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  1. Default What is your biggest pet peeve with Flight Simulator?

    For me, cannot stand a Aircraft.cfg with all the sections out of order from the Microsoft ESP SDK.

    I have not reordered each and every single one but have found duplicate sections in some of them by doing this. Have done most of the Payware aircraft I have.

    All the [fltsim.x] must be in alphabetical order corresponding to the Texture folders.

    Remove all the unnecessary double spacing and spaces between = signs. The Replace tool in Notepad is very helpful for this to batch the whole file.

    Speaking of spaces, also hate all the "invisible" spacing found when highlighting the text. They could all be smaller files without them.

    I wish there was a tool to read aircraft.cfg data and place it in order as described. Anybody aware of such a tool? It would make my obsession so much easier to deal with
    Last edited by dogdish; 06-09-2018 at 10:29 PM.
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    OMG DD, you just made my day! I have a habit of when I download an aircraft, I usually check to see if the plane is "in balance" with fuel/payload, I then check to see if there are any entries that look way out of whack, I usually have to add the [altimeters] and [airspeed_indicators] at the end of the aircraft.config, I check flap settings against those set out in the appropriate checklists, and then when I am all finished doing that, I start at the tail end of the cfg, and scroll up the file doing away with all the double spacing between the sections of the cfg. I don't know, my wife would blame me for being OCD or something close, but it looks so much better and it does give it a finished look to it! Anyway, this got me into trouble yesterday, I downloaded an aircraft from HJG and I couldn't get the number 3 engine to start. When I looked thru the config under engine data, it was missing most of the line that probably was meant to be the 3rd engine. I found a config from a DC-10 and compared what that aircraft entry looked like, made some changes and the engine fired up. Anyway, I brought the missing line to HJG's attention, and they couldn't understand where my file came from, all the L1011 engine data files for all their aircraft appeared to be in order. I found the original .zip file for the download and sure enough they were correct. it seems that my being obsessed with cleaning up all double spaces, I apparently swept across this missing entry and that is why the engine would not start! HJC was glad I got it sorted out, but didn't understand why I would feel compelled to go into the cfg and clean it of all double spacing? It would always be a sure way of introducing faults. Okay, yes, I agree, I erred today and I was wrong. Will I stop doing it? Probably not, but I will be extra careful in doing so!
    Anyway, I am with you, Pal, we all have our faults and way of doing things to make us feel better. Drives some people crazy, but I am perfectly happy with myself!

    Rick ( I know, it is hard to be humble!)
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    I'm certainly not OCD but I sure have gotten tired of dealing with SOME "deficiencies"...

    #1 pet peeve: bouncing snowballs and rocks under the wheels! I've edited those out of my fx files...
    #2 pet peeve: wheel contact points that don't match the wheel location in the model.
    #3 pet peeve: wingtip vortices on Cessnas, Pipers, and motorcycles. seriously?
    #4 pet peeve: "sparks" that look like they belong on some toy for the 18 - 24 month age range
    #5 pet peeve: air superiority fighters with the roll rate of biz jet!
    #6 pet peeve: (sound) aliasing ( in machines with storage measured in gigabytes and terabytes )
    #7 pet peeve: thumbs.db files - deleted out of the zip file BEFORE I unzip it.
    #8 pet peeve: I put the gauges back into the panel folder instead of the main gauges folder.
    #9 pet peeve: incomplete camera definitions or default zooms in the 30% - 40% range.
    #10 pet peeve: If the developer/model maker puts his name in as UI_manufacturer I replace it with the real-world manufacturer's name. If that's his only 'error' I'll acknowledge him/them as ui_createdby.

    I group Cfg entries by category since I'm likely to edit almost anything...
    sims; cameras
    ref speeds;views; brakes
    weight/balance; fuel; contact pts
    Aircraft geometry; flaps; flight tuning
    engine; propeller
    effects; lights; smoke
    autopilot
    (everything else unsorted)

    on the other hand - life's too short to get 'bent out of shape' by the small stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Downwind66 View Post
    ...but didn't understand why I would feel compelled to go into the cfg and clean it of all double spacing? ...Will I stop doing it? Probably not, but I will be extra careful in doing so!
    Anyway, I am with you, Pal, we all have our faults and way of doing things to make us feel better. Drives some people crazy, but I am perfectly happy with myself!

    Rick ( I know, it is hard to be humble!)
    Well for me, knowing that I 'optimized' the aircraft.cfg makes it easier to locate errors when they are in a uniform order the next time.

    Quote Originally Posted by llivaudais View Post

    #1 pet peeve: bouncing snowballs and rocks under the wheels! I've edited those out of my fx files...
    #2 pet peeve: wheel contact points that don't match the wheel location in the model.
    #3 pet peeve: wingtip vortices on Cessnas, Pipers, and motorcycles. seriously?
    #4 pet peeve: "sparks" that look like they belong on some toy for the 18 - 24 month age range
    #5 pet peeve: air superiority fighters with the roll rate of biz jet!
    #6 pet peeve: (sound) aliasing ( in machines with storage measured in gigabytes and terabytes )
    #7 pet peeve: thumbs.db files - deleted out of the zip file BEFORE I unzip it.
    #8 pet peeve: I put the gauges back into the panel folder instead of the main gauges folder.
    #9 pet peeve: incomplete camera definitions or default zooms in the 30% - 40% range.
    #10 pet peeve: If the developer/model maker puts his name in as UI_manufacturer I replace it with the real-world manufacturer's name. If that's his only 'error' I'll acknowledge him/them as ui_createdby.

    Loyd
    # 1 I've seen this but didn't think I could do anything about it.
    # 3 LOL I guess unless a GA aircraft is in a nose dive it's a little farfetched!
    # 7 I regularly batch delete thumbs.db with the command prompt and do the entire harddrive.
    # 8 Yes reduces the gauge folder clutter unless used by several aircraft.
    # 9 Always add 'CycleHidden=Yes' because I just like VC and chase view.
    #10 Absolutely! Don't know why a payware author thinks they are aircraft manufactures!

    I don't feel so bad now. Just hope we get some flight time in!
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    Payware aircraft which have the airline name blindly and incorrectly repeated as the callsign.
    Wish I had a dollar for every “atc_callsign=British Airways” I’ve corrected.

    Wim

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    Quote Originally Posted by f16jockey_2 View Post
    Payware aircraft which have the airline name blindly and incorrectly repeated as the callsign.
    Wish I had a dollar for every “atc_callsign=British Airways” I’ve corrected.

    Wim
    I usually have the EditVoicePack XL 'airline.cfg' open to replace all those missing and incorrect suckers.
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    Easy. People who keep asking "what's your favourite..."!

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    I've had this peeve for years, I always unzip to a separate folder then edit before I place the aircraft in the sim.
    I've even found air file names that don't match the sim=
    Texture names that don't match the texture=
    Also hate a prop aircraft with jet engines
    The use of lots of zeros 0.0000000, I mean isn't that just zero, when I edit it the ac still flies OK.
    I agree with the other listed things in the above posts, I edit those too.

    Col.

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    That's all small fry crap. My pet peeve? The crappy ATC and the constant hand offs. I sometimes get handed off and then within a second another hand off. Very stupid.

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    I agree CRJ, I read somewhere it happens a lot when you are flying low level, but as you say it is very annoying.
    Get handed over to be given the QNH then handed back again and so on, I made one journey I think I was handed to a fro constantly aver 20 plus times, it was a long distance journey either.

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