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Very good idea, Sam! I'll add to this then ?       My first simming experience was F/A 18 Interceptor. I have no clue how many hours I spent in that "simulator" but that intro music has burn

My path to X-Plane 11 was weird, expensive, and adventurous. Back in 2010, I tried my first flight simulator. It was FS2002 ?. Basically, my computer was old, slow, and just flat out bad. It was a Tos

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My name is James. I have been simming for a long time. I first got into simming when I bought a computer system at best buy and it had falcon 3 preinstalled on it. I started learning how to fly and then I was hooked.  I use Xplane, Prepar3d, DCS(F-14,16,18,AV-8B),Falcon 4 BMS, MSFS 2020. I mostly fly the 727 from flyjsim. Just gotta love that plane.

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I used to fly A320 in FSX earlier. After I purchased X Plane 11, I learned about Boeing 737 Zibo mod and now I rarely fly A320. I learnt lots of technical things pertaining to flying airplanes for instance: Engines and talking to ATC with proper jargon. Flight planning from scratch etc. Because of X Plane 11 I learned about the limitations of the existing hardware up to a level which I can even help another person before buying a new PC. Because of low performance in Open GL, I had to learn how to improve performance with the current hardware by tweaking different settings in Windows 10 and even GPU. 

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Just signed up with Threshold. Looks like a pretty cool sight. I have been flight simming for years. Since the the 90's. But then when FSX sold the rights to Lockheed, I thought there goes the neighborhood. If you wanted to use P3D, you had to sign an affidavit saying it was for training. Or something like that. I signed and downloaded the product. I get on P3D and I find myself in a cockpit of an F-35. Riiiiiiight ! I'm gonna train in an F-35. I've always liked to fly C-172. You had to download the Cessna to use it. P3D didn't offer in the default program. I never flew anything easier. When using FSX and before I always flew the airlines from airports coast to coast. Navigating with charts , VORS. SIDS & STARS.

Two years ago I wanted a new PC for flight simming. I found a guy in South Carolina. I'm on the west coast. Michael Brown from X-Force PC's.I highly recommend. With that I bought my first copy of X-Plane. version 11. I couldn't the flight modeling of X-Force is. I no longer feel the Cessna 172 is easy to fly. Even more so with XPRealistic. Its worth the $19.00's. It took me several attempts just to get off the ground before I realized the centrifugal force of the prop always forces you to the left. Just like the actual real life 172 does until you compensate using foot pedals or the yoke to the right and easing the throttle slowly until reaching 55 knots. Love x-plane. Can't wait for Vulken to come out. Perhaps by the end of May 2020.

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Yo, Old Warrior here. Just got through building, what my grandson calls, a "Beast", in anticipation of MSFS 2020. While waiting, thought we would try X-Plane. It has been a while since I was a "Simmer". If you can imagine, I cut my teeth on subLOGIC Flight Simulator for Commodore 64 many moons ago. I use to get on the "64" and fly as often as I could. Sort of a relaxer. I would up-grade as the program grew. However, my job would take me out of the country for extended periods and eventually I drifted away from flight simming. But do to Covid-19, "we're back". Looked into Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Prepar3d (use to occasionally work with some Lockheed Martin folks.) But the grandson did some diligent homework, sorta' speak, and came up with X-Plane. So here we are. Our big chore now is to get the best add-ons to make this "puppy" look as good as possible. Seeing the trailer for MSFS 2020, that's going to be hard to beat.  We're glad to be on board.

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I got into x plane  about a couple years ago when I received a copy as a present on Steam, and honestly just kind of forgot about Xplane after that as I used Microsoft flight simulator x .I had all the ad-dons I ever wanted on FSX and didn't really want to upgrade just then, it was only until a couple months ago when my fsx stopped working on my PC when I finally decided maybe it is time to upgrade and  that's when I jumped fully to Xplane and honestly I dont think I will jump ship anytime soon! 

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Hey all, been lurking around for awhile thought I'd stop in and say hi.  Been flight simming since sometime in the 80's on relative's computers.  Really got into it with FS98 and CFS1, and have been hooked ever since.  X-Plane 9 was my first, but didn't stick with it, and ran FSX for a long time.  Fast forward to X-Plane 11 and haven't looked back.

