Flight Simulator Tips – Guidance For Navigating the Skies

Flight Simulator Tips – Guidance for Navigating the Skies:

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Dreaming of becoming a pilot? Microsoft Flight Simulator offers the perfect opportunity to learn and experience the joy of flying virtually. Begin with flight lessons tailored for beginners, where you can follow the instructor’s instructions at your own pace. With time and practice, you’ll develop the necessary skills to confidently navigate the skies, making your aviation dreams come true!

Get the Correct Version of Flight Simulator:

When you first open the game, you will need to create an account. If you have not been using Microsoft’s services for a while, this may be the first time you have had to create one. You may choose to use your work email address or make a new one if you feel you must. Afterwards, you can invite your friends to try the game too.

The first thing you need to do is download the correct version of the game to your PC. It should have been compatible with your system before the release of the Xbox Series X|S release, so ensure that you do not run into any problems with compatibility. While downloading the game, you should also download the Flight Simulator X demo. This is usually available on Steam, but there are alternate download locations on the Microsoft Store page.

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Do the Tutorials:

One of the main reasons people don’t enjoy the experience of Flight Simulators is that they are confused. Having something to clear the fog is essential, and this is what MSFS provides you with. Microsoft Flight Simulator X allows you to start at Level 1, and it’s a simple one, and if you don’t do it, it may scare you off for good.

Flying real planes and learning to fly is not that simple, and it may be easier to build up a base knowledge of planes. Go to the practice area at the local airport. There you will find a number of real aircraft. If you see one you like, buy it, take it home and fly it.

Take advantage of the virtual economy that allows you to hire and buy things. Flying real planes will give you the best sense of the virtual plane you are flying.

Using the in-game controls:

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The controls in the game are incredibly similar to real-life plane controls. To make the most of it, you will want to have an Oculus Touch controller in your hands while flying. You will need a good deal of experience and nerves of steel to fly a real plane.

The Oculus Touch controller gives you all the familiarity of actual plane controls like forward and reverse thrust and braking, in addition to your hands and movement on the controller. Similarly, the Xbox One X Controller with a vibrating haptic device attached is equally useful for getting you used to how a real plane feels to pilot.

Flying with a friend! If you’re the kind of person who loves to play games with a mate, you will want to make sure you pair your Flight Simulator with someone that has the same experience level.

Select Clear Weather conditions:

Weather conditions drive many of the mechanics that are used in the game. These are identified as Night Flight and Day Flight, respectively. Night Flight involves lower visibility, and Day Flight takes place during the day. This is why you should pick the conditions you fly when it is clear and sunny outside.Click here to learn more about setting up the weather while flying.

Make sure to familiarize yourself with your plane before you get too deep into the simulation. This way, you will be more inclined to fly and learn how to fly your aircraft more effectively. It is not unusual for your craft to stall out at times if you do not have sufficient knowledge about its internal workings. And finally, avoid Obstacles. Flying in an open field on autopilot is not advisable.

Setting up your cockpit:

Setting up your cockpit in Microsoft Flight Simulator takes time, dedication and patience. You need to have a decent amount of credits so that you can afford your own jet pack and flight suit to fly. As soon as you install the game, you should set up your cockpit, and you’ll be ready to fly on Day One. When you look at your cockpit, the first thing you’ll probably notice is the ‘lock button’ on the right. The lock button locks your jet pack to your body, and you cannot take it off unless you unlock it. The biggest challenge is selecting your engine, and you can’t just drag the ‘Select Engine’ button. You need to make a selection and change your engine manually. Click here to learn more about cockpit setup.

Practice short flights first:

Flight Sims aircrafts

The first thing you should do to get the hang of things is flying just short distances. You will see that even the simplest tricks can be complicated if you’re only flying long distances. You might think you are just making these mistakes, but it might be because you are inexperienced at flying short distances.

There’s no point in flying long distances without practising short distances, after all, if you want to use the sky as your playground, you have to learn how to stay in one place and, from there, you can learn to fly a long distance.

There are six levels to complete in the game, and they are pretty different. Get to Level 1, and then, depending on your progress, your next goal should be Level 2, which is medium distance, Level 3, which is long distance, and so on.

Practice how to land an aircraft:

Landing is the single most crucial part of the simulation. Flight Simulator actually does something about this. In order to perform the landing, you need to acquire a lift and how you achieve lift can vary, as it’s going to depend on the terrain you’re flying over, the weather, and what you’re trying to land on. To achieve lift, you must have speed in the right direction, and you also need to establish a particular centre point.

