|Wasp VTOL Personal Commuter
|Photo Collage, click photos to see larger images.
Note: Below at the bottom of this page is a tutorial for flying the Wasp VTOL in FS2002 and FS2004 in build 1.0.2
These are shots of the finished product, named the Wasp per
its look when its coming in on approach, in yellow, with gear
dangling down. It was also chosen because of the Wasp radial
engine that was available on the Fairchild 24, which goes back a
ways with me.
This was an incredibly fun project. Creating the actual VTOL file was a bit more
difficult and took several days, involving deciding not to do one, looking for
others, re-tackling the problem, then finishing it and going through several more
days of testing. Even after finishing it and uploading on the web, I still decided to
improve it more and thus made up an update package for it, which also
included other updates and improvements as well including panel
instrumentation, lighting effects, and improved instructions for the 'Art of
Take-offs and Landings in VTOL'.
Wasp Flight Instruction for
FS2002 and FS2004
CHECKLIST FOR TAKE-OFF:
*ENGINE AT IDLE
*F8 FOR FULL VTOL THRUSTER ANGLES TO STRAIGHT UP POSITIONS
*PULL BACK ON JOYSTICK TO FULL UP POSITION
*WHEN READY, THROTTLE TO FULL FOR 2 SECONDS
*AFTER TAKE OFF, AT TWO SECOND COUNT, THROTTLE TO HALF OR DESIRED FOR H0VER.
NOTE: TO TAXI 'IN FLIGHT' TO ANOTHER AREA OF AIRFIELD SUCH AS FOR REFUELING, MAINTAIN
SLIGHT THROTTLE AT ALL TIMES DUE TO THE FACT THAT EDDIES IN THE AIR WILL VORTICE THE
INLETS ON THE THRUSTER NACELLES AND YOU WILL DO SLIGHT DROPS IN ALTITUDES LIKE
CHECKLIST FOR LANDING:
BEGIN TRANSITION TO VTOL BY INCREMENTALLY SELECTING F7 WHICH IS FIVE SELECTIONS TO
FULL VTOL, WHICH AT THE POINT OF F8 OR FULL UP THRUSTERS FOR TOTAL VTOL, YOUR
MOVEMENT FORWARD IS EXTREMELY HINDERED AND ONLY BARELY NOTICEABLE EXCEPT
THROUGH UP OR DOWN TRAVEL. THUS, DO NOT GO TO FULL VTOL TOO SOON, BUT GUAGE
YOUR LANDING ANGLE AND SPEED ACCORDINGLY OR YOU WILL HAVE A TIMELY LANDING.
*THROTTLE TO IDLE
*SELECT ONE NOTCH OF F7 (VTOL) WHEN READY TO BEGIN YOUR DECELLERATION
*AT ONE MILE OUT, BEGIN SLOWING TO 'REQUIRED' APPROACH SPEED, (30 KNOTS PLUS
MINUS) BY INCREASING YOUR VTOL ANGLES THROUGH INCREMENTAL F7 INPUT
*BEGIN MONITORING YOUR RADAR ALTIMETER
*LOWER GEAR AT A SAFE DISTANCE FROM LANDING TARGET, (BUILDING TOP, ETC)
*PULSE THE AIR BRAKES OR SPOILERS ( / ), IN QUICK 'BLIPS' FOR STEPPING DOWNWARD.
USE EXTREME CAUTION NOT TO LEAVE THEM ON AS THIS CAN CAUSE A NOSE UP STALL AND
AT LOW ALT. THAT IS VERY BAD.
*WHEN YOU ARE ABOVE YOUR LANDING TARGET AND ADRIFT SLIGHTLY, YOU CAN USE THE
SPOILER TO BRING YOU DOWN THE REST OF THE WAY IF THE WINDS ARE NOT LETTING YOU
*WHEN 'ON' THE DECK OF A HIGH-RISE, AND THE WINDS ARE PULLING YOU, LEAVE SPOILERS
ON AND APPLY WHEEL PARKING BRAKES.
This design is copyright by William Ortis, Lionheart Creations Ltd.