So I just got my copy of RC4 registered, and I can definitely say that
it has been worth it so far. There are a few things that differ from
the MSATC way of flying that confused me just a bit. E.G. In MSATC,
once you obtain a positive rate of climb, IYP will communicate to the
tower what your current altitude is, and that you're climbing to your
assigned altitude. With RC, this appeared not to be the case. When I
was finally in the air, I hit CTRL-shft-1 to contact departure,
because I'd usually get that frequency after takeoff, and I forgot the
frequency number. My controller at departure basically told me in no
uncertain terms that my squalk code was not loaded, so I had to tell
IYP the code, and hit that key command again, because phrases for RC4
are similar to, but not exactly like, SimpleATC.
So I did my "resume GPS navigation" thing like I've been trained to do
in the IYP QS flights. RC4 was having none of that. I got confused by
"resume on navigation when able" and I'm like, okay, I can do that. So
why did you just tell me I veered off course three times..?
Anyhow, I pretty much flew the headings they gave the whole way
through, with no instructions to resume navigation at all. The thing I
got confused with is landing.
So I'm landing at a non-towered airport. When first switching to
approach, they tell me expect vectors runway 2 8. Okay, so they'll
vector me toward runway 28. What they didn't say yet is whether this
would be a Visual Approach or ILS. Attempting to load the ILS
frequency, IYP stated the runway wasn't equipped with ILS. Okay then.
So I told Mike to prepare to make a visual approach on runway 2 8.
Granted, I had already done the descent checklist when I was told to
start descending, and I did a get distance to destination. At 22
miles, I started the approach checklist. Successful, I was then
dismissed by my current controller handling my descent to around
3,800. At this point, that annoying alarm was going off that always
goes off during approaches, but I was in a Lear45. This one sounded
lower pitch. The tower dismissed me by telling me to contact advisory.
I can't remember if they gave a frequency, because that alarm drowned
it out. It seems that when a tower dismisses you, the "repeat last
instruction" command won't work. I was 7 miles to my destination at
this point, and didn't know how to contact local traffic to clear me
to land; I assume this was my next step. When Zack couldn't come up
with anything, and I had the document opened too, I did a get distance
to destination command again and IYP told me that I was 15 miles past
the airport. I executed a go around, and I didn't know what heading to
set to turn the plane around so I was facing the airport again, so I
ultimately aborted the flight.
So, is there a contact command for non-towered airports? Most commands
of that nature were met with this dial beep, as though I were
attempting to call a service, not use the radio.
On a side note, I hope that if IYP does get an update again, please
add the ability in the RC4 mode to check weather via checklists, if
non-towered via FFS. What I've discovered is that IYP will generally
skip the weather because MSATC doesn't allow for FFS briefings. So,
right now you have to do it before you do the checklists. If you do it
when you need it, such as when IYP asks for the altimeter, the keys
change as to what function does what with RC, so "request the weather"
became "request taxi" at that stage in the checklists. I guess
auto-altimeter does help in these situations. Because I made that
mistake, when I announced taxi intentions, it had already done that,
so it assumed I wanted to announce takeoff intentions instead.
Anyone have advice on landing though? I'm just looking at the commands
and thought that "contact next control" would work for advisory, but
apparently not. I also have one kind of gripe with RC4, and that is
that I like to try and fly several planes, and every time I want to
switch planes I have to go into options and change the plane
Well, thanks for reading.
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