Main Interface - Designed
to be hidden during flight, it can be popped up at any time in its full or compact mode.
FSHotSeat (FSHS) is the hottest new
add-on to Microsoft® Flight Simulator 2002 (MSFS) bringing you a host of new voices,
sounds, information, activities and, ultimately, your permanent performance evaluation.
All this in an easy to use minimal setup
packageit really is jump in and go. Lets try a virtual
Well start with that commercial twin
turboprop you just downloaded. FSHS is specially designed to recognize and adjust to
any aircraft (except sailplanes and helicopters) without any setup (in most
Fire up FSHS and MSFS (you may want to set FSHS
to autoload MSFS.) Youll start from the MSFS Create A Flight
menu. Select the twin turboprop, set the weather, and create or load a flight
planfrom anywhere, to anywhere, FSHS knows every standard MSFS airport,
runway, and navaid and their city, state and country. Click Fly Now!
After announcing your aircraft by name, company
and flight number, FSHS automatically checks it for essential parameters, primarily weight
and reference speeds. If anything is missing (rarely) you can check and fix the
omissions on the FSHS Aircraft Specs MFD. FSHS knows your aircrafts equipment
and capabilities and dynamically adapts checklists for it. Youll also hear
your departure and destination announced by name and location and, as long as youre
at your departure airport, youre ready go. Thats it.
Bobs the copilot today, Mary Anns
Lead Flight Attendant and Herbs the Dispatcher, but you can change their names, sex
and voices to whatever you like.
Hotkey Setup - Commonly used
commands are assigned to dual-use, in-context hotkeys supplemented by a dynamic in-flight
You could load cargo or fly empty but you
take passengers to give Mary Ann a job.
As you hear Mary Ann greet the passengers, Bob
enters the cockpit, closes the door and introduces himself. He could be a dork, but
youre not sure. But dont think about it too long because as soon as your
copilot arrives youre on the clock.
First Bob will run through your current fuel and
payload weight. You may have to reduce your fuel or (in FS2004) reduce your payload to
stay under MTOW.
Bob rattles off the current ground and aloft
weather conditions. In FS2004 he'll give you a heads up on any significant weather
forecast for you entire flight. Then he informs you that youre scheduled to depart
eight minutes from now. As Mary Ann gives the first passenger briefing you realize
you better get busy.
Popup WX/RouteMap - Shows the
current weather along your route along with waypoint information up to 200nm away. It's
gonna be wet from OBK to KMKE.
You call for the Before Start
Checklist. Bob offers to handle it for you, which means hell call
each item, execute the item, and check it off. Gee, thats easy.
Yeah, and if you do that all the time itll destroy your Cockpit Resource Management
(CRM) Rating. Share the workload. You tell him no and he waits for you
to execute each item. And try not to make him repeat himself; it costs you CRM
points. If for some reason you cant execute an item, its not on your
panel for example, Bob can do it for you at a small CRM cost. Near the end of the
checklist, he prompts you to call for clearance and ATIS. FSHS is designed to
cooperate fully with native MSFS ATC. Youre still responsible for ATC but Bob
handles Dispatch coms and passenger briefings.
Just about now you might hear the first Advanced
AIBlast traffic. The effect is amazing--just like a real thing. In fact, if you live
near an airport, you'll have a hard time telling if the sounds are live or Advanced
AIBlast--it's that real. Approach and landing with thrust reversers, take offs with
spool-ups, flybys and overflights--it's all there in stunning Doppler 3D. Best to dwell on
it after your flight because you're still on the clock...
Sample Aircraft Specs - Also provides direct
editing access to Aircraft, Panel and Sound config files.
After Bob calls dispatch for startup clearance,
you splurge on the Engine Start Checklist and let him handle it, sitting back in the Spot
You handle the extensive After Start
Checklistprop check, control surfaces and the like. Better
hurryyoure up against your first time limitdeparture time. Putz
around after your departure time and your passengers quickly get annoyed.
When youre done, you tell Bob to call Herb
at Dispatch for departure permissionwith pushback. Taxi without taxi and/or
pushback permission will cost your Skill Rating dearly. And dont forget the
parking brake. When you hear the parking brake release sound, and the thump and
rumble of the tug youre on your way.
As you taxi, youll probably have to put up
with some inane joke or advice from Bob or maybe an Internet News item he's picked
upif you can hear it over the simultaneous cabin announcements and ATC. Try to stay
focused because, once youre airborne, it gets worse.
Bobs aircraft weight, wind and
V speed info helped the takeoff but things are rushed now. He wants
checklists, ATC wants vectoring, the Cabins on the PA again, and the GPWS is ready
to dont sink you at any moment. Watch your speed and no abrupt
maneuversthe passengers will audibly complain and start filling out those little
Pilot Rating cards. If you cant handle it all, lay the Climb Checklist off to
Bobjust remember your CRM Rating.
Popup TCAS - Shows all AI
traffic within 10NM with a zooming to 2NM. We have a TA (Traffic Advisory) at 2 o'clock
flying level, 500 feet below us, in the opposite direction. You'll also hear the audio
TCAS barking "Traffic! Traffic!"
At cruise, things calm down quite a
bit. Mary Ann has competed her announcements and is busy distributing free peanuts
and expensive drinks. Bob makes the occasional bad joke, weather observation, or
even tell you news he's heard (real-time from the Internet.) He'll also provide a current
weather report, geographical location, fuel status, etc. He likes to keep the
passengers informed so he might tell them when youre near a city or crossing from
one state or country to another.
