Stage 4 in short: Stage 5: After discovering the new level of immersion with the flight controller, he somehow founds himself on AVSIM, strangled in the world of flight simmers that use phrases he never heard of, like VOR, ILS, SID, STAR, Derated, Plate, Airway, V1, VR, V2, Acceleration Height, Localiser, Approach Mode, FMC... And he also started using default ATC, and found that vectored approaches are addictive and fun, and that is very cool that ATC will guide you to ILS feather, it's waaaay easier to find the runway that way with hand flying on approach. Also he is starting to lurk flight sim shops for various addons, ORBX, Pro Flight Emulator, few sound packs, few more complex airplanes. Hmmm a Saitek Pro Flight yoke? Bought! Stage 6: the era of tutorials, youtube videos, questions on AVSIM started! After few days of digging what above mentioned phrases are, his reaction was exactly: Bought PMDG NGX with a pleasure, to move from default planes to something more complex, but the amount of information in this stage is kililng him. At least he learned about ILS approaches, rotate & landing speed, VOR-to-VOR flight plans, and using the autopilot in GPS mode, all with following ATC. In that stage, our fellow flight simmer founds himself in the flight simming paradise, without or that fancy mumbo jumbo that people on AVSIM use. He was in stage 6 mode for a quite long, it was so addictive and yet not complicated. At the end of Stage 6, he decided to try some checklist addons to add more immersion. Stage 7: After couple of years stuck in Stage 6, he entered next stage, also called "Breakthrough stage", the toughest stage in his flight simming life. All that aircraft systems, procedures, autopilot modes, flight plans, FMC, aahhhhhhh! Watched tutorials, videos, countless hours spent on AVSIM, and yet he founds himself going back to Stage 6 quite often. Months have passed, he slowly started to get new things, and form the view what is it like to be a real world pilot. On every NGX practice flight, he discovered new procedure, autopilot mode, or term. Suddenly he founds himself finishing the full flight with SIDs and STARs, full flight plans, full checklists, procedures, programmed FMC. First thought was "OMG, this is so amazing, I will never go back to default planes, never!". Months has passed and he was amazed by this stage, and with every new information. Stage 8: this is the stage in which OP is now. The stage called flight simming heaven. Good performance in FSX, never below 30fps, AI traffic, NGX, FS2CREW, PFPX, FSGRW. From time to time the world of flight simming will hit him with some new stuff and terms, but he will not run to learn about them, because he's sure that he is now a advanced simmer. He must learn to use the plates, but he simply don't care because he don't need them, PFE and PFPX did all the job, with or without SIDs and STARs. Already thinking to switch to Prepar3D, but he will wait for v3.0. Stage 9: is there stage 9? Is it online flying for VA, or that feeling when you go to pro flight simulator and show the instructor that you know everything?! P.S. I didn't mentioned that between Stage 2 and Stage 8 our flight simmer will be stuck also in the world of tweaking FSX, CTD's, freezes...
  15. News Update: I'm in LOVE with the NGX! Learned the procedures, AP modes. Using FS2CREW, and the immersion is mesmerizing. The more I fly Boeing, the more I realize how Airbus feels robotic and scripted. I don't know is is Aerosoft's fault, but the freedom in the NGX is awesome.
  16. I started remembering my first steps in FSX few years back,quite funny stuff I must admit. After some simple GA flying with default Maule and C172, I decided to start flying some default jetliners, and later on some routes with my first ever purchase - Flight1 ATR 72. These were some of my quirks: - using reversers to start taxing from the gate, lol. Later on when I found about towing trucks and pushback, and I thought "what kind of stupid pushback thing is this? Reversers are better!". - using VFR flight plans for all flights, even commercial flights with 737 and ATR! Left/right downwind with 737 is not a easy thing, I tell ya. So literally every descent and approach was full manual, at least I learned to fly in a hard way. Also, ATC is not willing to help when you are flying VFR flightplans, I calculated TOD's manually, and yeah, sometimes I was at 10 000ft at 20nm from the airport. Passengers didn't loved these rollercoaster rides. - never used autopilot's GPS/LOC modes, means I was fiddling with HDG knob during whole flight to follow flightplan. - never used ILS because I didn't knew about it at all! I remember one approach and landing on LOWW with 500m visibility, that was the most frightening experience in FSX ever. Missed the runway by far and crashed, oh well. I mean, how can you land the 737 or any other jetliner using default GPS panel and lining the airplane with the feather. Yeah, you read it well, I knew about the ILS feathers but didn't knew about ILS, amazing. I'm sure there were more quirks, but can't remember them all. I'm sure we would love to hear how you guys started your rookie days in FSX.
