If Smithy ever unwelds his wallet, and invests in TripleHead to go, I'll
give it a try. The forward view is probably wide enough to allow
formatin on a reasonably close aircraft.
That's the standard procedure for any aircraft but it requires the formating pilot(s) to permanently focus on the other aircraft - which is why a whole formation tends to fly into the ground if the lead aircraft gets it wrong.
To watch the other aircraft in FS would require you using the side (or forward side) view all the time. This can be done but it's a lot harder than in a real aircraft. The problem lies in the fact that when you bank an FS aircraft the whole outside view moves up or down. In real life your eyepoint stay fixed on the other aircraft with bank not being a consideration. The "fixed eyepoint" effect in FS can be very disorientating especially if you alter bank a lot - as you certainly would for formation work.
-----Original Message----- From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of franklyn fisher Sent: 23 September 2006 15:40 To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Perception of Server Lag
The Red Arrows managed it by formating at a trianglated position
ie the second craft hangs back a bit and below or the same level.
Then by looking at the lead ac lines up an agreed triangle
eg wing tip in line with leader tail plane and leaders wingtip lined up with
the nose pitot, as a rough example.
This puts the following ac in an exact position. The pilot then just has to maintain the correct altitude.