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

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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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118105023
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/18/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 581,935
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Williams owns BruceAir, LLC, an aviation consulting, training, and pilot services company. A certified flight instructor and FAASTeam representative, he has been a pilot since the early 1970s. During his 15-year career at Microsoft, he worked on six versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator.Follow the author's blog at or find out more about the book from the author's website at

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Table of Contents

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 UsingSimulations 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 Maneuvers187

Chapter 16 Private Pilot Lesson 3: Ground Reference Maneuvers195

Chapter 17 Private Pilot Lesson 4: A Short Cross-Country Flight203

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

Chapter 19 Private Pilot Lesson 6: A Trip to a Fly-In Breakfast217

Chapter 20 Private Pilot Lesson 7: Ground Reference Maneuvers223

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 Flight247

Chapter 25 Private Pilot Lesson 12: First Solo Flight 253

Chapter 26 Private Pilot Lesson 13: Review of Basic Maneuvers259

Chapter 27 Private Pilot Lesson 14: Progress Assessment: StageCheck 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 Takeoffsand Landings 285

Chapter 31 Private Pilot Lesson 18: Flight in Marginal Weather293

Chapter 32 Private Pilot Lesson 19: Solo Practice Flight 299

Chapter 33 Private Pilot Lesson 20: Long Cross-Country Flight305

Chapter 34 Private Pilot Lesson 21: Cross-Country Night Flight311

Chapter 35 Private Pilot Lesson 22: Flight Planning andNavigation Practice 317

Chapter 36 Private Pilot Lesson 23: Night Cross-Country Flight325

Chapter 37 Private Pilot Lesson 24: Night Freight Run 331

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

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

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

Chapter 41 Private Pilot Lesson 28: Preparation for thePractical Test 355

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

Chapter 43 Private Pilot Lesson 30: The Private Pilot PracticalTest 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 Flying385

Chapter 46 IFR Lesson 2: Basic Attitude Instrument Flying395

Chapter 47 IFR Lesson 3: Partial-Panel Flight 401

Chapter 48 IFR Lesson 4: Partial- Panel Instrument Flight407

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 Approach427

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 EquipmentMalfunctions 463

Chapter 56 IFR Lesson 12: IFR Cross- Country and Off- AirwayRoutes 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 YourSkills 525

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

Chapter 65 Advanced 2: Night Flight: Spokane, WA, to WallaWalla, 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

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

    This is very good compilation of the relevant material by a very

    This is very good compilation of the relevant material by a very experienced flight sim pro. The book is comprehensive and well-structured. I particularly like that its foundation is the FITS and it makes occasional reference to the PTS. It's the one-stop-shop for the diligent student who wants to conform to SBT and have a good lesson overview and preparation. I give four stars for the exposition, but some details are frustrating, I really couldn't give it five stars. The screenshots (maybe hundred of them) are way too small (and I really don't have bad eyes!) and are way too dark. They all have plenty of white space to the right of them, I can't see why they weren't made larger, so we can actually see something, and to fill the white space. Color would have helped too. It's now black and small, when it should be large and colored. Next, the book was written for XPlane 9, but XPlane 10 is out since Nov 2011. Several things don't work in XPlane 10 anymore, entire scenarios are completely unplayable in XPlane 10. This is frustrating, because we've been having XPlane 10 for over a year by now, no professional is using XPlane 9 anymore these days. Also the references to the IFH are outdated. It refers to edition 15A (which was from 2003), but the current version is 15B, from summer 2012. It's frustrating, because most lessons refer to the IFH in the lesson guide, and it's wrong (outdated) in ALL of them! When it refers to chapter 4 section I you have to know that it's now in chapter 6 sections I or II. At several places it just feels this book was written in 2011 and then left untouched until it was published in 2012 without further updates. Still, all in all I give it four stars as the exposition and compilation of material are dead-on, and you can work around these problems. You should know the IFH anyway, and you don't need the unplayable scenarios. Nonetheless, one could defend giving only three stars, because this book was *specifically* written for use on the two flight sims, and by the time it was published everything was already outdated by over one year for one of the two sims.

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