Gaming Controls for Flight Simulators

As any novice or seasoned pilot would know, it is impossible to fly any aircraft if one has little or no understanding of the instrument panels in each plane. And this is the same with flight simulators like Flight Pro Sim. Before you can successfully fly any of the more than 100 aircraft models that are available in this software, you have to be conversant with the flight simulator controls of each. As an example, let’s take a quick look at the controls for the Cessna Skyhawk P in Flight Pro Sim or Aeroplane Games 365.

Users can choose from a two-dimensional control panel and a 3-D cockpit. The 3-D simulation provides a far more realistic experience. You can toggle between the 2-D and 3-D views at any point. Irrespective of the view, all knobs and panel levers can be manipulated using your mouse (if you do not have a joystick or yoke). Delving into the actual flight simulator controls for the Cessna Skyhawk P, we can start by looking at the attitude indicator which shows the plane’s bank and pitch. The indicator has bank angle marks at 90, 60, 30, 20 and 10 degrees. Just next to the attitude indicator is the airspeed indicator. It shows flight speed in knots.

There are different colored arcs on the airspeed indicator each showing range of speed with flaps and with flaps retracted. But most important, the upper section of the airspeed indicator has a red dial that indicates the velocity you must not exceed. Under the airspeed indicator is a turn indicator. At its center is the image of an airplane which shows the plane’s roll. If the right or left wing is alighted with any of the marks on the turn indicator, it means you are taking a standard turn i.e.turning full circle in exactly 120 seconds. Within the turn indicator is an inclinometer that shows if the ailerons and rudder are correctly aligned. The inclinometer shows whether the plane is ‘skidding’.