So I’ve been flight simming properly for a few weeks now and am trying to play ‘correctly’, following Howard Forder’s excellent courses on Skillshare and Udemy.
I have a couple of things I’m not sure about and if I’m doing it right.
- The first is runways. I understand that runways are numbered according to the angle from magnetic north but I’m not one hundred percent right about which way to travel when the tower directs me to a runway.
Take Exeter, my local. It has runways 26 and 08. Let’s say they tell me to use runway 26;
The taxi lane opens midway onto the runway with 26 written at one end and 08 at the other. I’ve been taxiing down towards 08 and then turning and then flying out towards 26.
But now I’m thinking that might be wrong and I’m supposed to taxi to the 26 number and turn and take off the opposite direction?
Which is it?
- Similar question about wind. I’m told to take off into the wind. But does ‘into the wind’ mean in the same direction the wind is blowing, so I’m carried along by it with it blowing me down the runway, or does it mean I fly in the opposite direction to the wind so that it smashes my plane in the face as it were?