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Microsoft Flight Simulator X for Pilots: Real World Training [Paperback]

Jeff Van West , Kevin Lane-Cummings
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3 July 2007
Get ready to take flight as two certified flight instructors guide you through the pilot ratings as it is done in the real world, starting with Sport Pilot training, then Private Pilot, followed by the Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot, and Air Transport Pilot. They cover the skills of flight, how to master Flight Simulator, and how to use the software as a learning tool towards your pilot’s license. More advanced topics demonstrate how Flight Simulator X can be used as a continuing learning tool and how to simulate real–world emergencies.

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  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (3 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764588222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764588228
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.9 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Serious Flight Sim Enthusiasts 7 Aug 2007
FS Real World Training is an invaluable book. Although I had already 'passed' many of the flight lessons in FSX I still didn't feel confident about my flying skills. There were too many things that were left (excuse the expression) hanging in the air. When I bought this book I started at the beginning feeling like a newbie all over again. Many points that I missed before are explained fully and in detail and finally it is all starting to make sense. As a result I am enjoying my flight simulator more than ever. Aside from the wealth of interesting and informative detail I think the most important thing is that the reader gets to make connections. The information connects from one chapter to the next and consequently, step by step, everything fits together. Going through this book is an immensely enjoyable trip. An added bonus are the generous number of free mission files and charts available on the wiley. com web site which are enjoyable and extremely useful.
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101 of 102 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flying high 21 May 2008
By Chris A
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This is a mighty book that can take you from complete novice through to professional airline pilot without leaving your computer chair.

The premise behind the book is that microsoft FSX is so realistic now that it can be used as a real training aid to a training pilot. this book takes you step by step, chapter by chapter through a 'real' training course using FSX. The book is a vital companion to focus and direct your learning, it provides exercises (including some downloadable missions) to illustrate and re-enforce what you have read. Don't be fooled though, despite the serious content the book takes a generally light-hearted approach which stops it ever becoming too academic or dry.

The book take a well balanced approach to teaching you flying, avoiding overloading the reader with detail early on, as if you were learning for real. The book regularly highlights differences between the real world and the flightsim world, so that those using FSX as a true training tool will know where reality departs from simulation.

The main audience for this book then is someone wishing to train as a pilot in the real world with FSX as a supporting training tool, but the book also caters for those who just want to fly the computer in a more 'real' way. Amazingly the authors manages to balance these two aims very well, furthermore it makes the whole thing fun. I must say that I certainly learnt an amazing amount about flying within the first few chapters despite having flown real planes and gliders with the RAF cadets when I was younger.

I can heartily recommend this book to anyone who wishes to use FSX more as a simulator and less as a game. It also works as a users guide for FSX, which sadly is not officially available from Microsoft.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Flight Simulators Bible 16 Oct 2009
As an author myself I am a very critical reader and very particular in what I read. But fear not. This book of over 700 pages is just Fantastic. Jeff Van West and Kevin Lane-Cummings have created a flight simulators bible. You will not be disappointed with this easy to read with lots of great drawings and diagrams. I think that even real pilots would appreciate this book. But it is a Must Have for those who fly the simulator. 10/10
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a jolly good read 10 Aug 2009
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This is a great book and a light read. A book you can pick up always learn something. It starts at the very basics and ends really with a twin engine Beech Baron. It has a couple of chapters on multiplaying = but this could be brought up to date slightly. It offers little learning for jet liners and the chapter on how to run an ATC on multiplayer is very light. So, if you want to fly a jet properly - or learn to do ATC for VATSIM (for example) this book may not satisfy. I have been flying for six years informally and found the book a great read. You could suppliment the book using the AVSIM pilot training course (which does cover jets and advanced procedures)and there is some good video resources on Youtube.

Its a big thumping book - which will keep you going for some time!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Ernst
A very interesting book for any aspiring or student pilot.

It takes advantage of the safe and relatively cheap environment of FSX to teach you the basics of VFR and IFR flight performing exercises as a real world student pilot would.

You'll start at the very beginning: take off and landings; but it'l take you by the hand a step after another until you learn IFR and all its misteries.

People using this book will have to download some files from the editor webpage where they'll find the necessary files to use for flying the exercises written in the book.

Experienced pilots may find this book not advanced enough but I'm sure that even they will learn some new tricks.

For beginners: don't look futher. This is your book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 11 Mar 2011
By A. Frid
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I see only (so far) one 1 star critic, everyone else gives it high ratings and I agree with the 4/5 star raters. The trouble with FSX is that it has huge potential and diversity, and without a manual to browse through one can feel overwhelmed by the game (having said that the game tutorials have improved loads since earlier versions).

Personally I find the manual great to use, and good value to boot.

It has its own tutorials that you can easily setup, gives guidance (take off speed, stalling speed, flap settings, trim settings etc) and then talks you through the full scenario (as well as the personal, real life, experiences of the authors). I can guarantee that without this book/manual FSX would only be half the game experience (unless of course you are an experienced MS Flight Simmer)

Well worth considering, you may need to be at the game screen whilst "browsing" the book to understand some deeper points but even so, if you fancy an armchair browse, this book is good for that too.
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Can't believe there are actually people who have given this book 1 or 2 stars! This guide is actually The FSX bible when it comes to...we'll FSX.
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it,s only a instruction book very poor and just not worth the money all instructions should be found in the flight simulator discs
Published 4 months ago by Lumsden Dennis
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I've always been a fan of flight simulators over many years. I bought a gaming laptop recently and decided to give fsx a test drive on a fast up to date platform. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK
OK bit over the top. a bit to complex.. for it's only a game x plane is a lot better for pilots
Published 5 months ago by GEOFFREY THOMAS-LORD
5.0 out of 5 stars superb teacher for FSX
I am new to FSX and bought this hoping that it would help me learn how to fly the sim. Total success - a superb book that I would recommend to any one.
Published 5 months ago by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good quality and easy to follow
This is a very good instructional training manual that slightly leans toward an American reader.
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