Full disclosure: I was the primary author of the new GTN editions, with a lot of help from the editors and graphics staff at Pilot Workshops. I also contribute to the company’s IFR and VFR training scenarios.
The books are available both in spiral-bound print editions and as PDFs.
The friendly folks at the Hangar 49 podcast (produced in the Pacific Northwest) have posted their latest installment (mp3), which includes an interview with me about using PC-based flight simulations to complement flight training.
This is one of several interviews and webinars that I’ve done recently on this topic. You can watch the webinar, hosted by EAA, here. Another interview is available as a podcast at PilotSafetyRadio.
For more information about my two books about PC-based flight simulation, visit my website.
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.
Wiley has announced my new book about using PC-based flight simulations to complement flight training.
Scenario-Based Training with X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator: Using PC-Based Flight Simulations based on FAA and Industry Training Standards will be out in January 2012.
The title offers general guidance about using PC-based simulations effectively, plus reviews of the essential features of X-Plane and FSX. It includes links to sets of Situations (for X-Plane) and Flights (for FSX) that correspond to lessons based on the private pilot and instrument rating syllabi available at the FITS website. Each lesson in the book includes specific references to key FAA training handbooks and related background information.
The book also helps virtual aviators–flight simulation enthusiasts–master essential skills so that they can expand and increase enjoyment of their hobby.