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Tool to keep aircraft on centre line when taxiing?

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I seem to recall that such a tool exists (not that I can imagine how it would work) but I can't find it now. May be a figment of my imagination, or I dreamt it, but if it does exist and someone knows where I can download it, it would be good to do away with the need for the constant twitching I sometimes have to do on my X52 (which might be in part to blame anyway) to keep a/c on the straight and narrow. (I have ground winds set at zero, so that's not the reason).

 

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Martin Stebbing, EGLF (UK)

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I haven't heard of such a thing - and how could one possibly work at any default or addon airfield anyway? There's Rob Barendregdt's Taxi Speed Gauge for the inept or downright lazy! :P


Tim Wright  "The older I get, the better I was..."

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and how could one possibly work at any default or addon airfield anyway

.. which is what I said. I suppose though that one might as well ask how AI traffic keeps to the centre line: by following the taxi links in the AFCAD. Not totally impossible that someone has made it work for user a/c I suppose.

 

The taxi gauge is not for the inept or lazy - sorry, but I wouldn't label myself as either, even if you apparently would!  :smile: - it's useful when flying (er, taxiing) a/c that have less than perfect IDEs and insist on either stopping or racing ahead at the meerest tweak of the throttle. Rob's gauge keeps them under control very nicely...  

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Martin Stebbing, EGLF (UK)

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Rob's gauge keeps them under control very nicely...

 

I've used it myself so I'm 'guilty' too! I found it to be essential for the POSKY Airbuses and everyone else's turboprops...

Your issue may well be a 'chattering' X52 rudder axis, I had the same issue recently with my Logitech Wingman 3D and cured it by re-calibrating the FSUIPC joystick settings.


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I can see it coming ..... first driver-less cars , next ........ pilot-less aircraft.

It should be easy pizza to create the next generation of flight sim ...... turn it on and stare at the screen from takeoff to landing, and even taxi automatically from/to gate.

Ya just gotta luv it!

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pilot-less aircraft

.. didn't that mad Michael chap suggest this for Ryanair???

 

Gwillmot, our resident specialist in Reductio ad absurdum!  :smile:  As he says, ya just got to luv him!!

 

Whatever, constant (i.e. every second or two) twitching of the yoke when taxiing is not part of real-world aviation and it would be good to be able to avoid it in the sim. Maybe if I had a really nice rudder pedal, that would work, but I don't... 


Martin Stebbing, EGLF (UK)

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It should be easy pizza to create the next generation of flight sim ...... turn it on and stare at the screen from takeoff to landing, and even taxi automatically from/to gate.

 

 

You're not that far off it now.  Get one of the latest jet airliners, plug a few bits of data into the fmc and spend the next 10 hours staring at the screen as your aircraft flies you across the ocean.  In the real world the data for the fmc can now be downloaded from the company database and the fmc is automatically updated.  A bit like loading a FS9 flight plan into the fmc.  I think we are beginning to leave the hobby of flight simulation and entering the hobby of systems simulation - seriously!!

 

Dijvid

 

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I think we are beginning to leave the hobby of flight simulation

.. but all that is flight simulation, little Piper Cherokees etc. apart -  it's simulating what happens in real aviation with real pilots sitting staring at their slightly different screens. You can always disconnect the autopilot and hand fly the plane of course...


Martin Stebbing, EGLF (UK)

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Martin

 

Rudder pedals are the answer, but until you get a set try calibrating your X52 with FSUIPC for the rudder. Use the "slope" facility when setting it up.This means that the first bit of twist R or L will have a much reduced response from the aircraft nose wheel. As you apply more twist, the response speeds up.
 


Peter Schluter

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Can't see me buying expensive pedals - I am too tall for one thing: I have tried and find them uncomfortable.

 

I have set a sufficient deadzone in the X52 rotaries, but I still sometimes get this sideways drag as I taxi. I looked today and the X52 control panel showed that all the rotaries were within the set zones, so I don't think that that was the cause.

 

On the other hand, I often find that, when the veer sidewards is severe, then unplugging the X52 and plugging it back in fixes it. It's a very mixed blessing this Saitek joystick!


Martin Stebbing, EGLF (UK)

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Gwillmot, our resident specialist in Reductio ad absurdum!  :smile:  As he says, ya just got to luv him!!

 

Well, whatever that means .... it can't be good, so ...... You're Fired!

 

Before you go, let me give you some parting words: Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes

 

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Right on, Dijvid!

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Boeing made such tool ( vehicle ) when they build 777.

They used that one for taxi practice.

:-)


Artur Pomajda

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Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes

 

Yes, I did Latin (and Greek) at school... for all the good it did me.


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