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10 Flight Simulator Christmas Gift Ideas for 2013 10 Flight Simulator Christmas Gift Ideas for 2013

Posted on Sat, 09 Nov 2013 16:53:38 GMT (36635 reads)

With Christmas approaching us fast and everyone already thinking of gift ideas and budgets, we thought we'd share some fun flight simulator products that could bring the gift of flight to somebody you know this Christmas.

5 Of The Best Joysticks For Flight Simulator Use 5 Of The Best Joysticks For Flight Simulator Use

Posted on Tue, 07 May 2013 16:24:08 GMT (70123 reads)

It wasn’t too long ago that flight simulation joysticks were simple: Right, Left. Forward, Backward. But just like the advances in flight simulation software, joysticks have come a long way.

Braniff International Airways: The History of an Amazing Airline Braniff International Airways: The History of an Amazing Airline

Posted on Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:21:01 GMT (25512 reads)

Braniff International Airways was an innovative, forward-thinking, iconic American airline that started many trends in the airline industry, several of which are still being utilized today.

Running Microsoft Flight Simulator X on a Mac Running Microsoft Flight Simulator X on a Mac

Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2013 23:45:26 GMT (80838 reads)

Under Steve Jobs leadership, Apple reversed its slide into mediocrity and now is one of the most profitable companies on the planet. Many PC owners have made the switch to the Mac platform.

But what about all the great Windows-based programs like Microsoft Flight Simulator X? You love FSX, and you are a Mac owner. What do you do now?

Don’t worry, captain! The good news is there are several ways to run FSX on Mac OS X.

How to Join and Fly For a Virtual Airline How to Join and Fly For a Virtual Airline

Posted on Thu, 13 Dec 2012 23:33:23 GMT (30061 reads)

Cruising at 30,000 feet, you look out the window of the cockpit to see the sun slowly rising as it gradually lets go of the horizon. You feel exhausted but happy. As a senior pilot for British Airways, you’ve just completed a long tour of the Far East with stops in Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Now you are finally heading home. 

Top 10 Simulation Games of the Past Decade Top 10 Simulation Games of the Past Decade

Posted on Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:18:05 GMT (28580 reads)

As computer and gaming console technology improved dramatically over the last decade, simulation games took full advantage. Games that debuted with limited graphics, sound and performance grew by leaps and bounds with every new release. Now many of the biggest simulation games are enjoyed by enthusiastic players all over the globe at the same time. 

Review of Aerofly FS from Ikarus Review of Aerofly FS from Ikarus

Posted on Sun, 07 Oct 2012 15:04:11 GMT (28371 reads)

Put away that boring old flight simulator and get ready to have some real fun--Aerofly FS is just what the doctor ordered! Bursting on the scene in the last year or so, for many veteran flight simmers Aerofly FS arrived seemingly out of the blue—it’s a pleasant surprise. 

10 of the Best Aviation Movies and Why 10 of the Best Aviation Movies and Why

Posted on Mon, 01 Oct 2012 13:41:08 GMT (27477 reads)

Two of the man’s most wonderful inventions, movies and aviation, came of age around the same time. After the turn of the 19th century, and before World War I, a new age was dawning. The Industrial Revolution gave way to the Technological Revolution. New and exciting inventions, and new ways to manufacture them, were springing up everywhere. 

Review of Infinite Flight App from Flying Development Studio Review of Infinite Flight App from Flying Development Studio

Posted on Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:35:27 GMT (27327 reads)

Infinite Flight is a mobile flight simulator. Originally released in April of 2011, it was the very first flight simulator for Windows Phone 7. It is used by thousands of Windows Phone 7 users around the world and is currently ranked in the top 50 paid game apps for the platform.

Review of FlightGear: The Free & Fun Flight Simulator! Review of FlightGear: The Free & Fun Flight Simulator!

Posted on Sun, 16 Sep 2012 11:05:26 GMT (38114 reads)

Let’s be honest. Flight simulation can be an expensive hobby. Once you acquired a quality program, it's not long before you purchased several others. Not to mention the tens, maybe hundreds of aircraft that are beginning to fill up your hard drive. Over time, all those acquisitions add up to a serious investment.

Top 10 Must Have Flight Sim Payware Add-Ons for 2012 Top 10 Must Have Flight Sim Payware Add-Ons for 2012

Posted on Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:23:15 GMT (54789 reads)

Remember when you first started flying simulators? You were amazed at what you could do--fly all over the world, try many different cool aircraft, and test your skills in a variety of conditions!

