Questions tagged [flight-simulator]

Flight simulators are ground-based devices designed to replicates aspects of aircraft flight. They can range from full-motion airline cockpit simulators to relatively simple PC software, and are often used for flight training.

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Why do I get an overspeed warning at 250kts below 10,000ft in Microsoft Flight Simulator?

I'm flying the Cessna CJ4. I get overspeed warnings at 250kts when below 10,000ft, and the speed indicator has red lines at 300kts. Are these warnings triggered because it'll damage the plane to go ...
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Did any aircraft ever use stick twist for rudder control?

Did any aircraft ever use stick twist for rudder control like some joysticks for video game flight simulators?
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Can Microsoft Flight Simulator help me learn to fly (or make me a better pilot)?

Microsoft Flight Simulator has "flight lessons" with a virtual flight instructor, some of which teach concepts that are taught during actual flight training. These simulators are becoming very ...
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How can I avoid flight simulator software reinforcing bad habits?

While looking into getting into flying I've seen in several sources that using flight simulator software typically creates and reinforces bad habits. Most articles say that it reinforces "instrument" ...
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Why can’t level D simulators produce a G-force effect?

From what I know so far, simulators can’t simulate this feeling, I’ve heard some say it will never be possible. Is that true? There’s really no way of producing this in a simulation?
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Thrust is going towards the earth, but the plane is going upwards, Why? [closed]

Dears, I am trying to develop a flight simulation, but I am facing a problem when the plane goes downwards towards the earth. As shown in the picture below: In equilibrium state before the plane ...
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Compute great-circle track from longitude

The Aviation Formulary defines Clairut's formula to compute the intermediate track (bearing) for a GC based upon latitude, but any given GC (ignoring one passing through the poles), crosses a given ...
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General advice on flight simulator hardware [duplicate]

I am new to flying and have only had a couple of lessons in a Cesna 152 but want to get some practice on a simulator as I'm quite old and don't learn quickly compared to youngsters. My instructor wasn'...
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How much simulator training for general-aviation?

How much training/refreshing is necessary/desirable for instructing general aviation pilots? All I see is commercial pilots been trained in simulators. A real general aviation airplane might be not ...
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What are some “FAA approved” simulators for home that I can log time on?

I'd assume xplanes on iPhone or Android would not be log-able, but wanted to know if there is a affordable simulator kit for home usage that'd help me logging time for IFR requirements?
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Why are heading in PFD and map off by exactly 10 degrees? [duplicate]

I was flying on my X-plane 11 flight simulator today and noticed something quite unsettling. This was a VFR flight between KIAD and KDCA. I pulled up my map for reference and noticed I was flying ...
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How can I calculate the C.G height for an Aircraft?

before I continue I would like to thank you guys beforehand for the help. I am new to this forum and in aviation in general. I am helping my professor to obtain the C.G coordinates in x, y , z for a ...
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How do I follow an ILS glideslope on the ADI in Falcon BMS?

I'm currently flying the ILS landing mission in Falcon BMS, I'm practicing landing using the instruments (head down) and although I'm mostly OK with the LOC, I struggle to maintain a 2.5 degree ...
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Why does X-Plane 11 show the SR-71 at 200 knots but Mach 3 at 80,000 ft?

So I noticed on X-Plane 11, the SR-71 reaches Mach 3 at 80000 feet, but the equivalent airspeed is only around 200 knots. What explains this difference between the mach number readout and the EAS ...
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How many significant digits should I use for simulating aircraft equations of motion?

I have coded the equations of motion in Matlab, and I am using the ode45 function to simulate the nonlinear dynamics of F/A-18 Hornet without any controller (just the airframe). I have given initial ...
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What frame of reference should I use for my Simulink simulation of the F/A-18 Hornet?

I want to simulate the Equations of Motions for F/A-18 Hornet (12 states & 6 DOF) on MATLAB using Simulink. I have the Aerodynamic model, from which I will get CL, CD, CY, Cl, Cn, Cm that are ...
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Procedure for simulating nonlinear flight dynamics

I am trying to simulate F/A-18 Hornet on Simulink. So, here is how I have made the model: Firstly, the initial flight parameters(Alpha, beta, V(magnitude), rho) are being calculated based on the ...
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How “full-motion” is a full-motion simulator?

How "full-motion" are simulators? Do they just simulate the major motions of the airplane in response to the flight controls, or do they also simulate the minor forces of the flight, such as the ...
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Can PC joystick simulate aerodynamic lock in spin?

I never explored joysticks for playing simulators on PC. Can some kind of joystick simulate aerodynamic lock during spin? You do hands off control stick and it stays there, won’t center as usual. I ...
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On FSX flight lesson on climbs and descents, what does “free ride” mean?

The following is from a lesson on Microsoft Flight Simulator X regarding climbs and descents: While engine power moves a car uphill, gravity pulls it down. Without your foot on the accelerator, the ...
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How should simulator time be logged in a pilot logbook?

In a full motion Level C or D simulator like those used by the airlines and for jet type ratings: How should a pilot log the simulator time in their logbook? I.e. Can you log: Total Time ...
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How to learn the back end of flight simulators? [closed]

I am an engineering student very passionate about aviation and especially flight simulation. I want to know more about how a flight simulator is coded but unfortunately there's not much available on ...
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What's the appropriate course of action if an airliner bounces 5-10 feet on touchdown?

I regularly fly in a PC flight simulator, and I'm currently trying to refine landings in medium-to-large airliners in various weather conditions. A problem I've faced in some conditions while flying ...
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What turn to intercept a radial and how to tune in B737ng sim?

