X-Plane 10 Setup

This is a post to collect a list of what I use for X-Plane 10.  There’s a bunch of good videos on Youtube and a small number of articles, but nothing which really seems to collate a whole setup all in one place.  Which does mean this article will change a lot.  Anyway, let’s give it a start.

Hardware

This is what I’m using in December 2015.

  • CPU – i5-4440
  • Motherboard – B85M-D3H
  • GFX – Intel HD Graphic 4600
  • RAM – 16gb DDR3
  • HDD – Crucial MX100 – 256gb
  • OS – Ubuntu 15.04 and Windows 10 both 64bit

Using X-Plane

The Official X-Plane Manual is online and it’s very detailed.  Well worth a read to get used to X-Plane.

http://www.x-plane.com/?article=quick-start-guide-for-new-users

Cold and dark – If you’re used to starting cold and dark on the ramp, you can set that in Settings > Operations and Warnings.

The excellent x-plane.org forums are a great source of information.  They also have a store and a great downloads section.

Learning to fly with x-plane.org X-PPL.  This is a great series of videos showing you how to fly a plane properly in a flight sim.  If you can master all the techniques in there, you’ll be doing better than me.

X-Plane Plugins

XPUIC

XChecklist

http://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=20785

EZpushback

http://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=19258

XPGS Ground Services

http://x-plane.joanpc.com/plugins/xpgs-ground-services

Plane Models

x737 project

This is a great 737 model, specifically a 737-800.  Very realistic.  Sadly doesn’t come with a 3D cockpit.  But it’s a great model on a par with many of the various payware models.  Yes, again this one is also free!

X-Plane Scenery

HD Mesh v3

This is a high def mesh for X-Plane which covers all of Europe, North and South America as well as Australia and a few other areas.  If you download the full whack of it’s a pretty hefty collection of files.  Easily a couple of 100gb.  Best thing?  It’s free.  You can donate if you want to.  I would do, it’s well worth it.

You can download via torrent as well and there is a full list of torrents available.  I would recommend that you download via torrent.  It’ll be a lot quicker.

UHD Mesh

While the HD Mesh above has pretty good coverage, the UHD mesh, doesn’t have quite the same coverage.  But if it does cover areas you want to use, then again it’s well worth it.  Also free.  Done by the same chap who does the HD Mesh.

Simheaven Scenery

An automatically generated (from Open Street Map) set of scenery, which is really quite good if you want to fly VFR.  However it does make the coastlines/rivers/lakes a bit more jagged which is a real pity.  But it’s very good when you consider it’s free.

http://simheaven.com/

FlyWithLua

This is a pre-requisite for Real Terra Haze and some other plugins, it doesn’t really do much.  Once you’ve copied the plugin to the right folder, then you have to remove a file which is basically there to get you to read the readme.

http://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=17468

Real Terra Haze

This is basically a plugin which simulates atmospheric haze and ambience.  It’s particularly good in dawn and dusk flying, when it can really make things pretty.

http://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=22387

Open Scenery and ruscenery

The three plugins are basically big wodges of default buildings, planes and the like.  Lots of other packages rely on them.

http://ruscenery.x-air.ru/

OpenSceneryX

http://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/fslib.php?searchid=42656500

Safety when sport climbing

Here are a couple of useful posts on UKC to think about.

The first one is a video of a nasty fall where the leader had his foot behind the rope, causing him to invert when falling and a fairly harsh belay causing him to slam into the wall upside down.

http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=69790

A chap at the cuttings in Portland decked out the other day, when his belayer gave him to much slack. He’d leant back to be lowered off and his belayer thought he’d said slack and given him slack and let go of the rope.

http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?n=619337

There’s lots of good sensible comments on both, but to roughly sum up (and yes, I know we all know this and I’m teaching lots of folk to suck eggs here, but still):

– Where possible make sure the rope doesn’t run behind your legs
– Wear a helmet!
– If belaying, try and give a ‘soft’ catch (obvious caveat, if a soft catch means they slam into a ledge, feel free to be harsh), i.e. don’t have a very taut rope and go with the momentum of the fall. If you’re not sure how to give a ‘soft’ catch, practise in a safe environment.
– When at the top of a route, make sure you know what your belayer is doing (for leaders)
– When the leader is at the top of a route, make sure you keep them on belay all the time, especially when they’re threading a route. If they ask for slack, give them a bit and then lock off the plate.

Finally, the following article is also worth a read – http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=4727

June 2015 Climbing Stats

Year start grades:

  • Bouldering – V3 (Sent)
  • Sport – 6b+ (RP) 6a+ (OS)
  • Trad – HVS (OS)

Month start grades:

  • Bouldering – V3 (Sent)
  • Sport – 6b+ (RP) 6a+ (OS)
  • Trad – HVS (OS

Month end grades:

  • Bouldering – V3 (Sent)
  • Sport – 6b+ (RP) 6a+ (OS)
  • Trad – HVS (OS)

 

Bouldering grade the same.  Sport grade up to 6b (red point).  Trad grade the same.

