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  1. BeechPapa

    What's Your longest Flight in FSX

    Recreated the 777 distance record described here: Hong Kong to Heathrow eastbound, flight time was roughly 23 hours in real time. Tried my best to duplicate exact date and flying conditions, weights, route, etc. It was very educational and a whole lot of fun.
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    P-47 Thunderbolt down in Hudson River NY

    Pilot is confirmed dead, body has been recovered. Last I read the man with minor injuries was attempting to rescue the pilot. Very sad event, especially with memorial day coming up. My sympathies go out to the pilot's family and flying buddies.
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    Another q400 question

    Would be helpful to others (and thoughtful of respondants) to post his solution here.
  4. Depresses me to see where computers are going nowadays... Powerful PCs dying off and being replaced with simplified tablets with simplified apps.. marrying of hardware and software generations that limit combinations of use... companies going to cloud-only model, forcing us to rent our software... Overclocking being locked out of the majority of cpus and bios... There used to be a lot more emphasis on making powerful computers and powerful software, more freedom in the choices we could make, and more fun being an enthusiast. Sad to see how locked down and profit-driven the entire industry has become.
  5. BeechPapa

    Some Q400 questions

    1. You got the gist of it. Altitude limits are dialed into the MCP and you can pick from a variety of modes for your climb, IAS 170-180 kts being a typical setting. Then just adjust your throttles to climb power and you should be good till cruise. There's a relatively simple vnav mode for descent. In the fmc you set the desired altitude at x waypoint, the descent rate you want to use to get there, and 10nm before calculated TOD you roll down the altitude window and engage vnav. It's nothing too fancy, and doesn't adapt to changes in descent path automatically but it gets the job done. The airplane was designed this way partly to make type ratings easier for pilots coming from simpler turboprops. 2. There's a v speed calculator made by Airline2sim via Aurasim and a number of free v speed calculators dispersed on the forums. Personally, I've never used a calculation tool. The plane has an enormous amount of thrust available and I've never found it wanting, even on short runways like CYTZ. Knowing how much to derate the thrust can be tricky, but I've found you can usually go down to 80% and still be ok. Also helps to pull flight plans from flightaware so I know all the airports and routes I use are approved for the q400. 3. No, never got into virtual co-pilots personally.
  6. BeechPapa

    Flight Planning: Strive for Airways?

    Thank you, Dave. Always considered you one of the most helpful and informative avsim members, so that's especially nice to hear from you.
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    Flight Planning: Strive for Airways?

    Like a lot of things in aviation, it depends on the situation, and some real life benefits don't effect us in the sim. If you have a nav system that accepts airways, it's easier to enter an airway than the entire set of waypoints along the way. That's the ease of use argument. Other times there may be terrain or busy airspace boundaries that the airway conveniently routes around, in which case it's a safer alternative than plotting your own course. Because traffic is routed in an orderly manner, you also have the benefit of adopting a prescribed system for traffic management and easier for atc to handle. Other times the traffic issue might be a bigger hindrance than a benefit, such as if you are in a VLJ that can easily climb to a jet airway, but because of its relatively slower speed compared to commercial jet traffic would be constantly in the way of big airliners. Generally, I would only use airways if they offer an efficient route to your destination. If you find yourself going out of the way to accommodate an airway, just fly the waypoints. Airlines seem to use airways only when they fall along an efficient route. If not, they'll just rely on individual waypoints. Hope that helps.
  8. BeechPapa

    Laws on publishing photos of distraught relatives?

    Tony, thank you for your thoughtful reply as well. There really isn't a right or wrong answer to this issue, but I'm glad to be a member of a forum community that can discuss its ramifications with thoughtfulness and maturity, regardless of the various opinions bound to be raised. Your contribution is appreciated. I feel very much the same way you do, and I think you raise good points. Regardless of the actual laws on the books, this does seem to be very much a moral/ethical issue and it is the divorcing of the press and its moral/ethical standards I find to be the most disappointing. I cannot fathom why they think this is an attractive item for the general public either. When I see pictures of people who just moments ago heard their relatives died in a plane crash I can only imagine myself in their position and what I imagine is wanting to crawl into a very small hole, away from all the prying cameras. Waking up the next morning to an existence void of their loved one is bad enough, to see their own tearful faces slapped on the cover of every paper around the world must make the experience so much worse, like throwing salt on a very open wound.
  9. BeechPapa

    Laws on publishing photos of distraught relatives?

