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by NAV20
Mon Feb 02, 2004 11:46 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

What routes have you tried, ATCT? <acronym title="Rio Sul (Brazil)">SL</acronym>, the Dakota is a good choice for <acronym title="RAS Fluggeselischaft mbH">RW</acronym>. It has the same sort of '1,200nm or so' range as other twins, and it's very stable. The old-fashioned autopilot and 'difficult to ...

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by NAV20
Sun Feb 01, 2004 8:22 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Anyone Else Tried The 'scenario' Flights On FS?
Replies: 7
Views: 9550

RE: Anyone Else Tried The 'scenario' Flights On FS?

My favourite is probably 'Frontier Airlines' - mapreading your way through the passes of the Rockies. Is that cross-America one in the Piper Cub, B727? Nice well-behaved aeroplane. I only did one long-distance trip in a real 'oldie' - the 1930s Macrobertson England-Australia Race in the DH88 Comet. ...

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by NAV20
Sat Jan 31, 2004 11:03 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Anyone Else Tried The 'scenario' Flights On FS?
Replies: 7
Views: 9550

Anyone Else Tried The 'scenario' Flights On FS?

It was a long time before I tried them. But they are quite well designed, and extend you quite a lot. 'Aerial Chauffeur' starts off easy, but the last flight is pretty demanding. 'European Airline Pilot' is fairly easy too, but you get to know how it feels to be an airborne 'bus driver' - particular...

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by NAV20
Sat Jan 31, 2004 9:02 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Hope you come down to see 727 and me in Melbourne, Jwenting. After that I recommend Darwin via Alice Springs - you can detour on the way to have a look at Ayers Rock. Sorry to start 'teaching my grandmother', <acronym title="Rio Sul (Brazil)">SL</acronym> - of course, you'll have worked out how to t...

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by NAV20
Thu Jan 29, 2004 11:49 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

SL, I'll never like the Baron, but after some experimenting I've found out how to get better landings out of it. I think that it's modelled badly - that the relationship between the panel window and the 'view' window is all wrong. Anyway, it won't trim level on a landing approach, it only knows 'nos...

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by NAV20
Mon Jan 26, 2004 1:03 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Hi, Jwenting. Thought at first you meant Kure, at the other end of Japan! Where is Kure Island, which way are you heading? If it's towards Japan, there's quite a good airport on Kamchatka (UHPP-Yelizovo, no VOR or ILS but long runways and plenty of NDBs) - only about 900 nms from Adak. If it's towar...

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by NAV20
Sun Jan 25, 2004 9:48 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Don't worry, 727 - still have a twelve-foot sailing dinghy in the garage. Twenty-four hours to caulk and paint it, then I'll be on my way. Should be there to fish you out in about a month  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> Tell you what, <acronym title="Rio Sul (Brazil)">S...

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by NAV20
Sat Jan 24, 2004 7:40 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Excellent going, <acronym title="Rio Sul (Brazil)">SL</acronym> - you'll be the one giving the tips soon! Not an easy airport, Narsarsauq, is it? Hope you were able to come in from the sea, the mountains are bad if you land from inland. Gander looks an easy distance - but beware, the wind near Canad...

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by NAV20
Fri Jan 23, 2004 8:48 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

I'm pretty sure it does all get saved, <acronym title="Rio Sul (Brazil)">SL</acronym> - I've noticed that any flights I set up for days when I down-loaded 'real weather' show it again, even in a different location and a different aeroplane. Weather data for everywhere in the world, every 15 minutes,...

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by NAV20
Thu Jan 22, 2004 7:44 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Pleasure, <acronym title="Rio Sul (Brazil)">SL</acronym>. After a few flights, if you keep monitoring the fuel/distance equation, you'll get a better idea of what the aeroplane can or can't do. Obviously wind and your boost/revs/mixture settings make a lot of difference. Another advantage of regular...

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by NAV20
Wed Jan 21, 2004 9:33 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Downloading Real Weather Conditions
Replies: 4
Views: 3073

RE: Downloading Real Weather Conditions

One more tip - you don't get the winds higher up unless you tick the correct box in 'Settings'. I think it's under 'Weather', the box says something like 'Download winds at high levels in real weather'.

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by NAV20
Wed Jan 21, 2004 9:30 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Good for you, PIA777. Have you tried the 737, though, I find it a nicer-flying aeroplane in both versions? ScottishLaddie, suggestions for airports in the USA. The most scenic airports in the North-Eastern USA, for my money, are Boston (letting down over the Charles River), and New York (La Guardia ...

