Let's try to answer that age old question: "Which is the best RC Flight Simulator?" by providing detailed info about all of them.
R/C Desk Pilot… www.rcdeskpilot.com/
ClearView SE... www.bestflightsim.com
Slope Soaring Simulator...http://www.rowlhouse.co.uk/sss/
Here is a recent review by Model Aviation:
Quick Look of the RC Sims:
Price: $130 - 170
Uses your own radio (adapter required)
Where to buy: LHS or http://www.ikarus.net/index.php/de/
"AeroFly Pro Deluxe features some of the most advanced flight physics ever implemented in a computer simulation. Whenever it comes to practicing high alpha 3D-flying AeroFly is the perfect tool for you. Torque rolls, snap-rolls, flat-spins, you can do basically any maneuver. Many world class pilots use AeroFly as a training tool. Some of our models have even been set up by some of those pilot, like the TOC freestyle champion Roland Matt."
100% Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon64 compatible CPU with at least 1.5 Ghz
512 MB for Windows 2000/XP, 1GB for Windows Vista or Windows 7
5 GB free hard disc memory
OpenGL Version 2.0 compatible 3D-graphics card with 128MB (also read here)
100% DirectX compatible sound card
A free USB port and a trainer output on your transmitter
Intel based Mac computer (e.g. iMac or MacBook Pro)
1 GB RAM
ATI/AMD or NVIDIA based 3D-graphics card with at least 128 MB
Mac OS X 10.5 / 10.6
Uses your own radio (adapter required)
Where to buy: Online at multiple sources http://www.aerosimrc.com/j/index.php/en/wheretobuy
"AeroSIM RC is designed as a Training aid for those who want to learn to pilot a RC model. There is no prerequisite. The training is oriented to the beginner without any previous knowledge of RC. Nowadays a RC simulator plays a very important role during the starting stages of RC learning. A great help in acquiring most of the required skills. All this is possible since many hours of practise can be flown with no repair time or cost involved, without any stress, and by performing manoeuvres that would be risky for a beginner. AeroSIM RC's Training Program is based on the BMFA requirements for Certificate 'A' exam (helicopter), and in the recommendations from experienced instructors."
Download AeroSIM RC from www.aerosimrc.com
and try all functions in your computer
Pentium III or compatible at 1GHz
Graphic Card with at least 32MB RAM with OpenGL driver.
512 MB RAM
200MB hard disk space
Sound card compatible with DirectX
Free USB port to connect the transmitter
Compatible Radio Transmitter Futaba/Sanwa/Hitec/Multiplex/JR/Spektrum with trainer connector.
Windows 7 (32 and 64 bits), Windows Vista, Windows XP or Windows 2000
Pentium 4 or compatible at 2GHz
Graphic card ATI or NVIDIA with 128MB and with OpenGL driver
Mac: From their website
The MAC version is not supported directly from us. However, many MAC users have reported that AeroSIM RC runs fine in a MAC in several configurations.
For example, a MAC user has tested the simulator on four different Apple Mac with the USB interface. It worked fine on all, but only with Mac OS X Snowleopard. With the new Lion it didn't work.
Other MAC users have reported that the program runs fine in OS X (Lion) 10.7.1 + Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac + Windows 7 Ultimate on Mac Pro and MacBook.
It has also been successfully tested with Bootcamp (remember to install your original Mac OS install disk while running in Windows, in case of reduced performance)
Download the software and try it in your system to make sure.
Price: $40 - 100
Uses your own radio (adapter required)
Where to buy: Online at http://www.rcflightsim.com/purchase.html
"ClearView specializes in "real life" simulation of electric and gas RC helicopters, including TRex 450, Blade CX, CP and CP Pro, Hone Bee, Raptor 60 and 90 and many others. The RC planes range from light weight electric "Shockflier", to 100 size 4 stroke aerobatic Pitts Special to turbine driven F15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon."
ClearView is also available under name ClearView SE (Select Edition) for free from http://bestflightsim.com
The simulator is free, the models are sold for $4 per model, or $2 per model if 5 or more are purchased. That way people can get the ClearView flight engine and pay few $ to fly the exact model they want. Starting price - 0 for 3 free models that come with ClearView SE, then $4 for single model or $10 for 5 models. If you have more questions, please ask me.
1GHz CPU and 128 MB 3D video card that provides support for OpenGL 1.5 For the water scenes you will need DirectX 9 card and Open GL 2.0
FS One v2
Uses your own Radio (adapter required)
Where to buy: Online at http://www.fsone.com/index.php?cPath=27
"FS One features unparalleled aerodynamics and physics modeling, stunning flying sites, spectacular camera views, and an excellent selection of airplanes and helicopters to give you an RC simulation experience that feels as real as it looks. What you see on the screen, you sense in the sticks."
