Cramos From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 554 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2923 times:
If anyone flies for real here, could you give me some advice on flying a modified base turn in FS?
This seems like an exciting maneuver and I've always wanted to try it to practice my skill at landing. If I'm correct, the turn initiates shortly after the downwind leg, and continues a smooth turn until just arriving final for landing. How do I set myself up for such a turn? I will try it with a small aircraft first.
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 54 Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2898 times:
Another use for the modified base is for engine out landings...my instructors loved to pull this one in the pattern on me...basically as we were on downwind parallel to midfield....the throttle would come out and my instructor would be like "oops, engine failure", and in that case a modified base would be used since you are relying on glide power alone....
In general, modified is a pretty ambigious term like Sushka says....its basically anything deviating from a normal base leg...
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Meister808 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 972 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2892 times:
Well, to do a modified like you say, where the base/final turn just becomes one motion, you would just shallow out the base turn. Instead of turning, say, 30° and leveling out again, you would just hold 15° or 20° all the way in.
It's a hard call in FS, since it is hard to judge distance, altitude, and angle to the runway, all of which are pretty crucial to flying a VFR pattern.
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Cramos From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 554 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2867 times:
So it does depend on a slightly shallow turn while turning final. You're right about judging things in FS because I constantly have to switch views to make sure I'm turning enough, as well as descending.
Here's what I understand so far:
Go downwind as usual.
After the runway is 45 degrees behind me, turn 15 or 20 degrees.
I'm assuming I should take a descent of about 500fpm and maintain a constant approach speed right?