After the cockpit video, Father Dane further sent me the following information regarding the objectives of the simulator project that he built. It also includes a 6-part tutorial explaining the very basics of flying.
Although Father Dane mentioned that most followers of FSX Times (many are real pilots) should not need these simple information, and some of the followers might have seen them in his channel already, I am still very happy to putting them here as they are very inspiring.
I built the C172 simulator as a Lenten project last year for the use of some local young students who wanted to find out if they really had the flying “bug”.
As it happened, they did and now they are all involved in taking real flying lessons on their way to earning a PPL. After that will come the commercial licence and IFR with multi-engine etc.
I worked with a Ryanair pilot who happened to be a parishioner and a good friend, to put something together for the young people to try out their navigation skills as a means of augmenting any actual flight time they could accumulate (cost of flight time here in the UK is VERY expensive) so this has worked out well for them.
The simulator has been well used in the meantime, but now it can be put to better use. One of the problems the cadets had was with transport – EGCN is in Doncaster and 15 miles away. That’s where they live and it was a chore for them to arrange transport to travel to my village to get on the simulator.
Now, the Cessna 172 simulator will be dismantled and relocated to the south of England in early February. It will be used by some young cadets there – all local, and to assist them with basic instruction and navigation practice, I made six short “how-to” videos below.
1: Starting the 172 Simulator
Part one of a small series on how to use and fly the Cessna 172 Simulator for a group of cadets in the South of England. In this section we go from cold and dark. Power is switched on and then how to turn on the computer and prepare the simulator before going into P3Dv4 and making a flight.
2: Checking Out Some Options
Part two of a small series on how to use and fly the Cessna 172 Simulator. In this section we look at how to select and set some options such as how to fuel the aeroplane and how to select a starting point at an airport. We look at changing the view and there are some keyboard tips. In this video you can learn how to select the time and season for your flight as well as select the kind of weather you want to fly in.
3: The Cockpit Controls
In this third episode of the series, let’s have a look around the cockpit and examine the controls.
4: Starting the Engine
In the fourth episode of this series, I explain how to start the Cessna, along with an explanation of how the control surfaces work and how the lights work.
5: The Radio Panel
In this, the fifth video on the Cessna 172 simulator, we discuss the radio panel and explore how it works and what we can pick up with it. There’s airport charts, radio frequencies and even some Morse Code in this one.
6: Taking a Test Flight
The sixth and last in the series on the Cessna 172 Simulator, In this we get permission from ATC to take the Cessna out onto the runway. We are going to make a standard left traffic pattern and return to where we started. For those of you with charts, we are starting from General Aviation stand 15 at EGTE Exeter Airport in the south of England. The weather is wintery and cloud, but clear enough to take off and land using VFR (Visual Flight Rules). Included is ATC control and permissions.
Enjoy! All videos are 1080 HD and are free to download with no attribution necessary.