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Helo autopilot coming........

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Our friend Tailboom tipped us on the following:First ... have a look at this..... http://www.hut.fi/~apankkon/fsim/screenshot2.jpgAntti from Finland has programmed new gauges and has a Dauphin (and other helo's apparently) flying on autopilot !!Sounds like a very interesting development folks !!!Thanks Craig ! :-) :-outta Francois :-wave________________________Francois A. "Navman" DumasAssociate Editor &Forums AdministratorAVSIM Online!email: fdumas@avsim.com________________________

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WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CANT FREAKIN' WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(I like helicopters)

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Oh! forgot to ask...............WHEN!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????HIHIHIHIHIHI!!!!

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autopilot?hmm, have to ask...a 'copter can't have autopilot for real, can it?! (must be impossible!)but you can tweak it in flight sim then, I guess, right?I have thought of that myself, for example give a 'copter an air-file from a fixed ving, put in gauges for autopilot, and there you have it...//Leif "Still_Hovering" Almberg

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Helos ( High end ones do have an autopilt - much like a fixed wing - but has the advantage of a HOVER HOLD MODERichard GreenVATUSA4Events and VA Director

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Autopilot for a helo - that kinda takes the fun/skill out of it doesnt it???

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Well, when you're busy doing other things, low vis stormy night, that kinda thing...Autopilot comes in handy I bet.:-sun1

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>Autopilot for a helo - that kinda takes the fun/skill out of >it doesnt it??? Hi Terry,A few years back, while in South Africa, I was in an AS 365 N2 (Dauphin) practicing ILS approaches into Lanseria airport, north of Johannesburg. I can only tell you that it was great fun and that the sophistication of autopilots in rotary-winged aircraft is something else. There's nothing quite like flying an ILS approach in a helicopter, totally hands-off and then coming to a hover above the runway.;-)Jerome

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It comes in rather handy when you've just flown fo 1.5hrs to an offshore platform in Pi$$y weather and you feel like you're arms going to fall off!!!

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Can anyone provide any additional information or an update?D. Smith

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Antti is still working on it. He's managed to improve the handling characteristics of the autopilot ( there was a lot of snaking/pitch up and down, with the original file) and is working on some new gauges (Ng and improved Torque). Generally, I think he's wanting this model to be as good as everyone expectations, and you can't rush that! From what I've seen so far, Antti is a genius, and the wait will be soooo worth it.Alun

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I've e-mailed Antti, and he says he has no idea when the chopper is finished. He's currently working with a real world flight engineer to make the aircraft system quite realistic. What he is doing is mostly doing some gauges design and he says that the basic principle of this design work is to bring the details to the maximum!I've also have a new screenshot from the VC, and the only thing that has been changed is some gauges layout and a textured overhead panel!From what I see, its getting soooo good I can't hardly wait for its arrival!Keep it going!---------Fredrik Wold

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Just to add to the couple of comments written above with regards to autopilot/hover hold. Living on the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall, there are always various ships/boats getting into difficulty at various distances off shore. I know the Royal Navy Seakings have an auto pilot and hover hold, also a system where the winch operator can control the helicopter from the side door when on station. I have seen these Seakings landing at the local airport in atrocious weather (Storm force 9/10) re-fueling then flying out 100/200 miles to help a ship in distress. The auto pilot must be a godsent for these guys. http://www.avsim.com/vfr_center/avsim_sig.jpg

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