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FSFlyingschool announces the release of a new version of their add-on for FSX and FS2004.
FSFlyingSchool Pro v 5.3 for FSX and FS2004
Set up an approach in seconds! Put yourself on approach to any runway in the world in about the time it takes to read this sentence!
This latest version introduces 4 very useful features that will help you practice just the types of approaches you want.
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This is a quick overview of what's new in version 5.3 of FS Flying School Pro. The additions that have been introduced in this version are at the flight plan screen of FS Flying School Pro, and we've added several features to the on approach section which allows you to very quickly set up an approach at any airport in the world. You can then fly that approach and once you've landed you can then come back to the screen and set up an approach somewhere else or repeat the same approach of course if you wish.
But it enables you to very quickly set up approaches, anywhere in the world to practice your landings in all kinds of different situations. The sections that have been added in version 5.3 of FS Flying School Pro are the ability to set the local time of day, also the ability to filter the airport codes to geographical regions when you are selecting random airports for your approaches, which is a great way to travel around the world and try out all kinds of different scenarios and situations.
There's also the ability to filter your random airports by runway elevation, which you control by these three controls here, and then finally the ability to filter by runway type. You may wish to practice approaches that are only on ILS runways or only on runways that have no ILS. So, that's the summary, just to get into the details of how it all works.
I'll begin at the top left here of the on approach section. Of course, remember this is only one aspect of what FS Flying School Pro does. We've got lots of other screens that control, for example, the pilot screen, control lots of other functions the way that you fly with your instructor, the sort of information you hear, whether the instructor monitors ground traffic and air traffic and so forth, what the instructor is talking about and how he is going to want you to fly, whether you have failures.
In the aircraft section cross-section you can have the choice between whether you want the instructor to monitor your use of lights with the aircraft for example, many other things. Then of course, you've got your logbook page where you're seeing how your flight was evaluated by the instructor. The settings page enables you to control various aspects of the way the program is functioning including if you've added it on, how the voice commands are to be treated.
So we will go back to the flight plan screen so we can see how the on approach logic all works together. So essentially you can tell Flying School to put you on approach to a specific airport. For example, here, we've got Chicago. If I click Find Airport, then put the information for the airport here. Then I can set various parameters, and then when I hit the connect button over here I will be connected to Flight Simulator, and Flight Simulator itself will be configured so that the aircraft is now on approach to that specific airport, to that specific runway.
We can pick whichever runway we'd like on that airport. We can tell Flying School what approach speed we want to start the approach at and indeed we can tell it how many nautical miles we want to be out when we start our approach. There's that drop down for that, right there. So, the new features that are being introduced then in version 5.3, as we said, these features here. So let's take a look at those.
If we turn this check box on, it enables us to set the local time of day. Now this is the local time of day. This is not GMT or Zulu time. This is the local time of day when we start our approach. This is useful because it might be that we want to make sure that we're practicing only daytime approaches, in which case noon might be a good time to use for that. But we can set whatever we like.
We might like to have an approach that's taking place, perhaps, at dusk or at twilight. Of course that will depend on the time of year and it will depend on the latitude of the airport as well. Or on the other hand, we might want to be practicing approaches that are taking place at night. So we might go for - oh, I don't know - let's say, 2:30 in the morning. We can be fairly certain that we're going to have darkness at that point in time.
So now when we do our approaches, no matter which airport we go to around the world, whenever we press the connect the local time will be set to the time that we have chosen here. So we can be sure that that's the time that we're going to start our approach at. That will determine obviously the sort of light we can expect to have.
Moving on, we can filter our airport codes using this new control here. Now if we don't use this, then if we ask for a random airport, then as you can see there is our airport information over here, we're getting randomly chosen airports that could be anywhere in the world. There's no restriction, and were just getting our randomly chosen airports as you might imagine.
On the other hand, we can type in partial airport codes here. That effectively restricts the random airports that are selected by geographical region. So for example, if I start off with a K and we set the random airport, we're going to see, as we can see from the random airport codes here that were getting airports that are in and around the United States. Okay, we'll just click a few more of those, very good.
Then, alternatively we might for example say, "EG", which means that now if we click on this, we're going to be getting random airports that are within United Kingdom. Alternatively we might perhaps press "EK" and then we'll get random airports that are in and around Denmark. So that's how that works. This of course is optional. So I'll clear that for the time being.
Remember, once you've chosen your airport you just press the connect button and that's it. You're set up for your approach and you fly it, with your instructor by your side. The next control we want to look at is the runway elevation. We can turn this on or turn it off. But if we do have it turned on, then we can set the minimum and we can set the maximum elevation in feet for the airport we're going to approach.
We might, for example, decide that we're going to do high altitude practice today. So let's say we go with something like 10,000 feet, which is really getting up there. In my experience, we would expect to see airports that are going to be in, let's say - probably see a lot from South America, here. So if we select some random airports now and we just click around here, so we've got South America coming in here. As we can see, we've got some pretty high elevations here, so good for high altitude practice.
This is the minimum elevation. There's the maximum elevation. So, on the other hand, we might decide that we want to keep things fairly low. So if I clear that out, now we're going to be looking at airports that are up to a maximum of 1,000 feet. Then, if we select our random airports, then of course we're going to see airports that fall within that bracket. This one is at an elevation of 107 feet.
We can even, if we want to, set a maximum elevation of zero feet. [inaudible 00:08:05] we've got that backwards now. Here we go, a maximum elevation of zero feet. There we go. So, now we can expect to see randomly chosen airports that are indeed below mean sea level. So we can set whatever we like with the elevation there. Okay.
Now, I'll go ahead and turn that off as I carry on. We can, of course, use these filters in any combinations together, no problem there. We come now to the third random runway filter that we're looking at today, and that is where we're filtering by runway type. By default this is set to All so we'll just get any kind of runway, without regards to whether it has ILS or not.
If instead we turn this on, then we get only runways that have ILS, or the instrument landing system. So it could be that we want to practice ILS approaches today. We'd like some random airports that are guaranteed to have ILS. So, now if we select a random airport we should see that there's our ILS frequency there. Remember that with FS Flying School Pro, we just pop back to the pilot's page here. One of the options that we can have is that the ILS will automatically be tuned on navigation radio one and also that the ATIS information will be automatically be tuned on Com 2.
Well, let's go back to the flight plan screen then. So now if we select random airport we're getting only ILS airports. If we want to that frequency is being dialed automatically into our radio. So, that means that if we're doing an ILS approach we can just click, click, click through for random airports. We know that when we press the connect button we'll be on approach for that ILS airport and the frequency will already be tuned into the radio. So, from that point in we should be able to just follow our instruments and we're all set.
Alternatively, if we don't want any ILS we can actually, specifically ask for no ILS runways. Then, when we choose our random airports we're not going to get any runways that have ILS.
So those are the new features in the latest release of FL Flying School Pro version 5.3. Remember that you can always download Flying School Pro as a free demo from the FS Flying School site at FSflyingschool.com. The demo has no time limit on it. You can use it as much as you like. You are restricted to a few airports but you can use it for as long as you like to try it out. We hope you enjoy the product and happy landings.
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