  17. I have FsCaptain and I stopped using it and got back to FsPassengers because it is a way more simpler to start the flight. In FsC you must edit aircraft characteristics, and I guarantee you it will take few flight to tune some values up to the point where the ETA calculation will be acceptable, and also you must insert the flight plan and the wind at every waypoint if you want FsCaptain to give you realistic ETA, and that too is a pain in the ass. If you miss ETA by few minutes you will get negative points, so it can be frustrating.
  18. And what is even more awesome - how I fly now with an Aerosoft Airbus + FS2CREW voice, and how I flew few years ago. Difference is massive! Never thought that programming FMC is fun. Never thought that I will be able to finish a flight with FS2CREW voice edition! And you know what? Immersion and experience is pretty amazing! I felt pretty much like a captain, sharing a cockpit with a human. When FS2CREW Airbus edition was released, I thought "why in the world I need this when Aribus have checklist and FO?". Even with that default featue Aerosoft Airbus is amazing and very immersive, but with FS2CREW with voice control is another dimension. You can even talk to FA to bring you coffee or lunch! I can talk now abou SIDs nad STARs, flight plans, but I will leave that for later.
  19. Yes, exactly. Boeing has a much better support in flight sims, from PMDG, Qualitywings, CS, iFly, to Flightfactor in X-plane. And that is the biggest reason I decided to stick with Boeing 3 years ago, when I bought NGX and QW 757. This year I decided to try for the Nth time Aerosoft Airbus, and I LOVE IT! Best Airbus for FSX/P3D2 is currently Aerosoft A318/319/320/321 package, and not Airbus X Extended which is an old and outdated product and it's still buggy. Although I agree that Aerosoft Airbus package must be flown strictly by manual and that can be frustrating because it is programmed that way, in the end of every flight I feel fulfilled pretty much, immersion is fantastic. Maybe that's because I've learned to operate A319 in 3 days, and never learned the NGX as I should, and I was in process learning it for months, it is a pretty complex machine and an addon. Maybe, just maaaybe I would be fulfilled too on every end of NGX flight if I succeeded to learn it to the max, like you guys did. I guess I'm not that determined. On top of all I bought FS2CREW button edition for NGX (not reboot), and never completed a flight with it, it is linear completely, if you miss the item the whole flight will fail.
  20. Please Read

    I highly doubt this tweak is implemented in FSX. I will try it now and report back. EDIT: tried it, compared fps, and of course it doesn't work in FSX. It is defo legit only in P3D2.
  21. Please Read

    Tried it, it works, of course in 2.5. Amazingly I have similiar performance like in FSX DX10, just without traffic.
  22. I filmed and edited a 15 minute film from Belgrade - Tivat flight, in FlyNG Flying Academy B737-800 simulator. PilotsEye style. LYBE - LYTV (Belgrade - Tivat) full flight highlights, with flight information, checklists, charts. Thank you for watching! cheers!
  23. Thanks mate! I really enjoyed making that one!
  24. wow!
  25. I uninstalled QW 757. So it's not fave any more, it's gone from my machine even. Why? I found FDE is not realistic at all, especially engine thrust is waaay to strong. When you taking off, from 140kts to 250kts in 10 seconds, and to 300 in few more seconds. It accelerates like a bloody Ferrari! Take offs with NGX are much much more realistic and immersive. And yes, there is no FS2CREW for QW.