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Extrapolating Oswald Efficiency Factor from CL^2 vs CD Graph

I have plotted this CL^2 vs CD graph for a glide test performed in a flight simulator. I want to find the Oswald Efficiency Factor, e from it and I assume I can do that from its gradient. With a wing ...
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Most bizarre/easiest to fly X-Plane aircraft? [closed]

I’m currently trying to get my little brother into flight sims. When we were little, we got to crash planes on our grandfather’s computer, which has kind of gotten us both into flying (…kind of ...
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Does dual given in an approved AATD/FTD under Part 141 count towards the total sim time allowed for ATP in 61.159(a)(6)?

Reviewing 61.159(a)(6), it mentions that an applicant cannot credit more than 100 hours in simulator towards their total aeronautical experience as long as it was conducted as part of a 141, 142, 121, ...
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Specifying Climb rate in the Boeing 747-400 FMC

In the Aerowinx Precision Simulator PSX documentation for the FMC, I do not see how one can program a climb rate after takeoff. I'm more interested however in the actual airplane. Suppose after clean-...
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Why do some planes drift to the left in flight simulators?

In different flight sims I've experienced the same effect on certain planes: when accelerating on the runway, the plane drifts to the left as if the rudder was set to yaw left. You can counter this by ...
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Is it realistic that a plane reacts very quickly to rudder input as shown in a MSFS video?

Microsoft Flight Simulator is supposed to be a "simulator", so following the laws of physics. However, I'm looking at a gameplay video (at 2:17) and it shows a plane reacting really quickly ...
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What are the boxes around the airport on the IVAO Approach (APP) screen?

I play IVAO and I sometimes get curious about different positions that different controllers play on. Let's take this airport, Birmingham UK, this is what the APP (Approach) screen looks like What do ...
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Does throttle equal power on a turbocharged piston engine?

On a normal piston engine powered airplane, throttle equals power. If I set the throttle to 50 %, I will get 50 % of the power the engine can develop at the current altitude, temperature, etc. In a ...
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What happens after a professional unintentionally crashes in a simulator? Can they be disciplined?

I was wondering about what happens if a professional pilot who's training to fly a major commercial airframe unintentionally crashes during flight time in a simulator? I'm not asking about some ...
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Is there a standard button layout on a side-stick for software-based flight simulators that matches what would find in real life?

My son wants to become a pilot so we started him off with the FlightGear Simulator and a joystick with lots of buttons so he can get his feet wet. Is there a standard layout for buttons on a joystick ...
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Can I log simulated IMC time in a simulator without a CFII?

I am working on my instrument rating under part 61. I need 40 hours of simulated IMC and 20 of those hours can be in a certified AATD simulator like a redbird. Do I need a CFII to sign off on those ...
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Does simulator time count towards Flight Time Limitations under EASA?

Does flight time in a FFS (Level D) count towards the maximum flying hours permitted under flight time limitations? e.g. you spend 4 hours in a simulator. Do those 4 hours come off your maximum flying ...
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Do pilots intentionally crash in a simulator?

Are pilots allowed to intentionally crash inside the simulator? It is good for stress relief and seems like a fun way to do something you would never do on an actual aeroplane, with little to no ...
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Calculating angle of attack during bank

I'm programming a flight dynamics simulation and am running into issues with calculating the angle of attack during banked flight. I know what I'm doing wrong, but I'm not sure what I should be doing ...
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Why does the A320 transponder's CLR button do two different things, depending on how many digits were entered?

I have to admit I've only flown in simulators but everyone of them implements the "CLR" button of the transponder in an A320 (maybe also others) the following way: It removes the fourth ...
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What is the lifespan of a level D simulator?

We have a few interesting questions about the normal ways aircraft end their lives. What about simulators? How long do they typically last? What is the typical reason for retirement? I am ...
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Have there been accidents involving flight simulators?

