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    I've been practising level bombing in the He-111, and actually enjoying it, now that I've got the hang of working the bombsight.

    The problem with the Level Stabilizer is that it always seems to result in a very, very slight, almost imperceptible dive. This requires keeping an eye on altitude during the bomb run and periodic adjustment of the bombsight altitude to keep it current.

    I read in a tutorial that it's the way it always works. Is that true, or is there some trick to getting it to hold altitude perfectly? (yes, I have aircraft trimmed for level flight before engaging Level Stabilizer)
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    I've been practising level bombing in the He-111, and actually enjoying it, now that I've got the hang of working the bombsight.

    The problem with the Level Stabilizer is that it always seems to result in a very, very slight, almost imperceptible dive. This requires keeping an eye on altitude during the bomb run and periodic adjustment of the bombsight altitude to keep it current.

    I read in a tutorial that it's the way it always works. Is that true, or is there some trick to getting it to hold altitude perfectly? (yes, I have aircraft trimmed for level flight before engaging Level Stabilizer)
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    I don't know what version of FB you are running, but there used to be a bug in the level stabilizer that kept it from holding altitude. Also, the stabilizer is not capable of holding a fully loaded 111 at high altitude. It has a difficult time with planes that are close to stalling. I suggest you reduce alt, increase throttle or supercharger, or reduce your bombload or amount of fuel.
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    Speed, altitude and bombload affect the "levelness" of the level stabilizer, fortunately you can use trim to adjust while in level mode.
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    I usually uses combat flaps when applying level stabilizer and it manages to keep the altitude constant
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    Not sure about the He-111 but the B-25 has a steady sink rate with a heavy bomb load, 75% fuel at altitudes above 10,000ft (3,000m).

    Try using just 50% fuel and heavy negative trim. Also, your airspeed plays a large factor in this so if you can...fly faster!

    As mentioned, combat flaps can help here too. It kills your top speed but you don't sink.

    S!
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    in 4.05m the Do-335 and He-111 actually climb, very slowly.
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    Can someone please tell me why I can't even find "Level autopilot" in the commands menu? I know it was there before, but sometime during one of the patches over the last year, it went away. I only have spots to assign keys to Autopilot and Autopilot Automation. Can I configure a key for it in the config.ini file?
    Thanks!

    Tim
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    It might be called 'level stabilizer' in the controls.

    And to those getting climbs/dives/whatever in level stabilizer, trim does still work. It just takes longer to go into effect, and takes more turns/clicks than in normal flight.
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    Whenever Im using Level Stabilizer I just give it max Trim and it maintains. The Pe-2s dont suffer from this odd sinking tho(maybe because of lighter loadouts)
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