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Old Jan 29, 2013, 02:15 PM
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what's best sim 4 quadcopter newbie

I'm brand spankin new at rc anything and just bought a quad copter--- a DJI F450 w/naza stabilzer/gps/fpv and want a flight sim that will let me learn before I burn. I like the look of RF 6 & it's non CG backgrounds but I'd love to hear your suggestions.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:48 PM
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I'm brand spankin new at rc anything and just bought a quad copter--- a DJI F450 w/naza stabilzer/gps/fpv and want a flight sim that will let me learn before I burn. I like the look of RF 6 & it's non CG backgrounds but I'd love to hear your suggestions.
I have Phoenix but last I looked it only had the gaui 330X. I had a 330X and it was reasonably true to how it flew. I have aerosim, not very exiting, but plenty of multirotors, with the option to practise fpv etc. Seems quite good, but doesnt seem to be much development of it. Both of the above use your own tx which I think is important to build the hand and corrdination skills that you need. IE forget about keyboards to learn on. Good luck.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 07:58 PM
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Phoenix now has the Blade mQX as an available model. What would be even better than the mQX in the sim would be for you to get yourself a real live mQX and a decent Tx that would bind to the mQX. You would then have the best RC helicopter trainer on the planet. The mQX is rugged, parts are easily obtainable and reasonably priced if you do break something. It is also an ABSOLUTE HOOT to fly. You can learn to hover with it, all orientations except inverted, you can learn forward flight with square turns. You can the easily transition into forward flight with co-ordinated turns. You can do flips and rolls with it if so inclined.

I started back into the hobby the little quad and the DX6i Tx.

I am now flying a Witespy 450 quad and a Trex 450 clone and a Trex 500 clone because of the huge success I had with the mQX.

I am also a big supporter of a sim to help you with the learning curve of flying CP machines especially if you are trying to do stuff that falls into the 3D realm.

One thing that is cool about the mQX is that it can be safely flown in the garage when you are learning to hover. It won't hurt anything that lives in the garage. Once you are comfortable with it a transition into the house could be in order, as long as the significant other is on board.

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Old Jan 31, 2013, 11:21 AM
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I'm brand spankin new at rc anything and just bought a quad copter--- a DJI F450 w/naza stabilzer/gps/fpv and want a flight sim that will let me learn before I burn. I like the look of RF 6 & it's non CG backgrounds but I'd love to hear your suggestions.
You should also check this thread out
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You should also check this thread out
Agree 100%

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Old Jan 31, 2013, 02:21 PM
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I'm brand spankin new at rc anything and just bought a quad copter--- a DJI F450 w/naza stabilzer/gps/fpv and want a flight sim that will let me learn before I burn. I like the look of RF 6 & it's non CG backgrounds but I'd love to hear your suggestions.
Just a note, FWIW - I have a friend who worked with me on autonomous UAVs for many years, including autonomous quadcopters. He was quite proficient with the mechanics of one, but has never flown one himself - he's always programmed them.

He bought a F450, all stock, took it up in the air the day he got it, and has been flying it without crashing for over 6 months now. He has crashed twice but both times due to the cheap stock plastic props failing... it's hard not to crash when 1 propeller suddenly explodes.

My advice is to not be very careful with it and spend months in the sim trying to perfect your maneuvers before trying out your quad. You'll get used to flying your first quad as it flies in the sim, developing a hard-to-unlearn model-specific muscle memory that won't help much when you actually fly your quad. Find a wide-open field, make sure the switch is on hover mode, and practice quite often in RL as well.
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