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Anyone Experienced Using the Data Output Features of X-Plane?

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Hello,

 

I have a colleague that works with ALPA (Pilot's association) and the NTSB, and who is working with a university that helps train aircraft accident investigators.

 

What they'd like to do is re-create/sim-fly an accident that happened in 1975 and record all the relevant flight position, altitude, changes in altitude, etc parameters from the flight, then print them in a way that would mimic the output that would come from the data recorders.

 

Has anyone used the data recording feature that might provide a quick tutorial on how to use it?   I think this should be simple in X-Plane, but it's something I've never tired.

Thoughts?

Thanks

Bill

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If I understand correctly, what they'd like to do is just feeding X-Plane the position/attitude/state of the aircraft, and hence use X-Plane purely as a visual device. Is that correct?

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If I understand correctly, what they'd like to do is just feeding X-Plane the position/attitude/state of the aircraft, and hence use X-Plane purely as a visual device. Is that correct?

Hi,

 

Thanks for your response.  The end product will be a transcript of lat/long/alt and other flight data parameters that the team would then load into their software so they could "visualize" the flight using their software.

 

So, we'd use a hand-flown flight to get close to replicating the accident, then export that data out so it could be printed, and/or fed into their data visualizer.

 

Make sense?

 

Thanks!

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Hi,

 

Thanks for your response.  The end product will be a transcript of lat/long/alt and other flight data parameters that the team would then load into their software so they could "visualize" the flight using their software.

 

So, we'd use a hand-flown flight to get close to replicating the accident, then export that data out so it could be printed, and/or fed into their data visualizer.

 

Make sense?

 

Thanks!

 

Well it should be pretty simple then. You just have to go to the "Data Input & Output" screen, and then check the second square from the left for all the data/parameters you're interested in (e.g. altitude, airspeed, attitude, etc.). After you exit X-Plane, there should be a file called "data.txt" in the main X-Plane folder where all the relevant data has been stored.

 

The rate at which the data is stored can be selected in the same "Data Input & Output" screen, on the lower right there's an entry called "disk rate", if you set it to e.g. 20, then the data will be written to the file 20 times per second.

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Thanks, I'll give that a shot!   Seems simple enough, thanks for reminding me of this feature!

Bill

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