- Paperback: 744 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 18, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764588222
- ISBN-13: 978-0764588228
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 198 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Microsoft Flight Simulator X For Pilots Real World Training 1st Edition
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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". (fs-dev-support.com/jarn, Monday 17th September)
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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 www.wiley.com/go/flightsim to find sample flights for each lesson in the book, demonstrations of flight maneuvers, and two bonus chapters.
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For example, 20 FPS (frame per second) is the suggested goal in this book. With today's modern mid-range CPU and GPU, you can achieve the same setting with 100+ FPS in a single 1080p monitor easily. Hardware setup for FSX is a science itself, I'm not going to get into it here. Just remember CPU is king when it comes to FSX, invest a large portion of your budget on CPU.
If you just started getting into FSX, then I would recommend Prepar3D over FSX. Prepar3D is continuation of commercial version of FSX known as ESP, now is developing by Lockheed Martin. Prepar3D utilizes modern CPU & GPU whereas FSX does not. The two are very similar in many aspects, so the content of this book can be applied to Prepar3D as well. Beware, Prepar3D is a commercial product whereas FSX is a consumer product. So everything costs more for Prepar3D.
Lastly, this book uses FSX Piper Cub for flying lessons. The authors describe the preflight procedures of real Piper Cub that FSX can't replicate. No worries, A2A Simulations has came out with their version of Piper Cub that does and behaves like the real thing.
As I skip ahead to the present day, I think about what it would've been like to have this book growing up. It's basically like having a certified flight instructor sitting next to you at all times, whose brain you can pick whenever you have a question. I bought this book about 4 years ago since I hadn't flown in real life for awhile, so I could refresh my memory on things that I knew I had started to forget, but also I bought it just to have. I never imagined the amount of information it'd have in it. The book begins with the most basic information from the physics of flight, to teaching you how to conduct a GPS approach. You will also learn how to read an approach plate and land in one mile visibility with an ILS approach. It also is such a great source of reference for just anytime you want to read-up on something you already know about and apply it with practice on the simulator. It also has a really good section for helping to learn some of the basics of the "glass cockpit," in the event you're about to be transitioning from the old gauges to the Garmin-1000!!!
I now have twins who will be sitting behind the yoke in the computer room soon. My boy has actually already grabbed it a few times, but at 19 months he's not quite there yet...haha But when the day comes, this book will basically allow me to be his flight instructor. The information in this book is worth thousands of dollars when you consider the cost of a flight instructor ($22 an hour in 2002-03 was cheap compared to what they probably are now). I recommend buying this book for any person who has a simulator, whether you're new to flying or a veteran. If you're planning on pursuing aviation in real-life, it will save you A LOT of money long-term, since you won't have to practice so much on a real plane!