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  1. Ok.... test complete and by no means the final word... but hope this helps I agree with miroslavmurin ACLS works pretty good... but... it only worked good for me with the Kitty Hawk (for this test 12KT winds and carrier at Full Ahead). I shot 5 ACLS to the Kitty Hawk and it trapped 3 out of 5 with various cable grabs (1,2,2) Using the Nimitz or Enterprise I got good indications in cockpit but always missed the wires... I flew 6 ACLS approaches and no trap... I then tried using VRS AI Carrier (both Kitty Hawk and Nimitz) TACAN and ILS Freqs matched.... tried different variations including Kitty Hawk with 109.00 for both... and flew over the wires. Never saw "10 Seconds" illuminate (ship or Shore ILS). I didn't mess with VLSO and I used some and I had two successful ACLS traps with DLC and one without... always had Flaps Full, Speed Brake OUT... Bottom line... if I use the Kitty Hawk with ACLS I get expected results.... Anyone have any different luck with other boats? Fun... but a lot of work.... I rather Mode II it with Auto Throttle to 1.0 to .7 NM and then hand fly it to deck (for Night and IMC) I recommend a checklist and a note book... at first I was losing my mind... aircraft was flying like crap and all over the place... thought I had a joystick issue... it turned out to be a flight plan that I loaded... it had the waypoints I wanted for my GPS but I had the weather set to impossible IMC with lots of shear and turbulence... an aircraft checklist isn't all you need... a little attention to the sim Configuration Management (CM) goes a long way.... What is wrong with us.... this isn't a typical pastime!
  2. Ok... getting ready to conduct some ACLS tests today... before I fly I watched a couple of videos and went through the manuals again... here are some things I noted: 1. Volume 4 has the Kitty Hawk TACAN at 112.10... and Volume 5 has it at 109.0 (what I've been using). 2. I have watched the ACLS videos I could find and I saw the following: A. I never see DLC on... (nor does the VOL 4 call for it) B. I saw one successful ACLS trap with no Flaps (surprised it worked) C. The videos had winds (so I will have winds in for my tests today... and only use the Kitty Hawk). D. I will keep VLSO software off.. I suspect now that maybe Deck Burble Effect might be causing the F-14 floating and missed approaches that I have been experiencing (?) E. I never saw the 10 Second light come "on" on any video that I watched (I don't recall seeing it in the 2 successful ACLS approaches that I have done in the past)... NATOPS says this: "During ACL, indicates ships motion is added to glide path information and D/L commands. For other modes indicates 10 seconds or less before any action indicates for an arrival at a specific point in the approach path." F. Video used F-1B (I will be using the A+ Block 110). 3. I also reviewed the procedure in the F-14B NATOPS (see attached image)... and it calls for DLC. I will report back after the flights and see if this helps us figure what is causing some the ACLS issues some of us have been experiencing... MTF
  3. Ya... seems it either works pretty good... or not so good... from other posts I've read.... on my system the approachs look good... but I don't see the seconds to touchdown light up... I never payed it too much attention because I'm always in a time crunch... so I qual and get to the honey do list....
  4. Hmmm... is the Carrier moving or stationary? I have never tried it to a static ship.... maybe I will test it myself this weekend... moving, not moving, and with winds/no wind.... shouldn't matter but at this point I'm curious... like I said... I have tried several ACLS and only had it trap twice... and it wasn't pretty...
