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  1. COBS

    Helipads Locations!

    Your above message is confusing, looking at doing what realistic ? I happen to have quite a reasonable amount ORBX scenery and airports loaded and they do have multiple helipads at quite a few airports. Also virtually every city has lots of Hardened rooftops where you can land , remember that some bridges are hardened , I have landed the F-111 on the Golden Gate bridge , I also landed the F-35B on a rooftop in New York city that was 1,000' above street level , have also landed on aircraft carriers , and found that some ships have hardened landable surfaces , also don't forget oil rigs at sea most have a helipad , neat stuff . Try YMMB also you should check out military airports such as Army , Marines and Navy they will often be festooned with Helipads , I have Oakey army airfield in Queensland Australia , it has heaps of Helipads , never counted them but would guess at about 20 , possibly more. If you want help , please be clearer and more specific , list items that you are interested in such as , 1. Aircraft types , helicopters , F-35B , harrier jump jet , whatever you want to use . 2. Your location that you are interested in using , such as Country and State . 3. Type of operations or flying that you wish to engage in , ie: general flying , ambulance to hospitals , firefighting , crop dusting , Military ops , helicopter gunships . 4. Civilian or Military or both . If you provide that sort of detail people here will be able to give you plenty of locations and information . Cheers Karol
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    adding a heading bug to panel

    Hi Mitch In FSX where you have the 3D knobs that are actually raised the coding that controls the knob function is buried in the model , so effectively there is nothing that you can do with it to activate the knob . There is another way ! ! In the autopilot there is usually a method , either a knob or a click window that allows you to swivel the HSI bug about the HSI dial . Check if your aircraft has an autopilot , in some cases the autopilot is in a Pop Up window . If it does not have an autopilot , then install one and make the necessary " aircraft.cfg " entries to enable it . If you need help with installing the autopilot come back here and you will get assistance . Cheers Karol
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    Flying as it used to be

    Two observations , 1. a world without mobile phones ( fantastic ! ) . 2, the flight plan written by hand in biro , not a computer printout . Karol
  4. Regards the approach to landing " Aimpoint " on a runway you do not need a specific painted spot on the runway , as you will be aware grass runways have no paint on them . The object of an aimpoint on a runway is to direct the aircraft to a location at the beginning of that runway , you need to clear the runway threshold and leave sufficient runway left after touchdown to slow the aircraft to a halt before the end of the runway . You estimate and visualise your aimpoint a small distance past the beginning of the runway , and fly to that point . I created a " Synthetic ILS " instrument that enables absolute precision approaches to be conducted along a glideslope for all runways at all of the 24,491 airports that exist in the Flight Simulator database . What it does is it reads the applicable runway length from the FS database and calculates an "Aimpoint" that is 6% of that length in from the beginning of that runway , from that aimpoint it determines the glideslope (usually 3 degrees) , and provides guidance using the standard ILS deviation bars , thus by keeping your ILS deviation bars exactly centered you precisely follow the glideslope all the way down the approach to the Aimpoint on the runway . Cheers Karol
  5. # 1. Choose an airport with PAPI Lights ( PAPI = Precision Approach Path Indicator ) . The last screenshot above with the brown panel has the PAPI lights to the left of the runway , it indicates 3 red and 1 white , actually that aircraft is below the glide slope as is indicated by the 3 red lights . If you are precisely on the glide slope it will always indicate 2 white and 2 red , you gently adjust your pitch (nose up or nose down) to constantly maintain the 2 of each white and red all the way down during approach . Virtually all approaches are done at a 3 degree glideslope and that is what the PAPI lights guide you along . ... 3 or 4 white light indicate that you are above the glideslope (lower your nose) ... 3 or 4 red light indicate that you are below the glideslope (raise your nose) # 2 . During your approach you should ideally trim (elevator trim ) the aircraft so that it will fly the approach virtually hands off ie; basically it will then require very little control input and will tend to fly a smooth constant approach path . # 3 . When you have 2 white and 2 red PAPI lights indicating that you are on glideslope , hit Pause ( pause the sim , the place a length of cotton horizontally across your monitor screen at the exact height of the PAPI lights , tape the cotton on each of the monitor side frames . Resume the approach (pause off) , the cotton line should remain on the PAPI lights for the rest of the approach . That cotton line can later be placed on any "aimpoint" on any runway and if it is kept on that aimpoint throughout the approach your glideslope will remain constant and you will fly accurately to your aimpoint (touchdown point) . Cheers Karol
  6. COBS

