View Full Version : locking the spot plane
02-06-2005, 12:52 PM
I quite often like flying from the spot plane perpsective, but in FS2004 the spot plane does not hold position, as you bank and turn the aircraft the position seems to lag or rise or fall, not very helpfull when your trying to line up for landing.
Is there away of locking the position of the spot plane ?
02-06-2005, 01:21 PM
I don't have any advice. I guess checking out active camera ( http://www.anticyclone.be/active.html ) might be an option (although I just use it for the head latency motion). I'm pretty sure it could be used to do what you want
I'm hoping the spot view will be adjusted in the next flight sim. It's not very customizable and it has issues which are annoying (zooming through the plane, not being able to rotate around the plane at some situations until the spot plane "catches up" to the plane you're flying ... so annoying)
02-06-2005, 01:47 PM
Under the view options, you can turn off gradual transition, which will get rid of the "rubber band" effect.
02-06-2005, 02:07 PM
The way to do it is first find the correct folder you need to edit as follows...Program Files/Microsoft Games/Flight Simulator9/Flights/Other. Open this last folder then right click the little Aircraft Icons for FLTSIM (and MEIGS if you wish) open with notepad...scroll down to find the line that says 'SpotTransitionType=Roll' Alter this to =fixed and save and exit.....all your aircraft will have a 'Fixed' spot view
instead of the Arcade type rolling one that M$ uses.
As usual, remember to make a back up first in case you do not like the changes....!
Bridon Bear (Dorset UK)
02-06-2005, 05:31 PM
The FIXED view is the "arcade" like view...
If you're flying correctly then the gradual transistion should look just as if you were in a chase plane - slight little drifts, but nothing to the point where you can't control the plane...
To pull a landing off with this view you'd need to get your approach properly set up first, which pretty much requires lining up from the cockpit view.
But once you've got the approach set up you can go external and still pull off a decent landing, no problem.
If gradual transition is actually making your view go all over the place then your approach is, well, all over the place...
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