|Quoting Ryanair737 (Reply 5):|
I would personally not spend as much time on the sim, you can easily get into bad habits quickly as when you get into your Cessna/Piper in real life you'll be constantly gazing at the instruments rather than looking outside the window because you’re staring at them in FS all the time.
Haha...yeah I was one of those and now that I'm teaching, I have to smack my students when they stare inside as a habit from flightsim
As others have said, the videos look great. You obviously have a good base knowledge of how and why airplanes fly. The landings are excellent, but as others have said also, flightsim isn't the real thing. I know ATPs that can't land the 172 in fs right-side up. I also know people that haven't the slightest interest or previous experience that can grease the default jets on without any coaching at all.
Flightsim is great fun and is a wonderful tool to learn instrument procedures, but it won't help you much beyond that. The real thing has a feel to it that you just can't get from a 17" monitor that stays in the same place. The fact that you've got all the systems set up and can properly fly an instrument approach (at least the final portion that we can see...not to say you can't do the whole thing...) shows that you're interested enough to have the motivation to study what you need to during training. The motivation is quite possibly the most important part of learning to fly. You can have all the natural talent in the world, but if you're not motivated to learn and perfect your skills, that talent does you no good.
Probably the best thing you can do to see if aviation is good for you is to go out to your local airport and take a discovery or introductory flight "lesson". This will give you a sense for what the training is going to be like and how the real thing looks, feels, and sounds.
One more thing that is a pet peeve of mine as a CFI is how students base the quality of the entire training flight on the smoothness of the last landing of the day. This isn't to get on your case about posting landing videos...just something that came to my mind as I read...
Great landings can definitely boost confidence, but there is a whole lot more to learning to fly an airplane safely, smoothly and efficiently than just landing well, and most times the rest of the lesson seems to be secondary to the quality of the landings.