Gunship Academy

by Richard Sheffield

Tutorial 1: Takeoff and Level Flight

The purpose of this lesson is to help you gain confidence in your ability to get the aircraft off the ground, into level flight, and back on the ground again. When the cockpit screen comes up, go to the map screen and move the cursor to position A as shown on Tutorial Map 1.

Figure 6-2. Tutorial Map 1

Locate the VSI (Vertical Speed Indicator). This gauge is very important when flying in the realistic mode. As you start to rise, the needle points slightly upward; as you descend, it points downward. Since you are hovering, it should be level.

Repeat this procedure until you can go smoothly from a hover to forward flight and back to a hover, and land in a precise and controlled manner. Once you've accomplished this, you're well on your way to becoming an ace Gunship pilot!

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