Another oddity, often seen, was FS9's disregard of time zones, in our
neck of the woods. NI is generally OK, with the same Zulu to Local
difference as we have in real life. Start from dublin and it increases
the gap by another hour.
At Leeds it was giving me a flight time of only five minutes, based on Zulu.
In the Southern Hemisphere it's worse. It doesn't change local time, as time zone boundaries are crossed, but changes Zulu instead!
Anothe glitch that I find even more irritating is its UK treatment of sunrise and sunset. Sitting at aldergrove, at 1845, it was getting dark. The view from my window was clearly nowhere near sunset. Just USA parochialism, I guess.
I thought it quite a good night last night with just a few niggles to take the edge off for some people. Not sure if this was just Ronaldsway or problems existed elsewhere! <g>
Steve had a lockup just as his wheels got about an inch from the runway on touchdown - probably the most frustrating point of any flight to have FS bomb on you. Mike got a similar hang up just as he vacated the runway. I know Alex had severe lag on his PC about 45min into the session which put aircraft well behind their real positions - and could possibly account for the slight voice problems he was having.
Despite all this I felt it was a good evening with Dave's idea of a set of in line airfields really cramming the aircraft along one route. The light winds at Ronaldsway also helped as it meant both 08 and 26 could be used to expedite the traffic.
The sudden flurry of arrivals at EGNS was very good - and it would have been nice to get everyone down first time around but that was not to be. Normally we get aircraft from Manchester quite early because it is only 8nm from VANIN to 26 approach - not much room to play with. I got everyone a bit later than I had hoped and so it was hard work for a short while, especially with two fast aircraft catching up two slow ones. It would have worked well too - if only I had remembered to drop JHB068 from FL50 to 3000ft for the ILS. Apologies to Gerry therefore as he had no chance to capture the ILS and, rightly, called a missed approach. I was annoyed about that.
It's odd but this is a purely FPI situation that would not happen in real life. Inbounds to VANIN are normally dropped to FL50 and handed over to EGNS about ten miles to run. Manchester know this as it's part of the rules - aircraft having just 8nm to get from FL50 to 3000ft to pick up the ILS. I got the aircraft later than expected and was trying my best not to give anyone a hold - but it rather unravelled on me.. <g>
Again only a few non JHB aircraft were present - we seem to have lost our friends at EuroFly and German Airwings who really made the sessions a lot more interesting.
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