Saturday, May 05, 2007

My first private flight...

It's a beautiful day today, so I decided to schedule my first introductory flight lesson for $50.00 just north of Toronto this evening.

After this, it's either take the courses for $395 + $395 materials + some expensive flight time, or just go out and get a flight sim & some controls and do it couch potato style & save some cash... or do both.

 For $50 US, you get over 60GB for X-Plane scenery on Dual-Layer DVDs...  Guess I should go out and buy a D/L DVD player.

This is X-Plane + NEW WORLD-WIDE global scenery (seven dual-layer DVD's covering all of Earth between +/- 60 degrees latitude) for Mac, Windows, and Linux.
The disk requirement to install the entire planet is 60 GIG!

Source: X-Plane, by Austin Meyer Products > X-Plane Software

Then there's Microsoft Flight Simulator X for $79.99 CDN at Futureshop.  Only $40 per expansion pack!

Here's a good site with a ton of Flight SIm downloads, an Orbital Space flight sim and news.

http://flyawaysimulation.com/

For those that want to learn about gliding...

http://www.condorsoaring.com/

Here's a site to share your images of planes and other photos - max 1MB.

http://classicbritishfiles.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=101

Finally, Flightgear is one of the best open source flight sims out there.

http://www.flightgear.org/links.html

Plus you'll need some gear... like Pedals

http://www.amazon.com/CH-Products-Pedals-Simulator-300-111/dp/B0000512IE

and maybe a USB Yoke...

http://www.amazon.com/CH-Products-Flight-Yoke-200-615/dp/B000056SPM/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_b/103-4320738-9717436

So getting FSX, X-Plane, the Yoke and the Pedals, a Dual-Layer DVD burner, a video card upgrade, a new hard drive, X-Plane, a comfy chair, and some scenery add-ons, I'm looking at around $700-$800.

Yes, flying is expensive...

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