Thursday, February 5, 2009

Back seat drivers...

Yup, you can be one. Here's a shot of the rear cockpit so far.

Click to enlarge as usual.



In case you're wondering about the orange panel on the centre console its technical name is the "Trainee Instrument Fault Simulator Panel", but a better description I think would be "Panel of Misery". ;)

The switches and levers on it let a rear seat instructor fail just about every single instrument in the front cockpit, in several combinations, including all electrical power, while everything in the rear pit continues to work normally. It's fantastic for partial panel or IFR training in Shared Cockpit. Most of the instruments in the L-39 are electrically driven and if you flip every failure switch at the same time then the only remaining reliable instruments in the front are, and I kid you not, the fuel quantity indicator and the slip ball. That's it. :)

Flip all those on someone at night or in cloud and you're going to be in for a lot of verbal abuse.

I should also mention that despite not having a huge 'step up' for the rear cockpit, visibility from the back seat of the L-39 is really good, and on a standard three degree approach you can easily maintain sight of the runway threshold and centreline until the very end of the flare.

-lotus

22 comments:

Mugar said...

I love it when somebody puts in the time to make a back seat in tandem-based addons! Thanks for doing that :)

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

No worries man. I *love* shared cockpit, and that was a big part of the choice to make an L-39 to start with. There's no point in doing a two seat trainer if you're not going to do a fully functional back seat for Shared mode.

In fact the single seat version I'm going to do as well is kind of the anachronism hehe, but it'll be useful for formation teams. Losing the back seat will buy another 1 or 2 albatroses on screen for the same fps.

Anonymous said...

Noice...so, nearly finished the int I'll take it?

Xxilim said...

looking good mate :D

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

Thanks Xxilim. :)

Yup, the cockpits are getting close to done. I'll be doing a second pass of improvements on them later, but it's time to get the external up to snuff. There's some functionality still to add though and a pretty full bag of little bugs to deal with.

Fun fun. :)

Fabo said...

Well this made me want to go and buy FSX just about... righ now. Bear in mind it is 2:15 AM LOC.

This thing becomes to look even better than I expected, and that means something cause I already expected so much!

Shared cockpit in Albratros, what a concept!

pebble said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This plane is going to knock your socks off. No matter how cool you think it will be, it's ten times better. -grin-

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

Haha, thanks Fabo. No rush to buy FSX, still a couple of months work to go, and the VC will continue to improve, but cheers for the compliment. :)

Scenium said...

It doesn't look better then this?!!! Just kidding!! ;-) What a lovely VC! I wonder how many times I'll crash this thingy?! lol
Have You made any Teaser videos yet?
For every new pic You show, the harder the wait gets....but please don't stop showing us pics...lol :-D

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

Thanks Scenium. No I haven't made any more teaser vids, and I won't be, they take too much time away from actually working on the plane. However about a week before release I'll be starting on a monster promo vid which I'll put up the day the plane goes on sale. Plus I obtained the rights to a killer piece of music for it, so youtube won't be nuking this one. ;)

-mike

Fabo said...

Well, Mike, a couple of months seems about right, considering time I will have to put into making FSX flyable on my machine :)

btw. will you release files that would make original and/or russian cockpit possible? Or maybe even do it yourself?

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

Hey Fabo. I don't plan on releasing the cockpit texture source files, mostly because it would be about 1GB of data, even compressed, and it's too easy to 'break' the cockpit by messing with them, but if you have Photoshop or Gimp then it wouldn't be too difficult to change the switch labels into another language if you wanted to.

All of the instruments though are the original russian metric ones, except for the radios and gps, so it's halfway there already hehe.

Vlad said...

The HSI is puzzling me. Still being worked on?

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

The HSI is done. What's puzzling about it?

Vlad said...

It's pointing the wrong way.. I think.

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

Do you mean the artificial horizon and not the HSI? Both are working perfectly. The view is a little strange since my track-ir is rotated in the opposite direction.

Vlad said...

mmmyeah. The Artificial Horizon.
I trust you word.

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

It's a Russian AH. They show the actual bank angle of the aircraft rather than the angle of the horizon relative to it, so it looks backwards at first, you'll get used to it, and in time you'll probably prefer it.

I thought they were the dumbest thing ever until I started using one regularly and then I realized they're actually far superior to American style ones for aerobatics.

Vlad said...

Ah, I see. This is going to be fun. :)

Anonymous said...

On Feb, 5th.....Lotus said,

"still a couple of months work to go,"

WOW, a couple of months!? this frickin guy... a couple of months is 2,maybe 3, however, by the previous estimates, its probably gonna be about 4 months. that will put u HALF a year past the initial expected date.

Now don't get me wrong, it's a great plane, ur doing a great job, [and other random gestures of appreciation] but Oy Vey!

Look guy... I know your doing this by yourself, but March is here and gone in 6 weeks. You can't get this done in 500 hours? The plane looks just about done, and it's gonna take more than 500 hours to finish it? I dont buy it. The "couple of months" story has to be grossly over estimated, mostly to give people like me, whom have been tracking this project like a frickin' gps satellite, a false sense of expectancy, so he can finally finish the project with a hint of timliness.

rant. over.

Anonymous said...

agreed. 90%
He is probably making it better.

Bandito said...

Mistylove, you are an arrogant douchebag. I pity your lack of communication skills, you must spend a lot of time defending the utter crap that you post here and in other privileged online communities.

Fuck your sense of expectancy and your 'timliness'. Who the hell is Tim, anyway?!

"Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" Yep. That makes things go a lot faster!