Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) - We're really sorry about Microsoft Flight

Wait till my wife sees the credit card bill for the new CPU, graphics card, and SSD.

And then comes throttles, yokes, etc.

I feel for you.

It’s all good. What’s a YouTube channel if you don’t lose money while you do it?

Speaking of which, do you know if a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro stick will do for now, or is this something else I would need to upgrade?


It is the one I use for every plane. I have the TCa Airbus throttle with addons I love.

Edit. For general ga flying the throttle in it is fine. It was with the airliners I needed a better throttle. The Airbus has specific positions you need to put the throttle in and it was hard on that Extreme.

Oh, pretty. I will hang on for a bit for that.

Great to know about the joystick, thank you. Much appreciated.

I don’t have rudder pedals either, so no need to rush in those.

@Zilla_Blitz, if you’re interested in a fuller setup, I have a full Thrustmaster T.16000 stick/throttle/pedals combo available, as well as an AIrbus stick/throttle/expansion setup. I upgraded to a ridiculous Winwing HOTAS setup, so both are just gathering dust in the garage now and I’d make a sweet deal for a Qt3 friend. :)

No pressure, just mentioning them in case!

This totally bizarre area of Nebraska…

Apparently it’s the Nebraska sandhills. I’ve driven through bits of Nebraska, but not that part.

Sorry, I meant the seaplane one.

Thanks, Editer! I’ll reach out via the messaging here. I might wait a bit to see how I like the game(s) first, but I’d be interested to connect about it, for sure!

So far I am enjoying NeoFly. I made some bad choices with my initial attempt. Picked the DR400 as I hadn’t flown it before and it said it took four passengers, making it seem superior to the other choices. I started at my home airport KRNO. The DR400 seemed nice once I got it up at altitude, but even after a run up where I felt I had the mixture right the thing does not climb well and the wind just has it’s way with it. I’m probably doing it wrong, but instead I started a new career in the Savage Cub. While the wind still has its way with the Cub it just feels so much more powerful and able to climb in the mountain air.

There was a period of frustration when trying to start a career with the Savage Cub. It does not have a parking brake. NeoFly wants you to set the parking brakes to begin the mission and load cargo/passengers. After some searching I found there’s a little button hidden at the bottom of the flight screen in the NeoFly interface that let’s it ignore the parking brakes.

On I figured that out I had some nice local flights in the Cub among the scattered thunderstorms moving through the Truckee valley today.

Neofly is quite fun and updated regularly too. For what it’s worth, don’t min/max play it like I did. You have the ability to hire pilots to fly for you and whatnot. If you lean too hard on that, Neofly becomes much less about you flying, and more of you just managing others flying for you. I made a ton of money and burned out a bit fast. It’s at it’s highlight just with you or a very small corp trying to get nicer rides and doing your checkrides, etc. It’s also fun to do the daily treasure hunt mission, especially so since it usually requires a smaller plane to do so and the ability to find a good route to get to the location.

New SSD installed and MSFS all loaded up! That took a bit of time. Those servers are not the fastest.

Is the best place to start just doing those Discovery Flights or do people recommend Flight Training?

Also, easy mode or medium mode, or perhaps some blend?

The trainings are a very good place to start.

Difficulty is up to your goal. To fly around and see cool scenery don’t worry about realism too much. If you want to try to make real difficult crosswind landings set it to hard. Looking over the individual options is a good idea too, as if you have no rudder pedals you might want to set auto rudder but set other things to realistic. Mixture too is one of those things you might want to keep on assist while you turn other things up. I fly is mostly hard/realistic, except for the taxi ribbons setting since I have no idea where I’m going on the ground.

Also, I jumped out of VR for a quick screenshot of my last flight for the night. Right around sunset coming into KFLX. The last light coloring the storm clouds. And the sky4sim panel getting in the way and somewhat ruining the shot.

Thanks! I’m definitely up for adding some challenge, but I’m also definitely up for gradually building up skill. I’ll try everything at medium to start, and adjust rudder to auto and mixture to assist. I can tweak from there.

And nice screen shot. Amazing sky!

EDIT: Spent an hour going through the basic training. Got everything to A except the last one, still a B. Fun times! It’s beautiful up there!

Was doing some NeoFly missions around the Reno area during the scattered thunderstorms over the weekend. Saw a rainbow appearing on my port side and quickly composed a shot.

Gorgeous area. Did you go over Lake Tahoe? I went along the Western shore of the lake and couldn’t believe the number of houses all along the lake.

Holy cow, nice shot. Never seen that before in-game, that’s gotta be one in a million.

I did try to line up the camera just right so the plane would be pooping the rainbow.

Not so far on these flights, but I’ve done it a bunch of times previously. I actually just did a couple more NeoFly flights just now that ended up at South Lake Tahoe, but from the southeast. M45 to KTVL was the last leg. M45 is a tiny dirt strip next to the mountains. I could have climbed for a long while to go direct over the mountains, but instead I turned into a river valley that leads up to Luther Pass. Route 89 runs through it so you can see it on the map. Until I hit the Tahoe Valley is was climbing around 500fpm and never got higher than the peaks. A great bush flying feel with the peaks above my shoulders. Especially in today’s scattered rain. Calmer winds that prior days thankfully.

Finally mapped a button in my VR setup to active pause and took some shots of the conditions as I approach the mountain pass.

Also over in FSEconomy I left the Caravan at the south east edge of the Caribbean, in Trinidad and Tobago. Some very scenic flying around the islands.

Climbing out of South Lake Tahoe to pop back over into the Carson City area to deliver some cargo.

Flying back thorough small airports in Nevada I had a trip between two tiny ones, A34 to NV33. Had to cross a high ridgeline through the scattered showers.

Double rainbow.

There’s something about the high clouds and wind coming off the mountains on the lee side of the Sierras that seems to be a rainbow factory. It doesn’t rain here much, but when it does, rainbow city. I’m not only talking in the sim, I’m pretty sure I’ve posted some pictures in the weather thread or somewhere in years past of real life rainbows I’ve captured when the weather blows through.

This has all been in live weather today.