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP
Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Pentium IV or better, or AMD Athlon x2 3200 or better
Memory: 1 GB RAM or more for Windows XP; 2 GB RAM or more for Windows 7/Vista
Hard Disk: 4 GB space availaible
Video/Graphics: NVIDIA or ATI graphics card with at least 128 MB RAM
NVIDIA: GeForce 6000-series (6600 or above), 7000-series, or better
ATI: Radeon X-series (X600 or better)
DVD drive (for install)
HobbyKing Flight Sim
Comes with Sim Radio
Where to buy: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...m_mode_2_.html
Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98
Intel Pentium 600 CPU
32MB 3D display card
10GB hard disk space
52x CD-ROM drive
Price: $130 (w/o controller) $175 (w/DX5E)
Uses your own radio (adapter required) or can be purchased with a DX5E
Where to buy: Horizon Hobby
or online at http://www.phoenix-simv3.com/purchase.asp#purchasenew
"Developed, tested and approved by Champion pilots and 3-D Master fliers, Phoenix’s physics have a reputation Worldwide for ultimate realism and accuracy, straight out-of-the-box. Phoenix’s advanced rendering engine makes you feel like you are right on the field with advanced lighting and smoke effects, moving control surfaces, realistic-looking spinning rotors and props and cutting-edge techniques such as High Dynamic Range rendering and night-light glows - and our efficient engine means you don’t need a cutting-edge systm to enjoy them."
IBM-compatible PC computer with 1.0 Ghz Pentium 3/4 or AMD Athlon/64 compatible processor
Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating system
256MB system memory (RAM)
1.5 GB free, uncompressed hard-disk space*
ATI Radeon 9800/NVidia Geforce Ti4200 with at least 128MB memory
Microsoft DirectX 9.0c or higher
DVD-ROM Drive for installation
1 free USB 1.1/2.0 port
100% DirectX 9 compatible sound card (optional)
An Intel-based Apple Macintosh computer running Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or 7 under one of the following systems:
VMWare Fusion (latest version)
Parallels (latest version)
Comes with a controller (designed from a Futaba 6EX)
Where to buy: LHS. Plug zip code into here: http://www.gpdealera.com/cgi-bin/WGA...ALFLIGHT&S2=G5
"RealFlight 6 is now loaded with even more realism throughout, with vastly improved heli physics! Expert pilots such as Brian Bremer, Matt Botos, Bobby Watts and others worked with RealFlight engineers to program increased precision and incredible heli performance. These experts made sure RealFlight reacts exactly like real life — so that feel and response is as real as it can possibly get."
Windows* XP, Windows* Vista™ or Windows* 7
*Local administrator access required.
IntelŪ PentiumŪ 1.0GHz or equivalent
512 MB RAM
5 GB Hard Drive Space
3D Accelerated Video with:
32 MB Dedicated Video Memory
Full DirectX 9 compliant (Shader Model 2.0 or better)
The SimBlaster is a R/C transmitter to PC interface. It allows you to use your transmitter to practice flying using a R/C flight simulator on your computer. Included with every SimBlaster is the excellent flight Simulator FMS. The SimBlaster is also compatible with many other major flight simulators (see the compatibility chart).
The SimBlaster is compatible with transmitters from Futaba, JR, HiTec, Airtronics, Sanwa, Graupner, GWS, Esky, and Tower.
Each SimBlaster package comes with everything you need to connect your transmitter to your PC and start flying!
SimBlaster USB Interface
FMS Flight Simulator Software
Over 150 models on CD
All Cables Needed
RCG Resources/Sim Review Threads:
AEROFLY 5.7 feedback!
Aerofly Pro vs. Aerofly pro deluxe
Is Clearview good?
FSone V2 is here
Phoenix Flight Sim! Share your personal variants and schemes
An Obvious Flaw in Phoenix Flight Modeling
Next version of Phoenix?
Phoenix is now available.
Realflight and Great Planes
Realflight Simulator without desktop
Realflight 6 Mini Review
And some debate threads:
Realflight 6 or pheonix v3?
Realflight or Phoenix?
Phoenix 4 vs. RealFlight 6 Screenshot (Comparison)
Sim reviews found on the WWW:
Aerofly 5 - a quick review
(Some cool videos as well)
Hangar 9 FS One Flight Simulator
FS One RC Flight Simulator
(this review by the guys from AMA)
Great Planes "Real Flight" R/C Simulator