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  1. Oracle427

    Ground speed.

    In a no wind situation, the ground speed will rarely be the same as the indicated airspeed. Assuming the indicated airspeed has no error and is the same as calibrated airspeed, the true airspeed will be a factor of pressure, temperature and humidity. In other words the density altitude. In theory, the only time that the indicated airspeed will be the same as the true airspeed and the groundspeed is in the ideal standard atmosphere at sea level in perfectly calm conditions. The fact is that pilots have to accept that the perception of the speed over the ground at a particular airport will vary from day to day and especially from season to season when approaching the airport at the proper indicated airspeed for their aircraft. This is the reason why high altitude airports require significantly longer runways. On hot days in the summer where my local temps go up to 37C and drive the density altitude to 3000 feet, I have to double check my plan takeoff and landing. As a general rule of thumb, the true airspeed increases by 2% for each 1000 feet of density altitude.
  2. Oracle427

    PA-24 Fatal Crash caught on traffic camera

    It boggles the mind to see such an "error" being committed given the amount of emphasis placed on producing a weight and balance before each and every single flight. With today's technology, it takes less than a minute to do. As noted by Scott, failure to do it or ignore the reality can result on one paying a very high price. It is awful that all those passengers lives were taken, probably all completely unaware of the die that had been cast before they set foot in the aircraft. I witnessed an accident several years ago where a 172S was loaded with 4 adults, a portable BBQ grill, food and full tanks. The temp that day was 37C and I had just returned in my 172 from the beach at Montauk. It was very hazy and visibility want all that great. Density altitude was around 3000 feet at sea level. The only reason the occupants of this aircraft survived was because they never got off the ground. The aircraft barreled down the runway and the takeoff was aborted too late causing the aircraft to crash into the perimeter fence. All escaped unhurt. The surrounding area is all residential and industrial property with essentially no spots to land in an emergency. Worse yet the pilot has been recently certificated. I don't understand, they both should have known better. It can't be ignorance...
  3. Oracle427

    Flying The Nose

    The pilots are reducing the rate of descent before making contact with the ground. By increasing the angle of attack, they increase the lift generated by the wings and thereby make the touchdown gently. That said, I believe that the majority of heavy aircraft, don't try to keep the nose up for as long as possible in the same way that many light aircraft would. In light aircraft it is advantageous to maximize aerodynamic braking by rolling with the nose up even after ground contact In heavier aircraft, I see that most promptly lower the nose and extend braking surfaces and reverse thrust. There are plenty of specialized tools to aid in braking and it helps to steer with the nose wheel on the ground. There are exceptions that immediately come to mind such as many fighter aircraft. The F16 uses the aircraft as a large aerodynamic brake on rollout. So the answer depends on the aircraft, but I would argue as a general point that tubeliners don't maintain a noise high attitude during landing any longer than necessary to control the rate of descent on touchdown acc then to lower the nose wheel to the ground in a controlled fashion.
  4. Oracle427

    Aircraft are very hard to taxi.

    For A2A, there is a patch available on their forums. Not sure about the rest.
  5. Oracle427

    FSX Airplane Loading Issues

    Are you launching from a saved flight or the default trike at Friday Harbor scenario? Saved flights may include some parameters that cause initialization issues with sophisticated add on aircraft.
  6. Oracle427

    Simmarket False Identify Purchase Please Help!

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  7. At KCDW, it is very common to have both 22 and 28 in use at the same time with 5-7 aircraft in the pattern or approaching to land with several more in the airspace either transitioning or departing. The instructions usually are to follow the aircraft ahead, and the routing is typically to fly to a point that enters the pattern at midfield downwind for the runway you are given. Exceptions are when you are better positioned to enter on base or straight in for a runway. They may also ask to extend downwind or make a 360 to fit in some other traffic ahead of you depending on their speed and position. It is very common to have aircraft climbing out from 28 underneath you as you fly downwind on 22. You sometimes came face to face with traffic outbound from 28 as you on the 45 for 22. It is the pilot's responsibility to see and avoid the other traffic. Tower does not provide separation service for VFR traffic. They are concerned with the runway and maintaining the orderly flow of traffic. They do provide advisories, but that depends on their workload. When is very busy, all you may get is a caution for many VFR targets in your vicinity. It is a team effort and the pilots need to make sure they maintain separation and position and make timely reports to help the tower crew do their job.
  8. Oracle427