Does Flight Simulation Prepare Pilots For Flying A Real Plane? Does Flight Simulation Prepare Pilots For Flying A Real Plane?

Posted on Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:00:03 GMT (31589 reads)

Now that you’ve flown your Cessna from Cape Cod all the way down to Fort Lauderdale 150 times on Microsoft FSX, will those long hours help prepare you to fly a real aircraft? After all, there are flightsim pilots who have used the same software for a decade or more and know a few of the aircraft models like the back of their hand.

Behind the Yoke: An Interview with Three Boeing 737 Home Cockpit Builders Behind the Yoke: An Interview with Three Boeing 737 Home Cockpit Builders

Posted on Sun, 01 Jul 2012 11:05:15 GMT (16507 reads)

What would you do if a friend told you he had spent years building an airplane that physically would never leave the ground and yet it would travel all over the world?  You might look closely to see if they looked well. 

Battles in the Sky: A Closer Look at Combat Simulation Site LockOnFiles.com Battles in the Sky: A Closer Look at Combat Simulation Site LockOnFiles.com

Posted on Mon, 04 Jun 2012 08:51:26 GMT (4397 reads)

“I'm 3DFlyer and I bought LOMAC on a whim one day. Just went to Walmart (a US Department Store that has "everything"). When I got home and got it loaded, I was amazed! It needed a little help, but with the TLC I have given it, and sharing of others I now have a flyable sim that I really enjoy.”

Torpedo Squadron Four - A Cockpit View of World War II Torpedo Squadron Four - A Cockpit View of World War II

Posted on Mon, 04 Jun 2012 08:42:55 GMT (5380 reads)

“Suddenly, the Avenger flown by Lt.(jg) John Palmer exploded just in front of me and started a gradual spiral toward the sea. The skipper broke radio silence and told the plane crew to bail out, but only one parachute popped into sight before the plane plunged into the sea. I drew myself into the center of my own cockpit under the protection of the armor plate, making myself as small as possible as the bursts of anti-aircraft fire spotted the sky.”  

Behind the Scenes of Building a DHC-6 Twin Otter Home Cockpit Behind the Scenes of Building a DHC-6 Twin Otter Home Cockpit

Posted on Wed, 30 May 2012 10:18:21 GMT (19176 reads)

André Aepfelbach has been a Microsoft Flight Simulator aficionado since 1994. He started out with a keyboard, moved to a joystick, then graduated to yokes and pedals. He had everything he needed to get as close to real flying as possible. 

The Airport on the Beach: Princess Juliana International Airport at St. Maarten The Airport on the Beach: Princess Juliana International Airport at St. Maarten

Posted on Thu, 03 May 2012 13:22:53 GMT (31696 reads)

The waves crash in a loud cacophony of sound, spray and mist. Children laugh with glee as they run from the surf as it spills out, chasing them up the beach. Their parents gather under brightly lit beach umbrellas, sipping Caribs, the popular local blend of watermelon and raspberry rum with a touch of bitters, enjoying another lazy sun-splashed day on Maho Beach.

Pro Flight Simulator: What You're Really Getting Pro Flight Simulator: What You're Really Getting

Posted on Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:19:48 GMT (27585 reads)

There is a new flight simulation packages that I'm sure thousands of you may have heard.  It goes by the name of Pro Flight Simulator.  Pro Flight Simulator isn't really that new at all, in fact, it's a re-brand of a flight sim package you may have been using for years.

Steve Jobs: A Visionary and Creative Genius Steve Jobs: A Visionary and Creative Genius

Posted on Tue, 18 Oct 2011 11:01:37 GMT (13070 reads)

Where were you when Steve Jobs died? Years ago, that same question was asked when John Kennedy was shot.

Worldwide, the sadness and grief was the same. A giant in our midst was no longer with us.

Is the Concorde the Most Loved Airplane of All Time? Is the Concorde the Most Loved Airplane of All Time?

Posted on Fri, 27 May 2011 21:43:46 GMT (35452 reads)

Boom! BOOM!  That was the incredible double sonic boom of the majestic Concorde supersonic aircraft breaking the sound barrier. If it came in low as you watched in awe, the noise would make your bones rattle.  The Concorde was perhaps the sexiest, most exciting airplane in the history of aviation. It was a joint venture between British Airways and Air France that had its maiden voyage in 1969 but began commercial service in 1976. After a crash in 2000 in Paris, traveler interest in the plane began to diminish and in April of 2003, both airlines announced they would discontinue service.

