IFR Navigation: VOR Basics….can’t seem to get an “A”

I have finally given the IFR lessons another go after the recent update and have found that the ILS bugged landing was sorted out.

I have had no issues with any of the lessons to get an A on all but the VOR Basics (lesson 4 of 7).

  • I have flown this one with no AP, perfectly.
  • I have flown it using AP, ALT hold at 4000, heading 240 till the VOR becomes active, switch to NAV, let it fly me in, switch to HDG to hold the 170 and maintain heading as I left the VOR.

In both cases I get a best score of a B. It has points removed for interfering VOR however I have tried different approaches.

  • intercepted with AP on NAV as this will start the intercept the moment the VOR is captured.
  • intercepted the VOR using AP in HDG and turning the knob to make for a smoother intercept.
  • intercepted the moment it tells me to make a left turn to 170

All 3 give the same result.

Would love to hear how other have achieved an A on this one. As a real world private pilot this one ■■■■■■ me off as I have done a lot of instrument flying and would consider myself rather proficient in it.

Hi @G22C
I hadn’t done this particular flight. So I gave it two quick tries today hand flying both times.
First flight was “OK”, well within the FAA margins and resulted in an “A” with about 8032 points. I didn’t get a screengrab of the details, but I remember I got 3999 on the intercept leg and the rest from the VOR legs.
I tried the second flight, and did grab a screen shot of the details. I got 4000 on the intercept and the rest on the VOR leg.
So my basic conclusions are that the intercept leg will give you good points for a pretty straightforward leg.
But noting the differences in the second leg points, leads me to believe that they are very punitive for even very small deviations on that leg.
I certainly didn’t feel like I flew the first flight that much different than the first, but apparently got hit pretty hard for points for even slight deviations.
So apparently the major point loss will be in the second leg, so I’d concentrate on keeping that leg VERY tight.
Doesn’t seem like a very balanced point process for errors on the second leg, but it is what it is!
Regards

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Ha Ha. It is nice to see that other also have had problems with this lesson. After getting a A rather fast in the three first IFR-lessons this gives me gray hair. I have tried this for days and finally with a points from 5000 (C) up to max 7500 pts.
Because I struggled I thought that the AP will be the right way to make it succed but even if I have all parameters right I get never higher than 7700 pts.
Odd because I for myself think I got a perfect interception with the VOR and many times was perfect aligned with the VOR at 170 degrees. Tried both a early wide turn when the “teacher” tells me to turn toi 170 degrees and also a late steep turn when the needle have been active for a while. The turns have been ececuted with the knop on the autopilote for heading.
But nothing gets more points than around 1700 pts or a little more…
To day I get angry and said to myself. Welll I will see what I can det with manual flligth for interception with VOR. And believe it or not. I got an A finally. Wiht 8500 points around. And this flight was far mor bumpy than all of my AP-flighs… Maybe it gives minus points for using the AP?.

I hope that the coming lessons will be easier. but now I skip the flight school for a while and fly just for fun

Woud be nice to hear if anyone else is struggling with this lesson?
I will also say that I am not a pilot. In my youth I flied gliders.

Have a Nice Flight everyone