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Is this opinion on personal computer flight simulators too strict or is it actually true?

It isn't true, not as an indictment of the simulator software community as a whole anyway. It may be that your pilot friend doesn't have experience with modern simulators, let's take X-Plane for ...
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Do Flight Simulation Instructors stop the simulator before a simulated crash?

I would say that crashes happen fairly frequently on initial type courses where new pilots are moving up to jets, and mainly on what are called "V1 cuts", where an engine is failed right at ...
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How close is X-Plane experience to real flying?

X-Plane is a much truer simulation of flying than that flight game Microsoft used to make. In fact, when coupled with certified hardware and a CFI, X-Plane can power a sim that you can actually log ...
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What's the appropriate course of action if an airliner bounces 5-10 feet on touchdown?

Well, "5 to 10 feet" is not "slightly." One or two feet is "slightly," and in that case you can maintain your landing attitude or pitch very slightly nose-down -- really a matter of the slightest ...
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How can I avoid flight simulator software reinforcing bad habits?

I posted this answer on FB a while back: I’m a commercial pilot as well as a flight sim fan with somewhere in the neighborhood of 7000 hours logged on Flight Simulator and Falcon 4.0 games. I ...
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What simulation software do airlines use?

X-Plane offers a "Professional Level" which is mostly about licensing. However X-Plane also has an FAA certified version that if paired with proper controls is legal for certain training/instructional ...
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How were pilots selected and trained before the introduction of simulators?

Almost every pilot learns to fly in an actual aircraft, this is one of the reasons all trainers have dual controls. My first day out, ever, was in an actual plane, behind real controls, in the sky. ...
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Do pilots intentionally crash in a simulator?

I've intentionally crashed Full Flight Simulators, to demonstrate to the instructors that in a modern day FFS, crashing is a non-event. Basically just a stop of the real-time equation computations, a ...
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Do airline transport pilot trainees ever fly a passenger-less aircraft?

When pilots are trained for flying in an aircraft type they have not flown in before, they go through type rating, then line training. During the type rating, they learn where all the instruments and ...
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What happens after a professional unintentionally crashes in a simulator? Can they be disciplined?

Crashing a Level D Full Flight Simulator during a training session is not good. They exist for: Initial training, of licensed pilots who have not flown the type before and need to become familiar ...
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Will VR make large professional simulators obsolete?

Based on the variety of tasks that are performed in a simulator that VR would have great trouble accurately replicating, I think the answer is likely, no. There IS a role for "simulators" that are ...
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Is center tank fuel required to start the 737-800 engines?

No, it is perfectly normal to operate without any fuel in the center tank. Until your fuel load is over about 17,000 lbs, the center tank should be empty. That’s enough for about 2 hours of flying, ...
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Why do pilots cut the reverse thrust below 40 km/h?

The question speaks of a very old 747 landing tutorial. And as such I take that to mean it would be of a 747-100/200 aircraft, and that's the reference point I'm answering from. First, concerning the ...
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Does a large simulator bay have standard public address announcements?

My experience with the military is that loudspeaker announcements like this do NOT occur in simulator buildings. They would be both distracting and largely unnecessary when there are land lines and ...
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Is it right to call out out “50...40..30..RETARD” in a C172 simulator?

It is not common to call out the height above ground level when landing in a small aircraft. The main reason for this is that there simply is no way to measure it: A radio altimeter, which could ...
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Do pilots intentionally crash in a simulator?

One reason to deliberately crash in a simulator is to reconstruct an accident. This happens once in a while during an accident investigation, as it's less dangerous (obviously) than trying to ...
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How "full-motion" is a full-motion simulator?

Full Motion is full in the sense that it can generate cues in all 6 Degrees Of Freedom: fwd/aft, left/right, up/down, pitch, roll, yaw. The term came in use to distinguish between 6-DOF systems and ...
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Are jet simulators a commercial business or are they owned by airlines?

Both! Some airlines operate simulator facilities. For example, United has a training facility in Denver with a number of simulators. In turn, they rent out training services to others who will pay to ...
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How can I avoid flight simulator software reinforcing bad habits?

The best recommendation I can give you is to get a VR headset. Yes, they're a bit pricey, but not bad at all compared to actual flight hours in a real airplane. Practicing for visual flight just isn't ...
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Does a large simulator bay have standard public address announcements?

My answer applies to the 141 training programs I've been a part of; Michael Hall's answer is correct - there are no loudspeaker announcements made, with one rare but important exception: "FIRE ALARM ...
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Do pilots intentionally crash in a simulator?

Advanced full flight/ full motion simulators are extremely expensive (can be in the Millions $$) and are very expensive to operate. In an Air Carrier ( or similar) training and testing environment ...
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What simulation software do airlines use?

Computer games try to model the aircraft based on generalized aerodynamic and physical principles and at best "feel". FAA and EASA certified full flight simulators are built with a data package ...
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Do Flight Simulation Instructors stop the simulator before a simulated crash?

In the rare cases in the Shuttle Mission Simulator when a training session entered a loss-of-control or other irremediable situation, it was standard practice to freeze the sim rather than run the ...
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What flight simulator software did Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah use?

Based on the red little strip (notification bar) on the bottom of the instrument panel in the middle, it must be either Microsoft Flight Simulator or Lockheed Martin Prepar3d. The red notifiation bar ...
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Was the Space Shuttle landing sequence executed manually or automatically?

Since that's really three questions, I'll address them separately. 1. Did the shuttle have or use autoland? The space shuttle did have autoland capability, in theory. When the shuttle was being ...
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Is this opinion on personal computer flight simulators too strict or is it actually true?

No, that is not true. There are two concepts here: being close to reality and being certified for training. They are not the same thing. Certified is in essence an insurance policy. It means "sue me ...
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What's the appropriate course of action if an airliner bounces 5-10 feet on touchdown?

Your first reaction should be to advance the throttles. Not all the way, but to around 40%. This keeps the plane flying and avoid it sinking onto the ground in an impact that might collapse the ...
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What happens after a professional unintentionally crashes in a simulator? Can they be disciplined?

Crashes, or at least wing tip strikes, are not uncommon on an initial jet type course during engine failure training on take off, on what are called "V1 cuts" (engine failure just before or ...
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