by Richard Sheffield
Basic Helicopter Flight Training
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The Gunship game allows for two levels of realism in the manner in which the aircraft responds during flight. The Easy Flight Mode offers little in the way of realistic helicopter flight. Operation in this mode is rather like flying an airplane which is stuck at one altitude. Turning, increasing, and/or decreasing the aircraft pitch has no effect on gaining or losing altitude. This mode is fine for beginners who are in a hurry to get up and flying, but after you're acquainted with the program and its capabilities, the Realistic Flight Mode should offer a continuing challenge.
The rest of this chapter is geared toward teaching you to fly the aircraft confidently in the Realistic Flight Mode. Each tutorial that follows is designed to teach a particular flying skill that you'll need to be successful and survive on the battlefield. Each tutorial also builds on the previous lesson, so they should be taken in order.
Set aside the time to master each lesson before moving on to the next. The whole idea is to drill and practice these flying skills until they're second nature. Doing so will allow you to concentrate on your mission and the enemy's weapons once you get into battle.
To begin a Basic Training session, choose the following selections on the computer menus:
Duty Assignment: Flight Training in the U.S.A.
Style: Regular Missions
1st Line Enemy
Figure 6-1. Coming in for a Landing at a U.S. Base