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Simulation Meets Aviation

A leader in the flight simulator community discusses the real life aviation benefits of flight "simming." About FrancoisD

A Monumental Error

January 28th, 2009

That's what I call the closure of the ACES Studio at Microsoft last week. Among the 1400 employees laid off in Redmond was the entire staff bar 6 of the 100+ Microsoft Flight Simulator (and Train Simulator) crew. That basically puts a stop to 27 years years of continuous development of one of the world's most well-known programs and the 'icon' of the flight simulation industry. Read More >>

My very first flight

January 9th, 2009

This blog is all about getting people into that left seat of an aircraft – the pilot’s seat, the Captain’s seat even ! So let me tell you of MY very first flight at the controls of an aircraft, however small it was, after decades of building model kits, flying radio controlled models and studying and using the PC flight simulators.


Get yourself some rudder pedals!

December 23rd, 2008

CH Products pedalsBarry Schiff’s recent article (page 40 of the AOPA magazine Jan 2009 issue) titled ‘flat-footed flying’ had me thinking. Barry’s story is about a pilot who doesn’t use his feet, i.e. doesn’t use his rudder – in flight. As it turns out his instructors taught him not to.

Barry was pretty miffed with this, as I can imagine, but it happens more often, I can tell you. I too had an instructor once who told me I didn’t need to keep my feet on the rudder pedals/brakes ‘because the plane turns by itself’. It did too, indeed, but obviously less efficient than while keeping the ball centered, as is the norm. Read More >>

Flight Simulation: a beginning

December 15th, 2008

Hello dear readers,

My name is François A. Dumas, aka 'Navman', and despite my French name I am born and living in The Netherlands, with a little 'pied à terre' in the French Alps, near 'my' airfield. I am one of the European AOPA members and was invited to help get more people 'into the air' as it were. Although I am a pilot and a 50-year long aviation nut I don't have a current license, but I have something else to bring to the table: I have been involved (and am now even professionally so) with flight simulation for over 30 years!. Read More >>