YMMV / Microsoft Flight Simulator

  • Best Level Ever: Some airports are fan-favorites for many FSX players:
    • The Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten (ICAO code TNCM) is maybe the favorite one, being one of the most difficult airports to land, just like the one in Real Life
    • The Edwards Air Force Base in California (ICAO code KEDW) is another favorite one, having the largest runway of the world, perfect for testing new aircraft — again, just like in the real world.
      • The Edwards runway is three statute miles long: in a small enough plane, you can take off and then land without going around. The first tutorial in Flight Simulator X is to do just this in a small ultralight, making this as beginner friendly as possible.
    • Arguably, the airport closest to your real home could count. Especially if you can locate your home from the air among the randomly generated scenery in what is essentially finding a Needle in a Stack of Needles.
  • Crack Is Cheaper: Some addons for the simulator (planes, scenaries, etc) are as costly (or more) than the game itself, partly because designing a good plane is extremely hard, programming-wise, not to mention having to pay the license for the use of the jet in the simulator. Luckily, there's lots of freeware addons you can use, too.
    • Assuming you have the money and connections, buying Prepar3D can cost a considerable amount of money, but thanks to version 4, there are now several economical options to buy the program, being the cheapest the academic version. This is justified, since Lockheed Martin considers the program as a training tool and NOT as a game in any way, albeit the current EULA doesn't include any other restriction beyond the common ones.
    • Simulator setups, the Saitek series of peripherals is designed so you can have as complex of a setup as you wish as they can be assembled together in any way you prefer it, ranging from yokes, pedals, throttle quadrants (for one or two engines) to a configurable display allowing you to show a gauge of your choosing (and you can buy more of them for more simultaneous gauges), a radio stack, the autopilot controls and a systems panel for magnetos, battery/alternator, aircraft lights and the gear lever. Thankfully, you can get away with just a Microsoft SideWinder or Thrustmaster joystick and enjoy the game as is.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Judging by the amount of mods, addons and additional planes you can buy or download for free, the franchise seems to be very popular in Germany.
  • Memetic Mutation: This exchange courtesy of this instructional video for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 by King Flight School, where John is flying over New York.
    Martha: John, you just about crashed into the Empire State Building!
    John: *Aside Glance* Hey, that would be cool!
    • Many of them are abound thanks to Airforceproud95 in Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition and the resultant Newbie Boom it brought such as "Blog about it" and "Write a book" note , "You can proceed to ALT+F4" note  and "Welcome to FSX: Steam Edition" note .
  • Misblamed: Somewhat, as the September 11, 2001 terrorists trained with this program for carrying out the attacks, even if they also trained with real planes. This is possibly one of the reasons, along with lower sales and Microsoft shifting from PC games to Xbox consoles, why Microsoft decided to kill the series.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The GPWS (Ground Proximity Warning System) in modern jetliners, sure it's useful when landing but otherwise it tends to be bothersome when playing some of the missions like "Down Under" and "Jet City" that requires you to be pitch down and close to the ground in a Learjet 45.
    • The variometer in the DG808S lets you know (in level flight at 80 knots) if the air is rising or falling but there's also a loud, electronic beeping that makes it unbearable. You can turn off the variometer itself easily for some peace and quiet but that will turn off the gauge itself, meaning you have to remember to turn it back on when looking for lift or, if you're observant, you can find lift without the variometer at all because you can tell if you've encountered lift when you experience turbulence and the vertical speed needle suddenly starts to rise.
  • That One Level: Just like in Real Life, some airports are notorious for being a pain to land on them:note 
    • The Benito Juarez Airport in Mexico City (ICAO code MMMX) is notorious for being a pain to land, both in the game and Real Life, since you have to avoid the mountains surrounding Mexico City. If that wasn't enough, if you're using real weather it's hot and high, meaning that the air is thin enough to complicate take-off and landing.
    • The Toncontin Airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras (ICAO code MHTG) has a similar case like the Mexico City one, except the difficulty to land is raised Up to 11, since the airport is located in the middle of the city as well.
    • The Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong (ICAO code VHHX, a fictitious ICAO code since it's now closed. The actual one, Chep Lap Kok, uses the VHHH one, which was its previous one), despite being closed in 1998, still appears in all versions of the game, and both the real one and the video game version of it are the most difficult airports to land over there, since you have fly over Hong Kong City and sometimes over their buildings. No wonder why it was closed.
    • Trying to land into an aircraft carrier. For an extra challenge, try to land into one with an airliner.
    • The Sunan Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea (ICAO code ZKPY) is an inversion of this trope: The most annoying part of this airport is taking off, since the runway is too far from the boarding gate and you need a lot of time for taxiing just to be able to take off. On the other hand, landing on this airport is very easy.
    • Landing at SABA, which has the shortest commercial (asphalt) runway in the world. Though note how one player manages land with a 747 (granted even at full realism settings, the stopping distance of jets, particularly the 747, is much shorter than real life. Regardless, that's still a major achievement).