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#240 Welcome to New Forum Member: Tavers

Posted by Dean (PC Aviator) on 22 March 2013 - 01:20 PM

A welcome goes out to new forum member Tavers...


John is a past contributor and writer for Computer Pilot Magazine and has been a simmer almost as long as I have!

Welcome to the forums mate, and I am sure we will value your knowledgeable contributions to these forums...

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#4745 Moorabbin Group Annual Lunch Update

Posted by CaptAus on 15 February 2015 - 07:07 PM


As indicated in a previous post, last year a number of PCA Forums and Aussie Star Flight Simulation members from Melbourne and regional Victoria got together for lunch at the Moorabbin Airport.  The event was to celebrate the first anniversary of these forums.  We became known as the Moorabbin Group and have since organised a group excursion.

What seems like an emerging tradition, a second lunch has been organised for Saturday 14 March 2015. Dean, our revered PCA Forums leader, has once again offered door prizes for attendees.  The lunch will be followed by a visit to RAAF Base Williams to tour the RAAF Museum.  Details are as follows:

Note that the lunch and the excursion are at two different locations.


Scrumpy Brown's Restaurant
Point Cook Homestead
1 Point Cook Homestead Road, Point Cook

12:30 - 2:00 (a booking has been made)

Melway reference 199 J3

RAAF Museum

RAAF Base Williams
Point Cook Road, Point Cook

Currently looking at the possibility of a private guided tour for us.
Free admission but photo ID is required.  Free car parking opposite.

Melway reference 198K2

Non members of the Moorabbin Group are warmly invited to attend - and forever be a Moorabbin Group member on attendance.  If you wish to join our fledgling group at our lunch, PM me via this forum, 


Final numbers are required by Thursday 12 March.

Greg (CaptAus)

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#3 *** Forum Rules *** Must Read Before Posting Please

Posted by Dean (PC Aviator) on 15 March 2013 - 04:48 PM

Hi Folks,

Welcome to the PC Aviator Australia Community Forums.

We have some rules that need to be adhered to, to ensure the community remains a friendly place to be in, and that we can all get along!


The forums will be fairly relaxed, but we must set some borders and guidelines for posting. Naturally, those that cross these borders or break forum rules will be subject to moderation in one form or another. Hopefully we do not need to do this often.


1. Please do not post anything of a racist, discriminatory, sexist, political or defamatory nature on these forums. Post containing such information, actual or suggestive, will be deleted immediately and the poster may be banned from the forum indefinitely.


2. Posts by commercial vendors other than PC Aviator are not allowed on this forum without prior permission from the board administrator.


3. These forums are NOT for technical support of products purchased at PC Aviator Australia. If you are seeking direct technical support from PC Aviator for a product you have purchased from our Australian store, please go to http://www.pcaviator.com.au/support/ and submit a support ticket. All queries on orders placed should also be directed to PC Aviator Australia as these will not be answered on this forum. To provide proper support, we require some personal details to verify your orders, and we do not wish to have you post these details on the forum, for your own personal security.


4. Any posts including any information that is deemed personal to you, or others, will be deleted immediately without notice. Please be careful what you post about yourself online, as this is a public forum accessible to the world. Keep your personal information secure!


5. Screenshots must be of flight simulation products ONLY, and their content must adhere to the same guidelines as those set out in rule #1 above.


6. Your participation on the PC Aviator Australia forums is a priviledge afforded to you, at no charge. It is not a right. PC Aviator reserves the right to moderate and take action as it sees fit in relation to any and all content posted to our forum. We will endeavor to exercise fairness in all moderation decisions, however, we have the final say on moderation actions.


7. Posts regarding products not sold by PC Aviator are subject to moderation at the discretion of the moderators.


Thanks for taking the time to read these rules. They are subject to alteration and modification at any time, so ensure you regularly check them!

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#15 MCA designs North American Airstrips vol1

Posted by Misha Cajic on 15 March 2013 - 07:23 PM

Here are some screenshots from our upcoming North American Airstrips Volume 1 package...


Most little things fixed now and just going through a couple more issues with the imagery before passing into testers hand's :)


Airstrips included:

  1. (95OR) Flournoy Valley
  2. (98TE) Hilltop 
  3. (8OR3) Riverview Ranch

Here are some recent shots straight out of the sim. Enjoy :)

This will be a low-cost addon fully compatible with FTX Pacific Northwest region scenery and available to purchase soon from PC Aviator.





















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#10 *** How To Post Your Screenshots - Guide ***

Posted by Dean (PC Aviator) on 15 March 2013 - 05:22 PM

Keen to post your own flight sim screenshots and masterpieces here? No problem! We would love to see them!
Before posting images, please read the forum rules for image posting content.


Note: If you have your images hosted on your own server, you can just link to the image file using the "Image" button in the post toolbar. Just enter the URL to your hosted image.


For everyone else, you can use an image hosting service like Photobucket or similar to host your image, and then link to it in this forum. Here is how you do that...


