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With the help of @Lefteris Kalamaras the first set of training files are now in the downloads section of this site. The first set cover "Introduction To Supersonics" as was covered on day 1 of the Concorde conversion course. Please remember I do not claim to be an expert and I am only going on the information I have from the course notes/training manual. You will need some sort of PowerPoint to run the main files - I think you can get a free viewer from Microsoft somewhere on the net. Otherwise, the PDF versions have the slides and the notes. The main files are in a lecture style, with the bulk of information being read out by a computer generated voice - some interesting pronunciations can be heard - and the main points/diagrams being produced on screen. Where you may need more time to look at things, a continue button must be pressed to progress to the next slide. Please remember these are for interest only - don't think you can go and fly a real Concorde after doing these...! If people are interested in more I will see if Lefteris is willing to upload them at a later date. I may upload and exam for fun also! Enjoy! Frazz
Hi. I'm new to the Concorde. The Concorde works perfect. Only thing is, I don't know how to use it correctly, do flights etc. Does anyone know of anywhere I can learn the Concorde X? Could be anything from websites to videos. Regards, Charlie.
This is one of the silliest posts I've ever made, but I feel so happy and exited that I just have the need to write something about it. To share my feelings. Yes... this post is just about feelings, I'm afraid. Just feelings. You can save your time if you wish ;-) Since I first installed FSX I've been flying every now and then, but nothing serious. Just for fun. I flew "my way" doing basically anything I just wanted. No rules. But then in August 2011, just a little more than a year ago, I discovered virtual airlines and I decided to take my flying more "seriosly" A new whole world was in front of me. I had to learn about ATC, procedures, charts, maps, settings, rules... And bought my first addons: ASE, REX, FSC, FDC, sceneries, airports... and then Airplanes. My first "real" airplane outside FSX was Flight1 ATR 72-500. I did enjoyed that plane! It was fun. A "easy" turbo-prop with and updatable FMC (Navigraph) That really helped my learning. My next step was PMDG 737NGX. What a challenge!!! It was both hard and fun to learn, but I also enjoyed it a lot. And then it happened... I went to Paris in May 2012 and had the opportunity to visit The Air and Space Museum in Le Bourget... OH-MY-GOD!!! I spent there almost one whole day out of my 3 days in Paris. Of course, I felt in love of the Concordes... YES. With "s". Plural. Both of them. In perfect shape inside a dedicated hangar. I didn't know at the time, so I was not aware how important those two Concordes were. F-WTSS, production designation 001, was the first Concorde ever to fly in March 2nd 1969. The F-BTSD, on the other hand, holds the world record for flying around the world in both directions. Westbound in 32 hours 49 minutes and 3 seconds on 12/13 October 1992 and Eastbound in 31 hours 27 minutes and 49 seconds on 15/16 August 1995. Also, F-BTSD was the Concorde painted with Pepsi colours... WOW!!! According to heritageconcorde.com, the F-BTSD has had several systems (including part of the Green hydraulic system) powered up over the years and the reservoirs were not drained as with all the other Concordes. Her noise and visor still operate, and once a week ground power is connected to the aircraft and the flight deck comes alive. The French group Olympus 593 headed by Frédéric Pinlet under the direction of former Air France Concorde Engineer Pascal Touzeau, started carrying out engine checks on this Concorde during 2010, with a view to re-starting the engines. I can't tell you if this is 100% accurate. But what I DO can tell you is that both Concordes are in an ABSOLUTELY PERFECT STATE. Just like brand new. Time seems to have freezed on both of them. As I said, I didn't know at that time all the story of the aircrafts I was beholding. I simply knew that I was in love. I visited the hangar with the Concorde three times that day. I simply couldn't leave... So, as you can imagine, one of the first things I did as soon as I came home was to search for a realistic Concorde for FSX. And then I found Concorde-X. THE Concorde. Almost inmediatly after the first install and load I knew Concorde-X was not going to be an "easy bird" to fly. I knew I was going to need help. I was still learning PMDG 737NGX by then, and I was making a World Tour for my virtual airline. So I decided to do things properly. No hurries. I would finish my World Tour and then went for the Concorde. I first bought Flightdeck Productions training DVD, but I was very, very dissapointed. Every system is described in detail. And that's great. But just watching the videos you won't get her in the air. The video just covers systems independently, but I was expecting a kind of tutorial, not a system by system explanation. I learned a lot about the Concorde, that's true, but not how to fly her. Then I went for ITTV DVDs. Again, great stuff, but still not what I wanted. Too fast for me. Besides, English is not my mother tongue, and some of the explanations are just too hard for me to understand, specially when talking in the air with such a low quality noisy audio. Finally, I tried what I should have tried first: the PDF tutorial that was there all the time... Ever since I installed Concorde-X for the fist time. I followed carefully the tutorial step but step, but I had the same problem described in this post: 4X Engine Fire During Transonic, No Failures Active? Whenever I went past Mach 1.3 I heard the engines "booming", then fire, then Game Over. I DID made sure time, and time again that I was using BOTH Virtual Engineers for Fuel and Engines. But nothing worked. No matter how faithfully I tried to follow the tutorial. Everytime, after mach 1.3 and around 40,000 feet I had an Engine failure. I've been using dozens of addons since August 2011 so before asking for help in the forum I decided to give it a final try. Yesterday I installed Windows, FSX and Concorde-X from scratch and... BINGO!!! I FINALLY I MADE IT!!! I went past mach 1.3. Ok. So far so good... Next challenge. Mach 1.7. Afterburners off... Great!!! Things went on. Up and up, and faster and faster. 50.000 feet and... Mach 2.0. What a feeling... Really... I know I must sound like a 8-year-old child. But really. I'm soooo exited... After all I've read, learnt, tried... I made the descent much earlier than I had calculated, but for my maiden flight I prefered to have things slow and calmed near the ground before the approach than having to rush down. I moved from INS to VOR, then ILS and... perfect touchdown!!! On my very first time!!! WOW!!! I soooooo happy that I just needed to share. Concorde is BY FAR. not only the most challenging aircraft I've flown so far, but the most challenging learning experience ever since I started using FSX. And I've had to learn many things... And the best part is... this is just the beginning. I've prepared a World Tour with 41 steps that I'll be publishing in my virtual airline on November 26th, on the 9th aniversary of the last takeoff and landing ever of a Concorde. The tour visits 41 different airports which Concorde really visited during her life, and I've tried to tell all I've learnt about Concorde's history at each of the destinations in a kind of "learning by doing" So far I've already spent many, many hours reading and setting everything up, although I still have many things to polish. I'm putting all my heart in this tour and, hopefully, some of you will be interested in flying it. My virtual airline is Spanish, so all the text and instructions are written in Spanish. But I'll try to make a translation for the Flightsim Labs community. If possible, I'll try to post the tour both in English and Spanish on November the 26th. It's likelly, though, that I'll need more time for the English version. I know most of you won't read all this "bore", but when the heart talks, it talks... THANK YOU SO MUCH for developing such a faithful replica of the real Concorde. THANKS SO MUCH for giving us the chance of living the Concorde experience as pilots. And thak you so much for speding your valuable time reading a childish adult exited just for having done what most of you already do: fly the Concorde. PS: In the following links you can have a look at the photos I took at Le Bourget.The second link is the official Museum Webpage. There you can find two AMAZING 360º interactive picture of the cockpit, on and off, of both Concordes. Don't miss them!!! https://www.facebook...=1&l=313ec820a8 http://www.museeaire...-france/360-on/ http://www.museeaire...ss/cockpit-360/