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Would I be able to save the people on board?
Pilot Career - Flight Simulator
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 14:31

Airport 1975 - Mid-Air Collision

Hi Capt Lim,

Apologies if you have answered this question.

I fly X plane simulator and I have always wondered how real to live flying are they? Lets say there was an emergency, would the skills I have from x plane be transferrable to a real plane? Would I be able to save the people on board? alt

Thanks for your time

Chris


Airport 1975

Hi Chris,

I have answered this question many times before.

I am not sure what kind of simulators you are referring to. But I believe it is the Microsoft Flight Simulators which many pilot wannabes play on their computers. In my opinion, they are good procedural trainers only but do not replicate the actual plane very well without the autopilot.

However, the Full Flight Simulator as used by professional pilots gets more realistic in terms of feel and control. Still, they are never like the real thing.

There are currently four levels of the Full Flight Simulator, levels A – D. Level D being the highest standard and being used for real time training for pilots.

Assuming that you a very good on the Microsoft Flight Simulator – would you be able to take over another commercial airliner during an emergency and save all the people on board?

In my opinion, the chances are very slim if the autopilot is disconnected on the stricken plane. But there is still hope if the autopilot is still on for you could be talked into executing an auto-landing (if the airport is equipped with an Instrument Landing System). Being a Microsoft Flight Simulator enthusiast, you are probably familiar with the switches for communication and some of the simple dials and controls. Therefore, you are able to follow instructions as compared to someone without any clue about aviation.

The 3 videos clips on “Airport 1975” are a scenario where a Boeing 747 was involved in a mid-air collision. Personally, the scene is for entertainment only and not very possible in real life.


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Would I abe able to save the people on board?
Thank you very much for your answer. It is very kind of you to get back to me. Its x plane 9 that I am using so a little different to Microsoft flight sim. However I am sure the answer would be the same.

Well at least its good to know it would be worth a try in an emergency

Again thank you for your time, and I really think you do a very good job.

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