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My first "Flight Simulator" was Red Baron (1990), I always was a kid fascinated by the aircrafts, and loved everything about it. Started Civil Flight Simulation with Sierra's Pro Pilot, then Flight Simulator 98 and followed the franchise until the end, when I migrated to P3D v2 on 2014/2015. 

By the beginning of 2016 I was a bit tired of the ESP platform, but give a last chance with Flight School and later on with Flight Sim World. When they cancelled FSW, I decided that was it, and moved away from the platform with no regrets.

My first look on X-Plane was with v10, but the region I like to fly the most was really bad represented (South America), so I kept it as a second sim, while FSX/P3D were my main sims. With the release of v11 and cancellation of FSW, I moved to the platform with no hesitation, and is now the platform I use. 

By the way things are going, XP12 will be my next sim for sure.

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Greetings fellow flyers,

I've been a flightsimmer since Intellivision came out with B-17 Bomber way back in 1981.  I had just gotten my Private Pilot license and I was a happy boy since flying in those days was affordable for nearly everyone, in the US anyway.  By the mid-1980s I purchased Sublogic's Flight Simulator II for the Atari ST computer, and it was magnificent for its time.  After M$ bought Flight Simulator from Sublogic I've owned and enjoyed every version, including FSX-SE.  I was also an avid rabid beta tester for M$'s gorgeous but totally mismarketed failed Microsoft Flight 'golden goose' X-box-style game.  I just jumped over to XP-11 earlier this year as X-Plane finally seemed mature enough.  In fact, since the jump I've been developing X-Plane scenery for my local airport here in Thailand.  Here are some screenshots...

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Ramp side of VTUV terminal building for the small regional northeastern hub.  I modeled it, the elevated terrain and front and rear access roads, as well as many other custom scenery objects, in Solidworks, textured them in Sketchup, then exported into XP.

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View from the main parking lot in front of the terminal.  You can barely see the top of the control tower behind the trees and the tall light tower in the center-right of the image.

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Front elevated terminal entrance.  These are older images I had already posted on X-Plane.org forums a while back since I can't yet, being a Threshold newbie, upload files yet.

Cheers from Thailand everybody!

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Personally, I was introduced to FLIGHT SIMULATION, back in the CGA/EGA/VGA days--when there were only 16 colors max!

I "upgraded" to MSFS  (Microsoft Flight Simulator)

Then FS98...FS2000...FS2002...FS2004...then, FSX.

One day, while looking for a more realistic flight simulator--I got to try the X-PLANE 11 DEMO.

The graphics were so impressive, I put away FSX and became an X-PLANE 11 simmer from then on!

 

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Like most of us, I became interested in flying at middle age and even went so far as to get a private license as well as a Piper Archer II (foolish).  I used my plane to fly to business clients in mid-west United States.  I also used Microsoft Flight Sim X which I liked until a friend of mine (commercial pilot) told me about X-Plane 10 which I bought and have followed into X-Plane 11.

For medical reasons, I no longer can fly my own and have only X-Plane which I love for its capabilities, aircraft, and authentic simulations.  I am retired now and still play with aero functions and other interests related to flying.

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Greetings to all. First apologize if my English is not correct but many times I use the google translator. I'm from Gran Canaria and I've always liked simulation, I started with the Spectrum 48K and the Spitfire 40 although the truth is that I only used military simulation because I thought the civil was boring, I was very wrong, it's so funny or more than the military. Looking for information and watching videos on youtube about the different civil simulators looking for the one that best  sensation gives me and the one I liked the most was Xplane10, a jewel after understanding it,then Xplane11 arrived and here I am. I hope I did not bored you much.

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Hi all.  I've been into flight simulators for over 30 years.  Used to work with the guy that first wrote FS at Hughes Aircraft.  I was into MSFS up until that abandoned it.  Which as it turns out was a good thing because it allowed X-plane to grow.  I've always lived and worked next to airports so I've been enamored with planes, just never had the extra money to learn for real, so I do my best Walter Mitty using simulators.  And with X-Plane I enjoy the openness of the planes and sceneries for modders and has gotten me to the point that I plan on doing my local airports on the Central Coast of California.

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Hi All,

I've been flying flight simulator since my dad brought home FS98 in .. well yeah 1998. Went all the way through FS2004, FSX (including the latest SE) and I am now transitioning to X-plane 11. I don't fly every week, mainly because of a busy husband/dad's life that I got into recently, but whenever I have some time I hit up my sim and fly myself around (no multiplayer/ivao/vatsim yet). I've been experimenting with some payware FSX planes which really add to immersion and I am now looking into getting some higher quality airplanes both free/payed for X-plane.

