Ten Steps for MS FS Beginners
No matter what version of MSFS you start with, there are a few things you can do to make things a lot easier and less frustrating, not to mention a quicker way, to enjoy this great hobby. Once you have loaded the game try following these steps.
1. Go to the quick start and just fly, it's really simple. Ha!
2. After a couple of hours or so you will probably have taken off, landed, crashed a lot, and then pretty much gotten bored with the whole thing.
Now, if you're more than just casually curious, then follow the rest of these steps. You should get familiar with the various controlling elements of flight with your flight stick or yoke and/or pedals and some key controls. Using the outside view, walk around the plane and move the controller. When you pull the stick forward and back watch the trailing edge of horizontal tail section, the elevator, move. Twist the controller, or use the pedals or keys to move the rudder and observe the trailing edge of the vertical tail (vertical stabilizer). Now observe the wings. When you move the stick from left to right observe the ailerons on the trailing edge of the wings. Notice that when one side goes down the other side goes up. There's nothing wrong with the controller, or the plane, that is perfectly normal.
Program a rocker switch or learn the keys to operate the flaps and watch them move when you hit the keys/buttons. That is pretty much what controls the fixed gear Cessna. Although, on the real aircraft you could observe the trim taps when you move a trim wheel, in MSFS you can not. Learn the control keys or program rocker switches to trim the elevators and rudder. You will use the elevator trim much more than the rudder trim until you are doing a lot of hand flying in real world conditions, but it's nice to have the ability. Oh yes, it's pretty obvious what the throttle does by just the sound alone.
There you have it. Just about every aircraft you fly will have all these controls. Not too many, when you
think about it. Just a few more controls than what you have in your automobile.
3. Go to the Default Airport of whichever version of MSFS you have and load the Cessna 172.
4. Take off and climb to 3000 feet at a speed of 80 kts (on the airspeed indicator).
5. Once you reach 3000 feet, trim the aircraft to fly straight and level at a speed of 100 kts.
6. After you've achieved that, make a turn, keeping the aircraft flying at 3000 feet and 100 kts.
Hit Ctrl/z (Control z) on the keyboard twice and to observe the frame rates. If the frame rates are 20 FPS (frames per second) or better, it's not the game or the computer that's making this difficult. It is you. No problem, you can only get better with practice. If your frame rates are 10 or less, it's not you, it's probably that you have too many sliders too far to the right and your computer can't handle it. There are some good articles in here that explain how to improve frame rates and get the maximum out of the computer. Until you get good enough to fly straight and level and turn at a constant speed, just leave the settings low or at the defaults. Once you know the capabilities of your computer, and what it will handle, then you will be confident that you are learning to fly and not trying to accomplish the impossible, which is attempting fly an aircraft in conditions that your computer can not handle.
Practice this until you're really bored. After total boredom and/or frustration sets in, walk away for awhile, then come back later and try again. You'll be surprised how much better you do.
7. Fly some more, try some landings, enjoy the scenery, fly over your house, fly inverted, crash a few more times, and get all that out of your system.
Now it's time to learn to straighten up and fly right.
8. Read about and take a few of the lessons in MSFS and get your solo license. Cool
9. Once you learn a few of the basics, and can fly, start learning navigation and the terminology.
10. If you have any hang-ups or there's just something you can't seem to conquer yourself, take a lesson or two from one of the 1-On-1 instructors. A few moments with an instructor can save a lot of research time.
Congratulations and welcome to this wonderful hobby.
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