> I just got FS98 and it looks great. However, it's my first sim and I'm a
> novice. I find it extremely frustrating that there's no way to learn the
> basics. I was hoping there would be a way to practice landing after
> landing, for example...or if there was a cohesive flight lesson sequence,
> like takeoffs, followed by turns, followed by landings, etc....
> Am I missing something? How did you all learn to fly the sims?
> Please help, as I keep crashing or missing the runway!!!
> Thanks a lot!
> Howard in NYC
Strangely enough, I came to FS98 having flown quite a bit on real
aircraft and I was wondering the same thing as to how newcomers would
learn! I think that as someone has suggested try the simpler lessons
first. Select a flight such as the San Francisco Bay Area Tour which will
set you off in straight and level flight. Practice S&L holding a heading on
the DI (Direction Indicator) which is under the AI (Attitude Indicator,
formerly known as the artificial horizon), and maintaining a constant
altitude. Forget the more complex aircraft, stick to the 182S or RG until
you get the basics down. Next, practice turns and climbs and descents. To
climb raise the nose 10-15 degrees on the horizon and hold. Once the speed
bleeds to 80kts add full power and maintain that airspeed. To descend
reduce power and lower the nose. Either perform a cruise descent (120 knots
or so) or after the power reduction hold your altitude until the speed
reaches 80 knots then lower the nose to maintain that airspeed(15" manifold
pressure will give you a comfortable descent rate, but don't worry too much
about that initially). A traffic pattern is a very complex procedure to
fly as it incorporates many different phases and speeds of flight, so don't
kick yourself if it takes a while to master. Remember for the turns (30
degree banks are ideal) that slight back pressure is required on the stick to
maintain a constant altitude. Good luck! Neil.