After being tempted for years to by a Microsoft Flight Simulator, but being put off by both the price and not trusting myself to stick with it once the lust for gunfire kicks in, I’ve finally taken the plunge and bought MS2002. (Managed to blag it for £19.99, how could I say no!)
I thought I’d start as I meant to go on and enroll in Rod Machado’s flight school to earn my wings in style.
Straight away though I discovered that fate had decided to conspire against my slow journey toward solo flight, when on my very first take off (introductory flight) my plucky little Cessna slewed violently to the left, ran over a dog and left the runway for pastures new!
Constant pressure to the right on the rudder (joystick handgrip) was needed to get airborne, but in my heart I knew that this was not good.
I recalibrated the joystick three times with no luck! (How I long for the days when you could manually calibrate sticks using thumb wheels on the base!) I searched options for realism settings that controlled torque and disabled them, knowing even as I unchecked the box that this was a true grasping at straws maneuver. No luck. I reinstalled MS2002, no luck.
Finally I got me down to PC World and bought a shiny new MS Sidewinder joystick. (A basic model with no twist grip rudder) Returned home and kitted up with bated breath……Ta Daaaaaaah! No slewing. A lone trumpet plays the last post somewhere in the background as my ageing “Logitech Wingman Pro” is escorted off the runway, to live out the remainder of his days in a home for retired joysticks somewhere in dusty shelf land.
So poised once again, goggles firmly in place and Biggles scarf stiffened with a bucket of starch, so it looks like the wind is blowing it out behind me, I once again throttled up and leapt Gazelle like into the blue yonder. (Erm… so not Gazelle like then, more bird like really…yes.)
Lesson one: Up and Down. I can do that! “You’re a natural” proclaims Rod and I am forced to agree.
Lesson two: Side to Side. I can do that! Nope….. Apparently I can’t!
Here it is then that I turn to the collective minds of this august body of men and women (that’s you that is) for help in my hour of need. Doubtless the first of many.
1/ a twenty degree turn to the left poses no problems for this magnificent man in his flying machine. Rod’s hand is soon heartily clapping me on the back and it’s well done all around. But a requested ten degree turn in the opposite direction seems totally beyond me! I bank, the plane turns, we go round and round and round and round…. Do you see a theme developing? Rod says nothing! Despite my best attempts to impersonate some kind of demented ten degree vulture. I’ve tried changing the degree of bank to all kinds of angles in case it’s Rod that’s actually drunk, but all to no avail.
What can I possibly be doing wrong?
2/ the manual talks about earning virtual certificates for the various stages of flight school, but I don’t see anything listed to suggest how you get these. Added to which you don’t seem to be able to log in your name anyway, so how does the program know who is who if more than one person in the family is learning to fly?
So there you have it. Am I to soar through the clouds? Or am I destined to crawl on my belly through the mud forever dreaming of the heights above. The answer lays in your hands dear friends.
I love it please come again.............Oh you want advice
1st up welcome to the world of flight sim(stick at it)
Turning mmmm I can do that
In the Cessna you will have to look at the direction indicator(round one in the middle ish) and practice
I do know that in 2002 when you pass up will pop a printable certificate
(Yep I passed that one.........not a hope in hell in fs9 though)
Have a read of this ➡
And see if you can glean any more
I hope it helps
Please let us know how you get on 😀
After reading that wonderful description of your adventures in FlightLand I'm anxiously awaiting the second installment.
You must be quite the man, my scarf no longer will stand on it's own.
Ahh yes the Flight Sim, if you have the adventurous soul that I do believe you have, go to your Flight Simulator 9 folder, click on it and you will find a folder named "Uries", within that folder (if you dare to venture) is the holiest of them all, the original-genuine-matter-of-fact certificates of completion. Grab what you will, print them out (include the name of the lucky recipient) and voila your a pilot, well sort of.
Thanks for coming back so quickly guys and thanks Tom for the link to the extra lessons.
In the Cessna you will have to look at the direction indicator(round one in the middle ish) and practice, I do know that in 2002 when you pass up will pop a printable certificate
I thought something like this might be the case. But presumably this means that the certificate would pop up at the end of each section. I know it can’t be at the end of every lesson as I did manage to ham fistedly barge my way through the first one to Rod’s satisfaction.
Does this mean though, that the program has to register the fact that you completed all its lessons? I was assuming you see that Mr Machado’s stubborn refusal to accept my beautiful right turn (and you’d have to see it to know just how beautiful it truly is <sigh>) was actually down to a bug of some kind!
I know that the guy didn’t fall asleep on me, because if I yank the stick (steady!) violently to the right, he chirps in saying “No…. that’s too much bank.” Duh… ya think so Rod?
But then he continues to ignore me no mater what bank angle I try to hold it at.
I could just skip onto the next lesson, (I can turn right…honest Rod! See me fly, see me soar!) but what pearls of wisdom will I be missing?! Plus if I don’t complete this lesson, will FS2002 penalize me for my infernal Badger audacity!
You must be quite the man, my scarf no longer will stand on it's own.
Ahhh yes Radarman, I am indeed infamous for my permanently stiff scarf! But.. (and it’s a big but) It’s hell trying to traverse revolving doors!
if you have the adventurous soul that I do believe you have.
People the world over come to me for “adventurous soul” advice. Oh… and there was that angler who came to me once for “Sole” advice… but I had to turn him away cause I don’t do fish!
within that folder (if you dare to venture) is the holiest of them all, the original-genuine-matter-of-fact certificates of completion. Grab what you will, print them out (include the name of the lucky recipient) and voila your a pilot, well sort of.
Gaghghghgh!! I don’t want to print them out for wall hanging purposes. I want the game to recognize my true genius within the realm of flight.. for it is indeed mighty.
“Be it known throughout the aviation world that
Has successfully accomplished a first solo flight and that
His shirt tail has been cut off in commemoration of this
Achievement, as is the tradition.”
So there ya go Rod! Despite your refusal to spot true talent in the ancient art of “turning right” I have still put my feet upon the road to success. Now I can get in that plane and fly anywhere, do you hear?!! Anywhere!!! Erm…… as long as I only have to turn left obviously.
We have a new champion!
😀 YES,YES,YES. wrong film