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|类型||民用飞机, Civil utility aircraft|
|构型||High wing aircraft, Fixed gear aircraft|
|动力||螺旋桨飞机, Single-engine aircraft|
塞斯纳172P “天鹰” 是一架四座位、单引擎、固定上单翼飞机。该机型首飞于1955年，至今仍在生产。塞斯纳172是目前为止世界上生产数量最大的飞机。 自2000年开始，塞斯纳172就是Flightgear的默认机型,取代了原有的Navion飞机。这个机模经过了长时间的的开发，具有很多优秀的特性。2015年，开发者对这个机模进行了大更新，加入了引擎选项、选择轮胎大小以及浮筒等功能，并更新了全新的驾驶舱贴图。这个全新的C172版本成为了FlightGear3.6及后续版本的默认机型。
- 26" 轮胎
- 31" 轮胎
- 160 HP
- 180 HP (推荐在使用浮筒、水陆两用浮筒以及雪橇时选择)
现在这个机模的机窗拥有起雾和起霜效果，是否起雾起霜取决于机舱外部与内部的气温。飞行员必须使用机舱加热和机舱气流控制杆（位于襟翼操作杆右侧）来控制舱内气温。这个效果亦可在飞机菜单中被关闭。这个效果依赖于FlightGear 3.5及以后版本中的ALS实现，在FlightGear 3.5以前的版本中会有窗户变灰的副作用。
这架飞机模拟了 Bendix/King KAP140 Autopilot.
与此同时，如果用户在FlightGear中启用了ALS (Atmospheric light scattering)渲染功能，便可以在 "Cessna 172P" 菜单中开启手电筒功能，并可在白光、红光中切换。
The aircraft can now go through a pre-flight: wheel chocks, tie-downs and the pitot tube cover can now be added or removed, oil management and fuel contamination by water have been implemented (both of which are not activated by default, but are available in the Aircraft Options dialog).
Carburettor icing is also modelled. Accumulating carburettor ice will result in loss of power. Applying carb heat will help to melt it. If the engine starts to cough when carb heat is applied, it means that ice has indeed been accumulated in the carburettor and now is being melt. To reduce the cough during the melting process, one can lean the mixture.
As of version 2016.3, static objects can be toggled in the Ground Equipment dialog. These include cones under the wings, a fuel truck, a ground power unit and ladders. The ground power can be used to recharge the battery and the fuel truck can be used to refuelling the tanks. The walker can climb the ladder by walking towards it, which makes it easy to access the fuel tank cap in order to refill it.
It's recommended to use any exterior view or activate the walker for these procedures.
- Fuel quantity: add by clicking on the fuel tank caps above each wing (you can add a ladder in the Ground Equipment dialog and climb it with the walker as well)
- Left wing: remove tie-down
- Left wing: remove pitot tube cover
- Left wing: check for fuel contamination by clicking under the wing and take a fuel sample. If the sample is light blue, the fuel is not contaminated and can be returned to the tank. If the sample is transparent or partially transparent, you must discard it and take new samples until they are completely light blue
- Tail: remove tie-down
- Right wing: remove tie-down
- Right wing: check for fuel contamination
- Nose: check for oil quantity by clicking on the oil door in the nose. Critical oil level for either engine is 5.0 quarts.
- Nose: remove wheel chocks
- Priming: prime the engine at least 3 times
- Mixture: Rich (red lever all the way in)
- Throttle: Open 1/8 (black lever at 20%)
- Parking Brake: Applied (⇧ Shift+B)
- Prop Area: Clear
- Master switch: ON (both)
- Magnetos: Both (Press } three times)
- Ignition: Start (S)
- Click on the menu "Cessna C172P" and select "Autostart" in order to start the plane. Please note that the Autostart attempts to start the engine with the mixture full rich, so if you are taking off from a very high altitude airport you may need to manually start the plane.
- See also Aircraft speed#V speeds
|Stall speed, landing configuration, VS0||33 kt|
|Stall speed, clean, VS1||44 kt|
|Rotation speed, VR||55 kt|
|Best angle of climb speed, VX||59 kt|
|Best rate of climb speed, VY||76 kt|
|Maximum flap extended speed, VFE||85 kt|
|Maneuvering speed, VA||96 kt (floatplane)|
|99 kt (landplane)|
|Maximum structural cruising speed, VNO||127 kt|
|Never exceed speed, VNE||158 kt|
Here are some of the frequently asked questions about this aircraft:
Q: I am experiencing grey windows, what is happening?
A: If you experience grey windows, you do not have the correct FlightGear version. This aircraft requires 3.5 or above.
Q: Why does the aircraft keep turning left?
A: Please see understanding Propeller Torque and P-Factor. If using the amphibian model on a solid runway, note that at the taxiing is done by differential braking (the rudder becomes more and more effective as the plane gains speed).
Q: Why will the engine not start?
