View Full Version : Airfields-How do you determine the azmuth of the runway?

12-16-2004, 08:32 PM
I note on the maps my home base is a square with
and an aircraft symbol in the middle, and sometimes the capital letter "T" in the upper left hand corner.
How does one determine the azmuth of the runway,
that is, the angle of the landing strip within the square icon??
It is difficult to line up for a landing, particularliy in bad weather, when you have no idea at which angle the runway is laid out .
Thank you.

12-17-2004, 01:35 AM
Are you flying on-line or off-line?

If on-line, you're scupperd, you just have to over fly the field to identify the run-way, then use what-ever tricks you can dream up to fly away and come back over the threshold.

From your phrasing, I reckon you can handle that, even if you don't like it (bad practice in full size, and all that).

Off line, you can open up the map in full mission builder.
Zoom in to the airfield. Mark each end of the runway with a readily identifiable [static] object (I use airfield fires).
Save as a new mission.

Open up the mission builder file (I use MS Excel - import space separated - because it makes the rest easy, but Wordpad and a calculator will do).
Look for the fires - the first digit after will be 0, 1, or 2 (indicating side - default 0).
This will be followed by some decimal numbers, indicating x, y, and (I believe) altitude and orientaion. I don't have a mission file to hand so I may have added or missed something here.

It's the x y locations of the pair of fires that you need, something like ...


I do remember making some silly mistakes when I first used this approach.
Consider whether you need to add the result to, or subtract it from the cardinal angles (0, 90, 180, 270, or 360 degrees) - using 75 degrees instead of 105 is annoying to say the least

12-17-2004, 03:12 AM
My solution is to fly to the runway and take notes. Next time you fly to it you'll know. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Just think of it as enhancing your simming experience. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

12-17-2004, 03:52 AM
I fly over it - checking if its clear in the process - then I go parallel - do a climb reducing speed, drop flaps/gear and double back to land http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

12-17-2004, 05:42 AM
In most missions you'll be landing at the same runway you took off from. Take a note of your heading while sitting on the runway before taking off....

12-17-2004, 05:48 AM
Best wasy is to do a "flyover and break" pattern. I've been working around Air Bases since I was 17 (I'm 55) and that's how fighters do it in real life. When done by a flight of 4 or more planes, it is a work of art and precision flying to see how they get their spacing.

12-17-2004, 09:47 AM
It is quite simple actually.

1. Select an airfield to land at
2. Look at the runway direction with you eyes
3. Maneuver into position
4. Land the airplane

Sorry for the sarcasm http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif