I'm a pretty experienced simmer (been flying MS sims from FS98). I can fly all the big planes just fine (including the 737 and 747).
My problem is the fly-by-wire system in the A321. How do joystick inputs correlate to the response of the aircraft?
Coming from a background of Boeings and Cessnas, it seems like the plane has a mind of its own! And tight turns are impossible, it's practically less manoeverable than the 747, and that's saying something for a plane the size of the A321...
The best reasoning I could come up with, from observation, is that with autopilot off, the plane maintains a constant vertical speed. If I pull on the stick, it increases vertical speed and maintains the new, higher vertical speed. It also seems to pitch the plane up or down automatically to keep the V.S. constant if airspeed changes. But I'm sure somebody more experienced can shed more light into how the computer "thinks". Thank you in advance.
P.S. I know where the FMC's off switch is - I'm just hoping that after reading your replies, I won't keep being tempted to turn it off before takeoff every time I fly hehe