VIDEO: Managing The Mix Between Power And Airspeed

 

Now that we’re in the air, it’s time to work on maintaining stable airspeeds through your maneuvers. In this week’s episode, Chris Palmer from Angle of Attack introduces the concept of “Pitch = Airspeed, Power = Altitude.” (Originally posted in 2010.)

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Angle of Attack is a subscription based video service that specializes in flight simulator training using real world standards. Whether you are a seasoned flight sim pilot ready to take on PMDG’s 777 or a beginner just starting out in flight sim, Angle of Attack is a realistic, impactful, and entertaining training resource. The entire first series of videos, Aviator 90, is available for free on their website to members (signup is completely free). We will be re-posting one video from the Aviator 90 series once a week here on Saitek.com.

A study guide for all the Aviator90 episodes can be downloaded here.

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FS Gliding Adds A Whole New Dimension To Flight Sim

(Rob Newbold, an avid glider in the UK and longtime Saitek customer, was kind enough to provide us with an intro to FS gliding. He also created the RW gliding videos you see here.)

 

Why gliding? Easy to start and difficult to master.

If you talk to many pilots you will find they started with gliding, glide at weekends even though they fly all manner of aircraft and many retire and carry on gliding. For example Neil Armstrong was a glider pilot. Continue reading

It can be simple and competitive, beautiful and elegant, relaxing or sweat inducing. It’s you and your decisions that make it what it is and puts you where you are.

FS gliding?
I’ll be mega brief!

Gliding in FS can very closely replicate RL (real life) gliding.
Gliding in FS is free – all software you need is freeware.

1) Download some gliders
http://www.fsglider.de/index.htm –> a cornucopia of gliders to choose from
http://www.cbfsim.co.uk/cbfs_lib/index.php?cat=18 –> if you like the vintage T21 in my video’s, you can fly one too.

2) Download Winch X! and Cumulus X
http://www.luerkens.homepage.t-online.de/peter/
These add a winch launch to complement the usual FS default aero tow and add thermals and ridge lift for you to learn to keep your glider in the air without an engine.

You can work out how to fly a glider from the help files in the above but much better to join http://www.ukvga.org/It’s free to join and there is a comprehensive help section and friendly forum who are happy to help beginners as well as more aircraft and scenery downloads. There are many RL competition glider pilots, RL gliding instructors, RL ex glider pilots, FSX pilots, other power pilots, tech and wise people all offering free help.

You can fly online at an online club meeting (run thru VAT sim just as a real gliding club, needs some other downloads) and thermal with other pilots online or you can download a task (complete with weather so everyone has the same conditions when they fly the task) fly offline and race around a competition course and post your results/highest/fastest/longest in the air or pretty snapshots.

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You can fly vintage gliders or sleek modern gliders. You can winch launch or aerotow. You can use ridge lift or thermal. There are instructors who can set up a link to your computer and teach you how to fly and talk you thru on a headset.

You can set up a flight computer which use the same software as you would find in a RL glider as well and start learning the problems of getting cross country into wind. Gliding can be very technical involving a lot of physics.

There is a badge system which also mimics the RL glider badge system. Some of them require you to keep your glider in the air for 5 hours and achieve a flight of 500Km. It requires a lot of skill!

There is always something new to learn.

To start, just join and read http://www.ukvga.org/gettingstarted.php.

Post in the forum to say “Hi!” along with any questions you have and it’ll all start from there.

Caution and warning; FS gliding is addictive.

- Rob Newbold

Flight Sim gliding is more fun with a flight stick like the V.1 or FLY 5 or AV8R.
 
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STAR CITIZEN: Contest Winners from Gamescom!

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Congratulations to the two winners of our Star Citizen X55/Playseat cockpit contest, Alex Nanitchkov and Hendrik Schepkens!

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Alex won the Origin M50 paint scheme contest with this stunning entry, the Inca Talmir.

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You can see more of Alex’s work at artofinca.com.

Here is Alex trying out the feel of the HOTAS in his leather cockpit Playseat.

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Hendrik attended the Star Citizen Gamescom party and won the raffle. He got his X55 signed by Chris Roberts and company!

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And here he is in his cockpit with his First Officer on the bridge.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the paint scheme contest and raffle and extra big special thanks to Star Citizen for running the contest and PlaySeat for pitching in the Air Force seats.

Visit PlaySeat’s site to learn more about the Air Force seat.
Click here to visit our store where we have X55 Rhinos in limited quantities right now!

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VIDEO: Finally, Time To Takeoff!

 

All has been prologue to this moment– getting on the runway and taking to the skies. In this week’s episode, Chris Palmer from Angle of Attack goes over the Lights-Camera-Action checklist, why you should never cross the Hold Short Lines until all clear (spoiler alert: a plane might land on you), and finally, how to execute the proper takeoff technique. (Originally posted in 2010.)

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Angle of Attack is a subscription based video service that specializes in flight simulator training using real world standards. Whether you are a seasoned flight sim pilot ready to take on PMDG’s 777 or a beginner just starting out in flight sim, Angle of Attack is a realistic, impactful, and entertaining training resource. The entire first series of videos, Aviator 90, is available for free on their website to members (signup is completely free). We will be re-posting one video from the Aviator 90 series once a week here on Saitek.com.

A study guide for all the Aviator90 episodes can be downloaded here.

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