Saturday, 28 December 2019

DCS : A10C : Overhead Landing Pattern

You have to land sometime. ATC will give you vectors to the runway but what then? In this video we look at a typical overhead pattern landing in the A-10C.

The most important thing to understand is the parameters used, because when you understand the parameters the procedure becomes much easier to replicate.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

DCS : A10C : TACAN Penetration Approach Nellis AFB

When we're approach and landing understanding the required parameters makes things much easier and predictable. In this video we look at a TACAN penetration and landing at Nellis AFB in the A10C, using the TACAN penetration diagram and the runway approach chart.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

X Plane 11 : Laminar MD-82 : Startup Tutorial

The Laminar MD-82 is an overlooked aircraft. In this video we look at starting the engines, before putting the aircraft into taxi configuration.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

DCS : F/A-18 : Approach & Landing Training Mission

The test in this training mission is to control on speed angle of attack during the approach and landing. The mastery of maintaining on speed is crucial to mastering the straight in approach, and the more complex approaches that will follow.

Saturday, 14 December 2019

DCS : A10C : CCIP 82 30DB2 Tutorial Nevada

You will find a lot of A10C CCIP tutorials on Youtube. The problem with them is that they use a straight in approach. In this video we look at a more accurate real world CCIP technique, using a 30 degree dive bomb attack.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

X-Plane 11 : How it works : SSG Embraer E170 FMS

The FMS is a core component of a modern jet. In this video we look at preparing the Embraer E170 FMS for flight.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

X-Plane 11 : Aerobask Eclipse 550 NG : Zurich LSZH Landing

In the quest for a perfect landing, and an understanding of the aircraft, in this video we're looking at a VFR approach to runway 32 at Zurich.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

X-Plane 11 : How it works : Starting the SSG Embraer E170

The Embraer E170 is a twin engine regional jet. In this video we will take it from a cold and dark state, through engine start, and to preparation for taxiing. As we do that we will learn about the aircrafts systems and how we interface with them.

X-Plane 11 : vFlyte Piper Twin Comanche : Shoreham EGKA Landing

Shoreham is a very pretty, but very challenging airport to apporach. Your first difficulty is simply finding the runway, bu once located, the next challenge is to stop the aircraft neatly after touchdown.

X-Plane 11 : vFlyte Piper Twin Comanche : Innsbruck LOWI Landing

Innsbruck is noted for its breathtaking approaches, and in the video we approach the airport in the Piper Twin Comanche.

X-Plane 11 : vFlyte Piper Twin Comanche : Rome LIRF Landing

We're approaching Rome LIRF in the Piper Twin Comanche.

X-Plane 11 : Beech Baron : Crosswind Landing

We continue our look at crosswind landings in the Beech Baron.

Friday, 9 August 2019

X-Plane 11 : Cessna 172 : Crosswind Landing

The hardest part of a flight is the landing. Even with calm conditions hitting your aimpoint and landing on centreline is a real challenge. Add a significant crosswind and you have an extra dimension to solve. In this video we're looking at a crosswind landing in a Cessna 172.

X-Plane 11 : Eclipse 550 NG : Rome LIRF Approach

In this video we're looking at an approach in the Eclipse 550 NG. I'm not as familiar with this aircraft as I perhaps should be, but it's interesting to investigate its characteristics. I'm quite long on this landing and the approach speed of 99 knots is clearly too high when crossing the threshold.

X-Plane 11 : xEnviro 1.10 : Passage Through Clouds

For all it's controversies, xEnviro provides breathtaking clouds, and those clouds add a sense of awe and wonderment at times, especially when passing through them.

Assetto Corsa Competizione : Porsche 911 GT3 : Brands Hatch

I'm attempting to find a little speed at Brands Hatch in the Porsche.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

X-Plane 11 : How it works : Starting the Cessna 172

What happens to the aircraft when we start the Cessna 172?

The Cessna 172 is a very popular training aircraft. Learning how to start the aircraft is a core part of that training. But what happens when you press the master switch, and when you start the engine? What is the alternator and how does it work? In this video we look at answering those questions, and giving prospective pilots a greater understanding of what exactly they are doing.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Falcon 4 BMS : F-16 Fighting Falcon : CCIP Delivery Mode

We're looking at the CCIP delivery mode at the Kotar range in Falcon 4 BMS in this video.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

X-Plane 11 : Zibo Boeing 737 : Heathrow EGLL Paris LFPG : Departure

We're starting a new flight, this time from London Heathrow to Paris Charles de Gaulle. In the first of two videos we start the Zibo 737, depart from Heathrow, and climb to cruise altitude.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

X-Plane 11 : Zibo Boeing 737 : Heathrow EGLL Amsterdam EHAM

This is the flight that got away. The flight "got away" in the sense that I couldn't complete what was looking to be an interesting flight. The weather was enough of a handful to make it interesting with a little rain at startup, that gave way to clear skies once we were above the clouds, and we were due to look at how to handle a hold, and another look at autoland, but sadly an Ortho scenery issue cut the flight somewhat short. I include it here as I think that while it's not complete it's still worthy of the price of admission.