    CH Flightstick Pro USB Joystick

    There are contact cleaner/lubricants for electronics that you can buy at most hardware stores. One can will probably last the rest of your life.
  9. I have my doubts that you will get this answer in a flight simulation forum. Maybe the odd commercial pilot in here may know. Have you checked Pilots of America?
  10. Yes, just look at the job listings on their career sites. Many good opportunities there. I have a friend at a senior level in IT at a major airline. Also look at the training outfits like Flight Safety International. Lots of programming roles there and room for growth.
  11. Oracle427

    I only get partial rudder during flight

    It won't cause bad habits if you are aware of the limitations. Like any tool, it can be used incorrectly. I use it all the time to practice procedures and flows when I am not flying and it definitely helps to keep me sharp. It's no substitute for practicing actual takeoffs and landings nor basic maneuvers like steep turns, or stalls, simulated engine failures or emergency descents. It is great for practicing instrument scans, though that won't be happening in a J-3! Unfortunately, FSX does not model forward and side slips well. That is one limitation of the engine. In a J-3 I will usually slip in a curving base to final to maintain visibility of the runway, but in FSX this doesn't behave close to reality. I do like the excessively squirrelly grind handing of the default J-3. It is much less forgiving than the real thing, but that's not a bad thing when practicing.
  12. Oracle427

    A2A forum Login 3DLights Redux problem

    FYI A2A does not offer support via email. It is necessary to post on their forums for support. I do see that they list an "info" email address at the bottom of that product page and well let them know. It looks like a very old product page of theirs. I also could not find separate product documentation linked on this product page as is usually the case for their other products. The corrupted text technique is very commonly used on many websites as part of the user registration process to verify that a human, and not a computer program, is attempting to register. You can usually request another image if the one you received is not clear. There is typically an option to have an audio playback of the text to type in of reading it proves too difficult.
  13. Oracle427

    Which SIM for an IFR simulator?

    I'm running an AMD machine with a 970GTX that is over 6 years old. I upgraded the video card a coupe of years ago. I use FSX Acceleration for a very similar purpose and have absolutely no scenery add-ons. I have Active Sky Next, 2 A2A aircraft and that's it. Perfect to practice my real world procedures and the stock simulator does the job perfectly. I have never ever had a VAS error despite leaving the sim on for 4 hours at a time with the AP on when flying from city to city just as an experiment. The stock scenery just doesn't push the engine that hard. The only thing that will always cause an FSX crash for me is of I keep resetting the session or loading aircraft. It is best to fully exit the sim and relaunch rather than load a new situation. There is some sort of known memory leak there. If you ever do decide to get scenery add-ons then I guess you will eventually run into issues, but it appears you have the same profile as I do! I would be surprised if you couldn't fit your needs within that budget. Good luck!
  14. Oracle427

    Grounded today in Eastern Maryland

    Take it easy out there. We didn't get it so bad in terms of snow down here in Bergen county. Only 4 inches I'd day, but the winds are blowing fierce and I'm forced to go slow with the blower lest it all blows right back where it came from. Scott, can't believe you had to commute in, with this system!
  15. Oracle427

    yoke measurement favour please

    I learned something new today. The travel isn't as much as I thought. Measurement from vertical face of the panel to the backside of the vertical face of yoke where it attaches to the shaft. 182T 5" to 12" = 7" travel 172S 5.5" to 12" = 6.5" travel If I applied some extra pressure forward or back I could get another .5" of travel, but I felt it would be most accurate to measure the actual travel stop to stop without accounting for the tension of control cables. The data you already had was apparently very accurate!