Microsoft Flight Simulator Tips

Microsoft Flight Simulator Tips:

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Microsoft Flight Simulator was first released in August 2020 on PC, and it has recently been brought back into mainstream attention thanks to its Xbox Series X|S release and day one Game Pass launch. The game has been extremely well-received by critics, exemplified by its current matching 91 Metascore on Xbox Series X and PC. Remember, take your time learning to fly. Flying is not a skill that you learn in a day, but you will get better. You may not be able to fly a real plane with these skills, but this is the closest you can get. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Microsoft Flight Simulator comes with a variety of aircraft, starting from smaller aircraft to larger aircraft. For beginners, it’s preferable to access flight lessons. You can access the class as much as you like until you complete it successfully, but you should carefully follow the instructor’s instructions. Each task can last from a couple of minutes to thirty minutes, but it may be completed in less time if you follow the practice correctly.

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.

Flight instructor:

The instructor is Rod Machado, and he had lots of flying experience. He teaches the way to climb and descend, turning the aircraft, start-up, take-off, landing, recovering it from stalling, and handling the aircraft in an emergency. The airplane you’ll be using is Cessna 172. If you wish to learn to fly a larger plane, you need to access the mission lesson in the Flight Simulator program.

Once you complete the lessons, you can try to fly and explore the virtual world. Larger aircraft are complex to manage than a smaller one because it is more advanced than smaller ones, but by following correct practice, you will get used to it eventually.

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:

honeycomb yoke

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.

Pick 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.

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.

Stick to 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 Your Landings:

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.

Cessna aircraft tips:


If you’re flying Cessna 172, you may get a message that your heading indicator is incorrectly adjusted. To correct the heading, press the D key to restore the heading indicators. You will also get a tip on restarting the engine if you shut it down. To start the aircraft engine, press the CTRL+E key or click on the switch button. In smaller aircraft, the switches are located within the front panel. On larger aircraft, it’s located on the overhead panel.

While controlling this aircraft, push the throttle knob slightly but not to the end because it will accelerate very fast. If you feel you are moving very fast, pull the throttle slightly and use the brake. Use the rudder to turn slightly, and for the entire turn, it’s preferable to use the yoke.

When preparing for taking off, set the flap to 10 degrees. Align the aircraft to the centre of the runway to stop it from veering off. After take-off, retract the flap to its original position. While in the air(airborne), the aircraft will do its best to take care of (maintain) altitude.

Try to avoid abrupt turns or sudden climb and descent. When descending, put the flap to twenty degrees and reduce airspeed until you land on the runway. Just make sure you align the aircraft to the centre of the runway. To prevent the aircraft from a stall, don’t pull it up more than certain degrees and increase the throttle. You need to concentrate on the instrument panels and watch out for altimeter, airspeed, and other controls. To see a video of how aircraft turns click here and scroll to the near bottom of the page.


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.

5 thoughts on “Microsoft Flight Simulator Tips

  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.

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