You can only achieve lift by flying in a straight line. If you are flying in the air, think about holding onto the stick as if you were actually moving. Slight movements such as turning the wheel or rudder will throw you off if you try to maintain a straight course. You also need to understand the fundamental laws of flight as well.

Be Patient:

small aircrafts over the city

Don’t expect to master the game and fly a full jet without mistakes. Even professionals make mistakes, and that’s how they learn and get better. And even don’t expect to master flying your first day and feel like a pro when you’re 50 hours in.

Even if you do not have a flight school near you and you don’t know how to fly a plane, you can still fly. On Microsoft Flight Simulator, you can fly anywhere! This means you can even fly during bad weather and not get wet! That’s not all; you can also fly anywhere from a 40-years-old plane or more. This is not just a computer game; on Microsoft Flight Simulator, you must take care when you fly, and the AI often flies to a close-by location if there are no other options available.

Finally, to enjoy the game, you need to be patient enough and spend enough time learning it the right way.


This article was meant to be a quick overview of Flight Simulators in general, however, it was a bit more involved than initially anticipated. I’ve tried to provide you with the best tips for a Flight Simulator, so by following these tips, your Flight Simulator experience will definitely be more enjoyable.

I’ll provide more examples in future articles as well as covering full games to be played. Just keep an eye out on the author’s site for the latest.

17 thoughts on “Flight Simulator Tips – Guidance For Navigating the Skies

  1. Greetings! These are great aircraft tips. I like the way you outlined everything, It is simple and straightforward. It makes a very clear picture of being in an aircraft just by reading through this post. But, I totally agree with you that the instructions from the instructor must be followed at all times.
    Thanks for sharing this amazing piece of writing with us.

  2. Great detail and explanation. You went through all the versions the game has and explained the best way to start is to go through the training and to go through it carefully and too take your time. I like how you put your own personal opinion into it also. Great website. Loved reading it.

  3. Thank you for very interesting article. I just discovered MS flight simulator recently and at the beginning I was very excited with this game. But after few days of playing I must admit that it’s a bit frustrating as Im not doing as good as I would like to. But looking on your post it seems its normal, and it take hundred of hours to fully understand such complex game. Also Oculus controller seems as a great help and Im looking forward to test it in practice.

  4. This is such a cool article Mohamed. I had no idea how in depth MS flight simulator was in regards to actual training. After reading this, I am most definitely going to be looking into it trying the game for myself.

    1. Thank you for your feedback and visiting my website. Feel free to navigate the website to learn more about Flight Simulator and we promote accessories for better gaming experience.

  5. Omg! I now want to play this so bad… And you are the one to blame! Haha! πŸ™‚ I remember playing MS Flight Simulator back in 80/90s with my Commodore 64. Yes I’m old… πŸ™‚ I remember it being so hard and I didn’t have enough self-discipline to play it more. But I was 10 years old back then. I don’t think my 10 years old computer could handle the current version. Do you think Intel i5, 8GB and integrated graphic card would be enough to play it?

    1. Thanks for the feedback. Intel i5 card with 8 Gb and graphic card should meet the minimum requirement for flight simulator 2020.

  6. How long does it take to complete one simulation? I have never really been a gamer like that or find aircraft interesting but this seems like something that would be really fun. I will be sure to try it out and let you know how it goes for me. Thank you for this amazing article, I had a great time reading it 

  7. I like the design and I find it your topic very interesting. You seem to be a fan of planes, I can tell by the emphasis. The overall content was well put together. Thanks for informing me about the differences on aircraft accessories. I hope to see more of your blogs in the future

    – Conor

    1. Thanks you for visiting my website and loved your comment. Yes I love flight simulator so I can explore the world virtually. The accessories are made for better flying experience.

  8. Interesting that flight Simulators can help you learn to fly airplanes. I agree with you on any lesson must listen to the instructor and follow his guidance. Don’t be cocky and think you can fly a plane on your own. The landing would be hard for me but must be done if you like to fly I plane. Thanks for sharing this information about Flight Simulators. 

  9. Excellent Tips here, landing is the hardest part so its best to practice it. Some people think that you need to have accessories like the ones from Thrustmaster to be good at MSGS, but that is just not true. You don’t need those accessories to be a good pilot, just follow the tutorials, and give your self some time to learn. While those accessories may help improve your experience, having them alone won’t make you a good pilot.

    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. Yes Accessories can help you fly better but most important is to follow tutorial lessons. Using one of the accessories can help you complete the lesson in less time.

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