Forgive my very amateur questions, I have been out of flying for years now and I am getting fit to fly again after slight setback. I have an opportunity of doing some refresher flying in 737NG ...
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How to use Rudder during takeoff in single engine propeller aircraft? e.g. Cessna 172

Background: I am a complete beginner on Flight Simulator X: Steam edition, using a simulator setup with rudder pedals with realism set to the max (to simulate more realistic flying). I understand ...
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What are accurate flight simulation models called? Is there a standard model?

I'm risking a question that might be "opinion based", but I hope it will not be seen as that. This question is touched upon in the following questions: What are the differences between PC and ...
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What are the abilities and limits of a hexapod-based flight simulator?

So, that's a professional hexapod- a. k. a. Stewart platform-based flight simulator (image source: Wikipedia - "Stewart platform"). By moving the simulated cockpit, it simulates the movements of a ...
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Is it right to call out out “50…40..30..RETARD” in a C172 simulator?

Playing flight simulator in a C172 (since we don't have any in my local schools) and the 'co-pilot' I fly with (only know him online) insists on calling out "50...40..30..RETARD, RETARD". I know ...
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How much simulator time can I use towards a part 61 instrument rating?

I am doing Instrument Rating under part 61 with a CFII. To meet the 50 hours cross country requirement (d 1), can I log some of the PIC time in a simulator? There is a 20 hours limitation on the use ...
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Are there any IFR training plugins / addons for Microsoft Flight Simulator or X-Plane?

I am an IFR student, looking for software/plugins/add-ons/extensions to either Microsoft Flight Simulator or X-Plane to enhance the IFR training experience. Specifically, I was wondering if there was ...
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Is it possible to log IFR currency in a flight simulator without an instructor?

A flight simulator system company has a system that they say lets you "Log IFR Currency without an Instructor." Can someone explain to me how exactly that works? Does that mean that an Instrument ...
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What is a “natural flight loop”?

I'm roughly (edit: very well) familiar with flight simulation, but recently I came across a new term. In this brochure (scroll to the second page) by Airbus about flight simulators, they talk about ...
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What are the differences between PC and professional simulators?

It looks like there are a differences between the models used in the schools and the simulators you can run in a PC . I'm curious to know the differences and price of both type of simulators. I ...
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Can a zero hour pilot actually launch a Bombardier Q400 with only simulator experience? [duplicate]

The thief of the Bombardier Q400 at SEATAC stated that he had a lot of simulator flying (I'm guessing like Flight Simulator for the PC?) Some "experts" stated that he must have had more than that to ...
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Does a large simulator bay have standard public address announcements?

We are simulating a "simulator bay" (with simulators) within a simulation and were wondering if there were any announcements made over the loudspeaker audible to people inside or outside the ...
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Vortex Lattice Method with eliptical panels

I implemented vortex lattice method (or deeper here) into my aircraft simulation program. The problem is that sometimes trailing vortex filaments from Horse Shoe Vortexes of main wing hits panels of ...
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How realistic is Google Earth Flight Simulator?

Sometimes I like to fly a bit in flight simulator in Google Earth (not the Pro version), and I was wondering how realistic it is. There are two planes you can fly. I included some stuff I personally ...
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Can I log PIC instrument time in a sim without a current medical or flight review?

Just wondering if one is on land and in a simulator, if you need a current medical and flight review to train and log PIC time?
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Can an orienteering compass be used in place of a protractor?

First off, please forgive me if this is a stupid question. I was given a protractor during flight training, learnt to use it and obviously works quite well. However, I've started using my old maps ...
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What does the orange colored text in a SkyVector route indicate?

If you use a pre-made route in skyvector.com, sometimes there will be orange text. For example: from KIAD to KTPA with default cruise settings, the second route in the list will have DADES6 in orange....
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Do any flight simulators go completely inverted?

From the pictures I have seen of airline simulators, it looks like the range of motion is limited to somewhat level flight. Are there any flight simulators, possibly military trainers, that can do a ...
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What flight simulator software did Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah use?

During the investigation of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, it was revealed that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had a sophisticated home-built flight simulator setup. (article source) What flight ...
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First airplane to use a flight simulator?

Icarus, Pegasus, da Vinci's flying machine and Wright brothers airplane probably didn't have a flight simulator, since computer science was not yet developed enough (Antikythera ancient analogue ...
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Where can I find detailed dimensions of aircraft panels?

I'm thinking of building some of physical aspects of a flight simulator, such as the overhead panels and pedestal. Is there a publication available where I could find detailed dimensions of cockpit ...
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Can a simulator (FFS) be used in place of a Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) to meet the commercial experience requirements?

14 CFR 61.129(a)(3)(ii) lists the aeronautical experience requirements for a commercial certificate. It says: (ii) 10 hours of training in a complex airplane, a turbine-powered airplane, or a ...
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Is the whole world's airspace covered by ATC? [closed]

I'm an enthusiast and have only flown flight/atc simulators (on the VATSIM network). Obviously sometimes the airspace you are flying in is not covered by any ATC (so I have to set my frequency to ...
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What would be a simple aerodynamics simulation software for a student? [closed]

I have a project due 2 weeks from now that demands we make a glider using Styrofoam. I'd like to simulate the results as I plan my glider before I build it. Which simple software, which allows ...
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Is center tank fuel required to start the 737-800 engines?

I have been doing some flights with the 737-800 and when there is no fuel in the center tank, the engines won't start. Is it like that in real life?
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Can I count simulator hours towards a commercial flight certificate training?

I attend a Part 141 training school and have a total of 98.5 hours of flight training towards a commercial certificate, with 8 hours of simulator training, also for the commercial certificate. Can I ...
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Can time spent in consumer flight simulators increase the safety of flying light sports aircraft for licensed pilots? [duplicate]

I've asked this question to my flight instructor, who believes flight simulators do a very poor job of modelling flight physics for very light airplanes, which makes them useless for preventing ...