Hey there IF community!
Two months ago, I did my first flight lesson in a real aircraft. The experience was incredible, and I have many more lessons scheduled. However, when not in the air, I wanted to practice on the ground; aka, a simulator.
I did a few short flights in IF, however I quickly became aware of the game and my experience with it. I compiled a list of a few issues within the game (these aren’t bugs, so this doesn’t belong in #support.)
- lack of an interactive cockpit
As a student pilot, learning the cockpit is a very important part of helping my flying career. While IF has a static cockpit, it’s nothing compared to the real cockpit, and how you have to scan the instruments, (my instructor calls this 90 10. 90% looking outside, 10% looking at the instruments).
Being a teenager without a job, flight lessons are costly, so I have to save a lot of my money. $10 a month is too much money for me, and solo doesn’t provide the same experience.
- verbal ATC
Infinite Flight (obviously) does not have verbal ATC. ATC commands are definitely something I need to practice, so tapping buttons on a screen is much different than speaking the commands.
In turn, I decided to spend $12 on a Steam key for Microsoft Flight Simulator. This sim offered everything I needed.
- immensely professional network of serious pilots (VATSIM) for free
- modding, and downloadable aircraft and scenery
- verbal ATC
- one time price
- live cockpits
A big problem I have with IF is the pricing. IF pro allows access to a great number of aircraft and the full globe, but so does FSX, without subscription. I will continue to visit the community occasionally, but I will no longer be using IF as my main simulator. What are your opinions on this subject?