* Next waypoint
distance in NM to the next waypoint in the flight plan. Helps you make
sure you are ready for the waypoint so you can cross it accurately.
* Destination runway
details of the flight plan destination runway. Runway ID, elevation,
length, surface type. This is useful in preparing your landing and
making sure the runway is suited to your aircraft's requirements.
* Flight plan remaining
remaining distance in NM based on flight plan. Note that if you miss a
waypoint in the flight plan, the distance reported will still include
that waypoint. Make sure you pass waypoints correctly.
* Runway heading
exact heading of the flight plan destination runway. This needs to be
set on the NAV1 OBS or your autopilot's course setting before your
* Flight time remaining
flight time based on flight plan and current ground speed. As this is
based on the current ground speed, this is of course a general estimate
of the remaining flight time and will be affected by changes in wind
direction and speed, climbs and descents, speed regulations, etc.
* Destination airport data
a browser containing detailed real-world information about your
destination airport with links to lots of useful resources from the
splendid SkyVector website for all airports and the excellent AirNav
website for U.S. airports.
* Descent rate to destination
flight plan destination airport ICAO code (e.g. Kilo Lima Alpha X-Ray)
and the descent rate in feet per minute in order to arrive at the runway
elevation based on the current ground speed. The pilot should not
necessarily begin a descent at that rate as he/she may be many hours
away from the destination.
If by contrast the airport is drawing
near, this command gives the pilot a good idea of what to do. This can
be very instructive as when flying around for fun in your flight
simulator it is quite easy to make the mistake of heading off toward an
airport with a landing in mind only to realize, when you get there, that
you are far too high to begin an approach.
* Waypoint bearing
the course needed to fly to the next waypoint in the flight plan. This
handy feature means that you can then set the autopilot heading bug to
that course as a reminder or indeed to direct the autopilot if heading
hold is also engaged.
You can also set the course using the NAV1
and NAV2 OBS knobs and fly to the waypoint using VOR navigation if it is
a VOR. Great practice!
* Waypoint time
time it will take to reach the next flight plan waypoint based on the
current ground speed and distance to the waypoint. As this is based on
the current ground speed, this is of course a general estimate of the
time and will be affected by changes in wind direction and speed, climbs
and descents, speed regulations, etc.
* Waypoint frequency
Reports radio frequency of next waypoint if it is a VOR.
This is a handy feature for practicing VOR navigation.
* Divert to Alternate
say this command and your instructor will know that you have changed
the FSFlyingSchool flight plan to fly to the last airport you requested
information on. This works with any airport the instructor has described
to you as a result of any of these commands:
"Airport * x o'clock?"
instructor will respond with its ICAO code, bearing, distance, runway
length. If you have not asked for information on an airport already you
will get the response "Negative."
* Next Runway
say this command and your instructor will know that you have changed the
FSFlyingSchool flight plan to land at the next (numerically listed)
runway at the airport in the flight plan. You can say this several times
if you wish in order to find the runway you want. The instructor will
respond with details on the newly chosen destination runway. If there is
no flight plan in FSFlyingSchool you will get the response "Negative."
Especially useful for changing to a better suited runway, especially if just directed to it by ATC.
* Gear extension speed
Reports maximum gear extension speed. You must not lower your gear when above this speed or it may be damaged.
* NAV1 information
Reports on the NAVAID to which NAV1 radio is currently tuned, including NAVAID ID, DME, ILS/LOC, runway.* Next flap speed
the next speed at which you can lower MORE flaps. If you are already at
full flaps, this will repeat the full flaps speed. This can help keep
you from lowering flaps when too fast and is especially useful when
flying an aircraft with a large number of flap settings. * Ground Speed
Reports ground speed. It is worth noting that this will often be quite different to your IAS.* Above ground level
Reports above ground level (altitude above ground rather than above MSL).* Visibility and wind
Reports current visibility, wind direction and strength.* Display data
Displays FSFlyingSchool data in X-Plane. (Ctrl Shift D)
the following: NAV1 OBS setting; Current Waypoint number and ID;
Current Flight Mode; Type of Aircraft Data in use by FSFlyingSchool (FSR
or FSU); Current Circuit Leg (if you are flying circuits)* Airport ???? o'clock? (Recognizes "one" through to "twelve" o'clock)
To be clear - the pilot will say "Airport one o'clock?" or "Airport twelve o'clock?" etc.
the nearest airport at that bearing. The instructor will identify the
airport, its distance, runway elevation, length, surface type.
If the instructor detects no airport at that bearing, he/she will say "negative".
This is an excellent, easy way to become familiar with your surroundings!
* Where's the airport?
instructor identifies the flight plan destination airport and its
bearing in the "clock" format, e.g. "2 o'clock", and the distance.
is very handy when, for example, you are trying to find a grass strip
with no lights even during the day, and equally when looking for a
larger busy airport which is far away or simply hard to see.
