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05-06-2003, 07:24 PM
1.- Why when I land, my airplane turns? I mean, I think that it is the wind, and it happen in all type of aircraft, I don't think that is what happens on real life, so what can I do, have wind before landing but no wind on ground, can this be possible???
2.- I want be a pilot when I grow up, so I was thinking, what thing can study apart related to a pilot??? Please, if you a real world pilot, it would be better.
Thanks a lot
05-06-2003, 07:28 PM
Use FSUIPC to control taxi wind.
05-06-2003, 07:45 PM
Thanks for the quick reply
05-06-2003, 11:15 PM
LAST EDITED ON May-06-03 AT 11:17PM (EDT)[p]Actually, I have flown a Cessna 172, and have around 52 hours or so. When taxiing In windy conditions, the aircraft will have a tendancy to turn while on the ground if the wind is hitting the aircraft from either side, so I think FS has gotten this right. For example, if the wind is coming at the aircraft FROM the right, it will push the tail TO the left, making the nose of the aircraft turn to the right (pivots around the main gear). The tail of an aircraft, specifically the vertical stabilizer, acts like a big sail in the wind! You correct this with nose wheel steering, if the aircraft has it, or differential braking as in the case of the 172 that I flew. At higher taxi or takeoff speeds, the rudder will have enough authority (I think that's the right word!) to correct this.
Now unless you have rudder pedals with toe brakes for FlightSim, it can be a little harder to control this realistically. I assume that is why FSUIPC has this fix. I have the pedals, so I deal with this when it occurs.
I hope that makes sense! I am not a professional pilot by any means!
05-07-2003, 04:57 PM
Who in the world taught you your cross-wind taxiing technique? Who ever it was, you should punch them in the gut. When you are taxiing in wind, you use AILERON and ELEVATOR input to compensate for wind, not nose wheel steering or differential braking. Using tha aileron not only keeps you going straight, it keeps you from getting flipped over when a strong gust of wind comes along. Please read: http://www.swaviator.com/html/issuema03/Basics3403.html Even though it is a simulator webpage, the information is good.
05-07-2003, 06:44 PM
Thanks for the advices
05-07-2003, 07:42 PM
The vertical fin on an aircraft is a wonderful sail, so any wind from the side is going to push on that fin and require you to make steering corrections. Although FS exaggerates the effects, the general idea is correct. Real world aircraft do this, also, and though the effects in the real world vary to some degree with the specific aircraft type (read design), they all react to some degree, even monster airliners.
05-07-2003, 09:41 PM
OK, yes, I was taught how to utilize the aileron and elevator when compensating for wind. If I remember correctly, wind coming at the nose, elevator down, and turn the yoke into the wind. If the wind is coming from behind the aircraft, elevator neutral, and turn the yoke away from the wind. I think that is right. It's easier to do when in the plane! However, I sometimes found that in strong wind conditions, these corrections weren't always enough to keep the aircraft straight. There was some use of the differential braking to correct this. Now mind you, I was never actually told to do it that way, it's just something I did when the other techniques didn't give me the desired effect.
Thank you for correcting me. I wouldn't want to steer another fellow simmer in the wrong direction (no pun intended!)
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