Jump to content

Sign in to follow this  
N562Z

How does one.........?

Recommended Posts

I'm flying in Australia with the new addons from VOZ and quite a number of small airports throughout the country. Problem is, and this also applies to any other portion of the world, most of these airports don't have ATIS information nor a tower. So when approaching and using ATC (default) I'm required to announce which runway I will be using. But I don't know the wind direction. I seem to always choose the wrong one and end up landing with the wind instead of into the wind. I've looked for weather and wind aloft sites in Au but can't find any. Does anyone have a method to determine wind direction before making an intended landing? Also, any sites to give wind direction at given altitudes? Planned a flight to last 1:25, put in what I felt was sufficient fuel and had headwinds that caused the flight to last almost 2 hrs. and I landed with 2% fuel left. Whew!!!!Any help is greatly appreciated. Does Active Sky provide such info for flight planning?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Yak Yak

for the US, i use the NOAA site to pull all the weather info before i make my flights (real ones in this case).this site gives you everything from METARS/TAFs, to pilot reports, to wind speeds at certain altitudes(see link below). http://aviationweather.gov/products/nws/wi...&fint=06&lvl=loYou can also call the free wx 800 number to get a weather briefing between your arrival and destination points (but this is US only i believe).As far as getting the wind direction for remote airports, i use several methods: - First one is mentioned above....just get the info before you leave. - Second, you can tune into the nearest airport w/ ATIS, and listen to their winds...which hopefully is similar to your location. - Third, which i use a lot in the RW, is tune into CTAF, and listen to which rwy other pilots are using (but confirm with the method below). - Fourth, fly over the remote runway, either in a standard traffic pattern, or above its airspace at a 45 degree, and check out the wind sock....then you'll know for sure.there are other methods such as looking at trees in the wind, but this is not simulated in fs9...maybe in fsx?-fz

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks and those are good suggestions esp. for the US.But I'm doing Australia and many of the airports don't have a windsock and they seem impossible to see if there is one. Also the nearest ATIS airport may be so far away that the info isn't received on the radio. I did locate a site for AU and it gave me the wind for detination airport of 36008knts but when I arrived FS9 showed 14008 knts. I'll keep working on it though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is what I do (here in Oz) . I download real weather - then before I take off, I go into the weather settings and the real weather to the setting that allows me to set my own weather. By clicking on the weather stations along my route and at the destination airport, I get a good feel for what the weather conditions will be . The I change back to real weather. Works OK for me.Barry

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Speed

In the meantime you can fly low and slow over the airfield and look at which way the windsock is pointing (land from the direction it is pointing). This is a valid thing to do in real life as well as in the sim. I often do this as I like to resist the urge to look at gps or weather instruments and usually have a funner time for it.Cheers,Speed

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, that does give you that information, but if you watch it carefully, you'll see that wind direction "changes" with your altitude. So if you're at 5,000 ft AGL and announce an intended landing based on that info, you'll find that by the time you get to final, and 1000' AGL the wind direction will be completly diffent. This due to winds at different elevations go in different directions and at different speeds. You can do a search for "winds aloft" for more information.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Jimbofly

Windsocks I hear are pretty good!j/k, I know sometimes in FS they're hard to find and some fields don't have them.I use Shift+Z, but then again I'm lazy.James

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...