A: You can start the engine automatically by clicking on the menu "Cessna C172P" and selecting "Autostart". For a manual start, please follow the checklists available by clicking on the menu "Help" followed by "Aircraft Checklists". As seen above, the engine must by "primed" before starting. If oil management is activated, you must have enough oil for the engine to work (more than 5.0 quarts). If fuel contamination is activated, the fuel must be light blue in order for the engine to properly work. You must also make sure that the battery is charged enough (you can check and recharge it in the Aircraft Options dialog).
Q: Why does the Autostart fail to start the engine?
A: That's probably because you are attempting to take off from a very high altitude airport. Autostart always tries to start the engine with the mixture full rich, and if it fails to do that properly then you must manually start the engine after properly leaning the mixture.
Q: Why does the engine die immediately after startup?
A: Probably because the throttle is being incremented too fast after startup as the engine needs a few seconds to stabilize itself.
Q: Why can't I start the sim with the engine running?
A: You can! Go to the menu "Cessna C172P", select "Aircraft Options" and tick the option "Start with engine running".
Q: Why I keep running out of battery?
A: Just like in the real airplane, it's always a bad idea to keep the battery switch on for a long time while the engine is not running, as the battery will run out of charge. When the engine is running, the alternator will make sure that the battery is always recharging. If you run out of battery charge, go to the Aircraft Options dialog and recharge it.
Q: Why the aircraft doesn't move?
A: The aircraft won't move if you have the parking brakes set, or if either of the wing tie-downs, the tail tie-down or wheel chocks are in place (if the option "allow securing aircraft" is enabled in the aircraft menu).
Q: Why the airspeed indicator doesn't work?
A: If the option "allow securing aircraft" is enabled in the aircraft menu, then very likely you forgot to remove the pitot tube cover.
Q: How can I switch to the bush tires/pontoons/amphibian?
A: By clicking in menu "Cessna 172P", selecting "Aircraft Options" and then selecting the other landing gear options.
Q: How can I switch to the 180 HP engine?
A: This is also done by clicking in menu "Cessna 172P", selecting "Aircraft Options" and then selecting the engine power option.
Q: Why can't I take off from the water without crashing the plane?
A: Taking off and landing on water can be quite tricky. Try applying a little bit of back pressure on the yoke while accelerating to 55 KIAS. It's also recommended to use the 180 HP engine instead of the default 160 HP, as the extra weight of the pontoons make it really hard to climb with the default engine.
Q: Why is the simulator lagging so much?
A: As with any complex 3D model, this new version of the c172p is a bit more demanding on the computers than the older one. If you are having troubles with performance, try using non-HD liveries which use textures with lower resolutions, as well as other solutions that can improve performance (disabling certain graphical options in the Rendering Options, lowering the resolution of FlightGear, etc.).
Some tricks that help to increase fps is by disabling all GUI windows, including the menu bar and the orange fps counters at the bottom of the screen. You can display an alternative fps counter in the top left corner via the "Debug" menu and then selecting "Cycle On-Screen Statistics". Make sure to hide the menu bar by pressing F10 to see the counter.
A second trick is to simply disable the rendering of all clouds if you don't mind. Start FlightGear with "--prop:/sim/rendering/draw-mask/clouds=0".
If you notice heavy slowdowns when flying over certain scenery and you see FlightGear generating many "Warning:: Picked up error in TriangleIntersect" messages in the terminal or log file, you can disable this by starting FlightGear with "--prop:/sim/rendering/osg-notify-level=fatal".
Q: Why are the windows getting foggy/frosty?
A: If the dew point of the cabin air temperature is higher than the surface temperature of the windshield, the windows will get either foggy or frosty. Use the Cabin Heat and Cabin Air levers (on the right of the flaps) to control it. The dew point rises with the temperature in the cabin, and it rises faster than the windshield temperature can adjust, resulting in temporary fog. If the air is very humid, the dew point is going to be very close to the cabin temperature, which makes it likely that it will be higher than the windshield temperature. Extra passengers will create a more humid atmosphere in the cabin. Try to increase air flow using the Cabin Air lever or overhead air vents in order to decrease the humidity or temperature. Alternatively, disable the effect by going to the menu "Cessna 172P", selecting "Aircraft Options" and disable the option "Enable frost and fog".
Q: How do I increase the cabin air temperature?
A: Increase the cabin air temperature by opening the Cabin Heat lever. In order to actually get a heated air flow, you need a medium or high EGT (Exhaust Gas Temperature -- the instrument between the yoke and the ADF instrument), and airspeed and/or sufficient propeller RPM.
Q: How can I click on a switch which is being covered by the yoke?
A: You can hide the yokes by clicking on them or by going to the menu "Cessna 172P", selecting "Hide/Show Yokes".
Q: Why my engine seems to be losing power?
A: Assuming that you have the mixture correctly leaned according to your altitude and atmospheric pressure, then another possibility is that you are accumulating carburettor ice which results in loss of power. Apply carb heat and the ice should slowly melt. Notice that if the engine starts to cough when you apply carb heat, it means that ice is being melt and is a sign that icing was indeed your problem. To reduce the cough during the melting process, lean the mixture.