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So many diffrent people from diffrent countries use flightsim and I want to know what you use it for, what you fly and which countries you fly in?I use flightsim to fly routes that are flowen by my home airline Qantas. I use the POSKY 767 because it offers me so much variety like short domestic flights to long international flights like Sydney-Hong Kong and Melbourne-Tokyo. I always fly in real time and use real weather, I do most of my flying on my days off nothing like sitting infront of flightsim for hours while everyone else is at work.What do you use flightsim for?Regards

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I fly mostly in the Pacific Northwest around where I live. Trips like Seattle to Portland, Portland to San Francisco, San Fran to LAX etc. Lately I've been flying the POSKY 767 and DF737 almost exclusively. I generally fly during the evenings after work for a couple hours before I turn in. I almost spend more time on the forums and downloading/installing new aircraft than I do actually flying :)

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I use FS2k2 as a way to "get away" from all of the stresses in my life and just to relax, and watch the world glide below me.Poetic, isn't it? :-lol I typcially fly in the United States, and am west of the Mississippi about 75% of the time. I also visit Canada, the UK, and China every now and then. I typically fly the DF734, PIC767, and POSKY CRJ-200ER. As for the routes I fly, I just fly where the ATC is. As I fly online 100% of the time, I typically fly where ATC is availible. On VATSIM, there is a scedule about which regions are highlighted each day of the week (i.e. Friday nights are Westermn Regionals.) Overall, flying with FS2k2 is one of my favorite things to do. :-)Ryan-Flightpro08 :-cool VATSIM Pilot/ControllerZLA ARTCC Controller 1 (C-1)SAN TRACON Lead [link:www.taxiwaysigns.com]Taxiwaysigns.com Scenery Designerhttp://members.cox.net/santracon/images/san_logo.jpg-----------------------------My "Home Made" System Specs:Intel Pentium 4 2.2GHz ProcessorTurbo Gamer ATX Mid-Tower with 420W Power SupplyEPoX 4G4A Motherboard with Intel 845G ChipsetVisiontek XTASY GeForce4 128MB Ti4600 (Det 30.30 Drivers)512MB PC2100 DDR RAM40GB Matrox 7200RPM Hard DriveWindows XP Home Edition SP1*No CPU or GPU Overclocking*3dMark2001SE Score: 11298

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I too like to get away from it all. I've always had an interest in aviation and currently hold a Private Pilots Licence. Since I'm limited to VFR, single engined, 4 place aircraft, (C.172, Cherokee etc) flight sim allows me to fly the heavy metal, IFR and into and out of airports I will never be able to pilot an aircraft to and from.I currently fly for British Airways Virtual and so my main airport is London Heathrow. I fly mainly to European destinations (even though I'm a Canadian). I fly mainly B.737 , B.757 and B.767, although quite often for the fun and challenge I fly Concorde. Flying Concorde is a real challenge, and since I don't like to fly for any more than 3 to 4 hours at a sitting, Concorde's 3 hours 45 minutes to NY works out well.Anyway It's an interesting topic and I hope you have lots of replies.Cheers

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>What do you use flightsim for? As a newly minted private pilot, I use FS2002 to help scratch the "flying itch" that never goes away once you become a pilot. When weather keeps me grounded from flying the real Skyhawks, I can get a "fix" by firing up FS2002.Even now, after months of using FS2002, I'm still observing things in the simulator that make me really appreciate just how far flight simulators have come over the past several years.

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I use the sim as a procedural trainer. I fly GA aircraft, including a couple sailplanes, C421, Baron, Lancair IV-P, Commander, etc. throughout the western United States. I fly with FSMeteo, and never leave home without my checklists and Jep charts.

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In recent weeks and months, I have come to develop a routine where I would mostly fly long intercontinental hauls aboard Simubuild's A345 and -346, as well as European routes using the PA A320 - mainly the Lufthansa variant, to be more specific. Apart from these three aircraft, however, sometimes I also jump aboard the fabulous Dash 7 by Milton Shupe and consorts for short hops of no more than 300-400 nm, as well as David Maltby's VC-10, HS Trident and DH Comet. I usually fly with real weather imported via FS's built-in function (ActiveSky won't install because of "outdated system files" :-( ).

