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  1. To be honest, a delay in firing the guns would be a big thing in real life too. No sane engineer would design a system with 1 second delay between pressing the trigger and firing a gun and even if somehow they would, the pilots would definitely complain about it. In other words, if there really was a delay it would either be mentioned in the aircraft manuals (warning pilots about it) or it would pop up at least once in pilots memoirs as its a pretty big design flaw.
  2. I almost 100% agree with all of this, except First, I'd also add delayed fuses for allied bombs. Not only it would be useful right now but it also might be crucial once the Mosquito arrives. Secondly, Despite the neglect I'm grateful for anything they do for WW2, even if it's just the gun sounds. It's not like the sound designer can stop improving sounds and fix bugs instead.
  3. TBH, given how long it takes to develop a full fidelity module at the moment I'd be satisfied with an AI versions of G6 or Zero.
  4. As promised, the video of my yesterday's tests:
  5. Just did a few tests. The result is no surprise: it's a matter of mass. At 20% fuel I was able to perform a safe autorotation with glide speed of 90km/h by a sharp pull of the collective at the right moment and only a slight flare. At 80% the same technique didn't work. The helicopter would just falls like a rock. After 3 attempts I did a simple test at altitude: I started a regular autorotation but pulled the collective at 300m to see how much altitude it takes to achieve the slowest descent rate and what descent rate you can achieve. As I suspected, the rate of descent went from >15 m/s to 5 m/s and it took about 100m to do so. Still, not enough for a safe landing. Then I performed a safe autorotation with glide speed of 150 km/h and with flare at the end managed a safe landing. I have tracks for all attempts, here are some of them. I'll try to record them to a video tomorrow. I've had enough for today Here's a successful attempt at a 90kph autorotation with 20% fuel, Hind - Autorotation 1 - low speed - low mass.trk here's one of the attempt of doing the same with 80% fuel, Hind - Autorotation 2 - low speed - high mass attempt 3.trk here's the test at 300m Hind - Autorotation 2 - low speed - high mass test.trk ...and here's a successful landing with glide speed of about 150kph and 80% fuel Hind - Autorotation 2 - high speed - high mass.trk
  6. BTW, it is interesting that within the same manual, there is another section referring to autorotations. This time there are no specific speed values to maintain and in fact states that:
  7. That's what bothers me. I too can perform successful autorotations with speed of 170kph. The problems starts when I try to do it according to the instructions from the manual I attached above. Try to do autorotations while maintaining 80-90 kph and you'll see that I mean.
  8. Actually, from my experience in DCS it's quite the opposite. During autorotation the descent rate easily falls below 10m/s. At that speed it's impossible get it to safe values by just collective alone, even if you start pulling at 100% RPM. In my experience it works like this: flaring actually increases rotor rpm, so by a combination of flaring and pulling collective you can maintain rotor rpm for long enough to create just enough lift to cushion your landing. Without flaring rotor rpm drops too quickly and it doesn't generate enough lift. Without enough speed the effect of the flare wears off too quickly (and you slow down too much and leave effective translational lift which makes the whole thing even worse).
  9. That's my thoughts too. Nevertheless it's impossible (at least to me) to follow these instructions without crashing.
  10. I'm not sure it's related to gear as lowering the gear is a part of the process according to the manual:
  11. I've been trying to do autorotation as per this manual and it's simply impossible. In short, the manual states that you should descend at 80-90 km/h, at 50-60 meters AGL pull up to decelerate so that at 10-15m you're at around 50-60 km/h and then pull the collective fully up to cushion the landing. My problem is, I've tried all combinations: from slow flare and slow collective pull to intense flare with sharp collective pull and everything in between and my vertical speed never drops below safe values. The only way I've been able to perform a successful autorotation was when I maintained at least 150 km/h during descent and used the flare to maintain rotor rpm while pulling the collective. That way I can achieve touchdown at around 50 km/h and use cyclic and brakes to stop. There's only 3 possible explanations for this: either I'm doing something wrong, or the manual is inaccurate (provided the manual is authentic this option is quite unlikely since the Mi-35P's and Mi-24P's flight characteristics should be very similar) or there is something wrong with the flight model. I can try to record the track/vid next time I do this but even without it it's easily reproductible.
  12. Even though you're I doubt that incorrect prop lever position would cause engine damage.
  13. Is it a cold start or a hot start? Perhaps your engine is not warmed up?
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