Flying Jets in MSFS 2020

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BertNoir Trainee

Hello, Is it possible to fly jet airliners in ms 2020 without all the preparation that is used in "real flight" as it shows in some tutorials. The same way you can in fsx i.e.set alt.,speed,hdg.,ils or gps.,ap.,etc. and take off from an active runway. Thanks.

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Yes, it's absolutely possible to fly jet airliners in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (MSFS 2020) without going through all the detailed preparation procedures that real-world pilots use. The simulator offers a more accessible experience for those who prefer a simpler approach, similar to what you've experienced in FSX. Here's a brief guide on how to achieve this:

  • Launch MSFS 2020 and select the 'World Map' option.
  • Choose your desired jet airliner from the 'Aircraft Selection' menu.
  • Select your departure airport, and then click on one of the runway icons to set your starting position on an active runway.
  • Optionally, you can set your destination airport, which will create a basic flight plan with GPS guidance.
  • Adjust the weather and time of day settings as desired.
  • Click 'Fly' to start the simulation on the active runway.

Once you're in the cockpit, you can set up your autopilot with the basic parameters you mentioned, such as altitude, speed, heading, and navigation source (ILS or GPS). Here's a quick rundown of the steps:

  1. Turn on the Battery, APU (Auxiliary Power Unit), and the APU Bleed switches. Alternatively, you can skip this step by pressing CTRL+E to start the engines automatically.
  2. Adjust the altitude, speed, and heading on the autopilot control panel.
  3. Enable the autopilot modes you wish to use, such as AP (Autopilot Master), ALT (Altitude Hold), HDG (Heading Hold), and SPD (Speed Hold).
  4. Ensure your flaps are set for takeoff and verify that your parking brake is released.
  5. Gradually increase the throttle and begin your takeoff roll.

After takeoff, you can engage the autopilot by pressing the AP button on the autopilot control panel. Your aircraft will follow the preset parameters and navigate based on your chosen navigation source (ILS or GPS).

Remember that the specific procedures and autopilot panel layouts may vary slightly between different jet airliners, so it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the cockpit layout and instrument panels of the aircraft you're flying.

I hope this helps you get started with flying jets in MSFS 2020 in a more simplified manner. Enjoy your flights, and happy landings!

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