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I do anything in FlightSim. Sometimes I take the Cessna for circuits around my home airport, sometimes I do circuits with airliners, mainly the PA A320 and rarely I do some cross-country flights in the Cessna or the A320. When I am bored I try to challenge myself in FS. Usualy I try to land the A320 on short runways to provide a challenge, or I take the Cessna in some mountanous airports for some challenging flying. Since I got FS2002 99.5% of my flying has been done in North America..mainly USA nad Canada. LAtely I do all my flting out of home town in Vancouver. I have my FS sessions in the evenings when all is quiet.Take careMike

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Since I write so much about FS much of my flying is dictated by what I want to/need to write about ;-)But 'privately' I use it to fly GA aircraft, preferably in mountainous region of the world with a bias for Alalska, The Alps and Greece. I use FSMeteo, FSNavigator, and often FSFlightMax (and soon the new Garmins), and lots of mesh terrain !! :-)Aircraft I particularly like are the DC-3 by Jan Visser, all the old Beavers, the C185 float. And for European flights (a bit less rugged) I like the DF Cessna Cardinal, the Flight One Archer, and of course the RealAir SF260 for practicing my cross wind landings !! :-jumpyDid I mention the Dash-7 by Milton? That goes into the same category as the new (gmax) DC-3 by Jan (which we are still waiting for to be released ;-) . Excellent for longer flights and realism.No heavies for me... don't have the time for flight preparation and learning the FMC's, and don't fancy having my aircraft fly across the ocean while I am asleep ;-) It would only upset the passengers !! :-lol :-outta Francois :-wave[table border=0 cellpadding=10 cellspacing=0][tr][td valign=bottom" align="center]"At home in the wild"[/td][td valign=bottom" align="center][link:avsim.com/alaska/alaska_052.htm|Don's Alaskan Bush Charters]"Beavers Lead the Way"[/td][td valign=bottom" align="center][link:www.avsim.com/vfr_center/mainpages/vfr_flights_main_page.htm]VFR Flight Center]"Looking Good Outside"[/td][/tr][tr][td valign=top" align="center]http://bfu.avsim.net/sigpics/logo75b.gif[/td][td valign="top" align="left" colspan=2]http://www.fssupport.com/images/moose2.gif[/td][tr][/table]________________________Francois A. "Navman" DumasAssociate Editor &Forums AdministratorAVSIM Online![/bemail: fdumas@avsim.com________________________

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I use Flightsim to simulate flight :-lolNah seriously..I use it to get away from real life for a while. When I come home after school I just spend an hour or so flying in FS, before I start with the stuff I have to do (like homework, cleaning, eating etc.). It's funny, but I feel it's easier to concentrate on the other things after having done a flight in FS.I mostly fly cross country in the smaller GA planes. I try to fly VFR as often as possible and I often fly without the autopilot. I fly pretty much all over the world. I sometimes fly over my home country (Sweden), but the scenery isn't very detailed there. Other areas I fly over are Germany, the UK, Eastern Europe, western US and the Hong Kong area.Sometimes I also fly slightly longer routes using mostly the default 737 or the excellent A320. I usually never fly for more than two hours at a time, because I don't have the time, and it becomes boring for me after a while. I usually do those flights between various airports in Europe. Love the varied AI traffic and busy airports that you get there, when using Project AI and some AFCAD files.Sometimes, I take one of the "fun" planes up for a spin, like the T-38, Stearman or Extra, and just fly for a while, doing loops, rolls, spins etc. and then land again.

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well,I'm doing something strange:redoing all airliner flights I've done in real life in FS2002 on the same period of time.this meanse.g.,last year I flew from EBBR to EGLL during "fall holdiday"? and I'm now busy preparing that flight.I do my European flights with the PSS A320 in combination with FSMeteo,FDC,all official PAI packages.I'll use a real-world flightplan,calculate fuel,weather,NOTAM's,dowload AFCAD files for the two airports,...My only goal is to create realism,nothing else

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I use also Flightsim to relax. Being in a cockpit watching the world below me has more relax power than a buddhist prayer :-lol I fly mostly over Greece since i know pretty well the country and reminds me some "souvenirs"....

