I’ve never taken flight lessons. I’ll never become a real pilot. Yet from the comfort of my couch, I’m able to fly through the blue skies, pulling up the throttle and making loops. Flight simulation games are a great way to learn to fly a plane, whether you are doing it for sheer enjoyment or because it’s something that you’re looking at doing for a living.
Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo all manufacture flight simulation games. Some even have special controllers, just like the steering wheels for racing games. It’s a very realistic feel, especially when there’s a large scale television to stare into, allowing me more room to soar through the sky and learn to stick my landing. Many of the games allow me to choose the kind of plane that I want to pilot for the day. I’ll be able to fly WWII fighter jets, Cessnas, floatplanes, and even an Airbus.
Some of the games allow a better feel of actually piloting a plane whereas others focus on simply flying. I prefer the ones where I can feel like I’m sitting in the cockpit with full access of the controls.
No matter the plane, I’ll be able to pick from a variety of backgrounds and scenarios to fly into. I can fly over Germany, France, New York or simply a blue sky. I can fly in rain or shine, or into enemy fire. There’s a flight simulation game for everyone. I like to change it up a little bit. I can take my aggression out on the Germans in a WWII simulation game and tease my flights of fantasy by flying into outer space and checking out other galaxies.
Flight simulation games have gained in popularity. They were originally designed for flight schools to allow students to learn the basics in flight before going up in a real plane where the ability to crash was a lot more real. As a result of flight schools wanting to make a strong learning platform, I’ve got a great game to play whenever I want. And best of all, I don’t have to pay for jet fuel!
There are a variety of flight simulation games on the market, all allowing me to play a little different. I can fly for the sake of flying. I can learn how to do barrel rolls and other aerobatics. Or I can fly combat style, shooting enemy planes while maneuvering my plane through open fire. All of these are great ways of entertaining myself, but it may provide for a practical application one day. You never know – I could be on a plane and the pilot may be injured. With my expertise on the video game console, I may be able to pilot a real plane in a crisis situation!