    Mike, thank you for the informative quote from the ACLU and your very thoughtful reply. It is much appreciated. I can understand the spirit of the law (especially in a free society that protects free press and free speech) in allowing public places and events to be recorded. However, this does seem at odds with the relatives' rights to grieve privately, which we both feel they should have the ability to do. This gets into a very sensitive grey area it seems. I'm not exactly sure how a law protecting the privacy rights of grieving relatives - especially in the midst of such a public event - could be worded without encroaching on other valued rights, such as those of the press. But if we cannot have such a law protecting grieving relatives, then it would be nice to at least see the press respecting the relatives' emotional state, and refrain from publishing such pictures without the requirement of prohibitive laws. I don't see how such pictures are attractive for them in the first place. When I am reading articles about a recent crash, seeing photos of relatives in shambles does not attract me to read those particular stories. I often skip to the next news source, feeling pity and shame for the surviving relative's picture I just saw, and like I am encroaching on a deeply private moment. Regarding the mental state of relatives being integral to the story, I'd have to respectfully disagree. The crash of the airliner itself is certainly a public matter since it involves an airplane used by people all over the world, an airline conducting flights and selling tickets even as I write this, and an airport still accepting arriving passengers. The cause and nature of the crash have repercussions to the flying public, but I can't imagine how the personal experience of a relative in emotional despair has those kind of repercussions, or is knowledge that everyone should be privy to. Does it add to the depth of the story? I suppose to a certain degree it does allow us to know more about the families involved and the "human face" of such a loss. But the fact that the crash is emotionally devastating to surviving relatives is no surprise to anyone, and whether that emotional experience is shared with the entire world I personally think should be within the consent of those experiencing the loss. If relatives would like to contact a news company and tell the story of their loved ones - why they were on the airplane, where they were going, what their lives were about and why they were loved - I think that is a wonderful thing that helps people understand the true human loss of the crash. But that knowledge, and the knowledge of the pain experienced by the family, should be their right to share, not our right to dig into.
  10. After every plane crash, within hours of the event there are usually photos published of distraught relatives in tears at the arriving airport. This seems like an invasion of privacy to me. These poor people are emotionally broken, in perhaps the lowest state of their lives, and on top of that must deal with cameras going off all around them and pictures of themselves in despair and grief on the front of every news site or paper. I understand the airport is a public location, but is there any responsibility for news gatherers to have signed permission from the subject before publishing the photos? It's extremely hard for me to believe that these relatives might have signed a release right after hearing such dreadful news. And if they haven't, I don't personally think the news outlets have any right publishing these pictures. Unlike the crash of the airplane itself, the mental state of surviving relatives isn't really a public matter.
  11. BeechPapa

    Ice on windshield?

    I remember discussing this in a previous thread when the 777 was first released. I think everyone concluded it was just flecks of spit and miscellaneous grime. Gives the cockpit a nice lived-in feel.
  12. BeechPapa

    My A2A aircraft don't work anymore?

    Stan, is there any chance you didn't give an A2A dll permission to run as "trusted" when you were reinstalling all your addons?
  13. BeechPapa

    737-800 Q&A

    Nah, not really. I'd reserve flaps 40 for calm wind approaches, but you aren't under pressure to meet a certain fuel burn or noise level target so no requirement for flaps 30 all the time. Cool thing about simming is you can follow your own SOP. As you gain knowledge and experience, you can adjust the SOP to be more or less conservative than typical airline SOP. Since there's no fuel cost or noise abatement fines in FSX, you can take the scenic route, jack up your cost index, and flap settings can favor smoother landings over efficiency. As long as you are being prudent and safe, you can have a little fun every now and then. I'd ignore fs2crew until you find out the logic of their climb thrust command. I don't think fs2crew can read the acceleration height from the FMC. If not, it shouldn't be making up the takeoff briefing.
  14. BeechPapa

    So...I quit simming

    I'm not anywhere close to throwing in the towel, but if I had to add my own bullet point to the list it'd be: Updates. Constant, constant updates. Every time I start the sim something needs an update... weather engine, flight planner, coatl, GPS, scenery, aircraft. At any given moment, if I check for updates to my sim, there's bound to be something that needs one. A new update comes out for an airplane, I spend a half hour configuring the plane exactly how I want, then it turns out there's a minor texture issue for the damn cabin lights of all things and it will inevitably need to be reinstalled again soon. Updates for updates. Most of these updates don't even make a perceptible difference when flying. But everything needs to be "perfect", everything needs to be "right", so I keep riding the update merry-go-round.
  15. BeechPapa

    737-800 Q&A

    1. Flap usage is mainly decided by airline SOP but captain has ultimate discretion. Airlines prefer flaps 30 for noise abatement and fuel efficiency purposes. Less flaps = less drag = less engine power required to maintain approach speed. Flaps 30 also benefits approaches made in turbulent conditions because there is a higher margin of tolerance for exceeding flap airspeed limits due to gusting winds. You probably noticed the airspeed can jump around a lot in windy conditions. In calm conditions, pilots seem to prefer flaps 40 because of the same reasons you mention preferring it yourself - it gives them a better chance for a greaser, VREF is lower, plane has more predictable flare behavior, and perhaps stronger ground effect. Most airlines specify flaps 30 for landing though unless there are special conditions like a short runway. Topcat is a great tool, but it will not suggest an ideal flap setting for landing, only for takeoff. It gives you the approach speed numbers required for each flap setting, but you have to decide flap angles yourself. 3. 1500ft for acceleration height and 3000ft for climb thrust is fairly standard. This can also vary between airline SOP and airport regulations. Cutback altitude is related closely to acceleration height, so these numbers can be effected by noise abatement rules. Good example is KSNA, where cutback altitude/acceleration height is 800ft and you have to wait (for what seems like an eternity sometimes) till 3000ft for climb thrust. There are remote sound sensors located all around the departure path miles from the airport and if a departing airplane sets off these sensors, the airline can be fined heavily. The longer you are maintaining TOGA thrust and the sooner you go to climb thrust, the more chance you have of violating noise abatement rules. But the safer your departure will be as far as maintaining a higher margin over stall speed and gaining precious altitude sooner. It's a balance of compromises, just like flap choice. BTW, that John Travolta gif cracked me up.