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    Default Microsoft Flight Simulator 01 Cockpit Camera Control

    Finally as of April 2021 I have a new rig ... more info here.

    I plan to continue the video series on Flight Sim Navigation from here on. And because the quality of some of the old videos was in fact sub par, runniong FSX on a PC that stuttered even with that, I also plan to redo most of them.

    Before instrument navigation continues I like to do a couple of videos on basic operations in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

    This is the first of those: Cockpit Camera Control
    - Rotation
    - Translation
    - Quick View
    - Instrument Views
    - Custom Views (save / recall your own camera views)

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    Default Microsoft Flight Simulator 03 FSRadioPanel and Mobiflight

    The Radios & Autopilot Panel Project I had been working on the past months performs well with FSX. I had not yet had a chance to test it with Microsoft Flight Simulator though. Until now … yesterday I was able to put it to the test and I can gladly confirm FSRadioPanel (Android app) and Mobiflight (Windows app to connect hardware) both work well with MSFS.

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    Default Microsoft Flight Simulator 02 External Camera Control

    The external camera can be controlled via the mouse (right click hold and move) and it also has quick views (Ctrl Arrow) and Instrument Views (Ctrl 1,2,3…).

    What it lacks are keyboard shortcuts for moving the camera. These can be added in the Control Settings by configuring keys for move up, down, left and right. The Arrow keys seem a logical choice.

    Keyboard camera moves are rather fast. Much smoother control can be achieved using a second joystick and create the bindings for it in the Control Settings.

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    Default Microsoft Flight Simulator 04 Drone Camera Control

    MSFS contains a camera drone that can be controlled fully independent of the airplane. The drone can follow the airplane, but it can also move (far) away from it. This makes it possible to create cinematic shots from the flying plane or from beautiful places on earth.

    The drone can be controlled via keyboard commands, however, for butter smooth control that enables wonderful cinematic camera work, a joystick or an Xbox controller is highly advisable.

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    Default Microsoft Flight Simulator 05 Fixed Camera Views

    Besides the Cockpit-, External- and Drone cameras MSFS also contains a series of fixed camera positions whereby the camera is mounted at several spots on the exterior of the airplane. The Drone also has three fixed camera options. The video shows all this.

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    Default Microsoft Flight Simulator 06 Smart Camera to View POI’s

    The S key toggles the Smart Camera on/off. The Smart Cam automatically focuses on a nearby airport or a POI. Ctrl Page Up/Down can be used to cycle through the list of available targets. A target can also be created manually using the T key and the right mouse button to move the target ring to the position we want to point the camera at.

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    Default Microsoft Flight Simulator 07 Slew Mode to Move the Plane

    The Y key toggles Slew Mode on/off. It allows us to quickly move the plane to a new position and attitude. This comes in handy when we like to fast forward to the next waypoint of a flight plan, or when we want to position the plane at a certain spot on the ground.

    The keyboard controls don’t allow for accurate positioning because of the high movement speed. To position the plane with higher precision we can create slew bindings for a joystick or yoke and rudder pedals in the control panel.

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    Default Microsoft Flight Simulator 08 Instrument Navigation, NDB, VOR, ILS, GPS, SID, STAR

    Navigation nowadays is primarily based on GPS (Global Positioning System). It can be fun to plan a GPS flight, load the waypoint data into the flight computer, take off, engage the autopilot and watch the plane follow the line. On the other hand it can be more fun to have some more interaction and fly the plane ourselves and navigate the old fashioned way, using NDB (Non Directional Beacon) and VOR (Very High Frequency Omni-directional Range) radio beacons. And to land the plane with the ILS (Instrument Landing System) is fun too.

    The locations and the radio frequencies of the beacons can be found on aeronautical charts. These are available on the internet and there also are some wonderful apps which also cater for the creation of flight plans. Among the best are Skyvector, Plan G, or, my personal favorite, Little Navmap.

    This video is an introduction to the videos that are about to follow on flight planning and instrument navigation with NDB, VOR, ILS, GPS, SID, STAR.

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    Default Microsoft Flight Simulator 09 Little Navmap VFR Flight Plan

    In this video we install Little Navmap, create a plan for a visual flight (VFR), save it, load it in MSFS and fly it.

    Navigation is performed via timing of the plan legs with a stopwatch, combined with the visual clues of the landmarks we picked as reference points along our route: canal, highway, city, lake, bridge, coastline.

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    Default Microsoft Flight Simulator 10 NDB Navigation with Little Navmap Flight Plan

    Non Directional Beacons (NDB) are one of the two types of radio beacons used for air navigation. In this video we’ll make a flight plan with Little Navmap that solely uses NDB’s. We’ll then fly the plan in the Cessna 152 in Microsoft Flight Simulator using the Automatic Direction Finder (ADF). When we tune the ADF radio to the NDB frequency, the ADF indicator points to the location of the NDB.

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