My apologies if I'm wrong. I see nosewheel steering in both the cockpit photos. Am I mistaken in my belief that the Connies didn't have this prior to the 749 ? I always thought the early one had only castering nosewheels.
There were early airplanes that had only a caste ring Jose wheel and then at least two versions of steerable wheels and associated systems. We actually did some team internal tests with the castering version and thanks especially to Luis much more realistic thrust calculations they are easily controllable in all ground ops and during the takeoff and landing roll.
You do need at least dual throttle levers though.
You aren't a man until you can handle three pieces of tail at one time !!
That really looks wonderful As an aside, last evening I fitted the Sperry in place of the existing thinking the one we have is really too modern, but it looked too awkward and was completely the wrong shape ...and lo and behold I look at the L-49 topic and there is the Sperry looking right at home. Fantastic looking piece of work, Gentlemen.
Post by volkerboehme on May 12, 2011 15:20:57 GMT -5
the autopilot installation is always a bit of a compromise. As mentioned before, the one in the L-49 would be fitted somewhere down below and behind the throttles and certainly not easy to reach. The one in the late models had its handles located all over the center pedestal. It would be possible to model such a setup in theory, but it's quite a different thing to use it in FS than in real life. In real life, you'd grab down, feel the handle and turn it as required. In FS, you'd first have to swivel yout viewpoint using the hat-switch first, then use the mouse to operate the throttle and move it some way that might not be that intuitive as a real life operation.
Because of that, we decided to include the AP layout as it is in use now. It pretty much has the functionality of the real-life AP, but is more usable in FS. I actually believe that the usability is more realistic than some setting that might have a more realistic appearance but not the same degree of functionality.
It is not a sign of realism if you miss your turn points or whatever because you need to fiddle with the gauges.