CO737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 146 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 20498 times:
I've been having a problem feathering engines with FSX. I follow the proper procedure (throttle idle, prop lever full aft, and mixture cutoff) but the engine never feathers itself, the prop on the dead engine just continues spinning. I was wondering if anyone else had this problem and if there is any fix.
So far, the only ones that I've tried have been in the King Air, Baron, and DC-3. Which come to think of it are most of the twin engine props for FSX. I haven't tried the Goose, but I assume the same thing would happen as it doesn't work on the other planes.
Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 2): To get the prop to actually stop in the baron, I had to go down all the way to stall speed. Totally unrealistic.
That's very disappointing and a step back from FS9, which did a good job of simulating engine feathering. Oh well, I guess I'll have to keep plugging away and see if I can figure it out.
Tbanger From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 20422 times:
Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 2): FSX doesn't seem to simulate feathering, at least visually.
Correct....sort of. The blade angle remains fixed after the prop has stopped. The visual stopping of the prop does happen though.
Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 2): In real life, the second you pull back the prop lever into the feather position, that prop will stop almost instantly.
OK.....in typing this reply I just fire up FSX and jumped in the Baron to see what happens to me. I shutdown number 2 and immediately saw the same as you guys. I also found out why. I used the throtte on the joysick to idle, CTRL/SHIFT/F1keys to get mixture cutoff and the Ctrl/F1 key to bring the prop lever all the way back. The result was a windmilling prop. Then I held the Ctrl/F2 keys down for about a second and the prop immediately feathered.
I remembered that this is what I do with the Kingair. There is a gate that the prop lever needs to come through between full slow and feather. If you are using the mouse to drag the lever, then it should go through the gate with no problem. I have just tried all twin aircraft in FSX and they all feather within a second or so. I always had to use the same technique in FS9.
To some this up, it is your technique. There is nothing wrong with FSX. You just aren't getting the prop lever into feather. You are merely selecting full slow prop.
I hope these instructions are clear as I can imagine it would be quite frustrating and a little difficult to fly like this.
Let me know if you are still having trouble and I wil try to explain it a little clearer.