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I Have Joined A Virual Airline

Fri Sep 03, 2004 2:30 am


I have joined a virual airline and my question is I am going to have to depart form the gate and taxi out to the runway how do Do that? Usually when I fly the aircraft is already on the active runway. How do I start form the gate?

thank so much

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RE: I Have Joined A Virual Airline

Fri Sep 03, 2004 4:10 am

What flight simulator are you using? If you're using FS2004 (also FS2002 had this feature IIRC), when you choose your departure airport on the same dialog you can choose whether you want to start from the active runway, select runway manually or start from one of the gates/ramp positions.

If you're using FS2000 or older versions, you just have to start from the active and 'slew' (press 'Y' key and then navigate using arrows, elevator keys and rudder keys) to your desired starting position.

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RE: I Have Joined A Virual Airline

Fri Sep 03, 2004 4:54 am

I would think your va will be able to help you in their forums.Ive also joined a va its called Air source its contracts virtual pilots out and we get paid v money,i havent found any shops that accept virtual money yet.Also can fly for loads of different airlines and can use my PMDG 737 so havent had to download any aircraft.With Airsourse they have a programe that enables people to see the current flights,so even if your not flying online your flight is being recorded online even down to what film is being shown on board. If anyone has any goods or sevices to sell for v money ive got plenty.hehe.
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RE: I Have Joined A Virual Airline

Fri Sep 03, 2004 6:04 am

hehe, I own a VA,,

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RE: I Have Joined A Virual Airline

Fri Sep 03, 2004 11:12 am

In FS2002/2004 there will ba a thing saying starting position at the bottom left and corner of the 'select airport' page in 'flight planner'. Click on it and choose your gate.
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RE: I Have Joined A Virual Airline

Fri Sep 03, 2004 1:24 pm

Steve - there's a bit to learn and I suggest you practice with a light aeroplane in daylight!

Preparation - use the outside views to check your situation, what other aeroplanes are nearby etc.

Clearance - call up the ATC window and ask for taxi clearance. When you have acknowledged that, press the key for the visual path. If you can't see it from the cockpit use the outside keys, it'll be there - big pink blocks showing your path. Another way is to press 'Shift/]', which will call up a plan of the airport with your path marked on it (just press ']' to clear this).

Push Back (if needed) - press 'Shift/P' and the aircraft will slowly roll straight back (it's the equivalent of a tractor pushing you). When you're clear, press 'Shift-P' to cancel.

Taxi out - add power until the aircraft moves, then try to maintain a steady speed, not too fast, and just follow the path. Use the rudder to steer and the brakes to slow down or stop, of course. Obey any instructions from ground control, like stopping for other traffic.

Hold short - when you reach your assigned runway, stop at the double yellow line. In the ATC window, cancel the visual taxi path. The window should now offer you the option of contacting the tower. Do that, ask for takeoff clearance, then turn on to the runway and off you go.

I suggest you go to 'Flights' and try the first flight of 'Hawaian Vacation'. That starts with a very straightforward taxi out and takeoff in the Cessna, you should get the hang of it from there.


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RE: I Have Joined A Virual Airline

Fri Sep 03, 2004 4:23 pm

I'm appauled you didn't join MY VA, Northern Pacific Airways. Just kidding, we're not ready to accept pilots at this time.

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RE: I Have Joined A Virual Airline

Sat Sep 04, 2004 12:18 am

Thank you everybody for your help


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