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 http://bruceair.wordpress.com/ or find out more about the book from the author's website at http://www.bruceair.com/SBT/sbt-wiley.htm
Scenario-Based Training with X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator: Using PC-Based Flight Simulations Based on FAA-Industry Training Standardsby Bruce Williams
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/b>
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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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.