I have fs2002 and I have been unable to find any trace of landing lights
lighting the forward ground visible from the COCKPIT view. Yes, they can be
seen from spot view or virtual cockpit view working properly but not from
COCKPIT view. Not every aircraft is equipped with virtual cockpit and for
people with home cockpits such a view is just as ridiculous as spot view,
especially to land a plane at night. What have you people found.
ATC - Doesn't work and here is why. I was approaching an airport VFR for
landing and requested landing clearance. The wind
was 55 @ 10kts and I was instructed to land using runway10 with a left hand
pattern. Great! The only problem with that is
this airport (horta in the azores - check it out folks) sits on the south side
of a small island with a mountain on it. Following M$
ATC instruction I would have flown right into that mountain. Since I was doing
this flight at night I could not see the mountain but I chose to believe my
maps and disobeyed the instruction, overflying the VOR and coming in in a right
hand circuit instead. As I was setting up on final I noticed movement on the
runway and overflew to the right of the runway. Sure enough an AI aircraft was
taking off towards me using runway 28. Some intelligence that. I always thought
that the primary purpose of ATC was to avoid air collisions not cause them.
This ATC doesn't carry out the primary function at all hence it is worse than
useless asa it will cause accidents.
TO MICROSOFT! These are two very serious flaws that in effect renders your
great new sim nothing more than a kid's toy, a novelty, good only for daytime
rides over mountainous terrain and that visual thrill, if you want to call it
that, will wear thin after a while. Believe me. Throw in the very poor dawn and
dusk lighting, where the sun is still 10 degrees above the horizon yet you
can't see the ground to differentiate between snow and tarmac/taxiway, while
there is stars visible near the sun and, well, what can I say....Heh,heh.
FIX IT - please. It will be with us for a while.
Please keep this statement firmly in mind. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me
twice, shame on me. If these problems are not addressed you can be certain that
I will not consider buying your next offering.