View Full Version : Learn to Fly

08-02-2005, 06:36 AM
I have never played a flight sim before but I want to learn how to. Really I need a noob's "learn to fly" tutorial but there is nothing in Pacific fighters. This is the first flight sim that I have bought but there is nothing to teach me the basics of how to get started. I have been through the tutorial for taking off from a carrier which suggests I take off from a land runway first but I can't find a tutorial to do that. Then when I go to play the taking off mision it starts in mid-flight and expects me to land and fly before I can even take off. How is a total flight sim newbie supposed to learn how to pilot an aircraft? Is there another game I should buy to learn the basics first with an in-game tutorial?

08-02-2005, 06:41 AM
Do you have a joystick? If so, then i think all you need is watch the tutorials of the game. That's what i did 2 years ago. Hm, i suppose you only have Pacific Fighters and not Forgotten Battles and the Aces expansion and they are probably included only there. Then, i would suggest you find those two. Without them i don't think i would be that interested to fly PF.

08-02-2005, 07:45 AM
Try this. (http://www.simulation-france-magazine.com/download.php?op=mydown&did=429) It includes tutorial movies.

08-02-2005, 08:37 AM
The link in my sig has lots of good info. Click the pic and choose IL2 Sturmovik. It's been around longer, has more guides and help, and PF is based on it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Here (http://www.airwarfare.com/guides.htm) is the link to the guides at that site. Hope this helps, good luck and

08-02-2005, 08:53 AM
Darmek4 come here this is a flight school that is geared to teach you to fly. it is not a squad that you join up but actaul teachers and classes

08-02-2005, 04:42 PM
Buy and read 'Stick and Rudder' by Wolfgang Langewiesche (Amazon). An idiot proof guide to how an airplane flies and helps virtual pilots as well as real ones.

Shooting becomes much easier when you can control the plane properly.

08-02-2005, 04:52 PM
I'm plotting to build a website dedicated to just such a thing...but its going to take a while.

What would you like to know specifically? I think we can help you here in the meantime.

08-02-2005, 05:34 PM
Originally posted by Ritter_Cuda:
Darmek4 come here this is a flight school that is geared to teach you to fly. it is not a squad that you join up but actaul teachers and classes

This is a good suggestion for you mate, I know people who have went to that school and can't praise it enough.

08-02-2005, 08:41 PM
I think the biggest thing new guys underestimate is the sheer amount of time it takes to master the game.

To put it frankly, the Tutorials help get you pointed down the right path but there is no substitute for flying time and reading, and flying time and observing, and flying time...and did I say flying time!

Many of the folks on this forum have been flying this game for 2 1/2 years and sims like IL2, CFS2, Janes, EAW etc etc and understand tactics and manuevering....some have read and studied and fly in squadrons, have teamspeak for communications for online play, trackIR for the cockpit on scenarios....

The absolute worst thing is for a new player to try and learn online. Be sure to learn gunnery, engine management, taking off/landing and the basic flight manuevers before reading online ettiquitte and getting online.

Then one you are ready, get teamspeak working...go to a good server UK Dedicated1 and hook up with some of the regulars there...you'll learn much faster that way.

08-02-2005, 08:48 PM
if u got the time join a squad

08-03-2005, 06:58 PM

The 352nd Fighter Group is privileged to have as one of its members a pilot and air traffic controller in real life. In addition, he is a terrific, patient teacher.

He has written down his thoughts on basic flight maneuvers and methods. You can read his pages at http://www.352ndfg.com/IL2 -- check out the "Training" area under the "Technical" pages.

If you have any questions at all, his email link is on the pages ... drop RJ a line. He's as good a resource as there is.