I'm getting on in years, and I started using Flight Sim when it was done by SubLogic for MS in '82. I'm a licensed pilot, and have been simming ever since then, mainly because I couldn't afford to fly the real stuff, and partly because I needed to keep up my IFR skills. A couple of years ago I purchased FSX, and installed it on an XP machine. Flew it for awhile and then got busy elsewhere and sold the old machine.
A couple of months ago, I decided to dedicate my new Win 7 64-bit quad-core machine just for FSX, and took a chance that it would still work. To my surprise (because I took the caution of installing everything on my D drive to get it away from Windows 7 security) everything worked, and the sim flew better than ever before, with all the sliders maxed out! So far, I have added FS Commander, Radar Contact, and FSMeteo. But the real addition was the A2A Accu-Sim P-51! Always been a P-51 fan, and spend a lot of time over in Polk City Florida at Kermit Weeks' Fantasy of Flight. He flies his Cripes A-Mighty P-51 quite often, and I'd love to be in that cockpit!
And now I can! BUT - I logged right on to A2A and purchased the P-51 and Accu-Sim, and installed it immediately. Then I fired up FSX and chose the Mustang, ready to "Fly Now!" Imagine my surprise when the aircraft did not pop up, only the cockpit section. WTF!! What did I do wrong? Unfortunately, I decided to contact A2A first through e-mail and beg for help. Look, I'm 66 years old, so the ol' gray matter is a little slow now. But I still had enough sense to join the A2A community and look for someone who had the same problem. And what to my surprise, but I found that I needed SP1 and SP2, which I had never thought to even look for, let alone install.
Everything was updated, and I am now the proud owner of a P-51 parked on the ramp at Orlando-Sanford (KSFB). You guys have a great support group up here, and I hope to keep up with this stuff regularly. I have only one quick question right now: I expected the plane to boot up in the shut-down state, being so realistic and all, and was surprised when it appeared on the active, running. As I as of yet do not know how to run all of the switches, the A/C sputtered and quit before I could do anything. I promptly found most of the switches to cut the electrical power and moved the mixture to idle cut-off, and then moved the plane to the ramp I'd like to begin any flight from. Now, will there be any problems with a re-start, as I allowed it to stall out? This stark realism is going to take some getting used to, but I love it! Finally an aircraft that I have to tend to from the get-go!
Looking forward to more visits up here. Great job, all! I'll finally get to fly the bird I always wanted to fly!
-= Gary =-
-= Gary =-
FSX, REX Essentials Plus w/Overdrive, FS Commander, Radar Contact, FSMeteo, Win 7 64-bit
A2A Accu-Sim Military P-51