Flight Simulator as a Training Device

You know about the EAA (Experimental Aviation Association,) right? They’re the folks who put on the wonderful airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, each July. They also publish a monthly magazine, Sport Aviation, for their members.

The May, 2011, issue contains an article by Brady Lane, an EAA staff member who obtained his Sport Pilot certificate recently and is now working toward his Private Pilot license.

The article explains several ways in which a PC-based flight simulator can be useful for pilot training.

An obvious one is the operating cost! Renting an airplane will cost at least $100/hour these days. Using a flight simulator installed on your PC will cost so little that you can not even measure it.

Another benefit of using your flight sim for training is that you can concentrate on learning a single task. (The author was concentrating on mastering the operation of the VOR.) With the simulator, you’re not distracted by watching for traffic or watching the fuel gauges. You can concentrate 100% on the task of interest.

If the weather is bad for a week, no problem! Use your flight simulator to “keep the touch,” even though it is storming outside.

Pro Flight Simulator provides fun, of course. But it or other PC-based flight simulators can serve as legitimate training devices.

Pro Flight Simulator Review

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This review accurately reflects what I think of Pro Flight Simulator. Please understand that each person has a different educational background, a different aviation experience, and a different reason for being interested in this product. Therefore, there may be as many different opinions of Pro Flight Simulator as there are people who study or use it.

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Pro Flight Simulator is a PC-based flight simulator. It’s main claim to fame is the realism which it brings to you, the user. The instrument panels are accurately depicted and the instruments themselves are accurate reproductions of the real thing, both in appearance and functionality.

Better yet, the aircraft (or vehicle!) fly like the real thing! That’s a real plus, whether you’re using the product for gaming or are a pilot using it to maintain or perfect your piloting skills. A B-747 doesn’t fly like a C-172 in real life. They shouldn’t fly the same on a simulator, either. On Pro Flight Simulator they don’t!

The basic system covers the San Francisco area in great detail. The deluxe version includes scenery for nearly the entire world! No matter where you are, you can fly over familiar territory! Or, you can fly to places you’ve always dreamed of flying. Ultimately, there are over 20,000 airports available with the deluxe scenery package!

Maybe you’d like to try landing a C-172 in Red Square, Moscow, without spending a few years in jail. Here’s your chance to do just that! (I’ve seen Red Square and would consider it a challenge to put a 172 into the square. Mathias Rust deserved a medal, not jail time!)

The basic system includes the ability to select among several aircraft. Well over 120 different aircraft or vehicle models are available for download. You’ll never get bored because you have to fly “the same old plane.”

If you’re concerned about  your investment, consider this:

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Adventure and enjoyment,
Keith Williams, CFI

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Pro Flight Simulator Adventures

A previous post concentrated on flight simulator realism. This one will review what can be done with an inexpensive computer flight simulator.

First, you can “play games.” In fact, for many that is the purpose of the program. But as a lover of aviation and a flight instructor, I feel it is much more than a “game.”

You can use Pro Flight Simulator to keep your flying skills, both basic and instrument, sharp during periods of non-flying. If you fly, you know that a light touch on the controls is important. A computerized “airplane” emphasizes that. These simulators don’t have “feel” built into them, so moving smoothly and in small increments is sometimes a real challenge. But if you can master it on a simulator, you can do a superb job in the real plane!

With this flight simulation software, as with the expensive professional models, the area and degree of inclement weather can be set. This is great for instrument flying pracitce!

You can also create a pro flight simulator fleet with your friends and fly with them or against them! Can you imagine that: flying with others with zero risk or danger, but tons of fun and adventure!

Flight simulation with this system is so flexible that you can have a choice of over 120 different aircraft to fly. And you can fly them into or out of thousands and thousands of airports worldwide with the optional world scenery package.

By now, you’ve probably gotten the idea that I believe that flight simulator training is actually useful to pilots. I do! With Pro Flight Simulator, it can not only familiarize them with different aircraft but also different airports. It is wonderful when you fly into an airport for the first time ever, only to have it seem as if you’ve been there a dozen times—especially places with tricky approaches like Jackson, Wyoming.

To summarize, Pro Flight Simulator provides a LOT of functionality for a modest price. There are valuable bonuses and a guarantee so the risk is very low.

Flight Simulator Cockpit Realism

Whether you’re using a PC flight simulator as a game or as a serious tool to further your piloting skills, you want your flight simulator cockpit to be as realistic as possible.

The location of instruments on the cockpit panel are pretty well standardized in current aircraft. However, if you’re flying an older airplane or other aircraft the instruments can be almost anyplace. Certainly you should not expect to find them where they would be if the airplane had been built in recent years. Your game or flight simulator should reflect these non-standard locations when modeling older or specialized aircraft.

The instruments depicted on the panel should look like real aircraft instruments, not just as computer generated “clocks.” This is true for both the traditional “steam gauge” instruments and the much newer electronic flight instruments. While there are relatively few manufacturers of flight instruments, there are several different models to meet different needs. In addition, each aircraft manufacturer usually has special features or functions which make their instruments unlike those of any other aircraft manufacturer. In real airplanes, different planes have a different selection of instruments. Your flight simulator should reflect these real-world differences.

