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Gunnars Driver

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  • Birthday 06/01/1967

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    DCS
    FS2020 Ultimate
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    Sweden
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    Hi tech stuff. Fast cars.
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    Pilot (NH90), soon H145

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  1. I had the Reverb G1, and decided that I needed the Pimax 8KX when it was revealed. Waited long time. When I got the 8KX I found that the resolution, (pixels per degree) was much lower than I could guess on the 8KX. I could not longer see the displays and visual combat in DCS got very hard. In my friends game setup Hueys vs Hueys I started loosing every time due to not being able to see the enemy. In racing games, Asetto Corsa for example, the low resulotion isnt a problem and the wide FOV give a lot of extra speed feeling, which is nice. But DCS with 8KX is not good enough for me, saidly enough. ( I have a RTX3090, i9 9900KS@5.2Ghz and even with high settings to maximize the picture quality it is not good enough and the framerate suffers. I would have liked a much higher resulotion in the KX, to be on pair with the Reverb. This is not possible with the CPU/GPU calculation power of today, I think. So my conclusion is that even if I would like better FOV, I need to sacrify FOV at this moment. Ive just used my Aero briefly due to work away, but the resulotion is VERY good. The FOV is smaller than G1/G2, and the man issue is that the FOV looking down is much smaller than other headsets. Its disturbing to not being able to see downwards (lowwr psrt of instrument panel etc) as with most other headsets. I need to tilt the head down where with other headsets I would se it without tilting the head. Probably I will lger used to this quite fast but I think thatis the main issue/disturbance during the first hours for me. The sharpness of the Aeros isnt compatible today with the FOV of the 8KX so one needs to decide what to sacrifice.
  2. Ahh, copy! I just got my shipping within five bussiness days, så it is on the väg.
  3. If I remember right, you’re from Sweden? (Hejsan!) Or I may be wrong? Already did get the Varjo? I ordered the same day they opened orders from sweden( I did get my “will ship in two weeks” today, so not that long wait now).
  4. I just cant wait for them, or actually I can for a couple of weeks as I will leave for work. But after that, I cant wait any more. I did my order the same day they opened for orders to Sweden( first part of November) so it might not be a very long wait then…
  5. I have a 3.5x3m office, more or less a man cave so I dod mount the lighthouses on the walls. Not that it matters for tracking purposes. I ordered the Aero the same day it got possible in my country(Varjo didnt open for all countrys initially).
  6. I have double lighthouse 2 set up for Pimax 8KX. It has newe even glitch when use( exept for one buggy software update). I have the lighthouses set up diagonally in the room, at about 2m height. there is no space in the room nit covered by the lighthouses. The lighthouse seems much better than Oculus Rift trackers, which was really good, but could be covered by the computer screen etc. My Reverb G1 causes issues at least 10 times each gaming sessions. This despite full lighting in the room, setup to help the WMR tracking. I am not the slightest worried about that the Varjo + lighthouse tracking should not perform very good.
  7. They have started shipping in small numbers to ”very important customers”. Article with Urho Kontorri varjo founder and chief technology officer So they probably is on track or at least not very long behind. I did order a few weeks ago and hope for delivery in February or so.
  8. I got close to buy the DCS Gazelle because of a friend (not a pilot) hauling it a few years back but after a little search here I found out about the flight model. Yes, a setting that takes the type/variant of cyclic used and adjust for it would be really good. I did fly the AS332M1. Its virtually a L1, but also virtually a AS532 Cougar. The technical course was on the L1, and all simulator training on the AS532. I actually think(quite sure) all of them have the ”mixing unit”, probably still there on the H225. I’ll If you did fly any AS332 you might have noticed the automatic nose down in the final part of a landing to hover when the helo by itself lowers the nose in the same time collective is raised. As the coupling is nose down when increasing collective it does it during the landing fase as well. [Edit]Just checked the RFM/Training manual of the H225. Yup, hte mixing and phasing unit/ still there.
