40 More Great Flight Simulator Adventures

by Charles Gulick

The Leading
Piper Only

North Position: 21000 Rudder: 32767
East Position: 6429 Ailerons: 32767
Altitude: 4000 Flaps: 0
Pitch: 0 Elevators: 36863 (64 and Atari)
Bank: 0 Elevators: 34815 (Apple only)
Heading: 350 Time: 15:00
Airspeed: 126 Season: 3-Summer
Throttle: 22527 Wind: 4 Kts, 160


You're about 34 miles from Spanaway Airport, and all set to pick up a heading to McChord OMNI. But then you glance off to your right and see a weird-looking object. Just have to fly over and see what that thing is-a crashed aircraft, fallen-down skyscraper, chip off the old block?

    When this mysterious object is straight ahead out your windscreen, pause to look at it a bit. It looks like an inclined runway, with a snow bank at the end of it, or a ledge that drops off rather abruptly to punish those who don't get airborne quickly enough. (In the Apple version, you won't see anything remotely resembling a snowbank.) If it's a mountain, it sure has an odd shape.

    Unpause and continue flying straight toward it.

No, no! I said fly straight toward it. Hey! Fly toward it!

    Where'd that thing go, anyway? And what was it, or is it?

    My guess is that it was-or is-a hole Bruce Artwick tore in his orthogonal coordinate grid overlaid on his Lambert Conformal Conic Projection. Maybe one day in frustration....

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