for the last year or more, I've been helping promote Frolov's Dash8-Q300 for people who wanted a nice, realistic, free addon.
I used it quite a bit as the Dash8-Q300 is the dominant regional aircraft here in the Caribbean.
Well a couple months ago, I got hired by one of those same airlines, and I'm now a Dash8 rated pilot.
I just want to share a few things.
Scan Scan Scan!! it really helped using the Frolov dash8. Although Frolov's panel is for the left seat and I fly right, the layout of the flight instruments are basically the same.......and it doesn't take much to switch scans from left to right for the engine instruments.
When I sat in the sim at FlightSafety, Toronto, last month, nothing was a shock. I was already aware of the location and function of some/most of the overhead switches, as well as the glareshield and instrument panel.
Now that I'm back home and awaiting my Base and Line checks, it's easy for me to plug in all that I've learnt on the real sim, into flight sim and practice my instrument procedures.
My only gripe is that both my force feedback sidewinder and my mouse are right handed, so sometimes I have to pause to select heading, start clock etc....but no challenge there.
so I just thought I'd contribute that here for those who ever wondered how Microsoft Flight Sim compares to FlightSafety's simulators