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Implications of development strategy changes

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 Leave a comment

As mentioned in the last post, Vic+ will not include the Ganges update.  Here’s a summary of implications:

  1. If you downloaded Vic+ PNW V8 as donationware, and did not donate, now is the time to purchase your copy.  I expect everyone who downloads SP1 to have purchased a copy, although I will make it available on the honour system.  It’s the price of two latte’s!
  2. I don’t plan further enhancements to Vic+ in the near future, but they may happen, and certainly bug reports will be considered.
  3. Future enhancements, like Ganges, will be separate projects.

And if you’ve been following this blog, you’ll note the number of times I mention Larry Robinson.  He has been a source of inspiration, wise advise, provided many objects and beautiful textures, including the Belleville Ferry Terminal, and allowed me to link to his Victoria-related maritime vessels, including the MV Coho, Victoria Harbour Ferry, and MV Norwegian Pearl.  And he’s working on other goodies as well.

Larry does stunning work and I’m humbled to have his support.  Thanks, Larry.

Evolving strategy

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 4 comments

As I continue to work on Ganges it’s becoming apparent that it’s a project in its own right.  So before long I will publish the Vic+ 8.0.06 patch (now called SP1) with goodies promised, except Ganges.  Ganges will be a separate payware product, perhaps the precursor of a series of payware floatplane bases.

Another view of the Pearl

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 1 comment

A hint of things to come in Vic+…

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 7 comments

Here, not in final form, is the Norwegian Pearl, which Larry Robinson is creating.  This will be used by Vic+ in future versions for cruise ship traffic.

Meanwhile, I’m still working on Ganges.


Ganges product

Friday, July 4th, 2014 Leave a comment

Work in progress, still need some photos of the Mouat’s buildings.  Update: got great photos thanks to Bill and Bernice joining me on a field trip, much work to do, will be separate product, not part of Vic+.

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Update on VictoriaPlus PNW V8 Service Pack 1

Saturday, June 7th, 2014 1 comment

SP1 is firming up.  Here, subject to change, is what to expect:


  • Reduced seaplane AI traffic to reduce the number of avoidance manoeuvres which resulted in AI objects behaving strangely to avoid collisions
  • Fixed height of SCO object on Pelly Island
  • Updated documentation
  • Removed crashbox at Ogden Point Breakwater
  • Excluded isolated antenna near Royal BC Museum
  • Upgraded configuration file for Pilot Boat so that it turns smoothly and doesn’t “waggle”.  Thanks, Larry.
  • Improved visibility for CCG Laurier so that it shows up at lower scenery complexity settings


  • Replaced model for the Promontory
  • Added Maple Mountain antenna
  • Added new static harbour ferries and ferry docks and signage
  • Upgraded Empress Hotel model
  • Added Brotchie Ledge light model from Larry Robinson
  • Added flagpole to Beacon Hill Park
  • Improved Maple Bay floatplane base
  • Improved Ogden Point surface texture
  • Modified cruise ship flightplans to use Larry’s Norwegian Pearl rather than vessels from other products

Performance Improvements

  • Reduced seaplane AI traffic to reduce the number of avoidance manoeuvres which resulted in AI objects behaving strangely to avoid collisions
  • Deleted heli traffic, recommend Helitraffic 2009
  • Removed wharves and fishing boats that had animated birds associated with them to improve performance

Coming soon!  And be sure to get Larry’s new AI Harbour Ferry!

Another cool addon for VicPlus PNW

Saturday, June 7th, 2014 1 comment

Larry Robinson has published his AI Harbour Ferry designed to work with VictoriaPlus PNW V8.  It’s a lot of fun watching it scoot around the harbour.

Helmut has posted some great screenshots.

Go to his scenery file list and scroll down to the link under, “An AI water taxi as an addition to the addon pack above.”


Future updates to VicPlus PNW V8

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 Leave a comment

A service pack will be available at some point for VicPlus PNW V8 which include, among other goodies yet to determined, the following:

  • fix for floating SCO object on Pelly Island
  • fix for aircraft crash over Ogden Point breakwater
  • a number of changes to the AI, which will reduce avoidance maneuvers that cause some oddities; these will also improve performance
  • improved representations for a number of buildings, including the Promontory and Hotel Grand Pacific2014-5-26_7-22-34-766
  • thanks to Larry, addition of static and AI harbour ferries to the harbour area, as well as addition of the main docking area near  Ship Point2014-5-29_13-35-0-686
  • addition of Maple Mountain antenna2014-5-29_13-53-43-660
  • documentation updates

Some of these will require objects from Larry’s library so it will be necessary to download it again.

Support forum for VicPlus PNW V8

Sunday, May 25th, 2014 Leave a comment

Very few problems with VicPlus PNW V8 have been reported.  But if you do have issues or suggestions, please first read the manual, then read the FAQ on the support forum.  If that’s not enough, please post on that forum.  Thanks to Tom at AVSIM for hosting!

Victoria PNW Screenshots

Friday, May 16th, 2014 1 comment

Victoria Belleville Ferry Terminal released

Sunday, May 11th, 2014 5 comments

Larry Robinson has released his stunning Victoria Belleville St. Ferry Terminal, (scroll down and select the two links under “Addon Pack for Vic+ V8 and Orbx PNW”), ferry (static and AI) MV Coho, and freighter Tai Harvest.  Read instructions carefully!! For FSX and P3D.  Designed to work with Victoria+ V8 Special Release for PNW, this completes the Victoria, Canada harbour.



Victoria+ FSX/P3D for FTX Pacific Northwest (PNW) users

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 6 comments

This long-awaited version of Victoria+, only for PNW users, is now available.  Download here.  This is payware, only $8.95.



