Flight Sim Pilots?

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Any flight sim pilots?

I fly X-Plane 11 and just recently started flying DCS.

Cheers!!

I'm not at the moment as I don't have a PC but as soon as Microsoft release theirs in 2020 for the Xbox, I will be.
 
I'm not at the moment as I don't have a PC but as soon as Microsoft release theirs in 2020 for the Xbox, I will be.
The latest release of Microsoft flight sim looks amazing but its going to need a very high spec PC to run it well and a very good broadband connection
 
I used to be into flight sims which is a bit strange as flying real aircraft was my day job. However, a few years ago I was employed by a company that had a home-made B737 fixed base simulator. The cockpit was about 80% functional to the real thing according to couple of real 737 pilots who gave it a go one night. The aircraft software was Project Magenta and the scenery was MS 2004. The job was "instructing" members of the public to see if they could fly a 737. Most of the public flights was very basic stuff with no FMC input and very little autopilot (must give max time at the controls for the paying public), however some people wanted the full airline experience. Although I was a commercial pilot with an instrument rating I had never flown a real 737 so I made sure I read the copies of the aircraft manual and training manual that the company had. These were the official Boeing manuals. With them I was able to learn how to use a FMC (basic but usable knowledge) and conduct the flights. I also had access to the sim after hours and would set up flights around the USA (I could get on-line charts for there), the weather was always set to IMC and no ATC. For giggles we also had a couple of more challenging flights; Gatwick to London City; Paro, Kai Tak runway 13, La Guardia expressway approach and one I always found fun was Boston to La Guardia in winter as well as Bolzano to Innsbruck (visual with a cowboy approach between the mountains). I have now retired and no longer work with the company that has that sim but I used to play around with X-Plane 9 but now thinking of X-Plane 11 with the Zibo-Mod 737
 
The graphics are very dated, but I still play IL2 1946, but with the CUP mods installed that'll take you from WWI through all the way to the Vietnam War.

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I'm a failed ATPL (ran out of money and other things) trainee, have a lapsed PPL and have X-plane 11, FSX and P3D.
If I dabble now its just starting up PMDG 737 and seeing what I can turn of until it becomes critical.
 
Have just downloaded DCS and the A10 Warthog on Steam. This is gonna be one hell of a learning curve. Have managed to get the thing started up etc but all sorts of other issues I need to find solutions for. Only having a Logitech Extreme 3d Pro joystick- and not a HOTAS setup being one of them.
@DaveDaffe what do you use / fly on DCS?
 
Have just downloaded DCS and the A10 Warthog on Steam. This is gonna be one hell of a learning curve. Have managed to get the thing started up etc but all sorts of other issues I need to find solutions for. Only having a Logitech Extreme 3d Pro joystick- and not a HOTAS setup being one of them.
@DaveDaffe what do you use / fly on DCS?

I use a Saitek X52 and it works really well but the longest part of setup is assigning functions to each control.

You can usually pick up a Saitek X52 joystick with separate throttle for less than 70 quid second hand on Ebay mate.

Steep learning curve definitely so I'd suggest you follow through the tutorials with the included aircraft before you try anything TOO fancy!

DCS is very resource hungry as well so make sure you have a decent PC to run it on.

Happy to help with any answers, fire away :)
 
I use a Saitek X52 and it works really well but the longest part of setup is assigning functions to each control.

You can usually pick up a Saitek X52 joystick with separate throttle for less than 70 quid second hand on Ebay mate.

Steep learning curve definitely so I'd suggest you follow through the tutorials with the included aircraft before you try anything TOO fancy!

DCS is very resource hungry as well so make sure you have a decent PC to run it on.

Happy to help with any answers, fire away :)

Cheers, am gonna look at getting a decent joystick-had current one 10+ years. Gonna try and figure out weapons management ion the A10 tonight when the kids have gone to bed. Have not managed to even fire a gun yet. It also keeps yawing to the left-unsure whether its got an assymetrical loadout or not, joystick calibrations are all centred etc.
 
Have just downloaded DCS and the A10 Warthog on Steam. This is gonna be one hell of a learning curve. Have managed to get the thing started up etc but all sorts of other issues I need to find solutions for. Only having a Logitech Extreme 3d Pro joystick- and not a HOTAS setup being one of them.
@DaveDaffe what do you use / fly on DCS?
Out of the aircraft I have purchased the F15 is about ny favourite but I DO like the Viper as well. I was encouraged to try DCS by a mate as it's free but quickly purchased terrains and aircraft and then the X52 so it's become far from free!!

I currently have F16, F15, A10A, A10C, F18, AV8B, Gulf terrain, Nevada terrain so yeah I've spent a pound or 2 LOL
 
I have 'flown' before the lockdown but don't have access to that PC just now. I didn't play often enough to set all the controls properly, but could take off and fly around. Sims make you realise how much work must go into getting a pilots licence. I read somewhere that sims give you 60% of the experience. That must be visual and dealing with the umpteen checklists that have to be followed. I really enjoy the graphics.
If I had the time over again, and the cash, I would learn to fly.
 
Cheers, am gonna look at getting a decent joystick-had current one 10+ years. Gonna try and figure out weapons management ion the A10 tonight when the kids have gone to bed. Have not managed to even fire a gun yet. It also keeps yawing to the left-unsure whether its got an assymetrical loadout or not, joystick calibrations are all centred etc.

I found both variants of A10 quite complex TBH and although they are loads of fun to fly when doing Air to Ground they are slllooowwww.

SuperCarrier is about to be made available onto Open Beta now that's going to be loads of fun!

Which version are you using by the way? Stable or Open Beta?
 
Cheers, am gonna look at getting a decent joystick-had current one 10+ years. Gonna try and figure out weapons management ion the A10 tonight when the kids have gone to bed. Have not managed to even fire a gun yet. It also keeps yawing to the left-unsure whether its got an assymetrical loadout or not, joystick calibrations are all centred etc.
BTW yes watch that you are balanced weaponwise or it will keep pulling to the heavier wing.
 
I found both variants of A10 quite complex TBH and although they are loads of fun to fly when doing Air to Ground they are slllooowwww.

SuperCarrier is about to be made available onto Open Beta now that's going to be loads of fun!

Which version are you using by the way? Stable or Open Beta?
Ive no idea which version- just what is currently available on Steam.
 
BTW yes watch that you are balanced weaponwise or it will keep pulling to the heavier wing.
How do I check that? Have only used the cold & dark scenario so far. Have not yet discovered how to fuel load etc etc
 

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