charliearon

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Hearing this through the grapevine that a GCA drop-in package will be released for Manfred's C-47, both FSX and P3D.¬† Nice to have a ground controlled approach in the heavy fog conditionsūüėĪ

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On 12/21/2018 at 9:40 PM, charliearon said:

Hearing this through the grapevine that a GCA drop-in package will be released for Manfred's C-47, both FSX and P3D.¬† Nice to have a ground controlled approach in the heavy fog conditionsūüėĪ

Wow, that would be amazing! GCA approaches were frequently carried out in the 60s when I got my first airband radio and I can remember hearing them being used at my local airport.

Bill

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Confirmed, precision radar approach is in the works.  I'm thinking it will make one appreciate modern VOR, ILS, and GPS landing systems.

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I‚Äôm old¬†¬†school, but I much prefer GCA to ILS. No special equipment required in aircraft, very little training or experience required if you‚Äôre precise. A successful zero/zero landing is quite an experience.¬†IRL, of course, GCA¬†required PAR installation and skilled controllers, but add-on will work at¬†any airport‚ÄĒjust watch your terrain clearance and obstacles by maintain¬†MSA minimum safe altitude

 

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When I earned to fly, I had occasion to do a few GCA approaches. Kind of comforting having the controllers voice whispering in your ear. When I switched to ILS approaches, I initially felt I wasn't in control. I was just monitoring a needle.

I will say that when you completed a GCA approach in low viz you really ( or at least *I* really) had a sense of accomplishment.

Vic

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A quick and dirty video that will give you a better idea how Manfred's GCA add-on works. Looking like mid-January now, because of holidays.

The final controller, you'll note, wasn't giving heading calls when no change was required (he should have been, and will.) Still working on terminology.

This is an approach in to 9100' Telluride Colorado with 300' and 1/2 . If you've ever flown in there you'll recognize the cliff.

 

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I have made a couple of GCA approaches when I was going for my commercial rating.  One for real when I inadvertently got caught above the overcast one night.  I would love to do them in my sim

Any idea of whether it will be Manfred's C-47 specific?  I would love to have it adaptable to the MAAM DC-3 too.

Noel

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We have it working in a couple other aircraft such as the new C-119, so with some fiddling it should work in MAAM C-47. 

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Generic GCA package is being tested. Will  work in many, perhaps most, aircraft. 

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