http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Can-a-home-computer-teach-you-to-fly-a-real-plane-2753478.php Can flight simulator training on a home computer teach you enough to fly a real plane? Sort of. Authorities say two teenagers in Utah planned to bomb their school, steal a plane and flee the country. They'd never flown a plane, but police said they'd spent hundreds of hours with a flight simulation program. Flight simulation software gives hobbyists a highly accurate idea of the layout of airplane cockpits and controls. Many enthusiasts attach control sticks and rudder pedals to their computers and spend hours flying to and from the programs' simulations of actual airports, complete with portrayals of real runways and airport buildings.