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Scenario-Based Training with X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator: Using PC-Based Flight Simulations Based on FAA-Industry Training Standards



Scenario-Based Training with X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator: Using PC-Based Flight Simulations Based on FAA-Industry Training Standards

Bruce Williams

ISBN: 978-1-118-10502-3 January 2012 624 Pages


Fly toward pilot certification with these real-world scenario exercises

Although PC-based flight simulations have been available for 30 years, many pilots, instructors, and flight schools don't understand how best to use these tools in real-world flight training and pilot proficiency programs. This invaluable reference bridges the gap between simulation tools and real-world situations by presenting hands-on, scenario-based exercises and training tips for the private pilot certificate and instrument rating. As the first of its kind based on FAA-Industry Training Standards (FITS), this book steers its focus on a scenario-based curriculum that emphasizes real-world situations.

Experienced pilot and author Bruce Williams ultimately aims to engage the pilot, reinforce the "realistic" selling point of PC-based flight simulations, while also complementing the FAA-approved FITS syllabi.

  • Serves as essential reading for pilots who want to make effective use of simulation in their training while expanding their skill level and enjoyment of flying
  • Covers private pilot real-world scenarios and instrument rating scenarios
  • Includes a guide to recommended websites and other resources
  • Features helpful charts as well as a glossary

You'll take off towards pilot certification with this invaluable book by your side.

Introduction xxxiii

Part I Before You Take Off 1

Chapter 1 What You Need to Use This Book 3

Chapter 2 Essential Resources on the Website 15

Chapter 3 Using PC-Based Simulations Effectively 25

Chapter 4 Scenario-Based Training for Virtual Aviators 41

Chapter 5 Choosing a PC-Based Simulation: X-Plane or FSX? 45

Chapter 6 A Quick Guide to X-Plane 55

Chapter 7 A Quick Guide to Microsoft Flight Simulator X 69

Part II Getting the Most from X-Plane and FSX 87

Chapter 8 Beyond the Basics: Additional Advice about Using Simulations Effectively 89

Chapter 9 Scenario-Based Training and FITS 99

Chapter 10 Using the Scenarios in This Book 109

Part III Flying Fundamentals 117

Chapter 11 Flying Fundamentals 119

Chapter 12 Flying the Cessna 172 Skyhawk 139

Part IV Private Pilot Scenarios 169

Chapter 13 Introduction to the Private Pilot Syllabus 171

Chapter 14 Private Pilot Lesson 1: Introductory Flight 179

Chapter 15 Private Pilot Lesson 2: Fundamental Flight Maneuvers 187

Chapter 16 Private Pilot Lesson 3: Ground Reference Maneuvers 195

Chapter 17 Private Pilot Lesson 4: A Short Cross-Country Flight 203

Chapter 18 Private Pilot Lesson 5: Another Short Cross- Country Flight 209

Chapter 19 Private Pilot Lesson 6: A Trip to a Fly-In Breakfast 217

Chapter 20 Private Pilot Lesson 7: Ground Reference Maneuvers 223

Chapter 21 Private Pilot Lesson 8: Evening Flight 229

Chapter 22 Private Pilot Lesson 9: Charity Flight 235

Chapter 23 Private Pilot Lesson 10: Crosswind Landings 241

Chapter 24 Private Pilot Lesson 11: Preparation for Solo Flight 247

Chapter 25 Private Pilot Lesson 12: First Solo Flight 253

Chapter 26 Private Pilot Lesson 13: Review of Basic Maneuvers 259

Chapter 27 Private Pilot Lesson 14: Progress Assessment: Stage Check 265

Chapter 28 Private Pilot Lesson 15: Soft-Field Landings 271

Chapter 29 Private Pilot Lesson 16: VOR Navigation 277

Chapter 30 Private Pilot Lesson 17: Maximum Performance Takeoffs and Landings 285

Chapter 31 Private Pilot Lesson 18: Flight in Marginal Weather 293

Chapter 32 Private Pilot Lesson 19: Solo Practice Flight 299

Chapter 33 Private Pilot Lesson 20: Long Cross-Country Flight 305

Chapter 34 Private Pilot Lesson 21: Cross-Country Night Flight 311

Chapter 35 Private Pilot Lesson 22: Flight Planning and Navigation Practice 317

Chapter 36 Private Pilot Lesson 23: Night Cross-Country Flight 325

Chapter 37 Private Pilot Lesson 24: Night Freight Run 331

Chapter 38 Private Pilot Lesson 25: Cross-Country Flight in Marginal VFR 337

Chapter 39 Private Pilot Lesson 26: Cross-Country Flight: Progress Check 343

Chapter 40 Private Pilot Lesson 27: Long Solo Cross-Country Flight 349

Chapter 41 Private Pilot Lesson 28: Preparation for the Practical Test 355

Chapter 42 Private Pilot Lesson 29: Further Preparation for the Practical Test 361

