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Flying Training. Learn to fly. Cessna 172. | Flight school |

Flight school for the beginner. I take you into the pilots world at the controls of a Cessna 172. | X Plane 11 |
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Last updated 8/2020
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  • This course allows you to learn to fly a Cessna 172 without all the added complications, also featured at the end of the course some explanations and demonstrations of flying twin engined aircraft after that you will know whether or not you want to spend thousands in cash at a flying school. or simply learn more about flying online.
  • You should be able to use a PC or a Mac Recommend a joystick or better flight yoke with rudder pedals. Awesome in VR.

The USAF train their jet fighter pilots with the VR headset and the controllers. If it is good enough for the airforce it must be good...and it certainly is.

Start in the Cessna 172 one of the best trainers in the world and learn to fly the easy way then go on to learn multi engine or tail wheels even helicopters. Flight simulators for PC and Mac are great fun to play with, but do you seriously want to learn how to fly? Have you got the money or the time? are you too old? do you have a medical condition that would stop you? My course is designed to teach you everything you need to know so that at the end you will know whether to commit thousands and thousands of your cash to a flying school, or simply enjoy the pleasures of proper flying on a flight simulator going anywhere you like anywhere in the world. Do something impressive, Learn to FLY! I got my pilots licence in 1996 and regularly fly the flight simulator because I can learn to fly aircraft I would never be able to fly in real life through lack of money or opportunity.

Flying with the VR headset is awesome. It is better than flying the real thing in my opinion because it is free and safe.

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-person, high-wing single-engine aircraft manufactured by the Cessna company . The Cessna 172 is the most manufactured aircraft in history and probably the most popular training aircraft in the world.

The first models manufactured were delivered in 1956 and it continues to be manufactured, with the number of devices manufactured at more than 43,000 units until 2012 . 1 The Skyhawk's main competitors have been the Piper Cherokee , the Beechcraft Musketeer and the Grumman Cheetah (the latter two are no longer manufactured), and later on the DA40 Star and Symphony SA-160 .

The early 172s were virtually identical to the Cessna 170s , with the same stern shape and the same high landing gear bars, though later versions incorporated a revised landing gear, lower rear, and stern window. Cessna advertised this modification as "Omnivision". The definitive structural development, reached in the mid -sixties , consisted of the glue still used today. The profile of the plane was hardly modified since then, mainly undergoing updates in the avionics and motorization including (especially in 2005 ) the glass cabin Garmin G1000. Production stopped in the mid- 1980s, but it was resumed in 1996 with the Cessna 172R and Cessna 172SP models with respectively 120 kW (160 hp) and 135 kW (180 hp) of power.

The old Skyhawks were delivered with a 110 kW (145 hp) Continental O-300 engine, while later versions mounted 135 kW (180 hp) Lycoming O-360 thrusters , although the 110 or 120 kW O-320 versions are more common. In addition there are a few units that mounted 164 kW (220 hp) Franklin engines.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone at all who seriously wants to learn to fly up to Twin engine but cannot afford it at this stage.
Course content
Expand all 79 lectures 13:43:43
+ Introduction Single and Twin Engine Aircraft.
46 lectures 06:52:14

Introduction to the Cessna 172 for someone who has never seen one before.

Preview 16:36

I have hundreds of hours P1 on the Cessna 172 I used to have one many years ago at my flying school at Shoreham G-BOOL . She was a tatty old 172N with old avionics and well worn seats but we all loved her. Today I love to fly a brand new 172 in VR for free, I fly in real weather and I go everywhere. I love it.

The 172 is easily the best aircraft in the world for general aviation pilots. If you want to learn to fly do it in a 172.

You do not need a VR headset but it is really worth acquiring one as it brings everything to life and you are there. It is difficult to show you 3D on a 2D screen but trust me it is amazing. I always fly in VR now when I am on a sim. I got mine second hand but I am soooo going to buy a better HD one soon.

Preview 04:15

To enjoy learning to fly it is best done with the right type of controllers. You can do it with a budget joystick but I recommend this sort of controller, I bought these cheap second hand on ebay.

