Sounds good, where in the game can I learn to do that nav skills to land. With the purple line and stuff. on the compass.
on low visibility I basically fly at 200 altitude. Very low, and keep requesting directions to airport untill I get a twelve o clock (??) miles. And then I fly really low untill I see a landing way that aligns with the, for example,… landing runway 27. I find landing zone that is in alignment with east and west. And then when I see one I instantly, turn around to align with it. And loop around to land on it with extreme low visibility. It’s super hard. Some aircraft can’t make the turn as good, and risk losing sight or sense of where the runway is. And looping back around is also hard, because you can’t tell if your u turn was sharp enough or well done, otherwise I miss the runway completely and have to redo the whole thing. Untill I can detect middle of the runway via airport direction requests and visually follow it to the correct end of the compass. So a west landing would mean I have to follow the runway to the east untill I see the number 27 on it. and then do a turn around to land on it and hope my turn was good enough that I can see the landing lights before and on the runway.
But I would love to learn the purple compass alignment thing for landing in low visibility. Like, only 200 altitude barely visible ground.
I know your struggle, been there as well.
There is 1 very important thing to do in low vis circumstances: Preparation. It will save a lot of guesstimation, frustration, confusion, getting lost etc.
First of all, get to know your plane. Fly circuits in good weather and try to stay on the numbers by get in the air without looking outside. Keep your eyes only at the instruments. When you are on final, look outside and see if you are in front of the runway at the right altitude. Again, timing is everything. Spice things up with some wind for example.
This also means you know What your instruments do and what the Information on the screens means.
Second, start learning about navigation
Youtube will become your best friend.
Vfr, IFR, NDB, VOR, DME, ILS, ADF, radiocompass etc. These terms should be second nature and you need to know what they are and do.
It will be boring but thats the life of a pilot…
Depending on what aircraft you are flying, there are several options.
this all depends on your nav equipment.
Than finaI the planning:
If you fly with airliners, make sure you plan the route (including approach) in the worldmap by checking ifr instead of vfr or in the more advanced planes , for example the pmdg or fenix birds with simbrief.
The magenta line will pop up in your nav display.
If you fly general aviation a small cessna, the easiest option is that you plan the same as an airliner, but select a bird with a g3000 navigation on board ( glass cockpit instead of six pack).
That helps a lot in the beginning.
Make sure you know where to find radiofrequencies in the menus etc
If you need any help, let me know by a DM and maybe I can show you a bit around in the cockpit and help with this matter.
Most fun thing to do is to check where ATC is online in VATSIM, plan a 1-2 hour route in Simbrief that is covered by ATC the whole way, fire up the Fenix A320 and fly it as realistic as possible. I like to start at a really crowded airport with complex taxiways and lots of other traffic.
Outside of the general enjoyment and satisfaction of completing what you intended to do, I still like helis around Ford Island with every moving and ship mod possible, landing every moving ship in the carrier group as quickly as possible. Taking off the lead ship, holding a rearward crawling hover and letting the next pass under you is pretty impressive for what this sim is capable of tricking your brain into for sense of motion. Or just heli flying in the better rendered areas sight seeing, being a med rescue or lighthouse inspector, etc. And anything stupid STOL possible with lots of weather, doing spins down into the grand canyon and landing on a 75’ island in the middle of the river for a snack break, landing on ships and buildings. I like manic slew drops too, even cold and dark. And ‘R/C’ aerobatics, like takeoff/hammerhead/touch and go opposite direction, up and repeat another turn around maneuver.
I also see some ‘theoretical’ trolling with multiplayer, when you see a lot of airliners making their delicate overly planned and automated landings in MP, practicing your heli flying right in the landing zone could be pretty ‘fun’ for a player that should be blocked. 3 1/2 hours flying and right in the touchdown zone there’s a laggy default airliner hovering and spinning just over the runway… Although I think I’ve outgrown that mostly.
Sit on the runway with the engine running.
Zoom in to completely fill the monitor with the instruments only.
Put your destination in, along with the ILS frequency for said destination.
Leave you monitor completely full of the instruments for the entire flight - fly on AP with GPS until ILS picked up. Switch off AP, fly manually and land using ILS as a guide. Brake to stop aircraft after touchdown.
Only now do you zoom out to look out of the cockpit window to see if you are on the runway.
The most fun thing to do for me is CONSENTUAL dogfighting. Its great fun pitting man and machine in 1v1 competition. https://youtu.be/n2SOiDjnNcU
For example war birds as above or Jet fighters.
Im in no way advocating bullying or ruining anyone elses flight experience by baiting or flying into random players. But when orgsnised and conducted to set rules and structure it is indeed huge fun.
Best thing to do in the sim? Well, we’re all different but I love landing JF’s 146 (demonstrator livery, to at least add a modicum of ‘realism’ to an unrealistic scenario!) on very short runways, like those at Land’s End (UK). It takes a lot of practice but it’s so satisfying when everything goes exactly to plan and you grind to a halt with a fair portion of runway still ahead of you! It’s even more challenging when you add in a crosswind!
I s’pose some elements of fun depend entirely on what aircraft/scenery you have installed. I also enjoy flying light STOL aircraft around Jeppeson2001’s Niagara scenery but if you don’t have that scenery… it’s not the same!
One of my favorite things to do is try to locate the boundaries of photogrammetry areas, sort of like aerial reconnaissance. Once I locate the border, I follow it around and circumnavigate. after that, I like to do a little bit of a grid for sightseeing, to evaluate the imagery. Some of the scenery areas are incredibly huge, and would take a few missions to really get a good sense of it. I especially love it when photogrammetry covers natural features as well as buildings, and other structures. In particular, I think it’s really neat when it extends into rural areas.
Me too , like I’ll take off with the A320 and fly low following the coast line around a country or continent dipping in n’ out inland to peek at something of interest or zip thru a moutanous region or deep gorge. Then I fly back towards the coast and continue along the coast line. I fly anywhere between 500ft to 1500ft max doing that. It’s as fun as a barrel of monkeys. lol Truth be known, I can’t stop myself from flying that A320. It’s the only aircraft I fly in the SIM other than The AS350 Helicopter for city touring.