Sunday, 30 October 2016

Falcon 4 BMS Tutorial 20 : VFR Landing

Landing the F16 is a fundamentally simple process. You lower the landing gear, open the speedbrake, and place the Flight Path Marker on the runway threshold. As long as you maintain a slow enough approach speed the aircraft will touch down on the desired spot.

In this tutorial I explain the HUD symbology that will aid in landings. You will become familiar with the Angle Of Attack bracket and its relevant positions. And you will understand just what you should do once your wheels do touch down.

The approach was made with a significant crosswind component. This does complicate the approach phase, but even with significant buffeting at runway threshold it should become clear that with the appropriate corrections a crosswind should be respected, but not feared.

Falcon 4 BMS Tutorial 19 : Ramp Start and Ground Ops

I produced a ramp start tutorial right at the start of this process. You might be wondering why I produced a second, especially given the number of ramp start videos available online.

The simple answer is that this video uses the current version of BMS. But the complete answer is that this tutorial covers much more ground and I would hope that it does so with more clarity.

There are many videos that tell you which button to press, switch to flip, and dial to turn, and in what order. But do you really know why you're doing that?

These videos are also a personal discovery process. I'm learning through them and passing that information on. I know understand the reason for the two hydraulic pump dials for example.

The jet is also set up in a more practical state. I discuss counter measures and sensors.

The purpose of the tutorial is not just to have you lift off the runway with a functioning jet, but in combination with previous tutorials, and tutorials to come, to place you in a position in which you can then transition to the combat skills already discussed.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

IL2 BOS Tutorial 2 : BF109F4 landing

I would have to admit that landing has never been my strong point. And because of that it's something that I want to spend more time on. A prop plane of this era can be quite a handful on approach. And the sequence of keeping it straight, manipulating speed, height and rate of descent, requires a great deal of practise, and understanding of the individual aircraft.

In this video I look at the BF109 F4. A brief traffic pattern and a turn onto final, ending with a flare and a slight bump when setting the wheels down, and we have a landing that while not perfect is a workable platform to take further.