=== La première fois dans le cockpit ===
Finding your way around the cockpit can be daunting the first time.
Where is the ' virtual cockpit? ' Not all FlightGear aircraft come with an interior, including a virtual cockpit. ( Due to FlightGear being used by various research projects, some aircraft may not even come with an exterior model. Remember, FlightGear is very flexible.) A 2D panel may display over the 3d cockpit if one exists. You may turn this off using the View menu. Otherwise, you should be sitting in the virtual cockpit when FlightGear starts, as long as the Cockpit View is selected.
You may find it difficult to read some of the displays, dials and gauges on the instrument panel. Use the Zoom keys to zoom in on an instrument. The 'x' and Shift-X keys control eyepoint zoom in the Cockpit View. Use the joystick hat ( or other controller assigned to this function) to pan the eyepoint to the instrument you wish to read. Then zoom in.
Alternate Method: Click the right mouse button until you get a cursor with two arrows (like this <=> ). You can now move your view around the cockpit . Press 'x' and Shift-X to zoom in and out.
Some functions, such as starter or magneto, may be difficult to use or lack "hotspots" to control with your mouse. Especially when flying an aircraft model that is still undergoing development. In this case, look for equivalent controls on a 2D panel or resort to the keyboard. The keyboard controls always work according to the assignments listed on the Help Menu ( unless reassigned by an aircraft or configuration). Go to the main window menu , click Help, then click Basic Keys or Common Aircraft Keys.
One of the first steps I take on entering an unfamiliar cockpit is to press Ctrl-C to highlight all the "hotspots" on the 3d cockpit instrument panel. This enables you to easily see where to place the mouse to operate an instrument 's controls, buttons, knobs, etc.
Many aircraft offer a help menu specific to that aircraft on the Aircraft Help menu ( go to Help, then Aircraft Help.