Here are a few ideas that might help you get more enjoyment out of Flight
Simulator for Windows 95. You can find more information in Pilot's Help, the
new multimedia help system included with Flight Simulator for Windows 95. It
includes videos, animation, and text that explains everything from
aerodynamics to Zulu time, and it's packed with information about how to use
all the features in Flight Simulator.
You don't have to stare over the instrument panel as you're flying. It's easy
to switch views to look out over your left and right wing tips--or even check
the tail. If you're flying with a joystick that has a "hat" switch, move the
switch left, right, and to the rear to change your view. You can also use the
keyboard to change views. Hold down the SHIFT key and press one of the numbers
on the numeric keypad. You'll find a complete list of the keyboard shortcuts
for switching view in the online Pilot's Help in Flight Simulator. Look for
the topic "Key Combinations for Views" in the "Using Flight Simulator"
An Out-of-Body Experience!
Want to see what your flying skill looks like to the rest of the world? Try
spot plane view. You're still in command of your Flight Simulator airplane,
but you've got a bird's eye view. To switch to spot plane view, click Spot
Plane View on the Views menu (or press the S key twice). To change the
position from which you see your airplane, move the "hat" switch on your
joystick, or hold down SHIFT and press one of the number keys on the numeric
keypad. For more information about views, see the topics under "Changing Views
and Windows" in the "Using Flight Simulator" section of Pilot's Help.
To savor a special moment in the air, take a picture of the view out your
window¬or capture your smoothest landing on video. To take a snapshot, set up
the view you want and press the PRINTSCRN key. The image is saved in the
Windows Clipboard, ready for you to paste into Paintbrush (TM) or another
graphics program. To film your best moments in the air, click Flight Video on
the Options menu. For more information about videos, see the topic "Recording
a Flight Video" in the "Using Flight Simulator" section of Pilot's Help.
If some of the instruments and controls leave you baffled, you can get help
fast. Point to the item you're curious about and click the right mouse button.
You'll see a brief explanation of the instrument or control, plus links to
detailed information in Pilot's Help.
To fine-tune your flying technique, check out the Airplane Handbooks section
of Pilot's Help. This section includes historical information, specifications,
checklists¬even tips on how to make smooth takeoffs and landings¬for each
A new online Airport/Facilities Directory lists the vital statistics for every
airport and navigation aid in the Flight Simulator database. To use the A/FD,
click Airport/Facilities Directory on the Help menu, then click the location
on the map that you're interested in.
Take A Break
If you get a bit overwhelmed while you're flying¬or if you just need a quick
break to grab a sandwich, you can pause the action at any time. Press the P
key to stop Flight Simulator. When you're ready to take the controls again,
press P again.