Aviation Interest Starts With Flightsimming
By Javier Sanz
Before we got our copy of FS2000, we were attracted very little to aviation, because I never pictured myself on a plane, I thought it was too complicated for me. So one day I was in a PC store and I spotted the Microsoft Simulator, and I thought it would be entertaining, so I bought it. When I took the first look at the 182S panel I said, "Whoa, what the heck is this?" it all looked very interesting but it didn't look very suitable for me. Then I started to get the hang of it, I passed the Private Pilot check ride and I was making cross-country flights in no time. Aviation started to look more fun, less complicated and a possible future for me.
I am about to graduate from High School. Before I got FS2000 I was thinking of a career in electronics, but when my simulator got me hooked, there was no other thing I wanted more badly than becoming a pilot, so I started to visit this site more often, and going to the general aviation forum to bother pilots with my questions (still am doing it now). Thanks to them I have learned a great deal about planes, navigation, and many other things.
Now I drop by this site very often, and this site has a certain appeal to me now. I love what this site has done to simulators; it has turned them from individual software to a community that we all are part of now. Also, because of my new interest, I started to buy aviation magazines, (AOPA Flight Training and Plane & Pilot are my favorites).
I discovered a new world in aviation. So I think Microsoft made a good job while building this sim, and not only on the flying part but also on possibilities of interaction with other people. Proof of that is that when FS2002 comes out, it's going to fly, but off the shelves that is. Well, my point is that there are many young people who also have been, and will be introduced to aviation by PC simulators, and personally I owe my new hopes to one. Maybe it's a plot to get more work for CFI's :-)