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TopSkills - Instrument Flying For Flight-Sim Pilots
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Instructions supplied with flight-simulation programs skim the surface of what a flight-sim pilot needs to know.

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Instrument Flying for Flight-Sim Pilots explains how you can find your way around without seeing anything out your windows! Start by recognizing what instrument flying is and isn't. Learn about instrument flight requirements and restrictions. Learn how to use your aviation instruments. See how to use instrument flight charts and plans. Plan your flights as required. Fly en route and in holding patterns totally on your instruments. Approach for landing without seeing anything on the ground.

Learn About Correct Instrument Flying
Make your instrument flights as realistic as possible by using the same methods used by real airline, military and instrument-certified general-aviation pilots. Your Instrument Flying for Flight-Simulation Pilots explains it all in one compact book.

Knowing What Instrument Flight Is and Is Not
Instrument Flying for Flight-Simulation Pilots clarifies the exact nature of instrument flight and clears up misunderstandings about this subject. Most people call it "IFR," which stands for "Instrument Flight Rules." But instrument flight extends beyond the prescribed rules into procedures, practices, techniques, charts and navigation. You will learn exactly what constitutes instrument flight and what does not. From this, you will be able to determine whether you need to fly on instruments or abide by instrument flight rules. It's clearly laid out for you.

Adhering to Requirements and Restrictions
You will learn the requirements and restrictions that pilots must follow when flying on instruments so you will understand them fully. These requirements apply to visibility, airspaces and aircraft. Additionally, certain restrictions tell pilots what they cannot and must not do when they fly IFR. Instrument Flying for Flight-Simulation Pilots also provides you an easy-to-use checklist for determining when to fly on instruments.

Using Aviation Instruments
Instrument Flying for Flight-Simulation Pilots explains the use of relevant cockpit instruments so you can build your instrument-flying proficiency. After all, you will have no other source of information telling you your position, heading, altitude and other crucial information when you are flying in clouds, fog and other visibility-restricting conditions. Instrument Flying for Flight-Simulation Pilots shows you the professional method for scanning your instruments for maximum effectiveness.

Using Charts and Flight Plans
Learn the major types of instrument flight charts -- departure, en route and approach -- so you can lay out your instrument flights as real pilots do. Understand the types and major features of flight plans that instrument pilots use so you can plan and control your instrument flights professionally. Without these crucial documents for every instrument flight, you'll fly around aimlessly -- having no way to know how to get where you need to go. It's all explained and depicted in your Instrument Flying for Flight-Sim Pilots.

Planning, Taking Off and Departing
Plan your routes, check your aircraft, use take-off minimums, climb out on instruments and depart the airport's airspace -- the way real instrument-rated pilots do. Learn how to trust your instruments, because you will have no visual information sources. It's all clearly explained.

Flying Enroute and Holding
After leaving the airport's airspace, you will fly en route to your destination without seeing much of anything out your windows. From Instrument Flying for Flight-Sim Pilots, you will learn how to select and fly at optimum altitudes, use the best airspeeds for climbing, follow air traffic routes, perform instrument flight maneuvers and intercept navaid radials and bearings -- exactly as instrument-rated pilots do. Moreover, you will learn how to enter and fly in established holding patterns. It's all clearly explained in your Instrument Flying for Flight-Sim Pilots.

Approaching for Landings
When you arrive at your destination airport, you will align your aircraft for landing without seeing any ground references at all. Instrument Flying for Flight-Simulation Pilots explains how to follow the prescribed instrument approach procedures for any airport that provides them. You will learn about initial approach fixes, procedure turns, decision heights, missed approach points, missed approach procedures and much more. You will also learn about the many types of instrument approaches, including NDB, VOR, GPS and Circling.

Find Needed Information Quickly and Easily
Instrument Flying for Flight-Sim Pilots is organised and laid out for your easiest use. Information is divided into relevant chapters, and chapters are organised into easy-to-follow sections. Headings and captions help you find information quickly. It's fully indexed for quick reference.

Clearly Written and Easy to Use
Instrument Flying for Flight-Sim Pilots is written by expert flight simmers and professional aviators, then published by an experienced training enterprise to help you learn by reading and doing. Policies, procedures and practices used by professional real-world pilots are explained in straight-forward, easy-to-follow English. Visual aids help you grasp the principles, and easy-to-follow exercises help you apply the concepts and methods for experience and learning.

For All Flight Simmers
The flight principles, procedures and practices explained in Instrument Flying for Flight-Sim Pilots apply to all aircraft -- general aviation, commercial or military -- as well as all flight-sim games. It's comparable to flight training manuals that apply to all aircraft, including the popular and special ones. We can't write one book that explains every specific aircraft, and we can't write a separate book for each airplane, either. So we explain the most common general-aviation aircraft in this book, and readers can easily adapt our explanations to the specific aircraft they're flying.

For Anywhere
Whether you are in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australia, Europe or the Pacific Rim, Instrument Flying for Flight-Sim Pilotsis for you. It is based on real aviation rules, principles, procedures and practices that general-aviation pilots use around the world.

For Home Flight Simulation Exclusively
Instrument Flying for Flight-Sim Pilots is written exclusively for flight-simulation pilots. It's based on real aviation textbooks and manuals -- with the relevant material emphasized and the irrelevant material omitted. You will not need to flip through pages and pages of technical aviation texts, because that work has been done for you. You won't have to skip over irrelevant materials, because they have been omitted for you.

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