Zach Simpson Articles


  • VIDEO
  • MiGMan’s World Tour - Lucerne Switzerland | Frankenstein and the Valkyries mission
  • content_pasteI've been exploring many cool areas in Africa and Europe with the help of a new series of flight plans for Microsoft Flight Simulator: MiGMan's World Tour. They include a large number of locations with illustrated guides to help you decide where to fly next. The flights are fairly short (depending on the aircraft you choose) with an emphasis on the scenic and the unusual in the huge, detailed world of MSFS.

    This video is a series of screen captures from two flights around Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, from MIGMAN'S FLIGHT SIM MUSEUM - EUROPE VISUAL VOL.4. I first flew the plan in the "wrong" order with 'Live Weather' at fairly high altitude - lots of snow and frozen lakes. Then I flew it again in the published way point order, at low level, with 'cloudy horizon' weather in late fall. I was using Bijan's Four Seasons addon as well as addons for powerlines and lifts (ski lifts and cable cars are everywhere in Switzerland). You can see those (and avoid them) flying down low.

    Switzerland is beautiful and these flights show that well. But there are hundreds of less famously beautiful places all around Europe and Africa, and this series has surprised me many times with unexpected wonders.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMiGMan’s World Tour
  • Switzerland  Switzerland
  • location_cityBuochs
  • flight_takeoffBuochs LSZC
  • local_airportSonex Aircraft SubSonex
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagReview
  • import_contacts 2022  edit 2022-01-26
  • Sydney to Copenhagen, 2001
  • content_pasteI went to Europe in July 2001 in quest of the perfect cup of coffee.From the cockpit of a 767 at 39,000 feet to subterranean German Bunkers. I saw many a strange and wonderful thing along the way. But did I ever find that holy grail?
  • Denmark  Denmark
  • location_cityKastrup
  • flight_takeoffKastrup EKCH
  • local_airportBoeing 737
  • personMiGMan
  • tagPop Culture
  • import_contacts 2001  
  • Sun Worship
  • content_pasteSome of the pagan traditions are still alive in the Kingdom albeit in a modified form! I refer tongue-in-cheek of course to the cult of Sun Worship.
  • Denmark  Denmark
  • location_cityAarhus
  • personMiGMan
  • import_contacts 2001  
  • Clausholm Slot
  • content_pasteClausholm was the first Castle I saw. We arrived on a rainy afternoon and set out in our plastic raincoats to explore the Baroque Gardens and buildings.
  • Denmark  Denmark
  • personMiGMan
  • tagArchitecture
  • import_contacts 2001  
  • Kirkegaarde
  • content_pasteThe sign said "Kirkegaarde" and something else, which I took to mean "Kirkegaarde is buried here
  • Denmark  Denmark
  • personMiGMan
  • tagArchitecture
  • import_contacts 2001  edit 2022-08-05
  • Rud in rural Denmark.
  • content_pasteRud is located in the region of South Denmark. South Denmark's capital Vejle (Vejle) is approximately 38 km / 24 mi away from Rud (as the crow flies).
  • Denmark  Denmark
  • location_cityAarhus
  • personMiGMan
  • import_contacts 2001  edit 2022-08-05
  • Read my submission to ADFRAS, uncensored   (download)
  • content_pastePeter Inglis’ submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Australian Defence Force Regional Air Superiority, 2006
  • Australia  Australia
  • military_techRAAF
  • personMiGMan
  • import_contacts 2006  edit 2022-08-05
  • My favourite sims
  • content_pasteMy absolute 'first sim' was Intercepteur Cobalt for ZX Spectrum. I had a 16Kb Speccy by then, so I was only allowed to load the 'Pilot's Test' and the 'Take Off' module. IC just had instrumental flight, and for a good reason: it was written entirely in BASIC, with no graphics.
  • personFrancisco Campos
  • tagFirst Flight Sim
  • import_contacts 2001  edit 2021-05-31
  • Orphalese Tarot cards
  • content_pasteThis is the only Flight-Sim poker card deck in the world AFAIK. It is created for Orphalese Tarot, a Windows software created by my old friend Richard Jefferies. I use to design virtual decks for him, and I didn't wanted to miss the chance for this one.
  • personFrancisco Campos
  • Hand painted Blood Chit
  • content_pasteThe concept of the blood chit originated in China during the early days of World War II. It was created by members of General Chennault's American Volunteer Group: the Flying Tigers. The famed pilots wore Chinese and American flags, and a message in Chinese characters.
  • personFrancisco Campos
  • import_contacts 2001  
  • Computer Pilot magazine
  • content_pasteVolume 13 was available as a digital download. At 600 pages, it was on special in November 2009 at USD $4.99. To my mind this is an excellent example of a publisher who understands the dynamics of e-publishing. PC Aviator is taking advantage of the economies of e-publishing to deliver great value to the customer with this product.
  • Australia  Australia
  • precision_manufacturingPC Aviator
  • personRobert Ferraro
  • tagPress
  • Flying the P-51
  • content_pasteThe P-51D, which I flew, was a very straightforward airplane in every way. By that I mean it wasn't difficult to fly or hard to handle, as long as you remembered a few basic things. First and foremost, you never forgot for a minute that it could bite hard if you got careless.
  • local_airportNorth American P-51 Mustang
  • personDudley Henriques
  • Clearing the nest with ICY BOX
  • content_pasteAs part of the grand overhaul of the MiGBase in late 2020, I replaced a mess of external hard drives and their associated power supplies and USB cables with a nice little ICY BOX!
  • personMiGMan
  • tagI.T.Hardware
  • import_contacts 2020  edit 2020-10-01
  • Optimising & tweaking Prepar3D v.5 graphics performance
  • content_pasteI enjoy flying the F-16 fast and at treetop level... who wouldn't! But at all levels I was getting stuttering and slowdowns. The stuttering being much more immersion breaking that any slowdown. Anyway, cutting to the chase after hours and hours and hours over many nights, I worked out the single most important graphic setting (for my rig). And it's one I would NEVER have guessed.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraPrepar3D
  • local_airportGeneral Dynamics F-16 Falcon
  • personMiGMan
  • import_contacts 2020  edit 2020-10-13
  • Dan Crenshaw
  • content_pasteDan Crenshaw made this generous donation of classic flight sims to the Flight Sim Museum collection.
  • personDan Crenshaw
  • Virtual Top Gun
  • content_pasteThis CD-ROM book is an excellent introduction to computer air combat. He pretty much goes through ALL the basics of flying the aircraft to combat and uses a variety of visual tools from creative diagrams and photos to the ACM Visualisation Tool.
  • personJack Morrison

