FS WEEKEND: November 1 and 2 in Lelystad, NL

fsw-banner2014If you are attending the FS Weekend in Lelystad, come by the Saitek booth! Say hi to Florian and check out the Pro Flight Simulator Cockpit and X55 Rhino!

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VIDEO: Making Smooth Coordinated Turns

There’s more to turning in the air than merely tilting your yoke or stick to the left or right. Trying to avoid slips and skids takes practice. Chris Palmer from Angle of Attack covers proper turning technique including inputting back pressure on the yoke, coordinating with your rudder pedals, and how to use the oft-ignored Turn Coordinator. Learn how to make 2-minute and 4-minute turns.

The Three Steps For Turning
1. Initiate
2. Compensate
3. Coordinate

(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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New Teaser Video For DCS: F/A-18E From Coretex Designs

No new details on when this module will be released but it’s shaping up quite nicely!
Did you know the design of the X55 Rhino was directly influenced by this very bird?

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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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