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by NAV20
Tue Jan 20, 2004 8:16 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

That's part of the fun, 727 - yes, the wind might be stronger higher up, but you have to spend scarce fuel to go up there and find out  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> Obviously, as you gain experience, you'll develop your own ways of doing things. I find that the Baron ...

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by NAV20
Tue Jan 20, 2004 8:02 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Welcome to the club, ScottishLaddie. I think the Baron has about the same '90 gallons per engine' setup as the Cessna - my guess is that you'd have to be careful about fuel on any trip over 1,200 nms. So your 'route out' from Scotland has to be Iceland (Keflavik) and Greenland (I suggest Narsarsauq)...

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by NAV20
Mon Jan 19, 2004 9:39 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

B727, done a bit of research for you. It may HAVE to be the northern route. Sorry, this is going to be long….. There is no substitute for ‘forward planning’ in this game. I checked over my own ‘eastbound’ route and found that the ‘crunch leg’ is from SCFX Mataveri Int., on Isla San Felix, and SCIP I...

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by NAV20
Fri Jan 16, 2004 4:26 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Bit of advice, B727 - to help you avoid disappointment! I admire your determination to do it 'the hard way'. My first <acronym title="RAS Fluggeselischaft mbH">RW</acronym> trip was just like that - on FS98, with no GPS - and using one of the kids' old school atlases as well. Take my word for it, th...

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by NAV20
Sat Jan 10, 2004 11:34 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Best Sites For Downloading FS2002 Aircraft?
Replies: 7
Views: 9137

RE: Best Sites For Downloading FS2002 Aircraft?

Sorry -

http://www.abacuspub.com/default.html

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by NAV20
Sat Jan 10, 2004 11:30 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Best Sites For Downloading FS2002 Aircraft?
Replies: 7
Views: 9137

RE: Best Sites For Downloading FS2002 Aircraft?

www.abacus.com
is well worth a look. Not just airliners, a lot of classics too.

Not too many for FS2004 yet, though, worse luck.

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by NAV20
Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:07 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Most Difficult Landings
Replies: 20
Views: 4100

RE: Most Difficult Landings

Innsbruck, Austria, is pretty rough. Agree about Khatmandhu, too, approach is through mountains and it sits on top of a cliff, big up-draughts at exactly the wrong (last) moment  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> On FS2004, try the whole 'Reeve Aleutian Airlines' scenario ...

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by NAV20
Wed Jan 07, 2004 11:47 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Good to hear you're back in the air, Stephen. Hope the 'puter is fixed now. Don't forget Adaware6 and Spybot, you'll be surprised what they can clean off - especially if someone else has been surfing on your machine! I really would recommend that you learn about IFR flying and ILS approaches as well...

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by NAV20
Tue Dec 30, 2003 11:30 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Good project, CanadianNorth! I think the first leg (Whitehorse-Anchorage) could be the most difficult in a DC3, though. If you want to keep it realistic, the DC3 was unpressurised, and therefore you can only go up to 12,500 feet. Come to that, I don't know whether the Sim version will go much higher...

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by NAV20
Sun Dec 28, 2003 8:01 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Don't despair, Stephen, I think I see the problem. Do you mean the <acronym title="Alliance Air (India)">CD</acronym>-ROM drive is scratching disks? Only because something similar happened to me a few weeks ago. The computer seemed slow, crashed often, <acronym title="STAF Argentina">FS</acronym> ra...

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by NAV20
Sun Dec 28, 2003 12:01 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Bad about the computer, Stephen - hope those programs I recommended help to clean off the spyware. I save each flight temporarily, at intervals. I am using 'RWWEN' at the moment, which stands for 'Round World West <acronym title="Air Dolomiti (Italy)">EN</acronym>-route'. Next flight I use the same ...

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by NAV20
Thu Dec 25, 2003 7:06 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

You've made the round-world bug bite me again, Stephen. I decided to take the Beechcraft round in the Southern Hemisphere - difficult in December weather because the winds are mostly from the west. From Melbourne I went to Forrest, Western Australia; then Learmonth on the north-west corner. Then two...

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by NAV20
Thu Dec 25, 2003 6:56 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004 Freezing Up On Startup
Replies: 3
Views: 6864

RE: FS2004 Freezing Up On Startup

First suggestion is a full maintenance - go to 'Accessories', then 'System Tools', then do Disk Cleanup, Scandisk, and Defragment Disk. But you probably both know about those. Couple of things you may not know about, though; get 'Adaware6' and 'Spybot' (both free, come up on any search) and they wil...

