ATR Simming: ATR 42/72 Flight Tutorial/Manual/Guide for MSFS

ATR Simming: ATR 42/72 Flight Tutorial/Manual/Guide for MSFS

Simulate These Unique Commuter Aircraft With Confidence - a complete manual, guide, and written tutorial for the ATR 42-600 and 72-600 for Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020 release by Bill Stack of TopSkills. Read more...

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Learn to easily simulate these wonderful and unique aircraft!

Learn About

  • Distinctive features of each aircraft
  • Physical and performance characteristics
  • Unique ATR flight decks
  • Planning your ATR flights
  • Powering the ATRs
  • Preparing for your ATR flights
  • Flying your ATRs
  • Relevant abbreviations
  • Detailed checklists

Unique Features

ATRs’ unique features are described and explained.

  • Gust lock
  • Hotel mode
  • Idle gate
  • Propeller brake
  • Fuel boost
  • And more

Physical Characteristics Described

Both aircraft are described in detail with images, diagrams, and tables:

  • Dimensions and weights
  • Power plants
  • Fuel volume
  • Passenger capacities
  • Cargo loads

Performance Characteristics Described

  • Takeoff distance
  • Climb rates
  • Cruise speeds
  • Fuel-flow rates
  • Ranges
  • Landing distances
  • And more

Flight Deck Explained

Entire flight decks are explained concisely and in detail.

  • Overhead panel
  • Glare shield
  • Autopilot
  • Main instrument panel
  • Primary flight display
  • Multi-function display
  • Multi-function control-display units
  • Throttle quadrant
  • Pedestal
  • Interior and exterior lighting

Using the Flight Decks

How-to instructions for multiple functions

  • Accessing the flight management computer
  • Using control display units
  • Tuning and using communication and navigation radios
  • Accessing aircraft and flight information
  • Reading displays and maps
  • Using touch-screens
  • Operating hard buttons and knobs

Powering Your ATRs

Multiple methods of powering the ATRs are explained.

  • Using battery only
  • Relying on ground power
  • Engaging external power
  • Utilizing hotel mode
  • Lighting the flight deck
  • Initializing the control-display units

Preparing Your ATR Flights

More how-to instructions

  • Readying the aircraft
  • Making and filing flight plans
  • Tuning radios and setting volume
  • Displaying radio navigation aids
  • Acquiring performance speeds
  • Selecting autopilot functions
  • Activating synthetic vision
  • Using interior and exterior lights

Flying Your ATRs

Numbered step-by-step procedures are provided for all flight phases:

  • Taxiing
  • Taking off
  • Climbing out
  • Climbing to cruise
  • Cruising
  • Descending
  • Approaching
  • Landing
  • Shutting down


Appendix describes hundreds of acronyms and abbreviations used in the book.


Complete detailed checklists are provided for all flight phases.

Find Needed Information Quickly And Easily

  • Logically organized
  • Clearly written at appropriate level
  • Divided into relevant chapters
  • Supported with images and tables
  • Headings and captions guide you throughout
  • Written in plain English
  • Convenient format

Written and Published by Professionals

  • Experienced flight simmers
  • Real-world pilots
  • Trained writers and editors

Common Compatibility

Readable with any program that reads portable document format (PDF) files such as:

  • Adobe
  • Nitro
  • Kindle
  • Libre
  • Nook

If your e-reader displays PDF files, it will display ATR Simming.


  • 138 pages
  • A5 dimensions
  • 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
  • 14 cm by 22 cm
  • Ebook file size: 2.3 mb
  • Archive file size: 3.6 mb
  • Instructions included

Free Extras Included

  • Standard V-speed card
  • ATR quick step table
  • MSFS keyboard shortcuts

Focus and Limits

ATR Simming describes and explains aviation knowledge needed for simulating flight in the unique ATR aircraft. Although this book relies on the Microsoft Flight Simulator™ model, it can be used for ATR aircraft in other simulation programs.

“I liked these aircraft so much,” proclaims author Bill Stack, “I wrote a whole manual for them.”

This manual is for home flight-simulation computer games. It is based on real aviation laws, regulations, and procedures so home flight-simulation enthusiasts can maximize their enjoyment. Because some aspects of home flight-simulation games are not exactly like real-world aviation, some information in this book is not exactly like real flight. That is why ATR Simming is not intended for and should not be used for real-world flight or lessons. No liability is accepted for any misuse of this manual. – Bill Stack, author

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Flight simmers have trusted, benefitted, and enjoyed my instructional books since 1997.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

A lot of time and effort has been invested by me and others toward making a quality product that is useful to people. Any book with physical defects will be replaced at no cost. If you can show that the content of ATR Simming is not as described, your money will be refunded. If you find facts that you believe are in error, please let me know so I can evaluate them. – Bill Stack, Author


About TopSkills

TopSkills publishes tutorial videos and self-instructional books to help home flight-simulation enthusiasts maximize enjoyment of their hobby by applying real-world aviation principles and techniques.

The business was formed in 1987 by Bill Stack as a management-consulting practice. Between 1987 and 2012, Bill consulted to government and private-sector auditing organizations including inspectors general and internal auditors.  

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