Why Is Aviation So Attractive To Hollywood? Why Is Aviation So Attractive To Hollywood?

Posted on Sat, 14 May 2011 22:45:17 GMT (6927 reads)

There are always films about planes, or set in planes, or heavily featuring planes. But why?

First of all -- there is something undeniably dramatic about flight, in itself. For most of us, life is quite predictable. We live within the confines of the walls of our houses, our offices, and the coffee shop down the road. Even when we go on holiday, we sit by the pool, we lay on the beach, and we go to friendly restaurants.

UFOs and Aviation - A Closer Look UFOs and Aviation - A Closer Look

Posted on Tue, 26 Apr 2011 22:49:31 GMT (35003 reads)

On the evening of October 21st, 1978, a 20-year-old pilot named Frederick Valentich left Melbourne in a Cessna 182L bound for King Island, sitting in the middle of the Bass Strait south of Australia. Visibility was fine and the wind was blowing easy.

Software Theft in the Flight Sim Community

Posted on Wed, 07 Jul 2010 19:51:21 GMT (5957 reads)

If you are a developer, professional or otherwise, you want your creations safe from being sold or copied by others.  Recently I have seen and reported an infringement of another’s creations. The person(s) in question took an Aircraft from Alpha Sim and is including it in Scenery they created for sale! I have since reported this to Alpha Sim  and they were very glad that there is someone looking out for there interest and the same goes for Captain Sim; both are investigating these thefts of intellectual material.

Create or buy add-ons?

Posted on Fri, 07 May 2010 04:23:43 GMT (6269 reads)

James Abbey, a resident editor at Fly Away Simulation explains in his editorial, how easy it can be to create your own add-ons for flight simulator.  He starts with: I am in no way putting down the sim stores or good companies who create some good products. Have you ever wanted that special scenery and did not have the money for it or went to an area and wanted to add objects to it?

Flying Part 1 Flying Part 1

Posted on Tue, 06 Apr 2010 15:56:08 GMT (5096 reads)

Not too long after Pop’s death, I was in the gallery one afternoon. It had been quiet that day and I wasn’t really in the mood to do much, and I couldn’t get airplanes off my mind. No matter what I did to change the subject in my head, the images returned with greater persistence. I could hear them taking off with their engines pulsing at full tilt as they zoomed overhead. Whether real or imagined, I could even smell kerosene as the vapors of the distantly departed jets drifted lazily in our direction.

Fly-Away in my own Full Enclosure SimPit Fly-Away in my own Full Enclosure SimPit

Posted on Sat, 03 Apr 2010 07:50:26 GMT (11495 reads)

Inspired by airplanes as a little boy back in the 50s, I'd look up to the sky every time I would hear the sound of a piston engine overhead. Living close to Toronto's Downsview (de Havilland) Airforce Base (CYZD). The old de Havilland, birthplace to the famous Beaver and Otter, now home to Bombardier Aerospace. I still live there, and the little airport in the "burbs" is slowly becoming a park in the city, but still manufactures some aircraft and is home to The Canadian Air & Space Museum.

Yes, there is another Simulator

Posted on Sat, 03 Apr 2010 07:10:25 GMT (5623 reads)

It may surprise you when or if you discover simulators available for your enjoyment. The purpose of this document is to introduce you to at least one other. Contrary to popular belief, these simulators are not necessarily a “waste of valuable time”. If used to their full extent, they can become very good tools and learning aids. I have discovered two such simulation programs and I want to present them both to you for consideration.

Aviation - It's A Passion

Posted on Thu, 01 Apr 2010 13:10:42 GMT (4004 reads)
I became fascinated with aircraft when I was old enough to know what an aircraft was. When visiting libraries, I would read as much material I could get my hands on regarding flight and the construction of aircraft.

How can I make my Flight Simulator more realistic? How can I make my Flight Simulator more realistic?

Posted on Tue, 23 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMT (8913 reads)

Many people want flight simulator to be as close as possible to real life, this is why PC Pilots are searching for moving seats, vibrating joysticks and other enhancements, however people tend to forget about the business side of real life. On one hand people want to experience not only "the real deal", but on the other hand the industry cannot be fully simulated without the business end. This is why I would like to share my expirience with FS Passengers (for Flight simulator 9/2004) and FS Passengers X(for Flight Simulator X).

