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Hi,

 

at first many thanks for this great landmark aircraft which teach you what a demanding job it was to manage for example a 10 hour long distance flight. As a member of the Swiss SCFA association (http://www.superconstellation.org/) we have the oportunity to make travels through Europe with a Lockheed L 1049 Superconstellation (HB-RSC). So some procedures we are familiar e.g. engine management which you can hear  very well as passenger.

 

This addon now finally enabled me after a couple of attempts to conquer the little bit strange X-PLANE as a long term FSX/P3D simmer. It was worth it to do so.

 

Now some questions and suggestions to be maybe considered:

 

1) I'm missing a clock ! Was there no clock at the DC-6 in Namibia?

 

2) The SCFA's  L1049 has installed an instrument called "ignition analyzer" in the cockpit at the flight engineer's place  from BENDIX (Scintilla). As I know a lot of prop liners (Everts Air e.g) had and have installed this device ! I guess to programm the functionality of this feature is probably a little bit demanding. To have this feature including the simulation of fouled spark plugs and other issues in the ignition system would make the experience a little bit more complete. With our Superconstellation it sometimes happened that a couple of spark plugs had to be changed at an intermediate stop!

 

3) With PMDG 737, 777 there is a feature that you can adjust the throttle leaver at your input device manually so that you can switch off autothrottle without any hazzle and and erroneous jumping of thrust. A similar feature would be very helpfull when you suspend completely the AFE for example after takoff, METO, climb and so on. Now you have to adjust very quickly the throttle leaver to meet the correct thrust setting manually after suspending AFE.

 

Best regards

 

Thomas Burchard

 

 

 

 

 

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1) I'm missing a clock ! Was there no clock at the DC-6 in Namibia?

 

What you see is what you'd see in V5-NCG if you were to walk up in it right now.

 

Note that most ADFs provide a timer function.

 

 

 


2) The SCFA's  L1049 has installed an instrument called "ignition analyzer" in the cockpit at the flight engineer's place  from BENDIX (Scintilla). As I know a lot of prop liners (Everts Air e.g) had and have installed this device ! I guess to programm the functionality of this feature is probably a little bit demanding. To have this feature including the simulation of fouled spark plugs and other issues in the ignition system would make the experience a little bit more complete. With our Superconstellation it sometimes happened that a couple of spark plugs had to be changed at an intermediate stop!

 

Could be fun, but a little above what the aim of the product is. The FE would be in charge of this anyway.

 

 

 


3) With PMDG 737, 777 there is a feature that you can adjust the throttle leaver at your input device manually so that you can switch off autothrottle without any hazzle and and erroneous jumping of thrust. A similar feature would be very helpfull when you suspend completely the AFE for example after takoff, METO, climb and so on. Now you have to adjust very quickly the throttle leaver to meet the correct thrust setting manually after suspending AFE.

 

This is something that was brought up internally, actually. It might make it into a future update, but no promises here. With the 737 and 777, you could reasonably draw something on the engine displays and it wouldn't look too out of place. It's a little more challenging here given the analog nature of everything.

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This is something that was brought up internally, actually. It might make it into a future update, but no promises here. With the 737 and 777, you could reasonably draw something on the engine displays and it wouldn't look too out of place. It's a little more challenging here given the analog nature of everything.

 

The IXEG 737 has a separate graphical display of the autothrottle commanded TLA compared to the hardware controller TLA, it's very neat and it's something PMDG should think about including in all of their aircraft, not just the DC-6. For FSX it can be done as a semi-transparent pop-up gauge.

 

Here's a screenshot:

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