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5.0 out of 5 stars Simulator or training aid?, 13 Jan 2008
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This is a serious simulator. I've used the whole history of MS Flight Simulators and each gets better. I've used this one for over 3 years now and still don't tire of it. Limitations yes - the principal one being that you're trying to fly an aircraft through a single window. Realistic yes - though I have to say that flying a real light aircraft in good conditions is actually easier than flying this sim! Add ons available - limitless including many free options. With full scenery optional extras (third party) you can fly over and recognise your own house. Alternatively you can plan and fly around the world in real time and weather. Up to you.

If you are already a real world pilot (as I am) you can use this to brush up on your nav skills. Navaid frequencies are real world and you can use real world charts. You can practice IFR without any risk and cost - can you navigate using VORs with a 500' cloudbase?

If you're looking for a game then look elsewhere as you'll be disappointed very quickly. FS does need to be learned and that takes time. You'll also need a good quality joystick (with twist stick to accommodate rudder input) or flight controls such as those from CH. Given that understanding you will get your value out of FS thousands of times over - it will probably be the best bit of simulation software you will ever find for a home PC!
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Initial post: 23 Apr 2014 12:26:13 BDT
does it work for window vista ?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2014 13:35:23 BDT
I wrote this review over 6 years ago now and things have moved on. I believe that I used it with Vista 32bit and it ran very smoothly (unlike Vista itself!) - I would be cautious of Vista 64bit, although it might work. I've now moved on to Windows 7 64bit and only use Flight Simulator X. If you have a computer and graphics card that are capable - as FSX effects remain demanding - then I would look at FSX first.
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