  9. Well, even if I havent tried it its clelar that the dcs gazelle is not close to reality. DCS have different flight models and I think they would be better of saying its not close to the real thing but ”adopted for gaming with a classic joystick”. If they say the flight model is verified by real Gazelle pilots, something is clearly wrong, that why I think it looks like someone not really knowing som (like a RC helikopter enthusiast or so) did get some input on this module. On the other hand, I have seen flight characteristics in DCS being quite exaggerated to the extent that it has gotten completely unreaslistic. It is hard doing a dcs module that is both very realistic and at the same time ”flyable” with a short standard PC joystick. I have been a little involved in the BO105 flight model earlier, and they wanted it to be as ”close as possible” to the real thing. The real BO need very small cyclic movements comnpared to some other real helos for normal flying. Thats small movements on a about 55cm long cyclic. On a joystick the movements would be extremely small if made as close as possible. At the same time the secondary effects* from collective is extreme on the BO. Seen togehter it would be very hard to fly a BO on a small PC joystick in dcs without getting serious PIO. The essence from the behaviour described below is that anyone trying to fly the BO105 flight model, if made exactly ”as is” will get a sharp nose up and sharp right roll when increasing the collective. The correction is needed but the amount on a real flight stick might be only a few millimeters forward and left on a real cyclic so maybe 1mm forward and left on a joystick. So whats needed is some common sense to make a flight model flyable with a joystick, and maybe some characteristics should be left out or maken weaker not to make it to hard to fly. I think, anyone with experience should recognize the feeling but should not have a hard time flying it due to the difference between a real cyclic and a joystick. This doesnt excuse the flight behaviour of the dcs gaselle, thats not the point I have. The DCS Huey is a good example(although there is some things that is not really like the real one and could be fixed). The Huey feels nice and fun and give a good feeling despite it it not very close to the real Huey in multiple aspects. *Increasing collective makes a strong nose up and strong roll to the right(how much is speed dependent), so flying straight and level at 60 to 80knots with the cyclic trimmed and increasing power significant will causer a pitch up moment that eventually would have the nose 90 degree upp if the speed didnt bleed of, and the roll rate would put it inverted. This combined, with the right amount of collective could set you up with about 45 degree nose up and 90 degree right roll and speed decreasing below 40-45knots, at the ”top” decreasing the collective cause a left roll and nose down so you have now completed a stall turn and are flying from the same way you came from(180 degree change direction. This with the pedals held in the same position with now compensation for the increases torque and also the cyclic held completely still.
  10. Ahh, I thought you meant in a real helo before. Yes, in hover the cyclic needs to be kept displaced as the dissymetry of lift will act to side wind or hovering sideways as forward flight. As I understand it, the DCS gazelle doesnt even need a displaced (forward) cyclic for forward flight ? Seems they have made the gazelle module to act like a radio controlled helicopter which use a flybar for stabilisation. Wonder if they had a RC-pilot to "help" with the flight characteristics ?
  11. When we say ”centered” we do not mean the exact 50% value. Centered is the position that at the moment do not cause any rolling moment when we refer to the sidewards position. It changes depending on very many factors, as can be seen in the link to R.W Proutys information. The final position for a steady turn depends on a lot of factors and in some helicopters you still have a slight offset to the left or the right depending on for example the coning angle of the rotor disc, the postition of the tail rotor(mainly how high it is mounted also have and impact on this as a low tail rotor cause a rolling moment on the helo). Increasing the collective will cause a rolling moment that will need to be corrected for, to keep the desired bank. Centered stick = the (varying) postition that impose no rolling moment = no roll rate on the helo. Also, keeping the bank in a helicopter without a stab system is not keeping the stick in one exact position as helicopters are statically unstable and dynamically stable. You need to correct the position any time as any disturbance, how small it even is, causes the actuall cyclic position to be ”not centered”. Normally you will newer be out of cyclic response. You will newer ”flip over”. That will not happen, ever, as you describe it. All singe rotor helos is affected by rotor turning direction and have one rolling direction(Left or Right) where the response is lower. For the BO105, at speeds between 20-50-60kt the left turn response is lower than at other speeds, perhaps lowest at about 40kt or so. Left stick will always cause a left rolling moment but at the 20-60kt the roilling respons is slower than the BO105 normally have, and putting yourself into a steep right turn at low speed an dlow altitude can be dangerous as the time needed to roll back to upright will be much longer than it normally is. But remember, left stick always will cause left roll. No flip upside down. The BO105 getting out of margins for left cyclic is unique, perhaps the Lynx behave the same as it also has a rigid rotor system. For the BO105, the secondary effects of the collective and cyclic is VERY strong and if you are in a right turn and reach the left stop you just need to lower the collective. The secondary effect from lowering the collective is a (among other effects) clear left rolling moment, so if you lower the collective you will incriease the left rolling rate. Quite much if you lower the collective much. I would say that if you fly the real sa3412/342m and for example increase collective you will need to move the cyclic forward if you want to keep the attitude the same. If not moving the cyclic forward, the nose will come up. Your description of the ”only use collective” or ”only use cyclic” do not match real helos without sas-systems with attitude mode. This is due to aerodynamic effects that no helicopter can escape. Increasing collective with forward speed will increase the blade angle by the same amount on all blades. When the blade is moving forward(left side on the as341/342 i think), a small change in the blade angle will cause a big change in lift and the backwards blade will get a lower change in lift(this is due to the dissymetry of lift) and the gyroscopic precession makes the increased lift from the forwards moving blade act in front of the helo, and the rear moving blade act over the tail. As the lift increases more in fron then in the bakc there will be a pitch up moment that will raise the nose. The superpuma (I got some 2K h in it) has a advanced mechanichal mixer that actually moves the cyclic forward when the collective is raised, to counteract the secondary effects. It actually has that advanced mixer despite having an AP(SAS system) with attitude hold function. As form the side wind, you are not correct if I understand that you mean side wind in forward flight in a real helicopter. Side wind do not effect the helo behaviour in the air as the helo moves straight though the air(we are speaking ball centered flight). So the helo flies straight though the air and experience the air coming from exactly straight ahead. As we fly in the air mass, we will drift to the left or right if having side wind from the left or right. This means the turning will be 100% as if flying in no wind when it comes to the stick positions.
