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tigge
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Autopilot

Post by tigge » 12 Jun 2013, 21:40

What a great plane ,the only thing i wish is to implement any sort of autopilot , is it a realistic wish ?

regards and thaks for a super plane

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Springbok
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Re: Autopilot

Post by Springbok » 12 Jun 2013, 22:06

Not to make you angry tigge, but this would be (if I was the developer of the An-2) a no go. That airplane just lives from being flown manually like in the good old days and I can promise you that if you know the work you have to do while flying you will love her more! (I think we should add a tag on the sell page with the following text: "For purist pilots only" :) )
regards Kevin

tigge
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Re: Autopilot

Post by tigge » 12 Jun 2013, 22:38

Yes Kevin you are right it just for long flights there would be nice to cheat a bit :mrgreen:
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metzgergva
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Re: Autopilot

Post by metzgergva » 12 Jun 2013, 22:39

I would not like to see an autopilot in the An-2! It flies stable as a truck in the air and is meant to be flown with the passion to just gently guide the directions :wink:
Happy flying!
Alexander

tigge
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Re: Autopilot

Post by tigge » 12 Jun 2013, 23:17

Yes she become my favorit bird now, and i`m very satisfied with her and can live without the AP :)

regards
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metzgergva
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Re: Autopilot

Post by metzgergva » 12 Jun 2013, 23:46

Thank you!
Happy flying!
Alexander

torejohs
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Re: Autopilot

Post by torejohs » 13 Jun 2013, 01:38

I see that in the aircraft.cfg the autopilot is in fact enabled, so if you have to take a leak or something you can press "z" and it should maintain pitch and course. Then press "z" again to turn it off. It's a "cheat", but it's good if you're on a long haul flight. It sort of simulates the copilot taking over while for a while.

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WarHorse47
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Re: Autopilot

Post by WarHorse47 » 13 Jun 2013, 02:39

Please, no changes.

I've taken several long flights. torejobs is right. To cheat, use the 'Z' key. You can also use "Ctrl-H' to set your heading, and then adjusted it with the UGK compass if you deviate off course. It did help to use the GPS, of course, which is also a cheat.

Anyways, the longer flight was fun. It gave me a chance to figure out how all the other switches worked. :grin:

--WH

HAWK
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Re: Autopilot

Post by HAWK » 13 Jun 2013, 04:10

Good to know the 'cheat' autopilot functionality is in there, for when one is obligated to step away from the PC lol!

As to the GPS I have substituded the 2d RXP GNS 530 and it works a treat, I like to have it as a backup but do all my flying with my old RW charts which have been superceeded, low and slow, visual navigation in ORBX New Zealand is too much fun!
Gavin

metzgergva
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Re: Autopilot

Post by metzgergva » 13 Jun 2013, 11:59

I was thinking that I take the "cheat" out with next version. I just used it for testing flight parameters and forgot about it. But if you prefer I can leave it in.
Pressing "Z" does the following:

default_pitch_mode=2 //Default to Altitude Hold
default_bank_mode=1 //Default to Wing Level Hold
Happy flying!
Alexander

tigge
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Re: Autopilot

Post by tigge » 13 Jun 2013, 12:21

I hope you dont take the "cheat" out with next version it`s great to have the opportunity to use it on long hops Alexander

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torejohs
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Re: Autopilot

Post by torejohs » 13 Jun 2013, 22:38

Well the "cheat" is extremely easy to put back in or remove, it's merely a single digit that needs to be changed in a single file. If you can open a file with notepad and save it afterwards you can fix it yourself. No problem at all.

I don't think it should be removed, if you've tried the addon called the "Uiver DC2" they've added a button to the VC which triggers a sound file that says"Take the controls" and enables the standard z autopilot holding heading and altitude. Then when you press the button it triggers another sound file that says "Good job" and turns off the autopilot. So IMO this is a simplified version of that. You could even market it with "simulated copilot, just press z to give him controls" :grin:

HAWK
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Re: Autopilot

Post by HAWK » 14 Jun 2013, 03:36

Heh heh and the typical co-pilot instructions of fly level and don't touch anything makes it more realistic :-p
Gavin

alehead
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Re: Autopilot

Post by alehead » 15 Jun 2013, 01:08

Trimmed out accordingly, it is stable... for the quick run to top up my vodka glass, I need no autopilot...

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