One of the first simulators was created soon after the First World War. Its aim was to train pilots to fire a machine gun in a replica moving cockpit. This new type of training was clearly far cheaper than the real thing and the potential risks to the trainees was removed.
Obviously things have moved on incredibly since then, and today flight simulation is extremely popular. It is a fact, also, that flight simulation has gained in popularity since the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre. There is nothing wrong or sinister in that, but it just illustrates the huge impact, worldwide, of that event.
Modern flight simulation offers the user the option to customise their aircraft. For example combat flight simulators give the pilot the freedom to select his own aircraft and preferred weaponry. Whether you want to fly a World War II glider, such as those that landed by Pegasus Bridge in Normandy, or pilot a MIG or F17, the choice is yours.
If you're just interested in flying one type of aircraft, be it fighter planes, passenger jumbos or helicopters, there are many software packages available. But if you want to pilot a variety of aircraft in numerous situations then there is one piece of software that is well worth a look.
Flight Pro Sim is one of the most advanced flight simulator games for PC. There are over 80 different aircraft to fly, including 747s, F16s, various military jets, light singles and Concorde, (what an experience that must have been). You can also turn back the clock and sit at the controls of the 1903 Wright Flyer and some strange 'ornithopters'.
You also have the option of deciding where to fly to. There are over 20,000 'actual' airports to choose from and the scenery surrounding the airports is wonderfully accurate.
Other feature include changeable weather conditions and an attention to time zones. This means that if you fancy flying into Beijing, the actual time of day will be the same time on the simulator. So you can choose whether to have a daytime flight or a night flight.
Flight simulators can be a very exciting experience. Of course, occasionally it goes wrong. After all that's why we're not all airline pilots. But to get a sense of being in control of a plane or helicopter is an immensely satisfying experience.
If you would like to find out more about Flight Sim Pro I have included a link below.
I hope you have many satisfying hours in the sky. If, like me, you're resigned to the fact that you'll never actually take the controls of a real aircraft then I can assure you that getting a flight simulator game for your PC is the next best thing.
Flight Sim Pro Info