Advantages in using a flight sim to prep for a private license?

Jay Carr
  • Advantages in using a flight sim to prep for a private license? Jay Carr

    I'm starting to save up to get my pilots license and I was thinking I might be able to do some amount of prep work by using a flight simulator. That being said, I realize there must be some huge limitations to what I can actually learn, on my own, on a flight sim.

    So, out of curiosity, are there good things to try practicing on my own in a flight sim? There's got to be a few basic things that would make it worth my time... Otherwise I'll just go back to flying around aimlessly like I usually do :).

  • I'd advise against "flying around aimlessly".

    Even if it is a simple, routine flight between two nearby airports, fly it fully, and try to fly it as professionally as possible (can you keep your heading to within +/- 3 degrees? can you keep your altitude spot-on?)

    Another good exercise is to do all your navigation planning in detail (each heading for a certain number of minutes), then try to take off, and using nothing but the compass and stopwatch, find out how close you get. (and when you end up off-course, figure out where you went wrong!)

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