[jhb_airlines] Re: Perception of Server Lag

  • From: "Bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2006 13:28:01 +0100

For real formation flying you really need more than one monitor or TrackIR.
If you don't have these then your view is limited and you can't do much more
than line astern or slightly off to one side. Any further and the lead
aircraft slides out of the forward view in FS. I know you can pan or use a
side view but it's a bloody good pilot that can fly in formation in FS this

Oddly enough it's a lot easier in real life. You can judge distance far more
easily and if the lead aircraft says to fly one wingspan away to port you
can do this. In FS there isn't the same spatial awareness. You can tailchase
another aircraft without too much difficulty (no propwash to worry about
either) but it's far harder the fly line abreast.


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Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Perception of Server Lag


Interesting pic, regarding formation flying.

I don't think that we have ever been able to achieve this level of
'closeness', ever, with FPI.

Still. it would be interesting to try it out. <G>

I wonder how Vatsim manages to achieve very little perceived server lag,
given the workload that must be on the Vatsim server.


Peter Dodds wrote:
> Yes Vatsim does suffer, but I haven't seen it as bad as Gerry was
> describing earlier where someone had logged off before
> another saw him land.  I have been doing some formation flying lately -
two Tiger Moths really close together. Once apon
> a time this was impossible on Vatsim, as the leader danced all over the
sky, but nowadays you can formate up to about
> 100 yards apart quite successfully.  Squawkbox 3 has a "Formation" mode -
no idea how it works - which makes even
> smoother formating possible, and we are hoping (we aren't very good at it
yet) to get to the point where you can see the
> tread pattern on the lead aircraft's tyres!!
> There is a picture here.
> http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/5623/twotigers3rc1.jpg
> Peter

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