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  1. Hey Greg, did you notice the sailboat at the gas dock and what's on the dock waiting to get put aboard? What, only three cases??
  2. After clearing customs at the Seair terminal in Nanaimo (Orbx CAC8) , the next scheduled stop for Kenmore Air flight 410 is John Henry’s, one of few classic marinas still remaining in the Pacific Northwest. It has not changed much since I was first there 50 years ago. I have tried to capture the atmosphere there; to show why people keep coming back year after year. I should mention that this project is quite different from my previous ones, but it’s still in keeping with the main theme – Seattle to Desolation Sound via floatplane. I hope you like it. Here’s a link to a short drone video that gives a feel for what the Pender Harbour area is really like. It's known as 'the Venice of the North'. Some of the scenery features: John Henry’s Marina, the Sundowner Inn and many nearby buildings Over 300 docks and marinas modeled with reasonably accurate footprints Roughly 20 square km of photoreal scenery (12 square km land coverage) Three hundred or more static pleasure craft moored at the various docks (half that for FSX) A high resolution AI model of the pleasure craft Angelfish A high resolution AI model of the Pender Harbour tour boat Slocat An AI racing sailboat A static model of a Kenmore Air DHC3 at the seaplane dock daytime May through Sept. Custom, wake, wave, sound and navigation light effects Accurate marine navigation aids PeopleFlow; the number of people you see will depend on the season. As an extra, a pilotable version of the pleasure craft Angelfish A number of real life challenges for the floatplane pilot If you give CAG8 a try, please read the User Guide, or at least look at the charts and maps; you chance of finding the seaplane dock is otherwise not so good. CAG8 is now in the beta stage, so if all goes well the release should be not too far away. Now what you really want to see: the screenshots. (There is one real life shot in this mix too, just for fun.) Thanks to Rob Abernathy for a few of these. This first shot is from Google Earth showing the extent of the scenery. The rest are in random order.
  3. I have discovered that spending money is not the only form of this addiction. On a lark I bought FSX a number of years ago and found it boring after a bit. And then FTX PNW came out and I was completely amazed. In large areas I know well the realism was and still is incredible... except the default ferries, like the huge Washington State ferry at Nanaimo BC that broke the magic spell. I knew absolutely nothing about making models or how a sim worked but I started to try to fix the PNW ferries. I didn't know the process of making scenery, especially scenery for PNW would be highly addictive. Whole days go by without any sense of the time. I have to force myself to walk away when I get so tired I start making mistakes. I forget meals. I'm beyond hope of a cure, but maybe others can benefit from knowing the risks.
  4. Hi Steve, Yes, the trafficboats.bgl **for the ferry system will control the MV Coho now. Originally there was a different file that controlled it because the ferry system had not been posted. That original file must not be used or you will have duplicate boats. See page 6 of the latest pdf instructions for the ferry system. I made the static foot ferries for Jon and they are included in Vic Plus. The AI version is one of the addons but as I remember, Jon supplied the traffic file I made for it. Can't remember for sure. But if that is the case and you have installed all of the boats for the ferry system (including the foot ferry) it should be working for you now. I can never remember exactly what I did, but I try to keep the instructions up to date for my own edification if nothing else. Since the ferry system already had the models needed for Valdez, I just added two small files to the PNW AI ferries scenery folder. (I spiffed the tanker up some in anticipation of the release of Pioneer Field.) The pdf instructions are in the same download location where you found the ferry files. So if for some reason you don't need the AI and static boats at Valdez, you disable these two files. ** the reason I kept the same name for the ships and ferries traffic file rather than give it a distinctive name is that a very common source of error is having two ships and ferries traffic files active that say the same thing to the sim. By using the same name, it's easy to search for the name to make absolutely sure you have only one such file active.
  5. Nice shots Steve, Now that you have Vic Plus working, here’s a suggestion. Add the MV Coho ferry terminal I did for Jon as an extra for Vic Plus (and make sure you disable the static Coho if you have the PNW ferry system installed). Then try a floatplane trip from Orbx CAC8 or CAX6 to the Inner Harbour. Recently I’ve been flying up to Victoria every year at this time and the sim really does give you the feel of what it’s like. Harbour Air has a nice new and much bigger seaplane terminal now; it was not quite finished when I was there last year. I’ve been slowly accumulating photos and maybe sometime I can redo the Inner Harbour as an Orbx project. But it would be fantastically complex to do it the way I would want to do it, so maybe I’m dreaming.
  6. Hopefully without stepping on Richard’s toes, here’s an alternate but perhaps more awkward way around the permissions problem when using the default install location that is quite useful for me. You can do it at any time as need arises, or right after installation. Right click on the main sim folder … or a sub folder of your choice, choose Properties, click the Security tab and then click ‘Edit’. Click your user account (not System or Administrator). In the lower portion of the tab, click ‘Full control’ and then click OK. That’s it. For my purposes this is quite handy because I can give myself or other programs permission to modify only the folders I need access to or other programs need access to and it prevents me from accidentally messing up folders that I want pristine…. Like my Orbx folder! I can still modify these files, but I have to think about it.
