|What sort of pilot are you?|
|Total Votes : 14|
Now, in general, the ‘heavy flyers’ are usually not so much interested in the landscape, the scenery below, and are more concerned with the weather, the radio navigation, the ILS systems on the larger airports and often the airports themselves. And they usually fly from inside the airplane (as a real pilot would, yes, yes) and do not use the ‘spot view’ too often. Nothing wrong with this, that’s what a real airline pilot would do too, of course.
The GA flyers however are very often, and increasingly so, people who not only like to fly an aircraft for the joy of mastering the technology and techniques, but also tend to have a keen eye for the surrounding landscape. This is not a ‘simulator thing’ only either. Most real world GA pilots are sports or leisure flyers and have exactly the same urge to see the world from a different vantage point…. and enjoy it. Especially mountains, hills and water bodies are what make landscapes really worth while. There is nothing that beats the sight of a mountain towering high ABOVE your aircraft while flying through valleys and canyons, over endless glaciers and mountain passes. The sun and the weather make the same mountain look different in a thousand ways and flying in that environment is a constant challenge to the pilot. Real AND simulated.
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So, what are you? A) VFR pilot B) heavy metal pilot C) something else
I admit it, I like the view from up there. GA aircraft are what I like and when I do a cross country flight it's low and slow. The only thing I would disagree with is using the spot view, I do that occasionally but by far most of my flight time is in the cockpit.
I'm VFR, although I sometimes fly a 737 or something of similar size. 😉
I suppose I'm a mix of the twain. I love the technical part. Weather, navigation, power management, procedures and I also love the scenery. Mostly I fly a 737 or an ATR and I'm not crazy about GA flying, although I do not hate it by any means.
I prefer flying a small aircraft such as a Cessna 152 compared to the heavier aircraft that FS offers. The only airliners i fly on Flight sim are models such as the PMDG 737NG as they are realistic and you can learn something from them. Default aircraft in Flight Sim such as a 737-400 are far from true to life and you dont have to do much or know much to get them airborne.
As for the small aircraft i think nothing can beat flying through mountaineous terrain then having to make an instrument approach into an airport that has poor visibility.
Mostly heavy metal, but I "relax" with planes like a Cessna 310 or Beech V35 or A36.