The Joy Of Flight Simulation

Posted on Wed, 17 Mar 2010 19:00:00 GMT (4071 reads)

Having had the distillation of experience flying in the real world and flying by simulation, I have to say that each has its own advantage. There really is nothing quite like reality; the smell of the leather, the synchronized sound of those engines, the smell of hot metal and oils as they work in symphony and the thrill of thrust as you are full throttle down the runway approaching pushback and rotation, and the pure satisfaction of sticking the perfect landing.

Warbird Down In Arizona Warbird Down In Arizona

Posted on Sun, 14 Mar 2010 20:00:36 GMT (9376 reads)
A WW2 P-51 Mustang crashed Thursday at Stellar Airpark in Arizona, killing the pilot. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but witnesses said the aircraft seemed to have engine problems before it struck a wall and cartwheeled into a hangar where it burst into flames. But such cold facts don't convey the emotion associated with the aircraft from the glory years of aviation and the pilots that flew them.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 Still Going Strong Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 Still Going Strong

Posted on Fri, 12 Mar 2010 04:00:00 GMT (8413 reads)

It is very surprising that Flight Simulator 2004 is still a strong entity in the Flight Simulation world! I have recently dived back in to this program, head first and I am having a blast with it! I still love Flight Simulator X and not with standings its Quirks and fatal errors and run time errors on line, it is still a good program!

Will flight simulators get an upgrade in the near future?

Posted on Thu, 11 Mar 2010 19:00:00 GMT (4162 reads)

There is no doubt that flight simulators are at their very best in today’s technologically revolving world. No longer do we have to sit and stare at the killer black and white 8 bit graphics that ruled our worlds in the eighties. Nowadays simulators contain practically everything from realistic weather effects to full moving parts; all in a hopeful effort to encompass that “real plane feel.” Although according to some, this may not be enough.

The Lure of Flying The Lure of Flying

Posted on Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT (4893 reads)
I determined never to fly again after my first ride with my Pop in the old Tri-Pacer he had rented. He was a crackerjack pilot. I was just six years old and petrified of having nothing but air for a thousand feet between us and the ground below. After a few “almost” takeoffs, I conjured up the courage, mostly out of humiliation, to go up and around the pattern with Pop. I held on for dear life, but managed to survive the experience.

How To Setup Dual Monitors

Posted on Mon, 07 Dec 2009 00:59:55 GMT (34493 reads)

Does constantly flipping between multiple windows on your flight simulator make you dizzier than a ride on a tilt-a-whirl? Give your brain a break and invest in a dual monitor set-up. 

The Future Of Flight Simulation The Future Of Flight Simulation

Posted on Sat, 21 Nov 2009 09:27:36 GMT (45983 reads)
Flight simulation has come a long way and with the use of latest software flight simulation products, it is getting better each day. Flight simulation makes use of computers to simulate the effects of flying in an aircraft. Advanced software programs such as FlightGear, Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-Plane, Flight Simulator, etc. These software programs try to make the experience as close as possible to the real time flying experience. Flight simulator technology is being perfected to meet the demands of thousands of flight simulation enthusiasts.

Heidy's History Hangar 3/31/2009

Posted on Tue, 31 Mar 2009 15:26:11 GMT (4665 reads)

Good to see you all again, hope you're enjoying these tidbits as much as I am finding them! On this date in:



Heidy's History Hangar #1

Posted on Mon, 30 Mar 2009 10:00:36 GMT (4867 reads) Hello and welcome to my first edition.  I will be highlighting some historical moments in the world of aviation. Hope it is enjoyable to all. On March 30th in:

Huge Aviation of the 1930s: The K-7 and The Bel Geddes # 4 Huge Aviation of the 1930s: The K-7 and The Bel Geddes # 4

Posted on Sun, 29 Mar 2009 21:02:52 GMT (13868 reads) For a few thousand years the biggest things in the skies were only in our imaginations, flying figments of myth and fable: the Roc from Sinbad’s tales, the Garuda bird from the Mahabharata, the Thunderbird from North America, the Brazilian Blue Crow, and other high-flying nightmares or soaring benevolent gods and spirits.

Falcon Voodoo

Posted on Mon, 18 Oct 2004 04:00:00 GMT (8870 reads)

With his debut article, Michael Dugas takes a look at the history of the Falcon Series and examines how far the community development of this title has progressed over the past few years. 

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