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    I am a long time simmer (since the early 90's) and became much later in my adult life a A320 first officer. I use flight sim (X-Plane since 11) to sharpen my skills and also fly GA airplanes.

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  1. @snglecoil Let's say that, the last time I flew the C172,taking off with flaps 10 was quite a struggle. I am also less than impressed with the A320 particularly in flare mode: it is, as if, all the mass was shifted aft. My understanding is that, a lot of developing resources have been put on visual aspects (the corner stone of today's "immersion"), therefore I am looking forward some flight dynamic improvements (it is a flight simulator, isn't it?). @DJJose, I am not talking about my "feelings" (I would hire a shrink for that). I am comparing performances (and when the aircraft can't climb, it's easy). @sd_flyer Regarding the use of flaps, if you are not yet familiar with it, you should read: your C172 pilot operating handbook: Section 4 (normal procedures): normal and short field takeoffs, normal and short field landings Section (Airplane & System Description): Wing Flap System the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge: Chapter 6 Flight Control / Secondary Flight Controls / Flaps @sd_flyer, @DJJose Which such "impressive" resumes, you guys should be the only ones allowed to write about C172 in this forum. But I guess that it is, too often, the typical response on this sub-forum: go for the jugular first and show off the credentials (which, sorry to disappoint you, don't really impress me)! Happy landings!
  2. We might be able to use the flaps on the C172 as intended in real life...
  3. If the range from CS is confirmed (there could be a manual hidden somewhere, I am not sure about CS standards in term of documentation), I guess that you should be fine. What does the weather at destination like? Do you need an alternate? If yes, how far would be the alternate? Do you expect some marginal weather? Traffic delays? How are the winds aloft (e.g. a transatlantic with strong headwinds?)? Any deviation from the airway expected due to thunderstorms? Any malfunction increasing the fuel consumption (e.g. flying at lower level due to pressurization inop, missing fairings...)?...
  4. In real life, unless the controller is not familiar with the airport, she/he will use the airport name for the clearance. You can check it on Live ATC.
  5. Recording sound sets is quite an endeavor even for a "simple" 172, not to mention for a large commercial jet during COVID times. I am grateful that some volunteers decided to finish Microsoft's job (once again) and make it available to the community.
  6. Hi! Pilots on Smaller General Aviation aircraft use similar products such as Foreflight or Garmin Pilot. I believe that, after inserting the first and last point on the route, Skyvector sometimes inserts automatically SID and STAR. You can also refer to the governmental charts of SIDs and STARs provided by Skyvector to build your route. Skyvector also offers the recommended or previously filed routes on a given segment (most of the time). The purpose of the SIDs and STARs is to provide a transition between the terminal area (close to the airport) and the en-route (airway). Not using them will be complicated. It also defeats the purpose of flying IFR (flying within a protected volume from other traffic and from the ground). It would be like flying an aircraft but not using the rudder: doable but very complicated. Flying IFR requires some efforts beyond just ticking a box... Some PilotEdge workshops on the subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe3HFoEfNTc&list=PLPT_UgYDSwmeLFNALMNa0UDSq7F4wi0JV&index=8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH6CP02EW9I&list=PLPT_UgYDSwmeLFNALMNa0UDSq7F4wi0JV&index=10
  7. Hi Michael, You can find the landing distance available on the FAA approach plates (header strip "Rwy Ldg"). It is also indicated below the airport diagram on the Jeppesen charts (Navigraph if you've invested in the service) in the section "Additional Information". The figure mentioned on the airport diagram is the length of the runway surface, not necessarily the landing distance available (e.g. displaced threshold).
  8. Another way to see it is: trimming the aircraft is within the autopilot scope so resetting it (asking for a 0 position) defeats the purpose.
  9. By design, in the real aircraft, the rudder trim reset button has no effect if the autopilot is engaged.
  10. There is a website for feature requests (it might be a bit more effective than Avsim...): https://feedback.x-plane.com/posts/485/compatibility-for-xp11-addons-if-xp12-is-the-plan
  11. Thanks for sharing! I wonder how you do it in a real plane without external view.
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