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Old 05-21-2009, 04:20 PM   #1
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i want to know if they actualy work iv been spending about 2 hours a day on one and i want to know if this will get my wings for me on sunday or do they just get you used to the controlls because i am getting bored from it and should i keep staying on it
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:44 PM   #2
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When you fly on a sim you must practice what you are going to be doing to get your wings just cranking the sticks does not make you a better pilot you have to practice with a purpose also crank up the wind and turbulance to get a better feel for flying in different conditions. Sims don't take away the nerves actual stick time builds that confidence. I honestly find real flying a little easier because I can see more of the surroundings and get a better perspective for landing. All in all the sim is a great tool for learning I don't know how you are on the nerves side of things but that has alot to do with making the right decisions in the air and overconfidence will plant a plane just as fast. If you clear or not depends on you and only an instructor can confirm that.

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Old 05-21-2009, 04:46 PM   #3
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It doesn't hurt. It keeps the fingers in tune. Also helps to figure out different manouevers before trying at the field.
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:18 PM   #4
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It's the greatest invention since Skippy peanut butter.

I keep having the same mechanical problem. I've got a loose nut on the transmitter!

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Old 05-21-2009, 06:26 PM   #5
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Oh ya the simulator works. Mostly it helps with orientation of the aircraft. If you are just starting out, it would be great, but once you are flying it can get boring. Then after that though, when you want to try advanced aerobatics or fly patterns it is very good for practice as well as orientation. It would have taken me a year to learn to do the rolling harrier and rolling circles and loops, but with the sim I learned in a matter of days and now do them with my real planes really low. It really works if you use it as a training tool and not just a video game.
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:26 PM   #6
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The sim is great for kinesthetic sence. It teaches your hands and finger what it's all about. Where it fails is in the perspective at the field. You are not in the aircraft. You are controlling it from a fixed position and the distance that the plane is from you at the field and the distance you are from the plane on the sim are two different things. Don't stop using the sim but remember that the real challenge is at the field. What's that saying; take offs are optional, but landings are manditory.
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:14 AM   #7
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Re: do simulators actualy work

Had a guy in our club that had never flown before (RC car guy).. Wanted to fly, so bought a PT-40 or similar trainer to fly. Bought a sim to learn before he flew it.. And his first flight ever, he took off, flew around, and landed all by himself.. Do they work? you bet they do..
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I firmly believe that stick time is stick time! The more time you spend on the sticks the better you will be!
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:22 AM   #9
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It's the final 10 feet of altitude that the sims don't get right, in my experience (based on RealFlight 3.5 and a copy of FSPD I **ahem** evaluated). You don't get a good sense for what happens if the wind suddenly drops, the turbulence down low, etc, while on final approach, which is where most accidents seem to happen (other than a spectacular mid-air I got to witness last weekend)

You also have to resist the temptation to go balls-out on the sim and fly in ways you would never attempt in real life, or I think it could lead to bad habits fast. It also doesn't model the wear and tear and fatigue that rough landings and handling exact on a model - plunking it down hard in the sim is one thing, but its another in real life when it slowly splays your landing gear and loosens up wing joints and stuff.

One way I have heard it described, and I think I would agree, is that it chops one full season of flying off your learning curve. All that early time spent figuring out orientation and which way to deflect the flight controls, how/why stalls occur, etc, can be done on the sim.
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:21 AM   #10
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Somewhere else in this Forum is a long discussion about this hobby dying in recent years.

This period of dying seems to coincide with the introduction of ARFs and flight simulators. Think about it.

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