Continuing on my with PilotEdge tour, I did a VFR flight from L77 Chiriaco Summit to KUDD Bermuda Dunes. I’ve been working on L77 using Laminar’s free World Editor, which allows users to create their own airports. It’s a fun little airport next to Interstate 10 in California, and you can visually follow the interstate northwest to several airports. It’s fun to fly in X-Plane the way an actual VFR pilot would fly - using my eyeballs to visually navigate, instead of just plotting a direct course in a GPS. For a change,
I flew the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, which I customized with Hayden-Pratt colors.
All went well until a series of small mistakes at my destination lead to some flustering. It’s interesting when flying on PilotEdge because you’re not supposed to pause the simulator, so when things happen you quickly find yourself frazzled that you’re trying to maintain control of the plane while sorting things out. When flying solo on X-Plane, it’s easy and tempting to pause things while you fix settings on your navigation, for example, but in PilotEdge you have to work it out on the go. Just like real life.
Here’s the shortened version of my flight, with my narration. Enjoy!