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I flew the sim for the 1st time in about a year. (FS2004, aka FS9, aka A Century of Flight) I have recently retired and moved to Florida, so I wanted to explore the area from the air. The program took forever to load on my ancient pc, but eventually I took off from Ocala in a Cherokee 6. Instead of my normal CH yoke, I had plugged in my Logitech joystick. I soon learned that I had forgotten the functions of multiple buttons (and even keyboard controls!) Throttle and stick. I turned east and soon could see the Atlantic Ocean on the horizon. I turned west, and eventually saw the Gulf of Mexico. Below me, not much to see but varying shades of flat green and occasional lakes. It was kind of boring.

I love to fly low and slow, and FS2004 has the perfect plane for that: the Wright Flyer. Talk about throttle and stick. I flew all the way from launch to the shore at less than 50 feet, dodging trees and buildings.

Next, I looked at the choice of historical recreations and decided to fly a DC-3 from Denver. It was hard to taxi to the active, and wound up just taking off without a runway. The interior views are great, with switches and knobs to remind me how complex this old plane really is. I hit the GPS button, and the glass screen looked so out of place! I didn't want to commit to a long flight, so I just flew to the downtown skyline (with the iconic cash register building.)

Finally, I wanted to do some yanking and banking, so I got into Patty Wagstaff's Extra 300. Woo-hoo! From a very low altitude I could do rolls and pull straight up. From the external view, I zoomed into the cockpit only to see Patty herself wearing aviator sunglasses.

So, I guess I'll have to dust off the manual and renew my passion for flying the computer. I have a few other ancient sims, including WarBirds and Beyond Pearl Harbor, to relearn. Who knows? I may even be inspired to invest in a new computer.

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  1. vipar's Avatar
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  2. SimPilot/Astro Joe Armstr's Avatar
    Hey Buddy, I was in the same situation, I had to get a new PC laptop, and had to re-install my FSX Deluxe Edition in my new laptop, I had to go and add drivers and all to my windows 10 laptop, it took a while; after the software in stalled into the computer, I was flying again, I was afraid that I have forgot everything, especially the landing, but I done pretty good in landing; what I do hate about it I have to start over with my flight time, I had, over 500 hours and the awards that I received on my old computer. I love flying on my computer, jumping into different airplanes and just taking off. I love the Flight Simulator X and cant wait until the new one comes out. So, keep on flying and get back into it like I did. Oh, for awhile I flew on my iPad, but to me it wasn't the same as flying on the computer its more challenging.
    happy flying and God's speed

    your fellow Sim Pilot
  3. kaleanna's Avatar
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  4. fsxsuperfan's Avatar
    I love simming in FLA so many airports great for take offs and touch and goes. The west flight to the gulf is pretty boring but the west coast also has many practice locations as well. Im looking forward to the new MS 2020 sure it will be a huge improvement. Like you I just retired my old windows7 pc after 9yrs of siming the old FSX for a new gaming PC. Glad and relived the new sim is a digital format much better? we'll see. Congrats on your retirement and enjoy your rediscovered love of siming.