I think I decided that slipping was the best way; roll into the wind with opposite rudder and keep the nose tracking down the runway. Vaguely familiar.
Forward slipping doesn't seem to be much better, Vulcan. Doing wing-low crosswind landings is something I have gotten quite good at with every plane in my hangar, except for this one
. Whether you are decrabbing just above the runway or going to wing-low at decision height really doesn't matter--you still have to ultimately cross the controls. I just can't master it in the Stratocruiser, even though I'm pretty sure I'm doing everything right.
This is all very frustrating because whether we are talking about simple things like basic coordinated turns, or more complex things like crosswind landings, you name it, I've spent hundreds of hours in FSX doing these things very well in other planes...but the Stratocruiser does not seem to be amenable to any of my techniques. The Stratocruiser is absolutely unmatched in terms of system depth and Cool Factor
, but certain aspects of its flight model, namely its behavior in the yaw axis, are starting to turn me off a bit. ( I hated to say that, but its true)
After spending the last 20 or so FSX flight hours fighting at the controls of the Stratocruiser, and feeling a little bit suspicious that these 'concerns' might boil down to me just being a lousy pilot, I loaded up the Miviz Cessna 310. Rumor has it that this plane's Berndt Stolle flight dynamics are among the best in the biz, as far as stick and rudder work is concerned. I haven't flown this plane in months, but it felt like I had died and gone to Turn Coordination Heaven. I had absolutely no trouble whatsoever keeping that ball exactly where it should be throughout every range of the flight envelope. I felt like I had suddenly become the Sky King. Crosswind landings with one wing low? Kung Fu master, no sweat, or at least it felt like it.
Now while I'm not stupid enough to assume that the motor skills required to fly a smallish GA twin like the Cessna should translate directly to a big hunk of old metal like the Stratocruiser, I don't think they should go out the window either. The 377 might have been difficult to fly, but it couldn't have been that hard, could it have
I wish that I had spoken up, or weighed in on these issues months ago, but I just assumed it was a done deal, and was never going to be looked at ever again, so why complain. But now that an update is imminent, it is probably too late
Why the sound of crickets from the Development or the Beta teams? I would think that if what we are observing is actually correct behavior for this airplane, somebody would want to let us know
I have no problem being humbled by a cantankerous plane that behaves realistically, it's primarily that I've lost some faith that it is exhibiting the correct behavior.