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About Rocket_Bird

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  1. The PMDG 777 is pretty good if you are into the long hauls. The aircraft currently has a few small bugs though, but should be fixed in a couple of weeks with the release of the -300 expansion. The 737 NGX is solid for medium and short hauls though, and in some respects, I think it's the better plane (it has a heads up display, and there are more switches to flip). It's even better if you get FS2Crew for it, as that program simulates a co-pilot flipping switches beside you among other things. Some stuff that's not on your list and may make you drool would be the aircraft made by a2asimulations ( Their Accusim line of products is second to none. Their aircraft are so detailed that you can almost feel the vibrations of the engine, the chugging of the starter on cold weather days, the bumps you encounter when taxiing, and the whole aerodynamic forces. I highly recommend their Civilian P-51, which is currently my preferred IFR platform. It is fast, has a century III autopilot (which is similar to some of the gear on some real world IFR trainers), can do limited aerobatics, and can feel everything from torque to P-factor. Their Cessna 172 is also a great aircraft that feels close to the real thing--it allows you to check the oil, and will likely get you in a bind if you don't inspect it carefully every flight!
  2. Oh nice, didn't know they had a Cutlass. Good angles there too.
  3. Great product. Improves FSX quite a bit with just bare bone stuff. Only got stock scenery on, and no emb.
  4. I've dumped a lot of money into flight simming over the years. I think it's different for everyone, but for me, it carries an entertainment value, it can be relaxing, and yes, it is a very convenient way to get a taste of reality if the sim is good or can be made good. I'm currently flying for a living, and in retrospect, I think to an extent, I actually enjoy simming more. The view may be incomparable, but I certainly don't have the luxury of being able to fly around the world, or take a single out in icing conditions, or doing stunts over controlled airspace, or enjoying all the above with friends of different ilks. On top of that, simming is pretty stress free. When I fly at work, it feels like work. When I fly in the sim, it feels like a vacation. That, and I can mess with machines I would likely never touch in my career, even if it's all just 1s and 0s inside my computer. Recently, I got into Euro Truck Simulator 2. Not that I could stand driving for hours on a highway for a living, but I enjoy the sim immensely because it's fun and it jogs my imagination. It takes the dirt out from reality and is an adventure every time.
  5. Just bought this plane because of your screenshots Finally a B200 with the fidelity of the old Aeroworx one, with a g1000 no less
  6. Oooh, where did you get the boat?
  7. :(

    Yeah I just don't get it. I would have chosen him on the spot if I were watching the auditions.
  8. Nice. Where did you get the helicopter?
  9. Congrats! I hope you had fun during your first solo. Flight Sim got me into aviation as well. I started with Flight Sim 5.1 back in the old days, and ever since then, I've been hooked. It helped me get quite a headstart on flying, and as it has been chimed before, I too wouldn't have known a lot of what I do today. Today, I'm a commercial flight instructor with a multi-engine IFR rating, and I probably wouldn't have made it this far without my nerdish addiction of desktop flying BTW, for a good 172 simulation experience, I recommend the Carenado 172N coupled with Accufeel from A2A. It feels a little more real to me than X-Plane (then again, it is an old N model), though X-Plane's 172 isn't bad either. A2A Simulations is supposed to be coming out with a 172 model soon too, which should be top notch.
  10. Great shots. I've seen this paint in real life once. It really has some neat artwork.
  11. Great shots!
  12. Nice shots Artur I'm not sure where you are flying, but FSX, and in most countries generally, you want to fly even flight levels heading westbound in that kind of airspace. Choose FL340 or FL320
  13. Flying beer can
  14. Clem, these are fantastic shots.