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Ever been struck by lightning?

Post by 7e7guy » Tue May 27, 2008 7:57 pm

I was just wondering if it is possible to be struck by lightning in FS5-X. There are a couple thousand users here at these forums, and there is about a one in a million chance of getting struck by lightning.
Just one of those I wonder if fs can... type of topics.
So, if anybody has a comment on this subject, I'm pretty interested.
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Post by mel wilson » Tue May 27, 2008 8:54 pm

I got struck twice, and the second time was fatal.... 8O

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Post by 7e7guy » Tue May 27, 2008 9:02 pm

Wow? I didn't think it was possible. whats it sound like? :P by the way, you mean in fs right :lol:
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Post by Haun » Tue May 27, 2008 9:27 pm

no really he got struck twice and the second time he died. hes 'thuper serial! lol i have seen pictures of FS planes getting struck, but im not sure if they are real... wonder what happens...

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Post by 7e7guy » Tue May 27, 2008 9:55 pm

hehe, just checking. but you know, if your bored sitting at your computer, go ahead and post up some of those pictures. :P
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Post by skipperdan » Tue May 27, 2008 10:05 pm

The aircraft that I flew on one year ago was struck by lightning when I flew from Tampa to Philadelphia. There was a medium volume pop noise and the lights flashed briefly. All of the women screamed. However, none of the staff made an annoucement. After about 10 minutes, I asked the stewart if that was lightning. He calmly replied, "I think so."

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Post by mel wilson » Tue May 27, 2008 10:06 pm

Copy of a pic I entered in the screenshot compo here on Surclaro

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Post by 7e7guy » Tue May 27, 2008 10:36 pm

Pretty cool stuff.
Oh yeah, in case anyone was struck by lighning in flight sim, FS5, all the way to FSX.
LOL, good luck I'm crossing my fingers for good weather for you!

Nice pic.

Aparently some of the newer planes coming out like the A380, which is I belive 20% carbon fibre and the 787, which I think is 50% carbon fiber can't withstand a lightning strike, it will severly damage the fuselage and where the lightning hit the plane could be sheared off depending on how much carbon fibre was used and how powerful the lightning bolt was. It's happened before on a super puma helicopter, it had to ditch in the north sea.
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Post by Cat1 » Wed May 28, 2008 1:15 am

7e7guy wrote:Aparently some of the newer planes coming out like the A380, which is I belive 20% carbon fibre and the 787, which I think is 50% carbon fiber can't withstand a lightning strike, it will severely damage the fuselage and where the lightning hit the plane could be sheared off depending on how much carbon fibre was used and how powerful the lightning bolt was.
Good thing that is totally incorrect...
There are quite specific FAA and JAA mandates in place that deal with an aircraft's ability to channel a lightning strike. But to say an airframe can't withstand a strike is totally incorrect, if it was true the airframe wouldn't be flying. :roll:
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Post by harkonnen » Wed May 28, 2008 1:57 am

I've never, ever heard mention of a lightning strike in FS....but I could be wrong. My guess is that the lightning is purely for looks. Anyone know different? Geez, ya know, now I'm wondering, they can simulate everything else weather..thermals, wind, and who knows what else...maybe there is a big fluctuation in the surrounding air at the lightning space.

Nahhhhh...it's just for looks.


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Post by Haun » Wed May 28, 2008 2:54 am

who knows....

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Post by tropicalfish » Wed May 28, 2008 3:01 am

Cat1 wrote:
7e7guy wrote:Aparently some of the newer planes coming out like the A380, which is I belive 20% carbon fibre and the 787, which I think is 50% carbon fiber can't withstand a lightning strike, it will severely damage the fuselage and where the lightning hit the plane could be sheared off depending on how much carbon fibre was used and how powerful the lightning bolt was.
Good thing that is totally incorrect...
There are quite specific FAA and JAA mandates in place that deal with an aircraft's ability to channel a lightning strike. But to say an airframe can't withstand a strike is totally incorrect, if it was true the airframe wouldn't be flying. :roll:
I heard that something like copper is being run through the carbon fiber to distribute the lightning shock and prevent severe damage...
No citation here, just hearsay.
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Post by rd » Wed May 28, 2008 4:52 am

Ask, and you shall receive....

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/b ... ing05.html

The main airframe is 99% carbon fiber, and they will use a fine metal mesh for spreading out the energy of a lightening strike.

Read it all, as it is very interesting. Also note the date of the article.

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Post by mel wilson » Wed May 28, 2008 8:42 am

I seem to remember something about the Faraday Cage effect.....!

But I also remember it having to be earthed....... So, how long would the earth cable need to be from the Aircraft to the ground..... :lol: Assuming it's long haul... :wink:

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Post by 7e7guy » Wed May 28, 2008 10:49 am

rd wrote: The main airframe is 99% carbon fiber, and they will use a fine metal mesh for spreading out the energy of a lightening strike.

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Alright, I knew they had to be doing something to stop catastrophy.
I spent almost the whole night trying to figure out how the 787 would deal with lightning, one wire wouldn't do it if it were banking.. they couldn't cover the wholpelane in wires... wow RD! your a mind reader!
tropicalfish wrote: I heard that something like copper is being run through the carbon fiber to distribute the lightning shock and prevent severe damage
there's another good reason. I think they now do that on most helicopters.
Cat1 wrote: Good thing that is totally incorrect...
There are quite specific FAA and JAA mandates in place that deal with an aircraft's
I'm just saying as I was told.
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Post by Cat1 » Wed May 28, 2008 5:36 pm

7e7guy wrote:
Cat1 wrote: Good thing that is totally incorrect...
There are quite specific FAA and JAA mandates in place that deal with an aircraft's
I'm just saying as I was told.
I'm just saying as I design the aircraft. :wink:
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Post by 7e7guy » Wed May 28, 2008 8:24 pm

Ah, okay, lol.
I didn't read any FAA reports on lightning strikes so I guess your the one thats probably right for this one. :wink:
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Post by Cat1 » Thu May 29, 2008 5:57 pm

Gosh I hope so... I've been designing them for over 15 years. 8)
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Post by mel wilson » Thu May 29, 2008 6:20 pm

Cat1 wrote:Gosh I hope so... I've been designing them for over 15 years. 8)

Yep.......... That'll do for me ........ :wink:

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Post by 7e7guy » Thu May 29, 2008 7:03 pm

Awesome, your a designer? Now that's a cool job. Well. I'm 100% believing you now! 8) :lol:
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