propilot83 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 643 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 10642 times:
I wanted to know if I purchases FSX, can I just program everything and have the computer and autopilot automatically fly the plane from take off to landing, and I can just sit and watch the show from different views?? Can this be possible, or do I have to fly the plane with a joystick? Thanks
You can certainly have the airplane fly from wheels up to wheels (almost) down.
Obviously, the plane will climb to assigned altitudes and follow NAV or GPS bugs, as well as Frequencies.
When it comes to landing, ILS approaches are great, you can intercept starting at ~20nm out, and once you intercept you simply have flaps, speed and gear to worry about. So easy, obviously.
That being said, I have found you have to take manual controls of the plane at (realistic, real world) minimums. The computer just keeps flying the plane at that descent angle all the way down to the pavement. Good news is, basically, you just pull throttles back to idle, you are already nicely starting to flare if you have managed speed nicely, so a gentle pull back of the stick lowers sink rate and completes a nice flare for a smooth touchdown.
Pretty easy once you get the hang of it, pracitce in missions to get a hang of it. There is a mission where you fly the 747 into Changi (Singapore) (SSS) during a monsoon, you see the runway right at minimums. Once you can manage that, your all ready to go.
propilot83 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 10453 times:
Thanks BoeingMerica, for the nice advice and help. The thing is I only flown FS98 from 1998 to 2003 and it was really really basic and too simple. The graphics were basic and so were the controls. With Flight Simulator 2004+ to FSX now, its very sophisticated and too much detail, which is not a bad thing, but after watching so many youtube videos of FSX, I was like "whoa" this seems a little too much work for me compared to FS98. I do know a lot about airplanes, cockpits, buttons, dials, etc. I'm an expert in aviation myself from reading books, to flight simulation, etc. etc. I just got my FSX gold edition in the mail today, I'm gonna install it, test it out, then buy a joystick and hopefully God willing, with training and everything I'll become an expert with FSX. This time its gonna be a lot more realistic than FS98. I've come a long way now. Thanks again, and peace!
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9645 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 10372 times:
Quoting BoeingMerica (Reply 2): That being said, I have found you have to take manual controls of the plane at (realistic, real world) minimums. The computer just keeps flying the plane at that descent angle all the way down to the pavement.
The default aircraft aren't equipped with autoland but some add-on aircraft are, especially the good payware ones.