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Flight sim for IF practice

Unread post by trifly » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:02 pm

Hi Guys

I am looking to install a flight simulator onto my laptop, nothing too expensive (flying has bankrupted me!), but something that will keep me current with procedures, approaches etc.. Any suggestions?

Thanks :)
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Re: Flight sim for IF practice

Unread post by Brand » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:22 pm

Hi - since everyone is responding, I thought I would make some contribution. :wink: I am sure there are a few useful options, but I have been using Microsoft Flightsim X for years. Great for practising the scan and IFR procedures - still find it very useful. And it cost me R299.... I particularly like the instrument failure option - where it happens just like in real life, when you do not know when to expect it...

PS: Graphic quality is unimportant to me as in real IMC all you see is basically what you see on your sim screen.... And I always practice in total IMC with cloud base at DA/MDA, thick fog, heavy rain, as well as applicable RVR minima.....

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Re: Flight sim for IF practice

Unread post by trifly » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:32 pm

Thanks for the advice Brand! Will check it out and report if it is blonde proof :D
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Re: Flight sim for IF practice

Unread post by Hop Harrigan » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:22 pm

Hi,
I have been using Xplane for IF simulation for a few years. The aerodynamic modeling is very accurate (SR22) and it really aids in staying IF current. I often do a couple of practice approaches to my destination airfield and alternates before a flight. Refreshes the instrument scan, procedures and muscle memory pretty effectively, especially if you are able to load a flight model which accurately matches your instrument layout.

ps...I think a laptop screen is really too small to be effective. If you’ve got some spare bucks, add a low-cost 32” or so TV screen to the system to get a more or less life sized instrument display.
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Re: Flight sim for IF practice

Unread post by Christo » Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:37 am

Xplane had a feauture, not sure if it still does that as soon as you enter IMC it did this pattern on the screen to simulate vertigo, it was quite effective. Here is a video I did showing this effect doing an approach into FAWB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fawePb2tE-4

Oh wait, now that I think about it, this was a tool built into the MU2 only, not a feature of xplane as such. It's an awesome airplane to own anyway, well worth the money!
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Re: Flight sim for IF practice

Unread post by Hop Harrigan » Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:26 pm

Hi Christi,
Jeez, that’s pretty sickening ! Haven’t seen that before.
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Re: Flight sim for IF practice

Unread post by Christo » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:26 pm

Yup, pretty effective inducing vertigo
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Re: Flight sim for IF practice

Unread post by Romeo E.T. » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:32 pm

agree

totally forces a hard scan technique to not be distracted
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Re: Flight sim for IF practice

Unread post by trifly » Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:44 pm

Holding out until tomorrow just in case there is a Black Friday deal :) ... Next question, any recommendations on joy stick? Is force feedback necessary?
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Re: Flight sim for IF practice

Unread post by pwnel » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:28 am

trifly wrote:Is force feedback necessary?
Nope.

I have X-plane with dual (one on top of the other) 23" screens. Botton one is a touch-screen and runs an integrated G1000 simulation using SimAVIO software. (This is unfortunately no longer available at a reasonable price). Saitek Cessna yoke, throttle quadrant, trim wheel and pedals. Along with a VoiP link to a real person doing real ATC (http://www.pilotedge.com) it makes for bloody good practice - from startup clearance to shutdown - with handoff to various real controllers (that adds a lot of pressure). Since I fly a real G1000 C182 this is super realistic IF flying for me in the US. I normally fly the approach on the SIM before actually doing it - like Hop explained too.

My setup is essentially the equivalent of the Touchtrainer VX http://www.flythissim.com/products/fixe ... er-vx.html

You'll be fine with one biggish screen, X-plane, and the Saitek yoke and pedals.

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Re: Flight sim for IF practice

Unread post by Hop Harrigan » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:17 pm

Hi pw,

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Re: Flight sim for IF practice

Unread post by trifly » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:13 pm

Ok, so got the X Plane, which is the way to go with software I think, picked up the Saitek bits for a bargin second hand, only to realise that my computer is a wee bit under spec :shock: . All the advice has been great, and if you do some searches on the net to see how some folks have done it there are some impressive setups! I promise to provide feedback and picture once it is all done :)
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Re: Flight sim for IF practice

Unread post by pwnel » Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:28 am

trifly - there is also an entire board here on Avcom for "Virtual Aviation". Just scroll down on the main menu - those folks are the experts.

UPDATE: Good lord, took my own advice and read around Virtual Aviation now - how bloody cool is Cape Town looking in X-Plane 11! (from one of the threads) Exactly the view I'm used to flying when coming down the coast.
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Re: Flight sim for IF practice

Unread post by apollo11 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:11 pm

Impressive! Sometimes I wonder if it's not best to get a superb home sim setup and quit GA...
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