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The Skua is a medium range transport gyrodyne. It can carry a total of 8 Kerbals, 4 in the cockpit and 4 in the passenger bay, with the option of squeezing an additional Kerbal into the airlock if desperate.
It is designed specifically to fly with Ferram Aerospace Research installed, and may not work correctly without it. It is also necessary to use the Atmosphere Autopilot mod mod.
You will also need the Airplane Plus Tweakscale config, as some parts have been scaled down.
Note that sometimes the fuel cell doesn’t generate electricity. If this occurs, try manually turning the fuel cell off and on by using the right-click menu.
Turn the parking brake on and engage the Atmosphere Autopilot mod’s fly-by-wire mode. You should use ONLY the ‘coordinated turn’ setting while hovering.
Press 1 to start the rotors. Wait until the rotors have reached 1000 RPM before throttling up. The aircraft will begin to lift off two notches from the top of the throttle indicator, or at about 60kN.
Pitch down as much as 10° to accelerate forwards, feathering the throttle to maintain level flight. As you accelerate through 40 to 60m/s, the aircraft will become unstable if the prograde marker on the navball is too high or low. If the nose begins to pitch up or down, engage the RCS compressed air nozzles to maintain control.
Banking sideways will result in lateral movement in that direction even when the rotors are brought level again. To turn smoothly, engage the Atmopshere Autopilot’s ‘moderation’ mode as well as ‘coordinated turn’ and Be aware that banking will result in the aircraft descending, so you should increase the throttle to compensate.
The aircraft will reach a maximum cruising speed in level flight of about 120m/s with the main rotors. With the pusher engine running it can reach 240m/s. Service ceiling is approximately 3500m.
- Airplane Plus
- Aviation Lights
- B9 Aerospace Parts Pack
- Ferram Aerospace Research
- Kerbal Aircraft Expansion
- Procedural Parts
- Squad (stock)
- Stock Extension
- Stockalike Station Parts Expansion
- TweakScale - Rescale Everything!
- Type: SPH
- Class: aircraft
- Part Count: 54
- Mods: 10
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