• Member Focus: Bruno Esperanca

    FlightSim.Com Member Focus: Bruno Esperanca

    Bruno Esperanca

    Bruno, could I begin by asking how you initially got involved in our fantastic hobby?

    Like most kids, I believe I became fascinated with aviation from a very young age. One of my first memories ever was playing some jet fighter game in a super old computer from my dad. I think it wasn't even a 286; can't tell what it was. A few years later, roughly when I was about 15 years old, I bought my first "real" flight simulator. I was shopping around in a video game shop, and I saw a copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator 98.

    The idea of learning how to fly an airplane for real was immediately appealing to me. I went home, started it up, and found my way to Rod Machado's lessons, which were great.

    I learned as much as I could at the time. Let's keep in mind at this time the internet was really just in its infancy, so "knowledge" was not so available as it is today. I learned about the Cessna 172, the traffic pattern, more or less about navigation, and the navigational aids. I never really got into the "big birds". For a long time the "hobby" was dormant. I learned about how much it would cost to get a Private Pilots License (PPL) and at the time it was completely out of the question to me. Thankfully, recently, a lot of things have changed, and now flying is my main hobby.


    4 Comments
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Many thanks Bruno!

      As a teacher I often remarked how the most valuable resource in the classroom was the student; well I think when it comes to our hobby, it's fair to say the same can be said for the avid flight simmer.

      Without guys like yourself, this hobby wouldn't be half as good as it is!
    1. BasHope's Avatar
      BasHope -
      Quote Originally Posted by DominicS View Post
      Many thanks Bruno!

      As a teacher I often remarked how the most valuable resource in the classroom was the student; well I think when it comes to our hobby, it's fair to say the same can be said for the avid flight simmer.

      Without guys like yourself, this hobby wouldn't be half as good as it is!
      Thanks a lot, Dom. It's a pleasure to be a part of the community!
    1. maddog80's Avatar
      maddog80 -
      Thanks Bruno. Great read here. Brought back my memories of FS98. I have to say it has been fun ever since. I really think this hits what Flightsim is all about. Couldn't have said it any better.
    1. mealone's Avatar
      mealone -
      Thanks Bruno, This is what is needed to inspire the youth to Flight simming. Even my sons was puzzled why I like it so much. I told him my experience of how I started Just like you have here and now he understands what having passion for a hobby is.
      Mealone
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