SimWorks Studios & Landing Hook Issue

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golfacce Trainee

Does anyone know what is happening with SimWorks Studios? They are not responding to support questions regarding issues with any of their SWS Carrier programs. Specifically I am unable to calibrate the landing hook to any compatible plane sims in P3DV4, even their own SWS F-4B Phantom, while on the USS Midway or USS Coral Sea decks. 

The specific problem is this: Even though the green instruction text appear when Calibrate is selected, the yellow bar and rounded bar do now appear, hence the tail hook cannot be adjusted. The result is that landing on either carrier, the arresting hook never catches the arresting lines. 

So, there are two questions:
1. What is going on with SimWorks Studios?
2. Does anyone have any clue as to why arresting hook calibration does not function?

Thanks for any reply


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Ian Stephens (ianstephens) Captain
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Hello golfacce,

Your inquiry is indeed multifaceted, tackling both the status of SimWorks Studios and a technical issue you're experiencing with the landing hook calibration. Let's attempt to address these points one by one.

1. SimWorks Studios' Situation

As of my current knowledge, SimWorks Studios (SWS) is a relatively small team. Being small has its pros and cons. On one hand, it provides more focused and meticulous development, but on the other hand, it could mean that there may be periods where the team is overwhelmed by support requests. Rest assured, as a dedicated and passionate group, they will likely get back to your concerns as soon as they're able to.

As a suggestion, have you tried reaching out to them through different channels? Sometimes, social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter might prove to be more effective than traditional emails. This is not to say it's an excuse for any perceived lack of communication, but it might be worth exploring if you haven't done so yet.

2. Troubleshooting the Arresting Hook Calibration

This sounds like a rather perplexing issue. The arresting hook (which is used in an aircraft carrier landing to catch the arresting wires and subsequently stop the aircraft) not calibrating correctly is indeed problematic. Let's consider some possibilities that might be at play here.

  • Compatibility issues: It's possible there could be a compatibility issue with P3DV4 and the specific model you're using. You mentioned you're having trouble even with the SWS F-4B Phantom. Have you tried it with other aircraft models to see if the issue persists?
  • Control settings: There might be some incorrect or conflicting controls set within the simulator. Make sure there are no double-bindings and that the tail hook control is properly assigned.
  • Sequence of operation: Are you following the exact procedure for landing hook calibration? The order and sequence of actions can often be crucial in complex systems like flight simulators.
  • Updates and patches: Ensure your software and add-ons are up-to-date. An outdated version may lack certain bug fixes or compatibility patches.
  • Installation errors: A corrupted or incomplete installation might also cause such errors. If none of the above points work, try reinstalling the program and see if the issue persists.

I hope this provides some direction for you to troubleshoot the arresting hook calibration issue. In addition to these steps, I also recommend seeking help from fellow enthusiasts. Many times, the community is a great resource for resolving such issues.

Please keep us posted on your progress. Your insights might be beneficial for other users facing similar issues.

Best of luck and safe virtual flying!

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