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Microsoft Flight Simulator X Pilots Real World Training Review

Updated on October 8, 2015

The Pilots Real World Training Book

Microsoft Flight Simulator X Pilots Real World Training is a book for anyone who owns a copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator X. Whether you are a flying simulator enthusiast or an aspiring pilot, this book has what you need in abundance.

The thought behind Microsoft Flight Simulator X Pilots Real World Training is to provide aspiring pilots with the best possible head start in they're career whilst giving virtual pilots the most realistic experience without leaving the home.

The authors of this book, Jeff Van West and Kevin Lane-Cummings are certified flight instructors who will guide you through the pilot rating as it would be conducted in the real world. This book is mainly a learning tool for pilots to gain they're pilots license.

Due to the real life accuracy of the flight training manual, keen simulator pilots can use it to gain a better flying experience and understanding of how a plane and it's controls work. A truly magnificent book to own if your an enthusiastic virtual pilot.

So enter the world of aviation training...


Flight Simulators for Real World Flying

One of the first chapters of Microsoft Flight Simulator X Pilots Real World Training is why use flight simulators for real world flying? Aspiring pilots have their own motivation for wanting to fly?

Maybe because the feeling of being high in the air with freedom is the passion which drives us to learn flying? Maybe the technical aspects of flight equipment and the magnificence of flying a large plane with passengers gives you a great sense of personal drive? Whatever the motivation it can only be achieved by flying.

Learning to fly is an expensive hobby. The costs inured which drives prices include fuel, insurance, maintenance and of course the instructor. Unpredictability of the weather may not always fit in with our current lifestyles or schedules?

Flight simulators sustain drive and passion, flying a real aircraft may never be an option for some people for one reason or another and the freedom of flying in your own time when you decide is a great bonus.

If you are a pilot in the early stages of learning or your about to fly for the first time, flight simulators are a good tool to help in the efficiency of your lessons. Learning in the comfort of your own home and transferring those skills in a real plane, your instructor will be happy as you've shown desire and commitment to their own passion.

It also makes real flying more fun. Once you've finished your real flying lesson you can transfer those skills to the flight simulator and practice. Making for a better pilot.


Flight Simulator Book - Why?

I must stress that Microsoft Flight Simulator X For Pilots Real World Training is not a complete comprehensive flying manual. It does not contain everything you need to know about flying an aircraft.

What the book does do is focus on the parts Microsoft Flight Simulator X teaches well.

The book does contain all the collateral information you require, which will be taught to you in real world flying. These include pre-flight checklists, controls, technical aspects and displays. Examples of real life accidents help train flying students by highlighting important issues and flying techniques.

The idea of Microsoft Flight Simulator X For Pilots Real World Training is to give simulator enthusiasts the best and closest experience to flying a real plane, whether it be a Boeing 737, Airbus A380, sports planes or a Cessna.

This book is also for aspiring pilots to get the best head start in their training program.

Computer Setup Required to Run MS Flight Simulator X

The book tells you what kind of computer setup would be required to run Microsoft Flight Simulator X well. The three aspects of the PC (windows) that are most important are:

Processor Speed
Video Card

The book suggests that with these three aspects working well your flight simulator will sing.

Although Microsoft provides minimum requirements, the authors of the book advise these minimum requirements to make the flight simulator software run smoothly:

Processor Speed - 2Ghz
Ram - 512 Mb
Video Card - 64Mb

This is great information from the book. They really seem to have everything covered for a great simulator experience.

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Compatible Hardware

There are some fantastic hardware out there to make the simulated flying experience even more realistic. With Rudders, Yokes and control panels your computer desk really can be transformed into an planes cockpit.

In the book Microsoft Flight Simulator X For Pilots Real World Training it suggests to get into the mind of a real pilot, put a "do not disturb" sign on the door, turn off your cell phone, don't answer the door etc. With these in mind and the hardware to match you really will be flying all over the world.

My Microsoft Flight Simulator X Pilots Real World Training Review

The best feature of Microsoft Flight Simulator X Pilots Real World Training is the language used and the direction of training. You never feel spoken down to.

The authors know their audience and write accordingly. The writers know that you're either learning to fly a real plane and need a simulator due to many factors such as cost etc. But it's also aimed at those just wishing to simulate flying, giving a real experience.

The book is bountiful in text. It's 700 pages is a lot to work though but done in a way which is at your speed. The authors are fantastic at making no assumptions to your previous knowledge of simulation flying or real flying for that matter. When you complete one chapter it sets you up beautifully for the next. It's stepping stones format works well.

I will say at this point that the authors will have assumed you have accessed the website and downloaded the charts and situations. I would recommend doing this before reading the book. On the website you will find sample flights for each lesson in the book, demonstrations of flight maneuvers, and two bonus chapters.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X Pilots Real World Training begins with the basics of flying, like pulling back and pushing forward. This is thorough, just like real lessons. The authors flying instructor background comes into play throughout this book with great benefits to you. Without going through the entire book, sections include:

Wind on the plane
How to fly turns around
Point in a wind
Crosswind takeoffs
Airport operations
Navigation and communication
In-flight emergencies
Performance takeoffs and landings
Slow flight, stalls and spins
Night flying
Adverse weather

These are all based around real life pilot training programs and their fun way of explaining real situations due to their vast experience is extremely important. They have been their, they pass on their own flying experiences and what was learned by them.

Throughout this book you will learn more and more and have fun whilst doing it. You could say addictive? The lessons are great and let you fly Cessna 172 and G1000. The latter stages of the book explains incredibly well about instrument, GPS and NDB approaches. Yep your learning to fly a plane via the complicated and tough stages.

The most outstanding reason why Microsoft Flight Simulator X Pilots Real World Training is so well rated and reviewed by others is that they have a great way of teaching the difficult things in an easy way. If you finish the book you will really feel you've accomplished something, like passing VFR & IFR instruction.

If you don't already own a copy of Microsoft Simulator X, get one and get this book to accompany it. It's well worth the money.

So to round up - Why use Microsoft Flight Simulator for real-world flight training? It gives you a great head start in training for real world flying. Provides great scenario based training. You can use the advantages of simulation training like controlling the weather, stopping and starting. Doing at your own speed.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X is not a game. Its the best simulator flight training manual.


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      July 2 years ago

      I recokn you are quite dead on with that.

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      Bruce Chamoff 3 years ago from New York

      This is a great review. I do not own the book, but I will need to get it. I fly with a single joystick yolk and it works fine for me.

      I also do a lot of driving on the FSX highways and I have a hub on that as well, but I am a flight sim enthusiast as you mention above and I fly my Boeing 737 everywhere in FSX.

      Great hub and voted up!