RE: OpED Do Flightsim Skills Transfer To Real Aircraft?
this is a pretty interesting thread. I have seen a great deal of comments about flight sim's being a help and I totaly agree. I am not a pilot in real life but one of these days........ I have spoken several times to the flight instructor at the flight school that I intend to fly at (as soon as I save up the $3,800 for the Private Pilot package they offer) and he has said that simulators help considerably in some basics such as instrument scan, VOR and NDB navigation and realizing that if you point the nose at the ground you won't hit same immediatly :-lol . I was also told by a good friend who is a commercial rated pilot and CFI that I wouldn't have much problem with lessons due to my knowledge from sim's and (my girlfriend calls it an obsession) with avation. I have had the controls of a real plane in my hands long ago when I was a Cadet in the Civil Air Patrol. I had the oppertunity to "fly" both a Cessna 172 and Cherokee 140. mof the two at the time I liked the Cherokee the best due to the visibility (I was 15 at the time and was too short to see over the panel well in the 172) Anyway to summerize my rant here I do feel sim's are a tool in learning to fly but not the end all to it... ya gotta get the wind flowing under the wngs and feel it but the sim can sure help with some of the basics
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