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Show Notes: In this episode Nicolas returns to the classic production style and muses on issues in their personal life and their system design skills which they have recently been trying to apply to personal life harm reduction. Links: Donate Flight Sim Services Twitter --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nicnacjak/message…
 
Donate Blog Posts Screenshots and Docs Show Notes: In this episode Nicolas experiences “engine roughness” while on Leg 7 of their trip from Chico to Newcastle over James Bay in northern Canada. They talk about what they learned from their second in flight emergency and what they will be studying to make the rest of the trip go better. They also men…
 
Show Notes: Nicolas starts out Season 15 of The Nicnacjak Podcast noting the early physical symptoms of middle age despite being over 2 and a half years from the theoretical mid life point and trying to get their head around the concept. Nicolas notes their recent efforts at life improvement and a perceived lack of progress but reports being reason…
 
Donate Blog Posts Screenshots and Docs Show Notes: In this episode Nicolas makes a series of very questionable decisions while flying The TorqueSim Cirrus SR22 in the remote wilds of central Canada contending with icing conditions, poor weather and an instrument failure. While this virtual airplane can be used again and no pixels were harmed, Nicol…
 
Show Notes: Over the past 3 legs Nicolas has flown from Lewiston, Idaho to Thompson, Manitoba with stops in Lethbridge, AB and North Battleford, SK. In that time Nicolas has covered 1,095 nm complete with a harrowing crossing of The Rockies over Montana along with some nice easy stretches over The Canadian Plains and the beginning of vast stretches…
 
On Leg 2 of Nicolas’ virtual SR22 trek from Chico, CA US to Newcastle, UK Nicolas runs into weather, X-Plane transition pains and the ground at 208 fpm with a jarring G force of 1.69 gs. Fortunately no one gets hurt or dies in a pixelated world. Lessons were hopefully learned, and 636 nm have passed beneath the nose with 3,908.8 nm of learning to c…
 
I’ve been flying The Torque Sim model of the normally aspirated Cirrus SR22 G3 in X-Plane a lot lately. What I haven’t done is taken advantage of the unique online virtual flying club that is Simply Magpie. So, to rectify this and improve my skills in The SR22 I am embarking on a crazy journey. The goal is to make the 4,300 nm (GCR) trek across Nor…
 
In this episode Nicolas talks about their attempts to manage life with 3 simulators on one computer while trying to decrease their sim time and improve G1000 and hand flying skills. They go over the vitals for their last few legs which took them from SFO to Crescent City via Seattle, Juneau, Sitka, Port Hardy, Seattle, Portland and Corvallis. No ev…
 
In The Nicnacjak Podcast Season 14 Finale Nicolas reflects on their 15 years in podcasting and broadcasting. An unplanned career move that turned out reasonably well. Still, Nicolas expresses concern about the future of the medium as big tech tries to tighten their grip on content producers like themselves who have enjoyed relative freedom in an in…
 
On a whim Nicolas installed MSFS again. And, after doing a few flights with the Working Title G1000 over the past few days and hearing the news that Working Title is now part of the MSFS development team, Nicolas is finding themselves feeling more optimistic about the platform and it’s future prospects. Maybe once should let go of their bitterness …
 
In this episode Nicolas shares their thoughts following their first month of membership in The Flight Sim Association. There seems to be ample potential to build a good educational and avocational online community so long as the goal of the organization is to maintain financial viability by educating and connecting people passionate about flight si…
 
This episode finds Nicolas living in a very confused mixed reality surrounded by technology in an effort to obscure their own vulnerability to shelter issues. Still haunted by their brief experience with being shelterless half a decade ago, Nicolas attempts to process their feelings about the eviction of shelterless camps in Chico and Los Angeles a…
 
A mistake in switching podcasts hosts has resulted in The Nicnac Podcast and FSRideAlong Podcasts being merged into one feed and Nicolas is seeking feedback on how listeners feel about potentially having one Podcast and Twitter feed again. Additionally, Nicolas got the stimulus and a tax return within a very short timespan. Having consumed “like a …
 
In this episode Nicolas talks about their recent sim purchases (Orbx Juneau, The CaptainSim 767 and Air Hauler 2) and their reasons for choosing these add ons. They also talk about the real world aviation industry and their dream airliner for current conditions. Finely they mention changes they are making to their aviation social media and their on…
 
In this episode some work flow issues with flight preparation cause Nicolas to think about the untapped potential for increased fidelity in flight ops simulations no matter what developers it ends up coming from (sim devs or companies that already produce flight operations software support packages for real world ops). Nicolas also talks about thei…
 
Recent experience has given Nicolas pause about the way they think about and try to contribute to building communities. Now with a more fully realized understanding of the failings of the democratic process, Nicolas thinks again of NVC, Consensus and other approaches to arriving at a communal sense of consent to the best extent possible. Nicolas al…
 
Having relieved some immediate survival concerns relative to shelter, Nicolas ponders the marketability of their AVGeek and Flight Sim skills and passion. Nicolas also explains their continued X-Plane/P3D preferences as being a function of avionics simulation fidelity and a function of their love of computers and pressing buttons.--- Send in a voic…
 
