Post by dirtydog1006 on Jan 3, 2011 17:08:14 GMT -5
Every now and then my taildragger genes switch on, so I send the 172 in for an oil change and sneak off in something more basic. While I am still learning what it means for a model to fly well (or not), I am having lots of fun with an Auster Aiglet from the Classic British site. I think it flies pretty well, and suggest anyone with the low-and-slow itch try it out.
But, like with the def 172, I could not get a reasonable range of RPM until I dropped the prop beta down some (from 18 to 16.7). Now I get a fine range of RPM, but seem to pick up or lose too many revs when the prop is loaded or unloaded.
I do not know what 'too many' really is. So that is question number one. Should I be expecting to gain or lose tens, twenties, fifties, or what of RPM when I load (or unload) the prop in a low-hp, piston, fixed pitch, single? I am talking pretty docile maneuvering here, not aerobatic stuff.
In the aircraft config file I saw some parameters about engine friction. Question number two: should I be messing with engine-friction scalars? (I doubt it).
Maybe I just need to fine tune the beta? Or maybe stop being so anal, and just enjoy. But it does make for a bit of extra work sometimes when setting up the glideslope..........
Post by Tom Goodrick on Jan 3, 2011 17:15:57 GMT -5
We'll have to flag down one of our friends from across the pond - Allan Lowson or John Lawler. They should be poking around the GAAR site. If you can fly the plane, my attitude is "Be Happy." Too bad you didn't put the name of the plane in the title. They'd be jumping in this.
Post by Allan_Lowson on Feb 2, 2011 18:51:09 GMT -5
Don't know why I didn't spot this a month ago!
Anyway I don't know about fiddling with the FDs - the main selling point about these Austers is that they are being developed with a considerable amount of input from current Auster owners/pilots. So the way they fly is believed to be as close to the way they really are as the sim allows - excepting the howling gales coming through the ill-fitting panels.
The instrument panels are all modelled on how the aircraft are configured now, so they may have instruments that were not originally fitted.
They also in some cases have the mixture control hard-wired on maximum richness, so don't try taking them too far above 5,000 ft. It is something to do with the fuel that is now available for the engines - and 5,000 ft is as high as you need to go round this island.
Dave set himself the task of building all the Austers, and while the basic configuration hardly changes there are a myriad of subtle differences to keep him going. Personally I have currently loaded about five of the Auster family - the Taylorcraft C for when I really have time to lose, Dave's Alpha Beta test model because I like that quirk in designation, the Mk 3, the Aiglet and the Terrier. Even a Brit can take only so many...........
Yes they do look like Pipers - because the original Cub was designed by Clarence Gilbert Taylor (an English emigre to the States). So hands across the waters and all that.
Post by dirtydog1006 on Feb 14, 2011 19:07:50 GMT -5
Good for us that Dave M is obsessed enough to do all the Austers! Nearly as mad, my initial plan was to download all of them, and then spend the rest of my life running a 'Fly-Off' to try to settle on just one or two.........
Good as they all are, I am focusing on the Aiglet, and even more on the J5V. I like the latter so much that I was driven to stumble through basics of repainting to make mine yellow. (Now if I could just solve that mirror-image registration number.....)
I like to think that ole C Taylor was a (not too) distant relative. My last name was not always Dog.
As for the technicalities, I will just learn to relax and enjoy. (Well, maybe one or two small tweaks.......)
I've installed all of Dave's beautiful Austers, but whenever I think of flying one I can never decide WHICH one (Piscean indecision meets AA Milne's "Shipwrecked Sailor"). As regards the RPM query, I think that whenever I do get around to it, I'd probably adjust the controls for cruise until it sounded right (of course it would be a Gipsy-engined one - the Lycoming both looks and sounds wrong to this limey).
PS. Happy 65th birthday tomorrow to the Auster, as it's the date they started building them at Rearsby, and dropped the "Taylorcraft" name.
PPS. Happy 75th birthday yesterday to the Spitfire - Carolyn Grace flew her 2-seater past here in celebration of the maiden flight.
Keep some space for the next Moly the Poly production, it's effectively a British Storch
The Auster A2-45 is now available at www.britsim.com. It includes several reminders about the control locks, so you have only yourself to blame if you forget to unlock them! Don't expect the usual pleasant handling assciated with Austers, although Brian Horsey has tried to make this one handle like it was supposed to, the original's flying characteristics were described as "like a squid swimming in vodka". ;D