Microsoft Flight Simulator Handbook

by Jonathan M. Stern




Your First Flight

Pilot's Log

I remember my first solo flight as if it were yesterday. It was a cold, wintry day, and the runway was blanketed with snow. My flight instructor told me to do three takeoffs and landings and return to get him. When the main wheels broke ground and I was flying, I felt a big adrenaline rush and let out a hoot that would have deafened a passenger.

Flight schools have long recognized that student enrollments will be very low if prospective students are told that they have to complete many hours of ground school prior to going up in a plane. Accordingly, when someone interested in learning to fly shows up at the airport, the first thing any good instructor offers is a ride in the airplane.

Flight Simulator a similar teaching philosophy. For more than fifteen years. Flight Simulator pilots have been starting their software to find themselves seated in a single-engine airplane with the engine already running. Chicago's Meigs Field is the site of most of these digital airplanes with only the neophyte pilots aboard. If you are reading this while first experiencing Flight Simulator, you, too, are at Meigs Field, ready for takeoff from Runway 36.

The visual flight section of the book uses the setup that is described in Appendix G, "Installing and Configuring Flight Simulator." This setup configures the simulator to match the Trainer situation shown in Figure 1.1.

Figure 1.1. The Trainer configuration.

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