Preview 04:04

Ready for take off in the Cessna 172

Preview 03:07

Shorter take off with flaps Cessna 172

Preview 03:42

Introduction the the elevator trim wheel. Changing the setting of a trim tab adjusts the neutral or resting position of a control surface (such as an elevator or rudder). As the desired position of a control surface changes (corresponding mainly to different speeds), an adjustable trim tab will allow the operator to reduce the manual force required to maintain that position—to zero, if used correctly. Thus the trim tab acts as a servo tab. Because the centre of pressure of the trim tab is farther away from the axis of rotation of the control surface than the centre of pressure of the control surface, the moment generated by the tab can match the moment generated by the control surface. The position of the control surface on its axis will change until the torques from the control surface and the trim surface balance each other.

Preview 02:09

Climbing away controlling your airspeed and trimming on full power.

Preview 06:31

how to fly the aircraft straight and level, trim and stay on heading.

Preview 05:36

Trimming makes the pilots life a lot easier. Power changes and weight shifting will effect trim. Also important is to be able to trim the aircraft for the glide at 70 knots for practicing engine fail drills.

Preview 17:53

How does an aircraft fly? and what the control surfaces do.

Exercise 6 How does the wing create lift?
Introduction to Flaps.

Lowering and raising the flaps. ok so what else happens when you do that?

EX7 Lowering and raising the flaps
EX8 Level turns
EX9 Decending
Heading bug.

Pilot trick to fly accurate headings in the circuit pattern.

Using the heading bug.

When you are doing go arounds in the circuit you want accurate headings airspeed and altitude. Here is a trick to help you.

Heading bug in the Circuit. VR

A reciprocating engine, also often known as a piston engine, is typically a heat engine (although there are also pneumatic and hydraulic reciprocating engines) that uses one or more reciprocating pistons to convert pressure into a rotating motion. This article describes the common features of all types. The main types are: the internal combustion engine, used extensively in motor vehicles; the steam engine, the mainstay of the Industrial Revolution; and the niche application Stirling engine. Internal combustion engines are further classified in two ways: either a spark-ignition (SI) engine, where the spark plug initiates the combustion; or a compression-ignition (CI) engine, where the air within the cylinder is compressed, thus heating it, so that the heated air ignites fuel that is injected then or earlier.

The Lycoming O-320 is a large family of naturally aspirated, air-cooled, four-cylinder, direct-drive engines produced by Lycoming Engines. They are commonly used on light aircraft such as the Cessna 172 and Piper Cherokee. Different variants are rated for 150 or 160 horsepower (112 or 119 kilowatts). As implied by the engine's name, its cylinders are arranged in horizontally opposed configuration and a displacement of 320 cubic inches.

Reciprocating piston engine.

You must always be aware that the engine may fail unexpectedly at anytime. It is good airmanship to maintain a safe height and allow yourself time to work out where you would land in the event of an engine fail.

Practice power off approaches. VR
Introduction to Stalling.
EX10 Stalling
EX11 Stalling with flaps down

The art of flying Low and Slow is a big NO NO in the aviation world. For good reason too, flying low and slow endangers the aircraft the people in it and property on the ground. You can also be busted for low flying. But flying low and slow will teach you tremendous things about the aircraft you are flying. It can only be done at an airport preferably one with a very long runway. STOL techniques are an art and is much more advanced than at this beginner level but it is good to show you just how good this aircraft is. You may need to land on a road or in a field one day for some reason, and you will need to have the skills to make a low and slow approach for example.

Secret technique no flight school will ever teach you.

Sometimes we need to fly low and slow especially in we need to get in and out of a tight landing site. This technique will help you to put the aircraft down exactly where you want it.

Preview 09:31
EX12 Landing
EX13 Landing with flaps
EX14 Landing with full flaps
EX15 Landing with wind
Crosswind out of limits
EX16 Steep turns
EX17 Spinning
Spinning. VR.
EX18 Parking and shutting down
EX19 Checklists, Side slipping, QFE QNH
EX20 Short field flying
EX21 Weight and Balance
EX22 Engine fail emergencies
EX16 Steep turns.

