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Do Pilots Enjoy MS Flight Simulator?  
User currently offlineCmchardyfl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2002, 175 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2633 times:

Hi guys

I was just wandering if the commercial pilots out there enjoy using MS flight Sim. I am currently training and I love it. Smile A few of my instructors are completely addicted to it, including one who flew the L1011 for 20 years!! So do any commercial piots enjoy it?


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User currently offlineGRZ-AIR From Austria, joined Apr 2001, 574 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

Some may ..some not.
I think many pilots are happy to get paid for flying the real jets ..so when they come home thay dont wanna "fly" on the computer.


When I joined A.net it was still free, haha ;).
User currently offlineFlygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

A couple of months ago I was on a NetJets Gulfstream V and I was talking with the copilot and he loves playing around on FS. He gets to do all the things he cant do in the real bird.

I have also talked to many private pilots and many of them use it to pratice instrument procedures and also to make "pratice runs" before flying into unfamiliar airports.

User currently offlineCmchardyfl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2002, 175 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2576 times:

I am the same. I am currently studying the JAR ATPL syllabus. The diagrams in the books for studying instruments are good, but it also helps when I take out my charts and fly with Flt Sim. It seems to help a lot when you can see everything working in practice.

User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6813 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2546 times:

I love FS as well. You can fly to places you wouldn't normally fly, do things I wouldn't normally do and not give a damn about whether passengers are going to think your landing was hard, or why you decided to land on the grass etc.. You can buzz buildings, fly through the mountains, do aerobatics, fly in formation with a freind; it's great!!

I fly by day because it's a passion, not a job, and when I get home, that passion is still a passion, so I play FS.

User currently offlineMaster Trijet From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

FS2002 is kicks ass Big thumbs up . I practice everything discussed in my flight lessons on it. My CFI said that he practiced with FS to get his instrument rating. The graphics are amazing (talking about fs2002). The only thing is that it's as real as it gets but not real enough. The FEEL of the aircraft that u get when you are really flying, cannot be given by flight sim. Other than that its great! Why woundt pilots love it?

User currently offlineHeavymetal From Ireland, joined May 2015, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2482 times:

I'm not a pilot but after 4 years of long hours on MS FS98, I got a chance to fly a full motion Lear 45 simulator earlier this year. Got up, did a circuit, got down, all in one piece (ok I tore up some grass on the landing roll.) MS might not give you the full deal, but it sure does teach you the basics!

User currently offlineDelta737 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 517 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2455 times:


It feels absolutely nothing like the real thing to me. Much more of a video game than a flight simulator.

Doug Taylor

User currently offlineShaun3000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

I love MS Flight Simulator, as well as Laminar Research's X-Plane. Flight Simulator is great for instrument flight and X-Plane has the best physics available in a commercial sim.

I think they make a huge difference. On my very first training flight I did everything except operate the radios. I taxied, takeoff (is that a real word? haha), turned, climbed, descended, and even landed the sucker with only the slightest help from the instructor. And since I always flew around my home town of Dallas, TX on Flight Sim, it made it all the more easier when it came time to fly around in the real Dallas.

While Flight Sim isn't great for honing your skills, it certainly teaches the basics. Granted, you can't pop a wheelie in a C172 in Flight Sim or perform realistic short or soft field takeoffs or landings, it does a wonderful job at teaching the basics. For most people, these are easily transferred over to the real thing when you being your training. Yes, the real thing handles very differently than the sim and it has a whole different "feel" to it, the basics are all the same. If you can do straight-and-level, turns, landings, take-offs in Flight Simulator or X-Plane, you will most likely be able to do them in a real plane without killing yourself. They won't be pretty, but it's probably better than the other guy who has never used a simulator, before.

User currently offlineCmchardyfl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2002, 175 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2415 times:

Ive been using flying flt sim since 1995. I took my first flying lesson in 1999 after using flightsim for 4 years. My instructor was most impressed with my hand-eye coordination and the fact I was good at using visual references outside the cockpit, then screening my instruments inside. A technique I had picked up from flight sim before stepping into an airoplane.

User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 27
Reply 10, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

I hate it.......

Nothing like the real thing.


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8658 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2312 times:

Most professional pilots I know who've had a go on FS can't fly it as well as a 14 year old boy, and crash it. I would quite like to get it cos it's quite good fun. Only real pilot I know who's into it is a guy who probably won't fly the real things again due to a medical disability, and he's gone the other way, buying all the add-on software for clouds et al, and even talking about buying a car and installing a super-wide computer monitor where the windshield was, three point harnesses, rudder pedals, throttles et al. Which is quite sad.

fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineBmi From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2298 times:

FR pilots love it..... apparently.....

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