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by NAV20
Wed Dec 24, 2003 7:31 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: My First Attempt At Long Haul
Replies: 11
Views: 7168

RE: My First Attempt At Long Haul

The classic run - <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym>-Hawaii - is worth trying. Honolulu looks terrific from the air. Depending on the wind, you either get a very scenic ILS approach from the west, over Pearl Harbor, or a 'back course' visual a...

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by NAV20
Tue Dec 23, 2003 10:06 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: My First Attempt At Long Haul
Replies: 11
Views: 7168

RE: My First Attempt At Long Haul

Help if I can, Nick. My guess is you were too high. Apart from the fuel you'd use getting up to that height (maybe 15% of the total load) you'd be using a lot just to stay up there. I thought at first that the 747 might not have the range, but if you look at the list of flights, under 'Cargo Pilot (...

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by NAV20
Mon Dec 22, 2003 12:19 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS Autothrottle Question
Replies: 11
Views: 6611

RE: FS Autothrottle Question

I think I've found the problem, FFK - 'Jumbo-itis'. I have a saved 'practice approach' that I use to try out different aeroplanes. I tried the 777, and found that it is just like the 747 - takes an awful long time to slow down in a descent. With jumbos, you really have to watch the speed like a hawk...

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by NAV20
Mon Dec 22, 2003 1:33 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS Autothrottle Question
Replies: 11
Views: 6611

RE: FS Autothrottle Question

I'm stumped too, FFK. Only thing I can suggest is, try an approach with one of the other aeroplanes. On an ILS approach, with the autopilot and auto-throttle engaged, the speed should be right.

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by NAV20
Sat Dec 20, 2003 10:42 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS Autothrottle Question
Replies: 11
Views: 6611

RE: FS Autothrottle Question

FFK, realised what the problem (probably) is. The auto-throttle is ONLY a throttle. It cannot hold a given speed regardless of the attitude of the aeroplane. If, for example, you put the aircraft into a dive - or tell the autopilot to lose height quickly, for that matter - it is likely to fly a lot ...

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by NAV20
Thu Dec 18, 2003 10:56 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Just guessing from your description, Stephen, but it looks like the landing problem is centred on your own phrase - "..however high I pitch up it just basically thuds into the ground..." The answer is probably, don't pitch up so far! It sounds as if you are getting the nose too high, losing flying s...

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by NAV20
Wed Dec 17, 2003 7:12 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Sounds good, Stephen. Nice that you have the landings sorted.

One more tip - save a favourite approach, then, when you get 'real weather', change the date so you are using the real weather and practise landings. Landings with a wind are a whole new ball game.

Keep us posted.

Tony

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by NAV20
Wed Dec 17, 2003 7:07 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS Autothrottle Question
Replies: 11
Views: 6611

RE: FS Autothrottle Question

Works all right for me, FFK. Did you have the flaps and gear down - and give it time to settle? What aeroplane were you flying?

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by NAV20
Tue Dec 16, 2003 9:08 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Problems With FS2k4.
Replies: 4
Views: 2873

RE: Problems With FS2k4.

If the aeroplanes in question are propeller-driven the answer is probably that 'propeller torque' is designed into the program. The twisting effect of the propellers (especially if there are two of them) causes the aeroplane to swerve a touch, especially at low speed when the fin and rudder have lim...

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by NAV20
Sun Dec 14, 2003 10:14 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

PS Definitely no airport at 'Sao Paolo' (St. Paul's Rocks').

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by NAV20
Sun Dec 14, 2003 10:08 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

I'm getting 'hooked' on this, Stephen! Haven't done this much navigation for a long time! Yes - if you go via the Azores, you'd have to make one stop before Flores - either Madeira or one of the nearer islands in the Azores Group, like Santa Maria. If you are not using 'real weather' you could certa...

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by NAV20
Sun Dec 14, 2003 11:20 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Fair enough, Stephen, admire you! Flying visual, though, I wouldn't advise the Azores/St. John's trip - not if you are using 'real weather', anyway. I looked it up - it's 1,055nm, just about extreme range for the Beech. That route 'entraps' you - at first you have a following wind, if anything; but ...

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by NAV20
Sat Dec 13, 2003 11:07 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Glad it's helping, Stephen, and that the landings are working out better. About touchdown, that is one thing that is more difficult on the simulator than it is in real life, because you don't get a 'perspective' view. You have to develop the knack of keeping one eye on the runway end (keep it just a...

