[jhb_airlines] Re: Article finished.

  • From: "Bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 20:23:37 -0000

It's odd that real world pilots tend to use FS to augment their real =
flying whilst pure FS users tend to skip past the GA aircraft and aim =
the heavy metal.=20

As with you I tend to fly the aircraft I have flown for real. Fred's =
the Panther Navajo and the Tiger Moth are the highest number of entries =
the FS log book. However I do fly bigger aircraft as I am really =
in systems. That is why I lean towards releases like the PMDG 737, =
Frelov's Dash 8, Bill Grabowski's ERJ145 and such. I'm curious enough to
want to try these and understand the more complex aircraft systems.

I probably will generate a heap of hate mail for saying this but the =
Briefing for Pilots series was the only thing a pilot could buy in the =
and early 70's - and I hated them. By the 1970's they were too =
for the revised PPL course but we had to use them as there were no =
others. I
was overjoyed when the Thom books appeared - they were like comparing
Concorde to a Sopwith Camel..

Just to digress to another point about books. I have noticed in the =
catalogue that the RAF are now releasing their AP3456  Flying Training
Manual for general sale. I have a copy of this from way back which I
treasure. The manual covers a sort of middle ground between the basic =
books and more complex volumes like Kermode's Mechanics of Flight and so =
used to suggest that PPL's who wanted to learn a bit more about =
try and get a copy (hard but they do turn up at aviation book stalls). =
need now - the whole 9 volumes are available for general sale - although =
might be cheaper going to the RAF Publications site rather than buy from


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Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Article finished.

I came across a 1961 copy of Birch & Bransens "Flight Briefing=20
for Pilots" in a second hand bookshop in Hay on Wye some years=20
ago.  One of my more treasured books.  It seemed to be only=20
a couple of steps up from the "Running alongside shouting=20
instructions to the pilot before take off and God be with you on=20
landing" school of flying! Quite fascinating how things have=20
changed.  A friend of mine's son is doing driving lessons and his=20
syllabus is very similar to my PPL one 11 years ago - a minimum=20
of 40 hours training, written exams and a "flight" test, so I=20
hate to think what a JAR PPL course is like.

FS's great strength is that it can satisfy so many tastes.  I=20
enjoy slowly improving the 172 to make it more like my real world=20
aircraft, and in that I actually *remove* all the goodies that FS=20
provides like a Map, GPS, etc. and add carb heat, (as we recently=20
discussed), and a proper ammeter.  Just recently, having reduced=20
the fuel load of the default 172SP to that of the 172N, I have=20
increased it to add "Ferry Tanks" to enable me to continue my=20
round the world flight in the 172 instead of the Baron, which I=20
will never fly for real, so has less appeal for me. It was only a=20
couple of weeks ago that I flew a 747 across the Atlantic for the=20
first time, so after 14 years simming there are still vast=20
amounts of enjoyment to be had.  Add in all the people like=20
yourself John who add knowledge to the basic system, and one=20
could fly FS for a lifetime!


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