Lucas loves circles and the B757

November, 12, 2020

A work in progress image was released of the B757 fuselage which will be coming in the v20.3 Infinite Flight update.

Infinite Flight B757 fuselage WIP

There has been some conversation within the Infinite Flight community in the past about other aircraft not having accurate modeling, and now more recently regarding the nose of the B757 in this image. That nose is perfectly fine. There are so many factors that play into why it’s shaped like that. I’m here to prove that the nose is perfect, mathematically using my knowledge of circles.

Exhibit 1: Infinite Flight WIP B757

All I did here was draw a circle, label the diameter in red a separate radius in blue. All you need to know is that you should follow the red trailing down the cockpit windows to the center and then follow the blue. Then I used my protractor to measure the angle made by the red and blue. I couldn’t get an exact answer, hence the +/- 2. The green indicates possible angles for the other end of the diameter. This is our baseline.

Exhibit 2: Real-World B757

Next, I copy-pasted the same exact circle onto an real-world 757-200 with a more familiar angle you’re used to. I rotated it to fit it within that same position on the IF model. Again look at the blue radius and the second half of the diameter (if looking at the diameter from left to right). Basically, the exact same angle is produced. No changes in labeling. Nothing.

So I’m going to say that the noses will be the same on both models, all that’s in play here is the perspective of the shot, with a focus on the nose.

I love circles.

Editor Note: This is a well thought out guest post from a contributor regarding the many calls from the Infinite Flight community in criticizing aircraft models, in particular the B757, that we felt the need to share, in it’s entirety.

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Normal, Utility and Aerobatic

November, 11, 2020

Airplanes are designed to withstand varying stress loads based on their intended purpose. The FAA certifies aircraft in one of three categories; normal, utility and aerobatic. The maximum load limits for each category are:

  • Normal – +3.8Gs and -1.52Gs;
  • Utility – +4.4Gs and -1.76Gs;
  • Aerobatic – +6Gs and -3Gs.
XCub Operating Limitations notice in the cockpit

That’s why you see warnings within the aircraft of it’s operating limitations. An aircraft flying straight and level at a constant speed is in a steady state where the aircraft’s lift is equal to its weight. Since G-force is calculated by dividing lift by weight, the load, or G-force, in this condition is equal to one (2,500 lbs. lift/2,500 lbs. weight = 1G). Exactly the same G-force as sitting in the hangar.

Resource: Plane & Pilot

C-FLAPS

November, 10, 2020

A quick and easy way to check to see if you are unstable approach is with the acronym C-FLAPS:

Checklists complete.
Flight path (to the runway), proper.
Landing configuration, set.
Airspeed, within normal approach criteria.
Power setting, adjusted and constant.
Sink rate, not abnormal.

It’s important that you are stabilized on approach to runway to ensure that your landing is safe to carry out. If a number of those criteria aren’t met then you could consider the approach to be unstable, prompting you to go around.

It’s not worth low-quality service

November, 8, 2020

Controlling is fun, but there are times where you have to remember there’s someone else receiving the commands you send. It’s not worth opening all stations at the hub airport in peak time just to show people you can. The quality of your services will inevitably go down, and it’s not worth ruining the experience for the sake of your ego. It’s not worth accidentally issuing a Level 3 to the wrong person because you want that promotion to Officer. It’s not worth crashing someone into a mountain because you were watching YouTube while controlling.

2 minutes and counting

November, 7, 2020

Approach is the most unpredictable frequency you can open. Conflicts will come up.

There’s two aircraft both converging onto one point, each will reach that point in 2 minutes. 2 minutes is not a whole lot of time but it’s enough time to fix the issue. Should your objective be to, A, create vertical separation, or B, create horizontal separation.

Horizontal is the way to go. You can assign an altitude to ensure you get the required vertical separation, but the most effective path would be to create spacing.

One simple heading change of 10 to 30 degrees will do the job. If one of the two aircraft is slower performance, you’re in business. They get to go behind the faster performance aircraft. If that’s not the case, just choose at random, vector to give yourself some space, then lock in the spacing with a speed command.

Spread the word

November, 6, 2020

A thing I did a ton in my first two years controlling was contacting pilots directly on the forum when I wanted to let them know why I sent a check help pages, please follow instructions or just a confusing command that lacked context like a “stay on my frequency”.

I stopped doing that because it became frustrating to try to find people on the forum when the in-app display names rarely matched their forum username.

Now with the v20.2 update though, we’re back in business! Pilots now will only display their actual forum username in-app, making it way easier to find them. Also, to control, you must have a connected forum account connected and it can’t be shown as hidden, the app doesn’t allow it.

If you have a question for a controller, ask them directly. If you’re a controller and want to add a remark, get to know the pilots you service and help educate them.

That information will spread from person to person, so make sure it’s accurate before you share, but it will spread. They’ll tell their friend, then those friends will tell their other friends. No one wants to be wrong.

B757’s low-wing cantiliever monolplane wings

November, 5, 2020

The B757 is a low-wing cantilever monoplane with a conventional tail unit featuring a single fin and rudder. It is confirmed the the B757-200 will be the next reworked aircraft coming in the upcoming v20.3 Infinite Flight update.

Infinite Flight WIP Image

The cantilever is commonly used in the wings of fixed-wing aircraft. A wing that uses no external struts or bracing. All support is obtained from the wing itself. The wing spars are built in such a way that they carry all the torsion and bending loads.

A monoplane has inherently the highest efficiency and lowest drag of any wing configuration and is the simplest to build.

Restless wasted energy

November, 4, 2020

Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens, constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting. – Roy T. Bennett

Whether it’s a week, a month or a year. There’s no sense in worrying and becoming restless, that is wasted energy when it’s something you can’t change.

Patience

November, 3, 2020

He that can have patience can have what he will. – Benjamin Franklin

Whether you’re waiting for whether that be the ability to start radar training, test, gain access again to expert, if you have patience then you can obtain anything that you want to get.