Flight Simulation


  • Personal flight simulators can be an effective and way to train while ultimately playing a game
  • In addition to an effective training tool, flight simulators allow for the real time practice of maneuvers at a fraction of the price
Microsoft Flight Simulator

Flight Simulators:

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator:
    • Microsoft flight simulator is one of the most popular flight simulators on the market
    • The software comes standard with the most common types of aircraft but is customizable to allow additional aircraft

    • Pros:
      • Very basic, not requiring a lot of knowledge or prep time to get started
    • Cons:
      • Not entirely realistic, real life performance can be either exaggerated or non-existent in certain aspects
      • Requires a lot of computing power in order to run smoothly, pay attention to "recommended setup"
X-Plane Simulator

Simulator Accessories:

Flight Throttle Quadrant
  • Yokes compliment control inputs, as do rudder pedals
  • Flight Throttle Quadrants can further simulate the setup of the cockpit your used to


  • You will not be using a mouse and keyboard to fly a real airplane and so if you are serious about using simulators as a training aide, you will want to purchase peripherals if you can afford them
  • Joysticks are fun, and for some games they work just fine, but they still lend themselves to non-standard controls and buttons which you will not have in the aircraft
  • Yokes and rudder pedals allow for an exact simulation of what you will use in the aircraft but can create a bulky setup


  • Flight simulators allow for real time decisions and practice which can be invaluable to your flight training and save you a lot of money
  • Next to typical flight hours costing well over $100, a simulator looks like chump change if you expect you will see reduced flight hours required on the back side
  • Remember, its not the hours in your logbook that matter, its the experiences you can learn from over time
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