@captaindv, During the climb make sure you adjust the Mixture for Best Power (-100 degrees rich of peak on the EGT gauge), which should also be peak fuel flow on the fuel flow gauge... Set the Prop lever for 2450 - 2500 RPM, and set the Throttle so that the fuel flow gauge is at the upper end of the 75% power range. Continuously increase the Throttle as you climb to maintain the 75% power setting. Adjust the elevator trim to hold the nose just below the horizon during the climb, and adjust the rudder trim to keep the slip ball centered. Then, after leveling off at cruise altitude readjust the Mixture for peak EGT (Best Economy). Increase the Prop pitch for a cruise RPM of about 2300, and set the Throttle for 65% cruise power on the fuel flow gauge.
If you are flying solo, set the fuel lever to the Left tank and leave it there until the fuel level in that tank is at least 6 gallons less than the Right tank, which should balance the weight load and minimize the amount of constant aileron deflection required to keep the wings level.
The optimum cruise altitude will depend on the minimum required terrain clearance, the current weather conditions like cloud ceilings, and the wind speed and direction at cruise altitude. But, in general as your altitude increases the air density decreases, which results in increased True Air Speed and Ground Speed... In the U.S. any altitude above 18, 000 ft. is also considered controlled airspace which requires contacting ATC. Requesting Flight Following is actually a good thing to do at any cruise altitude, even in good VFR weather conditions.
This why I love the arrows!
I just enjoy flying the things without worrying about all that tech stuff 😛
@skydivemann The option is there in the flight_model.cfg but requires manual editing (currently commented out). Unfortunately we're struggling to find a way to automate switching that due to the way MSFS packages work, and the issues mentioned by @RetiredMan93231 are the reason why we'll be sticking with nose-wheel steering as the default for now.
@klem I'm glad you brought this up, as I was also going to post a request for a change to this.
In VR the position of the EFB is incredibly uncomfortable to look at and actually read the text on the buttons to find which button to press, as it's position is basically where my bum is on the seat, which means the angle of my neck when trying to look at the EFB is really quite painful.
I think what is needed is the EFB needs to be moved further forward, so it is more in a position where my knee would actually be if I was sitting in the plane, or if it could be up against the right fuselage in some way, as this position wouldn't be a problem if it could be easily hidden and unhidden using the existing switch system.
Just my thoughts.
Loving the module so far, very grateful for the work that has been put into creating it for us.
The real aircraft does not have any nosewheel steering and the rudder does not become effective until about 70kts. All you can do to mitigate is line up slightly into the crosswind initially and use small dabs of left or right brake, as per the real aircraft.
@brettt777 DC Designs makes products for a certain type of customer.....you need to know what to expect. I also dislike the Tomcat (and all their releases) for the reasons you mentioned.
For example, DC Designs have showcased a Concorde for MSFS, it has an FMS which looks like it was taken out of an Airbus. It's not for simmers with an interest in experiencing anything like a real concorde.
On the other hand, the Just Flight Hawk, I LOVE (I suggest you get that, it's really really good).
For a good Tomcat, go to DCS.
Thanks Martyn, I had allocated a button on FSUIPC to APU STARTER. Moving the power to idle was causing the power to trip inflight when the switch was in the APU ON position. Switching this off has cured the problem! I tried this several times, APU OFF keeps the electrics online, APU ON and it trips out everytime. Also probably explains why this only happened in the air - there was no problem while taxying. Thanks for the support!