aerofly FS randomly shuts down on my iPad 2 / iPad Mini, what can I do?
aerofly FS requires quite a lot of resources and might hit a limit on the Apple iPad 2 or iPad Mini which feature "only" 512 MB of memory. The newer iPad 3
and 4 are equipped with twice the amount of memory.
To increase the amount of free memory, close all Apps that are open, you won't loose any data doing this step, its just used to free up memory:
- From the Home screen, click the Home button twice.
- Tap and hold on any app thats showing in the bar.
- When it starts to jiggle, tap the to close it.
- Repeat this will all other Apps that are currenly open until no open App is left.
- Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the red "slide to power off" slider appears, and then slide the slider.
- Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.
- Then try to run aerofly FS again
I can't hear any sound or there is no engine sound, what can I do?
Please carefully follow the steps below, after that you should have sound in aerofly FS again:
- From the Home screen, click the Home button twice.
- At the bottom you will then see a bar with active Apps.
- Wipe your finger to the right.
- Now check if the symbol for the loudspeaker is active and that the volume slider is high enough.
- Additionally, please check if the silent button next to the volume rocker button is not set up to switch off the sound. If so, switch this button as well.
Can you explain the flight information bar and how do I use the autopilot?
Shows the current windspeed and direction with respect to the aircraft's orientation. This example shows a very light wind from the left.
(2) Heading indicator
Shows the current heading in degrees. The magenta trend indicator bar shows what the heading will be in 6 seconds at the current rate of turn. For a standard
turn rate of 180 degrees per minute the trend indicator has a length equivalent to 18 degrees.
The heading bug (the magenta symbol above the 'W' in this example) and magenta number to the left are displayed if a heading for autopilot operation is
selected (see below).
(3) Airspeed indicator
Shows the IAS (indicated airspeed) in knots. The magenta trend indicator shows what the airspeed will be in 6 seconds. The color of the tape shows the
airspeeds for the current aircraft:
- green normal range
- white airspeed range with flaps extended
- yellow operation in smooth air without abrupt control inputs
- red below stall speed at the low end
above velocity never exceed ('red line') at the high end
The ground speed is displayed at the bottom. The target speed for autopilot operation will be displayed at the top as well as the magenta speed bug if selected.
(4) Attitude indicator
Shows the roll and pitch attitude of the aicraft with respect to the earth (artificial horizon).
Shows the current altitude above sea level in feet. Again, the magenta trend indicator shows what the altitude will be in 6 seconds at the current rate of climb.
A bar having a length equivalent to 100 ft therefore indicates a rate of climb of 1000 ft/min.
The height above ground is shown at the bottom.
If a target altitude is selected, this will be displayed in magenta at the top and the altitude bug will be shown.
(6) Vertical speed indicator
Displays the current rate of climb or descent in feet per minute. For autopilot operation, the target rate of climb is shown at the top.
(7) Nearests airports
Shows the distance of and direction to the two nearests airports. The distances are displayed in nautical miles. The directions are shown with respect to the
current heading. In this example, the nearest airport is at the 4 o'clock position at a distance of 6.6 nm. The second airport is right behind at a distance of 13
How do I operate the autopilot?
The autopilot can stabilize the heading, airspeed, altitude as well as the vertical speed. The autopilot cannot be switched on and will disengage when one of the
following limits is exceeded: bank angle larger than 60 degrees, pitch angle larger than 45 degrees, airspeed less than 1.2 times the stall speed or when the
aircraft is on the ground. These limits are exceeded for example if you fly a looping with heading mode engaged - the autopilot will disengage as soon as the
nose is 45 degrees above the horizon.
The heading mode can be activated and deactivated by tapping on the heading indicator (2). The box around the heading will change its color to green to
indicate the heading is controlled by the autopilot. If no heading was selected so far, the current heading will be selected and shown in magenta. The target
heading can be changed by tapping the + / - buttons (8) below the heading indicator. Touching these buttons for a longer time will repeatedly change the
selected heading by 5 degrees. The target heading can be changed while the heading mode is engaged, the autopilot will then turn the aircraft to the selected
The airspeed mode / auto-throttle will adjust the engine power to keep the selected airspeed. Enable / disable this mode by tapping on the airspeed indicator
(3). The target airspeed is shown in magenta at the top and can be changed by the + / - buttons (8) below the airspeed indicator.
Hold a constant altitude. This mode is perfect for cruise flight at a constant altitude. Tap the altitude indicator (5) to activate this mode. When engaged, the
autopilot will climb / descend to the target altitude and level off. The vertical speed in this phase can be selected by using the + / - buttons below the vertical
speed indicator (6). When the target altitude is changed by tapping the + / - buttons (8) below the altitude indicator, the autopilot will initiate a climb / descent
to the new altitude. The vertical speed for this will be the last selected vertical speed, provided it has the right direction. If a descent would be required to reach
the new altitude and the last selected vertical speed was a climb at 1000 ft/min, this would be changed to a default of -1500 ft/min and vice versa.
V/S - vertical speed
Climb / descend at a constant rate. When engaged, the autopilot will try to climb / descend at the selected vertical speed. If the aircraft cannot climb at the
selected vertical speed, it will loose airspeed until the autopilot disengages at minimum speed. This mode can be selected by tapping the vertical speed
indicator (6). The v/s mode will override the altitude mode, so this can be used to leave an altitude that was previously held constant by the autopilot. On the
other hand, if the altitude mode is active, the vertical speed mode will disengage 500 ft before reaching the target altitude to allow levelling off and avoid
crossing a selected altitude.