Once you have entered the flight simulator, a head-up display (HUD) appears:
- Speed (knots)
- Bank angle
- Vertical speed (feet per minute)
- Exit flight simulator feature
- Flap and gear indicators
- Pitch angle (degrees)
- Altitude (feet above sea level)
To hide or display the HUD, press H.
You can use either a joystick or mouse with the flight simulator feature. To use a mouse, click the mouse in the center of the screen so the cursor becomes a + (cross). To pause or resume the flight simulator at any time, press the space bar.
To take off, first press the Page Up key to increase thrust and move the aircraft down the runway. Once your plane is moving, move the mouse or joystick back slightly down. With enough speed, you take off. To change direction or bank the aircraft, make small motions with the mouse or joystick. Be careful not to over-correct. Once the wings are level, center the mouse or joystick. To look around, press the arrow keys + Alt (slow) or CTRL (fast).
To adjust thrust, aileron, elevator, rudder, elevator trim nose or flap, see the keyboard shortcuts.
Landing is a bit trickier and takes some practice. To land the aircraft:
- Approach the appropriate airstrip or flat area.
- Press Page Down to reduce thrust and slow down the aircraft.
- Press G to extend the landing gear.
- Press F to increase the flap setting. This slows the aircraft.
- Once you have touched down, using wheel brakes to slow the aircraft. Press , (comma) to apply the left wheel brake; press . (period) to apply the right wheel brake.