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Flight Simulation: a beginning

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!.

Now I know that many of you have never heard of that, and an equal number of readers will very likely think of it as a 'game' (and they CAN be right in many cases). All fair enough. What I would like to do in these columns is to show you and tell you about flight simulation and its definite postive links to AND effects on real world aviation.

I'll start my series of blogs soon with a story about MY very first real half hour at the stick, and will follow up with many more stories about real world flying and about where the simulator(s) come in.

Meanwhile I am happy to be here and hoping to be able to share just a little bit of my experience with you. Experience of the tremendous adventure that flight is, AND of everything associated with it!

Wishing you all Happy Holidays !


4 Responses to “Flight Simulation: a beginning”

  1. Don 'Fragmentum' Smith Says:
    December 17th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Francois, Welcome to the new AOPA site and your valuable input. I would think there are a lot of real pilots out here that also enjoy flight simulation and all the realism that it offers.


  2. Francois,
    Welcome to the AOPA blog site. I think your insight and peerspective from the flight sim community is welcome, as there are a lot of real pilots that probably enjoy flight simulation as well as R/C flying. In the R/C flying clubs I have been associated with, there were several 'full scale' pilots that enjoyed that endeavor as well.
    GOOD LUCK ! ! ! !

  3. I have to say flight simulator is the reason I am currently going to school to be an airline pilot. There is no other freedom like flying. Happy holidays and happy flying!


  4. Carlos Dewerchin Says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Hi François,

    Happy to find a flight-simmer around!
    I am a Mooney pilot, converted in part to the flight simulator because of the costs of real flying in Europe.
    My AATD is a PFC one with a 180° screen.As we are almost neighbours, I would be interested to learn more of your flightsimming and equipment.
    Many happy flights. Carlos

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