Learning to Fly with Flight Simulator

by John Rafferty

Suggested Reading

Books on the Flight Simulator

Florance, David, Tom R. Halfhill, and Philip I. Nelson. Flight Simulator Adventures for the Macintosh, Amiga, and Atari ST. Greensboro, NC: COMPUTE! Publications, Inc., 1987.
Forty-eight adventures for the Mac, Amiga, and ST versions of Flight Simulator.

Garrison, Paul. Microcomputers in Aviation. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1985.
Quite technical, and intended for pilots with some experience flying the simulator. Includes some programs to type in for use in other simulations.

Gulick, Charles. Flight Simulator Co-pilot. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Corporation, 1986.
Combines flight instruction with a series of guided tours.

_____. 40 Great Flight Simulator Adventures. Greensboro, NC: COMPUTE! Publications, Inc., 1985.
A series of guided tours that are both easy and fun to fly.

_____. 40 More Flight Simulator Adventures. Greensboro, NC: COMPUTE! Publications, Inc., 1986.
A sequel with more easy and fun tours.

_____. Runway U.S.A. 1987. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Corporation.
More tours, using the supplementary, scenery disks for various parts of the country.

Stern, Jonathan M. Flying on Instruments with Flight Simulator. Greensboro, NC: COMPUTE! Publications, Inc., 1987.
Teaches how to fly Flight Simulator using instruments only.

General Aviation Books

The Federal Government publishes a number of excellent, widely-used books that will be of interest to serious users of the simulator program. Some of these books are written for beginning pilots (such as The Pilot's Handbook and Flight Training Handbook), while others are for pilots with more experience (such as Instrument Flying). These can be obtained through the Government Printing Office.

However, perhaps the best way to find books on aviation is to stop by the pilot's shop at a local airport and just browse around. To locate such a shop, check the yellow pages under aircraft charter, rental and leasing and/or under aircraft service and maintenance, and make a few calls before you start to drive.

Aviation Charts

While you're at the airport, also check on whether they have any sectional charts for geographic areas that are provided by the simulator. Sectionals, which are primarily for VFR flight, are inexpensive, and they'll add a lot to your enjoyment of the program.

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