Flight simulation is an integral part
of aviation training but has always been
considered costly to many prospective pilots.
To that end, Microsoft Corporation developed
a software program that provides realistic
virtual flying scenarios developed for home-based
personal computers (PCs). The product is
not new, and in fact, Microsoft Flight Simulator
is nearly 25 years old with the latest version,
Flight Simulator X, as the most significant
upgrade to date. In addition to the flying,
the program offers dozens of articles covering
basic and advanced topics, as well as lessons
with a virtual flight instructor. While
some may view this product as a game, others
users (such as flight schools and the U.S.
Navy use the simulation to provide important
ground-based virtual training to their pilots.
As with others aspects of the information
technology industry, the advent of flight
simulation has created niche aviation-related
software design careers. Microsoft, for
example, prefers to hire designers with
aviation backgrounds to join their Flight
Simulator design team called ACES Studios.
Avjobs Weekly met with Hal Bryan, a Microsoft
Flight Simulator community representative
that was happy to detail a new expansion
pack for the product and also discuss the
unique career path he and other software
developers opted to follow.
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