RC Flight Simulators
With RC Flight Simulators you can learn to fly!
Now you can learn to fly RC airplanes and helicopters on your own computer!
Recent advances in software technology have now created numerous features enabling you to choose your aircraft, landscape, and wind conditions. Tutorials and skill tests are also a part of the software packages.
It's like going to RC Flight School in your home!
The three most popular RC flight simulators available are:
- Great Planes Real Flight G3 R/C Flight Simulator
- Ikarus Aerofly Professional Deluxe
- Reflex XTR
RC Flight Simulators require your computer to have a minimum amount of speed and capacity so it doesn't freeze up. For instance, Real Flight G3 suggests the following minimum features in your computer:
- Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98
- IntelŪ PentiumŪ 1.0 GHz or equivalent
- DirectX 9 (or above) feature-compatible video and sound card
- 3D accelerated video card with 32MB (or more) RAM (e.g., Nvidia GeForce 5200, ATI Radeon 9600)
- 256 MB RAM
- 1.3 GB hard drive space
Optimum performance for the RC Flight Simulators require the following:
- Windows XP
- Intel Pentium 3.0 GHz or equivalent
- 3D accelerated video card with 128MB (or more) RAM (e.g., Nvidia GeForce 6800, ATI Radeon 9800)
- 1 GB RAM
Additional required equipment includes:
- an available USB port on your computer and
- a Compatible FM or FM-selectable transmitter (if using the interface mode)
Beginner to Expert Skill Level: The Real Flight G3 comes with the CD-ROM and a faux transmitter (controller) that has the USB interface cable attached to it. On the back of the faux transmitter there is a trainer jack that allows you to connect your real transmitter to it so you can use either the faux transmitter or your real transmitter to control the program.
I personally have the RealFlight G2 (older version) and can tell you from first hand experience that the G2 offers a great opportunity to see and feel how a transmitter really works. You can practice taking off, flying around, stunt maneuvers, and the most difficult of all, landing!
The Real Flight G3 offers even more with better graphics and a wider selection of aircraft.
There is a huge selection of electric and nitro powered helicopters and airplanes to choose from and each one has been programmed with different settings to more accurately replicate how it would feel to fly the real thing...they even included a few gliders!
Great Planes has also provided a series of Add-Ons for the Real Flight G3 to provide new airplanes, flying sites in 3-D or PhotoField, a Terrain Editor for terrain and atmospheric conditions, and new terrains.
If you're interested, you can actually download a FREE demo of the RealFlight
G3 right now!
here to download free demo of the G3 Flight Simulator software!
The Aerofly Professional Deluxe is considered by most of the hardcore RC flying experts to be the best RC flight simulator on the market because of it's attention to detail with the actual physics of flying. It includes 12 unique airfields, over 50 different models of aircraft, realistic 360 degree photo-scenaries, customizable fog and smoke simulation, and a host more.
If this is your first purchase, then you'll want to get the Aerofly Professional Deluxe with the USB Game Controller. This is a faux transmitter that connects directly to your computer:
If you already own a Futaba or JR brand transmitter, you can get the software with the required interface cables and use your own transmitter with the computer!
The Reflex XTR uses real panoramic photos of flying fields to create the landscapes for their software. Direct and indirect sunlight, fog, shadows, and wind are used to create truly realistic conditions.
I have not personally tried the Reflex XTR but I can tell you that it receives very high praises from a lot of the expert RC helicopter flyers that want the most realistic a flight simulator that they can find.
All of the RC flight simulators will give you a good feel for the basics needed to successfully fly an RC airplane.
When it comes to RC helicopters, you really need to have a simulator that is "dead on" and based on the reviews and comparisons that I've read, the Reflex XTR is the first choice for many.
RC Flight Simulators
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