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This article describes the training resources that are available in Microsoft Flight Simulator. You can use these resources to learn how to use Flight Simulator. Additionally, this article describes where to look on the Internet to find more information about how to use Flight Simulator.
The best way that you can learn to use Flight Simulator is to learn how to use the content that is built into the product. The following sections describe the different levels of training that are available in Flight Simulator.
When you start Flight Simulator, and then click Flying Lessons, the following lessons are available.
A. Student PilotThe first step in learning how to fly in Flight Simulator is to learn the fundamentals of controlling the aircraft. As you view the order of the lessons, it may seem odd that the takeoff lesson is not first. That is because the prerequisite skills for taking off involve an understanding of how to control the aircraft as soon as it is in the air. The training in these lessons serves as the foundation for having fun in Flight Simulator. There is more training available after these lessons. However, if all that you want to do is fly, the lessons teach the most basic skills that you will need. You will fly a Cessna 172. This is a proven trainer aircraft. Have fun!
B. Private PilotThe first step after you complete your Student lessons is to earn your Flight Simulator Private Pilot certificate. The Flight Simulator Private Pilot training extends your foundation of fundamental piloting skills. You will fly a Cessna 172 and learn basic flight maneuvers and radio navigation. Mastering these skills will help you progress more smoothly through the rest of your training.
C. Instrument PilotEarning a Flight Simulator Instrument Rating will make you a more versatile and proficient pilot. You will enjoy new experiences with Flight Simulator's navigation and weather features. You will do your instrument training in the same aircraft you used for your private pilot certification, the Cessna 172. Although, the basic maneuvers are the same, in these lessons you will learn to perform them only by reference to the instruments. You will master the art of the instrument scan and learn the intricacies of flying instrument approaches.
D. Commercial PilotCommercial training focuses on advanced flight maneuvers. This set of lessons moves you up to a new class of aircraft. Operating a complex aircraft and developing more precise flying skills by using advanced equipment is important also, and is the theme for this set of lessons. . Therefore, you must become familiar with how to operate the GPS, and is a necessary skill to bring to these lessons. After you pass the Flight Simulator Commercial Pilot Checkride, you will be ready to try flying more advanced aircraft. That journey starts with these steps:
E. Airline Transport PilotMost commercial airline pilots who fly jets have an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. This is the pinnacle in acquiring your Flight Simulator aviator skills. Learn how to fly in the Boeing 737–400 jet. It takes some dedication and commitment, but the rewards are worth it. Up for the challenge? Follow these steps:
Learning CenterAfter you learn how to use the product, you can access the Learning Center. The Learning Center is the source for information about how to use Flight Simulator. You can access the Learning Center at any time. To access the Learning Center, use one of the following methods:
Community Web siteFor more information about Flight Simulator and resources for using the product, visit the following official community Web site for Flight Simulator:
http://fsinsider.comThis Web site includes information about the following topics:
Strategy guideFor comprehensive information that is available in printed form, obtain Microsoft® Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight: Sybex Official Strategies & Secrets™. This official strategy guide, written with the full cooperation of Microsoft Game Studios, will help you deepen your knowledge and enjoyment of every aspect of flight. Inside the guide, among other topics, you will find the following topics:
http://www.sybex.comMicrosoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.
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