  • VIDEO
  • content_paste00:00 - Falcon BMS in an F-16
    00:44 Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters in an F/A-18
    01:22 Aerofly FS2 in an F-15E
  • personMiGMan
  • tagCockpitCockpit: Homebuilt
  • import_contacts 2020  
  • Editor of Computer Pilot from 2001
  • content_pasteDean took over the Editor's role in March 2001 (since Volume 5 issue 5) and has steadily improved the magazine's content and style. He was a regular contributor to Computer Pilot for many years before his new appointment and still contributes articles to this day. He has effected the transition of the magazine from bi-monthly to monthly issues. With an energetic style and eye for detail, Dean has transformed the magazine into the most dynamic and professionally presented flight simulation magazine on the planet!
  • Australia  Australia
  • precision_manufacturingComputer Pilot
  • personDean Bielanowski
  • import_contacts 2001  
  • Missions based on my favourite books
  • content_pasteI have always enjoyed reading military novels and techno-thrillers, especially those in which air combat figures heavily. I also enjoy building and flying missions for combat flight sims. A few years back I decided to combine these interests and build some missions based on scenes from a few of my favorite military action novels.
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagMission
  • Orbiter: First impressions
  • content_pasteOrbiter is a amazing free 3D Space Simulator written by Dr. Martin Schweiger, Ph.D. Orbiter contains accurate math and orbital physics, and has an extensive community support base.
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagSpaceReview
  • import_contacts 2005  
  • Apollo 14 missions
  • content_pasteThe addon people for this thing are maniacs, and the Forum is the one of the most multinational I have ever seen.
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagSpaceMod
  • import_contacts 2005  
  • International Space Station
  • content_pasteSo I spent a good 90 minutes orbiting the earth for the views in the ISS (usually at 10-100x time warp) while listening to some classical theme music. So far I've been pretty literal - Strauss's Blue Danube - Holst's Planets - Mozart's Jupiter Symphony -- all seem suitable for space. I also have the Ravel Daphne and Chloe (suite), very nice moon mood music.
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagSpace
  • import_contacts 2005  
  • content_pasteAir Power scans in 2006.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraAir Power
  • personHenk Koelewijn
  • import_contacts 2006  
  • content_paste

    Michael Kosaka

    As a designer of F-117, Michael adds Stealth Pilot to his long list of favorite roles. In his seven years here at Electronic Arts (EA), he has graced us with his abilities as Skateboard Maintenance Officer (Skate or Die), Football Coach (John Madden Football), Sensei of the EA martial arts dojo (Budokan) and Senior Lawnboy (PGA TOUR Golf). In his spare time, Michael likes to eat chili verde burritos at 2 a.m., and skateboard down the shag halls here at EA. There he goes now!

