September 1999 Issue

Flight Sims for the Masses

Prices are down, capabilities are up. We think it’s a toss up between Jeppesen’s FlitePro and ASA’s On Top.

Although the recent demise of IFT-Pro might suggest otherwise, the market for computer-based IFR training and practice software is alive and well. Hardly a week goes by without a reader phoning or e-mailing for recommendations.

And have you looked at the prices of these things lately? Capabilities that used to cost several hundred dollars are now available for around a C-note.

Last time we looked at these programs, our focus was on the sort of instrument practice programs the average pilot would find useful and affordable, which eliminated all of the bona fide PCATDs. We’ll do the same this time. Obviously, we’ve kicked out a slew of self-proclaimed “flight simulators” which are b...

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