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  1. turtleclock

    Alabeo R66 is released!

    Here's my notes for flying the R66. I took what was in the manual and removed anything that isn't modeled (that I can see anyway, i.e. hydraulic systems, collective friction, ability to beep RPM, turning ignition key, etc). From this I can start from C&D, go on to flying around, then back to C&D. BEFORE STARTING ENGINE: ● Altimeter: Set ● Fuel cutoff: Push ON ● Fuel cutoff guard: Installed ● Cyclic, collective, pedals: Full travel free ● Cyclic friction: ON ● Collective: Full down ● Cabin heat switch: OFF ● Anti-ice switch: OFF ● Pitot heat switch: OFF ● Avionics switch: OFF ● Generator switch: OFF ● Battery switch: OFF ● Landing lights (located on cyclic): OFF Note: Click base of cyclic to hide T-Bar --- STARTING ENGINE AND RUN-UP: ● Battery switch: ON ● Strobe switch: ON ● Fuel cutoff guard: Remove ● Fuel cutoff: Pull OFF ● Collective: Full down ● Start button (on end of collective): Press once Note: Once start button is pressed and released, the generator control unit (GCU) latches the starter on until N1 reaches 58% RPM, at which point the GCU automatically switches out of start mode. ● Fuel cutoff: Push ON Note: Do not push fuel cutoff ON unless N1 has reached adequate speed and is increasing. 15% N1 RPM is recommended; 12% N1 RPM may be used in cold weather. ● Fuel cutoff guard: Installed ● Generator switch: ON Note: The generator switch should not be switched ON until N1 RPM stabilizes. ● N1: Stable at 85-87% RPM ● N2: Stable at 100% RPM ● Engine Torque (on ground): ~30% ● Oil Pressure: 100-130 psi ● Oil Temperature: ~27° C Note: Low RPM annunciator will light when N2 RPM is below 95% unless collective is full down. ● Avionics switch: ON ● Annunciator panel test: All lights ON ● Cyclic friction: OFF ● Warm-up: One minute idle ● Annunciator lights: All OFF ● Engine gauges: Normal operating range --- TAKEOFF PROCEDURE: ● N2 RPM: Stabilized at 100% ● Slowly raise collective until aircraft is light on skids. Reposition cyclic as required for equilibrium, then gently lift aircraft into hover. Note hover torque. ● Check gauges are in the green, lower nose, and accelerate to climb speed (50 KIAS) ● Takeoff torque should not be more than 10% above hover torque. --- CRUISE: ● Set torque as desired with collective ● Torque: ~57%, MGT: 700° C, 90 KIAS ● Verify gauges in green ● Engine anti-ice as required (press H key) --- APPROACH AND LANDING: ● Make final approach into wind at lowest practical rate of descent with initial airspeed of 60 knots. ● Reduce airspeed and altitude smoothly to hover. (Be sure rate of descent is less than 300 feet per minute before airspeed is reduced below 30 KIAS). ● From hover, lower collective gradually until ground contact. ● After initial ground contact, lower collective to full down position. --- SHUTDOWN PROCEDURE: ● Collective: Full down ● N1: Deceleration check ● Cyclic friction: ON ● Cool down: Two minute idle ● Fuel cutoff guard: Remove ● Fuel cutoff: Pull OFF ● Monitor MGT ● Wait one minute. Apply rotor brake (hold Shift-B) ● Strobe, avionics, generator, battery switches: OFF