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  1. @crbascott, It's not so much something I know of that I want or need. Rather it's something I noticed that I'd like to know what it does. If it satisfies a need so much the better. It took me awhile through experimentation to determine what all of the other dials did. I am just wondering if there is something I've missed with this dial or if it's simply nonfunctioning. Gil
  2. I don't think so. The manual mentions the Control window, but does not describe each option. I agree. I suspect it is the right answer. Unfortunately, it doesn't go well. I set the range rings to 10 miles and the variable range to 15 miles. This is the result. If the range ring exists it would show between the 10 and 20 mile rings, but nothing I do makes it appear. Gil
  3. Thank you. I'll give that a try.
  4. Bump. Can anyone answer regarding the "variable range" knob in the above post?
  5. Thanks to everyone with all the suggestions. I just handled about one hour at LAX at 1600 and managed to land all of the aircraft during that period with only one or two goofs. Slowing the planes at first to 200 kts helped me to build up confidence at the final sequence of commands.
  6. Reducing speed is a good idea. I hadn't thought of that. As for traffic so far I haven't been successful enough with a little bit of traffic to allow more than a small handful of approaches to be generated. It might help though for me to create a very light schedule similar to Mark's second approach tutorial. That might help me become more familiar with the terminology before dealing with more traffic. Mark mentioned the CROSS AT AND MAINTAIN command in the third approach tutorial, so I have been using it. Thanks for your suggestions.
  7. It's surprising to me how difficult doing approaches is in Tracon!2012 compared to departures. I just tried really today for the first time, and I just couldn't understand why it was so difficult to say the right things at the right time to land the aircraft. It's occurred to me though that it's probably due to @Mark Hargrove's excellent tutorials on the subject. I must have listened to them a dozen times to get ready for my first try, and it seems so easy for him, I guess I thought something of his expertise would rub off. 😏 Of course I have no reason (other than human nature) to think that. I am enjoying the challenge of Tracon!2012, but I have to admit, it beat me today. The hardest part of the approach for me are the events right at the end when a plane is turned in toward the ILS path. It just doesn't seem like there is enough time to give the commands. One missed word throws the whole thing off, and there's no time left to recover. I would appreciate any tips that people have to mitigate against that. Gil
  8. I'm sorry my methodology didn't help, but I'm glad you were able to find another solution. I've never had this problem with Tower3D Pro, but I have and the problem with other programs, and my methodology always worked for me. Tower3D Pro must create windows in a non-standard way when in full screen mode that render's the method I described ineffective. Gil
  9. I have read where this might occur with hardware acceleration. It has been suggested that turning it off, if it is on, or turning it on, if it is off, might resolve the issue. Gil
  10. Follow te instructions in this video to move your hiding widows.
  11. I have been able to determine the purpose for all of the knobs on Control window in Tracon!2012 except for the Variable Range knob. Can someone tell me what this knob manages in the program? (I can't see any effect when changing this setting. Thanks! Gil
  12. Isn't it? Reminds me of a Peacock. It's just one of many backgrounds I get from a Bing wallpaper app. I finally found the right settings to make it work. I just hadn't gone back for enough in the compatibility modes. This setting did the trick. It's always good to have a third point. 😀 Thanks for the feedback.
  13. That's my fault. Here is a better explanation within the video.
  14. The "SHOW:TRUE" attribute causes objects to be show only if the "SHOW:TRUE" custom parameter is set for it. Otherwise objects will be show even if that custom parameter is set. Waypoints is what I want to see, only not as clutter. I can clear the clutter by minimizing and then restoring the Window as I demonstrated in the video, but that shouldn't be necessary.
  15. I am trying to use the Airspace Editor but I am having a problem that can best be understood with a video: As you can see when a change is made in the map window old data is not erased, so the map becomes cluttered with junk. Has anyone dealt with this issue before? I'm not sure what to do to resolve the problem. Gil
  16. Thank you for your post. I should have searched first. My mistake.
  17. I don't disagree. Having never actually worked at ATC I have no idea what a real TRACON interface is like. I'm not upset with @DeltaVII. He helped me to understand something that confused me a little, so I appreciate his input.
