© Egbert Hertsen
EgbertHertsen

Flightsimming

Becoming a pilot: it’s a boy’s dream. Unfortunately, my professional career happened to be a lot less exciting. Although I have been around since Sublogic launched its flightsimulator for a vintage Commodore C64, I really picked up interest in flighsimming during the last decade or so. Using Microsoft FSX platform at first, I quickly switched to Martin Lockheed’s P3D 64 bit simulator. Packed with what must be tons of addons, I try to simulate both general aviation as commercial airliners as professionaly as flightsimming allows.

The Learning Curve

Some

may

pretend

fligthsimming

is

just

another

computer

game.

Needless

to

say

they

loose

interest

pretty soon.

From

the

start,

my

approach

has

been

to

study

theory

before

even

try

to

taxi.

With

the

invaluable

help

of

the

Dutch

Flight

Academy

I

learned

the

basics

of

flying

the

single

engine

Cessna

C172.

Combining

both

theory

and

practise,

these

guys

instructed

me

for

over

a

year.

Hundreds

of

hours

were

well

spent

learning

on

how

to

master

flight

manoevres,

reading

charts,

weather

reports, etc.

IVAO

Subsequenly I joined the

IVAO

(International Virtual Aviation Organisation) where I signed up for the virtual Private Pilot examination.

After

successfull

completion

of

both

the

theoretical

and

the

practical

examination

during

which

I

had

to

perform

a

VFR

(Visual

Flight

Rule)

flight

from

Antwerp

to

Kortrijk

in

Belgium,

I

continued

studying

the

handbooks to understand IFR (Instrumental Flight Rule).

The

single

engined

C172

was

replaced

by

the

Milviz

C310R

Cessna

with

twin

engines.

This

general

aviation

aircraft

accompanied

me

for

the

many

months

that

followed.

Lots

of

new

theory

had

to

be

mastered

in

order

to

perform

IFR

flights

during

poor

visibility

conditions

or

night

sorties.

I also became a member of the Flight Simulator Club Belgium (FSCB) and attended its Sunday morning meetings at Grimbergen airfield whenever possible.

At

some

point

I

felt

confident

enough

to

add

some

larger

airliners

to

my

hangar.

Having

flown

the

challenging

versions

of

the

Cessna

(some

less

realistic

versions

are

also

offered

by

manufacturers

on

the

flightsimming

market),

I

decided

to

continue

that

road

when

purchasing

Boeing

and

Airbus airliners. The Boeing product series offered by

PMDG

are widely recognized by the sim community for their study level and level of detail.

Both the 737 and 777 were purchased.

But how do you handle a jetliner? Their flightdecks tend to be overwhelming. Manuals can hold thousands of pages…

YouTube

became

my

companion.

However,

one

has

to

search

very

carefully

as

lots

of

crap

is

offered

by

guys

who

consider

themselves

as

state

of the art pilots while in reality they offer crap.

The

search

for

valuable

material

can

be

tricky

and

time

consuming.

At

last

I

found

some

real

life

pilots

who

share

their

experiences.

When

it

comes

to

the

Airbus,

one

guy

stands

above

all.

Cpt

Ingo

,

a

German

speaking

real

life

A320

pilot,

offers

a

complete

type

rating

course

for

the

Airbus. One has to have the stamina and time to invest to go through his series of well explained and detailed lessons but it is so rewarding!

By

the

way,

since

a

while,

Cpt.

Ingo

is

now

also

offering

a

Private

Pilot

course

offering

the

same

amount

of

details

and

superior

quality

as

his

Airbus

series.

Top

of

the

bill

are

his

monthly

online

gatherings

where

pupils

can

discuss

their

progress.

And

yes,

all

these

things

are

offered

for

free!

To

those

not

undesrtanding

Goethe’s

language,

I

can

also

recommend

the

lessons

by

Airline2Sim

.

I

subscribed

to

their

“Triple

7”

course

which

is

good value for money.

Nowadays,

I’m

gratefully

using

the

free

IVAO

network

to

fly

making

use

of

air

traffic

controllers

whenever

online.

Meanwhile,

I

have

achieved

over 1,000 flight hours and got some rewards for taking part in several IVAO events and tours. Mostly, I fly for the

virtual KLM airline

.

Microsoft

launched

its

new

Flightsimulator

some

time

ago

but

as

it

still

has

some

weird

quirks

and

lack

of

realistic

state

of

the

art

Airbus

&

Boeing addons available, I decided to stick to P3D for the foreseeable future.

In

November

each

year,

one

of

the

largest

flightsim

happenings

take

place

at

the

Dutch

Lelystad

airfield.

As

this

often

coincides

with

the

“HAM

Radio Day” in The Netherlands, Else & I love to spend a weekend in the area.

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© Egbert hertsen
EgbertHertsen

Flightsimming

Becoming a pilot: it’s a boy’s dream. Unfortunately, my professional career happened to be a lot less exciting. Although I have been around since Sublogic launched its flightsimulator for a vintage Commodore C64, I really picked up interest in flighsimming during the last decade or so. Using Microsoft FSX platform at first, I quickly switched to Martin Lockheed’s P3D 64 bit simulator. Packed with what must be tons of addons, I try to simulate both general aviation as commercial airliners as professionaly as flightsimming allows.

The Learning Curve

Some

may

pretend

fligthsimming

is

just

another

computer

game.

Needless to say they loose interest pretty soon.

From

the

start,

my

approach

has

been

to

study

theory

before

even

try

to

taxi.

With

the

invaluable

help

of

the

Dutch

Flight

Academy

I

learned

the

basics

of

flying

the

single

engine

Cessna

C172.

Combining

both

theory

and

practise,

these

guys

instructed

me

for

over

a

year.

Hundreds

of

hours

were

well

spent

learning

on

how

to

master

flight

manoevres,

reading charts, weather reports, etc.