  • airline_seat_recline_extraF-117 Nightstorm
  • personMichael Kosaka
  • tagProgrammer
  • content_pasteChris is an interesting programmer who began his keyboard tickling at the tender age of 23. His obvious talent led him to be snapped up by Mediagenic, where he saw the light and game to EA. When he isn't pulling 14-hour days behind the EA curtain, he participates in historical fun with the Society for Creative Anachronism, plays with his unusual collection of pirate ships, and plays four different recorders and the hammer dulcimer.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraF-117 Nightstorm
  • personChris Ebert
  • tagProgrammer
  • content_pasteChuck has been programming since age 17, and hasn't been able to stop. He joined EA after a 7-year stint with Epyx, breaking his vow never to work for the "Evil Empire" (EA). I guess if you add enough zeros onto the end of any check, even vows change. Chuck likes to scuba dive (they don't call him "Shark Bait" just cause he's pretty), create electronic sculptures, and skateboard in his spare time.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraF-117 Nightstorm
  • personChuck Sommerville
  • tagProgrammer
  • content_pasteBrain has been interested in computers since he was a kid. He started programming on the old Vic 20 at home as a hobby, then he graduated to the Commodore 64, and later to the Amiga. He finally started getting paid for his work when he got hired at Distinctive Software, Inc. in Burnaby, British Columbia. Working at DSI, Brain became the living, beating proof that you don't have to hate going to work. DSI later became Electronic Arts Canada, and the rest is history.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraF-117 Nightstorm
  • personBrian Krause
  • tagProgrammer
  • content_pasteThis website IS dedicated to the detailed description of the Microsoft Flight Simulator history. This in fact means, that it includes subLOGIC Flight Simulator and few relate add-ons as well. In my opinion, it is necessary to save the information for history. My website started in 2005 and I hope that it will be the most accurate and valuable source of information for you. - Josef Havlík.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraFlight Simulator Series
  • precision_manufacturingMicrosoft | SuBLogic
  • personJosef Havlik
  • tagFlight Simulator SeriesHistoryLink
  • compare_arrowsFreePIE Wiki  (external link)
  • FreePIE Wiki
  • content_pasteEmulate TrackIR
  • airline_seat_recline_extraFreePIE
  • personMiGMan
  • edit 2021-05-31

  • VIDEO PLAYLIST
  • The Jetfighter series by Bob Dinnerman and Mission Studios.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraJetfighter II
  • personDamsonn
  • content_paste" In 1996, I was in a group of six Funcom employees that left the company to start our own business. Initially we were starting a norwegian branch of DMA Designs, but financial issues at DMA left us starting an independent company instead. (Ironically, DMA Designs released Grand Theft Auto a couple of years later - no more financial issues for them!) We named the company Innerloop, and since our programmers had come up with a nice 3D fractal landscape engine, we decided to do a flight simulator.

    A year or so later we released Joint Strike Fighter, a pretty successful action flight simulator. We wanted to make a game that combined the accessibility of classic simulators like A-10 Cuba (PC) and Interceptor (Amiga) and the depth of contemporary simulators. I was the lead artist on the project, and did most of the in-game graphics as well as some presentation art. Here are some of the artwork I made for the game, both in-game artwork and promotional material. The artwork is a blend of 3D render and digitally painted images. "
  • airline_seat_recline_extraJoint Strike Fighter
  • local_airportLockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
  • personRune Spaans
  • tagGalleryLink

  • VIDEO
  • MSFS 2020: How to improve the control sensitivity
  • content_pasteI still felt that some of my landing problems are controls related so I went looking. This guy is long winded but the gist is to find flight_model.cfg (I think) for your aircraft. Save a backup copy then edit elevator_effectiveness from 1 to maybe 0.1 and similar for pitch and rudder. Fast forward to find this part of vid. Then set the sensitivity to 0.0 so all are back to linear with no dead zone (for me). With my stick, this makes it feel and act much more realistic to me in the XCUB and C152.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMicrosoft Flight Simulator 2020
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagConfiguration
  • edit 2020-10-29
  • content_pasteWhat I said 18 years ago about Flight Sim 2002 seems totally applicable to this new sim:
    Previously to get anywhere near this level of detail for a particular locale you would have to purchase a 3rd party scenery pack and then suffer abominable frame rates.

