Computerpilot volume 6 issue 2


From the  Editor
http//www.computerpilot.com

Welcome to Volume 6 Issue 2. I would especially like to welcome any new subscribers and
readers that have come onboard over the last few issues. Well I think Microsoft stunned us
all by releasing their Flight Simulator 2002 package so early following the announcement
they were postponing the product ‘indefinitely’ following the September 11th incidents. Rest
assured we have a 6-page review covering the new simulator in this issue and will address
those aspects we did not cover in our Volume 6 Issue 1 preview in more detail. Many simmers
seem to be enjoying the new version despite a few niggling bugs primarily in the Autopilot
and ATC modules. Hopefully Microsoft release a patch or update to address these soon. We
are already starting to see 3rd party designers creating new exciting freeware add-ons for
FS2002 and I am sure there are many commercial packages currently in production and will
surface during the holiday season. We are also waiting for the major flight sim development
companies to release information on compatibility of FS2000 products for FS2002. Some
developers already have patches in progress, some have patches already available and we
are still waiting on others to tell us anything at all! Patience is a virtue, so don’t go throwing
out those old commercial FS2000 add-ons just yet. Even some FS98 add-ons will function in
FS2002, so be sure to check for compatibility before your next door neighbor or the garbage
can claims them. Combat simulation fans will delight in knowing both Comanche 4 and
IL-2 Sturmovik have been released and so far, have proven rather popular within the sim
community. We are slowly starting to see many new female subscribers and female flight sim
enthusiasts entering our hobby. What was once largely the domain of males is now changing
and we open up our arms and welcome our female flight sim hobbyists to the ranks. We
trust you will all enjoy what we have to offer, both with Computer Pilot Magazine and within
the flight simulation community itself. I would like to thank Tony Liatos, our graphic designer
for the excellent job he does laying out each and every issue. I am sure you will agree his
talent are skills are exemplary. Keep up the good work Tony! Please relax and enjoy this issue
and when ready, fire up your simulator and get stuck into those flight lessons! I would like to
take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and festive holiday season and look forward to
bringing you even more quality issues in the new year..
Regards,

 

8  News and New Releases
All the latest news and new releases since our last issue!
14  Flight Simulator 2002 Special Feature
An expanded review of FS2002 following on from our extensive
preview in the previous issue. Here we take a closer look at the major
new features in this release and highlight tips and tricks to enable you
to enjoy more hassle free operations.
Reviews
12  VOR/NDB Simulator
20  ASA On Top 7.0
25  Fly to Hawaii
30  GoFlight’s GF-AC Cockpit Control System
43  ATC Simulator Expansion Disks
48  IL-2 Sturmovik Preview
27  Fly! Freeware Focus
38  Combat Aircraft Profile: Flying WWI Aircraft
The inherent design limitations of these early machines resulted in them
possessing certain idiosyncrasies and particular flight characteristics,
which means that they have to be flown differently to other types of
aircraft that you may be used to. Derek Davis explains the tricks and
techniques to mastering WWI aircraft flight and highlights examples
from the more popular WWI simulations on the market.
52  Flying the Heavies
The aim today is for you to fly a BOEING airliner from New York to
Montreal, Canada! You will learn to fly your flight simulator like a real
jet aircraft. As a Virtual Jet Pilot, you could fly your PC in a sloppy
manner, but it is much better to fly accurately – like a professional. Our
lessons on heavy jet handling and maneuvering continue…
57  Multi-Engine Flying
It has been said that when an engine fails in a twin-engine aircraft, the
second engine merely takes you to the scene of the accident. Gruesome
words indeed, but nonetheless they do foretell a likely outcome should
you not be prepared for the traps and pitfalls of flight with asymmetric
thrust. Flying a twin is easy, it’s only when things go wrong that it gets
hard. In this issue we begin our study of asymmetric flight as we delve
into the forces at play following an Engine Failure!
62  The Art of Instrument Flying
Although Tamworth, NSW is Australia’s answer to Nashville, Tennessee,
it’s not just known as Australia’s ‘Country Music Capital’. Tamworth is also
known for its role in the training of future airline pilots, with its highly
successful aviation college training hundreds of students from both local
and overseas airlines each year. The unique thing about the college is that
it trains students for direct entry into these airlines and as such, requires a
plethora of approach aids for training purposes. We explore one of them
in this article as we conduct a Tamworth NDB approach.
PLUS OUR REGULAR COLUMNS:
24  Hardware Corner
The latest news in hardware devices to enhance our hobby
33  Shareware Of The Month
Want to build your own mini panels but have no programming
experience? Micropanel Studio is for you!
44  Online Resources
We track down the most informative and entertaining flight sim sources
online!
Andrew Jones highlights some popular freeware aircraft, scenery and
utilities for Terminal Reality’s Fly!/Fly!2K and Fly! II simulators. Freeware
add-ons can really enhance the simulation experience so don’t miss it
if you are a keen Fly! fan.
36  Flight Sim Scenery Part 1
Our regular columnist, Bill Stack explores the world of 3rd party
freeware flight simulator scenery add-ons and comments upon the
interesting and sometimes fame grabbing descriptions developers add
to their creations to attract more users to their product.

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From the  Editor
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Welcome to Volume 6 Issue 2. I would especially like to welcome any new subscribers and
readers that have come onboard over the last few issues. Well I think Microsoft stunned us
all by releasing their Flight Simulator 2002 package so early following the announcement
they were postponing the product ‘indefinitely’ following the September 11th incidents. Rest
assured we have a 6-page review covering the new simulator in this issue and will address
those aspects we did not cover in our Volume 6 Issue 1 preview in more detail. Many simmers
seem to be enjoying the new version despite a few niggling bugs primarily in the Autopilot
and ATC modules. Hopefully Microsoft release a patch or update to address these soon. We
are already starting to see 3rd party designers creating new exciting freeware add-ons for
FS2002 and I am sure there are many commercial packages currently in production and will
surface during the holiday season. We are also waiting for the major flight sim development
companies to release information on compatibility of FS2000 products for FS2002. Some
developers already have patches in progress, some have patches already available and we
are still waiting on others to tell us anything at all! Patience is a virtue, so don’t go throwing
out those old commercial FS2000 add-ons just yet. Even some FS98 add-ons will function in
FS2002, so be sure to check for compatibility before your next door neighbor or the garbage
can claims them. Combat simulation fans will delight in knowing both Comanche 4 and
IL-2 Sturmovik have been released and so far, have proven rather popular within the sim
community. We are slowly starting to see many new female subscribers and female flight sim
enthusiasts entering our hobby. What was once largely the domain of males is now changing
and we open up our arms and welcome our female flight sim hobbyists to the ranks. We
trust you will all enjoy what we have to offer, both with Computer Pilot Magazine and within
the flight simulation community itself. I would like to thank Tony Liatos, our graphic designer
for the excellent job he does laying out each and every issue. I am sure you will agree his
talent are skills are exemplary. Keep up the good work Tony! Please relax and enjoy this issue
and when ready, fire up your simulator and get stuck into those flight lessons! I would like to
take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and festive holiday season and look forward to
bringing you even more quality issues in the new year..
Regards,