My other interests in aviation go to a bit of plane spotting and building an ADS-B receiver with a raspberry pi (real fun if you're a bit into electronics and soldering ? )

Greetings from EBBR

Ward

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Hello!

It was quite a long way for me...

My first try on a flightsim was FS98 wich came with a joystick as a christmas gift for that year. I was 12, I remember me flying the default cessna at Chicago or New York and trying to pass between the building or below bridges. At that moment I didn't really got into it.
Trying to fly the Bell 206 eventually killed me after many unsuccessfull try circleing and crashing, and I soon stopped running it without understanding the real purpose.

Many years after, I was in my twenties when I took a real plane for the first time. I always remained very anxious but also kind of fascinated since that, the worst for me was to fly above the ocean during long flight...I'm mentionning that because it's actually what's putted me back on flightsim path.
Two years ago, after a year I've been flying a lot between France and south America, I figured out that I wanted to know how it really works to fly a plane, and have a chance to do it myself.
At first it was more a way to fight my fear and anxiety of flying, but very soon it became passionate.

Knowing almost nothing about flightsim, I started watching videos on youtube, and the best seemed to be FSX, so I bought it on steam, and it was a huge disappointment : the FSX I've bought looked nothing like what I've seen in the vid, it was so far from the photoreal, and it didn't even run well on my computer ( didn't really knew that you couldn't expect the same FPS as games ).
As a newbee I didn't knew that to have these amazing graphics I've seen on the video, you had to buy dozen of addons. I didn't knew where to start to have the visuals I wanted and also didn't got the money for this. I eventually felt a little overwhelmed by this and gave up FSX.
Some months passed and I've seen a video on Flight Sim World with the rain windshield effect that got me.

This is on this sim that I really began to learn and enjoy flying. I loved the atmosphere with 3D clouds, the lights, the planes were really well modeled, but still I was missing two important things for me : first, the sceneries didn't looked like the real world, second, there was no airliner available. It ends up that the whole sim was cancelled.

Back on youtube, I've seen few video of Aerofly FS2 that just blow my eyes : it was the great canyon of Arizona with a jet, and it looked genuinely real, and also it seemed to run very very smooth compare to all other flightsim I knew. So I began on that too, and after the first moments of flying in amazing photoreal texture, I wasn't at all convinced by the flight model, and soon, I've been looking for something else.

This is the moment I've found the amazing x-plane community, with this possibility of tweaking almost everything, making our own ortho sceneries etc. 
I gave a try to the XP11 demo, at first I was surprised by the flight model, it was of course very different from AFS2 but also from Flight Sim World, the environment looked more real.
So I got into it, spent hours making orthos for near all France, began to buy payware aircraft...this was the sim I was looking for since a while.
 I think the first was the carenado PA 34 Seneca, since it was my favourite plane from FSW, then I bought the PC12 wich is still the plane I flew the most and the FFA320.

I'm still a beginner, I've learnt very simple procedures on airliner, not enough to fly it realistically ( still know almost nothing about ATC ).
Now I'm improving my learn into flying GA like the JF C 152 and since ORBX has released his fantastic True Earth Great Britain, I never had more fun to fly GA aircraft at low altitude.

Looking forward to see what is coming next on X-plane!



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Greetings,

I found this forum through Asene's scenery link. I was on the other forum but left it because of various reasons. I will share some sceneries that I have made and let's see how it goes!

Cheers

Raffles

I fly a B727 in Africa, this is a level D sim in Sanford, Orlando where I do recurrent training.

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Hi, all,

Joined today... I've been flying since 2001 (real planes) and playing with simulator since early 1990s... I switched to X-plane last year on a brand new setup (3 x 27" monitors), saitek panels (radio, switch and multi), yoke, throttle quadrant and pedals. I've been flying mostly mooneys. I use the sim for the time when I can't go to the airport and to have some fun. Looking forward to exchanging experience with others here... 

Klaus

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Hi Folks

New member to the forum. Only recently migrated from long term user of FSX to Xplane  11.

Looking pretty good so far...

Just downloaded the 737 - 900 Ultimate, and absolutely amazed .. well done to you guys.

thanks and look forward to chatting soon.

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Bonjour, Je suis tout simplement un passionné d'aviation ,et XPLANE est un simulateur formidable. Ce que j'apprécie, c'est le nombre de personnes qui mettent en ligne des avions totalement gratuits, et aussi l'entraide et la convivialité du forum.

