Flying Microsoft Flight Simulator without a joystick

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.


2 thoughts on “Flying Microsoft Flight Simulator without a joystick

  1. Flying without a joystick is definitely no easy task. Having an autopilot like you mentioned is probably key. I’ve tried it before with just the keyboard and end up nearly getting RSI by pressing the arrow keys repeatedly in all directions!

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