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"Microsoft" Flight Simulator as a Training Aid: A Guide for Pilots, Instructors, and Virtual Aviators [Paperback]

Bruce Williams
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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Aviation Supplies and Academics; Pap/Cdr edition (1 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560276703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560276708
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 809,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PC-based simulations, though touted by many in the aviation community as excellent flight training aids, are not being used to their full potential. This guide and the accompanying CD illustrate how to get the most out of Microsoft[registered] Flight Simulator with general suggestions, specific advice, and practical tools. Student pilots can use the comprehensive information to review specific concepts and prepare themselves for formal flight instruction, while certified pilots can upgrade their navigation skills, learn about advanced aircraft and procedures, and complement their real-world flying with additional hours in the virtual skies. The materials are equally suitable for flight instructors looking for new tools to use in ground school classes and pre- and post-flight briefings and virtual aviation hobbyists will welcome the in-depth information on flying in the real world.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top flight simulator training aid 6 Feb 2010
This book and CD is quite simply a high quality training aid which will appeal to pilots, instructors and those whose flying is only ever of the virtual kind. It is extremely well presented by a pilot and instructor whose experience is vast. I had previously only touched the surface of Microsoft Flight sims, despite having had all versions since Windows 95. This book has made me realise that the Flight Simulator is not only a great product in its own right, but with the appropriate kind of accompanying materials, such as those provided by Bruce Williams' book and CD, one's knowledge and enjoyment can be considerably extended. It is a great value for money quide and a must have for anyone wanting some serious yet enjoyable training.
"Microsoft" Flight Simulator as a Training Aid: A Guide for Pilots, Instructors, and Virtual Aviators
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1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely needs lessons in writing books!! 17 May 2011
I must agree with one of your reviewers the book is an absolute shocker to try and read through. I am a trainee pilot and I learned nothing that was in the slightest bit useful.
He should try another occupation!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars You learn more reading a news paper 22 Jun 2010
I rarely write bad reviews, but this book is the worst book i have ever read, iam on page 90 and i have learned nothing yet, i am a novice to flight simulation, i never used A flight simulator before. This book goes on and on about nothing, do not waste your money on this book, i wonder if the author has written another book since, if he did then it must be a pottery book, may be he will do better
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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Value is in the CD... 12 April 2007
By Nyago123 - Published on Amazon.com
I had some mixed feelings about this one after going through it cover to cover, but when I reflected on it, I appreciated the author's hard work putting it all together.

As a book, it covers (almost to the point of beating to death) why and how Flight Simulator (2004 and FSX) can be used as a training aid for flying... hence the title. Once you've read it, you've either been proselytized into the fold, or you've gotten annoyed and thrown it into the trash- in either case, I can't see reading it again unless I wanted to dig up the arguments to have with someone else. The text is also a little more oriented towards the instructor, more than the virtual pilot.

But where the real value lies is in the CD. Here, Williams has provided dozens and dozens of open ended practice flights for a student or instructor to practice various techniques (in both FS2004 and FSX formats). Yes, you could make your own, or maybe find some on the Net, but he's saved you the time - just copy over, load up, review the charts and briefings, and start flying. Each flight also comes with flight descriptions/briefings on the CD- though not in printed form (save for a few samples that in the book). There are also a lot of online references (e.g. pointers to the FAR/AIM online, and some relevant chapters on the CD in PDF form, etc)- nothing you couldn't get online, but at least here the pointers are all collected together. Still, to me all that was worth far more than the price of the book.

If you're a raw beginner and/or you just bought FSX the other day and are looking to learn how to fly from scratch, you'll probably need to look elsewhere first before coming here. This book won't tell you on the fly what you did wrong while practicing, and you'll probably need to be at least a little comfortable with configuring FS yourself (in particular, messing around with the subdirectories in your FS program installation directory). But if you're serious about practicing technique beyond mere sightseeing and you know enough about technique and you're enthusiastic enough to self-practice, this is a good book for you.
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FS as a Training Aid 16 Mar 2007
By Skyhawk - Published on Amazon.com
This is a well written book and a good introduction to FS as a Training Aid. I am a private pilot and have been using FS since it's inception. I have always had difficulty convincing instructors (ground and flight) and fellow pilots to review the program and perhaps use it as an adjunct in their training. Bruce Williams, an accomplished pilot, CFI, and at one time on the developer team of MS Flight Simulator does a great job of explaining how it can be of assistance to both the student AND the instructor. One can at least get a comprehensive overview as to how it can be used for the mere cost of a book.

Personally I have always loved flying the simulator. I enjoy "landing" at airports that I intend to visit, as well as those in Europe, Asia, etc. One can fly all of the approaches in simulated bad weather to any airport anywhere in the world using "real" charts and plates and frequencies etc.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money 1 May 2008
By Jack Vogel - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book at the same time as Jeff Van West's book, and
I found that even though the latter makes you go download the missions
from the Wiley website, they were still much more useful. The lessons
on the CD with this book had no more structure than say something I
might have saved while flying. If you are buying a book that is
real-aviation oriented, West's book is a must have, this I would take
a pass on.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn On The Cheap! 8 Feb 2008
By Wade A. Alderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have wanted to get my pilots license since I was 13. I could never get the cash.

The Flight Sim Pilot Training on Flight Sim 2004 and Flight Sim X is OK but not great.

This book is so incredibly awesome when it comes to how you can use Flight Sim to lean how to fly and the things that you shouldn't. (Let's just say the computer program is a little "optimistic")

I have talked to so many trainers who told me dozens of stories about people who got their sport or private pilot license in a much shorter time and cheaper because of this book.

And my local flight school instructor told me the more I can learn in Flight Sim the better pilot I will be because when he goes over the stuff I need to know he will be reminding me of the things I already know and filling in everything else.

He says all his pilots who have used Flight Sim saved from $1000 to $3000.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waist Your Money 25 Jan 2010
By ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book ,partly based on other peoples reviews , crap,,, I wanted something to help my real world flying , possibly help me to practice ifr , while using FS X , this book is rubbish , I've since bought ms "FS X for pilots REAL WORD TRAINING " by jeff west and kev cummmings ,still only half way throught it and it's every thing this book isn't ,it GREAT , oh and if your new to FS X it'll tell you how to set it up and how to use it ,
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