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Many users of Microsoft operating systems just tend to set their updates to ‘automatic’, or click install on anything ‘recommended’ or ‘important’ without looking what the update actually does. Sometimes, the result of this can be downright dangerous – updates have, in the past, disabled hardware or software and, on rare occasions, made your OS completely unusable until the ‘update’ is manually removed. Sometimes, it’s hard to work out what the update actually does, until you or someone else digs a little deeper: Such is the case with KB 3035583 “Update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates…

Pretty much every PC user over the years has experienced problems caused by heat build up in their system. How many, though, actually delve into the problem beyond de-clogging fans and vents occasionally? Topskills author Bill Stack was suffering from problems caused by excessive overheating, but went a little further than the internet’s combined wisdom suggested, to find a simple cause, with an equally simple solution. You can read his Op-Ed article by clicking “Read More”.

It’s hard to write about a new release of Microsoft Flight Simulator X, as if there was ever a topic that’s been beaten to death more than once, it’s a list of the advantages and flaws of the “final proper part of the MSFS franchise”. FSX is a title that refuses to die, though, well outlasting its successor like a classic aircraft that won’t go to the scrap merchant willingly and now re-released as the “Steam Version” by new franchise licensees Dovetail Games. What we have here isn’t really a “reboot”, “remaster”, or true successor to the venerable sim, however…

“Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love. Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate!” This passage of Romeo and Juliet illustrates well that quite often the antonyms love/hate walk together to describe the same feeling. How this applies to flightsim? Indeed it does! Let us analyse for example the binomial  FSX vs Prepar3D. Nothing illustrates better the feelings people have about these (similar) simulators than to quote some sentences posted in different forums.

Aviators’ careers are quite demanding, technically and otherwise. They are supposed to master disciplines such as Aerodynamics, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, etc., and therefore they need a sound scientific background. It is common for those whose knowledge embarks different disciplines to have also interests in other fields, such as art, music, literature, etc. For pilots that like reading nothing is better than aviation related literature — if you love flying, you will love reading about flying! Below is a list (certainly biased…) of books that should be of interest to those (like us all!) that enjoy everything related to…

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, in zoological terms, the term “oriental” refers to “relating to or denoting a zoogeographical region comprising Asia south of the Himalayas and Indonesia west of Wallace’s line.” – the latter, if you are interested, cuts down between Borneo and Sulawesi, Bali and Lombok. We’ll allow you to spread a little further than that to include the South East Asian islands in their entirety… Maybe even a little further if it’s worth the visit. 😉 For this one, you’re a charter pilot in a small passenger turboprop, a Twin Otter, KingAir, Pilatus PC-6 or similar.…

We haven’t done one of these for a while – not because we’ve run out of ideas already, but rather just because other things have taken precedence. Sorry about that. However, here’s one suitable for everyone, regardless of preferred type of aircraft or region of the world to fly in. Unless you are aquaphobic, I suppose? The photo above shows a decidedly unflattering view of my bald patch flying an approach to FlyTampa’s Saba from their St Maarten Complete package at the Flight Sim 2013 show, RAF Museum Cosford, yesterday. In spite of the slightly scary angle, the approach was…

Things don’t always go according to plan, do they? That goes double when other people are involved and double again when there’s a wall in the way. Robert Graf’s continued efforts in the DOM-GNL (German NASCAR League) of iRacing ended with a bit of a bang this time. Thankfully, only a few pixels were seriously hurt, in spite of the fairly spectacular disaster that almost any accident on an oval track becomes. For his full race report on the season’s second outing, click “Read More”.

We thought you might be interested in reading this article, which the Wall Street Journal published yesterday about home cockpit enthusiasts and their rigs. As the article says, although some home cockpit builders’ friends and family think they are mad and wasting money, others are amazed at what their partners/friends have created in their garages or spare rooms. Some home cockpit builders have now even offset the cost by charging people a small amount to visit and use the simulators. Given the array of  pre-made parts now available and (comparatively!) low cost entry-level products such as VRinsight’s Prop Cockpit Trainer…

Hopefully, by now, most of the people who have been even slightly interested in AeroflyFS will have visited the site, read the information and review(s), weighed up the pros and cons and decided whether it’s for them or not. Whether you’re in that group or not, here’s a little something to either add to the information, or just for a bit of fun. “TUCKIE10” has posted a video on YouTube of his crash testing attempts in the sim. You can very much see its RC model roots, most certainly, but by the same token you can also see some of…

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