There is an old type navigation instrument on the aircraft which will point to a radio beacon. This one is situated on an airport. Simply tune in the beacon and if it is in range it will point the way to the airport. Sometimes it has also distance measuring equipment that will tell you how far away the beacon is.


How to track to and from a VOR beacon and cross ref with an ADF NDB.


Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) is an aviation flight category that describes weather conditions that require pilots to fly primarily by reference to instruments, and therefore under instrument flight rules (IFR), rather than by outside visual references under visual flight rules (VFR). Typically, this means flying in cloudy or bad weather. Pilots sometimes train to fly in these conditions with the aid of products like Foggles, specialized glasses that restrict outside vision, forcing the student to rely on instrument indications only.

The weather conditions required for flight under VFR are known as visual meteorological conditions (VMC). IMC and VMC are mutually exclusive. In fact, instrument meteorological conditions are defined as less than the minima specified for visual meteorological conditions. The boundary criteria between VMC and IMC are known as the VMC minima. There is also a concept of "marginal VMC", which are certain conditions above VMC minima, which are fairly close to one or more of the VMC minima.

Flying in IMC conditions over high ground.
Low flying.

This lecture is from the Tornado GR4 course but remains relevant to a pilot of a C-172.

What Air Accidents Investigation Branch does

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigates civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK, its overseas territories and crown dependencies.

AAIB works with the Department for Transport.

Air Accident investigation Branch.
+ By the end of this section you will be able to fly a basic aircraft.
33 lectures 06:51:29
Out of limits landing

As I said at the beginning, I am learning to fly the Tornado GR4 aircraft I downloaded from X plane 11, After just 1 week I am flying, navigating and landing this awesome jet fighter in the dark. There is no limit to what you can learn, so never let lack of money be an excuse. The sky really is the limit. ENJOY and blue skies!

So what are you going to learn next?
Emergency landing!!! A problem can show up and ruin your plans.

Now that you have done instrument flying in cloud you are ready to have a go at Instrument flying at night. Night flying can be disorienting, sometimes you can see nothing, other times lots of lights. 

Night flying introduction

Circuit training at night is the same as in the day but this time you see a lot less and rely on the instruments a lot more. The runway is all lit up at night and here you try to focus on approach speed and the approach lights to get the right approach angle.

Preview 09:29

Learning to use the radio part 1.

Radio 1
Radio 2 doing touch and goes.
Auto Pilot introduction.

How to switch the auto pilot on and off, maintain heading, change heading, maintain altitude, climb and decend.

Preview 23:53

Chesil Beach sometimes called Chesil Bank, in Dorset, southern England is one of three major shingle structures in Britain. Its name is derived from the Old English ceosel or cisel, meaning "gravel" or "shingle". It runs for a length of 29 kilometres (18 mi) from West Bay to the Isle of Portland and in places is up to 15 metres (50 ft) high 200 metres (660 ft) wide. Behind the beach is the Fleet, a shallow tidal lagoon. Both are part of the Jurassic Coast and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The beach is often identified as a tombolo, although research into the geomorphology of the area has revealed that it is in fact a barrier beach which has "rolled" landwards, joining the mainland with the Isle of Portland and giving the appearance of a tombolo.

The beach curves sharply at the eastern end, near the village of Chiswell, and forms Chesil Cove against the cliffs of the Isle of Portland, and this protects the low-lying village from flooding. It has been the scene of many shipwrecks and was named "Dead Man's Bay" by Thomas Hardy. The beach provides shelter from the prevailing winds and waves for the town of Weymouth, Dorset and the village of Chiswell on Portland.

Simon Jenkins rates the view of Chesil Beach from Abbotsbury along the coast to Portland Bill as one of the top ten in England.

Auto Pilot Weymouth

STOL is an important skill to learn. see how slow you can fly the aircraft but avoid the use of ailerons as it could induce a stall.

