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  1. #211
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    Default KSMO to KSBA the wrong way around, but scenic!

    Took off in the Cessna 172 from Santa Monica today dubious about the flight plan I'd accepted for Santa Barbara, but curious about it all the same. Common sense would dictate flying up the coast, but the FP I selected first sent me northeast over the Santa Monica Mountains, to the San Fernando Valley southeast of Hollywood/Burbank (Bob Hope) airport, then looped me around across some more mountain ridges toward the west, crossing the San Fernando Valley again north of Whiteman Airport in Pacoima. After that, the FP intersected with an east/west track at which point, the autopilot decided to go somewhere other than Santa Barbara. Why that was even an option, given the plan I'd "filed," I don't know. Anyway, I wrested the controls away from the AP and followed the line on the map that was going the right way. As I got farther along, I occasionally re-engaged the AP to see what it would do, and damn if it didn't want to head east again. So I continued flying the Cessna myself, following the map course to and through all the successive waypoints enroute to the beginning of the ILS approach to RWY 7 at KSBA. I re-engaged the autopilot at the first approach waypoint, and now it behaved flawlessly.

    I still managed to bungle what was left of the final approach, coming in high again. (I was landing with full flaps; when I saw I was on the high side, I should've raised them; next time.) ATC apparently noted this and told me to go around. But having already invested more than an hour in this flight, I ignored her and landed--very, very long. It was probably just as well. Shortly after I touched down at the far reaches of RWY 7--by that point, really the start of RWY 25--another plane took off coming the other way, just missing me. First time I've seen that in MSFS. I picked RWY 7 because when I left KSMO, that was the heading into the wind. If the wind had shifted forcing a change enroute, ATC never told me. ATC did keep telling me to "climb and maintain two-four-zero feet." I'd filed a low-level IFR plan to Santa Barbara; I was flying in a Cessna 172 at 5,000 to 6,000 feet at that point; did that mean ATC wanted me to climb to 24,000 feet? I ignored them, and they kept insisting. I tried to request a lower altitude, but it turns out almost every selection option in the ATC menu is moving target. So I gave up on that and just cussed at them until they gave up.

    I don't regret flying today's roundabout route. The mountain scenery was dramatic. I flew over an area I'd driven through many times before--along I-5 through the San Fernando Valley to "the 405"--but of course I'd never seen what lay over those mountain ridges beyond the interstate highway before, at least not up close and personal in a small plane. So today's flight was a virtual voyage of discovery for me. Thank you, Asobo.
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    KWRL to KPOW in DI40NG
    KERV to KGTU in Baron
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    Default KSMO to KSBA via VOR to VOR (with autopilot)

    Continuing my practice of repeating flights I'm not entirely happy with the first time, I flew the Cessna 172 (Global) from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara again today. Instead of selecting low-level IFR (on the World Map screen) for my flight plan, I chose VOR to VOR. This gave me a route that took me across a low mountain range to Point Mugu Naval Air Station or thereabouts and then seaward of the coastline to a boxy landing pattern intersecting with the initial waypoint of the KSBA localizer and the final approach to RWY 7 at KSBA--per the routing in the procedures menu of the G1000 MFD, which I loaded into the AP before taking off.

    I took off to the east from KSMO (as the wind direction in live weather dictated) and circled back to intersect the flight path, which is when I turned on the autopilot. The AP behaved very nicely throughout the flight, until final approach. I used the altitude and VS settings on my Logitech multipanel as needed to clear the intervening mountains and descend again to 3,500 feet, the recommended altitude at the first waypoint on KSBA's RWY 7 approach plate. The full approach involved two 90-degree turns, the last being onto final approach, which the AP executed flawlessly. So far, so good. Unfortunately on final, the AP lost the localizer center line. When I saw that the Cessna wasn't lining up--the vertical green line on the G1000 PFD was offset to the left rather than centered, and not budging--I disengaged the AP earlier than I had intended and flew the rest of the way myself. I landed long again, but more smoothly than the last time. Flight time: a little over an hour.
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    I'm getting close to reaching the Arctic Ocean on my Cessna 172 journey across Alaska, in live weather in February/March, most of which has been borderline suicidal so far. There was literally zero visibility on my latest leg. Without the fancy G1000 installed in the MSFS version of this plane, I would have no chance of finding the runway, much less avoiding most mountains.

    To finish this journey, I will attempt to wait things out until the weather actually clears up, which again may be a pipe dream in March in Alaska, but I'll see. Full details and pics here: https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t.../7?u=sudburian
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    Flight for Saturday Morning 3/6 depending on weather: CYFB (Iqaluit Canada) to BGGH (Nuuk Greenland). The flight will be conducted with VOR and NDB there will be a blind spot over the ocean for over an hour. This depends on the wind... I have studied the wind charts and a majority of the fight I will get a tailwind vector.

    Aircraft: Cessna 172S (Around the World from KFRG - currently parked at Iqaluit)
    Altitude: 9500 or 11500
    Time: Real Weather/Real Time
    Total Flight Plan Distance: 451 nautical miles

    After Takeoff on 109 Degree Radial YFB VOR 117.4 MHz FROM Flag track to MUSVA (146 NM)
    Before arriving to MUSVA determine wind direction and ground speed as accurately as possible and determine time to MUSVA, correct for gyro drift with magnetic compass every 15 minutes.