Flight simulator cockpit realism is highly dependent upon the flight controls. With PC-based flight simulators, it is usually up to the user to provide the cockpit controls. A keyboard and mouse (or trackball) are really all that are required for operational purposes, but they surely do not do much for realism! To gain any sense of cockpit realism, a joystick is required— probably followed shortly by rudder pedals.

You can go much further, of course. Friends of mine took cockpit realism to the next level. They mounted a seat from a well-used Cessna to a frame, added a joystick, and a monitor for the instrument panel. The out-the-windscreen view was provided by a large-screen, flat-panel display on the wall. That made for a reasonably realistic small airplane flight simulator, yet the cost was low.

One of the most realistic simulators is Pro Flight Simulator.

Pro Flight Simulator—Unsurpassed Realism!

If you love flying, Pro Flight Simulator is the program for you. Period!

Or if flight simulator games are your thing, this is the program for you, too!

The reason: there is no low-cost pc-based flight sim which offers more realism than Pro Flight Simulator! It’s far better than that offered by Microsoft flight simulator, in fact. The airplanes look realistic, even down to their liveries (airline colors and logos). The instrument panels look realistic. And the scenery is realistic!

The flying qualities are also extremely realistic, each tailored to the aircraft being simulated. If you’re using this to learn or perfect your flying skills, this is important. You wouldn’t move up from a C-172 to a King Air B200 and expect them to fly the same, would you? With this outstanding program they do not. Each flies as the real airplane flies!

Even the instruments act like the real thing! They have the same built-in idiosyncracies as do their real-life counterparts. The software is so realistic that the flight instruments even degrade the same way they do in real airplanes. For example, if you invoke a vacuum system failure, the attitude indicator will slowly become less and less accurate and finally will roll over and die. Just like “for real.”

You can even elect to have weather during your flight. Not just any weather, mind you, but weather conditions based on the real weather at the real location to which you are flying. Certainly this adds to the realism!

Right now, special bonuses are offered, one of which is an ebook version of a 281-page FAA book titled Airplane Flying Handbook. If you’re using Pro Flight Simulator as a tool while learning to fly, this book will go a long way toward getting you headed in the right direction.

For all the details on this realistic and fun program, just click the button below:

Pro Flight Simulator — Realistic Flying Adventure!

If you love flying, Pro Flight Simulator is the program for you. Period!

A major goal of this program was to make your flying adventure as realistic as possible. And they’ve succeeded; just read the quotes from users! Whether you’re talking of the flying qualities, the appearance of the aircraft, or the outside environment, the “look” is unbelievably realistic for flight simulation software.

You’ll notice that I used the word “aircraft” above, not the word “airplane.” That’s because with Pro Flight Simulator you get the ability to fly a large number (over 100, actually!) and variety of aircraft, not just airplanes! Compare that with any competitive program!

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Sikorsky Skycrane, one of the aircraft simulated in Pro Flight Simulator

Photo of C-172 cockpit while on short finalEver want to fly a Sikorsky Skycrane? Or maybe a hot jet fighter and become the “Top Gun” in your family? Or maybe you just want to keep your skills fresh so when the snow melts you can jump right into your C-172 and feel comfortable. The hangar full of aircraft lets you chose! And each one provides a very realistic adventure on every flight!

OK, that’s how things look. How does it fly? Professional flight simulators cost millions of dollars. This cost a tiny fraction of that, so can it be any good? Yes!

First, you give up the motion—and a few million dollars! And you give up the realistic cockpit: the walls, the seats on rails, etc. And save maybe another million bucks or so. And you don’t get the real-world visual displays—and you don’t pay for them either. (But you can provide your own large-screen display, plus another smaller screen for the cockpit, if you wish!)

The first thing you know, you’re down to the important part: the software! That’s what you get with this program and it is very good. In the real world, each aircraft type flies differently. The same here! But they don’t simply fly “differently,” they fly realistically compared to the real aircraft.

The software is so realistic that the flight instruments even degrade the same way they do in real airplanes. For example, if you invoke a vacuum system failure, the attitude indicator will slowly become less and less accurate and finally will roll over and die. Just like “for real.” (But you detected that shortly after the failure, right?)

How about  a little weather—or are you a fair-weather pilot? With Pro Flight Simulator, you can “dial in” as much or as little weather as you want to help you build your skills and confidence.

Before I quit, I must mention at least one of the bonuses available to you when you click the link below. An electronic version of the 281 page book “Airplane Flying Handbook,” a very real book published by the FAA and read by thousands of pilots, is just one of the bonuses. If you’re learning to fly using this program, this bonus book will really get you headed in the right direction for your flying adventures.

I could go on and on about the benefits of this neat program, but at this point the best thing I can do is suggest that you get all the details, including the special discount being offered now, and the bonuses.

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