Prepar3D v4

It’s coming, officially, in one week. If you’ve not seen Jordan King’s”first look” video, you should watch it. I’ve posted it below. I’ve had very high hopes for a 64-bit Prepar3D, in particular that it would involve a solid code re-write more so than the addition of memory access that would get rid of sim crashes for VAS issues. But honestly, watching this video, my hopes have lowered. While I’m sure it has many improvements and optimizations, it looks awfully cartoonish to me now that I’m accustomed to X-Plane 11’s visuals. And according to Jordan, the flight models are unchanged from v3, which in my mind is not a good thing. Aircraft feel much more lively and real to me with X-Planes airfoils. Certainly P3D v4 will undergo several years of continuing development. I will hope that it becomes something great, and that between it, X-Plane, and other sims we hobbyists and pilots enjoy the benefits of technical (and price) competition. But I have to say that on first blush v4 looks too much like the v4 I left, but without VAS issues (which were not the reason I left in the first place). I’ll will eagerly await the reports on May 30th, as I suspect will many of you.

A Promise Kept

Early in the process of my real-world flight training I promised myself that when I soloed I’d spring for a pair of Randolph Engineering aviator sunglasses — the same kit U.S. military pilots wear. Regular readers know that while my CFI said I was ready to solo last August, because of a delay in my medical from the FAA and other interruptions I didn’t solo until this past March. So while I was ready last year, a promise is a promise when it comes to those sunglasses.

Today they arrived.

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Updates

I know posting has been a bit slow here recently, but real life has me very busy and it’s probably going to be like this for a few weeks as I prioritize family, work, and real flight training ahead of the sim. I also know folks are looking for the “Building Your Basement Sim” guide, and it may now be a while (weeks or a month or two, not years) until I finish it — it really is nearly done. In the meantime, if you are beginning or just starting a build, please email me at ontheglideslope at gmail dot com and I will see how I can help as I don’t want to hold people up from getting started.

So thanks for your patience. If it’s any small consolation, I did complete my first unsupervised solo today after six prior weather cancellations. It’s still a bit odd that they just give you a key and let you take an airplane, but so they did. A short hop today, as the winds were close to my minimums and it was really pretty bumpy up at 2,500 AGL (on one jolt I actually bumped my head on the top of the cabin). So I cut things short and headed back to the barn, but the flight was exciting, I’m glad I got the experience, and I did shoot this short vid heading back to parking.

Things Are Getting Real

Just a quick update on the real-world flight training. With the medical approved the solo work has finally gotten underway. I flew my third supervised solo earlier this week, and now the true solo work begins where I rent the airplane and go fly maneuvers alone (and I have the endorsement to fly down to Wilmington to do pattern work in the Delta airspace as well). I need to get five hours of that in, then it’s night takeoffs and landings, dual cross-countries, solo cross-countries, and check-ride prep. My CFI wants me to take the written test in the next four weeks, so I’ve been hitting the books. It’s great to be in this stage of the process.

Nobody Here Is Really From Togo

The Glideslope Spammer Restraint System has, to date, blocked over 250 spammers from attempting to join the site. But today one got through. If you receive a PM from the On The Glideslope message system promising riches from a pool of money in Togo, it’s fake. Delete it. And the offender has been deleted as well.

xEnviro Weather Transition (And Kalispell To Great Falls In 2:48)

In my last point-to-point video it took about an hour to fly from Kalispell to Great Falls. Here I’ve compressed that video so the flight takes just two minutes and forty-eight seconds. I did this to better illustrated the very natural transition that xEnviro created from overcast with limited visibility to clear skies. Pretty amazing.

The music? It’s just for fun. As always, thanks for watching.

Take The FAA Runway Safety Challenge

A friend who’s keeping his CFI ticket current emailed a link to the FAA’s runway safety challenge quiz. Educational and fun. (I went 9 for 10.)