    With the ability to automatically generate buildings, trees, static and flying aircraft and the associated radio traffic this package must have sent shock waves through companies whose business was based on enhancing the Microsoft sims. Still, the open architecture is there and the Pro version even includes an object / aircraft construction kit.

    I'd imagine some business plans are hastily being rewritten and in the end we are all better off.

    The sim has the ability to support computers and graphic cards that aren't even built yet - but they will be!

    Yet it still runs on an average PC and looks good. Who could have imagined 10 years ago that this level of detail and complexity could be modelled on a PC? Only in my dreams!

    MiGMan, 2002

  • airline_seat_recline_extraMicrosoft Flight Simulator 2020
  • personMiGMan
  • tagReviewEditorial
  • edit 2020-09-01
  • F-51 Mustang
  • content_pasteThe P-51 Mustang was apparently known as the F-51 in the Korean War. What was one of the most formidable and effective air superiority machines in WW2 was, only 5 years later relegated mainly to a ground attack role. The jet age had begun.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMiG Alley
  • South Korea  South Korea
  • local_airportNorth American P-51 Mustang
  • personMiGMan
  • import_contacts 1999  edit 2022-07-27
  • F-80 Shooting Star
  • content_paste"The F-80 Shooting Star was flying in Italy in January 1945 but didn't see combat.
    On the 8th of November 1950 a Shooting Star shot down a MiG-15 in what is thought to be the first jet to jet air combat encounter. The first 4 months of the Korean war saw the F-80 bearing the brunt of the combat with over 15,000 sorties being flown."
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMiG Alley
  • South Korea  South Korea
  • local_airportLockheed F-80 Shooting Star
  • personMiGMan
  • import_contacts 1999  edit 2022-07-27
  • F-84 Thunderchief
  • content_paste"The F84 ThunderJet often ran out of runway in the hot Korean weather and was known as the ""Groundhog"" because of this reluctance to become airborne. I noticed fairly quickly in MiG Alley that on take-off it is important to keep the flaps down until the speed has built up and to keep the climb out fairly shallow. Other fliers have reported that a ""flaps up"" setting is best for takeoff, with a very shallow climb out... barely clearing the treetops at about 2 degrees climb angle."
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMiG Alley
  • South Korea  South Korea
  • local_airportRepublic F-84 Thunderjet
  • personMiGMan
  • import_contacts 1999  edit 2022-07-27
  • Campaign
  • content_pasteYour have five fighter squadrons and two bomber squadrons under your command.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMiG Alley
  • South Korea  South Korea
  • personMiGMan
  • tagCampaign
  • import_contacts 1999  edit 2022-07-27
  • Formation Flight
  • content_pasteThe aircraft in MiG Alley use the classic "Finger Four" formation. This was known to Commonwealth pilots (Canadian and Australian) as "High Battle Formation". According to Christie Harris, who flew for the RCAF in the 1950's, "You started as a wingman, with three practically foolproof opportunities for disaster.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMiG Alley
  • South Korea  South Korea
  • personMiGMan
  • tagFormation Flight
  • import_contacts 1999  edit 2022-07-27

