Using X-Plane Situations with “Scenario-Based Training”

My new book, Scenario-Based Training with X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator: Using PC-Based Flight Simulations Based on FAA-Industry Training Standards, is now available. If you use X-Plane, you should be aware that the Situations posted for download from the book’s page at the publisher’s website may not work with your version of X-Plane.

When I asked about compatibility last year, I understood that the Situations I created while using X-Plane 9 would work with subsequent versions of the simulation. But according to recent email from the developer, the file format changes “a lot,” and he explained that “i am working to make the situations more robust in with-standing file-format changes in the future, but have not yet done so.”

It’s not practical to update all of the Situations every time the format changes–one of the features of X-Plane is frequent updates, even between major versions.

My best advice? If you can’t load the Situation files provided to complement the scenarios in the book, you can use the descriptions of each lesson to quickly set up the Cessna (or your choice of aircraft) at the location where a particular virtual flight begins. As noted in Chapter 10, “Using the Scenarios in This Book,” the Situations are just starting points; they’re not interactive “missions” (see especially p. 109-110). For more information about X-Plane and Situations, see Chapter 6, “A Quick Guide to X-Plane” and the help resources described there.

2 Responses to Using X-Plane Situations with “Scenario-Based Training”

  1. Lou says:

    It’s a bummer that the situation format changes with even each minor release of X-Plane (heck, major revisions I’d understand, but minor revisions I find hard to believe and I’m a programmer by trade), but at least you did point out that it was possible to just use the starting conditions in the book to create your own situations. I also greatly appreciate you taking the time to get to the bottom of this and deal with my emails to you (yes, I’m that guy) about it. Thanks again for your hard work in writing the book and I look forward to working through its exercises.

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