Cockpit - Learn To Fly (#2)

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Always know your cockpit before you fly. In this part I describe cockpit layout and show how some planes differ from others.

Which plane to choose? - Learn To Fly (#1)

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Flight Simulator gives you a wide choice of aircraft. Which should you choose at the beginning? And why it's not a good idea to start with a 747.

Aircraft lights - when to use?

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Beacon, navigation, strobes, landing and taxi lights, and also runway turnoff, wing, logo and formation lights. How to use them? When to turn them on and off?

Briefing - where to find charts and procedures?

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Briefing 101 - locate the charts and procedure descriptions for your next flight. Guide to SID, STAR, approach and en route chart websites.

Magnetic Variation in FSX - problems and solutions

Why your GPS track is different than VOR radial you looked up on a chart? Magnetic variation in FSX is outdated - what problems it causes and how to fix it?

Magnetic Variation

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Magnetic variation (or declination) is a simple problem that can cause serious trouble when you try to find your way in the sky. How to deal with it?

Aircraft Speed Limits

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Are there speed limits in the sky? How fast can aircraft fly below 10,000ft and at high altitudes? Can a civilian plane fly supersonic?

Airspace classes

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ICAO Airspace classification standardizes the division of airspace worldwide and specifies air traffic services provided in each class.