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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: 18.8 x 3.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,662 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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102 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Chris A on 21 May 2008
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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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. D. Birch on 16 Oct. 2009
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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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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Flight Fan on 7 Aug. 2007
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ernst on 18 May 2011
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Frid on 11 Mar. 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jake on 24 Dec. 2013
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The title basically says it all. Just over 700 pages of detailed information and packed with plenty of screen shots (b&w). The book covers everything from setting up FSX, learning how an aircraft stays in the air, your first flight, basic flight maneuvers, more advanced flight maneuvers, airport operations, navigation, flight planning, all the way up to the more advanced stuff like IFR flights and multi-engine aircraft etc, and there's lot's, lot's more I haven't even listed here too. I used to fly for real but nowadays I just enjoy FSX with the realism settings on high and it's great to see the authors explaining any differences between FSX and the real world where appropriate. It's all here but be prepared to put the time and effort in which I suppose is like anything in life - you get out of it what you put in. If your quite happy just flying around in FSX and not too bothered about the detailed stuff then this may be a little OTT, but if your serious about learning or are having flight training in the real world too then you really can't go far wrong with this book. The free downloadable lessons are a nice touch too which saves you time trying to recreate exactly what is being taught in the current lesson - just hit the load button on the main screen, select the appropriate lesson and off you go. If you have a little difficulty downloading or installing the lessons there is another review on here where someone has commented on that review and they explain it perfectly. I hope this helps a little. Happy flying!
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