For me, every time I go up in MSFS, I get shocked at how real it looks compared to where I fly. And, for the planes I fly, it’s not really all that different from when I fly. In the sim I fly the Mooney, Seminole, Bonanza, C152 (pretty much spot on to real life with the mod), C172 (again, really good), and I’ve been flying the P149 a lot lately. In real life I fly Warriors lately, and I owned a 180 Cherokee (Challenger) for a long time. In fact, I’m in the market for a plane now.
I see all these posts about planes floating down runways and whatever, but, for me, it pretty much matches flying for me. No floating, just the right amount of glide as when I land, with the cockpit set up properly, the same view. Stalling the C152 modded matches pretty well with my experience stalling, and I have almost 100 hours in C152’s. Not a ton, but enough to know generally.
The only nigglers are the rudder response is really bad in a couple of ways. Cross-wind landings don’t really match, it’s much smoother in real life, it can get out of hand quickly in real life, but, with practice it gets smoother. And takeoffs in the YMF5, there’s no way it’s that squirrely that suddenly at 40 knots the plane just wants to ground loop on takeoff. Flying tends to get much more progressively bad. It might ground loop on you, but, if you’re paying attention, you’ll watch it go bad over an eternity in your mind. But, if you’re not paying attention, like, you let your attention wander to that car on the tarmac as you’re taxiing, things can happen that fast. Back to the YMF, there’s no way there’s this sudden set of forces at 40 knots. You’d feel the change occur progressively. So, there’s something wrong in that regard. I don’t know if it’s an issue with the flight dynamics of the plane or the winds on the ground in MSFS. Maybe both, plus probably a bit of really bad rudder dynamics in the sim in general.
And of course there’s the lack of force on the joystick which means a lot in controlling a plane. And the lack of forces on your butt as you’re making a turn. But, that’s the compromise you make with simming. I still love it.
Be that as it may, I recently put these comparisons together for an airport I just released that I fly to a lot. KCON. So, yeah, when I take off in the sim, I get shocked at the view out the window, “■■■■■■■, That’s nearly just what I see when I take off out of Manchester or Concord or Nashua” etc, etc… The lighting on the trees and view out the window, it might as well be real. Heck, that’s one of the main reasons I fly is that view and the ability to explore and go in any direction I want
Make sure you make those pictures big for the detail… They’re 4K with just a little jpeg compression.