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Thread: Real Air Duke - Icing

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Lincolnshire, UK

    Default Real Air Duke - Icing


    I have the RealAir Beech Duke piston twin, and It's about my favourite GA twin to fly in FSX. I have had one or two issues, though, in weather conditions that could be expected to produce icing. I have suffered progressive power loss, as though air intakes icing up, but have been unable to find any control for 'Hot Air to intakes'. Does the Duke have such a thing, or how else should I recover from the power-loss issue?

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    San Francisco, California


    No engine deicing switches in the cockpit? How about hitting the h key?

    From the aircraft.cfg:

    structural_deice_type=3 //0 = None, 1 = Heated Leading Edge, 2 = Bleed Air Boots, 3 = Eng Pump Boots

    I did find these switches in the cockpit for Pitot tube heat and deicing.

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  3. #3
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    Mar 2005
    Westminster, CO


    Try something such as "alternate air." Turbine engine might have heated intakes, but on fuel injected piston engines it's typically just alternate (carb heat is only for carburetors). I don't know how it's configured in that aircraft, but the above should help.

    Larry N.

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  4. #4
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    Apr 2010
    Lincolnshire, UK


    Yeah, I found the various de-icing switches etc, and Pitot heat certainly works OK, as in icing conditions I soon lost Airspeed indication without Pitot Heat On! The 'Defrost Air' did not appear to be a cure for my loss of power, though! Still experimenting. Not yet tried the 'h' key - next time up!

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    Have you tried prop heat? This normally cures the power problem with fuel injected engines in FSX/P3D.

    If encountering actual icing conditions I would use all of the de/anti-icing equipment available.

    Defrost air doesn't belong to the de-icing equipment.

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