I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1, all updates installed.
FSX WITH Acceleration, COTS v1.1
So, I tried to fly the Strat to TNCM from KCHA, before I had to go to work today, but as usual, I had to quit the flight because something went wrong with COTS.
On the ground while taxiing at a speed of 5 kts (into the wind) the plane was shaking violently, and random gear and flap motor noises were being played all the time. This is not unusual so far. What happened after takeoff is...
I took off with he following power settings:
54" MAP, 247 PSI Torque, 2700 RPM.
As soon as the VSI read positive, I applied the brakes and retracted the gear. Autopilot ON, pitch reference 3.6 degrees nose up, flaps 15 degrees. Immediately, power was reduced to 225 PSI torque, 2550 RPM (METO), flaps were retracted at 158 Knots, VSI reading 200 FPM. Power was then reduced to 194 PSI, 2550 RPM and mixtures were moved to Auto-Rich. Hottest engine was number 3 at 226 degrees Celsius. Perfectly normal.
Climb was at max climb, airspeed 189 knots, climb rate was 300 FPM, gross weight was 122,000 pounds. Around 3 minutes into the climb, the flight engineer warned me of the engines getting warm.
All 4 engines were above 240 celsius despite a forward airspeed of 189 knots, and free air temp of -4 celsius. The temps kept climbing despite a reduction of power to 165 PSI at 2100 RPM. I quit the sim when the number 3 engine caught fire at 278 celsius. The other 3 engines were running in the 250 degree range.
Cowl flaps were set at 3" before takeoff roll, and all 4 engines were below 135 celsius before the takeoff roll. The brakes were released at 28 inches manifold pressure.
At this point, I consider COTS to be a complete waste of time and money. It has not given me even one flight without something like this happening. I have re-installed several times, including a re-install of FSX and Wndows 7. I am about ready to throw in the towel on this one.
I was just passing through and caught this.
I'm not the 377 guy around here but let me throw in some comment that hopefully will help.
First off, sorry you're having problems with the bird. Secondly, I know A2A will help you solve them.
I know how frustrating it can be when you're having issues like this but trust me, I think the problem will get solved.
The first thing you need to do is hang in there a bit and give the guys a chance to help you sort things out. Once contact is made with the right people around here, the result is almost always positive.
Let me cheer you up just a bit by telling you that even without knowing the 377 program, it sounds to me like you might have an installation issue that can be solved. It should help to know that many MANY people are running the 377 without the issues you are having so the problem is most likely local.
Hang in a bit as I said. If necessary, send Scott a personal message and let him know about the issue. A2A is a fine group and they will leave no stone unturned in helping you.
Personally, I think what it will amount to is a simple cleanup and reinstall of the 377.