How to Send Fuel From One Tank to the Other in the 2004 FS

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Flight simulator games were originally used for training pilots.

Flight simulators were originally created to train pilots. They allow you to learn to fly an airplane without risking your life or damaging an airplane. It is less expensive to run a flight simulator for the same number of hours as a real airplane. In 2004, a basic flight simulator was created as a computer game that runs on standard home computers, and dozens of airplanes have been simulated based on 2004 FS. In some simulations you can simulate moving fuel from one tank to another — even using the discardable fuel tanks that jets carry under their wings.


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      Set both Drop Tank Pressure Shutoff Valves to "ON," so the fuel from both drop tanks feeds into the Front Fuselage Tank. Periodically check the airplane weight and balance data. Cut off the Drop Tank Pressure Shutoff Valve momentarily if one drop tank is emptying faster than the other one, to keep the airplane balanced. The tanks are dropped when no longer used to save weight and reduce drag.

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      Jettison the drop tanks once they are both empty. Before you do this, make sure that both Drop Tank Pressure Shutoff Valves are set to "OFF". Press the Drop Tank Jettison Button.

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      Use the wing tanks next. This is similar to using the drop tanks, but less critical because the wing tanks typically hold about one-fifth the gasoline that the drop tanks hold. Use the Left and Right Wing Tank Pressure Shutoff Valves to control the feed from the wing tanks to the fuselage tank.

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      Activate the Fuel Transfer Pump Switch to feed fuel from the Aft Fuselage Tank to the Forward Fuselage Tank. This is the main tank that feeds directly into the engine. When this tank is empty, the airplane is out of fuel.

Tips & Warnings

  • You should have a preflight checklist for playing flight simulator games, just like a pilot has a preflight checklist that he goes through before takeoff. There are just too many things to remember. The preflight checklist should include making sure that all six fuel tanks are full. Other things that should be on the preflight checklist are armament, safety equipment, oil pressure, controls — they should move freely, but have some resistance — and that all the meters are registering something other than zero.

  • It is a mistake not to monitor the fuel feed while you are using gasoline from the wing and drop tanks. They usually feed properly, but if the load is unbalanced, it can cause the aircraft to yaw — to stay in the same place while the nose wants to drift to one side. This can waste fuel, make the plane difficult to control, and even get you off course. The yawing will come on gradually, and might go unnoticed if you are not checking the weight and balance data.

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