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I started with FS-1 on the Apple II. Started flying in real life a few years later. Had every flight sim software product I could find for both Mac and PC over the years until settling on X-Plane. Every military sim too; combat sims, every version of Falcon, f18, f22, now DCS! Don't remember what version of X-Plane I started with but I'm guessing it was in the 90's. Never tried P3D as it looked so much like FSX to me and X-Plane 11 was just so much better, I didn't need to look further. Now with MSFS2020, that may change. I'm only interested in study level models and it's too bad more third party providers never made it over to X-Plane. I loved some of my Milviz models on FSX and I hope they make it over to the new FS2020, along with TorqueSim, HotStart and some others. Looking forward to more and more realism with every update.

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hi Everibody! Max from Argentina. I recently come back to x-plane from FSX...the last time i use x-plane was the 9 version.

Now in x-plane 11 having a great time!

I post a photo of the Cordillera de los Andes here in Argentina with The Aconcagua in the back!

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Hi All,

 

Long time on and off FlightSim user (starting with FS in Dos in the 80s) and was looking for a replacement for FS-X. Found X-plane 11 and found it very interesting to see a freeware 737 mod which could rival the PMDG variant (owning a PMDG 747-400 and Md-11 myself and not wanting to pay another 100 euro or so for a short/medium haul aircraft).

Been flying for 2 weeks now and am impressed by the loads of good freeware available for this platform (ie ortho4xp, simtoolkitpro and the earlier mentioned Zibo 737-800x). Having loads of fun flying again.

 

Cheers

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I was fed up with OOMs in FSX and wanted to fly in a 64 bit sim and have as many add ons as I wanted.  I got XP 10 and the Jar Design A330 looked like the plane for me.  back then it was very well thought of, and I still fly it occasionally. Unfortunately it hasn't kept up.  I am sticking with X-Plane because I enjoy it, and all the add-ons I have. 

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The first time I tried a FlightSim was about 1986 on a Commodore 64. It Was Flight Simulator II from Sublogic. Of course it was not comparable with nowadays simulators. Later I flew Chuck Yeager's Air Combat on my first 25MHz CPU PC. Then came all the MS FlightSims like 98, 2000, 2002, 2004 and finally FSX. I also tried Prepar3D and X-Plane, but somehow couldn't stick to it for very long.
Now, with the MSFS 2020, I try to always fly a few legs on weekends.

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I've liked airplanes for quite a while now , I'm 15 and I've loved flight simming since I was 8 . In the early 2020 , Feburary to be exact , I got my first ever PC . I used to play infinite flight 3 years back and then I took a long break from it because Fortnite came out and I found other games to play . I was still somewhat into aviation , when I bought my first PC , I downloaded the cracked version of X-Plane 11 . I only touched X-Plane 11 once and gave up after I realized I had to wait 10 minutes for it to load . 2 months later , I'm bored so I boot up X-Plane 11 out of curiousity of how the sim looks like . I choose the default 737-800 that ships with X-Plane 11 itself and I wait for a good 10 minutes for it to load . I realized how difficult it is to fly an airplane when I found out you need to hit the switches and everything yourself , that's what got me so interested . I looked up a tutorial on YouTube and started learning . It took me a week or two to get used to the sim . I remember I was so into it that I used to come home from school , boot up X-Plane 11 and just kept flying flights on flights on flights . Soon I bought the original copy of X-Plane 11 because I thought it was time for me to make a cheap investment and probably start a whole pilot carrer in the future ! Here I am now , all this aviation knowledge , about to complete high school and looking for a nice flight school to start my flying from !

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Hi, I bought X-Plane 11 because I wanted to try a flight simulator. I have never used one before and thought it would be interesting! I don't think I realised how difficult, or should I say challenging it was going to be. Age doesn't help (73) as I have to go through everything slowly and nowadays more than once. A lot more!! I have always enjoyed fiddling with computers so like adding items to the base program.

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Well so far X-Plane is still my go-to sim when I want to fly without problems. MSFS works OK but still lacks depth of aircraft systems and it's full of bugs. If they get all that sorted out it could be a great sim especially because of the scenery. They also need some better airplanes before it's as satisfying as X-Plane is at the moment. 

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On 10/14/2020 at 3:18 PM, GriffDM said:

Hi, I bought X-Plane 11 because I wanted to try a flight simulator. I have never used one before and thought it would be interesting! I don't think I realised how difficult, or should I say challenging it was going to be. Age doesn't help (73) as I have to go through everything slowly and nowadays more than once. A lot more!! I have always enjoyed fiddling with computers so like adding items to the base program.

Start with the 172 and learn the basics. That shouldn't be so hard as there is so little to operate on that airplane. Put in gas, start it up and go. Of course you'll need proper flight controls to make it effortless. What are you using now and what problems are you having?

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