As a multi post series, I would like to discuss some of the larger decisions made when we sit down in front of our computers and click on the icon of our favorite simulator. In fact, the very choice of which simulator to fly in is the first of a series of critical decisions we make, hence Part One, the Simulator. If you are like me and have FS2000, FS2004, FSX, P3D, X-Plane 9, and X-Plane 10 sitting on your hard drive, how do you decided which one to use? So, this is Part One, choosing the simulator.
For Part Two of this series, the airports. I wanted to touch on how to decide where a flight a should take place. From which airport, are there multiple legs and which arrival airport? The very essence of the flight takes form in the decision we make here, although I don’t think this is the most critical. In fact, the decision we make here influences the decision in part three. I will also offer some tools that can help inspire your choice of airports should you be looking for a new adventure or lacking inspiration.
For Part Three, the aircraft. We will discuss the decision on which aircraft to fly. From what’s available in the hangar, how do decide what your bird is for the day? While dependent upon the size of the airports selected in part two, this decision is not as simple as walking out to your driveway, jumping in the car you own, and driving off to work or where ever.
One could argue that Part Two, Airports and Part Three, Aircraft can be flip flopped. Sometimes the decision to fly a particular aircraft drives the decision of where to fly. Bush planes fly in Alaska, but 747’s fly international between big airports. But, if you want to fly a route, such as KSBA to KBZN via KDEN, that would take a regional jet or a more advanced general aviation aircraft like a Piper Malibu if you want to fly non-stop.
You can start to see some of the decisions we make every time we fire up the simulator, no matter which one it is. My hope is that by the end of the three parts, my readers and flight simulator community at large will share their ideas on how they create their own flying journey’s across the globe.