There are plenty of brilliant websites about flight simulation on the Internet and a lot of very clever people who are more than happy to share their knowledge and experience with others.  Aeroclicks is a new web site which acts as a sign post to all this information. 

I must say at this point I am not the best virtual flyer out there and I don’t have a vast amount of electrical knowledge to build my own home cockpit, but hopefully I can share some hints and tips to get the most of your flight simulator even if you are not the most practical person, like me.

I am fortunate enough to have had the benefit of some flight training, not a lot, but enough to be able to show fully qualified pilots the benefits of using flight sims to support their hobby.  My experience was limited to the old faithfuls Cessna 172 and PA 28s until flying was unfortunately curtailed by financial and health reasons so I will be sticking with traditional GA virtual flying.  Since then I have relied on flight simulators to fulfil my desire to ‘reach for the skies’.

I hope you enjoy this website and should you have any suggestions as to what you would like to see on these pages then do let me know.

Pilot Briefing

Useful Starters

If you are new to flight simulators here is some equipment and software you may find useful.

'Got a Question?

What Equipment do I need?

While it is possible to use most flight simulators with a mouse and keyboard the minimum equipment should be a joystick. These can be obtained at little cost and enhance the flying immensely and is expected of all flight simulator manufacturers.

Can a desktop simulator be used for real world training?

Flight Simulators have been a part of pilot training since there have been human powered flights, so with this pedigree then we have to say YES!

Using a flight simulator can help you with the basics of flight, what the control surfaces do, what the basic instruments are for, etc.  It can also help you when it comes to practising flight procedures such as instrument approaches and with decent photo scenery installed visual approaches to unfamiliar airfields.  If you are training to become a pilot ask your flying instructor for how best you might use a flight sim to improve your real-life flying.

Which is the best flight simulator to use?

The difficult ones first, eh?  It's a bit like asking which is the best car... It depends what you want to do.

The most popular flight simulator by sheer volume has to be Microsoft's Flight Simulator (FSX) which has been around for so many years. [https://fsxinsider.com/] The number of add-ons which have been produced commercially or available from the flight simulator community free of charge is vast. Then there is P3D, or 'Prepar3d' from Lockheed Martin who have built on FSX and improved it.