A tour around the world in flight simulation

(this article was created at a later date around leg 20, to elaborate a bit more about the world tour)

What is flight simulation?

This tour around the world is done with flight simulation, but what is flight simulation? It’s not flying with a real plane, that’s for sure, but it’s getting close it… although, that’s what we try to achieve.

You can read through this extensive post to get an insight in the world of flight simulation.

Why a tour around the world?

Well, ever got bored of something because it’s always the same? I had the same thing with Flight Simulator X. Since I’m 8 years old (1988), I had times that I would spend days in Flight Simulator doing short flights around the Meigs airport, followed by months of inactivity, and then subsequently I wanted to dive into Flight Simulator again. Somehow, I always get bored after some time and for me personally, this tends to happen if I don’t get some variation in what I do over time. I used to fly around Belgium, my home country, but it were always the same routes. Sometimes I would start a flight on another continent, but without a certain goal and I got bored quickly again.

So I decided to start a tour around the world. It would give me the opportunity to learn more about flight simulation, improve my geography and practice my English writing skills. We would land on lots of different airports: small airports, big airports, but also in between, with short or long runways, easy or difficult approaches, it didn’t matter as long as I had the variation and challenge. The flight rules would be IFR (instrument flight rules) or VFR (visual flight rules), both were possible, depending on the situation or type of flight. Flight and fuel planning would be a big part of the world tour, knowing where to go and making sure we can get there with the amount of fuel, also making sure that we wouldn’t get stuck.

Prepar3D, X-Plane or Microsoft Flight Simulator?

There are many genres within flight simulation, but this blog and tour around the world focuses on civil aviation. Personally, I have a history with Flight Simulator. I also love seeing content of Prepar3D and X-Plane, or even military or historical simulation, and each and every package has its own strengths. Best of all is that, whatever package you use, this tour around the world is universal and indepedent from any flight simulation package. It can be flown with any package. The foreseen flight plans on this website are in a universal format and can be used any of those packages, probably even in future new packages.

Doing the world tour

So if you’re in the same situation as I am and you sometimes get bored and don’t know what your next flight will be, go ahead and start your own tour around the world. Or maybe start a tour around your continent? I’ve heard people doing a world tour going west, or others going east like me. There are people flying a big bird, like a Boeing or Airbus, and finish a world tour within a few days. There are also people going for a classic biplane (speaking about being adventurous), or using a business jet to cross the oceans.

Actually, it’s up to you. Do whatever you want, take as much time as you want and go for it!

2 thoughts on “A tour around the world in flight simulation

  1. Love the fact that you are using an FS4 screenshot above (my first version was FS3)!
    Reminded me of an idea I had: doing the same flight both in FS4 and FSX and do some comparisons, such as Meigs-Champaign (the classical FS4 route), Tahiti-Bora Bora (with MS-2 scenery) or Page-Grand Canyon (with MS-3 scenery).
    Sure, both sims are worlds apart, but the basic idea is the same, and it may tell a lot about virtual environments and our perception of them.

    Couldn’t agree more with what you said about touring continents or the world, and how anyone should find his own style.

  2. It is my dream, now I am 80y old, and I will like follow you in this World Tour, I have same plane but in P3d… following your step help me a lot ,cause for me was no easy create a total flight plan…

    Congratulation for the idea, for what you did and what you do actually…
    if you permit I will following you!

    Gianluigi Anelli

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