Using the Virtual Cockpit
Fixed cockpits in most sims are great for instrument flying but don't really enable you to simulate real visual flight conditions, where most of the time the pilot's head and attention is out of the cockpit.
Using the virtual cockpit with the HUD display available in most military flight sims gives a much better 'simulation' of the visual flying experience.
Examples of the Virtual Cockpit in action :
- Circuit and landing flown in the F-100D Super Sabre at RAF Woodbridge, UK. (this page) from Air Power: The Cold War (2000)
- CIRCUIT in a Lancaster from The Dam Busters
- There are many more examples in the Flight Sim Museum- use the searchlink.
Here is a takeoff - circuit and landing flown in the F-100D Super Sabre at RAF Woodbridge, UK.
- Zoom the view out to 0.5 zoom for a more realistic field of view and better sensation of speed.
Use the " - " key
- Zoom back to 1.0 zoom for a better view on final approach.
use the " + " key.
- Higher frame rate (the sim runs more smoothly)
- Better sense of speed
- More unobstructed view
Disadvantages are :
- Inability to read the gauges in most sims up until about 2002