10 Top Tips For New Flight Simmers
We asked the Flight Sim World community what they'd tell a new simmer joining the hobby, or themselves if they could go back in time. These are some top tips from the people who've spent hours in the cockpit.
- Go through the missions you will be flying in no time. Knowing basics, the advanced stuff will come later as you learn.
- Start slow. Get the basics right. VFR and then IFR. Basic navigation...none of this Garmin stuff to begin with. ATC with plenty of radio practice. And, remember, keep a log if you can - and practice, practice and practice.
- Watch YouTube tutorials on flying sims and practice one thing at a time.
- Fly on good multiplayer servers stay away from annoying idiots.
- Learn the basics flying in GA before learning Jets. Get the grades like real pilots do.
- The right controllers and sensitivities make a big difference for newcomers behind an airplane.
- A tail dragger is the wrong plane for a student to learn in. The front view is restricted, and takeoff and landings require more rudder input (From what I can gather, a 737 isn't the best place to start either).
- Learn how to use the instrumentation.
- There is a learning curve for everything in life and flight simming is no different. It can be steep. Start out small, just as in real life, and work your way up.
- Take the time to enjoy the wide range of experiences that await you. Flight simming isn't necessarily all about the airplanes; literally the whole world is waiting to be experienced in many different ways.