1. Open your web browser and go to www.photobucket.com

2. Register/create/sign-in an account on Photobucket

3. Upload your flight sim screenshots to your photobucket account

4. Go to the screenshot you wish to add to this forum in photobucket and copy the "Direct Link" text photobucket provides for that image.

5. Come back to this PC Aviator screenshot forum and start your new post.

6. Click the "Image" insertion button in the post toolbar (it's the one that looks like a polaroid photo).

7. Paste in your Direct Link you got from Photobucket


Then just submit your post (crossing your fingers and toes may also help!).

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#823 FSX crisis

Posted by Dean (PC Aviator) on 10 May 2013 - 04:54 PM



This might not be the cause, but it could be related, and this fix is worth applying anyway. Its for Wilco products that exhibit black screens and is taken direct from their support page:


Under FSX, the panel shows black EFIS screens, 'Contact Vendor' or no switches work in 2D/3D.
Be sure to have the following Microsoft tools installed : FSX SP1 + SP2, VS 2005. We recommend to launch the aircraft in 2D cockpit, not in Virtual Cockpit. If you are using 737PIC under Windows 7/Vista, make sure to have purchased and installed the 737 Pilot in Command Upgrade for Windows 7/Vista.
For Windows Vista/7 installation, follow the procedure described on this page.

If your instruments display 'Error, please contact vendor', it means that you did not give full administrator rights to your Flight Simulator folder. Please refer to the VISTA procedure on this page.


Again, not an exact match to your issue, but its worth adding those files and trying to make those changes, particularly in regard to running installers as Administrator etc.

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#5611 Striated bands of color across the region

Posted by dtpeck on 03 March 2016 - 01:35 PM

Haven't been able to get any help with this issue at all. I have emailed the support for the software to get my guaranteed refund and have not heard back from them either! Looks like I'm stuck with uninstalling a product I now have no intentions of using. So much for money-back guarantee!
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#4748 Matrox TripleHead2Go adaptor

Posted by Dean (PC Aviator) on 15 February 2015 - 10:30 PM



Sorry for delay. Been battling some type of viral thing since last Tuesday. Maybe flu (symptoms very similar), but fairly early in season... who knows..


Just a quick reply...


You do not need additional video cards. As long as the card you have has an output that connects to the input of the Matrox box. The Matrox splits a single video out signal from your video card acorss three connected monitors. As such, there is no real change in frame rates. The differences are largely max resolutions between some of the models, but I think the difference between the digital and DP editions is simply the connector type for your three connected monitors. The DP edition needs display port connectors on the monitors/cables (3).

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#4215 MegaScenery Missing many tiles ... (corrupted)

Posted by Dean (PC Aviator) on 28 August 2014 - 06:23 PM

Sorry folks, didn't notice my message bank was full. Have cleared it now.

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#4103 Whats next for Adelaide? (June 2014)

Posted by XCLTM3 on 04 August 2014 - 08:04 PM

Hi Aaron,


just some preliminary feedback on V2.


I just installed it (VAS Friendly version) into FSX. Just took a quick 5 min flight in the trike to go low & slow around YPAD and the perimeter.


Environment is just brilliant. From the inner airport to the outer perimeter......eye candy everywhere with nice textures indeed.


Frames on the trike were brilliant too.


In the coming days I'll be testing the 777-200LR SP1 & the NGX.


Will let you know how that goes, but I don't expect there'll be any adverse issues.


Once again, thanks for taking the additional time to produce an update at no additional cost.


Keep up the great work and service.

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#3875 BAe overhead panel

Posted by CaptAus on 28 June 2014 - 10:00 AM

Hi all

Version 2 of the BAe checklists publication, renamed Flying the BAe 146 - 200/300, has now been uploaded to the Aussie Star website.


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#358 North American Airstrips Volume 1 Pricing Announced

Posted by Dean (PC Aviator) on 04 April 2013 - 02:57 PM

Greetings Fellow Virtual Aviators,


While North American Airstrips Volume 1 is in testing and nearing release, we thought we would officially announce the pricing for the product.


The product will be delivered as an Instant Download (but also available on backup DVD system from PC Aviator if you prefer a version on disk for a little extra).


Volume 1 comprises three airports:

  1. (95OR) Flournoy Valley
  2. (98TE) Hilltop
  3. (8OR3) Riverview Ranch

The package of three airports will retail for US$19.99
(AUD$21.95 inc GST)

This pricing represents phenomenal value for money, equating to just US$6.66 per airport!


Given the quality of the scenery on offer, this is perhaps the best deal going around in recent times, making North American Airstrips almost a no-brainer for any virtual pilot looking for quality bush-strip scenery for FSX and P3D.


The package will require the user to own an existing copy of Orbx Pacific Northwest Region scenery, as the NA Airstrips title is designed to blend in with this scenery. While it is compatible and will display with default FSX, there are terrain elevation issues when using it with default scenery that make it difficult to land at some of the strips included, as well as color-blending issues, so Orbx PNW region scenery is highly recommended to run the NA Airstrips package correctly.


