An FAQ – Flight simulation is a popular pastime/hobby/interest where the act of flying an aircraft of any type is simulated using a flight simulator. It is very immersive and realistic where a flight simmer can learn to fly anything from basic light aircraft or in time a Jetliner such as the Boeing 777.
Add-on aircraft can be purchased by developers who very accurately simulate the aircraft not only visually but also its systems. High-end aircraft add-ons like PMDG, who are well known for building high-quality aircraft for flight simulators for which they model all the real aircraft’s operating systems, Because of their complexity, a lot of dedicated studies is, required to Learn how those systems and procedures work. A dedicated flight simulation enthusiast will relish in this undertaking, especially when flying the aircraft following the real-world procedures to the letter.
Virtual airlines allow a virtual pilot to participate in flying an allocated flight schedule for the virtual airline of their choice. Most of the real world airlines and the routes can be found as virtual airlines. Some enjoy simulating the roles of virtual traffic controllers, as virtual ATC, they will monitor your flight and instruct you to follow various procedures at all stages of flight.
A flight simmer can fly in a virtual environment at any level of complexity, a simple kick the tyres and go on a sightseeing trip, or something more complicated where a flight plan needs to be worked out. Weather analysis, load and balance for the aircraft to the point of replicating a real trip as flown by a real airline in real time.
It’s all Built In
Most flight simulators come with Pilot training and missions which a student pilot can fly; they are designed to introduce one into flying as well as providing some basic flight training in real time. They are designed to educate and be fun.
A flight simulator begins with software that runs on a variety of platforms, usually a desktop computer or laptop. It might also be a complete hardware setup where an entire cockpit for a given aircraft is built using flight controls which replicate the cockpit of a real plane, often a Jetliner. These simulations can range from comparably simple setups made to a budget or full commercial versions which are used by the Airliners to train both new and seasoned pilots.
Flight simulation often uses the software in conjunction with hardware. For most flight simulation fans, a simple setup where the software is used on a desktop computer with a monitor along with a joystick, it is simple and an economical configuration. Such an installation can be upgraded with more elaborate hardware when the budget allows. Hardware is optional, but it does increase realism which increases with the type of equipment. Many flights simmer’s use the following types of equipment; it is a list which is in no particular order and can be utilized on their own or all together.
- Additional monitors.
- Dedicated joysticks.
- Rudder pedals
- Tracking hardware for panning around up and down as well as side to side.
Getting started in flight simulation can be daunting, but everyone needs to start somewhere, learning is fun. I will answer some common questions about flight simulation.
Is it hard to fly a plane in a simulator?
Some flight simulators come with pilot training and missions that a virtual student pilot can fly. They are designed to introduce one into flying while providing some basic flight training done in real time. They are designed to both educate and to be fun.
What Kind of Planes Can I Fly?
It is possible to fly all categories of aircraft, military and civil aircraft of all types.
- Civil aircraft
- Light aircraft along the lines of Cessna and Piper
- Commercial such Boeing and Airbus with all variants, even the Concorde!
- Hang gliders and Ultralights
- Aerobatic aircraft such as the Pitts.
- Large cargo carrying
- Fight jets
- Older prop classic such as the Spitfire!
- Bell including the famous Bell-206
Where in the World can I Fly?
The range of locations globally is flight simulator dependent. If one is using Microsoft Flight Simulator X or any of its deviants, you can fly anywhere in the world, and the environment will be brilliant to expectable, depending on location.
X-plane, another very popular simulator does not model the whole of the world yet. X-plane is an actual flight simulator with a much higher learning curve for people who are just beginning their flight simulation hobby.
What Do I Need to Get Started?
A desktop computer or laptop which is powerful enough to run flight simulator, flight simulations are very resource intensive so seek advice before purchasing. Ask in our community; there are lots of dedicated and experienced flight simmers that will be more than happy to help.
A joystick, a good as you can afford, however, high-end and expensive is not required when starting out. Again, seek out some advice in our community.
Which Flight Simulator is Best?
I recommend Flight Simulator X Steam Edition an excellent package all around which makes it easy for someone new to flight-simming to get started, yet has all the flexibility to keep you entertained regardless of how serious you become about the hobby.
What are Add-ons?
Add-ons are most often;
Enhanced versions of what your flight simulator already has built in, but with much more functionality.
Aircraft with enhanced and more realistic flight dynamics, many more clickable aircraft systems that function as they do in the real aircraft.
Enhanced weather, much more realistic weather in reference to its accuracy, and how it is displayed (high-resolution textures for clouds)
Offers a component that your flight simulator does not have.
A virtual co-pilot that assists in the flying of an aircraft (especially airlines) by helping with systems operation, checklists and much more.
Voice control to communicate with Air traffic Control
Freeware: packages and files which are freely available at no charge to anyone who would like to enhance or add more functionality for their simulator. This includes every type of enhancement one can think of, all provided by talented developers dedicated to the hobby. It’s not unusual for many freeware packages to be of a standard equal to or exceeding some payware add-ons.
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