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Old Sep 04, 2006, 08:29 PM
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which is the best rc sim for beginners?

I've been using MS flight simulator but would prefer something with more of an RC flavor.

Do I neet an RC radio to get the most out of a sim?

Which sim is the best? Best value?

Will it really help?

-- Terry
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Old Sep 04, 2006, 09:43 PM
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Well, if you want the best flight simulator, your going to have to pay about 200 dollars. You can find good ones that you can download also. I don't know what the best one is. If you want to get the most out of it, you will need the radio. If you don't use a radio, than you mind as well just keep practicing on your ms flight simulator. I have that to and that game is actually hard. I don't really think it helped me because I crashed my plane in 7 seconds. I would reccommend downloading it instead of buying it. People on this forum are great and they will probably give you a whole bunch of good flight simulators.

Good luck

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Old Sep 04, 2006, 10:02 PM
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Go here and download this, it's free:

It can be flown with the computer keyboard, and a little fussing to set it up.

Then with a little more fussing, you can hook it up to a game controller. It works, you might be surprised. After that, you can get the cable to hook it up to a transmitter, (you guessed it, still more fussing...) But like I said, it works - amazingly well. At least get it and try it on the keyboard.

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Old Sep 05, 2006, 06:53 AM
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Clearview was my first. Cheap and easy to use. I bought a $9.00 gamepad and used that as a controller.
I have found that the flight physics are not as good as G3. But, it will help you get you orientation, landings, and other beginner lessons before you take your RC plane out.
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Old Sep 06, 2006, 09:05 PM
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flight simulator

I suppose I could get clearview.

I have a logitech game controller.

Maybe I should get a really cheap radio with usb.

Any idea what the cheapest soluton for a radio might be?

Then I could use the joysticks.
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Old Sep 07, 2006, 05:48 AM
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If you have a look round on ebay you can find cheap transmitter type controllers that come bundled with FMS for quite cheap.
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Old Sep 07, 2006, 10:12 AM
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Don't spend too much money on a flight sim, spend it on getting some radio gear and a good trainer.

Sims might help, but there really is no substitute for actually flying a model.

No matter how much you train on a sim, when you get a model there will always be a chance of crashing, it's something you have to accept if you want to enjoy r/c flying.
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Old Sep 07, 2006, 01:34 PM
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Yeah, the FMS sim works well enough and is free. Try it.
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Old Sep 08, 2006, 08:31 AM
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Hi everyone, this is my first post on rc groups.
I'm from Belgium (Europe) and I'm flying since 4 months with a Multiplex Twinstar II.
I've begin with a simulator and this help me a lot (and save me a lot of money... avoid crashing real ones).

The brand new sim Phoenix RC looks pretty good for the money http://www.phoenix-sim.com (I've just bought yesterday )

If you are more in helis than it must be Reflex XTR (but cost a lot)... that's the one I have for the moment.

Aerofly Pro Deluxe is also great (better than Reflex for planes but not as good as Reflex for helis).

Phoenix seems to be the best one for helis and planes but it's brand new and update will be available (also a soft to make your own models).

Hope this help.
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Old Sep 09, 2006, 01:00 AM
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softreq, I learned to fly on FMS with a Logitech dual action gamepad, a rather humble setup, but one which provides a reasonable enough approximation to teach you the basics.

(Oh, by the way, now I have AFPD which I control with my JR XP6102, which is significantly superior .)

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Old Sep 09, 2006, 07:54 PM
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Is there a Flight Sim for Apple Macintosh?
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Old Sep 11, 2006, 06:05 PM
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Lotsa Good Ones......

Don't know for apple...
And some that stink.....Get one that has, uses, an R/C transmitter so as to help teach the handling & finger touch. Using a game controller is fun but not the same as a transmiter .....I have a REALFLIGHT 2 with 2 addons I still play with on windy-rainy days...nights when TV sucks.

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Old Sep 13, 2006, 04:47 PM
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I used AeroFly Pro Deluxe with the Game Commander controller for 3 months before starting out on a Micro Jet (!). I'd say it worked pretty well to train me before flying the real thing. Obviously it is no substitute for the real thing. AFPD is fairly pricey though, but still about just 1/2 the cost of my Micro Jet. Also I like to use the simulator for a few minutes on the days I don't fly to stay sharp. Well I think it was a good investment. AFPD also has a lot of free downloadable planes.
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Old Sep 14, 2006, 01:49 AM
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i'd say fms...... its free, meaning you can spend more on your plane
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Old Sep 14, 2006, 04:37 PM
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where can I get fms??
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