  12. Yes, in all basic simple helicopters(without a stab system), it does. Heres a short explanation by R.W Prouty, a well known helicopter aerodynamics expert whom has written quite a few books on the subject: https://flightsafety.org/hs/hs_may-jun89.pdf Currently fly NH90, since 2013 Before: AS332M1 2008-2015 MBB BO105 1997-2008 B206 1996-2001 Schweizer 300 1996-1999 And some B206 Jet+ Long ranger, B412, B204 Huey. (And planks before that) The Bo105 is extreme on the cyclic positions and the secondary effects. At low speed, more or less all helos have the cyclic displaced to the left or right depending on the rotor turning direction. The Bo105 will have the stick very far to the left if in a steady bank to the right at low speeds. Between, say 20 and 50-60knots this is extreme and if you do a steeper bank to the right at low speeds you might first be very much to the left with the stick with not much margin to the cyclic stop and you might hit the left stop while still having a quite moderate roll rate. We had one Bo105 with an inexperience pilot that tried a step bank at low speed, also turning into the tailwind. Wasnt able to recover and crashed. This stick displacement also is vaslid at higer speeds but not that much but the reason for it, dissymetry of lift, makes rolling to the left very slow compared to rolling to the right.
  13. That is not really true. First of all, you need to see the difference of a helicopter using a stabilisation and augmentation system with attitude holding mode and simple helicopters without this. A Uh60 have a stabilisation augmentation system with attutide hold( I think its called Flight Path Stabilization in the UH60). I fly the NH90 with Fly By wire wich also use attitude mode as the main mode. For these helicopters there is a synthetic way to make the stick act like ”release stick t centre = roll back to wings level . To keep a turn, keep the stick displaced. This is not how ”simple” helicopters without a stabilisation augmentation system that use attitude mode work. For a simple helo, or a helo with a simple stabilisation system, the stick will ac like a aeroplane stick. Centered stick = no roll input. (The centre change with speed and power setting so it is not always at the same position). To make a left turn, displace the stick to the left to get the desired roll rate and when the desired bank angle is reached return the stick to the centre position to stop the roling moment. In a turn, the basic helicopter actually can not ”know” it is in a turn or know that it is banking. The resulting G force is straight down through the floor so for the sake of the helo it could be doing a slight stick back nose up movement resulting in the same G-force. Becauser of the facts that the resulting G-force points straight down there is no need for any cyclic stick sidewards movement to keep the bank. In most cases the stick are very close to the same sidwards position as in forward straight and level flight. Helicopter with the ”West rotation”(anti clockwise seen from above) will most often describe a movement with the cyclic that is to more to the left when speeds increase from hover, and then the left reduces with incresing speed. Ramsay is right about the sidewards flight, cyclic will act in sidewards flight as in forward flight. The faster the sidewards flight the more you need to displace the stick to that side. For the SA342, I have never flown it and I do not have the module but as a basic helicopter it should act as the simple helicopter above. If it is equipped with an autopilot or sas system, it could behave like the description avobe similar to the att mode but only when the autopilot is engaged.
  14. Yes, something like that. I have the Reverb G1 since one year and recentrly got the 8KX. The 8KX is king if you can drive it, in DCS this takes about what you have. ( I have a i9 9900KS at 5.2Ghz, 32GB RAM, ASUS Strix RTX3090 OC). DCS works fine but there isnt very much of margin to always have a smooth ride. Ohter games, no problem at all. Racing games, Half life alyx work flawless. The 8KX have a quite narrow focal distance for your eye. If you cannot see sharp with your own eyes on about 0,75M or 2foot, you might need glasses to se sharp in the 8KX. I need glasses in the 8KX despite 20/20 visuals(25/20 actually) an no need for glasses IRL except reading glasses. In Reverv Pro, Oculus Rift/Rift S I do not need any glasses so these lenses are quite different than most other VR sets. If you can accept glasses or dont need them = 8kx is king.
  15. Well, I’m not sure but I almost think when I read it was written by nvidia. The new GDDR6X have doubled data rate per clock cycle compared the the RTX2000 GDDR6. Theres a new way of I/O of data /RTX IO) that offloads the CPU from decompressing work and also is ”and improving I/O performance by a factor of two.” I do not remember all parts but I did read this:
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