Hawk44 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 759 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3606 times:
Hi all was reading some of your threads and some of the great screen shots and remembered how a friend and I used to do a few flights after school, this was a few years ago don't really remember the version but it was old school to the max.
So I went down to my usual electronics store to get a copy of FS 2004 but had no luck so I purchased a copy online and it should be here in a few days. Until then anybody have any good tips on how I should get started? And where you get some of the bonus aircraft? Thanks
The first thing I would say to you is 'Do not expect to learn it all overnight' - It takes weeks, sometimes months to get it right. I strongly advise you go through the learning center with a fine toothpick and make notes on things.
But don't expect to get it right straight away. You will get it wrong from time to time and get very frustrated with it, we all have at some point. But hang on in there and say to yourself "I can do this!" - I remember the hardest part for me was landing. I'd get so pissed off with it, cursing it and wishing I'd not wasted my money on it!
But I stuck at it and even now I can do most aspects of flight simulation, I am still improving all the time, and still learning. You can only get better.
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3600 times:
I would not rush off and get the add-ons right away, though. Fly the default planes a bit and get a feel for the game, and then expand your fleet. Also, when you do start adding on, be careful with what files you modify. When I started messing around with add-ons a few years ago, I had to re-install the game almost half a dozen times because I touched something I shouldn't have. Now I know my way around a CFG file like none other.
One thing I will recommend doing right away is getting Ultimate Traffic, because it will completely change your FS experience.
Dreamer From Norway, joined Jul 2004, 374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3580 times:
Great, welcome!! I was a total newbie 3 - 4 months ago (had never even seen a simulator before.
I think that you should stick with the default application for the first month. Just worry about taking-off and then go on to learn how to use navigation, ILS landings and so on. I still land like crap and like Chris said, it really is irritating. The first week I would stall out, crash and just totally never find my way back to the airport. Thankfully it is only a game so no one got hurt!!!!
Now I am relaxed and most of the time understand why I fail. Just using the program and learning the basics taks a little time. If you start adding lots of new planes and stuff early it takes your time away from just learning. I know, because I have many planes (add-ons) I can't fly, and end up going back to basic to practise pure flying.
Also add-ons take up lots of space and power on your PC, so be careful unless you have a good computer!
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3398 times:
I have been using FS I think since 2001 and I have learned pretty much everything about it. It did take me over a year to understand all the requirements to fly the jets.
I have kind of stopped using fs last couple of months since I started college. Once I get the new computer with good graphics in may I will start with fs2004. When I first started I didn't even use the tutorials I just started flying and I got it in about a month. I have crashed proably around 200 times but with the flight hours that I have accumulated in Fs over these years I could proably apply for a regional airline if they were real hours. FS is very addictive I don't know when I will get sick of it. The flight possibilities with Fs are endless. After all these years on FS I still haven't explored more than Europian and North American airports.