I've always felt that flying was very stimulating. I think that most pilots feel the same
way. It brings out another side to the
personality that a pilot craves. And one
way to fulfill that desire is to use a PC Simulator. One of the simulator programs that I have is
the Microsoft Flight Simulator Professional.
I know there are other systems, but I have had this for years and it has
always worked great.
This version offers me a chance to actually download weather
from the Internet and overlay it in the simulation I’m in. Another neat thing is that I can use the simulator
program to pick a city and plan a cross country flight, before I make the
flight. And many times the airport in
the simulation has many of the topographical things to give me a perspective of
the area. No, it is not the same as
being there. But I’m not there! I’m pretending to be there. And that makes it fun. I can pretend to be almost anywhere. And I can fly aircraft I don’t own or can’t
fly in real life. My desire has never
been to fly an airline, but I can, on the simulator.
And if I want, I can make the flight, shoot a couple of
approaches (and I’m not even instrument rated) and be prepared for the
trip. It’s a rehearsal for the actual
flight. And the old line “practice makes
perfect” has never been more accurate than in aviation. The more you fly the better it is. And that doesn’t mean just flying in an
Want more? There are lots of extras in today’s flight simulators such
as real time weather, lots of cool visual effects and quite an assortment of airplanes. One of which is my dream aircraft, the Cessna
Caravan on amphibious floats. I have
always felt that the Caravan on amphib’s could replace a fifth wheel travel
trailer, a testosterone filled truck and my airplane.
It could be a flying motor home…although I don’t foresee
owning one in the near future. Now that
I think about it, I don’t foresee owning one in the distant future either. Not unless all of you readers want to
contribute to the “SkySmith, I want to own a Caravan on amphib’s fund”. But until then, I’ll be stuck flying the computer
version. Which really isn't too
bad. I was able to fly to a lake, land
and see the wave’s splash around the floats while I taxied to the dock.
And when it came time to refuel…I shut the program off and
didn't have to worry about paying for the hundreds of gallons of fuel that I
burned during the flight. My Discover
card thanked me. Kind of a nice
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