• Tutorial Video: Learn To Fly Here #1

    Learn To Fly Here #1 | Straight and Level | Climbs | Turns | Descent | Standard Rate Turns | MSFS

    By thecorporatepilotdad

    Learn To Fly Here - Episode 1. This is the 1st video in a series of learning to fly where we will start from the beginning and cover subject areas, maneuvers, and procedures a student pilot will learn on the path of getting a Private Pilot's License. FAA sources are used where possible.

    The basics of flight are covered. Lift, weight, thrust, and drag are illustrated along with two basic types of drag - parasite drag and induced drag.

    During straight and level flight proper techniques on how to trim an aircraft are shown. Visual cues to maintain straight and level flight are shown as well as indications that can be used when the aircraft is in a bank during turns.

    Climbs and descents are demonstrated along with proper techniques for each.

    Turns at various bank angles are demonstrated. Adverse yaw is described as well as why rudder is needed in a turn and why pilot's need to pull back on the yoke while turning without losing altitude.

    This is a demonstration of a flight I would have taught a student back when I was a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). The lessons are kept as realistic as possible and this video is in no way meant to replace the use of a qualified flight instructor. These are for entertainment and educational purposes only.

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    About The Author

    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.


    7 Comments
    1. lnuss's Avatar
      lnuss -
      This video should be a big help to many beginning sim pilots, and is likely to also help many long time sim pilots who have mostly depended on learning things on their own or who otherwise have problems with basic airmanship. It's rather well done and covers what I'd start a student with, too, part of it in preflight briefing and part in-flight.

      I presume it's the lack of seat-of-the-pants feel that caused you to have a slight yaw bobble on returning to straight ahead flight from a turn (I've had plenty of that in sims, too).

      This is a very worthwhile project you are doing, and it will be interesting to see the subsequent videos in the series -- chances are good that there will be many sim pilots who (if they'll take the time to do this in a light single) will improve their flying considerably, whether light plane or airliner.
    1. thecorporatepilotdad's Avatar
      thecorporatepilotdad -
      The lack of coordination when returning to level flight from the turn was due to the overly sensitive rudder in MSFS. It's awful. These take quite a bit of time and I'm hoping their popularity increases. I do my best to keep things as realistic as possible just as if I were teaching a student back in my CFI days. They can be used as a guide for MSFS users to gain basic knowledge outside of the MSFS tutorials in-game, but also serve as a good starting point for student pilots. It would be fun to do this same thing with shared cockpits. There is a program for it but from what I hear, it does not work as well as it should for all airplanes. Shared cockpits will be coming in 2022 and that will be fun giving dual instruction in MSFS.
    1. lnuss's Avatar
      lnuss -
      I don't have the 2020, but shared cockpit in P3D V2 (and in FSX before it) was great, especially when you could use some means of VOIP to chat with the person you're sharing with. A friend and I used to use Mumble/murmur (free and open source) for voice communications for many years, before he passed on, and occasionally used the shared cockpit (we both were experienced pilots/CFIIs) to let one fly and the other sightsee (ORBX has beautiful stuff for that purpose, even in FSX), then trade off the other way. That setup would certainly have worked well for CFI/student flying, demos, etc.

      I certainly hope that many simmers out there who are not comfortable with much hand flying of aircraft (or who otherwise could use some improvement) will take advantage of your hard work. I've been making videos (not for the web) and doing various kinds of instruction (not just aviation) for many, many years, so I have an appreciation of the countless hours of work, culling video segments, adding illustrations, carefully timing the voice-overs, splicing things together, getting titles at the right place for the right time, and much, much more that goes into doing these. It's obvious to me that it's a labor of love, and you do it well.

      The lack of coordination when returning to level flight from the turn was due to the overly sensitive rudder in MSFS. It's awful.
      In previous sim versions I've also noticed that sort of thing, but a lot of it (to me) is that lack of feeling in the backside, too. Rudder sensitivity could be tweaked in the .air file in previous versions (among other things), so that helped quite a bit.

      Once again, thanks for providing this kind of stuff for these folks -- it's great.
    1. mitz blitz's Avatar
      mitz blitz -
      At the beginning of this lesson, you prioritized looking outside the aircraft, to identify attitude (pitch and bank). You discouraged focusing on the instruments (which I am guilty of). Just beginning the series but your perspective and insight are useful and appreciated.
    1. thecorporatepilotdad's Avatar
      thecorporatepilotdad -
      Quote Originally Posted by mitz blitz View Post
      At the beginning of this lesson, you prioritized looking outside the aircraft, to identify attitude (pitch and bank). You discouraged focusing on the instruments (which I am guilty of). Just beginning the series but your perspective and insight are useful and appreciated.
      Glad you are enjoying it. This is the only video in the Learn To Fly Here series but there is another one on the way in the next few days. I use FAA sources but give a little insight from my own real world flying experiences when I can. When I instructed, if a student looked at the instrument panel too much there was always a pack of Post-It notes nearby to start covering instruments up.
    1. lnuss's Avatar
      lnuss -
      ...there was always a pack of Post-It notes nearby to start covering instruments up.
      I used my coat to cover the whole panel before solo -- at first it would be in the practice area, having them hold a certain airspeed (in slow flight), then change it, all while maneuvering or adding flaps, then retracting the flaps. Once they were OK with that (didn't take long), they had to fly the whole pattern in a series of TO&L with the coat there.
    1. MAD1's Avatar
      MAD1 -
      I echo the comments of the others, excellant videos, have just watched No. 1 and 2. Very nice voice-over. Will enjoy the series.
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