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Flying with Heading Indicator only?

Arnaud68 Guest

Hi,

Running FSX on Windows 10.

I enjoy flying the Cessna 172.
Hence, I often need to land on smaller airfields that have no VOR, no DME, no NDB and no ILS.
So the only instrument I'm left with is the Heading Indicator.

However, even if your heading is Ok, you could still fly many miles aside from your destination airfield. Actually, most of the time, you will...

Even by fair weather, locating the runway in the scenery can be challenging.
Not to speak about night or misty conditions : how do you locate your airfield ?

Currently I open the map (indicating my position) every 10 seconds, but that's cheating !

How did real-life pilots achieve this ?? Rolling Eyes

Thanks ,

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RadarMan Chief Captain

See if this helps.

Radar

Arnaud68 Guest

Thanks. I went through this video again but it doesn't show any navigation tip to address the shortcomings of the heading indicator when flying through the mist or in the dark.

Actually, I do have a workaround for my problem : in the absence of VOR on my airfield I can use the intersection of 2 VOR radials, but it's still cheating because just by chance my airfield happens to be within the reach of two VORs.
This trick wouldn't work in general.

During WWII, pilots had to fly to some specific spots in enemy territory by night, in order to drop weapons and munitions for the Resistance fighters, who would lit-up some fires on the ground for the pilot only on the very last moment, when the plane was already flying above the drop zone.
How did these pilots manage to reach the drop zones by night without VORs, NDBs, radio contact or public lighting ??

Arnaud

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RadarMan Chief Captain

To make a night drop, they had to see the fires ahead of them.
Whatever they drop is traveling at the same speed as they are.

Radar

Arnaud68 Guest

To make a night drop, they had to see the fires ahead of them.
Whatever they drop is traveling at the same speed as they are.

Sure, but during WWII the allied aircrafts took off from the UK. They had to cross the Channel and fly hundreds of miles over the continent in the middle of the night to reach the agreed drop zones, somewhere in occupied France or Belgium...
Only in the last mile(s) they would see the fires indicating which field exactly.

So, it's still challenging to get there over such a long distance in the dark without any navigation aid, apart from the compass.

The same is true for allied bombers, which took off in the UK and headed to the german cities of Hamburg, Dresden or Berlin by night without any nav aid or even any street light, as the nazi's had it turned off.

A.

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Arnaud68 Guest

The vid is no longer available Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

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RadarMan Chief Captain

It's working for me but here is his site with all his tutorials.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-wzxqKwBM4d_MiUcRoiLcA

Radar

A380forFSX Guest

Use the GPS of G1000, works for me every time

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