Time for some music! But first you ask Bob
for a status reportrunning six minutes ahead of schedule and 115% of target cruise
speed. Not too bad. You turn on the music
Its FSHotSeat 88.6, Your more music
stationyeah, weve heard that before. Jackie D, the
DJ, promptly launches into a commercial for Cessna City which offers
pre-owned Cessnas, promising No job? No money? No
problem! Now thats a deal! After possibly announcing the time and
ground weather at a nearby city, Jackie intros the next songby name and
artistand youve actually heard of it since its your MP3.
If you're interested in what's going on in the
rest of the world, you can change channels to an Internet All News Channel that brings you
news from the likes of the BBC read continuously by the DJ. If all news is a bit much,
selected headlines can be read every 15 minutes on music channels if you like.
You settle back for a moment, hitting the Tower
View key to watch your aircraft zip past in the FSHS Flyby View. Active from
Entertainment System - Just select one of your Mp3 directories,
set the volume and your DJ will randomly select music from your collection even announcing
the song name and artist (when available.)
takeoff to touchdown, the Flyby View automatically
anchors itself near touchdown so you wont miss a moment of that spectacular
landing. Bob calls out Two minutes
to the next waypoint. He
knows them all by name, type and frequency.
The musics sounding so good, youre
tempted to turn the aircraft over to Bob wholl announce and fly each waypoint,
dutifully setting the radios and using seatbelts when required. If you can spare the CRM
points, hell even fly the entire cruise segment, pausing MSFS at descent.
After a few more tunes, you ask Bob for an
on-time reportwhoops, wind shifted, five minutes behind
scheduleits gonna be a hot descent. ATC calls so you hit the Music Mute
Hotkey. Yep, descend and maintain
If youre sane, and wish to
remain so, youll shut off the music right now.
You call for Descent Checklist. Its
a fast one but now Bob wants to know if youre ready to set the destination
runway. You do remember it dont you? You check the Flight Info MFD,
there it isor is it the reciprocal? You give the go ahead to set the radios
for the instrument approachyou can afford the CRM pointsbesides youre
trying to keep in the airspeed at 245 as you pass 10,000.
Bob calls Herb at Dispatch with your distance
and ETA. Herb reminds you that youre late, encourages you to make up the time,
and reminds you not to speed. What a moron.
Approach Checklist. Bob suggests 155 as an
initial approach speedyeah, rightand 165 as maximum flap extension.
Do you want flaps? he queries. Forget the flaps, Bob, were going
Meanwhile, a wacky ATC vector makes your
straight-in not so straight. Just pray youre Number 1
for landing. Bob announces, Localizer acquired
You bleed off some speed then a notch of
flaps. Bob calls out, Flaps 18 degrees, then, Glide slope
Youre late with the Landing
Checklist. And Bob says youre 10 knots over gear extension. Better
listen, cuz youll clobber your Skill Rating even if your gear survives.
With more flaps the buffeting sound gets even louder. Gear down.
Flight Status Sample - This is the main real-time MFD.
Provides departure and destination runway information, waypoints and, most
important, your on-time progress.
A quick MFD checkyoure one
minute late. Bob calls out, Reference plus forty
Theres a pronounced roaring sound when the gears are droppeditll quiet
down as the airspeed drops. You hand off autopilot disconnect and thrust reversers
to Bobits worth the pricelanding is a rating all of its own.
You make a quick scan for the location of
airport terminalyou dont want to waste time during the taxi, youll need
The GPWS barks Two-hundred. At 150,
Bob disconnects the autopilot. 100...50
Thump. Well, it felt
, you think, as you hear the click of the throttles being pulled past
reverse detent. When Bob announces, Reversers disengaged, youre
already eyeing the highspeed to the left. You take it
As soon as Bob tells the passengers not to get
up just yet, you hand him the After Landing Checklistyoure too busy getting
your gate assignment while trying the keep the aircraft moving. And Mary Anns
on the PA.
One minute late. But then it happens, some yob
in a beat up Cessna with a fading Cessna City sticker pulls around a
hanger. Youre given the dreaded Hold your position. Damn.
Precious seconds tick off. The passengers
get antsythey dont like waiting. They finger those evaluation
cards. You tell Bob to apologize for the ground delay. It helps, but only a
Finally, the Cessna putts away and you push
ahead past taxi speed limit. Bob reminds you youre speeding but you ignore him
since youre almost at the gate
|Flight Logs Sample - Keeps permanent record of
each flight by date in a printable format. Provides detail of all significant flight
events. Another MFD (not shown) provides the same information broken down by
Youre really not sure of the CRM
points but youre so exhausted you hand the Secure Checklist off to Bob. He
sets the parking brake. You switch to Spot View and watch the shutdown
sequence. Theres not much you can do nowfour minutes late.
The passengers file off as soon as the last
engine spools down. As you listen to Mary Ann say goodbyes you wonder about your
eval. When Bob calls out Master switch off, secure checklist
complete, its crunch time. He calls Dispatch
Herb comes back with The customers were
mostly satisfied with their arrival time. There were a few complaints about ground
delays. They reported that the ride was very smooth. Your flying skills were
rated excellent. Your landing was rated good. Overall, your flight rating is
good. Not too bad
Then Bob tells you, Personally, I think
your Cockpit Resource Management Skills are good; you did a bit less work.
"Maybe if I didn't have to listen to your lame jokes...," you think, but you
hold your tongue. You' may have to fly with him again.
Pilot Evaluation Sample - This
is what it's all about--your permanent personal record broken down by aircraft type.
You check your Aircraft Log MFD.
Your entire flights permanently recorded along with the times of all significant
events and your ratings for the flight:
OverAll Good (88%)
Pass Good (87%)
Land Good (84%)
CRM Good (81%)
Not too shabby. This is all folded into
your overall Pilot Evaluation that computes your total hours and ratings broken down into
six different aircraft types. (See Samples.)
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