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Simmy Trainee

When flying in FSX should one fly on true track or magnetic heading?
Also if you program in wind will FSX allow you to make and fly the calculation to allow for drift?

Simmy

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oldsamer First Officer

Absolutely magnetic. look closely at a magnetic compuss, no correction knob, so's it's no been knobdicked.

Do you have a circular slide wind wheel, if so then by all means correct for drift.

Pro Member Trainee
Simmy Trainee

Many thanks. Yes I have a wind correction calculator.

Simmy

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Jim Lapinsky (7ECA-Captain) First Officer

Yes, but look more closely and you will see the compass does have a correction card... Perhaps this means they expect you to apply magnetic variation and fly true course??? Twisted Evil

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rlamont Trainee

The correction card is for the idiosyncracies of the individual compass after mounting in a particular aircraft. FSX gauges don't have that programmed in - it's just for show. Just assume all corrections are 0 degrees when doing your flight planning - and definitely allow for wind.

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Jim Lapinsky (7ECA-Captain) First Officer

What about magnetic variation? Or doesn't that matter in FSX either? Not much point in worrying about navigation if none of these are a factor. You can just go with dead reconing and you'll be fine.

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oldsamer First Officer

I've noticed that FSX does replicate magnetic deviation. FSX deviation is different in Sebring FL compared to Comfort TX. It's easy to measure local deviation by comparing GPS heading and Sim heading indicated under shift - Z.

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