Weight start – 12st 5lbs

Weight end – 12st

Core sessions – 11

Indoor Climbing sessions – 3

Outdoor climbing sessions – 8

Month Average – 80%

Year Average – 69%

Starting this back up again.  A weight increase after christmas meant that I was backup to around 12 and a half stone.  I am beginning to push that back down.  I have done a lot more wall sessions this year, to try and keep that level of ‘wall’ fitness up, which will help through out the year and hopefully mean I’ll hit the wall in the winter able to push through and up my grade over the winter.

Physically, 6b is about right for me at the moment.  I’m at about VS for trad routes, but my confidence can be quite poor and variable.

June 2014

Year start grades:

  • Bouldering – V2
  • Sport – 6a
  • Trad – HVS

Month start grades:

  • Bouldering – V3 (Sent)
  • Sport – 6b+ (RP) 6a+ (OS)
  • Trad – HVS (OS)

Month end grades:

  • Bouldering – V3 (Sent)
  • Sport – 6b+ (RP) 6a+ (OS)
  • Trad – HVS (OS)

Weight end – 11st 9lbs

Core sessions – 0

Fingerboard sessions – 1

Indoor Climbing sessions – 0

Outdoor climbing sessions – 6

Bouldering grade the same.  Sport grade the same.  Trad grade the same.

Weight start – 11st 9lbs

As you can kinda see it was June when I sort of gave up on this.  I had managed to get my weight down to quite a nice low point.  However once I got it there (briefly) I slacked off on the diet front, so it was only ever 11st 10lbs for a few weeks, before bouncing back up to 12st very quickly.  Since then I would say that my grades have not changed over the last year.  However I’d quite like to restart this as I was finding it useful.  After a fashion.  I could also backfill most of the entries from UKC Fitclub if I felt like it.

 

May

Year start grades:

  • Bouldering – V2
  • Sport – 6a
  • Trad – HVS

Month start grades:

  • Bouldering – V3
  • Sport – 6a+
  • Trad – HVS

Month end grades:

  • Bouldering – V3
  • Sport – 6b
  • Trad – HVS

Bouldering grade the same.  Sport grade up to 6b (red point).  Trad grade the same.

Weight start – 11st 12lbs

Weight end – 11st 9lbs

Core sessions – 0

Fingerboard sessions – 2

Indoor Climbing sessions – 0

Outdoor climbing sessions – 2

Managed to bag a 6bish.  Spent a lot of time digging a big hole in the garden.  Which has helped fitness.  Weight has come down a bit.  Still more to go.  Hopefully I’ll get to 11st 7lbs by the end of June.  Also got an outdoors V0+, which I’d never done either.

April 2014

Year start grades:

  • Bouldering – V2
  • Sport – 6a
  • Trad – HVS

Month start grades:

  • Bouldering – V3
  • Sport – 6a+
  • Trad – HVS

Month end grades:

  • Bouldering – V3
  • Sport – 6a+
  • Trad – HVS

Bouldering grade the same.  Sport grade the same.  Trad grade the same.

Weight start – 12st 1lbs

Weight end – 11st 12lbs

Core sessions – 9

Fingerboard sessions – 4

Indoor Climbing sessions – 1

Outdoor climbing sessions – 3

Crap month really.  Need to get the weight loss going properly.  Also need to actually get two climbing sessions per week.  It’ll come, just got to focus.

Kitchen Fitting

Been a long fun day, finally got round to fitting the worktop today.

So here’s a few pictures.

March 2014 Stats

Year start grades:

  • Bouldering – V2
  • Sport – 6a
  • Trad – HVS

Month start grades:

  • Bouldering – V3
  • Sport – 6a+
  • Trad – HVS

Month end grades:

  • Bouldering – V3
  • Sport – 6a+
  • Trad – HVS

Bouldering grade the same.  Sport grade the same.  Trad grade the same.

Weight start – 12st 2lbs

Weight end – 12st 1lbs

Core sessions – 8

Fingerboard sessions – 0

Indoor Climbing sessions – 4

Outdoor climbing sessions – 2

Elbows are still pretty iffy.  Weight has fluctuated quite a bit, so overall it’s not down by much.  Which is frustrating.  Need to nail the weight and get the sessions in.  Haven’t been climbing enough.  Haven’t been loosing enough weight.  However I have a new kitchen, so that’s a plus point.

Feb 2014 stats

Year start grades:

  • Bouldering – V2
  • Sport – 6a
  • Trad – HVS

Month start grades:

  • Bouldering – V2
  • Sport – 6a
  • Trad – HVS

Month end grades:

  • Bouldering – V3
  • Sport – 6a+
  • Trad – HVS

Bouldering grade the same.  Sport grade the slight increase.  6b/+ is very close.  Trad grade the same.

Weight start – 12st 5lbs

Weight end – 12st 2lbs

Core sessions – 11

Yoga sessions – 0

Fingerboard sessions – 2

Climbing sessions – 4

Shoulders are now fine.  It was just a heavy few yoga sessions.  Elbows aren’t great.