Here we are at issue 6, the last issue for volume 5 of Computer Pilot Magazine. At this
point, I would like to thank you, the faithful subscribers and readers of the magazine for your
continued support and comments over the years. As newly appointed editor, I have already
received many emails of support and your positive comments are very much welcomed and
help to fuel the fire of inspiration that drives each issue. It’s also pleasing to see many emails
with suggestions, ideas and even a few criticisms coming through. The Computer Pilot team
is very open to your feedback and we do our best to incorporate your ideas and suggestions
into each issue as well as address any criticisms voiced.
The Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 team continue to release stunning new screenshots over
the internet that are causing quite a few jaws to drop around the globe and there are
definitely more than a few flight simmers madly waiting for the months to go by to grab their
copy of the new version in the 4th quarter of this year. Fly! II continues to impress as more
users explore the vast array of features and new high detailed, photorealistic sceneries made
available, now almost on a daily basis, by keen Fly! II fans. The Fly! II development team are
also continually developing the product and fixing release bugs and issues. X-plane continues
to develop at a steady pace and we will bring you a full update on the product in a future
issue. There is word going around that Pro Pilot may be back in development but details
are sketchy at present and nothing can be fully confirmed. Unfortunately the Flight Unlimited
series has hit a wall and we will most likely not see any future version of this sim. A few
faithful users are still continuing to develop new aircraft, sceneries and utilities for this sim to
expand its scope and keep the fire burning.
On the military front, everyone is chanting “Comanche 4” after it’s recent announcement
that the new version is in development. Combat Flight Sim 2 continues to gun down the
online warfare competition and several new add-on packages have been recently released.
Computer Pilot will also continue to review a variety of real world computer based training
and pilot programs as they become available.
Without further adieu, grab a cup of coffee, find a comfortable chair, throw your feet up and
enjoy this issue of Computer Pilot Magazine.
10. News and New Releases
All the latest news and new releases since our last issue!
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
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
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