* Nearest airport
nearest airport with its ICAO code (e.g. Kilo Lima Alpha X-Ray),
bearing, distance, runway length. This works for airports within
approximately 35 nautical miles of the airplane.
If you are just
flying around for fun and want somewhere "to go" or if you need to get
down onto the ground in a hurry, this feature is a winner!
* Cruise altitude
requests that your instructor monitors your altitude while cruising and
if you fly more than 100 feet above or below this altitude, he/she will
let you know until you resume the altitude you chose to monitor.
at a constant altitude without the autopilot can be a real challenge,
especially in rough weather. Can you master this essential skill?
first time the pilot says this, the instructor will acknowledge by
saying "Maintain altitude" and will expect that the current altitude be
As you would expect, this command will only be
acknowledged when the pilot is in FSFlyingSchool's cruise mode section
of the flight.
Cruise altitude monitoring can be cancelled either
by leaving FSFlyingSchool's cruise mode (for example advancing to
landing mode) or by giving the command again, which ends monitoring
cruise altitude. In summary, the command toggles cruise altitude
monitoring on and off. When the command is used to toggle off, the
instructor will acknowledge by saying "Affirmative".
* Cruise airspeed
requests that your instructor monitors your airspeed while cruising and
if you fly more than 10 KIAS above or below this airspeed, he/she will
let you know until you resume the airspeed you chose to monitor.
at a constant airspeed without the autopilot and/or autothrottle can be
a real challenge, especially in rough weather. Can you master this
The first time the pilot says this, the
instructor will acknowledge by saying "Maintain indicated airspeed" and
will expect that the current airspeed be maintained.
As you would
expect, this command will only be acknowledged when the pilot is in
FSFlyingSchool's cruise mode section of the flight.
airspeed monitoring can be cancelled either by leaving FSFlyingSchool's
cruise mode (for example advancing to landing mode) or by giving the
command again, which ends monitoring cruise airspeed. In summary, the
command toggles cruise airspeed monitoring on and off. When the command
is used to toggle off, the instructor will acknowledge by saying
* Fuel consumed
Reports fuel consumed
since this flight in FSFlyingSchool started. A flight starts when you
press the 'connect' button in FSFlyingSchool or when you complete a
flight and start a new one. The instructor will report the fuel consumed
in gallons in smaller aircraft and in pounds in a heavy.
Fuel planning is essential and this feature will help you develop a realistic fuel conscious mindset.
* Gross weight
Reports gross weight in pounds. Know your limits!
* Specify Airport
this command to let your instructor know that you are about to request
information on an airport. Your instructor will confirm he/she is
waiting with the response "Airport..."
Say the 4 letter airport
ICAO code using the phonetic alphabet (e.g. Kilo Lima Alpha X-Ray). If
you have announced the code of a valid airport, your instructor will
confirm this by replying with its ICAO code, bearing, distance, runway
length. This works for airports anywhere in the world. ICAO codes must
contain only letters. An incorrect ICAO code gets the response
Very useful when used with the "Divert to Alternate"
command when you want to fly to a specific airport and don't want to
return to the FSFlyingSchool flight plan screen. And also for just
getting general information! Now you can TELL your instructor where you
want to go!
Flight Mode Control
* Next flight mode
Advances to next FSFlyingSchool flight mode (Ctrl Shift Z).* Previous flight mode
Backs up to previous FSFlyingSchool flight mode (Ctrl Shift X).* Ready for take off
Advances from taxi to take off mode.* We are cruising
Moves from take off or from landing to cruise mode.* Prepare for landing
Advances from cruise to landing mode.* Taxiing Out
Moves from take off to taxi mode.* Executing go around
Moves from landing to cruise mode. Other Commands
* Be quiet please
the instructor with your request to stop talking. This can be very
useful if the instructor is telling you something that you are already
familiar with and don't need help with.
Note that in the case of
very long phrases from your instructors, you may nevertheless have to
wait a few moments for them to finish.* Can you hear me
instructor will reply to confirm that you can be heard. If you cannot,
you will need to check your configuration. Remember also that you may
have turned off the FSFS Mic Key * 5* Let me fly by myself
will monitor flight but will say nothing. All your voice commands will
be processed, but your instructor will keep quiet. This is an excellent
idea if you want to see how well you can fly without any verbal help.* I want your help
Tells instructor that you want to hear his/her help. The instructor will reply to confirm that your command was understood.* Next checklist
Instructor will read the next checklist from your FSFlyingSchool Detail Pack. (Ctrl Shift N)* Which checklist
Displays the type of Detail Pack checklist that would be read next in X-Plane. (Ctrl Shift B)* Circuit mode
Toggles FSFlyingSchool's Circuit Mode on or off. (Ctrl Shift Space)* Airmanship test
Toggles one of FSFlyingSchool's Airmanship Tests on or off. (Ctrl Shift C)