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I love to play Sierra Sports' NASCAR Racing. I fly a full year's schedule of Trucks, Grand National, or Cup races and use FS2002 to fly between the venues. Usually the Caravan or KingAir or Learjet.I also try to run as many races as possible in the other series which requires some long-range overnight trips. R-

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I use flight sim instead of crack. They're both highly addictive, cause a guy to lose sleep, and alienates family and friends, but at least with FS, a fella can keep the job, teeth, etc. :-lolAs FS has changed, so has the way I fly it. At first, I did trips around Chicago because... well... there weren't too many other places a fella could go. Eventually, I worked up to VA flying and did a lot of medium-haul stuff in 767s for a variety of pax and cargo outfits.Now that the ground is more interesting and there are more quality GA aircraft floating around, I putter around in a twin and go wherever my brain decides.... I just always take off from wherever it was that I most recently landed. Right now, I'm somewhere in south-central Russia on my way back to N99 (Brandywine... the airstrip near my house).

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Hey to allI fly the moost time in The Netherlands on EHAM and make EHAM real.I am flying in the "old" Fokker 70 and waiting on the new GMAX.I have about 125 aircrafts on EHAM and i use the NL2000 Scenery and waiting on the "new" NL2000 v3.Jan EHAM.

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Hi :)I use it to emulate real World airlines :). American Airlines virtual is my real life VA, and I have a fictional VA which serves the Caribbean ....... both are great fun :D.I use FS2002 for IFR and eyecandy, but I use Airline Simulator 2 for highly accurate flight characteristics on the MD-83. Why do I use AS2, when the graphics are far behind FS2002? Here's the reason: The flight model in AS2 is much more accurate, with an atmospheric accuracy of 100% up to FL550 :(. Here's a test: Apply full rudder in most MSFS planes, and the aircraft will yaw a few degrees. Try the same thing in AS2, and you will head for the deck very quickly, as in real life :-lolhttp://www.aavirtual.com/images/aav2207_banner.gif

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Well, I thought there was only one reason for FS2002... isn't it simply a testing tool to try out all those planes that get released everyday? ;-pSeriously, being a native of Malaga, Spain, I stick to southern Spain, northern Africa with GA aircraft. Great mountains, water, everything is close by... and I know what it is supposed to look like... that is exciting, having a "real world" frame of reference.Alaska is also a great place to fly, because of all the beautiful mesh, etc.However, I never SIMPLY go to a place to fly... I always make myself "get there". Since I live in Atlanta, when I wanted to start flying in Alaska, I made the trip there first (Atlanta - Seattle - Anchorage), rather than just "place" myself there. I like doing this, and it gives me a goal, which I like.When I really need to unwind and relax and do something totally "unreal", I hop in a fighter jet, and fly around the southern spanish/northern african mountains trying to keep myself no more than 200-300 feet off the ground. Lots of fun at 600 Knts. :-)

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Hmmmm,Depends, sometimes buzzing the circuit in the 172 at Aberdeen (EGPD) or taking the Baron for a quick x-country, somewhere in the UK or Europe.Also in the process of turning a flightdeck (real) of an Embraer Bandierante into a fixed base sim. Playing with .air files to make realistic renditions of ERJ145 and Saab 340 flight dynamics, so end up spending hours of test flying the .air files.Darren

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I use it as a substitute for Prozac, Works much better I think. Mostly I fly the Islands in the Caribbean and the south east U.S. I only fly with real world charts and checklists and approach plates, following real world procedures as best as I can in light twins and high performance singles, using real world weather.http://www.ktone.org/images/FSD_ken.jpg

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Great for procedure training...I love to fly around the NE,Maine, Boston,etc. in the smaller twins...I am flying a Seminole, 310, Arrow's and Warriors right now..The 421 is a great plane to train in, as is the 182. Both for complex training and IFR training.P4 1.8768 ram 80 gig hardriveVisiontek Ti4 4600CH yoke/pedals19" inch monitor-Soundblaster PCI 512Win XPInstrument rated ASEL-182 hoursAOPALawyerPilots Bar Association"Men without dreams are never free, twas thus this way and thus will ever be."

