[jhb_airlines] Re: B747-400

  • From: Gerry Winskill <gwinsk@xxxxxxx>
  • To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 16:55:52 +0000


With some FS aircraft an upward trim of 20% is about the minimum that will get you off the ground. Too much is better than too little. Better to be clear of the ground and pushing the stick forward to arrest a too high climb rate, than ploughing across the countryside.

The way to get the max satisfaction is to reduce the aircraft you use to a minimum. Then spend hours learning to fly each one of them satisfactorilly. Make a note of the settings that work and the V numbers. For instance, I made myself a gauge that gives percent throttle opening, so that I can disengage Autothrottle, on heavies, on finals and not have it trying to land at stupidly high speeds; or stalling! Some LCD paneld display info it's all too easy not to spot. Trim is a good example. Once you know what gets you airborne, by trial and error, you can set the required trim value before you leave the stand.

There's loads of stuff you only learn by test flying and practicing. If a long flight is tried in a new aircraft, before thorough familiarisation, then the outcome is fairly predictable and the flight turns into something that is a big let down. That's why real world pilots can't do it.

To get the most out of thid hobby I find I have to be self critical all of the time, as I am when driving. If I don't go through a bend smoothly I am distinctly dischuffed, same thing in FSX. If I try to land at a farm and have come over the fence 10 knots higher than I should I know that in real life I'd have finished up in the hedge. I'd have wasted the entire flight time. So, if I'm not sure, I always go round. If Fsim is to be a hobby and not just an arcade game, then practicing to improve is pretty much unavoidable.

Speaking of which there's a GA storm about to blow up over the practice some commercial airfields are sliding in, of charging half a landing fee for any go around. The IPAO, or whatever, are pointing out that the decision to go around if everything about a landing isn't spot on, is solely the pilots prerogative. In effect they say that if a pilot crashes because he has avoided costs by abandoning the landing, then the blame may be laid at the door of the airfield that's instituted the disincentive to fly safely.

Gerry Winskill

bones wrote:

Sounds like you still have the trim set wrong.

If you say you are hauling back on the stick and nothing happens then you
are out of trim range. As I said earlier the elevators in a jet only work
over a narrow range and are totally ineffective if the trim isn't set
correctly. Get the trim right and the aircraft should fly off the ground
with the gentlest of stick pressure as you rotate to the correct 15 degree

Isn't there a tutorial on flying the 747 in FSX?


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Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: B747-400


Thanx, took a while, but eventually found it.

Numerous trial takeoffs establised the correct trim/VSI/flaps, and when to
hit the AP button. Haulling back on the stick, has no effect. And when it
did, took off like a rocket and stalled out. Hence the auto take off..

Now trying to emulate in the A380. And trying to get to grips with the FMC.


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