Can anyone recommend a good flight simulator program for recreational computer use? Just wondering what the best version is that contains the best real word simulation of flying, airports, and planes that a non pilot would enjoy.
Depending on what you’re looking for.
For a non-pilot, wanting to enjoy scenery, traffic, and an overall experience, I would say Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, or Flight Simulator X. To add to that realism, you can find add-on planes and scenery freely at AVSIM (www.vatsim.net) will work nicely as well.
If you’re wanting something that gives you more feel and control over an aircraft, X-Plane (www.x-plane.com) would be another way to go. This one is actually FAA-certified for use in pilot training. It offers less eye candy than MSFS, but offers more realism as far as aircraft operations go. Scenery and add-on aircraft for it are also at AVSIM, and also works with VATSIM as well.
Thanks tyketto! For the Simulator X does it matter if I have a Mac?
I have FSX also. Love it!
Flight Simulator X will NOT run on a Mac. X-Plane WILL run on a Mac.
Thanks for the advice! it will save me time and aggravation!
Natively on MacOS? MSFS won’t work, but X-Plane will, like Gundah said.
If you used BootCamp (assuming Intel-based Mac), and installed Windows XP/Vista/7, then you could.