is anyone up for some air racing?
initially I thought this will be short and easy contribution. after two days of composing of this post I realized I did something wrong
so lets cut it short.
origonally I wanted just to continue where I left of in the Bendix Trophy and that would be just fine. but thats an transcontinental, point-to-point race, understand as loooong race from A to B.
sure I can fly it in stages, but then its hard to track the times. sure I can fly it in stages without tracking the time but then it wont be race at all.
so how about some closed course air racing?
The Coupe d’Aviation Maritime Jacques Schneider, also known as the Schneider Trophy, Schneider Prize or (incorrectly) the Schneider Cup is a trophy that was awarded first annually, and later biennially, to the winner of a race for seaplanes and flying boats. In 1931 Britain met the conditions to retain the Trophy permanently; it is held at the Science Museum at South Kensington, London.
In 1981 the race was revived, no longer for seaplanes and under different rules, by the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Britain’s ultimate retention of the Schneider Trophy. The original trophy remained in the Science Museum, a full-size replica was cast, and the race opened on a handicapped basis to any propeller–driven landplane capable of maintaining 100 miles per hour (160 km/h; 87 kn) in straight and level flight, and weighing up to 12,500 lb (5,700 kg). Pilots had to have a minimum of 100 hours as pilot-in-command, and a valid air racing licence.
inspired by the above I decided to try it. I have chosen DCS NTTR for the stage. detailed aircrafts, simple scenery and sim with perfect performance. plus for my first attempt I decided for piston class as there is nice Instant Mission already for DCS Pony - NEVADA Cold Start.
but if you want to try it, any sim and any bird is welcomed. but most fun is definitely in the most detailed birds with damage modeling
this is my plotted closed course for pistons : HarryReidInt - Desert Rock - Perkins - HarryReidInt
it can be extended easily for early jet class : HarryReidInt - Beatty - Mesquite - HarryReidInt
or unlimited jet class : HarryReidInt - Tonopah - Lincoln - HarryReidInt
spawned Cold 'n Dark at the “C” Gate, time 14:20 local, 20°C, wind 12kt from 275, 15kt from 290 at 8k ft alt, clear skies
taxied to runway 26R, of course no grass taxi, only paved taxiways, and off I went
here already at first waypoint. westmost edge of Desert Rock settlement (as there is no Desert Rock runway in DCS). passed from outside. no GPS oc!
second waypoint. Perkins runway threshold 130. passed from outside
and back at HarryReidInt, full stop landing
(IAS 12kt is the headwind at the airport, bird is standing still)
I wasnt really precise in this attempt, but lets see.
from spawn : 14:20:00
to full stop : 14:56:34
distance : 175.5 NM (according to skyvector)
AVG SPEED : 287.97 KTS / 331.39 MPH / 533.32 KPH
wow, thought it would be much better speed. oc the cold start and full stop landing are taxing. but its more fun this way I would say