New!   Flaps+ page

 

 

 

 

         Automatic flap configurations with drag and pitch tuning sliders

         Automatic spoiler configuration with with lift, drag, and pitch tuning sliders

         Landing gear drag and pitch tuning sliders

 

When the Flap Modifications Enabled box is checked, the new automatic flaps configuration feature allows you to select none, plain, split, or slotted flaps, how many stops to use, the extention time, and the maximum deflection angle.  Whenever the flaps type is changed, AirWrench automatically resets the pitch and drag sliders to values appropriate for the type selected, and will output all the necessary parameters in the air file and aircraft.cfg file when the flight dynamics files are updated.  The drag and pitch sliders can also be used to override the values AirWrench selects.

 

If you don't want AirWrench to change the current flap configuration in the aircraft.cfg file, just leave the Flap Modifiecations Enabled box unchecked.  You'll still be able to adjust the drag and pitch settings, but the flaps configuration in the aircraft.cfg file will not be changed when the flight dynamics files are updated.


 

 New!  Fuel+ page

 

 

 

         Tabulated display of all fuel tank locations and capacities

         Tabulated display of all engine locations

 

The Fuel+ page allows you to display and edit all the fuel tank locations and capacities for your flight model.  This page allows you to adjust the effects of fuel on the center of gravity location without leaving AirWrench.

 

The Fuel+ page also allows you to display and edit all the engine locations for your flight model.  Since engine location can affect many aspects of flight model performance, it's important to review the engine locations to be sure they make sense.

 

All of the parameters on the Fuel+ page can be edited and saved without changing any other aspect of your flight model by using the button labeled 'Save this page to Aircraft.cfg file'.  AirWrench has to be in 'Edit Mode' in order for this feature to work, and be sure to answer 'No' when you exit AirWrench if you don't want any other aspect of your flight model updated.


 

New!  Station Loads page

 

 

 

         Tabulated display of 16 station load weights and locations

 

The Loads + page allows you to display and edit all the station load weights and locations for your flight model.  This page allows you to adjust the effects of station loads on the location of the center of gravity without leaving AirWrench.

 

All of the parameters on the Fuel+ page can be edited and saved without changing any other aspect of your flight model by using the button labeled 'Save this page to Aircraft.cfg file'.  AirWrench has to be in 'Edit Mode' in order for this feature to work, and be sure to answer 'No' when you exit AirWrench if you don't want any other aspect of your flight model updated.

 


 

New!   Contacts page

 

 

 

         Tabulated display of up to 16 contact points

         Estimated and current Static CoG Height

         Estimated and current Static pitch

 

The Contacts page allows you to display and edit up to 16 contact points for your flight model.  The contact points can be edited and saved without changing any other aspect of your flight model by using the button labeled 'Save this page to Aircraft.cfg file'.  This feature is very useful for fine tuning the in-game alignment of the landing gear with the ground. 

 

AirWrench has to be in 'Edit Mode' for the save page feature to work - just be sure to answer 'No' when you exit AirWrench if you don't want any other aspect of your flight model updated.

 

You may notice that AirWrench does not allow direct edit of the landing gear compression ratio.  AirWrench calculates the landing gear compression ratio using the specified static compression and maximum compression values.  See the paper at www.mudpond.us for further details on how these landing gear parameters.

 

AirWrench also estimates values for the static CoG height above the ground and the static pitch.  The simulator uses these aircraft.cfg parameters to position the aircraft when it loads the model on the runway.  Using accurate values for these parameters eliminates drops and bounces at the start of a new flight.