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Microsoft Flight Simulator X For Pilots Real World Training Paperback – June 18, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0764588228 ISBN-10: 0764588222 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764588222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764588228
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I keep this book on visual at all times, as it’s destined to become a classic. THE book to read about serious flight-simulation". (, Monday 17th September)

From the Back Cover

It's the next best thing to being up there

Why use Microsoft Flight Simulator for real-world flight training? Because it gives you the best possible head start and enables you to learn at your convenience. Flight Simulator provides scenario-based training that lets you practice handling almost any situation. It offers advantages you don't even get in a real plane—the option to set up any kind of weather or equipment failures, stop midway and redo a procedure, or get the view from outside the airplane. FSX isn't a game. It's a training mission for virtual and real aviators alike.

  • Install Flight Simulator and set up a training program from Student Pilot through Airline Transport Pilot
  • Use the custom flight lessons on the companion Web site to prepare for actual flight training

  • Practice the fundamentals of flight—starting the engine, taking off and landing, and performing pre-flight checks

  • Learn to handle different types of aircraft

  • Experience the effects of wind and weather

  • Prepare for emergency situations and learn to navigate by both old-fashioned and modern methods

  • Communicate with air traffic control

  • Build practice time that can help you prepare for license exams

Use stunning visuals to practice in any conditions

Master expert-level, high-performance maneuvers

Companion Web site
Visit to find sample flights for each lesson in the book, demonstrations of flight maneuvers, and two bonus chapters.

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Well written, clear and fun to read.
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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By US Reviewer on January 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm an instrument-rated private pilot. Although Flight Simulator isn't a perfect substitute for real-world flying, it does have its pros (not least of which is that it doesn't cost $139/hr to rent 'wet.')

I've had this book since October, and I love it. (I would have loved it even more if I'd had it several years ago when I was earning my license and ratings. It's THAT helpful.)

What I'd add to the other reviews is that the two authors -- both flight instructors -- do an excellent job of pointing out where Flight Simulator-flying and real-world flying differ, as, for instance, in ATC communication, available IFR clearances, and the operation of the G1000.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Flight Fan on August 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
FS Real World Training is an invaluable book. Although I had already 'passed' many of the flight lessons in FSX I still didn't feel confident about my flying skills. There were too many things that were left (excuse the expression) hanging in the air. When I bought this book I started at the beginning feeling like a newbie all over again. Many points that I missed before are explained fully and in detail and finally it is all making sense. As a result I am enjoying my flight simulator more than ever. Aside from the wealth of interesting and informative detail I think the most important thing is that the reader gets to make connections. The information connects from one chapter to the next and consequently, step by step, everything fits together. Going through this book is an immensely enjoyable experience. An added bonus are the generous number of free mission files and charts available on the wiley. com web site which are enjoyable and extremely useful.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Dale P. Henken on October 3, 2007
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Although the title of this outstanding teaching manual indicates it is for real pilots using Microsoft's Flight Simulator as a teaching tool I can enthusiastically recommend it for simulator pilots as well.

I learned so much from the authors who are real world pilots & instructors I hadn't learned from other available sources. I consider when I finish the manual with the missions included I will have completed real VFR & IFR instruction even though I am not a real world pilot & confine my flying to Flight Sim only.

The book is eminently practical as a good teaching manual should be. It offers a stepwise approach to flight training from the Piper Cub to the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron & beyond. A novice completely unfamiliar with simulator flying could use this book from the beginning to become competent in VFR flight before even thinking about sophisticated avionics & instrument flying. It is crammed full of practical tips & offers context for the theory of flight which can be gleaned from other sources.

There is a bunch of extra resources available at the publisher's website which extend the material even more. One can download approach plates & the like for the included missions.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough for simulator pilots; it is simply wonderful!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By KJM on June 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a good book for real pilots who would like to improve their MS Flight Simulator experience, as well as for non-pilots who would like to become pilots. The book is written in simple terms so the new student will understand, but there is clearly enough there to benefit the accomplished pilot both from a aviation knowledge and simulation point of view. I am an ATP and CFI and have found nuggets of wisdom that I will use in flying and teaching. Mostly I am making my flight simulator experience richer and more fun by getting to know the software and online world better. My simulator is complete with yoke, multi-engine throttle quadrant, rudder pedals, multi-function panel, and three monitors. The only disappointment so far in the book is the recommendation that you open multiple views on one screen, without recommending adding another monitor and opening the view there. I have found that with multiple monitors I can effectively fly VFR by looking out the left window (left monitor), placing the instrument panel and forward looking screen on the middle monitor, and radio equipment on the right monitor. This is also ideal for IFR practice, which I do every day. I also use FS2004 (not FSX) and still find the book germane, even though it is not specific to my older version.

Even though I own two airplanes, I still fly MS Flight Simulator because I can practice to perfection procedures that make my real world flying much better. This book helps me reach that goal. I am looking forward to continually expanding my sim experience, and maybe I'll see you online!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By James L. Mallas on August 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Finally a book that takes nothing for granted and has one eager to get started with FSX. I followed one of their MANY helpful suggestions and took the book out to a flying school. From CFI's, (you'll find out what that is in the first chapter) to students, their praise was unanimous. I'm 77 years old and although I don't plan to take flying lessons, this book whets one's appetite and desire to get started. The book not only covers flying but also gives excellent information on just what power does your computer need to run the program as well as having a section that deals with Windows Vista. Sincerest congratulations to the authors.
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