In this episode Nicolas goes back to the basics with General Aviation in MSFS 2020 and X-Plane 11. The limited functionality of the default G1000 in MSFS 2020 left Nicolas wanting even after trying a few mods. XP 11 was 1000x better stock and stock content can easily be supplemented with payware add ons. More importantly, though, X-Plane’s flight d…
 
In this episode Nicolas talks about their recent exploration of General Aviation Aircraft in X-Plane 11 including The TorqueSim Cirrus SR22 and X-Aviation/Leading Edge Simulations Beech Sundowner. Both airplanes have been enjoyable as Nicolas looks X-Plane. Nicolas tried MSFS (2020) but gave up due to the limitations of the default G1000. Check out…
 
In this episode Nicolas tries to move forward based on the idea of camaraderie and an admittedly poor understanding of a wellness and recovery action plan. Topics covered include: Nicolas admitting the wrongness of their election prediction, managing digital ecosystem use, skipping Christmas, and “pushing Biden left” by calling out neoliberal humbu…
 
In this episode Nicolas updates listeners on their new Ryzen 3600 + Geforce 1660ti build. Nicolas commits to a future upgrade to The Ryzen 5000 series along with a 3000 series Nvidia GPU. Nicloas covers their recent experience with X-Plane 11 and The FlightFactor A350. Thinking ahead, Nicolas is waiting till their hardware improves before moving to…
 
In this episode Nicolas discusses their recent simming as they attempt to slog through a bout of depression in their personal life. Recent flight sim purchases discussed include Orbx’s Palm Spings, San Jose and Santa Barbra. They also discuss their blogging concept starting with a recent post they composed about moving from simulating Boeing operat…
 
In this episode Nicolas attempts to process the latest events in their life under continued quarantine. A piece of writing Nicolas is working on along with their finances and the imminent release of Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) has given Nicolas pause. Could this be an opportunity to hang up the headset? Sadly, at this level of addiction, Nico…
 
In this episode Nicolas has a tepid reaction to the impending release of Microsoft Flight Sim concluding that the success of the franchise reboot will depend on 3rd party developers. Nicolas goes on to recount recent simming experiences including the conclusion of the 2001 Australia trip recreation with The PMDG 744 V3 and TFDI 717--- Send in a voi…
 
In this episode Nicolas recounts and simulates their Spring 2001 flight aboard a Qantas Boeing 747-400 flight from Sydney, NSW to Los Angeles, CA. Nicolas also recounts their recent sim flights in The Aerosoft A330 and PMDG 747-8i. Recent stops have included Imagine Sim’s ATL, Latain VFR’s MIA, DD’s ORD, Aerosoft’s EDDF, FS Dream Team’s CYVR, Wing …
 
In this episode Nicolas renews their effort to revitalize and improve the show by focusing on detailing a simulated flight they made of their first flight as an airline passenger. The flight from KSMF-KONT was made special by Orbx’s Northern California and Southern regions along with the relatively close proximity to terrain seen on the Ziggy7 Stan…
 
In this episode Nicolas talks about the psychological impacts they are facing after several months in almost perfect quarantine. Nicolas puts a particular focus on their addictions (flight sim, soda and cigarettes) and how being in quarantine makes fighting these addictions particularly challenging. Lastly, Nicolas laments their lack of active acti…
 
In this episode Nicolas touches on a variety of topics on their mind relative to flight sim. Including: A brief review of Orbx’s new Burbank scenery, short haul flights, keeping the simming experience fresh through virtual airlines and arbitrary simming rules, simulator maintenance, a hardware update, and the implications of new sims continuing to …
 
In this episode Nicolas takes those that mock the struggles that developers often face when releasing a new product to task. Noting that prior to the large scale commercialization of the flight sim add on market there seemed to be less undue developer criticism. Nicolas then proceeds to live by their own words by walking back a previous critique of…
 
In this episode Nicolas takes a moment to acknowledge the real world in which we sim. They also mention their excitement about ProjectFly v4, due out late this month, Orbx’s Burbank, which is currently available and The Thrustmaster Airbus products. Finely, Nicolas wants to hear from you. What do you do when you find your sim experience growing sta…
 
In this episode Nicolas gives some sage words of wisdom to protesters regarding making sure efforts are sustainable. Nicolas is also seeking to give a platform to Black Community Organizers or allies to answer the question via podcast episode: What is the message you most want to get out there right now? Nicolas also talks about their financial cho…
 
Nicolas reacts to the actions of those fighting for justice in Minneapolis. Nicolas comes to the conclusion that with the pandemic, people of color being murdered by police across the country and the mainstream political parties being corrupt and useless, it is time to move past solely non-violent tactics.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor…
 
In this episode Nicolas traces their tech history over the past 30 years or so (has it really been that long?). Nicolas then goes on to talk about the fact that they are much more of a tech user than a tech geek these days despite their background. This leads Nicolas to wonder, is it even worth it to build a new computer?--- Send in a voice message…
 
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