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5.0 out of 5 stars First time for Flight Simulator [Played Three Days Straight], January 3, 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition (DVD-ROM)
Fun once you've downloaded the three disks. There are over 5,000 Airports, 30 planes plus three if you buy The Gold Version, and Loads of Missions to fly. My Favorite Feature is Free Play. You can take off from your Hometown Airport or any other and vist landmarks like The Egyption Pyramids, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Niagra Falls. You can download any plane you want online like UFO's, Futureristic Fliying Cars, and my favorite, a Thunder Bird version F-16. I love this game. Make sure you buy a controler like A Saitek X52 joystick and throttle. This game is unplay able witout one.
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Initial post: Jul 8, 2009 1:49:24 PM PDT
Dave, It is a great product but it's not a Game. I'm using it to get my pilots license. FSX is so real I've been able to fly for real and tell my instructor things he didn't know. He was unaware of a small dirt landing strip a few miles from Columbia County Airport that I saw in the simulator and it was ACTUALLY THERE!

I'm using FSX to practice VFR and IFR flights. I know how to use the radio, and NAV one and two. I can read and understand most of my aeronautical charts. Because of flight simulator I'm going to cut my flying hours required to obtain my certificate by about 20%. IT'S NOT A GAME! It's as real as it gets!

Of course you have to have a 2.4ghz processor, 4 gigs of ram, a really good graphics card, flight yoke, rudder pedals, and throttle control. A backlit keyboard is a definite plus 'cause then you can play with the lights out.
Check out the Saitek products. I've tried many different ones and they have the best stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2009 1:23:12 PM PDT
Connoisseur says:
First, let me say I have been flying since 1971 and have held a Private Pilot Certificate before I was licensed to drive a car.

I have owned MS Flight Simulator products since they first came out, and they have certainly come a long way, however...

I must differ with you on your statement... "I'm going to cut my flying hours required to obtain my certificate by about 20%." Of course, you did not specify which certification you are going for, however, if you are referring to Private Pilot Certification, basically...

FAA regulations REQUIRE that you have 20 hours dual (with an CFI / Certified Flight Instructor) and 20 hours solo.

More specifically:

Private Pilot (Minimum of 40 Hours at Certification)
a. Aeronautical knowledge
Complete a comprehensive ground school and pass a written test composed of at least the following: aircraft systems, weight and balance, aeronautical charts, Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), airport operations, national air space, emergency procedures, communications, and navigation requirements. The ground school must be conducted by an authorized instructor.

b. Flight proficiency
Minimum of 40 hours, composed of at least 20 hrs from an approved instructor, 10 hrs of solo, 3 hrs of night time, and 5 solo hrs of cross country. Pass a flight check administrated by the FAA or designated evaluator.

Regarding the amount of time one can log in an approved FAA FSD (Flight Simulator Device) for a Private Pilot Certificate; 2.5 hours. You may wish to read the following FAA publication regarding this:

http://www.faa.gov/news/aviation_news/2009/media/marapr2009.pdf

In any event, enjoy your pilot training, and watch your tail feathers!

Ellexis...

Posted on Nov 25, 2010 8:47:21 PM PST
J. Schertler says:
Haha, someone stole your rewiew for a scam flight simulator, flightprosim or somthing like that. Thats funny.

Posted on May 16, 2011 9:40:03 AM PDT
MarlTroutBum says:
Dave, where do you go to download the additional "FO's, Futureristic Fliying Cars, and my favorite, a Thunder Bird version F-16." you mentioned?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2014 9:27:08 PM PDT
B Miller says:
Nonsense, no flight school is going to count Microsoft Flight Simulator hours towards actual hours. They won't let you count one single hour of time spent in MS FSX. It's great that the instruments are all there though.
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