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Old Apr 14, 2014, 05:02 AM
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Most realistic / best simulator for dynamic soaring?

Which simulator do you guys think does ds the most accurately?

One can ds in CRRCsim and Picasim but they don't really have realistic scenery and you are getting what you paid for. (more than you paid for actually, they're pretty good for freebies)

FS One V2 and Realflight 7 at US$ 129 & US$ 120 respectively are the main contenders. Aerofly RC7 is a fair bit pricier... I'm leaning towards FS One, with its aerodynamic input from Michael Selig, but the others could be as accurate. As said, I'm looking for the most realistic sim, including turbulence.

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Old Apr 14, 2014, 05:49 AM
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Best one I have ever used is a JW60.
Simulates everything perfect right down to the noise it makes when hitting the ground and the claps and cheers from the crowd.
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 06:50 AM
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Ha ha ha , that's a good one Mick. Mine was a reaper.
He's right nothing beats the real thing. You shouldn't have a problem in NZ some of the best sites around there.
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 05:50 PM
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I've used both CRRCSim and Picasim both on a PC with a spare futaba controller configured the way i fly etc. And Picasim seems to me to be the better of the two for a bit of fun/practice.

Bare in mind that a sim is just that - a sim - and far, far, far from reality. I see a sim as a bit of fun on a rainy day if you're bored; or perhaps something to help when you've never dipped into the darkside and need a bit of help getting used to the orientation and getting a rough feel for flying circuits. But, it will never even come remotely close to actually flying on the backside on many levels.

The best practice is on the hill in a light wind with a light model with someone who can point you in the right direction.
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Old Apr 15, 2014, 02:44 AM
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I used to use RealFlight, but as Asto says, we get so much wind here often, that I just head up the hill instead, like I did today for 20min of flyin
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Old Apr 15, 2014, 03:04 AM
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I haven't tried them all, but I've yet to see one that realistically simulated turbulence, and an
ever changing shear line. The best DS sim I've flown so far is basically like Parker on a good day,
which means you can pull the elevator back and hold it for 3 laps before touching the ailerons.
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Old Apr 15, 2014, 03:19 AM
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LOL! Yeah Mick, I'm currently campaigning a JW60, and am fortunate to occasionally fly with some of the best. But I do want to practice more than I can get out. This video from the first release of FS One demonstrates ds over flat land using the wind gradient. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=627224 So I'm sure the newer release will be even more realistic.
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Old Apr 15, 2014, 03:48 PM
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Best sim I have seen is Alex's small electric foamy 3 feet of the deck holding at 45 degrees.
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Old Apr 15, 2014, 05:11 PM
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Best sim I have seen is Alex's small electric foamy 3 feet of the deck holding at 45 degrees.
Suprisingly is good practise. Not exact to the real thing but teaches holding bank angle and the effects of the line taken if the bank angle is wrong. Speed depends on throttle setting so you can slowly work up the speed as you get the line more sorted
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Old Apr 16, 2014, 03:16 AM
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+ great fun passing around the transmitter.
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