Flight Simulators: From Flaps to Flying *
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AbstractDid you know that commercial airline pilots use high-tech flight simulators to learn how to fly big jumbo jets? Before they ever step behind the controls of a real jet they've already logged thousands of virtual air miles. It might not qualify you to fly a real jumbo jet, but you, too, can learn the logistics of aviation by experimenting with the types of flight simulators sold at computer game retailers. Use a flight simulator to investigate the relationship between flap settings and the stall speed of your favorite aircraft. Is the relationship the same or different for different types of airplanes?
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Here are a couple of websites about flight simulators to get you started:
- (2008). Help For New Flightsimmers. Retrieved May 29, 2008 from http://www.flightsim.com
- Wikipedia Contributors. (2008, May 25). Flight Simulator. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 29, 2008 from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Flight_simulator&oldid=214918608
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