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Centering Cockpit

Postby Robertfm » Wed May 29, 2019 8:58 pm

My planes appear to be off centre on my screen. The two pictures show the cockpit off centre but the view from tail plane is almost centre. Is there any adjustment I can make.

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Re: Centering Cockpit

Postby enrogue » Wed May 29, 2019 9:19 pm

The Cockpit view is usually the view from the left hand seat - the pilots seat in a side by side seating aircraft - hence the left side offset (the DA 42 is side by side seating)

The idea of the view from the cockpit is to simulate the view the pilot would have
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Re: Centering Cockpit

Postby Robertfm » Wed May 29, 2019 9:39 pm

So nothings wrong then. Thanks
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Re: Centering Cockpit

Postby xDraconian » Thu May 30, 2019 3:22 am

You can adjust the view to your liking. Drag the mouse while holding the middle and right mouse buttons. Think of it as an adjustment to the pilot's head position (shorter vs. taller, etc.).
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Re: Centering Cockpit

Postby Robertfm » Thu May 30, 2019 5:53 am

I will try that, however in a connected matter perhaps, when I am on auto pilot approach the plane is always offline about 1/2 inch to the right. I make the final manual correction a couple of miles out.

Is this normal, as I seem to recall when I started flying it was pretty much spot on.
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Re: Centering Cockpit

Postby legoboyvdlp » Thu May 30, 2019 8:44 am

Is this using an ILS beacon? What aircraft and what airports have you ever seen this on? Using real life weather?
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Re: Centering Cockpit

Postby Robertfm » Thu May 30, 2019 8:59 am

It happens on all airports I use in the UK. Inverness, Glasgow, Luton, Gatwick, Cardiff, Stanstead etc. I use localiser approach through auto pilot and radio settings (Nav1) & Nav CDI. It's all planes I fly which are light aircraft.
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Re: Centering Cockpit

Postby ludomotico » Thu May 30, 2019 10:55 am

Most aircraft define the main cockpit view as the "pilot point of view" . This is the "left seat". Some aircraft also define a "copilot view" from the right seat or even "passengers view" from the rear. The default C172 includes all these views.

You can also check "one seat" aircraft such as the wonderful Piper J-3 Cub, or most gliders, acrobatic, war or antique aircraft. In all these cases, the cockpit view must be centered because the pilot is also centered in the cockpit.
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Re: Centering Cockpit

Postby Robertfm » Thu May 30, 2019 10:58 am

Thanks
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Re: Centering Cockpit

Postby ludomotico » Thu May 30, 2019 11:07 am

Please, note that on a front/rear seat aircraft, the pilot sometimes uses the rear seat if he flies alone, and the front seat if there is a passenger or copilot.

This is the case of the Piper J-3 Cub: if the pilot flies alone, he'd want the CG moved to the aft and he will sit on the rear.

The aircraft operating manual specifies which seat the pilot uses.
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Re: Centering Cockpit

Postby Robertfm » Thu May 30, 2019 12:37 pm

Thanks
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Re: Centering Cockpit

Postby Robertfm » Thu May 30, 2019 8:51 pm

legoboyvdlp wrote in Thu May 30, 2019 8:44 am:Is this using an ILS beacon? What aircraft and what airports have you ever seen this on? Using real life weather?


The view on approach:

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Re: Centering Cockpit

Postby legoboyvdlp » Thu May 30, 2019 9:14 pm

That is perfectly normal. You are in the left seat :)
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Re: Centering Cockpit

Postby Robertfm » Fri May 31, 2019 10:47 am

I was just a little confused the HUD centering diamond is to the right of the runway.
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Re: Centering Cockpit

Postby legoboyvdlp » Fri May 31, 2019 11:21 am

You probably had a crosswind, causing the aircraft to be crabbed.
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