Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Re: Flight Sims
I have Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 or whatever the last version was. I like it a lot, and I think it serves its purpose, but it's not really realistic for "hands on," actual simulation. Simulators give you a good approximation of what flying is like, but be prepared for some surprises if you decide to take flying lessons. In real life, a) there's always a crosswind of some sort. Sometimes gusty, sometimes not; b) the winds and uneven heating of the ground below you will result in all of your instrument readings bouncing around by +/- 5% or so; c) radios are scratchy sometimes and you can't always hear other planes or controllers that great; d) the controls are tighter at higher speeds and looser at lower speeds due to aerodynamic loads on the control surfaces, which means that you actually have to pull back on the yoke a bit when you're landing....on a computer joystick or yoke you'd be pressing down against the force of the springs in the stick, and this is inaccurate.