Disclaimer; this is not a feature request, mainly interested in gathering the opinions of others
Hello party people of the IFC!
Recently I have had the privilege of acquiring the Aerosoft CRJ for use in my time when I do desktop simming. It is quite a fun aircraft and proving a challenge to learn, but slowly I am working through it! However, as I’m learning to fly it, I’m noticing interesting quirks of the aircraft. These interesting quirks are the reason I’m writing this topic.
One of the main differences I’ve noticed on the CRJ compared to what you would expect is that the CRJ does not have an autopilot coupled VNAV system. Instead, the CRJ has what is known as “Advisory VNAV”. This advisory VNAV is a system that uses a calculated verticle path angle entered into the flight management system. The aircraft will attempt to calculate a descent path while adhering to published restrictions on the standard terminal arrival or approach procedure.
This descent path will be shown as a snowflake on the primary flight display where you would typically see the ILS glideslope. The descent profile will also be converted into a verticle speed readout on the PFD.
The question remains. Why does this matter? Well, the main idea is that there is no VNAV button you can just press and have the aircraft descend for you. It is the responsibility of the pilot to adjust the aircraft’s descent rate via the verticle speed mode to follow the advisory verticle speed listed on the PFD. However, that is not all.
The CRJ is also not equipped with an autothrottle.
During the climb, the power is set to a constant setting via detents (little dips in the throttle travel rail) that the throttle levers will click into at each power setting. Descents may even sometimes be done at idle power.
Now we arrive at the point. Considering we all play Infinite Fight, I’m sure we are well aware of the functions and capabilities of the autopilot in-game. The functions of many aircraft are broad across the board with little variation. The autopilot is either all functions or no autopilot at all. So I come today to ask the IFC, what do you think about removing or adjusting autopilot functions to conform with the operation of their real-world counterpart? In the case of the CRJ, this would involve at the least, the removal of VNAV and autothrottle, up to adding these detents in some way along with the VNAV being displayed as a recommended VS with the standard 3.0° descent path that the VNAV system in IF already attempts to conform to.
But you may also be one of the Infinite Flight players who would want to keep these functions for ease of use and simplicity. Personally, I am not of that position, but if you are, leave your comments and thoughts down below! It would be interesting to hear the perspective of others.