[jhb_airlines] Re: Lovely Weather For Ducks

  • From: "Paul Reynolds" <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 20:13:36 +0100

I also considered you may be left-handed given the GoFlight is on the left
but that may be down to cabling restrictions.  Either that or you prefer the
view from the co-pilots seat!


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
Sent: 26 August 2008 19:33
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Lovely Weather For Ducks

Hi Paul,

You must have zoomed in a hell of alot to spot that!

It's simpler than that. Although the engine was switched off I had one 
of the brake pedals under my foot, when I pressed the Pause key. So both 
Differential Brakes and Simulation Paused messages were flashing.
It just happened that the brake message was on screen and the Pause not 
on screen, when I pushed the  D80 trigger.

Gerry Winskill

Paul Reynolds wrote:
> Interesting to see that you have the 'differential brakes' screen message
> even though you are, presumably, not touching them.  Could you adjust the
> null zone for both toe brake axis to deal with this? I know you can with
> Saitek pedals.  
> Paul
> -----Original Message-----
> From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
> Sent: 26 August 2008 14:28
> To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Lovely Weather For Ducks
> Batteries charged and 10/20 lense on and the two glass monitors can be 
> seen at
> http://www.homepages.mcb.net/gwinsk/ALL_GLASS.JPG
> Since taking the shot I've found a way of getting the window frames out 
> of site, which looks better. The only non standard Epic gauge in the 
> shot is my MFD to the right of the lever pedestal.
> Off to try it.
> Gerry Winskill
> Gerry Winskill wrote:
>> Eureka!
>> The idea of using monitors 4 and 5 to display the PFD and MFD is dead 
>> easy to arrange. I've also got the popup Throttles and Avionics windows 
>> on the same monitor as the MFD. All i need do now is make a popup 
>> version of a couple of my must have, homegrown gauges and it's done. 
>> I'll put up a photo when the batteries have charged. Off for a walk 
>> during the rain gap.
>> Daughter's flight has just landed back at Auckland, so I can escape from 
>> watching their Arrivals board, too.
>> Gerry Winskill
>> Gerry Winskill wrote:
>>> Hi Denis,
>>> It's raining outside, so I've got back to you early.
>>> Just to be different, I'll start with the conclusion.
>>> Would I buy it again. No. That deserves some elaboration, so here goes.
>>> First the appearance. I guess I've got used to more conventional 
>>> aircraft and the slinky curves of the Epic LT, although a very 
>>> accurate representation of the real thing, just don't look quite 
>>> right, to me. On smaller aircraft, like the Cirrus, they are just 
>>> fine. Somehow the effect doesn't carry over to something larger. I'm 
>>> sure if I walked up to the real aircraft I'd have the same reaction. 
>>> The accurate way in which the aircraft has been constructed, using the 
>>> mesh for the real aircraft, plus its drag friendly smooth surfaces, 
>>> have reduced its FSX attraction. Despite the paint job being fairly 
>>> simple, the textures take a LONG time to load, when you take a side or 
>>> spot view. The designers refer to this and suggest converting the 
>>> texture format, which somewhat defeats the object of the exercise.
>>> On the appearance front, I guess I'd be happier with something looking 
>>> like the PC12, or Piper Meridian, with a few straight lines and 
>>> occasional panel join to be seen.
>>> Appearance, though isn't the main reason, That's more a question of 
>>> when the novelty has worn off, and when I've stopped fiddling with the 
>>> panel, when will I use it? I fly mostly VFR these days, in FSX and UK. 
>>> But the Epic's Turboprop is happiest at around 20,000', so it's 
>>> strictly for IFR use. Again, I'm thinking real world and don't think 
>>> I'd feel particularly relaxed flying at that height in something as 
>>> relatively small as this!
>>> The only criticism I'd make about the flight model is that it's a bit 
>>> sensitive in roll. That's easily cured, by tweaking the Aircraft.cfg 
>>> and perhaps the real aircraft is like that, anyway. In the area that I 
>>> personally look for decent performance it's definitely OK. That's the 
>>> ability to set up a decently stable manual ILS approach and I'm quite 
>>> happy with its performance there.
>>> The engine is excellent, with a delay of about 5 seconds to spool up 
>>> or down. So, the grey cells get a bit of exercise. The Manual gives 
>>> very good coverage of potential problems handling the engine and good 
>>> power management is essential, so another plus for it in that area.
>>> When I decided to purchase it I was influenced by three things.
>>> It's a Lionheart production and their TB21GT / TB200GT package 
>>> provides two of the best payware aircraft I've come across. For VFR in 
>>> FSX they are the only two aircraft I now use. The TB200GT is fine for 
>>> farmstrips and the TB21GT my choice for anything longer than a 
>>> farmstrip. In fact the turbocharged TB21GT can almost fill the slot at 
>>> which the Epic is aimed.
>>> Next it looked to have a decent glass panel, in an aircraft designed 
>>> to be equipped that way. That's a bit less unrealistic than the 
>>> retrofits I've occasionally done. Because I use the three monitor 
>>> THTG, with a fourth monitor to which the instrument panel has to be 
>>> displaced, I always have to do panel mods, to make this setup work. 
>>> The problem with a dual gauge glass display is that, even with a full 
>>> monitor to access, quite a few of the components are displayed too 
>>> small to be readable. Turbine ITT and Torque are just two examples of 
>>> this. To be fair, Lionheart have got round this by allowing quite a 
>>> few of these subgauges to produce enlarged popups, by clicking the 
>>> mouse over them. I'm not keen on this approach, since it takes me 
>>> further away from realism, and I hate popups anyway. Hence my move to 
>>> design digital gauges to provide some of the less readable data in 
>>> readable form. I can tack these together to form an engine data 
>>> readout display. However, I woke this morning to the realisation that 
>>> the startlingly obvious had totally eluded me. I have a fifth monitor 
>>> that is normally switched off. It's on only if I'm doing a heavy(ish) 
>>> metal IFR flight, when I use it to display FSC. Since the Epic has a 
>>> glass cockpit, I'd overlooked the fact that that's what I have, 
>>> anyway. All I need do is use one monitor to display the PFD and the 
>>> other to display the MFD, plus switches etc. That should fill the wet 
>>> morning.
>>> The third factor really over-rides the other two. At current exchange 
>>> rates it was quite cheap, over here. So, it's definitely been worth 
>>> the cash, for the enjoyment I've had fiddling with the panel, and 
>>> learning something whilst doing it; my digital ITT gauge now works!
>>> Sorry to have gone on but it wos you wot lit the blue touchpaper!
>>> Gerry Winskill
>>> Denis Ripley wrote:
>>>> How do you find that Epic Gerry? I have been looking at it myself but 
>>>> can't make up my mind. If you get a chance, how about a quick review?
>>>> Denis
>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Gerry Winskill" <gwinsk@xxxxxxx>
>>>> To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>> Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2008 1:45 PM
>>>> Subject: [jhb_airlines] Lovely Weather For Ducks
>>>>> The lousy weather, with tonight's practice session called off, I 
>>>>> tried an online from Welshpool to Ronaldsway. It was in the Epic 
>>>>> turboprop that I bought this week.
>>>>> It behaves very reallistically, with lots of spool up delay. A very 
>>>>> enjoyable 26 ILS landing, in realistic weather. The lighting in the 
>>>>> cloud, on finals, was wierdly realistic and dramatic.
>>>>> Gerry Winskill
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