[jhb_airlines] Re: PIREP

  • From: "Bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2005 16:14:24 +0100

If the Dreamwings panel has XML gauges in it then it should be very easy to
look up the A: variable they have used in the gauge and  design a dial for

Rotary dials have lag designed into them. If you want fast needle response
such as an ASI you use

         <Delay DegreesPerSecond="360"/>

but if the gauge has a slow response (fuel and oil temp needles) you use
something lower like

         <Delay DegreesPerSecond="15"/>

A digital readout is always instantaneous.

I don't know if Tony uploaded Lerwick to the normal FS sites. It was scenery
he made when some topic or other was going the rounds on either ukscenery or
this list - I think about GMax. Look for EGETV1.1.zip and also
EGET_Update.zip. If you can't find them I can send you a copy.


PS  A Q400 can get into London City so Kirkwall is no problem.

-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
Sent: 04 August 2005 08:43
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: PIREP

Last night has probably caused me to get diverted again; back into gauges. I
wanted to fly the first sector out of Kirkwall, having flown in
earlier in the day. A turboprop seemed a good choice and the Dreamwings'
delightful Q400 is fast enough not to produce overlong sectors. In
common with a few other realistic aircraft, it highlights an FS9 trait;
oversensitivity of the AutoThrottle gauge. Adjust its throttles manually
and there's a realistic lag in spooling up or down. Switch in A/T and
the throttles seldom cease moving, even in the cruise. For that reason
I've started to handle throttles manually, in the Q400. Since I wasn't
sure it could get out of Kirkwall, I'd spent some time doing fuel
calibration runs, so that I could leave with the official minimum fuel
load. Whilst doing this it seemed sensible to note the Power settings
needed for the various climb, cruise, descent and hold speeds I'd be
using. Naturally I had to wait for % Power to settle, after each
throttle adjustment. Whilst waiting, I had time to look at the many sets
of data, visible in the three glass displays. In the Engine panel were
two readings alongside " TH ". Eventually it dawned on me that this
muust stand for Percent Thrust, or Percent Throttle. Whichever, if
you're adjusting power manually, it makes life much easier because it
reacts immediately and with no lag; set the required thrust and % Power
will eventually settle where you want it. It also makes the idea of
doing power setting calibration, and not relying on AT,  more attractive.
So, it's off to look for the relevant line and try to knock out some
sort of Thrust gauge, for more general use. That's after I've looked for
Tony Pick's Lerwick and having decided to resist the temptation to try
to make a few of your missing Scottish airfields.

Gerry Winskill

Bones wrote:

>Considering we only had two controllers on tonight instead of the usual
>four or five it was still a very good evening - even if the traffic was
>heavily biased towards JHB.. <vbg> Our regular foreign visitors were
>absent tonight but I saw them sailing down towards the Med so maybe
>there was another session going on.
>Alternatively they may have decided to go elsewhere because no
>notification of the sessions is possible with the forum being down. I
>wonder if the UKI pages could get their own?
>Temporary or not it was very nice to see you pop in. I was looking
>forward to my first radar approach on FPI but your visual call
>terminated it after just 1.5nm so I guess it doesn't count. It would
>have been better if the FPI screen had a centreline for EGPO but these
>only appear on ILS runways - a pity as directional guidance becomes a
>bit of a guess without them.
>Many thanks to everyone else who took part - and I pass this on from
>Dave at Prestwick too. As he rightly said, it would have been a dull
>evening without the Diamond crews. Dave also asked me a question that
>may put a smile on your faces. He said "How many of your Diamond pilots
>are real life aircrew?". It's nice to know you are all good enough to
>merit such a question.. <g>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Denis Ripley
>Sent: 03 August 2005 23:46
>To: JHB Airlines
>Subject: [jhb_airlines] PIREP
>Hi John,
>EGNS  EGGP   1725  1754  00:29
>EGGP  EGPH   1830  1917  00:47
>Good session this evening on FPI. Great to be back in the saddle even
>if only temporarily.

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