OK I've got a fs9 question for you guys. Firstly I've been frustrated that my more powerful computers are lacking hard drives and power supplies to allow me to run fs at a higher performance level. But I have a collection of P3's that are fully configured, one P4 also. Started doing some short hops in fs2000 on a p4 w/ moderate video card, was flying a Beech Duke B60 and King Air 350 on short hops about 500 NM. I looked at my collection of computers to recall what has an OK installation of FS9 on it.
I turned the crank over a few times and my Celeron 1.1 ghz w/ 256 mb (?) video card running Win 98SE coughed and sputtered to life. I updated Spybot to the latest version, and AVG to the last version that ran on 98SE (Avast doesn't support 98SE any more either, ClamAV seems to be the only one that supports 98SE). It's still running the last version of Zonealarm from the 98 era, and it's behind a router. Also, had to stay up half the night converting it from a dialup modem to ethernet card and broadband, this was easier said than done, had to do Linux + Linux to facilitate the driver install.
Fired up fs9 and because I was going for a little bit longer flight reduced the scenery graphics setting from Medium High to Medium Low, doesn't look that bad. I have a good King Air installed, but I didn't have Chuck Dome's Duke Duke04.zip I think. Changed the panel to the Baron's default panel, got real world weather updated every 15 minutes and started flying. I noticed it didn't seem like much of a hot rod as the real world plane has a reputation for, with 2 x 340 horsepower engines, ceiling of 35,800 feet, and top speed of 283 knots at its' ceiling.
I was trying to climb from FL200 toward FL350, I hadn't gotten past FL210 when I was really having problems with the power. I paused the flight and looked in the Aircraft.cfg. It said that it was engine type =0 which I presume means a piston engine, and that the engine scalar was 1.0 which sounds to me like ONE engine? Then the horsepower rating topped out at 500 HP. This seemed wrong, so I changed the engine scalar to 2.0, and lowered the horsepower per engine to 340 HP. Does that seem right? Even with that it doesn't seem right, at FL280 only climbing at 100 ft/min I nearly stalled out at 112 KIAS.
Second question, the Duke real world specs say that at FL358 that it can cruise at a top speed of 283 kts. What are they referring to exactly, KIAS? Or GS ground speed?
Thanks very much!