  5. Didn't know about that app... very nice Thanks
  6. Does Abacus even leaverage AI Carriers or use the default FSX carrier ? I stopped using their carrier with FS2004.... The flight deck 6 premise reminds me of an old DOS F-14 sim by Dynamix (?)... in that sim you flew the T-34c T2 TA4J then off to the F-14 RAG (now FRS?)... then off to the fleet... hmmm did it have fighter weapons school mode? Ahhh this and Fleet Defender make me so greatfull for this awesome Aerosoft product... can't wait until the DCS leather neck Tomcat is released... Abacus products always seem geared to the younger/novice crowd... and seem to play off their design tool/design PDF how to series ... I.e you pretty much teach yourself how create your own bird using their books and design software... then if good enough they will sell the bird (at least it seems that way) Not trying to put down Abacus... it has its niche... like I said I used it for years with FS2004 and was very happy with it back in the day... Are there missions with awards and or certificates? That would be kind of cool... I guess.. but the aircraft just don't do it for me anymore... kind of reminds of the mad cat combat pilot concept that never went over (except those birds/cockpits looked great supposedly A2A collaborated with them... but I heard the flight models were bad... anyone have those birds (T6B, T-38C, T-45C, F-18c) besides the aircraft carrier how are the aircraft and missions?
  7. How often do you fly... I'm lucky if I get on my SIM once a week for an hour... barely keep qualifications
  8. Nice!
  9. Your not trying to fly the case 1 approach are you.... i fail an engine way way out and fly the approach from greater than 5NM... I can't imagine how bad it would suck to lose an engine in the break... the single engine approach is a challenge and I start sucking up my seat cushion as I get closer to the deck.. I've gotten waved off and made traps... but never got an OK pass single engine.. ive done both day and night... either engine... have you tried the French Virtual Navy Etendard? I'm not a fan of the time period/French cockpit... but that is a sweet bird to fly around a boat... that bird is well done... cockpit is well done.. I just wish it had a HSI and better gauge layout but it seems authentic to the bird and period.
  10. I have only had a couple of ACLS automated traps that actually made it to the deck and caught a wire ... I just get sick of setting up for the approach, just to miss/bolster... so now if I use ACLS I use it to a point... I just let it fly till about 1.0 NM or just before ball call then I take it... I prefer to use auto throttle at night (at least until late in the approach)... then I overide the autothrottle (by moving my throttles) I make sure I set my physical throttles to 86% (depending on weight)... before engaging autothrottles.... That way I don't have gross differentiation between physical analog position and last auto throttle position. I get better grades at night... the day approaches are tougher because I don't have Track IR.... using POV for me just doesn't cut it... so usually end up LIG fun stuff... I wonder if DCS boat ops will be as good... or if xplane will get a carrier MOD by Austin or 3rd party?
  11. KSAN is 110.90 in FSX.... unless they updated the "DAFIF"... I fly the KSAN ILS in the F14 all the time... I believe that I use AWL... I also believe that when you enter the TACAN the corresponding NAV 1 freq shows up.... you get the ILS freqs either by going to view-> maps or with GPS... I had similar issue in X-Plane because it does update. I don't like how Dino's T-45c carrier doesn't give ILS to ship on ADI or HSI... just on HUD.... but does for runway ILS...
  12. Ok.... got it I normally start at KSAN... this time I got faraway from the Kitty Hawk ... and spawned a Nimitz... couldn't get one with the Nimitz... tried Kitty Hawk that I spawned and made a nice ACLS APPCH catching a 3 wire... VLSO waved me off...was slightly high and slow for moment... gave me a C3... Good thing ACLS appchs aren't graded...
  13. Hmmm... if others are having no issue... makes me wonder if it's a FSX setting or other add on that might the contributing factor? Like I said, I never had a ACLS trap... but it sure did look like it would... I will play around this weekend (if I get time).
  14. I have never got it to work either... I have more luck flying case III using the ACLS GUI (I move it up near canopy frame)... then to reduce work load use auto throttle until 3/4 mile then disengage... its a lot easier to hand fly after that... I wish the ACLS worked, I have tried different carriers and many different approaches... there were a couple of times I thought it would land... but no.... I also had VLSO on and they waved me off on every ACLS approach.
  15. Anyone using the Flight 1 GTN 750 with the tomcat? looks like a great app... It looks like it can be added as a 2D POP UP Panel (with software config utility?). If so curious if there are any performance hits (FPS)? It looks like a nice mod... esp when I go into RIIO mode... just want to inquire before dropping $50.00