    Hurricane Hunting

    I created a " Mission adaptive Flight Plan Editor " it enables flight plans to be created or modified during flight , any flight plans created with it only apply to the current sim session , they cannot be saved . The Flt Pln editor is contained in an MFD ( F-111_MFD!DAT49 ) , place the MFD folder in the panel folder of the aircraft that you wish to use and create a Pop Up window in your panel cfg . The instrument enables Lat/Longs to be entered into a Flt Plan , entries can be made in any of the 3 Lat/Long formats , any entries made will show up as Flt Plan lines on your GPS unit , and if you are using the autopilot the Flt Plan will be flown . If you are interested the instrument ( MFD ) is available freeware at either Simviation or Flightsim website . Do a search for ' F-111 Pig HUD ' it will give you either the Full aircraft or just the panel , the applicable version is Build standard 8 . The download includes a "Flight Manual" that describes the operation of the Flt Pln Editor . I realise that it will be a hassle and that it requires creating a Pop Up Window but you will be able to enter Lat/Longs . An alternate option is to load that F-111 aircraft ( FSX only ) , and fly that into the eye of the storm . Cheers Karol
  7. COBS

    What would a real pilot/company do?

    This link might be of interest , Scroll down to Masks an Canulas . Cheers Karol
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    Go to the Simviation website , click the search option button , type in Bill McCellan . You will get several pages of Flight Plans that you can download and fly . They are mainly in USA but there are some in other parts of the world . While they are primarily USAF military training flights there is nothing to stop you doing them in an airliner . Each flight comes with a nice route map . It's just another option to use if you wish to . Cheers Karol
  9. COBS

    Farewell to the Warthog

    Words of wisdom . Speaking of ricochet , when I was a wee bit younger ( many years ago ) a few of us were tasked to hold up targets at a rifle range we were between the lower front butt and higher rear butt , the rear butt was pretty saturated with spent bullets so it was common to get ricochet. They certainly were loud and got your attention each time . We were safe as it would be extremely rare for a ricochet to do a full rebound . That's probably akin to famous last words . I wonder if Socrates said similar when he drank the hemlock ? Another occasion , I was on an explosives course , we had the usual , TNT , PE , det cord , and other fun toys , we did exercises on old discarded armored vehicles . Two of us took a truck back to base to pick up more explosives , on return we were about a kilometer from the exercise area when the warning flag went up , we did the right thing , got out of the truck , and moved well away from it for obvious reasons and took cover behind trees . The blast went off and we heard a very loud sound of a large piece of metal flailing through the air past us , a real eye opener as we were a kilometer from the blast . It shows the dangers inherent in CAS weapons delivery in close proximity to friendly troops . I always liked the joke , " If you ever see an Ordinance technician running very , very fast , don't ask questions , just try to keep up with him " Karol
  10. COBS

    Farewell to the Warthog

    Alan I totally agree . It's an awesome responsibility that the pilot bears in those circumstances . Some of the photography and film footage of actual CAS strikes is frightening . Similar to a degree was the protection of downed pilots by Spads until choppers could extract them , again it was close delivery of firepower , and the slower speed helped . If I remember correctly the recoil of the the A-10 cannon is the equivalent to the thrust of one of it's engines , that would certainly rattle the bones of the pilot , I also heard that it could deliver rounds with a weight approxiamately equivalent to the weight of a VW beetle , I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end that . Cheers Karol
  11. COBS

    Farewell to the Warthog

    There are a lot of different aircraft types about that can provide some support to ground troops , the problem is their speed and ability to deliver ordinance with absolute precision . In Vietnam the F-100 and F-4 did a lot of that work , and they were good and should be held in high esteem for their efforts . The difficulty arises when troops are in very close contact with the enemy , the aircraft has to deliver ordinance on enemy lines without inflicting damage on their own , not easy at high speed , dropping something like napalm under those circumstances would be a nightmare , the tolerances are so very tight . The A-10 has the advantage of , good visibility from the cockpit , slower speed , can absorb battle damage enabling it to get in closer , and the pilot's are purpose trained on that type mission improving accuracy and selection of ordinance type to minimise harm to friendlies . One problem with the F-35 is that it is an extremely high cost asset , thus there will be a reluctance to send it down low and risk it's loss , that will end up being to the detriment of the troops who have a genuine need of support firepower . As an aside , I created an instrument that can precisely tag the location of virtual friendly troops , then do a precise offset bombing run on the virtual enemy troop lines . Now if the contact separation is for example 157 feet the bombing run in line is precise to +/- 1 foot , but the major problem is fragmentation , 500lb or 2000lb bombs would cause frag casualties to the friendlies at that offset ( 157' ) . That is the problem with CAS and it highlights the importance of the A-10 aircraft . Cheers Karol
  12. COBS

