Exhibit: Can I learn to fly in a flight sim?
" The second ORH-CON solo x/c was PLANNED to be my LONG solo cross country, ORH-CON-SFM-ORH (Sanford, Maine), but I ran into some trouble around Manchester, and this time it wasn't my fault!
When I contacted MHT for flight following, they gave me a transponder squawk code, and I read it back and dialed it in as normal. But when MHT called me back, they said was squawking 7777, one of the forbidden codes (used by military interceptors - the C152 doesn't qualify!). My XPDR was broken and transmitting the wrong code!
Before I had decided what to do about this, I noticed that the attitude indicator was showing a steep descending left turn while I was straight and level. My vacuum pump had failed, so the directional gyro was also bad (apparently 7777 is not my lucky number). I landed at Concord and called Amity. They told me to fly the airplane back to ORH, swinging west to avoid MHT's Class C airspace (no need for XPDR in that case). It was a clear VFR day and I flew home without further trouble (mainly using the magnetic compass and visual references). "
I noticed that the attitude indicator was showing a steep descending left turn while I was straight and level.
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