Today was my first flight in a while. I have had a terrible cold so I have been grounded. But today I wanted to get back on flight deck. Very nice weather so a good day to brush up on my knowledge. It was a nice flight. Leaving Visby went very well after some trouble with my second wideview computer. But it was not so technical, my maps was on the keyboard so for once it was easy to fix.
You really have to fly all the time to not lose your skills. It is that difficult. On finals on R30 I was checking my speed carefully, (have had some speed problems) but I came in to fast anyway. It is a long runway so no real problem but I did not set my ATR down where I wanted to. So need more flight hours.
But of course. If it would be easy the it would be no fun. Always room for perfection.
After many tests to try and figure out how to use flight simulator 2004 without the program crashing on finals I think I found a way.
FS9 is not compatible with Win 7 and I just could not use it when I never knew if it would crash or not so measures had to be taken.
I found a old computer and did a new install of Win XP and FS9. I installed the same add on scenery and my fav Flight1 ATR-72 500. A complicated plane for any computer to run. But it works in XP and not Win 7. I can still crash the FS software if I open and close a lot of windows. Suspect memory leak somewhere.
If I keep to the 3D cockpit and open the windows I need once it is really good. I have made many flights now and no crashes.
But I wanted to use my Win 7 machine to so I bought Wideview again. I used to have a license but I have no idea where it is. It is a great piece of software. I use it to run a second copy of FS9 on my work machine. It makes FS9 run in slew mode and that do not crash the software. So here I have two side views. Great for taxi and looking out when flying. I cant see other VATSIM traffic on the side views. For that I have to use FSX I suspect and I have to buy a second copy of it. That will be my next project as soon as I get my wings on VATSIM.
Today I was doing my usual flights. Morning from ESSV to ESSB and afternoon back again.
This morning FS9 crashed to desktop twice. So I did a hunt for bugs and it seems that the flight computer on my Flight1 ATR-72 crash FS on Win 7.
So I decided to do the afternoon flight without the FMC and as the ATR-72 have no GPS it would be some real flying.
I filed my flight plan and went to work. But when I logged in to VATSIM I saw that I was going to fly in controlled airspace for the first time. Not really prepared for that.
It is just to do it and it went so and so but I learned a lot. As I have FSinn on a second computer and I did not get voice to work there was a lot moving around in the cockpit. Fortunately not much traffic so I did get a lot of help from ATC. Happy about that. It is not that easy with all the software. I can do the flying but the rest is new to me. It is totally different from the automatic ATC in FS. But more fun.
And FS did not crash. And I got a voice to work in the end so next time I hope for better flying.
Todays flight worked very well. NO SIMULATOR CRASH. And my new plane ATR 72-500 worked without a glitch.
I have move FSinn to another computer. I suspect that all changing off windows did eat up some memory and made Flight simulator 9 to crash.
Have to see what happens in the future. Now I have to do some reading to learn the new airplane. The story continues.
Less cluttered cockpit environment. Landing at Bromma.