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delvanis
02-22-2006, 12:33 AM
Well, I finally got airborne after tons of practice. But now when I press the G key the landing gear won't go up. And I can't raise or lower my wings flaps while in flight? I pressed the F and V keys, but they don't work either? What is wrong with this Sim? I installed all the patches? Please help.Thanks.

delvanis
02-22-2006, 12:33 AM
Well, I finally got airborne after tons of practice. But now when I press the G key the landing gear won't go up. And I can't raise or lower my wings flaps while in flight? I pressed the F and V keys, but they don't work either? What is wrong with this Sim? I installed all the patches? Please help.Thanks.

Freelancer-1
02-22-2006, 12:55 AM
You will need to map two keys to manual gear.

To raise the gear takes about 40 key taps and the same to lower it.

With some American planes you cannot lower the flaps above a certain speed. If you try, they will just pop back up.

Don't give up and don't be shy. Most of us will be happy to help when we can http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Maverick_MW
02-22-2006, 01:47 AM
It would help if you told us what aircraft it was you are trying, as some aircraft ONLY have manual gear, which you need to use as above.

JG53Frankyboy
02-22-2006, 01:50 AM
i bet its the Wildcat http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

btw, reading the README files , you can find them in your PF installation folder, helps sometimes.

Chuck_Older
02-22-2006, 10:20 AM
from my reply to your previous thread http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sleepzzz.gif


"Also, while you're messing with controls, assign a key stroke for raising and lowering your landing gear manually

The F4F really had a hand crank to move the undercarriage. The crank handle can be seen in the cockpit, on the right hand side "

The flaps have a control mechanism that prevents them from being deployed above a certain speed. The actual aircraft had this

Happy flying

berg417448
02-22-2006, 10:25 AM
This is how the Wildcat flaps worked in the real world:

€œThe Wildcat has an interesting flap system that is activated by the vacuum system in the airplane and is also used to spin the gyro instruments for instrument flying. Instead of using positive pressure to operate the flap cylinder, this aircraft uses negative pressure or suction. A large tank in the rear of the aircraft stores the negative air pressure. At higher speeds, the negative pressure does not create enough force to overcome the air loads to lower the flaps. It will not hurt the system, as in some aircraft, to put the flaps down at high speed. They just simply won€t come down! Pilots could use this to their advantage in a dogfight and could select the flap handle down before engaging another aircraft. If during the dogfight the airplane happened to slow down below a certain speed, the flaps would creep out. The more the aircraft slowed down, the more flap would creep out. This gave the Wildcat a tighter turning radius, which was a major advantage in a dogfight, as they could potentially turn inside their opponent and get on his tail. €œ

http://www.fantasyofflight.com/aircraftpages/wildcat.htm

NonWonderDog
02-22-2006, 11:07 AM
...it doesn't actually work that way in the sim, though. If you try to set the flaps at speed, they just pop back up. They won't come out by themselves if you slow down.

Treetop64
02-22-2006, 11:59 AM
Delvanis,

You really need to consider flying an easier, less complicated aircraft in the sim. Then, as you learn the game and it's controls, wean yourself into more complicated aircraft.

The F4 Wildcat you're trying happens to be one of the more difficult planes to fly, and more importantly - operate, correctly, specifically because you have to assign a number of manual controls, as specified by others here. The Wilcat has one of the highest pilot workloads, both in the sim as well as in real life.

If you have Pacific Fighters only, and not the merged Forgotten Battles/Ace Expansion/Pacific Fighters package, then try flying one of the land-based planes and practise. However, if you are fortunate enough to have the merged package, then start with some of the older Russian fighters. (except the Polikarpov I-16s), favorably the older Yaks. They're easy to fly and operate, and don't stall as easily as some of the other planes. I think you'll find much more enjoyment out of the sim than you are now!

Gotta crawl before you walk! We've all had to do it, too.

Stick with it! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Browning50cal
02-23-2006, 01:01 AM
I think that the Me-109 is one of the best aircraft to learn to fly on. It doesn't require an extreme amount of engine management, is pretty resistant to overheating, but you still must learn the radiators and combat flaps to fight effectively. It also is not the easiest plane to fly, so if you learn on the 109, you will be lethal in other types of aircraft. I would suggest a Me-109F2 or F4. It is fast and carries more ammunition than most aircraft in the game. While the ammunition is not the most powerfull, it will give you a sense of whether you are actually learning to shoot.

Also choose the opponents against which you are learning to fight carefully as you are a beginner. If you are flying the F4F-3, your likely opponent is the A6M2 which is one of the most lethal aircraft in the game. A very difficult enemy to start out against.

These are only opinions. With practice, in a couple of years you will be able to have quite a bit of fun in the game. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

B50

Freelancer-1
02-23-2006, 01:11 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Browning50cal:
I think that the Me-109 is one of the best aircraft to learn to fly on. It doesn't require an extreme amount of engine management, is pretty resistant to overheating, but you still must learn the radiators and combat flaps to fight effectively. It also is not the easiest plane to fly, so if you learn on the 109, you will be lethal in other types of aircraft. I would suggest a Me-109F2 or F4. It is fast and carries more ammunition than most aircraft in the game. While the ammunition is not the most powerfull, it will give you a sense of whether you are actually learning to shoot.

</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Uh...

Correct me here if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure there were no 109s in the Pacific Theatre. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

As he stated earlier, he has only PF...

Browning50cal
02-23-2006, 10:41 PM
He doesn't have Forgotten Battles? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif Inconcievable! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Try a SpitMkIII then.

B50