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Re: Your helpful tips.

Postby Steve Waite » Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:24 pm

AIRAC Data:

Remember that although Ideal Flight has a native navdata set downloadable from NavDataPro (not yet available at Navigraph), it is the only planner that does not need a 'specially coded' set of data. Instead Ideal Flight will use data you already downloaded for your Airbus X Extended, iFly737, Level_D, and PMDG so that plans are ultra compatible with the actual aircraft navigation systems. These four sets cover all versions of navdata available to the simulator market. This data is compared to the simulator dataset and also fsAerodata if installed - for the most reliable plans available to the sim P3D or FSX. Plans are infinite and follow real world routes.

On the startup page of IF Pro or IF Augmented, right-click for the popup menu, and "Choose AIRAC Cycle".

Use the folder picker to point at your PMDG, Level-D, iFly, AXE, or IF10 dataset folder and the window will show when a compatible dataset is found in that folder. The details will show and the data can be selected for use in the planner.

"Integrated" means the set of data that exists in the sim and the AIRAC.

"Non-Integrated" means the SID STAR and other items not found in the simulator data are utilised from the navdata set chosen.

With aircraft that rely on an AIRAC for navigation - we use Integrated, for all other aircraft we use non-integrated as their navigation systems are responding to simulator data (or fsAerodata) but not add-in data.
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Re: Your helpful tips.

Postby Steve Waite » Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:39 pm

Professional Development of Flight Simulator products

Professionals are benefitting from using IF10 and IFPo during development, testing, and profiling of addon aircraft and scenery.

For example IF's data scanner shows errors in scenery or AIRAC data, IF's fuel report mid-flight and after flight are used to create exacting settings for aircraft fuelling behaviour.

Ideal Flight creates an exact duplicate of a flight with weather and traffic mid-flight for accurate analysis during repeating and iterative setup.

If you are developing an aircraft, AI or user, scenery or any kind of addon, using Ideal Flight during development with its profiles and data recording and graphing facilities makes quick work of repeatability within the testing schedule.

Developers no longer can afford to run their shops without IF10 or IFPro in the mix.
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Re: Your helpful tips.

Postby Steve Waite » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:36 am

Testing and understanding performance within the simulator:

In general we want to know the system performs well and we like to add in new hardware to improve things.

So as an example we can install a new graphics card and perhaps we don't see what we hoped for - more fps.

If we improve only the graphics card that might not result in better performance overall, why?

We have to look at the whole picture and see that if we increase the performance of one aspect only we only see the change corresponding to that hardware. All the other things carry on the same - or do they?

Well, no they don't. A bigger GPU, shall we say, will use more processing setting up than our older less powerful card. What we gain in graphics speed we might lose a little in other places. So that's worth considering, it's not a lot but we make things worse by adding in more eye candy since we have the new card.

This brings more work for all the subsystems.

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This is a very simplified split so in reality there's a lot going on and it's more complex than this, also we could add in the networking and simconnect as another split. We can see from the pie chart that the time from the sim to perform its game cycle is affected by many things and that the inclusion of a new GPU can only improve that part of the pie and it may force more work on the other sections.

If we have dlls and gauges from addons and complex aircraft, since these are not accelerated by the new GPU fitted, if this is a large amount of processing the sim remains with similar fps.

If we have bigger airports with many features then this impacts the disk access.
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