Flight Simulator Aircraft

We are going to cover the full array of aircraft available – from the light-sport to the supersonic. We’ll take a look at what is available from the Microsoft Flight Simulator X and X-Plane programs.


Pilots going for a private pilot license can learn in a light-sport aircraft (LSA), of which there is a number of excellent trainer airplanes, or typically a Cessna 172. The LSA has the advantage of being less expensive to own and operate, but there are less of them around. The typical Cessna 172 is the common aircraft for most flight schools teaching private pilot applicants.

Cessna 172 has its own area because there are good models for both Microsoft Flight Simulator X and X-Plane programs.


Jets will have a separate area. We will cover the Very Light Jet (Cirrus) and the Aerion Supersonic Business Jet for all a full range of personal/business jets.


There is a weight-shift control (WSC) trike made for flight simulation with the Flight Simulator X program and is a good overall model. There is a new Aeros model that is now available for X-Plane. Overall I use the Microsoft Flight Simulator for the Trike and the X-Plane for airplane because each aircraft type needs a completely different controls setup.