  • VIDEO
  • North American OV-10 Bronco FAC
  • content_pasteMark Schimmer documented his flight in this classic warbird.
    "Well, last week I had the chance to fly 1.5 hours and two landings. It was quite an experience. We went through all the aerobatic exercises (I told him: go as you like. And boy, he did!).
    First time I felt what it is to black out due to high g's. I also had the privilege to fly the "normal" route by myself, with him only telling me the heading and altitude, and instructing me otherwise. "
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOperation Flash Point: Resistance
  • Finland  Finland
  • local_airportNorth American OV-10
  • precision_manufacturingBohemia Interactive | Codemasters
  • personDan Hanke
  • tagIRL: In real lifeAerobaticsTraining
  • import_contacts 2002  
  • compare_arrows  (external link)
  • content_paste"Other screen caps by me, FlyingSinger, with standard Orbiter 2005 installation, plus high-resolution ""level 9"" earth textures, well worth installing (free of course, all Orbiter stuff is, amazingly, free).
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagGallerySpace
  • compare_arrowsTrevor Johns Training Tutorial Guides  (external link)
  • Trevor Johns Training Tutorial Guides
  • content_paste(dates on page look old but tutorials work with 2005 version, worth installing from two zip files, probably the best intro to the basics, conversational style, starts on Mars, less gravity and atmosphere to deal with than earth - print it out and go find Phobos!)
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • compare_arrowsOrbiter Mars  (external link)
  • Orbiter Mars
  • content_pasteDuncan Sharpe, author of TransX MFD for interplanetary flight planning, good stuff
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • Mars: Just Imagine Book Space  (download)
  • content_pasteA colorful picture book about humans going to Mars, how they might realistically go about this, and where this might lead in the future. The missions were simulated with specially developed add-ons in the freeware Orbiter space flight simulator, and most of the graphics are screen captures from Orbiter, though some are real photos from NASA. Intended for ages 10 to adult, the book includes an appendix with details for each page, including information on the add-ons used in Orbiter to create the images.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagBookSpaceDownloads
  • import_contacts 2007  edit 2021-06-02
  • In orbit over the USA and Australia.
  • content_pasteI think Orbiter should really be flown in a dark room up close to a big monitor. It's like looking out the window of the Shuttle, with Bach, Strauss, and Ravel cycling in the background.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • SpaceReview
  • Apollo 14
  • content_paste"Here are some Apollo 14 pics from a tutorial on recreating Apollo missions. The craft is a few years old now but still cool (the look is still much the same - I downloaded a lot of the Apollo stuff but have not tried any yet, as I'm still trying to achieve the orbit I want and maneuver with thrusters).

    The addon people for this thing are maniacs, and the Forum is the one of the most multinational I have ever seen -- 12 year old kids in India to retired USAF guys in Colorado to all sorts of people around Europe, some Australia, etc.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • Space
  • content_paste"Orbiter (available from www.orbitersim.com) is a freeware space flight simulator for the PC that is fun, powerful, realistic, expandable, and educational. The download page directs you to several "mirror" sites that actually host the program zip files. "
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • SpaceLink
  • Apollo 14
  • content_pasteApollo screen caps from Apollo Lunar Mission Tutorial by John Dunn.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • SpaceLink

  • VIDEO PLAYLIST
  • airline_seat_recline_extraTFX
  • personDamsonn

  • VIDEO PLAYLIST
  • airline_seat_recline_extraUSAF
  • personDamsonn
  • compare_arrowsFree radio sound effects  (external link)
  • Free radio sound effects
  • content_pasteI use them in Voice Attack to mimic the sounds of radio comms, with a bit of static and crackle!
  • airline_seat_recline_extraVoice Attack
  • precision_manufacturing | Voice Attack
  • personMiGMan

  • VIDEO PLAYLIST
  • Running older Windows sims on Windows 10 64 bit
  • airline_seat_recline_extraWindows 10
  • personDamsonn

  • VIDEO PLAYLIST
  • X-Plane | The series
  • content_pasteCivil flight sim famous for the accuracy of it's aerodynamic modelling.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraX-Plane | X-Plane 08
  • personAustin Meyer
  • import_contacts 2021  edit 2021-03-11
  • compare_arrowsBushtalk Radio Landmarks: 5800+ POIs for MSFS and LittleNavMap  (external link)
  • Bushtalk Radio Landmarks: 5800+ POIs for MSFS and LittleNavMap
  • content_paste" It is so cool to combine my love of geography, of learning new things, AND flying into one cool enhancement. I've added 43 POI's so far and learned about places I now hope to visit IRL once that becomes a thing again. One source of POI and flight ideas for me is the Bing wallpaper app on Windows 10. It puts up a photo of some place in the world, and if looks like it would be cool from the air, I fly there and make a POI. I've also revisited the s universities I've attended and places I visited as a child. Very nostalgic and amazing that MSFS is detailed enough to support this sort of thing. Now that I no longer fly as a pilot OR passenger (someday...), this is a great way to explore this amazing world." - Flying Singer
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagNavigation
  • import_contacts 2021  edit 2021-05-01

  • VIDEO
  • Douglas DC-3 flight over Sydney, Australia, 2006
  • content_pasteOn an unusually grey Sydney afternoon in October 2006 MiGMan was a guest of Microsoft at the launch of their new flagship product - Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
    The creme-de-la-creme of Australia's gaming journalists gathered at Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney, and embarked on a champagne flight over Sydney Harbour in a C-47, the military transport version of the Douglas DC-3.
  • Australia  Australia
  • location_citySydney
  • flight_takeoffKingsford Smith YSSY
  • local_airportDouglas DC-3
  • precision_manufacturingMicrosoft
  • personMiGMan
  • tagIRL: In real lifeMiGMan’s Combat Diary
  • import_contacts 2006  
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