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Andrew Godden

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About Andrew Godden

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  1. target times

    Marcel, Joe is currently on holidays and travelling overseas. I will discuss it with him on his return in 2 weeks time. Cheers Andrew
  2. First time I finished one of these ...

    Always a brilliant idea when they are there! Glad you enjoyed it David and thanks for the comments.
  3. Pilots Register

    I haven’t got the software either, but whoa, do I have some fancy pants.
  4. Apr 2018 - 100 Years of the RAF

    Only five days late, but better than nothing.
  5. Just back from 5 years leave

    Paul, Five years is a very long time in the wilderness. I would have gone stir crazy after five days. Welcome back. Cheers Andrew
  6. Where did my time go?

    Toby, I can assure you the MEBAR Contact form works. Both Joe and I have been a little busy this morning (someone stuck Easter right in the middle of the MEBAR ), but we will sort out this issue for you as soon as possible. Cheers Andrew
  7. Aircraft Categories

    Bob, You raise an excellent and very valid question. We have made the obvious slight change to the format for this year's MEBAR in that participant's are given a Target Speed (as ground speed) for Flight Legs rather than the traditional Target Time. We had effectively used this in past events when Flight Legs had "blind" Target Times, but then you were still flying to the cruise speed established in your Test Flight. This year, we felt it was time for a change in order to provide a different element to the event. It also removed the potential for using certain techniques to hit the Target Time as close as possible. I am not suggesting these were inappropriate techniques, but the changes we have made place more emphasis back purely on participant's flight planning and flying skills, which has always been an objective of the MEBAR. A consequence of the change for us in the planning and setup for this year's MEBAR has been detailed research on the performance parameters of entered aircraft. This involved researching real world aircraft performance data, validating it against the respective aircraft in the sim as much as possible, reviewing submitted Test Flight data from previous MEBARs, and finally, using the submitted Test Flight time to identify any gross performance discrepancies. Admittedly, this is not a perfect science and is often limited by the availability of sufficiently detailed and accurate data. It also cannot fully account for the inaccuracy of the modelling in the sim. When formulating the groupings of the Aircraft Categories and then specifically allocating entries to a category, a conservative approach was taken to the benefit of the aircraft (and participant). This also took into consideration the known weather conditions, particularly on the latter Flight Legs, where they are more severe. So, in short, I anticipated there may be some aircraft entries where this process was less optimal. I had suspected and anticipated the Canadair CL-215 specifically, could be one of these aircraft because of the available performance data. As a case in point, my research data suggests the stall speed for the CL-215 is 66 kts. Based on this, allocating it to the TP-IP category with a Target Speed of 135 kts seemed reasonable, considering I made certain assumptions about the cruise settings you used in the Test Flight when I compared your Test Flight cruise speed to the standard cruise speed for the aircraft of 157 kts at 10,000 ft. As I said, I anticipated the Canadair CL-215 may have been allocated to a more conservative Aircraft Category them was optimal. In your knowledge of the weather conditions for subsequent Flight Legs, and if you feel the TP-IP category is overly conservative, which I acknowledge it could be, I am more than happy to reallocate you to the TP-HP Aircraft Category with a Target Speed of 150 kts (ground speed). If this is acceptable to you, could I ask you send advice via the "Contact MEBAR" form on the MEBAR web site so both Joe and I can get your request formally. I hope this rather complex explanation thoroughly answers you question. Cheers Andrew
  8. question regarding target speed

    Again, reading the Rules will provide you your answer. And again the very same Paragraph 7 to be exact! “Seek and you shall find, read and you will understand”.
  9. Power Projects 4.2

    John, Well, I guess it’s a small world then, isn’t it. Cheers Andrew
  10. Power Projects 4.2

    John, I believe this is because the Power Projects scenery is not P3D compatible. I have seen an entry on the P3D Forums from a guy who said he got it working in v4.2. However there were no details on how other than to say it was tricky. Cheers Andrew
  11. question regarding target speed

    Excepting that the ground speed in the Test Flight has no bearing on the ground speed the Flight Legs are flown. The ground speed to be maintained on the Flight Legs is that associated with the allocated Aircraft Category. Let’s be sure that any advice offered is clear and unambiguous, and consistent with the Rules.
  12. Situation files query

    Neil, The questions are free, it's the answers that cost you. The invoice is in the mail.
  13. Situation files query

    As per the instructions on the Downloads page, the flight situation files are placed here, C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Prepar3D v4 Files, where USERNAME is your username on the computer. This is NOT the install location of the P3D simulator files, in your case, the E drive. If you place the files in the directory mentioned above you can then access the flight situation files by clicking on "Load Scenario".
  14. question regarding target speed

    Neil, If you actually read the Rules, you will find your answer. Paragraph 7 to be exact!
  15. question regarding target speed

    Thorsten, As per the Rules for this year’s MEBAR, aircraft are allocated to an Aircraft Category based on the performance characteristics of the aircraft and the submitted Test Flight time. Aircraft Categories are then allocated a target speed for the event. You must fly the Flight Legs using the Target Speed. Cheers Andrew
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