  18. On the Tracon!2012 Information screen there is a statistic given for "Number of successful landings and takeoffs." While the answer might sound obvious I am wondering what that statistic actually counts. I've played now for about three hours, all of which was with only departures occuring. Tracon gives me a score so far of 2,880, and the number of incidents and accidents is currently zero, but the stat for the landings and takeoffs field is only zero. Exactly what counts for a successful takeoff? Gil
  19. i guess the issue for me is whether a left click is the right gesture to use for handing off a plane.. To me a left click should be used only for something less important, as it is normally used within windows apps. If I had written an app like this I'd use a left click and drag to move the label (instead of right click and drag), and then perhaps a double click for the hand off. It is easy for me to left click something without thinking of it, because that action is normally pretty innocuous in Windows. For example a left click usually just selects something rather than initiating an action. So for me I would disagree that "it goes without saying." But it is what is is, so it's something I'll get accustomed to (just like I'll have to get accustom to "climb to 13000" being interpreted as something like "climb to 13900"). FWIW I've been a programmer for about forty years and I've made it a point to know what makes a good program interface. Not that I know it all, but I don't think you will normally find a single left click being used for an important function in many programs (other than interacting with button controls). Gil
  20. Yes, I read the manual, but your explanation gave one detail that isn't stated in the manual as far as I know. That is, that the expected frequency depends on the sector the plane is in when it is left clicked. I guess I assumed that a left click was meaningless when the plan was below 10,000 and farther than five miles from tower's control boundary. I must have left clicked the planes in those circumstances absentmindedly. Thanks for clearing that up.
  21. I have Tracon!2012 working now and I am trying my hand at departures at LAX following instructions I found on YouTube that you probably have seen. I've noticed a couple of things that have surprised, one of which I'm pretty sure is a bug of some sort. The first thing I want to mention is that it seems that sometimes a departing flight will turn from a D to a C without my having left clicked on the flight, once when it came near a sector boundary and once when the flight reached 13,000 feet. Is that possible? If so, when is the left click required to initiate the hand off? A second thing I've noticed is that the sometimes the computer expects a different center frequency than the frequency it should expect. This happened to me while handling a flight departing LAX on the HOLTZ9 departure. The plane was at 13,000 feet and the indicator had changed to the letter C. At that point I issued the command something like, "Field Air one two three contact Center on one one niner point niner five." That prompted an error response something like, "Mate, you're trying to hand the flight off to the wrong frequency." I tried several other frequencies before finding that the program expected frequency 135.3 as if the flight was further west over the ocean. The flight was clearly in the sector for 119.95. The picture below shows approximately where the flight was on the HOLTZ9 departure. The red arrow points out the location. (This picture is from the YouTube video I was following.) I am wondering if others have had this problem, and whether there is a good way to handle the problem.
  22. Yes, I start the game as administrator. However, an uninstall and reinstall fixed the issue. But I have a new issue, I'll research first, and start an new thread if I'm still stumped. Gil
  23. I just purchased Tracon!2012 and installed it on my laptop with one screen. I have been able to run the program once in full screen mode with the resolution set to 1920x1080, but when I next ran the program the menu was so large that the button to start the game was below the bottom border of the window. This seems to be due to my display being set to show fonts at 125%. Setting that to 100% brought the button back into view, but now when I try to start a game the program crashes. I have a video of my experience below. I have also attached the latest log file in my install directory. There are two instances when the program crashes: (1) when I click Start on the Tracon menu, and (2) when I click Apply on the Settings menu. Notice also that the resolutions drop down control shows no resolutions either. I hope someone can help. Thanks for your consideration. -Gil game.log
  24. John, thanks for your reply. While trying to answer your questions and get more information about the problem, I found the error on my own, and it was entirely my fault. I didn't know that I had programmed P3D4 to respond to the same button to toggle the gear extension and retraction. Of course, the button was not working because each key press resulted in the gear being toggled twice. The press and hold behavior I described occurred when I once tried sending the control upon release of the button. So, pressing the button toggled the state due to P3D configuration, and releasing the button toggled the state due to FSUIPC configuration. I thought I had cleared out all of the P3D button definitions, but apparently this is one that I missed. Sorry for the false report. Gil
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