  1. Custom buildings, waterfront and objects for Victoria, BC, Canada Harbour
  2. Custom buildings for the greater Victoria area
  3. Radar domes on Mt. Newton and Mayne Island
  4. Antenna on Mt. Douglas
  5. Corrected locations for many other antennae
  6. Improved landclass over PNW
  7. Airport facilities for:
  • CAP5 Victoria International Floatplane Base
  • CAX6 Ganges Floatplane Base
  • CBF7 Victoria – Camel Point Heliport
  • CBK8 Victoria Jubilee Hospital Heliport
  • CBW7 Victoria General Hospital Heliport
  • CBZ7 Victoria – Shoal Point Coast Guard Heliport
  • CMAP Maple Bay Floatplane Base
  • CMBH Mount Belcher Heliport
  • CYWH Victoria Harbour Floatplane base

AI craft and traffic

  • DHC-2 floatplane and traffic (Harbour Air, Kenmore Air, Pat Bay Air)
  • pilot boat which travels to rendezvous with static freighter, see Larry Robinson’s addons below
  • users of Misty Fjords and Vancouver+ will also get additional cruise ship traffic:  the Island Princess and the Volendam
  • Vancouver+ also has flightplans which will populate the Victoria+ area with lots of traffic
  • For Vancouver+ users (which has the Bell 206L model): Canada Coast Guard helicopter
  • flying from CBZ7 (Shoal Point), BC Ambulance helicopter flying from CMBH (Mount Belcher, Saltspring Island). It is recommended that Helitraffic 2009 be used, and these aircraft added to that program’s database.

Changes from Version 7

  • Deletion of all San Juan and much of the Gulf Island scenery
  • Compatibility with FTX NA Blue PNW
  • Compatibility with Larry Robinson`s MV Coho vessel and dock
  • Improved Victoria Harbour seawall, now with airphoto data
  • New and improved buildings
  • Updated Ogden Point Terminal with new textures
  • Removal of small boat traffic, alternative is to enable FSX default small boat traffic

Companion Products


Essential for complete coverage

  • Latest version of CYYJ from Don Grovestine is highly recommended, and it will add buildings and docks to CAP5:
  • Larry Robinson’s MV Coho ferry and Belleville St. Ferry Terminal (scroll down and select the two links under “Addon Pack for Vic+ V8 and Orbx PNW”) and static freighter are highly recommended, Victoria Harbour is incomplete without it. You’ll also need Larry’s object library.  Read installation instructions completely!! Note: Be sure to set the “Ships and Ferries” traffic to 38% or less the prevent the default object from appearing.





Vancouver+ in Prepar3d V2.2.1

Sunday, April 27th, 2014 Leave a comment

Vancouver+ for FSX works well in Lockheed Martin Prepar3d V2.2.1 using the Estonia Migration Tool.  Happy Flying!




Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 Leave a comment

The ORBX Southern Alaska scenery for FSX and P3D is now available.  The title is a bit of a misnomer as the product includes the southern Yukon and a chunk of northwest British Columbia as well.  Click here for details and download link.  Enjoy!

More FTX NA SAK screenshots

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 4 comments

Folks, more screenshots for Southern Alaska (SAK) are available, and more will be, on the ORBX Preview forum.  Drop by often.

And for more info on the White Pass & Yukon Railroad, drop by Boerries Burkhardt’s excellent fan site.

ORBX FTX NA SAK Screenshots

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 6 comments
Glacier Station

Glacier Station

PAGY Approach

PAGY Approach

PAGY Apron

PAGY Apron

Skagway Bulk Terminal

Skagway Bulk Terminal

Skagway Tank Farm

Skagway Tank Farm

Temsco Terminal - Skagway

Temsco Terminal – Skagway

PAGY Terminal

PAGY Terminal

Venus Mine

Venus Mine

Here are some shots from the areas I contributed to for this project.  These are still beta and not final.

Skagway floatplane terminal

Skagway floatplane terminal

Skagway Container Yard

Skagway Container Yard



Carcross Campground

Carcross Campground

Carcross CBD

Carcross CBD

Carcross Airport

Carcross Airport

Carcross Hanger

Carcross Hanger

Fraser Station

Fraser Station



ORBX Southern Alaska (SAK)

Thursday, January 24th, 2013 6 comments

I’ve been making contributions to the new ORBX Southern Alaska project and before too long should be able to post screenshots.  My bits have included the Skagway-Carcross corridor, including:

• Skagway cruiseship terminal
• Skagway floatplane base. (7K2)
• Temsco helicopter terminal
• Skagway airport (PAGY)
• White Pass & Yukon train model
• Glacier Station
• Fraser Station
• Bennett Station
• Carcross airport (CFA4)
• Carcross floatplane base (CEB7)
• Carcross town centre including custom buildings and bridges and seasonal objects
• Venus mine site (this one you have to find!)

Got lots of help from Chris Clack, Neil Hill, Alex Goff, Tim Harris and of course Holger Sandmann.

Release date has not been announced, but watch the ORBX site for details.

FSDT Vancouver International Airport (CYVR) released

Saturday, January 5th, 2013 11 comments

FSDreamTeam has released CYVR for FSX.  Fully compatible with Vancouver+ V3.  It’s amazing!  Comments can be found on AVSIM.

Vancouver Harbour Floatplane Terminal dispute settled.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 Leave a comment

Took a while, but they figured this out: read here.



Another blog, this time with feeling

Monday, July 30th, 2012 Leave a comment

For my poetry, which I create at random, I’ve created a new blog.  Drop by if you like.

Categories: Musings

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