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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.

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Ganges upgrades for Vic+ PNW

Friday, July 4th, 2014 Leave a comment

Work in progress, still need some photos of the Mouat’s buildings.

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Update on VictoriaPlus PNW V8 Service Pack

Saturday, June 7th, 2014 Leave a comment

Version 8.0.06 is firming up.  Here, subject to change, is what to expect:

Fixes

  • 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

Enhancements

  • Replaced model for the Promontory
  • Added Maple Mountain antenna
  • Added new static harbour ferries and ferry docks and signage
  • Upgraded Empress model
  • Added Brotchie Ledge light model from Larry Robinson
  • Added flagpole to Beacon Hill Park
  • Improved ugly dockling at Ganges

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
  • 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.

Helmt 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.”

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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.

NOTE: FOR DISCUSSION GO TO THIS THREAD AND READ THROUGH.  Thank you!

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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.

NOTE: FOR SUPPORT GO TO THE SUPPORT FORUM.  Thank you!

Features

  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

Required

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.

 

Recommended

 

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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!

 

 

ORBX FTX SAK Released

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

Bennett

Bennett

Carcross Campground

Carcross Campground

Carcross CBD

Carcross CBD

Carcross Airport

Carcross Airport

Carcross Hanger

Carcross Hanger

Fraser Station

Fraser Station

Fraser

Fraser

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

HDTV: Shaw vs. Telus

Friday, July 27th, 2012 3 comments

I’ve been using Shaw for internet and cable TV for years.  And I’ve been leery of the quality of the Telus Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), especially when the last bit of the feed into my condo is over twisted pair wires originally intended for voice-only telephone.  But I noted the picture quality at my son’s (detached) house was quite good with Telus.  Further the Telus internet upload rate was claimed to be double that of Shaw’s for the same price.

But my main incentive to explore Telus was my desire to see all the games of the Montreal Canadiens, which would require the French sports network, RDS, which Shaw only offers in Standard Definition (SD).  Telus offers the HD feed.

So to make a long story a little shorter, I switched to Telus, despite the dire warnings from Shaw that I wouldn’t get the internet speeds promised, I found that I did get the promised 1Mb/s upload, and 14.5Mb/s download consistently.  And I found the following:

  • Music channel audio quality (which I use a lot) is much better with Telus, although they do not show the title of the current song playing like Shaw.
  • The Telus user interface is more responsive and much easier to use, for example I can filter the program guide to only the channels I am subscribed to, or further to just my favourite channels
  • Telus can record 3 HD programs simultaneously as opposed to 2 for Shaw.  (Telus does not promise you can get 3 HD, but the software tests the line quality and if it’s good enough, allows this.  Otherwise it degrades the capability to SD signals, only promising one or two HD recordings, the balancing being SD).
  • The Telus HD PVR hard drive was much quieter.
  • It was cool (but useless) to have the caller ID display on my TV screen when the phone rang.
  • The Telus PVR doesn’t auto-prompt to extend time on live recordings like Shaw, but does allow a max of 3 hours extra as opposed to 2.
  • The Telus PVR storage is vastly larger: 200 HD hours vs. 20 on my four-year-old Shaw PVR.  Not an issue for me as I don’t watch much TV.
  • Telus offered a free Samsung Galaxy Tablet on a 3-year contract.
  • …and finally the picture quality: Telus was much more pixelated and blurry than Shaw on movement in HD scenes (terrible for sports) and the SD quality was appallingly bad, even on static images.

So the Telus technician came back and worked hard on improving the quality, to no avail.

So it’s back to Shaw for TV, but I’ll stick with Telus internet.  And hope that Shaw offers RDS HD before the hockey season starts.  Bad news is that the quote I got for the package I wanted from Shaw was incorrect, it’s actually $3/month more.  Good news is that Shaw is giving me a six-month discount for switching back.

EDIT: So I just had Optik TV disconnected, and I have to say that the Telus customer experience was much better than that with Shaw:

  • Telus gave discounts, both on my initial order (took $5/month off on the long-term bundled rate) and even after I cancelled the TV they kept the discount for my remaining Internet service, which I had ordered at the same time and kept. They considered that I had my home phone with them for years as well, and had met my end of the bargain in trying to use all three services, so I got the full bundled pricing. They also let me keep the Samsung tablet.
  • Shaw stuck to listed prices and had no wiggle room. One Shaw rep misquoted me and the next rep did not honour that pricing and so I’m paying more for the TV.
  • Telus reps were friendlier, more understanding.
  • The Telus tech worked his butt off to try and make it work, including giving me his mobile number, and talking to me on his day off

So I’d definitely recommend Telus over Shaw from this point of view. Dang twisted pair!

MS Flight development axed

Thursday, July 26th, 2012 Leave a comment

Many articles today describing the demise of MS Flight development and the Kinect kids game, Project Columbia.  Here’s Engadget’s spin.  Apparently impacts Vancouver staff, although the Flight team was in Redmond.

Categories: Business, Flightsim, Vancouver

Hyack floatplane terminal in Victoria sold

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 Leave a comment

Hard to say what this announcement means for the embattled Vancouver terminal, but it looks like a possible competitive service to Harbour Air on the Vancouver-Victoria floatplane route.

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