lukejw20

Flythemaddogx question

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Hello and Merry Christmas. I got the flythemaddogx MD-82 for Christmas and I have just one question. Is it supposed to go that slow? I saw an MD-80 on flightaware from Des Moines to Dallas flying at 467 miles per hour at 31,000 feet. I am at 30,000 feet headed from Columbia, SC to Dallas and my plane is only going 347 miles per hour. Is there any way to make it go a realistic MD80 speed? Maybe something with the pitot heat?

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347 is the fastest I can go without overspeeding. The flaps are fully up as well. I have my speed set to 300 on the knob

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Now as I type this, the plane is slowly decreasing in speed and pitching upwards. Am I doing something wrong there?

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So I start FSX back up and the plane just starts going crazy. Is it supposed to load cold and dark or default like PMDG?

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Let’s start with the basics.  Look in the mirror and see if u are wearing a tinfoil hat.  Report back

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The best recommendation I can give is to check out a good tutorial and start from the basics. It's hard to resist the temptation and just dive right it but I will say the Maddog is a bit daunting and requires a little study. I would also check out the flythemaddogx support forums as well as Chuck's Guides he has an awesome guide that includes a tutorial I believe.

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I watched the tutorial videos from LeonardoSH. I did everything right twice. On approach into Dallas, the engines shut down and the displays went dark.

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7 minutes ago, lukejw20 said:

What is that supposed to mean?

 

Sorry couldn’t resist.  There are also some very good tutorials on YouTube.

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2 minutes ago, lukejw20 said:

I watched the tutorial videos from LeonardoSH. I did everything right twice. On approach into Dallas, the engines shut down and the displays went dark.

Verify that u don’t have any failures set to trigger

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As far as the 347 vs 467 thing, I believe Flightaware shows ground speed, whereas the plane shows air speed. Ground speed is often considerably higher than air speed due to a number of factors. Ground speed is useful for knowing how fast you will get there, but airspeed is useful for knowing if you are going to fall out of the sky. ;) 

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@lukejw20 @eslader

347 in cruise?  Something is off.  I can't think of any aicraft up in the 30s doing 350KIAS in cruise.  Are you talking True Airspeed?  Make sure you have that turned off.  This will cause just about every addon aircraft I know do very odd things.

That being said. Once you transition to Mach (around FL270) the KIAS will steadily decrease while you maintain mach in cruise.

The Maddog is a very very complex aircraft to learn to operate properly.  It will take much more studying than just the tutorials and the manuals. Honestly to truley understand proper operation you should read up on High Altitude flight dynamics, swept swing aircraft handling, proper descent planning for high performance aircraft etc. Strap in it's a helluva ride.

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Great purchase!  In time you'll come to love the Maddog!  The advice above is very good, I just wanted to add a few additional things.

In the coming months we'll be adding Shared Cockpit to the Maddog, and there is no better way to learn how to operate an MD-80 than flying with someone that really knows the aircraft.

Also, the very best place to get support for the Maddog is the Maddog forums.

 

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Ok nevermind that. As I taxi, the plane is making engine shutdown noises with the engines still running

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Make sure that your "CI" or cost index is set to a high number like 100 or more.  I think it is set to thirty something by default. Lower numbers are to save fuel and mean the aircraft will go slower.

Make sure that your fuel pumps are set properly.

Make sure that failures are off.  After you get experience flying it, you will want failures on, but you'll want to get good at flying it first.

The Maddog is among the absolute best aircraft for P3D and you will want to stay at it and master it.  It is a pleasure to fly.

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