OKay, this may get long, and I may jump from topic to topic, or maybe this will all come out well structured.
I just read some articles on flightsim.com in the OPS-Ed sections. I see many articles about how we should "hand-fly" aircraft and how it's not just about scenery, it's about having realistic flight models, and practicing real-world skills. I even hear that flight simmers can develop "bad habits" in building up to getting their real license.
My question is, how do we get our moneys worth? If you see my post on "getting the most of FS2000" you'll know what I mean, but I think now, I want to take that further. Is it really that interesting flying from point A to point B? I like to duplicate flights that I've been on in real life, but after a while, I only have so many real world flight plans, in fact, only 3, one being trans-atlantic (not feasible right now as far as time), another being domestic, and another regional, the regional being the flight I duplicate most. Then there is the thing of sticking to your home airport or not, I can never decide! It's like this "pride" thing, or just knowing that down the road, you are there in a virtual aircraft in todays weather, so it adds to the "realism". I look for scenery for destination airports, and aircraft, then after several minutes, even after downloading and seeing something, I just abandon the whole thing. A waste of time? I guess.
So my struggle is, what do I want to do in flight simming? Ever since I passed those check rides, I've improved from the "autoland pilot" I used to be, to the "manually fly the aircraft" virtual pilot. That really helped me get more exciting results in flight simming.
Now, I'm stuck in this dilemma of what do I want to do next. I read some of the VA articles, and they got lots of criticism, but for some reason, I'm not looking for a VA now, my time is different here and there, and when I do get the chance to "fly" I want to make the most of it, and I don't want to be those "inactive pilots", so best is to be on the safe side, and not join.
Now I'm just thinking, just forget this scenery stuff, and just get into an aircraft at my local airport, scenery or not, take off and fly around the area, do some touch-and-goes, go through some failures, or things like that, what does everyone else do? I've always been fascinated at the C-5's doing touch and goes, and how them C-130's, anyone know of those patterns? I would appreciate your comments, suggestions and so on, thanks everyone at Airliners.net.