Hello fellow aviators, I’m excited for my first feature post. I hope this is something that would add a new demension to our experience on IF. We fly a wide variety of aircraft on IF, but all pilots are subject to the effects of G force. I’ve been searching, but I’m surprised I haven’t seen a request for this. Hopefully this request shows that I put some thought into it. Here is how it might work. I’ve tried to break this down into some basic categories.
Visual: This is said to happen in phases. Beginning at about 4-5 sustained positive G’s pilots describe shrinking tunnel vision that begins to set in, followed by loss of color before full black out. By the amount and rate of G load the pilot chooses to put on the aircraft, he can control how slow or fast the effects of grey out occur. The onset of negative G produces a red out effect, but no blackout.
Audio: The keep it simple, perhaps a brief loss of audio after (visual) black out would work. some simulators have incorperated the pilots breathing as they exert themselves to pull G (this might not really work for IF though).
GLOC: G-force induced Loss Of Consciousness. You’ve offically pulled to much G! Of couse at this stage you’re passed out. I’m not sure we would want to simulate this in IF, but if we did a temporary loss of control imput would seem appropriate. Again not sure about this.
Building G resistance: As pilots fly and pull G they can build up higher tolerance to G. It would be interesting to have a experience system to build your G resistance. So over time you would be able to pull higher G for longer without blacking out.
G Force effects On/Off setting option: the most important feature. enough said. : )
That is it. So whether you test flying the 787, practicing you C-130 assault takoff, pulling high speed turns in a F-16 or practicing spins in a Citabria you can experience the affects of G-force on IF. Of course we know G’s are affected by factors such as speed, onset of control imputs, ect. I wouldn’t say it would be easy to incorperate (that would be ignorant), but maybe it wouldn’t be as hard to as other features to add. I hope you all enjoy and I’m curious to see what you think. Our community is the best!
See you in the IF skies ; )