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Back in the day I'd fly anything anywhere - but now I pretty much stick to my native airline's (Air Jamaica) routes and fleet - a320/21, a340-200 to the caribbean and North America, more rarely a340-300 to London and Manchester. I'll also sometimes fly other aircraft/routes that really operate out of my home airports - American ,BA, and Air Canada being my non-Air Ja favourites.Regards,Mark

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Beno et al...FS2002 is an emersive way for me to relax and get my mind off of the stresses and strains of the real world, and a way for me to indulge my fantasy and dream to fly(one day soon I will). I fly airliners, usually heavies, online with domestic US ATC (I like the crew at FSTower.com)IFR in real time, usually at night (when things are quiet around the house!)and in real weather conditions via FSMeteo and FSFlightmax (which is now linked to FSMeteo so you can use weather radar to monitor the real-world conditions ahead of you! Great for requesting vectors around previously unseen thunderstorms at night). I wouldn't go anywhere without my Jeppensen Simcharts, which are indispensible when flying departures, arrivals and approaches in mountainous terrain at night in IFR conditions. My favorite airliner is the default Boeing 777 with a modified airfile, custom panel and third party sound, and I have a ton of nice repaints, though I also fly the B757(IADG.....wish they would add landing lights to the.MDL file), B767(The POSKY 767-300 may be one of the nicest flying freeware airliners out there!)the marvellous Freeware Flight Group's DC-10-30's, CSI MD-11's and the freeware A320s and A340s too, usually out of KMSP Minneapolis-St. Paul, my home base. I use AFCAD and Traffic Tools sparingly to add a few realistic AI flights and aircraft to airports I go to all of the time, like PHNL,KRNO, KBWI, KORD and KMSP, and I have done away with the default airlines like Orbit, etc. Except for a few smaller airports in Hawaii and elsewhere and some small landmark scenery items scattered across the globe, I rarely modify my airport scenery in an effort to keep frame rates high and the flying smooth.When the internet is quiet, I tend to roam the world in Flight Simulator, and will take local airline liveries to Europe, Africa Asia the Carribean and the South Pacific. If you have the charts, you can go anywhere, really. Flying around the Mediterranean is particularly enjoyable because of the dynamic terrain, water, mountains and my Greek heritage, and all of the wonderful terrain mesh, land class scenery that's available now. Though I've been doing flight simulation for five years now, I have really only just begun to explore the many wonderful places there are to visit. It will hopefully last a lifetime.Alex ChristoffN562ZMinneapolis, MNThermobulb@aol.com

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Nice Topic,It's great to hear what everyone else is doing!With me I fly mainly GA aircraft, and smaller aircraft. My main aircraft are as follows, DASH 8 (Bahamasair routes) The magnificent DASH 7 (in PIA colors, to fly their old routes). And since I used to fly for a charter company locally, I use the F1Cessna 421, and FSD Cheyenne to do the short hops throughout the islands. And for joyrides, you know those weekend getaways, I use the DFCardinal, FSD Commander, and some of Carenado's C172s.When I do fly the big metal tubes, I use the DF737 almost exclusively. I have flown the PSSAirbus, but I just prefer my 737. I also love the Yeodesign 737s with the high whine of the 100 and 200 engines.As far as where I go. Well lately I have been flying routes between Nassau (MYNN) and Florida (KFLL. KMCO, KPBI, KMIA). And a few direct Air Canada flights (real) from Nassau to Toronto Pearson (CYYZ).Online I use Vatsim, and fly where the best ATC is or where the traffic is highest, lends to the atmosphere. All-in-all, FS2002 is all I use now, nothing else interests me at all. Well maybe CFS3 and FALCON 4 SPK 3.http://www.forefrontgrp.com/jayssig.jpg"There is an art . . . to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss!"

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To fly real time in Iceland, most of the time a real challenge due to the weather and terrain.Regard

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