This chapters outlines some guidelines and explains the mechanics of Flight for pilots to better understand their Tardis.
As of 1.4, Tardises have three types of flight modes:
- Vortex Limbo
Stabilised Flight is the default flight mode. It doesn't require any additional pilot input during flight.
It will allow the Tardis to automatically take off and land.
Unstabilised Flight is an faster, but more risky form of flight.
It allows a time-ship to fly twice as fast for half the fuel usage compared to Stabilised Flight.
In addition, as the time-ship does not have to do any work, it prefers this form of flight. This means it will be more likely to be elated in mood as you fly it, and begin to trust the pilot if they can competently fly the Tardis in this method which can increase its loyalty faster.
During the flight, the pilot must respond to a variety of flight hazards by pressing the correct controls.
The pilot has 5-10 seconds to respond. The response time will increase when the Throttle speed is set lower. However, lower Throttle speed will increase the travel time and potentially increase wear and tear on subsystems.
If you fail to press the correct controls in time, the time-ship will suffer damage to its sub systems and it can go off course.
Finally, in this flight mode you must also manually land the Tardis. This involves setting the Throttle speed down to 0 when you have reached your destination. If you do not do this, you will automatically Vortex Limbo mode.
Overall, you need to be quick to respond when piloting the Tardis in this way, and consider the benefits and costs of your decisions when setting Throttle speed.
This form of travel lets your Tardis stay in flight even after you reach your intended destination. This allows you to redirect the Tardis if you suddenly need to, or give yourself more time to prepare for potential dangers outside the Tardis.
You can activate this flight mode by first flying the Tardis in Unstabilised Flight Mode, and not throttling down when you reach your destination.
Vortex Limbo can occur for an long period time, but during this your subsystems and fuel will continue to be used. You can stay in the Vortex until your essential Flight subsystems break or your Tardis runs out of fuel.
During Unstabilised Flight Mode, you must respond to a variety of hazards as mentioned earlier.