I almost always do this. I’m weird that way…and a bit of a masochist. Whenever I buy a new plane (for FSX, X-Plane, or DCS), I usually will open it up cold and dark and see if I can get it working without reading the manual. For some reason I derive an odd pleasure in bringing something like the 757 to life without knowing anything about it. But, to be fair, most airplanes (even the complex ones) are fairly standardized.
- Electricity - (Battery or GPU)
- Fuel Pumps or Valves
- APU for air if you are rotating a big engine (or again GPU)
- Starter and introduce fuel (maybe)
- Generators / alternators
- Conditioned air / pressurization
I’ve met some creatures I couldn’t bring to life on my own. Some, like the Ka-50, stumped me I recall. I don’t know if I ever tried starting the Mi-8. Some have quirks like fuel cutoff on the throttle, or configuration limitations that will lock-out other controls - those can be tough to solve. Anyway…just wondering if anyone else does that… Managed to get all my recent purchases started (the NH-90 had me stumped for a bit)…