Have there been any accidents which have happened to/in flight simulators? I understand that simulators are used to simulate general accidents for training purposes (engine failure, birdstrikes etc), ...
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Do Flight Simulation Instructors stop the simulator before a simulated crash?

There has been quite a lot of debate in healthcare simulation communities around whether or not to allow a simulated patient to die during training because it might negatively impact the intended ...
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What is "ACO transition"?

In MSFS2020, I frequently hear terms like "Cleared to ACO transition" and I can set an ACO in my flight plan. What exactly is an ACO and its obviously not a unique point because they seem ...
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With flight dynamic equations, how do I return to positive alpha if alpha is always negative with negative w?

I'm coding a flight dynamics simulation, but my simulation runs into a problem with negative angles of attack. Once alpha is negative, it is impossible to get back to a state where the plane is ...
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Where do flight sims get their data on aircraft flight characteristics?

Flight sims offer very realistic simulations of how a particular aircraft feels, claimed by pilot interviews on youtube. But how do sims get their data? First, does all this data even exist, i mean ...
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What were the rules for logging "simulator" instrument time in 1994 (non-full motion)?

Long before the FAA updated the rules of BATD, AATD, FFS, and FTD, what were the rules for logging simulated instrument time in a synthetic trainer? Specifically, this question came up, an older pilot ...
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How to log Flight Training Device (FTD) and Full Flight Simulator (FFS) time in the US?

I just completed the ATP CTP Course in the US as a pre-requisite for taking the ATM Written Exam. During the course, according to the syllabus, I have flown 4 hours of B733 in a FTD (fixed-base) and 6 ...
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Looking for techniques to model resistance to roll rotation in a very simple, force-based flight model

I'm new to flight dynamics programming and am curious to know how people model an aircraft's resistance to rolling in very simple force-based flight models (not CFD, etc.). For example, after a full ...
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Why do I get an overspeed warning at 250kts below 10,000ft in Microsoft Flight Simulator?

I'm flying the Cessna CJ4. I get overspeed warnings at 250kts when below 10,000ft, and the speed indicator has red lines at 300kts. Are these warnings triggered because it'll damage the plane to go ...
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Thrust is going towards the earth, but the plane is going upwards, Why? [closed]

Dears, I am trying to develop a flight simulation, but I am facing a problem when the plane goes downwards towards the earth. As shown in the picture below: In equilibrium state before the plane ...
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General advice on flight simulator hardware [duplicate]

I am new to flying and have only had a couple of lessons in a Cesna 152 but want to get some practice on a simulator as I'm quite old and don't learn quickly compared to youngsters. My instructor wasn'...
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What are some "FAA approved" simulators for home that I can log time on?

I'd assume xplanes on iPhone or Android would not be log-able, but wanted to know if there is a affordable simulator kit for home usage that'd help me logging time for IFR requirements?
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How much simulator training for general-aviation?

How much training/refreshing is necessary/desirable for instructing general aviation pilots? All I see is commercial pilots been trained in simulators. A real general aviation airplane might be not ...
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Why are heading in PFD and map off by exactly 10 degrees? [duplicate]

I was flying on my X-plane 11 flight simulator today and noticed something quite unsettling. This was a VFR flight between KIAD and KDCA. I pulled up my map for reference and noticed I was flying ...
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How can I calculate the C.G height for an Aircraft?

before I continue I would like to thank you guys beforehand for the help. I am new to this forum and in aviation in general. I am helping my professor to obtain the C.G coordinates in x, y , z for a ...
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How do I follow an ILS glideslope on the ADI in Falcon BMS?

I'm currently flying the ILS landing mission in Falcon BMS, I'm practicing landing using the instruments (head down) and although I'm mostly OK with the LOC, I struggle to maintain a 2.5 degree ...
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How many significant digits should I use for simulating aircraft equations of motion?

