X-Plane Releases Thread (2020)

There is that :sunglasses:. I’m on the road for the next week, so maybe after that. The Seychelles and Mauritius would be a great combo for some Celestial Navigation. :thinking:

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How is the celestial navigation plug in going, btw? It’s operational?

I mean, I can barely do daytime navigation over land so the learning curve is going to be steep…but now that I’m spinning my e6b for practice, I might check out ‘the next level’. :slightly_smiling_face:

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We are pretty much there. The idea is to release the plugin along with a two part article on how to do it. Casper (@TheAlmightySnark) has finished his app, and the finishing touches are being put on the article, written by myself and @Sine_Nomine. Real life stuff has slowed us down somewhat but it should be ready soon. Then we just have to get the thumbs up from Chris and Fearless to have the article hosted here. :nerd_face:

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It would be an honor to have it on our front page… :sunglasses:

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Thanks Chris. I’ll give you a holler when we are ready to roll.

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Great news! Completely free Z142 (I mean I guess they accept donations :slight_smile: )
And the list of features is really long.

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5 posts were merged into an existing topic: Robinson R66

Sorry to hijack the thread about the R66. But since I’ve mildly criticized it I think it is only right to show VSKYLABS reply to a dumb question I had. I asked if a Yaw Damper was installed. The reason I asked is because the FMA on the G1000 always displays “YD”. Below is his reply:

Hi there.

Short answer:
No. There is no yaw damper.

Full answer:
The is no yaw-damper in the R66. What can be called as a kind of a yaw dumper in helicopters and in the R66 is the SAS (Stability Augmentation system), in which you can fly “through” the system, which will reduce the pilot workload significantly.

It is providing safety and workload reduction in addition to the autopilot “services”.

Now…The VSKYLABS R66 flight dynamics is not featuring a fully authentic SAS (it is not a mandatory system on board helicopters, also it is optional in the R66). However, the R66 has hydraulic control system which is affecting the “feel” on the cyclic during flight. Control feeds from the pilot are being augmented, resulting with a specific kind of a feel

So in order to set the target controls feel in the VSL R66…the control system was augmented, but very mildly.

X-Plane interpret this augmentation in the G1000 (which is a piece of avionics targeted originally for fixed wing aircraft, as it is not the ‘h’ model), as a ‘YD’ - Yaw Damper.

You cannot disable it with a switch as it is not a system. It is considered as part of the hydraulic control system in the VSL R66, “baked” into the flight model. Eliminating it in other methods will result an un-verified flight dynamics characteristics and handling qualities, as the VSKYLABS R66 was developed to demonstrate the specific flying qualities with this controls-augmentation-alike (which is not aimed to simulate a SAS, but to simulate the hydraulics controls feel in a better way). :sunglasses:

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Do I understand it correctly ? :wink:

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Well, regardless of any shortcomings, it looks good and handles in what seems like a believable manner. I don’t fly helicopters IRL, so ignorance is bliss maybe :rofl:. I have pretty much made peace with the fact that I am no longer what would be considered as being a hardcore simmer, at least when it comes to systems modeling. I think I will be flying this one quite a lot.

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I think this is mostly due to the fact that you buy every single X-plane addon under the horizon and then fly it for a bit! :wink:

No, its the age :slight_smile: …I feel the same

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I think you are partially right, and so is @NEVO.

I think there are a number of factors that come into play for me…

  1. I get a 100% Hardcore, full fidelity flight experience at work, whether I am in the mood for it or not. That box is checked.
  2. I am fortunate to be able to spend some money on this hobby without breaking the bank. My hobby is a lot less expensive than my wife’s (Triathlon/distance cycling/mountain biking) and I get zero static when I buy a new airplane, flight controller, hardware etc. I realize I am pretty fortunate in this regard.
  3. I’m getting older :wink: .
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In the past I thought that this quote :

too much like work

was meant to reference sim flying the same bird as IRL. Just recently I realized that it was meant in general i.e. any full fidelity virtual module / sim could make one feel like “too much like work” :slight_smile:

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For me the phrase “too much like work” applies to sim activity that requires an hour of paperwork planning before taking off followed by the adherence to strict procedures and verbage. Bringing a complicated machine to life, even a virtual one, is a pleasure still.

I don’t want to sound defensive. My opinions are just opinions. I really do enjoy what VSKLABS are doing. The C-47 is very similar to the R66 in that allowances were made away from strict systems modeling in favor of an airplane that flies accurately while being highly functional in the sim environment. The autopilot is a good example of a nice albeit inaccurate representation of a function. Likewise, the instant snow-skis.

(further edit:) VSKYLABS will be updating the R66 soon so that the two LCD displays can be removed with a single click. I found the right MFD to be useless while blocking the lovely view outside so getting rid of that will be a big plus. Also, the R66 comes with a considerable frame hit for me. Hopefully nixing the displays will help. Finally, updated FMOD sounds are in the near-term works which should address my original criticism.

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The ToLiss A321 hit the store today…

https://store.x-plane.org/Airbus-A321-by-Toliss_p_1174.html

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That’s a seriously detailed plane! Wow.

Orbx at sales now :wink:

https://orbxdirect.com/

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Still no Orbx NZ for XP :confused: