FrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4016 times:
I've been very disappointed with the weather effects in FS2002, but I am wondering if it is my computer. I have a brand new Dell Dimensions Pentium 4 computer. As far as the weather, for example, when there is low visibility it just looks like there is a curtain in front of me. Just a solid color. Fog, for instances, doesn't look like fog (I've seen screenshots and it looks fine) but on my computer it just looks like a blank screen. Any ideas?
GotAirbus From Singapore, joined May 2001, 851 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3861 times:
Pulling the lever up puts the spoilers in (to give you the idea and for the sake of lack of words ) ARMED or AUTO mode...yes. But this only arms it. It will automatically deploy once the gears touch the runway. Yup, this method is used on final approach.
Pulling the lever down does extend it (look outside the aircraft when you do, the spoilers do come out). I do that if I want the aircraft to descend rapidly/lose speed quickly during descent.
P.S.: I need help regarding spoiler/speedbarke terms and terminology.
I have no idea why the lever (used to control that panel that will pop-up after landing) gets 2 explainations:
- One explaination involves calling it "deploying the spoilers" when that same lever is used after touchdown.
- Also, when the same lever is used to descend rapidly (ATC restrictions), why do pilots call it "using speedbrakes"?
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Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3850 times:
Arming spoilers makes them trigger to the wheels hitting the runway.
When you make a soft touchdown, that trigger doesn't always go off (it seems to require a minimum vertical speed component).
Speedbrakes can be spoilers or other devices (in other words, spoilers are just one for of speedbrake).
For example the Fokker 70 and 100 have clamshell like brakes at the aft end of the fuselage instead of spoilers. These are operated much like spoilers are.
The F-15 has a huge barndoor brake on top of the fuselage, doing much the same thing.
NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3854 times:
More on spoilers...
Spoilers will deploy to the "UP" position upon wheel spin-up on touchdown. However, it is a little known fact that the spoilers will not deploy unless the throttle is fully closed. That's how it works on FS, and that's how it works on a real jet. Make sure the power is all the way off during flare. I usually hit the F1 key to make sure. My spoilers deploy every time (I remember to arm them).
N139j From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3742 times:
If you have ever actually taken a plane through fog or IMC, thats what it looks like...a white curtain. I personally think FS did a great job of low vis. and OVC layers. I have my weather settings on low due to my system and it still looks much like real life.