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FlyPast April 2024

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A beginner’s guide to flight simulation

Taking flight simulation up as a hobby can be a daunting experience. In this article, we tackle some of the challenges newcomers are likely to face by looking at the different flight simulator platforms, the hardware requirements and the controllers needed to get off the ground.

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UK planespotting highlights for January 2024

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part, they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries, or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

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Flight Simulator Training – Part 6

In this lesson, we look at how scenario-based training can help plan for various failures that can occur during the take-off phase and how planning for all eventualities can result in a successful outcome.

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AIR International March 2024

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A History of Military Flight Simulation – Part 5

This time, we trace the advances in hardware development at the start of the millennium and look at how 3D graphics cards furthered the evolution of combat flight sims. We also discuss how the dawn of online multiplayer gaming took combat flight simulation to the next level.

The USAF’s last overseas-based A-10 squadron

In Key Publishing’s ‘United States Air Force Air Power Yearbook 2024’ Mark Ayton reports on the 25th Fighter Squadron,

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Air Combat Simulation – Part 6

In this instalment, we explore the ‘art’ of aerial gunnery and discuss why hitting a target while moving within a three-dimensional environment is one of the most challenging aspects of dogfighting.

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Airports of the  Pacific Northwest

With the recent release by Roman Design of CYYJ Victoria International Airport, four major destinations in the Pacific Northwest are now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator. In this feature, we travel to the region and explore all four airports.

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Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 12

After learning about and practising key IFR flying skills, we now focus on one of the most commonly used and yet often poorly flown navigation aids – the Instrument Landing System (ILS).