VIDEO: Using and Understanding Pitch

In the last video of the “Basics of Flight” section of the Aviator90 series, Chris Palmer from Angle of Attack covers pitch. Understanding how pitch interacts with trim adjustments will help in finding the sweet spot for maintaining a certain airspeed during takeoffs, climbs, and descents.

(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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SKY SESSIONS: War Thunder – The Race is On!

Andrew Stevens from Fanbolt.com periodically shares his Twitch series “Sky Sessions” with Saitek. Here he is checking out the racing in megapopular online multiplayer air combat game War Thunder.

For my first ever “Sky Sessions” episode, which is my new weekly Twitch series focusing on flight games, I decided to try out War Thunder’s new race mode that was recently released in the game’s latest update. The replay below shows the extreme speed and maneuverability needed to proceed throughout the course. I took on the difficult task while using Saitek’s X-55 Rhino which you can see on the cam view in the video.
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The new race mode only features one level, though it does come with a short version that has two laps and a long version which has a single extended course. I must say that it’s very entertaining and I had a great time checking it out. The course is set up well for tough situations where pilots need to be aware of speed going into certain sections. There are also tight areas where aviators will need to expertly fly the aircraft sideways through various segments.  It’s great for racing against opponents live, but the lack of leaderboard for top times is very disappointing.

I also had trouble with the spawning points after a crash as they are often very difficult, including one point where I was spawned nearly right into a rock. See the video below. Overall though, the air racing in War Thunder is a lot of fun and I hope they create more levels to compete in. Check out the videos below for the full experience.

Lovely Spawn!


 

Making it difficult!


 

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STAR WARS: Lucasarts’ X-Wing and TIE Fighter are back!

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Finally in the new millennium we are able to digitally purchase the classic Star Wars Lucasarts games X-Wing and TIE Fighter! Both games are $9.99 each right now on GOG.com (that’s Good Old Games for the uninitiated.)

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You get both the original version and the '98 Special Edition version as well.

You get both the original version and the ’98 Special Edition version as well.

Those of you who remember the Special Editions will no doubt remember that you had to play the game with a joystick. No, really, you had to or else you get this message:

UntitledAnd yup, that message is still there in these new digital versions. If you wanted to use mouse and keyboard you would have to play the original version, not the ’98 Special Editions. It’s actually a blessing as dogfighting with a joystick is the only way to go.

Fortunately Saitek has a range of flight sticks and HOTAS perfect for immersing yourself in these games.* Head over now to the Saitek webstore and check out the V.1 stick now!

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* the V.1, F.L.Y.5, X52, and X52 Pro work great with these games. However the X55 is not recommended as X-Wing and TIE Fighter only recognize one USB device.

 

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Froogle Giveaway: Saitek Pro Flight Yoke

saitek-yokeIn celebration of this year’s FS Weekend, one lucky winner will win a Saitek Pro Flight Yoke and Throttle Quadrant on November 2 courtesy of the Frooglepete stream on Twitch and Saitek!

For details, terms and conditions go to saitek.com/frooglecontest

 

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FS WEEKEND: November 1 and 2 in Lelystad, NL

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All – Saitek Pro Flight will be attending the FS Weekend in Lelystad, Holland on the 1st and 2nd November. If you will be there also, come by the Saitek booth!

FS Weekend is the largest simulation show in the world and has something for all levels and all area’s of Flight Simulation, including cockpit builders,  virtual squadrons, sales of hardware and software, helo’s, GA, Heavies, etc.

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We will be showing our new Saitek Pro Flight Simulator Cockpit including all our Saitek Pro Flight hardware. We will also be showcasing our X55 Rhino H.O.T.A.S. running Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen. Hardware powered by EIZO and AMD.

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We’re running contests with Frooglesim all weekend also. For those who can’t attend Lelystad he is giving away a Pro Flight Yoke on his Twitch stream. But we have show attendees covered as well. If you visit the Saitek booth and say “Hi!” to Florian and Matej and say the magic phrase “Froogle sent me“ you may just receive a small prize. :)

We hope to see you all there.

Thanks

Saitek Pro Flight Team

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