I know this topic has been addressed in the not so distant past, but I have sort of a different question. What computer programs provide a realistic IFR picture for novice training as well as allow the user an intuitive feel for using the program. Please respond as I am eager to begin learning.
Lost in haze,
I love http://www.jeppesen.com/prodserv/flitepro/Jeppesen’s FlitePro. It’s fairly easy to set up and use, and pretty intuitive - the only thing I struggled with a bit was getting it to talk to my joystick, and that was a one-shot-deal.
I use it for practicing approaches into airports before I go there for real, practicing seldom-used procedures (DME arcs, NDB holds, etc.), and sometimes, just for fun. For training, it’s hard to imagine a better tutoring system than the “scripts” which come with it (more available for $$), which play out very realistic scenarios in which a real-sounding controller issues you vectors and instructions, and you have to comply; some scripts are “variable”, meaning that they don’t run quite the same way each time you load them (just like real life). The “controller” talks to lots of traffic - not just to you - so listen up!
The only real gripe I have is that the package is integrated with the Apollo GX50 GPS, not the Garmins we use; the panel is either a C172 or a Bonanza A36. I suppose I should be unhappy about the fact that it’s not a Cirrus, but I think you’ll find it works well for training.
Caviat: Of the instrument sims I’ve tried, this is the one I like the best; but there are quite a few out there, so get lots of opinions [although I’m not quite sure WHERE you’d find opinions on THIS Forum ]