    At MUSVA (estimate) heading 116 TO 6455N (no radio beacon) estimate time based on ground speed and wind. Correct for gyro drift with magnetic compass every 15 minutes.

    At 6455N (estimate) Home to KU NDB 298.000 distance to go (79nm)

    At KU NDB fly heading 094 for 8nm (airport to your slight left)

    I will not use GPS unless absolutely necessary. Want to test my skills.
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    A local-ish flight, took the C-172 for a spin from KBKL (Burke Lakefront off downtown Cleveland) to 3W2 (Put-in-Bay).

    This was my first real flight, I guess you could say? Did a basic flight plan with Little NavMap with Cedar Point as a waypoint, hoping to see those roller coasters and other rides like I used to when I flew with my dad in his Tiger (I was sorely disappointed, by the way).

    In any case, I pretty much stuck to the flight plan, leveling off at 5500 ft but it took some finagling with the elevator trim to keep it there after I discovered that the autopilot just kind of wanted to do its own thing (what is with that?). A little bit surprised there was no ATC at Put-in-Bay, I guess some small airports don't bother with that if it's not busy enough? So, I figured out which way I had to land and landed I did!

    Side question, does time acceleration work in manual flights or do I need to enable autopilot for that? Eventually I want to use it for longer duration flights but don't want to crash if time acceleration doesn't lock in my flight controls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLE_GrummanTiger View Post
    A local-ish flight, took the C-172 for a spin from KBKL (Burke Lakefront off downtown Cleveland) to 3W2 (Put-in-Bay).

    This was my first real flight, I guess you could say? Did a basic flight plan with Little NavMap with Cedar Point as a waypoint, hoping to see those roller coasters and other rides like I used to when I flew with my dad in his Tiger (I was sorely disappointed, by the way).

    In any case, I pretty much stuck to the flight plan, leveling off at 5500 ft but it took some finagling with the elevator trim to keep it there after I discovered that the autopilot just kind of wanted to do its own thing (what is with that?). A little bit surprised there was no ATC at Put-in-Bay, I guess some small airports don't bother with that if it's not busy enough? So, I figured out which way I had to land and landed I did!

    Side question, does time acceleration work in manual flights or do I need to enable autopilot for that? Eventually I want to use it for longer duration flights but don't want to crash if time acceleration doesn't lock in my flight controls.
    There are many trained pilots here so I speak humbly and subject to correction, but in the US many small airports are "non-towered," so there is no ATC. Instead, pilots in the area tune in to the "traffic" frequency for that airport, and publicly announce their intentions one at a time. That way the pilots in theory are all communicating with each other, rather than relying on an ATC professional to do the communicating and coordinating. Of course this assumes and requires that pilots actually do tune in to the traffic frequency, and accurately communicate their position and intention, and that they do so frequently.
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    "Side question, does time acceleration work in manual flights or do I need to enable autopilot for that? Eventually I want to use it for longer duration flights but don't want to crash if time acceleration doesn't lock in my flight controls."

    Time acceleration works with or without autopilot. The problem with it is there is no way to tell what rate is currently on. I've got a little sticky that I put on the keyboard when I use acceleration and I always use ++ so I know how many to undo when I'm ready.

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    Put In Bay is a party Is. Hope you did partake in the festivities.
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    Default KWVI to KWVI (or what I learned flying around in circles today)

    Flew landing patterns at Watsonville, first in the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza, then in the twin-engine Beech Baron, and finally in the Austrian-made, twin-engine Diamond DA62. I'd gotten pretty comfortable with the Cessna 172, and wanted to see if I could translate what I'd learned flying that plane to higher-performance aircraft. I learned once again that I don't have a clue how to fly the Bonanza, that I can handle the Baron somewhat better, and that I really like flying the Diamond twin, which is more forgiving than the first two. I really need to improve my seat-of-the-pants landing skills: trimming for level flight at 1,200 feet for pattern entry, descending and slowing the aircraft on base, lining up with the runway, while transitioning from base to final, further slowing on final while staying in line with the runway, deploying flaps, throttling up or down as needed, remembering to lower the landing gear, and remembering to check if they're actually down. (The landing-gear switch on my Logitech throttle quadrant is a bit touchy; I have to either look down to see if the three green lights are on, or switch to external view to confirm the wheels are down and locked in place.)

    I managed to put each plane on the runway more than once, but most of the landings were ugly--too fast, too long, to hard, you name it. I had an excuse of sorts with the Baron, aside from my general incompetence with that plane: I flew it in live weather, which for some reason was awful over at Watsonville even though it was clear as bell at our house, ten miles away. The airport was socked in. I took off anyway, and tried to navigate with the Garmin and the drop-down map. I could not see the airport off my wing through the ground fog and couldn't see the runway as I tried to line up with it. Only the lights were dimly visible. In other words, only a fool would take off and try to land there in those conditions. Fortunately, MSFS suffers fools.

    My last landing of the day in the Diamond went pretty well. I think I'll climb back into that cockpit for some more practice tomorrow.
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