The 7 aircraft of Pro Pilot 99 have been totally
reworked and refined. These include:
- 1997 Cessna Skyhawk 172R
- 1997 Cessna Skyhawk 172S
- American Champion Decathlon
- Beechcraft Bonanza V35
- Beechcraft Baron B58
- Beechcraft King Air B200
- Cessna CitationJet 525
The aircraft have movable surfaces and are equipped
for IFR and VFR flight. They have external strobe, taxi and landing
lights. Sound effects are from the actual aircraft.
Flight Planning & Grading
If you remember subLOGIC's ATP, you have an
idea about the thinking behind the design of flight planning.
Flight planning can be automatic via a wizard, which can then be
customized. Experienced aviators can select instrument approach
procedures. Flight planning analyzes about 25 parameters, including
airmanship, efficiency, and safety.
As the pilot 'departs' from the plan, he will be
prompted concerning the nature of his transgression (example:
"Remain in airspace"), which will have a detrimental effect to his
overall score. The same flight plan can be reflown with the intent
of achieving a better score (and a becoming a better pilot). A
co-pilot can be of assistance, or you can solo cross country, which
seems to give additional challenge for the solo pilot.
AVIs >(Multimedia Instruction)>
>Those totally unfamiliar with flying
are encouraged to spend their first hour exploring the six
introductory tutorials. Upon completion, one will be flying a
Skyhawk 172R without opening a handbook or manual. A total of 30
tutorial AVIs cover flight concepts, cockpit panels, flight
maneuvers, radio communications, emergency procedures, and more.
The AVIs (as well as the operator's handbook and checklists) are
also accessible while you are in sim mode.>
>FAA test preparation software is also
>>Give the same problem to any
number of companies to solve, and you will always discover that
each company will solve those problems with individualism unique to
the team. It is always better when each company adopts the best
practices (open architecture, for example) of each, but works not
to copy the other.>>
>The result for the end user is a richer variety
of flight experience. Pro Pilot should go into beta test by
September. An upgrade for previous Pro Pilot users is planned in
the $20.00 range. Specific pricing and availability can be found at
Sierra's website. I hope most readers will be sufficiently curious
about Pro Pilot 2000 to give it a serious evaluation, and support
the ongoing work of these people.