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    The importance of trim

    I was having the damndest time flying and just happened to ask a friend who used to fly F-14s how often he adjusted his trim settings. "Constantly" he said. Anytime you change altitude or speed. But in game I find that it's rarely totally correct even when flying more or less horizontally. Maybe I can't achieve the precise throttle and trim adjustement possible in RL or am just not that skilled yet, but the plane generally either floats slowly up or sinks slowly, so I have to trim up or down every so often, depending on how much I care about being precise.

    Trim up, trim down, and cancel trim are the three buttons I use the most. Maybe when I'm a big pilot I'll begin using horizontal trim more too!

    This may be obvious to everyone, but it wasn't to me, so I thought I'd pass it on.

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    Re: The importance of trim

    I don't have a problem with trim in the F15 for some reason - that may be because I've set my joystick input to cancel it out thinking that I was having issues with my joystick - lol but how would i know??

    The russian planes however seem to constantly need trimming, and don't forget you can trim your rudder too (CTRIL - Z&X).

    Before I got my JS settled though I'd use trim but could never, ever get it to sit still. It would always bank slightly down or up, left or right.
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    Re: The importance of trim

    Just read this http://www.simhq.com/_air/air_003c.html

    Turns out the RL use of that hat switch on a joystick is for setting trim. I guess the hatswitch on the throttle is for slewing the designator?

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    Re: The importance of trim

    tried to hold out as long as I could.

    But can I second the importance of Trim... Jeeesh, no one else thinks so??

    Bunch of Slack Jawed .....'s

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    Re: The importance of trim

    Just remember - Cancel your trim when a) you are landing and b) when you get into combat.

    Ctrl-T cancels trim.
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