Tutorial: Pro Pilot Tips And Tricks For MSFS 2020

Professional Pilot Tips and Tricks to use in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

These are some handy tips I have used in real flying that can be used in Microsoft Flight Simulator including: How to find true air speed, how high to be on a visual approach, how to derive a vertical speed to maintain a 3 degree glide path, how to request weather using the FMS in the CJ4 with the Working Title Mod, how to draw a hold, how to setup the FMS for vectors to final, ways to go direct to a fix, and finally, using the heading bug on the ground.

To figure how high to be on a visual approach when no VASI/PAPI exists: Remember: 300 feet per nautical mile.

If 5 NM from the runway - 5X300=1500 feet. Add field elevation and that is the height the airplane needs to be at that given distance.

To get the estimated vertical speed to maintain a 3 degree glide angle:
GS/2 and add a 0. Example 120 knots GS/2=60 add a 0 = 600 feet/minute descent rate.

For TAS in jets: First 3 digits of FL/2 + IAS
Example FL320 = 320/2 = 160 + IAS (250) = 410 TAS

For TAS in props: ALT in Thousands Example 6500 feet=6.5X2%
6.5X.02=13%
1.13 X IAS
Example @6500 feet and 90 KIAS
90 X 1.13 = 101.7 KTAS

This video is produced by thecorporatepilotdad. He has been a FlightSim.Com member for close to twenty years and using Flight Simulator since back in the day of FS98 and FS2000. He is also a professional pilot with over 7000 hours of real world flight experience ranging from Cessna 152s to super-mid size business jets.

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