Thought i’d download the X-plane demo to check out Vulkan performance in VR , default X-plane graphics , navaids and such . Maybe get a sense of flight dynamics as well .
First thing is a quickie axis bind and lets take her for a spin . No , not that kind of spin . Oops , Laminar detected my CH Control Manager , which i only have installed for calibration purposes , and thus has no profile . Laminar sez “Calibrate CH control manager axis 00”-3 times . Well i don’t know which axis i’m calibrating , i resent being told something three times , and besides , i can’t be bothered-i just wanna bore holes in the sky-skip
So i am presented with 3 (!) axes to bind which presents a couple of problems . The first is that the bindings are not grouped by controller , and by the time i figured that out , i have ANOTHER idiot box telling ME that i have too many axis commands bound . Also , there are only 3 boxes , and i need 4 axes for basic flight control . I click something else and get the wheel of death . Never mind , i’ll click that there “reset to default” and fly this bird . I am a (too) experienced virtual aviator and if this thing has wings , i’ll figure out how to fly it .
The result ? I’m in the aircraft with only roll control and in a gentle phugoid at near stall speed . But a super-pilot with ice in his veins can always find a way . Didn’t i see a YouTube video of someone flying with touch controllers ? I’ll use one of them for pitch and throttle , and the stick for roll . This is a 172 and they’re accustomed to wallowing through the sky with lazy-footed pilots back from a burger .
So i grab the controller , point at the yoke , and it starts spinning around like Linda Blair’s head , and bumping forward and back like a piston . Oh ! That must have been what that sensitivity slider is for .
About the time i entered the spin (yeah , that kind of spin) i can feel the dog hunching my leg . No problem (the spin , not the dog) -except it’s hard to center a stick if it’s pounding like a piston , and even harder to apply opposite rudder if you don’t have one . As the screen turns red , i swear i hear the dog laughing…
And that was how i burned my X-plane demo .