From the Back Cover
It′s the next best thing to being up there
Why use Microsoft Flight Simulator for real–world flight training? Because it gives you the best possible head start and enables you to learn at your convenience. Flight Simulator provides scenario–based training that lets you practice handling almost any situation. It offers advantages you don′t even get in a real plane—the option to set up any kind of weather or equipment failures, stop midway and redo a procedure, or get the view from outside the airplane. FSX isn′t a game. It′s a training mission for virtual and real aviators alike.
- Install Flight Simulator and set up a training program from Student Pilot through Airline Transport Pilot
Use the custom flight lessons on the companion Web site to prepare for actual flight training
Practice the fundamentals of flight—starting the engine, taking off and landing, and performing pre–flight checks
Learn to handle different types of aircraft
Experience the effects of wind and weather
Prepare for emergency situations and learn to navigate by both old–fashioned and modern methods
Communicate with air traffic control
Build practice time that can help you prepare for license exams
Use stunning visuals to practice in any conditions
Master expert–level, high–performance maneuvers
About the Author
Jeff Van West
is a certified flight instructor in both single and multi–engine aircraft and editor of the professional pilot magazine IFR
. He has written training curricula for both computer simulation and general aviation programs.
Kevin Lane–Cummings is a pilot, flight instructor, educator, and technical communication professional. He has worked for aerospace megacorporations, science museums, flight schools, public TV stations, and Internet publishers.