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XyZspineZyX
06-27-2003, 09:12 PM
Is there a trick to navigating when all icons are off and map will not show where you are? Having trouble determining just where I am when I have only a map and land marks to try to determine my location.

XyZspineZyX
06-27-2003, 09:12 PM
Is there a trick to navigating when all icons are off and map will not show where you are? Having trouble determining just where I am when I have only a map and land marks to try to determine my location.

XyZspineZyX
06-27-2003, 09:18 PM
Use the water layout to get a fix on your location.



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XyZspineZyX
06-27-2003, 09:21 PM
Try it on Finnish map.

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XyZspineZyX
06-27-2003, 09:25 PM
Plan and map your progress from takeoff. Fly your course in a large square or triangle to keep things simple. I helps to have a printout of the map you are flying for referance.



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XyZspineZyX
06-27-2003, 09:25 PM
If you fly the 109's. The compass point to the next way point. The Russian planes (some) have a gauge that points to the next way point too, but it doesn't work as good as the German gauge. If your heading home. You can call in, and get the vector.

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XyZspineZyX
06-27-2003, 09:25 PM
In real life, navigating by map isn't easy, much of the flight training is used in cross-country flying, learning this skill, and contrary to driving you actually turn the map so the direction you fly on the map allways is up, like women do when driving./i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif But after getting used to it, spotting roads, rivers, forests and other significant objects in the terrain gets pretty easy...... As long as you don't end up on the top and don't have any experience in long range navigation equipment like ADF, VOR and so forth.. Luckely I do/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Tully__
06-27-2003, 09:27 PM
The trick is not to get lost, always keep track of where you are. When you get into combat you'll probably lose track, but you'll at least have an idea of the general loction to start looking on the map. Then you can use rivers, towns, roads, railways, coastlines etc to narrow it down.

Practice a lot helps too.

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XyZspineZyX
06-27-2003, 09:28 PM
Sometimes landing on the right side of the front is enough.

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XyZspineZyX
06-27-2003, 09:32 PM
carguy_ wrote:
- Sometimes landing on the right side of the front is
- enough.

LOL, you're right about that, land at the airfields that don't shoot at you/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

XyZspineZyX
06-27-2003, 09:44 PM
That said ,I recall when I was going to land at a base - 240km/h,flaps,blahblah and then I saw another plane landing.He signalled me with landing lights lol.I noticed at the moment I was above a hostile AF.Miraculously I made it back without a scratch/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
06-27-2003, 09:47 PM
carguy_ wrote:
- That said ,I recall when I was going to land at a
- base - 240km/h,flaps,blahblah and then I saw another
- plane landing.He signalled me with landing lights
- lol.I noticed at the moment I was above a hostile
- AF.Miraculously I made it back without a scratch.

Or you would have ended up as the pilot responsible of the first FW-190 that fell into the hands of the british, intact, that is/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

XyZspineZyX
06-27-2003, 10:01 PM
It would have been funny it you'd have shot out his landing light!

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XyZspineZyX
06-27-2003, 11:28 PM
You should bring up your map and see if anything matches up the outside view. Somthing like, waters, woods, cities, road...

It is a shame that elevation in the terrain is not displayed (properly) on the map.

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XyZspineZyX
06-28-2003, 01:55 AM
I've got a small silva compass that I drap over the right hand side of my moniter above where the map is when you open it in flight.

Obviously the needle is not going to be any use /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif but I use the bearings to quickly find out the exact direction I'm heading.

Sounds silly I guess but it works for me.

XyZspineZyX
06-28-2003, 04:49 AM
Just look at the briefing. then look at things that are nice to see and big on the map. then think of he direction you have to go. North is always UP on a map. right of it is east. down is South and left is West. that's it. In Geman we have a sentence to remember that ( don't know if there is something like that in English too) Nicht Ohne Seife Waschen! (means Don't wash wihtout soap) you always remember the right order of directions on the map if you get confused by remembering the sentence and the first letters. If there is nothing like that in english just try to invent a sentence with those letters and you'll always remember.

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XyZspineZyX
06-28-2003, 05:25 AM
Hee Hee, Gershey in England we were taught "Never eat shredded wheat"