by Fred J. Calfior and Douglas W. Miller
ABOUT THIS COMPANION
The flight scenarios in this companion have been written with the assumption that you are familiar with the operation and control of Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0 or 5.0.
Hi! My name is Professor Miller. Professor Calfior and I will be helping you fly "N9413M", referred to as "13MIKE" (pronounced "ONE THREE MIKE"), through the scenarios in this companion. It is to your advantage to read the Microsoft Flight Handbook and understand all the keyboard controls for operating the instruments, engine, and flap controls on the Cessna 182 RG instrument panel before starting. An excellent way to acquire this knowledge is by going through Microsoft's "Flight School".
The following Flight School sections are recommended: 1) "Ground School", 2) "Basic Flight Training", 3) "Advanced Flight Training", and 4) "Navigation Course". It is best to complete all lessons in each of these sections. Flying the scenarios in this companion without the Flight School experience is possible. We try to provide as much help as we can in areas where you may run into problems. You can also refer to the Microsoft Flight Handbook for help. We highly recommend that you have a good understanding of how the following instruments work: 1) VOR and OBI, 2) DME, and 3) VSI.
Flight Simulator version 5.0 comments
The latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator is something to behold. The scenery is fantastic, and the instruments and controls are very realistic. There are a few differences between versions 4.0 and 5.0. We have used a bold square bracket "[ ]" to indicate any 5.0 version specific command or answer. If you are flying version 5.0, please use the numbers in the square brackets.
You will need to set your propeller to a "fixed pitch". Aircraft position will need to be set using Latitude and Longitude settings. 5.0 also displays NAV 1 and NAV 2 DME simultaneously. When you come across a command that tells you to switch to NAV 2 DME, just revert your attention to your second DME display.