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Do flight simulation games help (private) pilot training?

Started by LotusAirways, April 12, 2014, 02:17:45 PM


Hi guys,
This is a question for private and commercial pilots. I am wondering if it is useful to get a game (if yes, which one?) and virtually play with a Cessna before starting private pilot license training.

Thanks for replying.


Yes it is useful...

But dont use the build-in ATC. Try Vatsim ( or for your region but you are free to join any of the vatsim regions eg USA /EU etc.) there you have real people to talk to and they use the real phraseology like you will use in the real world.

Then you have two options for the sim: (take the Student Edition) or cheaper buy the FSX (Gold).

If you want accurate terrian you need FTX Global & Vector:
And mesh data if you like:

If you want an accurate Cessna. Try this 172, it the best 172 you can get:

Maybe you need a weatherengine too.. The normal sim weather is crap. try FS Global Real Weather (there is a demomode but it worth every penny)

If you have any more question just ask.