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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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 close is X-Plane experience to real flying?

I started using X-Plane and am surprised at the easiness of flying (using a flight controller). Does this simulation software reflect how it is to fly (in any way) in reality? From using the ...
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What hardware and software is needed to put together a basic flight simulator?

Due to financial impediments (other priorities in life) I had to postpone my PPL. While browsing the questions on the site here, I was having a look at this question: Can Microsoft Flight Simulator ...
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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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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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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 do I log simulator time in my logbook as a CFI?

I'm a CFII at a 141 flight school, and when I give instrument instruction in our AATD flight simulator I'm kind of confused on how to log it. Should I log "As Flight Instructor" time even though it's ...
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What simulation software do airlines use?

What simulation software do airlines use for training purposes? Do they use software like P3D, FSX, X-Plane, or FlightGear? Or is it a custom? What about aircraft? Do they source them from groups like ...
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Is this opinion on personal computer flight simulators too strict or is it actually true?

A couple of days ago I had a discussion with a commercial pilot and his opinion on personal computer flight simulators were a bit surprising to me. He said that flight simulators, even with ...
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I want to build a flight simulator! [closed]

For fun I want to build a flight simulator at home. What are my options from most basic toy environment to more realistic set-up. Great if you can give for each solution a basic indication of cost (...
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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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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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How are backlit aircraft panels (for simulators) made?

I'm wondering by which method this sort of aircraft panel that enabling backlighting are made? What is the process? I've gathered they are acrylic but how is the gray paint selectively removed? pic ...
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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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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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What are the differences between various simulator levels?

I've heard of level A, B, C, and D simulators, (as well as FTD and AATDs) but know nothing about them. What criteria is used to certify a sim as a particular level?
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Was the Space Shuttle landing sequence executed manually or automatically?

I was motivated by another SE Aviation Question where the complex set of manouveres needed to land the space shuttle is described to ask the following question: Is the landing handled manually or is ...
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What are the limitations of the aerodynamics modelling used in flight simulators?

I've asked around, and it seems all flight training programs use a combination of flight simulators and aircraft flights to train pilots. This works well for most pilots who fly airliners which don't ...
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Does simulator time count as time in type?

Can full motion simulator training time (FSI) be counted towards the required 100 hours that a part 135 captain is a High Minimum Captain?
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Is it really cost effective to put a motion system underneath a Full Flight Simulator?

Civil full flight simulators are mounted on top of a motion system. It is an expensive system, requires higher and therefore more costly buildings, and requires greater structural integrity of the ...
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How should I read these climb and descent profile notations?

I use a tool called SimBrief to build virtual flight plans for a desktop flight simulator. As I've been getting more familiar with procedures, I've also been exploring more advanced settings in the ...
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How is a traffic pattern oriented, entered and exited?

If you've received traffic entry instructions from Heathrow Tower (sim) to fly left downwind for runway 9L, does that mean to be to the left of runway 9L (for a right-turning traffic pattern, where ...
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Which simulator is appropriate to learn the minimum to land an airliner?

If one has zero flight training, but wants to learn the basics, so that they might be able to land an airbus in a Helios 522 type scenario (or any double pilot incapacitation for that matter), what ...