FS Academy is back with another excellent training course. After the highly acclaimed FS Academy – IFR, which provided a great way to learn all the steps required for IFR flight, mimicking a real Instrument Rating course, FS Academy is now releasing a complete training package dedicated to flying using Visual Flight Rules.
FS Academy – VFR is once again created by a real airline captain, aiming to provide the keen simmer with all the skills that the professionals have, in order to get the most out of MSFS in the most realistic way.
With VFR you will learn about how to use ATC services, how to fly circuits, navigate across the country, mountain flying, and more. Included are VFR Maps and Jeppesen charts that you will learn to use to find your way as you travel by sight alone. By following the 12 included missions you will start with the basics and make your way up to a series of solo bush trips.
FS Academy once again includes a comprehensive ground school manual, a precious guide to study as you learn how to fly in the virtual environment of MSFS.
Overall, it’s another very well put together package that will please everyone who is looking to learn more about flying using visual flight rules, but there’s also something new for more experienced pilots to learn.
FS Academy – VFR is now available for around $30 / 22€.
Here’s a rundown of the 12 included training lessons:
VFR 01. BASIC VFR
We’ll focus on introducing you to basic aircraft handling skills. Get the weather information from the Automated Terminal Information Service (ATIS) and coordinate with ATC to depart Liverpool, following the Entry/Exit route known as “Mersey Lane” to Seaforth at the control zone (CTR) boundary, before practicing some basic handling once in uncontrolled airspace.
VFR 02. APPROACH
Get your first introduction to the approach and landing attitudes before re-entering the control zone, navigating visually between VRPs and completing an approach.
VFR 03. CIRCUITS
Now it’s time to nail down the basics of both the normal and low-level circuit at Tauranga on New Zealand’s North Island, learning the downwind checklist and cementing your aiming point skills.
VFR 04. LOCAL FLIGHT
Leave the airfield and travel across the New Zealand countryside in your first taste of flight in uncontrolled airspace before performing an Overhead Join.
VFR 05. NIGHT VFR
Discover both the challenges and rewards of taking to the skies after darkness falls over Lake Ontario, relying more on your instrumentation to guide you safely from Toronto to your destination.
VFR 06. CROSSWIND
Battle the elements above the Shetlands as you are introduced to the control inputs and handling effects of crosswind conditions and drift, before returning to Sumburgh for a short field landing.
VFR 07. ABNORMALS
Things don’t always go to plan. Run emergency drills and engine failures, using the decision making structure that will keep you safe in the face of adversity.
VFR 08. MOUNTAIN FLYING
Carve your way through mountains and valleys in our Mountain Flying lesson. Learn how to fly safely amongst high terrain and turbulent air currents.
VFR 09. UK TRIP
Leave the popular Elstree airfield North of London and make your way around the capital, crossing the Thames at Dartford and making a stop over at Biggin Hill. Then continue South towards the coast, avoiding Gatwick airspace towards Shoreham.
VFR 10. USA TRIP
Depart Seattle’s Renton Municipal airport and cruise through valleys, over bridges and across lakes as you tour the Washington landscape. Remain safely below the Class B airspace near the major Seattle Tacoma and Boeing Field airports.
VFR 11. NEW ZEALAND TRIP
Behold the stunning New Zealand South Island as you make a quick hop out of Milford Sound to Martins Bay before settling in on a long stretch to Queenstown, marvelling at the snow-capped mountains and meandering rivers.
VFR 12. VFR SKILLS TEST
Once you are confident with your skills, take your virtual Skills Test and fly a full flight profile with your examiner, to put what you’ve learned to the test.