FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 6770 posts, RR: 6 Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4567 times:
-Can I speak to a fake ATC Yes. Or real ATC with Vatsim but that is something for another topic.
-taxing to the terminal yes ofcourse with help from ATC and clearances hold short. everything.
-pushback Yes you dont see the push truck but the plane pushes back like it would.
-opening/shutting doors Yes the main door and on some planes you can open the cargo door too.
-looking in the cabin No. Only some add ons have this and you need active camera.
-looking at the wings/out of the window.
You can download those views to put on your aircraft.
-looking around the cockpit.
Yes ofcourse there is virtual cockpit.
Anything else good I can do on FS2004
Have real IFR flight, have AI traffic, weather.
=Any cheap (£10-£25) Joystick yea sure there is.
I would like a cheap joystick (£10-£25) to start with, then I would upgrade when I have money. Thats a good idea.
-will FS work with a cheap joystick yes.
=What aircraft come as standard
Many. 737-400,747-400,777-300,C172,c152,DC-3,Cessna Caravan,Lear-45 those are just some.
-does it cost meto download of AVSIM etc
No avism is free.
-what expansion disc are there / are they any good / your recommendations.
Traffic 2005 or Ulitmate traffic is great to add more traffic to FS. PMDG 737-700 PSS Dash-8 and Ready For Pushback 742 are great plane add ons but are complicated ones and need time getting used to. Fly default planes first than get some add ons later.
When you first start do the flight lessons first they really help.
As for the computer specs I not sure it sounds like you PC can take it. Maybe want to add some RAM. I have someone else answer that question.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)