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I have always loved flight sims ever since computers came around. The first one being Microsoft FS, then FSX. I enjoyed the FSX experience for a long time but then support on the software seemed to dwindle and a major computer crash ended that. I never reinstalled the software. Recently I read articles on X-Plane 11 and decided to try it out. I was really amazed how far flight sims has progressed.  Then I got into VR and WOW...this is what I want to do in my spare time.

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Hi, been simming since Sublogic FS, then MSFS and switched from FSX to XP10 when it was released. Never looked back, never considered P3D.

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Tried XP on and off over the years as I muddled along with '02, '04 and X.  Nothing inspired a change until 11 came along.  Always thought that P3D was like flogging a dead horse so took the plunge.  I'm still amazed at how inventive XP owners are in their furtherance of the sim - to the point where, without their contributions this product would not have reached its current position in the sim world. 

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Hi all 

I use X-plane 11 for that realism what it have. I was using simulator first time 1981 or 82 it was C64 flightsimulator after taht i was go thru all MSFS simulator what ever came out, when is time to abandon to FSX i thinking what i do with prepar3d and x-plane so after short time testing my way is clear i choose x-plane. and i think i choose right, ofcourse i can make simulation with prepar also, but affair at FSX platform is come end of the road.

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I read an article about flight sims in the Wall Street Journal. Learning to fly a sim excited me. Decided on x-plane 11; bought a new large screen computer, the yoke, throttle, rudder and a second desk to contain it all. Sits next to my other desk with Win 7 computer, which is very fortunate as I am constantly looking up words and tutorials and meanings and pictures. Added to the challenge of x-plane I encountered Windows 10! for the first time. My biggest mistake was telling family and friends I was learning to fly and they show up and want to see me in the air . . . of course just now I am working on getting my checklist in the right place in the directory, having finally calibrated and rendered correctly. Oh, yes, that doggone Win 10 still a pain. But it is a long cold winter - did I say that before? - and I have lots of days and nights to figure things out. I hope I have lots of 'em as this lady is turning 82 this year. I notice not a lot of gals on the forums.  Seriously appreciate you all when I go hunting for information.

Visible

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My first sim was FS back in 90s!  I put tons of hour during lunch until school policy caught up and games not allowed in computer lab unless...you wrote it! That is how I started to code.

For my career I took the easy way out doing enterprise application instead of game development.

I switch to X-Plane around XP11 Beta and never looked back. The FSX days of spending  90% time optimizing and 10% time flying finally came to and end 🙂   I am enjoying XP because not only I am flying but I have been creating liveries, contributing to gateway airport, tinkering with plugin development, making tutorial video, etc .

Edit: Here is a gateway airport I am changing it from 2D to 3D .
ICAO: VOMM
20 million passengers per year, about 35,000 passengers and 400 aircraft movements daily

Apron II and III done.

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SpiceJet Hangar done

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Coast Guard section done.

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Hi all.

I was drawn into X-Plane because of the flight modeling. I really started getting into the sim in v10 and am glad to see the direction that X-Plane is advancing. 😄

My first introduction to computer flight sims was back in the early 90s as well.

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Hello Everyone,

I've been flight simming since the early days. I think I began on Mail Pilot on a Commodore  (65 or 500). Most of my flying though has been on FSX and its forunners.  So early days for me on X-Plane. Tried X-Plane 10, but just didn't have the time to master it. X-Plane 11 though seems a very different beast. Enjoying the learning curve. I feel that this edition will have far to go, as there are improvements required. My interests are navigating GA aircraft around whatever takes my fancy. My best wishes and happy landings to all.

 

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Hello All !

I am a 30 plus year veteran Professional Aviator with an accident, incident and NASA immunity free career. I started in the 1980's flying for fun and quickly realized that would not be enough. I went on to my advanced ratings and within 2 years I was flying for Department of Defense (NAWD-AC), charter, Corporate Operations ( Fortune 100 ) and kept flying for fun. My instructor was a NASA Test Pilot and Division chief at NASA. He opened my doors for me as he was well known in the community.

I started in Simulation early on with MS Flight Sim 1.nothing which it very nearly was. As it became more user and accuracy friendly, I used it as a familiarization tools for missions into unfamiliar and sometimes hostile environments. But all along I realized it's limitations in it's flight modeling. When I discovered X-Plane, there was no going back. Training with American Airlines, FlightSafety, Simuflite and others in multi million dollar full motion sims, made me hunger for a more accurate and faithful simulation platform. And for less than $100, I have found it in X-Plane.