Chapter 43 Private Pilot Lesson 30: The Private Pilot Practical Test 367

Part V Instrument Rating Scenarios 373

Chapter 44 Introduction to the Instrument Rating Syllabus: Background and Resources for IFR Lessons 375

Chapter 45 IFR Lesson 1: Basic Attitude Instrument Flying 385

Chapter 46 IFR Lesson 2: Basic Attitude Instrument Flying 395

Chapter 47 IFR Lesson 3: Partial-Panel Flight 401

Chapter 48 IFR Lesson 4: Partial- Panel Instrument Flight 407

Chapter 49 IFR Lesson 5: Holding Procedures 413

Chapter 50 IFR Lesson 6: Non- Precision Approach 419

Chapter 51 IFR Lesson 7: IFR Departures and Localizer Approach 427

Chapter 52 IFR Lesson 8: ILS Approach 437

Chapter 53 IFR Lesson 9: IFR Cross-Country 445

Chapter 54 IFR Lesson 10: IFR Cross-Country 455

Chapter 55 IFR Lesson 11: IFR Cross- Country and Equipment Malfunctions 463

Chapter 56 IFR Lesson 12: IFR Cross- Country and Off- Airway Routes 471

Chapter 57 IFR Lesson 13: Long IFR Cross- Country 479

Chapter 58 IFR Lesson 14: Night IFR Flight 487

Chapter 59 IFR Lesson 15: Night Approaches 495

Chapter 60 IFR Lesson 16: Practical Test Preparation 503

Chapter 61 IFR Lesson 17: Practical Test Preparation 509

Chapter 62 IFR Lesson 18: IFR Practical Test 517

Part VI Advanced Scenarios 523

Chapter 63 Introduction to the Advanced Scenarios: Test Your Skills 525

Chapter 64 Advanced 1: Eugene, OR, to Olympia, WA 541

Chapter 65 Advanced 2: Night Flight: Spokane, WA, to Walla Walla, WA 545

Chapter 66 Advanced 3: Boise, ID, to Redmond, OR 549

Chapter 67 Advanced 4: Crossing the Cascades 553

Chapter 68 Advanced 5: Medford, OR, to Astoria, OR 557

Glossary 561

Index 575

Read Me
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Web Content
The zip file containing Web Content can be found at
IFR Charts
This includes IFR approach and departure charts for the instrument flying scenarios. Uploaded on 9/20/13
Note From the Author
There are two sets of files that contain PDF versions of charts that complement the scenarios: includes both VFR and IFR en route charts (sectionals, WACs, and low-altitude IFR charts) includes IFR approach and departure charts for the instrument flying scenarios You can find free versions of the latest versions of all of the charts at
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A Note for X-Plane Users from the Author
A Note for X-Plane Users

Changes in X-Plane Situation File Formats and X-Plane 10 The developers of X-Plane often change the format of the Situation files that save initial conditions for specific virtual flights in X-Plane. Given the frequency of updates to X-Plane, it?s impossible to provide Situations for each release of that simulation, and the X-Plane Situations available for download from the book?s page at Wiley will not load in X-Plane 10, which was released long after the book went to press. They also may not work with some releases of X-Plane 9.

As noted in Chapter 10, ?Using the Scenarios in This Book,? the Situations just set the initial conditions for a scenario (aircraft type, location, weather, etc.); they?re not scenarios themselves or interactive ?missions? (see especially p. 109?110).

The scenarios in the book are in effect the lesson plans, and if you can?t load the X-Plane Situation files provided to complement the scenarios in the book, you can use the description of each lesson to quickly set up the Cessna (or your choice of aircraft) at the location where a particular virtual flight begins.

For more information about X-Plane and Situations, see Chapter 6, ?A Quick Guide to X-Plane,? and the help resources described there.

If the developer of X-Plane stabilizes the file format for Situations, the author will create new sets of Situations that will load in future versions of X-Plane.

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Normal Cruise in the FSX Cessna 172

Normal Cruise in the FSX Baron