Microsoft Flight Simulator Handbook

by Jonathan M. Stern




The Hazards of Flying On Instruments Without Knowing How!

Pilot's Log

People have a natural desire to fly. We once watched birds and envied them. The desire to fly has very little to do with the skills you must master. It's not a logical objective. People just feel compelled to be in the sky.

There are two situations that all instrument-rated pilots are trained to recognize and strive to avoid: loss of control and loss of positional orientation. Of course, the beauty of using a simulator is that you can try maneuvers that no sane person would ever try. So, here is your opportunity to see what not to do when flying an airplane—the things that from here after you should avoid. Your training and practice will also guide you away from what you have the opportunity to experience in this chapter.

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