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by NAV20
Fri Dec 12, 2003 10:17 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Just tried landing that Beechcraft a few times in your honour, Stephen. Found it was very unstable pitch-wise. In the end I concluded that the landing speed in the 'Flight Notes' (95 knots) is just plain wrong, 110 knots gives better results. Best advice I can give:- Start from 2,000 feet above runw...

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by NAV20
Fri Dec 12, 2003 10:02 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004 GPS
Replies: 5
Views: 4158

RE: FS2004 GPS

Don't know about Alaska, but the most direct route from say NYC or Boston to Northern Europe does go over a lot of Canada. Most atlases use the 'Mercator Projection', which is misleading - looks as if the correct route is due west from New York. In fact the direction is pretty nearly north-east. New...

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by NAV20
Wed Dec 10, 2003 8:23 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

I did RWD in a 747 - believe it or not, it only needs three 'hops'. Try Melbourne-Baghdad-LAX-Melbourne!

I agree with Stephen, though, much more fun in a prop with limited range and lots of VFR landings.

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by NAV20
Mon Dec 08, 2003 4:53 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: How Real Is FS2002/4?
Replies: 7
Views: 6518

RE: How Real Is FS2002/4?

It's not entirely realistic in all respects - too much to hope for. But a lot of things are uncannily like the real thing. In some ways I find it more difficult than real flying, because of the lack of 'feel' and perspective and peripheral vision. As one example, 'turning on final approach' is easie...

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by NAV20
Mon Dec 08, 2003 12:21 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

Ir would take about 5 minutes to SHOW you the autopilot and ILS, Stephen, about an hour to type it all in here! I take my hat off to you doing RWD without the autopilot. Must admit I 'cheat' on long flights - use the autopilot on 'GPS Hold', and even jack up the speed to 4X or 8X. The interest for m...

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by NAV20
Sun Dec 07, 2003 7:34 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

What's the problem with landings, Stephen? Can we help? With the Beech, you shouldn't be at much more than 1,000 feet at four miles out. Do you use the ILS and the Visual Flight Path? If I were you I'd use the autopilot until about 1 mile out at first, that will let you get the hang of a proper shal...

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by NAV20
Mon Dec 01, 2003 11:38 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Default Flight Settings, FS9
Replies: 2
Views: 6283

RE: Default Flight Settings, FS9

Simple enough, Andreas. Select any flight you like - then, at the bottom of the flight selection screen, there is a box marked 'Make this the default flight'. Tick that and the one you want should come up every time. Alternatively, try clearing the default flight box and just exiting the game from t...

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by NAV20
Sat Nov 29, 2003 12:29 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: How To ATC In FS2002?
Replies: 3
Views: 9559

RE: How To ATC In FS2002?

Yes - from the opening screen, click on 'Learn to Fly' - then 'Private Pilot' - then 'Lesson 5: Air Traffic Control'. Takes you right through the process - NAV20.

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by NAV20
Sat Nov 29, 2003 12:19 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

For anyone who tries it, the fun for me lay in the takeoffs and landings. No reason why you shouldn't just plan the flights VFR and use 16X speed on the long legs. That way it's easy to get in a flight every session. Another tip is to use 'real world' weather - but plan each flight on the same date....

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by NAV20
Sat Nov 29, 2003 12:09 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: How To ATC In FS2002?
Replies: 3
Views: 9559

RE: How To ATC In FS2002?

PIA777, your best bet is to do a couple of the 'flying lessons' with Rod Machado. I think there is one specifically on ATC. You'll soon get the idea. The basic principles are that if you fly VFR (Visual Flight Rules) all you need is clearance to take off and land. You can request 'Flight Following' ...

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by NAV20
Thu Nov 27, 2003 10:44 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: The Main Differences Between FS2K4 And FS2K2?
Replies: 8
Views: 6451

RE: The Main Differences Between FS2K4 And FS2K2?

The weather/scenery is fantastic - almost too realistic, since (as in real life) you can't see the ground most of the time! Same with the GPS (being able to see the terrain) and the Air Traffic Control. My only grouse is that the actual aircraft don't seem to fly as well. Bring a 737 in on ILS, 'by ...

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by NAV20
Thu Nov 27, 2003 3:46 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!
Replies: 108
Views: 23168

RE: FS2004: Round The World In A Prop!

On FS2002 I went round in the 737, the Lear, and the 747 (three hops only for the Jumbo, Melbourne-Baghdad-LA-Melbourne. Then I downloaded a Piper Navajo from Abacus, fell in love with flying it, and went round in that. Which was interesting as its theoretical max. range is only 800 miles. By leanin...

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