North American Airstrips Volume 1 by MCA Designs will be available to pre-order shortly from PC Aviator.
At just US$6.66 equivalent per airstrip included, this package will be difficult to pass up! 

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#35 Around the New Hampshire mountains

Posted by Misha Cajic on 16 March 2013 - 11:08 AM

Sometimes 3D objects aren't everything...

I must admit MSE is pretty epic around the mountains! Looks much better than LC.








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#3434 Link to Amazing B737-200 home build sim on YouTube

Posted by Gartro on 06 April 2014 - 10:37 AM

This is the video I mentioned in the first paragraph of my post of 1 April, "Upmarket Rigs" in this section of the Forum


I had forgotten which forum I had seen the video on.


Thanks to Anton for locating and posting it.

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#3257 Google+ Community

Posted by Markoz on 13 March 2014 - 11:37 PM

I'm still trying to figure out google+. :-/

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#2983 REX 4 Texture Direct HD & Active Sky Next

Posted by Dean (PC Aviator) on 18 January 2014 - 09:49 PM



I know of one customer who contact me about this very thing. He has both and now has it running quite well. He did have initial performance issues running the two, but found he had all the details turned up max in ActiveSky Next, and was using the highest resolution REX images and that combo created frame rate drops (he was using PMDG 737 too so that probably didnt help) but after turning down some of the ActiveSky Next options down a notch or two, performance improved greatly without much noticeable scenery change. He seemed very happy with the two products after he found out the answer to that performance hit.


This issue will depend on the speed of your PC and what graphics card you have of course.

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#2176 SimTouch Plus 2 Touch Screen Cockpit Software for FSX and P3D

Posted by CaptAus on 20 September 2013 - 08:23 PM



I've finally gotten around to buying the SimTouch Plus 2 from Dean.  I'll have to go back and re-read all the posts you guys have made on installation etc.



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#1973 Adelaide International X Released

Posted by Dean (PC Aviator) on 28 August 2013 - 09:09 PM

This product has now been officially released - 28th August 2013

View release and product information here


You can buy the scenery direct here: http://www.pcaviator...roductid=555209



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#1559 Big, real flight simulator - what was your experience?

Posted by Rono on 28 July 2013 - 04:01 PM

What was your experience?


My wife presented me with a voucher for a half-hour flight simulator experience in a Boeing 737. I was given the option of a Sydney scenic flight or take-off and landings at 16r Kingsford Smith Airport. I chose the latter as passed near my home unit and I had plenty of experience through FSX. The time allowed for cockpit briefing  and two circuits i.e. take-of f- left circuit - landing - take- off - go-around - right circuit - landing. I was aware that this was not a simulator built on a pantograph which allowed movement of the cockpit. The site of the sim was at Darling Harbour, ten minutes walk from central Sydney.


The experience brought these random observations

The (totally authentic) cockpit was small. There appeared to be  more space in my old Morris Mini.

This allowed every dial and knob, even overhead, to be within easy reach.

I was closer to the panel than my three screens  on my own fs.

As a result, on return, I cleared my desk and moved my screens 18cms closer to the yoke to get the perspective closer to realistic.


I was impressed by the exactness of the detail of cockpit and instruments to my iFly, much of the earlier Wilco and  I guess the PMDG.  Stiffness of the controls: yoke, pedals, knobs, gear - I was assured by my trainer/FO that the 'feel' was authentic. It felt like it.


I have a feeling that the scenery surrounding the airport was better on my Sydney Professional X add-on than the 'real' fs. However an accurate direct comparison could not be made on two circuits on that limited area.

The cockpit was relatively quiet, perhaps not true-to-life. Although wearing headphones I did not need them in talking with the instructor and I am partly deaf.


The experience showed the excellence of MSFX with its add-on aircraft and scenery. I feel that I could have been in the left seat and flown the aircraft without help.


I accidentally found the price that my wonderful wife paid: $175 for the half hour. . Good value? Yes. It gave me the confidence in MSFSX. Now I have the courage to make circuits at Mascot without crashing into our home unit.


My son (interested but a non fs enthusiast) was given a voucher by his loving wife for an experience at

Bankstown airport. He commented that the default flight on the A320 was for an hour, which was slightly cheaper than the Darling Harbour experience for the same time. He said that his instructor brought to the situation several different scenarios  'and told me what to do'. My son said that the cockpit was realistic and the instructor said that they were using MSFS. The scenery was 'obviously computer generated', and considered that his own computer had better graphics. But the gift was great.






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#1378 What are your favourite flying based movies?

Posted by m0dpsych on 23 June 2013 - 10:13 AM

I forgot probably my all time favourite comedy flying movie, which is if my memory serves me correctly was probably the 2nd movie I saw as a kid and it was Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.



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