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Old 05-25-2009, 12:27 AM   #21
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I'm sorry to hear your day was'nt the best
This sure ties in with the sim topic. Unless your computer is toast the red button will always start your plane and no parts will be out of place. Nail the throttle and you are gone. Defenitely this does'nt apply in real life.

When I sit down to my sim I "try" to use it as a learning tool. One can gain REALLY bad habbits on a sim that you will take to the field.
For example: One guy out on training night woundered why you use a rudder. "The plane on the sim turns fine with only aileron and elavator" he said. We had to have a chat with him to say the least.
With a sim try not to think of it as a game but a learning tool. Plan your flight and fly your plan. Do your touch and goes and takeoffs. Yah its fun to burn around its a great way to learn prospective and inprove reflexes but does'nt give you true stick time with you heart popping out.
I would not sit infront of your sim for hours and hours. Like at the field, give it a rest. Have a coffee (Talk with the whatever. Remember your real plane has no reset button so take it easy and practice Practice, Practice.
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:18 AM   #22
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Well, after all, it is a flight simulator, not a day-at-the-field simulator. It wouldn't be much fun if the sim plane's engine failed to start or ran lean, or the rudder didn't work or had too much throw (how many enable random failures in RealFlight - not much point).

On the positive side, also missing from the sim experience are: fresh air, friendship, nerves, satisfaction, and real satisfaction and acknowledgement by your buddies.

I really value the sim as a learning tool. If I can't fly something in the sim, I definitely don't try it with the real aircraft. It's a nice way to develop specific skills.

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Originally Posted by RAMJET View Post
funny, the arf & sims seem to reduce the number of good builders at the field, but seems to have increased the amount of good pilots
Totally agree with you, when i started in this hobby 16 years ago, the calibre of flying was no where near what it is now and so many people are able to fly so well!

Just look what sims have done for the helicopter segment of the hobby! Heil's have exploded and 1000's of people are able to 3d the heck out of them; all due to sims.

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