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Hi I wanna buy MSFS 2002, however first I wanted to ask if it is easy to use.Do you need to be a Pilot to use it properly.I had a go once at a friends house and it looked pretty complicated.Is there anywhere I can get help on how to use the Sim.I am an Aviation buff, and would love to get this FS, however if it will be to hard for me to work out, I will give it a miss.Thanks for any thoughts on this, or help info.Cheers....Tomcat

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It's easy if thats the way you want it. Thats one of the great things about it; it can be made to be as easy or as hard as you like.There are lessons you can take in the sim to get to know the controls

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Hello there,FS2002 Is pretty easy to learn and play. I am a student pilot and actually have learned a lot from FS. If you take the ground school with Rob Machado (included in the game) it will get you up to speed on how to play... It's a ton of fun, and very addictive. I spend at least an hour a day playing (and lot cheaper then the real thing) heheEnjoyGregg

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Hi Tomcat,I'm by no means a real pilot, and I find the MS Flight Simulator series highly addictive! It really piqued my interest in aviation in general. Don't be discouraged by not having real world pilot instruction already. The beauty of the simulator is that you can experiment and learn all you like without risking life and limb! And like has been already said, you don't have to jump right in to flying airliners; you can start out simple and work your way up. In fact, I've found that to be the most rewarding way of virtual flying. If you love airplanes, I'd bet you'll love flight simming.

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Don't worry, if you are fascinated by aviation, then you will love FS2002! I started with this sim about 9 months ago. First I left all the realism settings to easy and used an outside view to fly the plane, mainly the Cessna 172, with speed and altitude displayed on the top of the screen (Shift+z). I used the standard GPS to see where I was going.Then I got used to the cockpit (got two choices here, 2D or 3D, for different tastes), started using more realism settings, learned radio navigation, ILS landings, tried lots of freeware planes from AVSIM's file library, got some commercial addons, and just recently started to fly my first passenger jet, an Airbus 319, with flight management computer and all the bells and whistles.I still want to improve my knowledge on navigation, especially flight planning with SIDs and STARs, want to improve my flying skills with some big jet planes, and might finally try VATSIM, the online real ATC network.It's really amazing how everybody can develop their one preferences in FS2002, be it general aviation, commercial jetliners, helicopters, bush flying, whatever ... I cannot thing of any other "game" that could give you this kind of freedom. All you need is the imaginative power to "feel" your flying.Or in one short sentence: GO GET IT!!!Bye,VOlker :]

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If you needed to be a realworld pilot to enjoy MSFS 99% of users would drop out immediately.I think the reverse is more closely to the truth. Flightsims bring quite a few people to take up flying real aircraft (or remote controlled ones) who would otherwise never have done so.As to complexity, that all depends on what you want to do with it.You can just hop in and fly around a bit, or you can try to mimmick realworld procedures and methods almost completely.Some people use FS as a procedure trainer and navigation trainer for example, it's getting that good (with the correct addons).

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