How close is MSFS 2020 to the real thing?

If you spend your time flying within the ‘normal’ flight envelope and concentrate on the proper procedures MSFS can be considered very close in most aspects. As has been mentioned above, the control forces and ‘feel’ do not exist and so many will say that the aircraft are far to sensitive. It is merely the lack of effort required to fly that makes it seem so.

That brings me to my second point. If you attempt to fly knife edge thru Manhatten or trace the F1 track in Monte Carlo while inverted, I suggest that you will find reality takes a trip to the back of the bus. While it would be possible to do those things in real life, the 100’s of hours practicing it at altitude before ever attempting the real stunt are superceded by the 12 year old with an XBox controller using an external view to make it easier to follow the road.

REAL flying in MSFS is what you make it. If a task seems difficult, don’t adjust controller sensitivities to make it easier. Just keep practicing it until it is easier. Many maneuvers in a real aircraft are difficult to master. Not having any inertial feedback or resistance to control inputs would make those tasks much harder to master.

Many of the maneuvers and techniques that I mastered over the years, flying complex, high performance aircraft into places they were never intended to go are predicated on feelings in the hands, feet and butt. I can tell you that threading a Twin Otter into a mountain bush strip that a dozer finished creating only moments before turning final, will get your heartrate up. MSFS cannot duplicate the sweaty palms, the tightness in the stomach or the euphoric release as taxi speed is established mere feet from the pile of logs at the end of the runway.

Many of those strips are actually findable in MSFS though and I always marvel that I can find them just by following the same logging road I did 30 years ago.

How close to the real thing? Close enough that I keep booting it up.


The framerates are better in real life :slight_smile:

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I created it. It’s on - N95508. I’ve got 3 C152 liveries there. More to come eventually. I learned to fly on N95508 and N48270. My favorite C152 livery of the three is N48270.

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Well, except when you’re crashing… time seems to completely stop then and go by verrryyy slowly :wink:

Not that I’ve crashed an airplane in real-life… thinking of the car accidents I’ve been in :slight_smile:

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Well done FlyingsCool5650. Now all you need are the accolades and awards and you’ll be in fat city. :slight_smile:

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What the hell does that mean? The person asked where the paint came from. I answered.

My bad bud! I thought you were responding to a comment earlier about creating your own sim. Apologies!

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P.S. Your skin is excellent…maybe you SHOULD create your own sim!

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I used to be pretty good at programming in Fortran :rofl:

Well, not good enough to write a flightsim, but I did make some cool DOS graphics at the time. Well, not really that cool, just some colored menus and a graphing thing :grin: :rofl:

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They look great, thanks so much.

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Fortran!? Didn’t think there were any of us still alive. The interfaces we used to speak to computers with have evolved a bit. I am still using c++ and everyone keeps pushing me to JAVA. Only Java I like comes in a mug.

I baffled my 30 year old son a bit ago by translating a text he sent me into hex. When I tried to explain that that was how I used to program my computer and show him how to read it, I swear his eyes just rolled up to the whites.

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What programming language is the sim?

I would probably ask how many? :slight_smile:

I think I have seen this discussed.

I think you can Google, 'programming languages of the 21st century", and you will likely have the list you request.
This is where much of the problem is with the SDK. The system does not allow outside libraries and yet still uses the same library usage internally. I expect the majority is written in C++ and Java. The issue is more the WASM limitations when compiled. Not to mention the integration of some legacy code from previous iterations.

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Ok, Thanks guys for the info.

FORTRAN ? Hex? Ah yes. How about , PL1, Autocoder, RPG, COBOL and Assembler. Nothing like debugging in Hex.

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Those were fun times. Simpler in many respects. Total memory only 5k meant MUCH less code. :slight_smile:

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I find it easier to trim the c172 and in fact easier to fly in general in real life compared to the sim tbh

We still use Fortran on our legacy VMS Alphas at work.

As far as how real is MSFS. About as real as a PC based horse simulator or Violin playing simulator.

Whatever the answer is, most of them are equal to Chinese to me :slight_smile: