Posts by GregDude

    The chase camera, or whatever the 3rd person camera which typically looks at the aircraft from behind, is different with this chopper. The camera faces the aircraft from the front and right.

    This view is normally handy for situational awareness and casual scenic flight. It also allows head tracking to pan, which other views do not.


    Is there anyway to change this?

    The purpose of this guide is to help people who would like to try Larry's Lynx Mk 7 chopper but are intimidated by all the buttons.


    larrylynx Please do not read this article, it will make you cry or rage.


    Our goal is to get the chopper started and flyable with as few steps as possible.

    Once you've achieved that, the mystery and magic is broken, and you should then read the manual cover to cover a few times and follow the startup instructions properly.


    For now, we're in that scene from movie Jumanji, where The Rock is under fire and running toward a chopper he's never flown before. He doesn't care about breaking the machine, and has no time to test the systems first, just jump in and hope fly to safety, I mean crash softly somewhere else.


    The controls we care about are located on the center consoles, mostly ceiling and floor between seats.


    We must prepare these items:


    1. Electricity

    2. Fuel

    3. Engines

    4. AFCS/ASE (can fly without)

    5. TANS/Doppler (can fly without)

    6. Trim (can fly without)


    Battery

    1. Battery on

    2. All AC and DC on


    Fuel

    1. Up to Manual first

    Wait for blue light above

    Down to Auto

    (Repeat for both sides)

    2. All on except crossfeed


    Engines

    1. Rotor Break down to off (if not already)

    2. Starter Master on

    (Left side first)

    3. Igniters down to on

    4. Move the throttle cock down a bit (or all the way)

    5. Press the red starter button

    (Repeat for right side, shift camera to see what you're doing)

    6. Set drive from ACC to Main

    7. Speed Select all the way down

    (Move both throttles all the way down)


    !!!

    At this point you could pull back on the collective and head into the sky.

    However one warning remains on the central warning panel, AFCS.

    AFCS / ASE helps stabilize the chopper, so best continue with the next few steps.

    !!!


    AFCS / ASE

    1. Turn AFCS panel switch on

    2. Press ASE button (lights up)

    3. Press all these buttons (light up)


    TANS / Doppler

    1. TANS system on (Fail light illuminates)

    2. Doppler On (Fail Light extinguishes)

    3. S/Y Switch (Selects Doppler, nearby light extinguishes)


    Trim

    1. Position/Demand switch right to Demand

    2. Pitch/Roll switch down to Roll (if not already)

    3. Trim Pitch 2 clicks Backward

    4. Trim Roll 2 clicks Right

    5. Cyclic Trim On (Needed for ASE)

    When configured as described, you will observe calibrated trim on the needle gauge to left, and any trim you supply from the simulation inputs.



    Find the cockpit lights on the bottom left end of the middle console and flashy lights on the top left of the middle console.


    After flying and landing or crashing, go read the manual and try to follow all the startup and shutdown instructions.


    EDIT: Updated and added Trim.

    I'm finding flight into terrain unpredictable...


    A couple of times I've crashed into a mountain, but instead of crashing, merely sunk hundreds of feet underground, then flew my way back up and out.


    A couple of times now, I've prepared for what I thought was a very soft landing on flat ground, quite proud of myself, only to have the aircraft reset as soon as the skids touched the ground.


    I'm guessing this is an FS2 thing rather than the chopper being more or less gracefully about intersecting the terrain?

    Well done Larry Lynx!


    Just concluded my first flight.

    May have skipped some of the TEST steps in startup sequence.


    Does ECL 'retard to ground idle' mean turn the lever almost to lowest setting, or fully to lowest setting?


    The Heading Hold did not appear to take effect for me, or very subtly so. I certainly couldn't take my hand off cyclic. I must not be engaging it correctly.


    Thank you!

    Schnuffelduffel I'm struggling to download these huge files. Have tried FireFox, Internet Explorer and FreeDownloadManager5. I get 8-11GB then file download aborts and won't resume on any of these downloaders, despite all having resume ability. Do you have any suggestions? Would you consider making a larger number of smaller files, perhaps ~5GB each?


    Anyone else experiencing the same?

    TomSimMuc I did exactly that, and repeated the process, but could not consistently crash to isolate the airport.

    I'm guessing the issue must be caused by a combination of airports rather than a single one or more in isolation. (I can however crash consistently with all of them present.)


    While trying to locate the coords for our terrain mesh test yesterday, I had crashes elsewhere as well, so it's unknown how many bad or conflicting airports are in the UK set.


    KJKsimmer Thanks for commenting Kenneth. It is interesting to know you've downloaded the UK set and are not experiencing this. If you wanted to try a specific reproduction test, ensure you have EG86, EGKB, EGLC, EGLD, EGLL, EGTF, EGWU around London and drop your plane via Location around London. If the sim crashes to desktop while trying to load the scene, that's what I see.

    Thanks Thomas.

    Please don't read my desire for higher resolution mesh to be a criticism of your or Michael's excellent work.

    It's due to the beautiful results you've both produced that I'm spoiled for more.

    It's also my love of flying low and slow that pushes all the scenery to the maximum detail available.

    If you ever find freely available data of higher resolution, I'll be cheering further. If not, I'm content and delighted to fly FS2.

    Feel free to drop this topic since we've probably discussed it enough.

    Just for comparison, I fired up Google Earth.


    The location I showed probably looks better in FS2, though the elevation mesh in FS2 looks lower res:



    A little further around the same coast. Google Earth does look a bit nicer, and closer to what I was hoping to explore low and slow in Cessna or R22:

    My images were taken near coords -5, 49.

    EDIT found your location, looks identical to me, so my elevation at least appears to be installed correctly:


    Some coast line sections look great...


    I've never been to England. Looking at Google Maps to see where I'd been flying, I see the names Seaford Head on the south west and Kynance Cove on the south east. Real photos don't match the scenery well due to the resolution of the elevation mesh I'm guessing, and also because the aerial images are taken from directly above, so tall cliffs tend to look stretched even if they are in the right location.

    I greatly appreciate TomSimMuc's 25m mesh, and your mammoth effort with the imagery Michael.

    I like to fly low and slow. Touring the south coast, I see this:

    (Using F18 to find where I'd been fast.)


    Just thinking out loud the 25m is not enough to do this coast line justice. Those should be towering cliffs in places where I could fly a light aircraft along side. From up high, it looks just fine.

    Thanks Jan.


    The log file didn't turn out to be helpful so far. I removed all fscloud airports mentioned in log error messages, but the game still crashed.

    Then I just removed all airports near London coords where the crash happens and no crash. So have narrowed it down. Will narrow further when I have time.


    I see there are a lot of errors coming from 3rd party scenery in that log file. Hopefully the game is graceful, and it's more like 'error', not 'ERROR!!!' ;)

    My FS2 is crashing to desktop near London every flight.

    I've isolated this to the ~200 UK airports I've downloaded from FSCloudPort.

    Is there a log file that will tell me which airport is bad, or must I divide and conquer the file set?

    I believe someone asked for it to be removed because they preferred the photo underneath. It is the one area Michael left empty. Perhaps he could create an optional file for those who prefer it left in?

    Thanks for clarifying. I hadn't heard that. I spent some time looking through my files and folders in case I'd mis-copied something. There were after all a lot of files and folders!