It’s time for another question/answer. I know a lot of you like these so here we go. This one comes from
Hello everyone, first things first, I DON’T WANT TO BECOME A REAL PILOT BY FLYING IN A HOME SIMULATOR. SO PLEASE DON’T GET MAD AT ME. I AM FULLY AWARE THAT FLYING IS NOT A CHILD’S PLAY AND ONE CANNOT BECOME A PILOT BY FLYING SIMULATED AIRCRAFTS ON A HOME COMPUTER. MY QUESTION IS ABOUT LEARNING TO FLY THIS SIMULATOR, NOT ABOUT HOW TO LEARN TO FLY A REAL PLANE BY FLYING HOME SIMULATORS. I’M NOT THAT STUPID. THAT’S LIKE LEARNING TO DRIVE A RACE CAR BY PLAYING NEED FOR SPEED, OR BECOMING A REAL SOLDIER BY PLAYING MEDAL OF HONOR, IN OTHER WORDS, AN IMPOSSIBILITY. ALL I WANT, IS TO LEARN TO FLY HERE ON MY COMPUTER, NOT A REAL AIRPLANE!Now then, all these days, I’ve been trying to learn to fly using a 747 — although I could take off most of the times (but I need to set “turbulence” at zero, otherwise the aircraft would wobble left and right after take-off, and fall back down within minutes). I never made a safe landing. This voice would say “1000″, then “500″, then “100″, then a huge alarm would start sounding, and the voice would say “50. SINK RATE, SINK RATE, SINK RATE”, and then, right after touchdown, a super loud alarm would sound, the “Temperature” indicator would start climbing, and in a while I would be surrounded by huge flames and smoke, then get a message : “Final state:- DEAD”,Got this friend who works for an airliner (NOT a pilot, he works as a controller, (ATC).He told me it’s impossible to learn to fly, even a simulated aircraft, using a jumbojet, and i’d need to start with a smaller aircraft. And he suggested the Cessna 176P Skyhawk. My question, is this a good aircraft to begin with?I have connected 5 display monitors to the computer and I get a super-realistic view of the the outside, and the panels, I’ve even connected a joystick for yaw control, a modified joystick for the thrust levers, and foot-padals for controlling the rudder. But even with all these connected, I cannot make a safe landing. I always get these warnings, and fire, and “Final state: DEAD”.
Answer: I have no idea how to fly a “simulator game” for home computers -And if I was you, how could you “start” by flying a complicated airliner -Start with a 172 -I am a real airline pilot, 747 as a matter of fact -A few years ago, a kid in the street asked me to teach him to fly “his 747″ -That was on a computer at home -Kids in the street know I am a pilot, they use to see me in uniform -I crashed after every takeoff and attempting to make landings with that computer -These are games, and have NOTHING comparable to a real airplane -There is no “joystick” in a 172 – there is a “control wheel” -Move it forward, houses get bigger – and back, nose up to climb -Then turn the wheel to the left or the right to bank the airplane (in turns) -The pedals are called “rudder pedals” and are the “yaw control” -Climb full power with 90 on the speed -Cruise at 130 as speed – you have to reduce power -Approach and landing, descent to runway at 70 on speed -You need to set full flaps for landing – to slow down below 90 -.