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    Default I'm not a pilot but...

    The sim I am using is FS2020. I really want to learn how to navigate from point a to point b. I can land and take off just fine. There are two GA airports near me but I have never actually been to them. They are about 10 miles from each other. Santa Paula (KSZP) and Camarillo (KCMA). I fly the Cessna 172 G1000 in the sim generally.

    If I create a flight plan from KSZP to KCMA, the flight plan details basically show an ascent to a certain altitude, then proceed on a given heading for a specific distance and then a descent but this does not really help me too much as I do not have details about how to approach the destination's runway etc. so I tend to fly right past it. Since I don't really know what these places look like visually I just know when I have flown too far, pause the sim and have a look about with the showcase drone. I typically find it at that point and see that I have passed it up.

    Is there a tutorial somewhere that illustrates how to do this kind of thing for a new virtual pilot? Does not have to be specific to FS2020 obviously but one that uses the G1000 would be ideal.

    Thanks!

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    I don't have that new sim, but the FAA has handbooks and manuals that cover all this and more at: https://www.faa.gov/regulations_poli...uals/aviation/

    It includes such titles as Airplane Flying Handbook, Flight Navigator Handbook, Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Instrument Flying Handbook, Aeronautical Information Manual and more.

    Larry N.

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    Remember: Aviation is NOT an exact Science!

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    Thanks Inuss. I will download em and get em onto the ole iPad

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    There are flight lessons in the new sim. Maybe start from Step One and work from there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyJohnJohn View Post
    There are flight lessons in the new sim. Maybe start from Step One and work from there?
    Try a real flight. Teaches volumes along with what you NEED to know.
    More advantageous than several hundred hours of simming!

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    I agree with this quesrion "If I create a flight plan from KSZP to KCMA, the flight plan details basically show an ascent to a certain altitude, then proceed on a given heading for a specific distance and then a descent but this does not really help me too much as I do not have details about how to approach the destination's runway etc."

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    Quote Originally Posted by kedirimakmur View Post
    I agree with this quesrion "If I create a flight plan from KSZP to KCMA, the flight plan details basically show an ascent to a certain altitude, then proceed on a given heading for a specific distance and then a descent but this does not really help me too much as I do not have details about how to approach the destination's runway etc."
    Same advice: Do a Real Flight and you will learn what a real aircraft can do. And what it can't...

    There is little point in clarfiying what any aircraft can do without knowing WHAT that aircraft is, and how it is powered.

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    By searchin for:
    Kszp icao
    or
    kcma icao
    on Google I find info about the runways. (Real world info).
    In the sim the runways may be slightly different, but they are usually very similar.

    Here are two of the results I found:
    https://www.airnav.com/airport/KSZP

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camarillo_Airport

    By the way, these airports seem to be very small. that means they will be hard to spot from the air.
    Practicing will be easier if you choose a bigger airport to navigate to. That way, once you're there, you'll definitely know.😃

    happy flights!
    il.

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    You Tube is your friend here. There are loads of vids on basics, try the series by "Squirrel".

    Unfortunately a lot of the offerings already assume you've half an idea of what you're doing. Also I think trying to learn from a handbook could be very frustrating, having been a PPL myself and introduced a lot of folk to flying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrylawdinn View Post
    You Tube is your friend here. There are loads of vids on basics, try the series by "Squirrel".

    Unfortunately a lot of the offerings already assume you've half an idea of what you're doing. Also I think trying to learn from a handbook could be very frustrating, having been a PPL myself and introduced a lot of folk to flying.
    Why do you think I suggest a REAL Flight?

    NOTHING beats the expeerience. And now you can fly in the new-fangled electric aircraft the cost is more than reasonable...
    https://www.pipistrel-aircraft.com/a...alpha-electro/

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