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Feature: Simming on Autopilot Tutorial Video

Last updated Thu, 02 Aug 2018 20:50:06 GMT
Originally posted on Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:28:46 GMT

Most pilots of airliners and large aircraft rely heavily on autopilots, as do many pilots of smaller aircraft. For this reason, use of autopilots enables flight simmers to simulate their flights more realistically.

Bill Stack’s Simming on Autopilot explains the basic and advanced uses of several distinct autopilots in a variety of aircraft types. 


Viewers learn about the types of autopilots used on different aircraft and how each functions and differs from other autopilots. They learn how to preset altitude, vertical speed, heading and airspeed and how to use the flight director. They learn how to use autopilot to climb or descend to a desired or assigned altitude and how to use the autopilot to change headings when needed or instructed.  They also learn how to use their autopilots in conjunction with their GPS units. 

For instrument-rules simulations, pilots learn to use their autopilots to approach and land precisely with localizers, glide slopes and back courses.  Special functions of advanced autopilots are also explained.

The video also provides a list of keyboard shortcuts that enable quick and accurate changes during busy flight maneuvers such as taking off and landing.

Simming on Autopilot focuses real-world aviation knowledge on the needs of home flight-simulation enthusiasts.  Although the video models on stock aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator®, its instructions can be applied to autopilots in other aircraft and simulators with appropriate adaptation. Knowledge in this video is relevant to commercial and private pilots in large and small aircraft. 

Preview Video

Like all TopSkills’ tutorial videos, Simming on Autopilot is deliberately planned and designed, logically organized, carefully constructed and clearly narrated for the best learning experiences. Key concepts are highlighted. Screen menus and buttons are highlighted and pointed with large arrows. Narrations are focused and scripted so users’ time is not wasted listening to digressions, ramblings, fumblings, “ums” and “ahs.” They are clearly spoken in standard English so all listeners can easily understand. 

Independent product reviewer rate Bill Stack’s Simming on Autopilot highly with five of five stars and comments such as “Excellent introductory product! Very clear. ”

 “My tutorial videos and instructional books are produced to enable my fellow flight simmers to enjoy realistic simulation as much as I do,” says author and international flight-sim expert Bill Stack.

View this tutorial video over at SimShack.

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Ian Stephens

About Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens is a flight simulation enthusiast also with a keen interest in aviation and technology.  Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available.  However, Ian also has copies of Prepar3D and X-Plane installed. 

Ian has been writing for Fly Away Simulation for over 9 years.  Should you wish, you can contact Ian via email at


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