Computerpilot Volume 5 Issue 5


10.  News and New Releases
All the latest news and new releases since our last issue!
Reviews
16  Wilco’s Airport 2000 Volume 3
25  Microsoft Train Simulator
28  Comm1 IFR Radio Simulator
30  Real ATC II
42  Abacus PBY Catalina
46  Just Flight’s Harrier Jump Jet
42. PBY Catalina
20. Enhancing PC Performance for Flight
Simulation
Ever wondered how your computer system operates? Or perhaps how
different devices affect other components and how these all ultimately
affect the performance of your system? In the first article of this series,
we explore the inner abyss of your desktop system and offer tips and
techniques to upgrade and improve it’s performance for your favorite
flight simulations.
32. Flight Sim Videos
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your flight simming? Do the
complicated instrument approaches, the choppy winds or the low-
visibility weather get you down? Fret no more! Your flight simming can
be made hassle free. Instead of doing anything stressful, you simply
relax and watch what other simmers have done.
38. Combat Aircraft Profile: Focke-Wulf Fw 190
Nicknamed the ‘butcher bird’, because of the attrition it exacted on
allied fighters, the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 was one of the best all-round
fighters of WWII. Derek Davis explores the intricacies of this aircraft in
a number of simulations.
The origin of the PBY started way back in 1933 when the U.S. Navy set
out to replace their existing aircraft with a new patrol-bomber flying-
boat, which at the same time would have the capability of long range
and a high load capacity. During WWII the Catalina’s duties included:
Patrol/reconnaissance, anti-shipping and anti-submarine, search and
rescue and finally bombing.
50. Multi Engine Flying / Pre Take Off Checks
Without doubt the Pre-Take-Off checklist is the most important set of
vital actions you will perform in your normal day-to-day flying. Set out
with the aircraft out of trim, or with the fuel turned off, and you
will understand why the list is so comprehensive and so painstakingly
followed by every pilot, every take-off. We complete our series on
Checklists as we perform the Pre-Take-Off Checks.
55. The Art of Instrument Flying / Interpreting
Instrument Approach Plates
It’s the Salt Lake City winter of 1930, and a young pilot Elrey B.
Jeppesen is climbing a smoke stack that menaces the approach path
to his local airport. Armed with an Altimeter, he carefully measures
the obstruction’s elevation and records it in a 10-cent notebook. The
Instrument Approach Chart is born, and will go on to become a billion
dollar business for the young inventive pilot. Follow along as we learn
the art of Interpreting Instrument Approach Plates.
60. Flight Instructor/The Effect of Wind on Navigation
At about 1:45pm Tuesday afternoon, October 25th 1938, 14 passengers
aboard DC-2 ‘Kyeema’ lost there lives as the aircraft slammed into the
Dandenong Ranges some 20 miles west of Melbourne, Australia, the
result of a navigational error by the three-pilot crew….This could have
been avoided if they calculated The Effect of Wind on Navigation! Learn
all about it here!
PLUS OUR REGULAR COLUMNS:
19. Shareware Of The Month
Navigation made easy with Abacus EZ-VFR! The virtual head-up-display
navigational system that makes flying a more visual affair.
23. Hardware Corner: 2-Page Special
The Digital Aviation Dark Room
Aviation photography can be both fun and even profitable! In this
beginners guide, we take a look at two ‘middle of the range’ digital
cameras to find out if they are suitable for undertaking such an exciting
and increasingly popular hobby!
36. Online Resources
We track down the most informative and entertaining flight sim sources
online!