but then if I can establish a proper hover myself, then why the need for it? Lol!
The best reason i can give is that you are in a sophisticated attack aircraft (albeit not the most modern). There are a lot of switches and head down operations to be done and being able to engage autohover effortlessly enables you to quickly get heads down to attack.
There is a slight misconception that you need to be almost in the hover to get a good autohover. That is incorrect, you need to be trimmed close to the hover to get a stable autohover as the autopilot used a percentage of control to achieve its target. So if you are trimmed outside of this, the autopilot does not have the amount of control input needed to put itself into a stable autohover.
You can easily fly at well over 100 klm/h and hit the autohover and come perfectly to a hover. (provided you are already trimmed for hover flight). So its not the speed, its purely the trim which will dictate a good autohover or not.
I am not recommending this. But quite a few people i flew with (even i did it for a while) would after take off, trim for the hover and then fly the chopper in forward flight out of trim (aircraft trimmed for the hover). Ok it made forward flight strange as there was always an offset cyclic, but made coming to a hover very easy, safe and effective to enable quick deployment of weapons.
I do love the gun for the simple awesomeness of the sound it makes, and the fact that one burst can take out most vehicles. And from such a distance away too. Anyone know the max range of the gun? And can it take out armor? I would bet not, so my beloved A10C still wins!! HAHA!!
For me, to reliably hit a target would max 3.5 klms. I have not stringently tested this, but find i think i find more accuracy when shooting at long range with gun set to low rounds per minute. Though i could be wrong. Anyone confirm this?
Basically, any distance over 3 klms and the bullet spread widens quickly. Can get kills at 4 klms but you will need to set off a few rounds to counter for adverse dispersal.
Einstein, are you saying FD off will make me a better pilot? I do know FD "puts me in control"
Horses for courses. You may want to try this (its what i do). Fly with the autopliot channels engaged except YAW. this will give you stability in pitch and roll but leave yaw to yourself.
If you are using autohover and turn to taget, then you will need yaw engaged. So i just disengage yaw when in forward flight and re-engage when i wish to autohover or use turn to target. I find i get better precision out of flying that way. But that is me.
Oh, and GrayGhost, thanks for pointing out the obvious. Yeah, I suck. That's a given. Next time please post something that will actually help, either by telling me how to improve, or at least supporting me in my rant. I suck, you're great and smart. And no, I did not engage AP at anytime there so did not "freeze" my rudder in one position. I know and I'm 100% sure because I have the CTRL+Enter "red box with my control inputs displayed" and a stuck rudder was the first thing I checked.
Well the only tips (if you could call them that) are to keep control inputs as minimalistic as possible. This bird needs a light touch. But just practice and keep at it, it does get better, once the old grey matter figures out what you want and sends it to your fingers / toes (took a while for me)
Just remember that the trimmer has a different function with autohover engaged.