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Old Mar 04, 2002, 07:50 PM
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Originally posted by ybanrab
...may I suggest FMS (http://simulator.home.pages.de) although it is only windows only (given your avatar that may be an issue ;-)...
Thankfully I keep a second computer around for The wife and kids that has that *other* OS on it. :P

Just spent the last 2 (or was it 3?) hours playing with FMS.

I've discovered a few things in the process:
1) I should *really* not buy a helicopter.
2) Little bitty stunt planes like grass, or so it would seem since they seem to keep running (in) to it...
3) Old (circa 1989) quirky joysticks seem to simulate gusty winds pretty well.
4) Gusty winds suck.
5) A parkflyer can do a great "hammerhead"
6) They only do them 6 feet off the ground, and only when you don't want them to.

Aside from that, I've found that I don't like the idea of a slowflier quite as much (they're *too* slow). The parkflyer model in FMS (SilkyWind400) looks like a rough approximation of the Tipsy, only with a front prop. If its behavior is any indication of the real thing, I like it. I managed to fly it for 15 minues with no crashes, and do half a dozen touch and go's in the sim. Real life is a different story of course, but I think I might be able to pull off learning it w/o an instructor.

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Originaly Posted by lincon
I have 830mah lithium ion batteries which will fly my GWS J3 stick for about 40 minutes if pushed, even at fairly high throttle settings... ...However, when the power cuts on a lithium ion battery with safety circuit, it goes all at once. That usually means no radio.

Maybe I'll just learn to be happy with whatever those NiMH batteries can provide.

I've been trying to get to that groups.yahoo.com site too, but the "Yahoo Groups Plumber" keeps telling me that their servers are DOA.

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Originaly Posted by VWtechie
...the SSPro is only $180 for the complete package...
I'll have to look into that, thanks for the tip!
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