Many people think it is impossible to fly in Microsoft Flight simulator without a joystick, and even if you could it wouldn’t be a very smooth flight. Here, I’ma prove them wrong by demoing a flight where you literally don’t have to touch the arrow keys.
This is a video I made showing a very short flight made possible using only autopilot and a pre-plotted course. I am terrible with small jets, and though I have been able to fairly smoothly land propellered planes and 737s (and even a 777 that one time in FS2000), I crash almost everytime in the Learjet 45. This time, I land very smoothly wth a mild flare.
Note that in Flight Simulator X, GPS waypoints can be set anywhere, not just at intersections etc.
Basically, to achieve a “smooth” flight like this you need:
1) A good pre-plotted course that aligns you directly in the runway
2) Knowledge of the airport runway’s elevation (in fts)
3) A plane that has autopilot
4) The 2D Cockpit (although it is also possible with the 3D cockpit, I just find the 2D cockpit easier to handle)
5) The stall speed of the plane
6) And probably good knowledge of ATC controls (I’m an idiot so I haven’t figured that out yet)
The video will give you a fairly good idea of what to do.