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  1. I know this isn't intended as a complete traffic solution shootout but you missed an excellent (and free) alternative from your list: Live Traffic by TwinFan on the Org. It's great for people like me who have struggled with WT3 and find it to be way too much work. I'd rather spend my time flying! Plus I love the fact that all the flights represented are real world flights happening in real time. Thank you for this honest review of Traffic Global. I have been tempted to try it, but at this point it doesn't seem far enough along to justify the $53 asking price.
  2. While you're calling up your inner Sonny Crockett...I'll call up my inner Dexter Morgan!
  3. I think their innovative approach has potential but at the end of the day the clouds look like bubble-bath suds to me. And like everyone else has seen, it kills the frame rate on my high-end PC. So for now it's still UWXP + ASXP for me.
  4. I am very excited about this release as now I will be able to do the KMRY - KDEN run in the exact aircraft and livery (E145, United Express) that I do regularly in real life (as a passenger)! So cool! BTW, yes the cabin is tight, but I love the fact that the left side is single-seat as I get the whole row to myself!
  5. Are you considering an update to report if the developer's several updates have addressed the issues satisfactorily? Thanks once again for another incredibly thorough review!
  6. Fantastic review, Stephen. I jus bought this last night (on faith, not having seen this review, because MisterX6). Looking forward to some EDDF (Aerosoft payware version) to EDDM runs this weekend!
  7. You've flown it Stephen? How does she handle compared to the AFL and REP versions?
  8. So, this comes with ONLY the G1000 avionics suite and no option for the analog instruments?
  9. Not every day you see 2 payware versions of the same airport. I have the BC Sceneries version of LIMJ (I'm surprised no comparison mentioned here?) and it's excellent, imo (albeit sans SAM). Thanks for the coverage of LSZH...am going to pick this one up.
  10. Great read, Stephen. As a relative newcomer (since mid-2016) I really appreciate the evolution to payware that has taken place. It is a just reward (and I hope profitable) for those who paid their dues in the early days, giving so much to the XP community, in which we all have a role to play. Mine may not be to create content, but to happily help support those who do as the products just keep getting better and better.
  11. This is the craft John Denver was flying when he fatally crashed here in Monterey where I live. In his version the fuel tank selector and gauges were oddly positioned behind the pilot and nearly impossible to reach (without turning one's body 90 degrees and stepping on the right rudder pedal) which led to the crash.
  12. I'm a veteran passenger of KDEN and very excited about this...can't wait to try it out!
  13. Do you think the new particle system might eventually translate to better clouds?
  14. Not sure exactly what you mean by "HD reflection" but the materials are PBR-based so they do seem to reflect (and scatter) light in a true-to-life way. One thing that really stands out about this package (referring to the city scenery now) is the night lighting. It is spectacular and as far as I know currently has no equal in the scenery market.
  15. Now I have all 3 KLAX versions and all I can say is the third time is the charm! Lately I've shied away from packages that are airport only with no city elements, but this KLAX is almost a small city unto itself. Superb work, Justin!
  16. It worked for me in the past...I hope the option is still there in the update.
  17. Hi Stephen, Have you happened to try the AFL 172 in 11.20 yet? After updating to 11.20 there is a pronounced jerking/kicking motion that occurs every few seconds that wasn't there before and in any wind conditions...just wondering if there is something in the new update not jiving well with the current AFL version. This does not happen with the default 172.
  18. This has been one of my favorites since I bought it nearly a year ago and it is indeed a masterclass showcasing how well custom scenery and autogen should mesh together. I really hope the availability of entire city areas continues to grow, as I'm getting more and more reluctant to lay down money for amazing airport scenery that is in the middle of nowhere scenery-wise.
  19. Hi Stephen, In their promo video (at about 0:23), I couldn't help but notice what appears to be a specular reflection of the sun on the rock surface, as if it were made of shiny plastic. Did you notice this in the sim, and if so was it distracting? p.s. tried to attach an image (74k jpeg) but got the error "There was a problem processing the uploaded file. Please contact us for assistance."
  20. Totally agree. And don't get me wrong...I am ecstatic and thoroughly enjoying the state of things as they are now! As I do look forward to continued improvements, I consider them icing on the cake at this point.
  21. This scenery is very impressive. All these next-level sceneries (i.e. this, ORBX, KTTF, etc) is making me want to get my helicopter skills up to par to fully enjoy them. What really stands out to me here is how good the tree coverage looks in most places. Probably the best tree work I've seen so far. And the framerate is exceptionally good for the level of detail and the high settings I'm using. A couple of minor niggles: The ortho quality definitely has room for improvement, but only a problem if you're flying at altitudes that are probably illegal anyway The roads are missing overlays (see attached image). What's interesting is that some sections have moving traffic right on the orthos, and other sections don't have any moving traffic at all (such as the one pictured here). Overall though, it's a gorgeous flying experience that's a bargain at $26. Personally I hope this (and the ORBX) sell really well to encourage them to keep 'em coming to X-Plane.
  22. Great review, Stephen...I'm very excited about these moves from ORBX and FlyTampa I bought the ORBX release (and love it) and I'm getting this first thing when I get home. One reviewer noted the lack of static aircraft but to me that's a plus as a WT3 user.
  23. Well, having dropped $70 I'm not giving up that easily...just my first impression, and your advice sounds good...thanks, Stephen!
  24. Just bought this, in part thanks to your excellent (and so far accurate) review...and I have to agree it is addictive...this in combination with the AFL c172 is a pure joy to fly. Definitely a must-have as you have said. My only concern is that it is dependent on Fly with Lua which leads me to the first real BUMMER of this fact: I had to remove my beloved Kamimari script (all those who ENJOY constantly having to adjust the gyro in-flight raise your hand) in order for XPRealistic to not crash LUA. Now whether this situation is XPR's fault or negligent programming of Kamimari, I don't know - but it really makes me hope that RK will some day repackage this as a proper plugin. Kamimari was the ONLY other LUA script I was running BTW...so I hope it doesn't mean that I have to keep my scripts folder clear of all others in order for XPR to work.
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