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  1. Heron's Nest - Mesh issues

    I've tracked down the issue, and (on my machine at least) it has nothing to do with Bill's scenery. It seems to be part of a much larger issue that effects a big chunk of the eastern seaboard along New England and the Maritimes, and it looks like it's caused by the "Eastern Canada Bathymetry" component of the SimAddons scenery. An animated GIF is worth a thousand words, so: Anyway, if there's anyone out there using the SimAddons scenery who's having the same issues, try turning off the Eastern Canada Bathymetry scenery and see if that solve the problem for you as well. Michael
  2. Heron's Nest - Mesh issues

    Thanks Dex - I've been thinking about purchasing the FS Global mesh for some time now, so maybe I'll give that a go and see what happens.
  3. Heron's Nest - Mesh issues

    I'm wondering if this may be an issue with the overall selection of mesh that I'm personally using in my P3D 3.1 setup (I've got a hodgepodge of old FSGenesis FSX-era scenery, bits and pieces of freeware mesh, etc.). For those of you out there who AREN'T seeing these mesh elevation issues, could you let me know which mesh product (default or otherwise) you're using? Thanks, Michael
  4. Heron's Nest - Mesh issues

    I believe I'm having problems similar to Rolf, minus the VIVA.DLL error when starting P3D v3.1 (the viva_P3D.dll is the DLL that gets loaded from my DLL.XML file, and it seems to load fine for me. Also, my mesh is set at 5m). Here are some screenshots showing the mesh anomalies: Hope these help, Michael
  5. GPSout/FSUIPC4 and the iPad

    > I didn't see a step which wasn't pretty clear. > It even ends with a pic on the iPad showing > the sentences it likes -- RMC and GGA. which > step is confusing you? Unless I'm missing something, neither of the realworld flight apps I have on my iPad contain a built-in ability to pull a TCP/IP stream directly into themselves (such as the iNavx app has in it). From what I can tell, the only option that my two flight apps seem to have for retrieving NMEA data is from: 1) some sort of Bluetooth GPS device, 2) a GPS device attached to the iPad interface port, or 3) the internal A-GPS device (which is not included with my iPad version) From my initial look at the solution (which, admittedly, is not very detailed at this point) it appears that I need to "trick" the apps into thinking that the incoming wifi TCP/IP stream is coming from a Bluetooth device (or similar). That's the "last step" I was mentioning in my previous response - in your opinion, am I missing an obvious linking solution here? Trust me, I'm quite certain you'll have a much more qualified eye for this then I do!
  6. GPSout/FSUIPC4 and the iPad

    > it seems all you need is VSPE -- a program > I use for a different purpose. Why not try it? Yes - I think I'll contact the developers at Foreflight and Air Navigation Pro to see if they can help me with that last step in the link. Thanks for all your help!
  7. GPSout/FSUIPC4 and the iPad

    >> There actually is a marine navigation app that uses NMEA information >> sent from a PC via Wifi to the iPad, and they do provide instructions of >> how to set up the linkage > > Sorry, that link doesn't appear to work. Does it tell you how to set the PC end up? The document is fairly detailed in it's description of the set up at the PC end. I'd add the PDF as an attachment to this reply, but the file size is too large for this forum (~2MB). However, if you cut and paste the following line into Google: "How to set up the iPAD for sharing data via Wifi with a navigation program running on a computer" The first link in the search results should take you to the PDF document.
  8. GPSout/FSUIPC4 and the iPad

    > You posted a support question into the User Contributions subforum. > I've moved it here to the proper Support Forum. Sorry about that Peter. It was my first post to the forums, and it looks like I treated the subforum categories as the main forum choices, not noticing that I was actually in the main forum folder - I'll know for next time! > How does your real GPS in your aircraft connect to the iPAD? I have an external GNS 5870 MFI GPS that connects via Bluetooth (I don't have the 3G version of the iPad, so I do not have the built-in A-GPS component). > Are you sure the iPAD application even accepts NMEA positional data to override the internal GPS readings? > Are there any PC applications which do talk "NMEA" with your iPAD apps? There actually is a marine navigation app that uses NMEA information sent from a PC via Wifi to the iPad, and they do provide instructions of how to set up the linkage: http://brookhouseonline.com/pdf%20files/pc_ipad_comms.pdf I have not taken a detailed look at the GPSout function within FSUIPC - does it use an IP/port combination to allow access to it's NMEA data? If so, I may be able to access some type of virtual COM port/network device from the iPad end of things, but that's where it kind of falls apart for me solution-wise - There doesn't appear to be any easy way to access that type of IP driven networked content from within either the ForeFlight or Air Navigation Pro apps (in the instructions for the marine navigation program referenced above, their iPad app contains a feature specific for grabbing IP-based NMEA information from a wireless network PC, which completes their link nicely). An FSX-related variation of the above example is FSWidgets' iGMapHD app for the iPad: http://fswidgets.com/shop/product_info.php?cPath=23&products_id=52 It provides a "Network Pack" server that sends co-ordinate and traffic information from FSX to the iPad via an IP/port combination which can be "read" by their iGMapHD client. However, I suspect their information stream is probably proprietary (i.e. does not adhere to NMEA standards), and to try and get one of the real-world iPad flight apps to intercept the feed runs into the same problems as I mentioned previously (i.e. how do I "trick" the apps into thinking the IP/port combo is a GPS?). > I suspect you'd need a specific USB driver written to do the PC end The XMapsy client-server solution (http://www.xmapsy.com) has an excellent setup for sending NMEA formatted data to the iPaq via IP, wherein the client component converts the NMEA data stream to a virtual COM port that many different navigational programs on the iPaq can link to. It seems that it may be the "client" portion that's missing from the iPad equation (perhaps instead of creating a virtual COM port, it would need to convert the data to a virtual Bluetooth GPS or something, although iPad jailbreaking issues may enter into the picture at that point). > The latest Lua com library includes facilities for handling USB devices. > A USB Port Monitor program, such as that from Aggsoft. (http://www.aggsoft.com). Thanks Peter, I'll explore some of these options. Michael
  9. Hello, I was wondering if anyone has had any luck using FSUIPC4 to create a virtual COM port/GPS connection to allow NMEA formatted co-ordinate data to be sent from FSX to the iPad to be used by real world flight apps (such as Air Navigation Pro and ForeFlight). I fly my flight plans on FSX shortly before flying real world flights, and it would be fantastic if I could use the same iPad app on the practice flight that I'll be using on the real flight. Thanks for your help, Michael Copp
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