Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Landing bug in X-Plane 11

I have been finding it difficult to flare the Airfoillabs Cessna 172 on landing. The aircraft would either plant it's nose down firmly, or pitch up far too much. Holding it at the correct controlled angle was an issue.

Apparently it's a common problem with the interaction between wing the downwash and the horizontal tail. A single component of the calculations required was missed. The fix is due in the next major update, probably 11.1.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Falcon 4 BMS Tutorial 27 : UFC Part 1 of 3

The Up Front Controls are the interface to the F-16s systems. Using the ICP and DED the jet can be configured to efficiently carry out its assigned mission. While the UFC can at first appear intimidating, in time using it becomes second nature.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

X Plane 11 : Airfoillabs Cessna 172 : LFMN Nice Cote D'Azur Circuit

I'm following up on straight in landings with circuit - or traffic pattern - practise. This exercise improves takeoff handling, climbout, and general aircraft handling. It also gives a greater context to landing the aircraft.

Monday, 19 June 2017

X Plane 11 : Airfoillabs Cessna 172 : LFMN Nice Cote D'Azur Dusk Landing

X-Plane is well known for its night lighting, and in this video a straight in landing at Nice takes us into a dusk environment in which the lighting begins to produce its stunning effect.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

X Plane 11 : Airfoillabs Cessna 172 : Tutorial 1 Preflight & Startup

Preflight in the Cessna 172 is brief. An external inspection of the aircraft and its flight surfaces, a check of oil and fuel. But in reviewing these items we gain a greater understanding of the aircraft, which will help when we begin to familiarise ourselves with more complex aircraft.

With preflight checks complete, we can start the engine, set instruments, and prepare to taxi.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

X Plane 11 : Airfoillabs Cessna 172 : LFMN Nice Cote D'Azur Landing

I have resisted the pitch and power technique for some time. I'm not sure why I have been so resistant. The technique is without doubt much easier to use. Pitch and power has no real reference point, at least none that is easy to conceptualise during the approach and descent.

The runway numbers are my aim point. As I reach them I roundout, reducing power. I'm still a little lacking in the flare. I might need to use full flaps to find the right speed to raise the nose at stall speed, and therefore not risk climbing. More experimentation and practise required for the completion of the exercise.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

X plane 11 : Airfoillabs Cessna 172 : LFTZ St Tropez Hard Landing

A fairly hard landing at St Tropez. An awkward and perilous approach.

X plane 11 : Airfoillabs Cessna 172 : LFMD Cannes Mandelieu Landing

Quite a good landing at Cannes. The aircraft lost a little lift close to touchdown, but I managed that and brought it down correctly, and close to centre line.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Falcon 4 BMS Tutorial 26 : Bullseye

The concept of bullseye is quite simple when you understand the basic idea. Bullseye is simply a reference point from which bearing, range, and altitude at a specific point are derived.

This video covers the basics of bullseye, and describes its practical application to improve situational awareness.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

X Plane 11 : Airfoillabs Cessna 172 : Parco Naturale Regionale delle Alpi Liguri

A great advantage that X-Plane 11 has is its more open nature. You don't have to spend vast amounts to make it look good. There are still items that require investment, but for every tool or resource that must be paid for, there is so much more that is available for free.

This video is a short scenic flight that illustrates the combination of free and paid content.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

X Plane 11 : Airfoillabs Cessna 172 : Reference Engine Instruments

A study level aircraft requires a thorough knowledge of all instruments. It's particularly important to understand engine instruments, and to monitor them through all stages of flight.