    If I turn My Computer Box On its Side

    Yes it will go sideways , but to determine if it goes to Port or Starboard we would need to know if you are in the Northern or Southern hemisphere . It is important that that you do not put a toilet bowl under the dump outlet as it will swirl the fuel , and if you have metal fragments in the fuel it can give rise to false magnetic heading readings in your compass . Regards Karol
  13. COBS

    Farewell to the Warthog

    Hi Murmur The F-22's role is to provide air cover where ever the USAF operates . Bases and aircraft assets do operate fairly widely about the world , if need be they have to be protected . The F-22 has already visited quite a few countries outside of the USA . It's not about taking over and colonising countries , it's force projection and protection . Hi Alan The important aspect is that who ever operates the A-10 remains mindful that it provides protective cover for ground troops . What I mean is that it doesn't get lost in a big budget that might place emphasis on Fighters and Bombers , the USAF was subjected to budget cuts , and one of the areas that they chose to trim was the A-10 , in my opinion that was wrong , the A-10 really has unique troop support capabilities. Cheers Karol
  14. COBS

    Farewell to the Warthog

    Ideally what is now required is , 1. A restart of the A-10 production line to replace these aging airframes . 2. Place the A-10 under the Army control , they are the prime user of it's services . The modern USAF has gone mad with high tech aircraft that have a prohibitive unit cost , end result less aircraft . Look at the tiny production numbers for the F-22 , B-2 , B-1 . We are looking at unit costs of 100 to 500 million dollars each , the new bomber currently under development will end up exceeding 500 million each . The F-35 will probably end up exceeding 200 million each , as these costs are realised the production runs will reduce , that has been a common historical fact for past types . While no doubt that the F-22 is good , there are only about 180 of them to cover the world , that's mission impossible . You may notice that what is missing above , is the Black Ops aircraft , it will probably be a medium weight strike/bomber with advanced features and capabilities , and a unit cost that would make your eyes water . It is probably already flying and operational now . It's abundantly clear that the USAF is putting all their eggs into High cost , High tech aircraft basket , so that will be where their budget will be directed , the consequences of this is that unique aircraft such as the A-10 get side lined . Placing the A-10 with the army ensures that troops in the field have that vital fire power to support and protect them . Cheers Karol
  15. COBS

    Manual Landings

    A good approach and landing is heavily influenced by flying the correct airspeeds . These speeds will vary with aircraft weight , lower weight lower speeds . The specific approach speeds range is unique to each type of aircraft that you fly . Fortunately you are using an aircraft that has "autoland" , that makes finding your correct approach speeds easy . Do 3 flights on "autoland" , as follows , 1. Light weight , set about 10% fuel . 2. Medium weight , set about 50% fuel . 3. Heavy weight , set about 90% fuel . Compare , and note what your fuel gauges are reading for each instance . If you wish you can also adjust passenger/cargo weight as , light , medium , heavy at the same time as your fuel setting . Now during each "autoland flight , at each weight , note and write down the following , 1. the airspeed during approach when you are about 4 to 5 miles to go prior to landing . 2. the airspeed just prior to landing , when the aircraft is about 50' above the runway , or 2 hundred yards prior to touchdown . For your manual landings you now have a table of airspeeds for approach and touchdown , check your fuel gauges early on approach and fly the airspeeds that are applicable to your weight . Having the correct airspeeds during approach and landing make the whole process easier and neater , also it reduces the landing roll out distance on the runway . Cheers Karol EDIT Below right on the radar is an overlay gauge that I created for my panel , the top portion is a fixed table of airspeeds vs weight , the lower portion gives you the current weight of the aircraft , enter table at weight to ascertain current applicable speeds .