  7. Thanks for posting the screenshots Olderndirt, However I can't take credit (or discredit I suppose) for all that's shown. It looks to me like a mixture of Vic Plus for Orbx PNW and the new CAX scenery. Here's a post that describes the problem and what to do about it:
  8. Hi Hans, To avoid confusion, the previously released CAC8 Nanaimo scenery has not been updated since the service pack. The new scenery is CAX6 Ganges Water Aerodrome. It's good that you brought up the issue of Vic Plus. I'm assuming you are referring to Victoria Plus for Orbx PNW. The earlier freeware versions do not work well with Orbx PNW. Vic Plus for Orbx PNW should not affect the CAC8 Nanaimo scenery, however it *will interfere* with CAX6 as it is intalled by FTXC3. The User Guide gives two options to fix this and yet not interfere with Vic Plus. The issue arrises because Vic Plus has some basic scenery for Ganges. The CAX6 scenery has exclusions for the pertient objects and files, but in order for those to work, CAX6 has to be above Vic Plus in the scenery order. By default, All FTX region and airport sceneries are installed as a block; it can't slip Vic Plus between PNW and CAX6. You can do it manually, but the User Guide lists the Vic Plus files to disable, a better solution. In addtion, there is at least one other Ganges scenery out there, and that would likely interfere too.
  9. Thanks so much for the further comments guys. It should not be too long now; the right stars just need to come into alignment. Thanks for the story Bernd. I really do miss Jon. He was good at things I am not, and to some extent vise versa.
  10. Maybe some real life shots taken from near the end of the seaplane dock would help.
  11. Thanks so much guys. One of the buildings uses some of the texture Jon was working on, so there is a little bit of Jon in the project beyond his spirit. Jon is responsible for this in another way too; he was the one who convinced me to post some of my stuff. I had been doing for myself, just for fun. I still do it just for the pleasure of creating something. Jack, barring any showstoppers that I can't solve, Ganges should be available through OrbxDirect soon. As for exactly when, your guess is as good as mine. For those who have not installed freeware with OrbxDirect, think of it as payware where the price is 0.00 AUD. Add it your account and then install with FTXC3. It's almost too easy. Just kidding JV!
  12. Can’t afford to visit Ganges, a delightful town on Saltspring Island in British Columbia? Here’s your chance and it’s free. Over 70 buildings and building complexes in the town are modeled, many with high resolution textures, and many authentic on all sides. Ganges is the home of Salt Spring Air so naturally there is a static model of their DHC2. In addition Salt Spring Air repaint textures for the default DHC2 are included in an Extras folder. Guess what; they are free too. Ganges is also home of Canadian Coast Guard Station Ganges and the Canadian Coast Guard Cape Class vessel Cape Naden. An AI version of this boat is modeled in great detail. (Thanks much to forum member Réal Déraps for his technical assistance. Réal serves aboard a CCG Cape Class vessel.) A Gulf Islands AI water taxi that goes to Port Washington is also included. About this project: the late Jon Patch (Vancouver Plus, Victoria Plus, etc) and I were working on Ganges as a follow-on to Victoria Plus for Orbx PNW at the time of his death. I decided then I would do Ganges in my own style in his memory. I hope Jon would have liked the result. And now a few screenshots which should give you a feel for the place:
  13. Thank Guys, But just to be clear, none of the corresponding scenery bits I've done would be visible in these RL shots. What you see in Bernd's shots on the approach to Victoria is a combination Jon Patch's Vic Plus on top of FTX PNW. Although PNW was the first region published, I think the accuracy and detail is still absolutely amazing. For example, there are over 2600 marine lights accurately placed and with appropriate light characteristics by my count. Think of what it took Holger to do that.
  14. Here are a couple of real life shots to go with Bernd's great shots of his trip from Refuge Cove to Victoria. You can see Pelly Island ahead beyond which seaplanes must be off step. Flying up to Victoria on a winter day like this from a nearly fogged in Seattle is magical.
  15. Really great shots Bernd! They bring back so many memories of flights to Refuge, Nanaimo and Victoria. Your shots are so realistic; that’s really the way it is. Here’s an amusing bit of trivia; according to the Victoria Harbour regs, seaplanes must be off step by the time they reach Pelly Island, that little islet in center of the outer portion of the Inner Harbour. Jon Patch told me that some people in the condos on the north and south keep their binoculars trained on seaplanes as they takeoff and land and immediately report violators! (I guess that fills up one's days.) It’s possible that I may be able to get back to Refuge Cove next year in which case I’ll get lots of photos. You can guess what I might use them for.