I have coded the equations of motion in Matlab, and I am using the ode45 function to simulate the nonlinear dynamics of F/A-18 Hornet without any controller (just the airframe). I have given initial ...
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Procedure for simulating nonlinear flight dynamics

I am trying to simulate F/A-18 Hornet on Simulink. So, here is how I have made the model: Firstly, the initial flight parameters(Alpha, beta, V(magnitude), rho) are being calculated based on the ...
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What frame of reference should I use for my Simulink simulation of the F/A-18 Hornet?

I want to simulate the Equations of Motions for F/A-18 Hornet (12 states & 6 DOF) on MATLAB using Simulink. I have the Aerodynamic model, from which I will get CL, CD, CY, Cl, Cn, Cm that are ...
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Why can’t level D simulators produce a G-force effect?

From what I know so far, simulators can’t simulate this feeling, I’ve heard some say it will never be possible. Is that true? There’s really no way of producing this in a simulation?
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How "full-motion" is a full-motion simulator?

How "full-motion" are simulators? Do they just simulate the major motions of the airplane in response to the flight controls, or do they also simulate the minor forces of the flight, such as the ...
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Can PC joystick simulate aerodynamic lock in spin?

I never explored joysticks for playing simulators on PC. Can some kind of joystick simulate aerodynamic lock during spin? You do hands off control stick and it stays there, won’t center as usual. I ...
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How to learn the back end of flight simulators? [closed]

I am an engineering student very passionate about aviation and especially flight simulation. I want to know more about how a flight simulator is coded but unfortunately there's not much available on ...
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On FSX flight lesson on climbs and descents, what does "free ride" mean?

The following is from a lesson on Microsoft Flight Simulator X regarding climbs and descents: While engine power moves a car uphill, gravity pulls it down. Without your foot on the accelerator, the ...
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What turn to intercept a radial and how to tune in B737ng sim?

Forgive my very amateur questions, I have been out of flying for years now and I am getting fit to fly again after slight setback. I have an opportunity of doing some refresher flying in 737NG ...
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How to use Rudder during takeoff in single engine propeller aircraft? e.g. Cessna 172

Background: I am a complete beginner on Flight Simulator X: Steam edition, using a simulator setup with rudder pedals with realism set to the max (to simulate more realistic flying). I understand ...
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What are the abilities and limits of a hexapod-based flight simulator?

So, that's a professional hexapod- a. k. a. Stewart platform-based flight simulator (image source: Wikipedia - "Stewart platform"). By moving the simulated cockpit, it simulates the movements of a ...
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What are accurate flight simulation models called? Is there a standard model?

I'm risking a question that might be "opinion based", but I hope it will not be seen as that. This question is touched upon in the following questions: What are the differences between PC and ...
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Is it right to call out out “50...40..30..RETARD” in a C172 simulator?

Playing flight simulator in a C172 (since we don't have any in my local schools) and the 'co-pilot' I fly with (only know him online) insists on calling out "50...40..30..RETARD, RETARD". I know ...
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How much simulator time can I use towards a part 61 instrument rating?

I am doing Instrument Rating under part 61 with a CFII. To meet the 50 hours cross country requirement (d 1), can I log some of the PIC time in a simulator? There is a 20 hours limitation on the use ...
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Are there any IFR training plugins / addons for Microsoft Flight Simulator or X-Plane?

I am an IFR student, looking for software/plugins/add-ons/extensions to either Microsoft Flight Simulator or X-Plane to enhance the IFR training experience. Specifically, I was wondering if there was ...
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Compute great-circle track from longitude

The Aviation Formulary defines Clairut's formula to compute the intermediate track (bearing) for a GC based upon latitude, but any given GC (ignoring one passing through the poles), crosses a given ...
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What are the differences between PC and professional simulators?

It looks like there are a differences between the models used in the schools and the simulators you can run in a PC . I'm curious to know the differences and price of both type of simulators. I ...
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Does a large simulator bay have standard public address announcements?

We are simulating a "simulator bay" (with simulators) within a simulation and were wondering if there were any announcements made over the loudspeaker audible to people inside or outside the ...
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