Fly Into the Matrix

How to Get Into the World of Virtual Flying at Home

“Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” — Morpheus, The Matrix

Magazine cover graphic.

Follow Me Down the Rabbit Hole

Beware the System Requirements

CPU graphic.
A “Comet Lake” Intel CPU. Photo courtesy of Intel
Image of a CPU.
AMD’s Ryzen CPU. Photo courtesy of AMD
Examples of Nvidia’s new Ampere (30 series) GPUs. Note the massive upscaling of the cooling required. Photo courtesy of Nvidia
Photo of hard drive.
An m.2 NVMe SSD. Photo courtesy of Samsung

Choose Your Path

Photo of a flight simulator setup.
Here’s the setup I used to test X-Plane and the MS Flight Simulator 2020. Photo by Dan Williams

We can use a virtual world to sharpen and
refine skills even if we can’t actually get into a real-world airplane.

VR and Gear, Lots of Gear

This article was originally published in the January/February 2021 issue of FAA Safety Briefing magazine. https://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/

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