As I am winding down a career of enjoyment and satisfaction, I can now launch out on days in the past I'd have to fly in, and rather have been home, and now enjoy the challenge without fear of a bad outcome. Save falling out of my comfy simulation cockpit !

 

Robert

More than 400 types logged primarily in Cessna 500,600,700 series, Challenger CL-60, IAI-1125, Gulfstream 1159 and multiple light Piper, Mooney, Cessna, Beech light singles and twins. Bla, Bla, Bla….. 

Have questions about specific aircraft, I can try to help and have quite a few AFM and operational manuals. 

       

 

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Hello!!

I have been a flight simulator enthusiast for about 20 years already.  Like many, I had started out with Microsoft's Flight Simulator '98; and thought I was the king of the world!  It wasn't very long after when FS2000 came to the PC's across the nation when I really started to take flying serious.

Throughout grade school, my interest in aviation seemed to explode.  I couldn't get enough time on that simulator and be at real airports.  At the age of 15, as a birthday gift, I was able to fly a real airplane for the first time.  It was then, where I was hooked.

My first solo at 16 years old, occurred in eastern Texas.  I had just gotten my driver's license and was finally allowed to drive without a parent.  So where'd I go?  The airport, of course!  I soloed the airplane the next week and experienced freedom to proportions never envisioned before. 

A few years in the US Navy has now allowed for me to go to college and become a licensed instrument pilot about to take a commercial check ride.  My dream job is right around the corner and I owe flight simming for starting it all.  X-Plane 11 and the endless possibilities it has keeps me far away from the other platforms.  xEnviro is a great example of what's possible.

 

Happy flying!

Caleb

 

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Hello everyone,

I've always been interested in flying, including being in the RAF CCF at school, and flying various simulators on the Commodore 64, including the awesome Gunship.  My ambitions of being an RAF pilot were stopped by my awful eyesight, so life went in a different direction.

I couldn't fly at Uni but my fascination never stopped so I kept simming, despite being a Mac user 😄. I did use FS4 for a short while, when it was available on the Mac, but once I found X-Plane I never looked back - the feel of "real" flight was unmatched… never mind that the developer shares my first name! I think it was v5 back then, but memory is a little fuzzy as it was a long time ago.

I did start learning to fly for real in the early 2000s at my local airfield in Shropshire, EGCV Sleap. I got interested in X-Plane scenery by building this airfield so I could practise between real flights. I also built a fairly detailed version of EGCC Manchester back then, which I think was used as the basis of the current Gateway version (it certainly made it back into Robin Peel's data).  Flying is of course expensive, but then I went completely mad and bought a 26ft sailing boat.  If anyone here has owned a boat they know that boating + flying = too much $$ so it was back to simming to get my flying fix :classic_rolleyes:.

When X-Plane 8 came out, scenery libraries became a thing, and after some extensive discussions OpenSceneryX was born, which along with XAddonManager are my main contributions to the X-Plane world. I won't bore you with the history of OSX, but if you want to read more then there's a potted history on the website.

I have taken a couple of breaks from X-Plane, one of which was because of spending far too much time in Elite Dangerous (I contributed to the Kickstarter), because Elite was my favourite game as a kid and I just couldn't resist.

I think that's about it for now,

Best wishes and fly safe,
Austin G.

 

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Hello everybody. I joined up just tonight as I discovered this site while researching the Soulmade Beaver I just purchased on the weekend. I purchased XP11 about a year ago but have spent very little time on it until a computer upgrade just recently. I wanted to get into VR flightsimming and XP11 seems quite suited for it. I have actually been a flight simmer since way,way back when my brother bought the very first one with just wire frame images! I carried up through the MSFS ranks but settled on FS9 for the last many years. I still have FS9 on my machine actually. It's hard to let go of. Anyways, I intend to focus more time on XP11 where possible. I love the better, more detailed graphics---especially the mountainous regions. I live west of Calgary, Alberta near Bragg Creek which is in the shadows of the Rockies so great depictions of the mountains of BC and Alberta are important to me. 

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Hi everyone!  I am Matthew Hilchie.  I am a software engineer out of Nova Scotia, Canada.  I have been using X-Plane since early 2000s on both Mac and PC.  I currently only use X-Plane in VR.  I'd love to help advance the X-Plane VR experience forward. 

Take-care,
Matthew Hilchie

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