Getting Started with Flight Simulations

So you are ready to dive into the world of flight simulations? Well it won’t be an easy journey, and it takes hours of your life away. But it is worth it. Flight time in real life isn’t cheap, so you want to be prepared when you finally get up and out there. With a flight simulator, you can hone your skills to new levels. You can remove the fear of flying. You can get comfortable behind the controls. In the end, it may take over your life, but that is a risk you must be willing to take. Here is what you will need to get started flying in the virtual world:

  1. Software

    You will need some sort of flight simulation software installed on your computer. There are actually many different types of software now available. The highest quality simulator we can recommend is FSX. It includes training tutorials which can really help you get the basics down. There are other options, such as X-plane, which is not nearly as user friendly. Microsoft Flight and Prepar3d don’t offer any more than FSX.

  2. Joystick

    Yes, you will need a joystick at minimum. This is part of what makes flight simulators so enjoyable. It makes it easier to really get in the simulation and feel like you are flying. You may also want to invest in some other equipment as well. Consider a set of rudder pedals and a yoke, check out Saitek for quality products. Then your next investment would be something like TrackIR

  3. Learning Resources

    There are many videos on youtube that can help give you an idea of what you will be facing. You will also need some sort of flight planning to help you navigate the world. You will also need information about the different airports. Most of this information can be found freely on the web.

No one said this was going to be an easy journey. You will need to spend a lot of time training and preparing to become an adept pilot. Hopefully this list will help you get started on the road to success. If you have any questions please let us know, and we will do our best to help you on your journey.