Short take off and landing STOL

STOL is an important skill to learn. see how slow you can fly the aircraft but avoid the use of ailerons as it could induce a stall.

Preview 00:42
Lossiemouth landing practice.

If you want to land off the grid for some reason you really have to know what the wind is doing. Here is a tip I learned from a pilot smuggler.

A few Tricks I learned from a real Smuggler to assess surface wind for landing.
Exaggerated wind assessment left hand turn.

If the wind speed layer is over 45 knots and you slow the aircraft down to 40 knots, it will appear to be going backwards relative to the ground.

Making the 172 appear to fly backwards.

This is the last lecture in the Cessna 172 course. Just for a bit of fun in the sim in X plane 11 see if you can do this.

Landing a Cessna 172 on a Moving ships helipad. Is it possible?

I was quite surprised how easy it was landing on an aircraft carrier.

Land the 172 on an aircraft carrier. It is quite easy.

Based on the iconic Cessna 172, the C172RG Cutlass features a retractable gear, variable pitch, constant-speed propeller and a more powerful Lycoming O-360-F1A6 engine of 180 horsepower.

Cessna 172RG Cutlass RG

Not the sleekest retractable to be sure, but the Cutlass has a lot going for it; namely, the fact that its based on the Skyhawk.

Sort of an intermediate hybrid between the venerable 172 and the inestimable 182RG Skylane, the Cutlass rode a fine line for the five years it was in production. Its ill-defined market niche, coupled with the advent of the general aviation recession, kept the production numbers fairly low. Indeed, only 1,191 were rolled out of the factory doors.

The timing of the Cutlass introduction was unfortunate; it hit the market in 1980, generally seen as the year when the GA slump began. Essentially, the Cutlass was a retractable 172 fitted with a carbureted Lycoming O-360 and constant-speed prop (the same basic power package found on the fixed-gear Cardinal, though with a different variant of the engine).

Though it fell into the same basic class as airplanes like the Arrow, the Cutlass suffered from a power deficit (compared to contemporary competitors) that kept it from vying successfully for that market niche. Cessnas real goal, we believe, was to create a trainer that would step pilots up to complex aircraft. In this role, the Cutlass did well, with sales to the big flight schools.

In terms of configuration, the Cutlass is straight 172, with the exception of the electro-hydraulic landing gear. Wisely, Cessna left off the main gear doors that had proven so troublesome in other retractable singles.

By the time the 1980s rolled around, light aircraft manufacturers had essentially stopped trying to freshen their models every year. The first Cutlass is pretty much the same as the last.

Preview 20:30

Most modern aircraft will not allow the gear to be retracted accidentally on the ground. BUT NOT ALL. Pilots have landed and forgotten to lower the gear or check the green light resulting in a belly landing. I have seen videos of student pilots landing and raising the gear by mistake instead of the flaps.

Never pull the gear up on the ground.

Cruise power settings.

Cessna 172 RG Cutlass in the cruise.

Can a real 172 pilot land a 747 Jumbo? So long as the basic skills are there it should be possible.

Preview 14:56

Once you have built up your flying ability on the `Cessna 172 you can apply what you have learned to any aircraft .

Preview 21:18

Basic introduction to engine fail in a twin and landing on one engine.

Multi engine with engine fail
Engine fail on take off Multi

The De Havilland Mosquito.... If you can fly this baby you have arrived!

Preview 20:36

So you have finished the Cessna 172 course and you are happy flying and handling the 172. Here is a jet that you can jump straight into and fly without any problems at all. It has a single engine, Tricycle undercarriage and flaps the same as the 172 but it will go a lot faster. You can easily build up some jet hours on this very easy jet to fly. It is the De Havilland Vampire and it is a free download from X Plane 11.

Preview 15:11

After learning to fly in the Cessna 172 you should apply what you know to other types of aircraft. Remember " aircraft are like people, they are all the same, and they are all different."

Preview 27:24

WOW...Helicopters... I did struggle for about 6 hours trying to fly helicopters. The secret is .....

Preview 06:47