Falcon 4 BMS : F-16 Fighting Falcon : Kunsan Landing

The most difficult part of any flight is the landing. And in this video we look at landing the F-16 at Kunsan.

X-Plane 11 : Zibo Boeing 737 : Amsterdam Schipol EHAM Autoland

The Boeing 737 is a complex aircraft, though not a difficult aircraft to fly. The complexity helps the pilot by reducing workload. And, when approaching a runway equipped with a Cat III ILS system the airfract can land itself. In this video we look at the Autoland process from setup to landing, in the context of a larger flight.

Falcon 4 BMS : F-16 Fighting Falcon : Kunsan Startup

As I get back into Falcon 4 BMS I look at starting the aircraft, which is a good method to re-familiarise myself with its systems.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Assetto Corsa Competizione : Ferrari 488 : Zolder

As the development of Assetto Corsa Competizione continues, we take the Ferrari 488 out for a lap of the Zolder circuit.

X-Plane 11 : Zibo Boeing 737 : Heathrow EGLL Startup

The hardest and most time consuming part of flying the 737 is startup. You can even have the aircraft autoland, removing what is usually the most stressful and difficult part of a flight. In this video we look at starting the aircraft and preparing it to taxi.

X-Plane 11 : Aerobask Robin DR401 : 3JFPS Wizard

A significant problem for people with low end systems is achieving a good frames per second rate. The classic way to do that is to manually change settings. The issue with that is that X-Plane deliberately hides most settings. The workaround is to use an application that exposes those deeper settings. But 3jFPS adds another option. You set a minimum and maximum frame rate and the applications adjusts settings dynamically to achieve it.

I like the idea, but it seems to me that it has one major failing. I don't understand the idea of having a minimum and maximum frame rate, and I think 3jFPS becomes lost in that. I would far rather set a minimum and 3jFPS manipulate settings to make sure FPS stays at or above that. That doesn't mean that 3jFPS has no value, especially for people with low end systems, but at this time I don't see the point of it for a medium to high end system, because often settings are lowered to maintain a frame rate significantly higher than the minimum.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

X-Plane 11 : Carenado Pilatus PC-12 : London City EGLC ILS Approach

London City has a unusually steep approach, and in this video we look at an ILS landing at the airport, in the Pilatus PC-12.

X-Plane 11 : Zibo Boeing 737 : Nice LFMN Approach and Landing

As we continue to learn how to fly the Boeing 737, we look at landing the aircraft at Nice LFMN.

Friday, 1 February 2019

X-Plane 11 : Pilatus PC-12 : EGNX EGLC Flight Plan

How do you plan a flight?

In this video we're looking at a flight fro EGNX to EGLC. The plan itself is simple, but it's easy to fail the flight even before it starts, if you don't understand how to read an approach chart.

EGLC has several transitions to choose from, and here we discuss the options so that we can select the correct one.

X-Plane 11 : STMA Pilatus PC-12 : Valencia LEVC Landing

In this video, we're looking at an approach in the STMA Pilatus PC-12, and the differences in handling between it and the Carenado version of the aircraft.

X-Plane 11 : STMA Pilatus PC-12 : First Look

We're taking a look at the STMA Pilatus PC-12 in this video. I have come to understand that for a substantial number of people graphics really do matter, and much more so than systems. I find that disappointing, but at the same time, understandable. There is a market for both, and we should appreciate that we can choose to fly a Carenado or an STMA PC-12.

Monday, 21 January 2019

X-Plane 11 : Cessna 172 : Terni LIAA Circuit

I put up a video a while ago on circuits, but I'm coming back to that subject to do it right, and not exceed a half mile distance from the runway.

X-Plane 11 : Carenado Pilatus PC-12 : Landing Tutorial

In this video we're looking at a three degree approach to Valencia aiport, in the Pilatus PC-12.

X-Plane 11 : LES Saab 340 : Destination Manchester Part 2

In the second part of this flight, we approach Manchester airport.

X-Plane 11 : LES Saab 340 : Destination Manchester Part 1

We're taking a flight from Southampton to Manchester in the first part of this video.

Monday, 14 January 2019

X-Plane 11 : Orbx True Earth London

I think the largest concern about Orbx True Earth is frame rates. Will X-Plane slow to a crawl with it? The best place to benchmark performance for True Earth GB would have to be London. And in this video we take off from London City airport and fly along the river Thames, using two different world detail settings.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019