It was really great to see the forum works the way it's supposed to!
I've spent a lot of time lately at the FSVC (graciously run by John
Consterdine). The forum format is quite similar to the FS2002 forum. For
whatever reason, the one at FSVC seems to work better. It's easier to identify
whether new posts have cropped up (I think). I got so frustrated with the
format (and content) of the FS2002 forum here I essentially stopped going.
Guess this forum will be my crutch for Lord knows how long!
The file I was looking for came from all directions! Tony Mitchell sent me a
link, John started looking for his Flight Shop CD and Pete and Alex sent me the
file! Thanks to all and great kudos for a forum that still works.
Why did I need this file?
I don't think Lars participates here anymore (probably for the same reason many
others left), but several of us have kicked around a thread at FSVC for a
couple of weeks now. The post started with RADAR CONTACT MORON GROUND CONTROL!
Let me say first, in sincere fairness, RADAR CONTACT is an excellent program.
I'm on my third version, still (apparently) learning, and, for the most part,
still enjoying. From the creation of the flight plan (in FSNavigator), to the
generation of the adventure to actually running RC while flying - it is all a
piece of cake. Simple, straightforward, quite elegant, and very companionable.
But it ain't flawless! When you have conditions where you can't actually talk
back to the controllers, certain assumptions must be made. I will continue,
regardless, to use RC. As I said, it's excellent (it may be the best out there)
and its creators do a fantastic job supporting it. They not only field
questions, helps, tips, hints, etc. on their own web site, but also participate
very, very often in the RC Forum at AVSIM. Help is sometimes only minutes away.
So much for my soapbox/caveat!
Out of semi-frustration (see the thread at FSVC for details!) I turned *back*
to FSFS - an oldie-goldie if there ever was one! Flight Shop served a two-fold
function back in the old days. It was an Aircraft Factory and an Adventure
Workshop. If you can run more chatter than the default provides it's quite
entertaining. For those who like to (a) fly the big iron from one side of the
country to the other or (b) fly in the soup and peel out of the clouds to
miraculously see the runway dead ahead, it's terrific.
It's great weakness is it was designed to be used in the United States. There
are no navaids provided outside the US and no intersections - VOR/VORTAC, NDB
and Airports are about all you get. You *can* add data to the database, which,
obviously, can be quite tedious. I saw files here in the library where users
had created add-on databases for several different countries. That's where this
FSFSIMP.zip file came in. That's the great secret to adding tons of data for
use with the ATC Workshop.
Now I'm temporarily in that blind-siding simming mode of
something-old-is-suddenly-new-again! That's when I'm not flying a Super Cub in
BC or Alaska or trying to wreck my F-15E. I'm gonna learn to land that manually
if it's the last thing I ever do!! LOL!