If you are just starting out this is a great opportunity to figure out which simulator you want to buy, or just stick to FREE!! For help finding ways to connect different controllers to your PCCLICK HERE to see the Controllers page! First thing you want to do if you already have a transmitter with a buddy port connector is find a USB Link Cable.
What the cable will do is connect your rc transmitter into USB on your PC and allow you control of the aircraft in the software. Here are some recommendations for rc software depending on if you are first starting or are more advanced and would like a more realistic simulator.
- First and foremost for those who are interested in first learning to fly or those who want a free simulator for more advanced pilots in your spare time, FMS is the recommended download.
- The following software is for Windows 95/98/me/2000 or XP only.
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- Free to try demo version. Full version is about $45.
- Advanced packages are also available! Learn to fly r/c model airplanes with this advanced realistic flight simulator!
Skill of Flying
Fly with Mouse, Keyboard, Touch, or Xbox 360 Controller. RC-AirSim Lite is the FREE Version of RC-AirSim and features 2 beginner model airplanes with unlimited flying! RC-AirSim is a favorite of radio-controlled model airplane pilots worldwide because it excels where it matters most: realistic flight dynamics and aerodynamics!
Tired of "simulators" that feel unrealistic and fly like an arcade game? Experienced R/C pilots say that RC-AirSim feels and flies like an actual r/c model airplane!
Thrill of Flying
R/C pilots, don't let your skills get rusty when you are away from the flying field: practice with RC-AirSim. New to the hobby of r/c model airplanes? Learn on RC-AirSim first and make the maiden flight of your first r/c plane a successful one. RC-AirSim Lite features: · Fly a high wing Trainer airplane or an easy to fly Electric Parkflyer.
· Realistic r/c model airplane flight aerodynamics based on NASA flight simulation technology. · Awesome Crashes! Planes break apart in a realistic physics-based manner. · Accurate Landings and Ground Handling. · 3 View Options - R/C, Following (Chase cam), and Onboard camera. Click camera icon to change.
· 4 Channel Controls - aileron, elevator, rudder, throttle. · Optional On-screen Transmitter Sticks. · Fly with Mouse, Keyboard, Touch, or Xbox 360 Controller.
Simulated vs. Real RC Flight
· 3 control modes: Mode 2 (default), Mode 1, and 3 Channel. · Field objects to avoid and fly behind. (Not just a panoramic background photo environment.) · Doppler-correct sound. · Get flying quickly! No slow, tedious menus or multiple load screens. RC-AirSim Lite comes with these r/c model airplanes: · Back 40 Trainer Classic 4 channel high-wing trainer with plenty of dihedral for beginners.
Virtual Flight, Real Fun
Powered by a .40 size gas engine. · Slowmowatt Electric park flyer. Flies very slow so there is plenty of time to react. Easiest to fly! Perfect for beginners using the 3 Channel control scheme. 4 channel control available. Please Note: RC-AirSim is a realistic r/c model airplane flight simulator, NOT an arcade game. And like a real model airplane, it will take some practice to master the basics.
Luckily, in RC-AirSim, plane crashes are free (and fun)! Don't hesitate to contact the developer directly: rc-airsim.com Facebook: facebook.com/rcairsim Twitter: twitter.com/rc_airsim email: [email protected] Happy Landings! Man has been fascinated with flying throughout history but his many attempts to create flight-enabling contraptions often met with disaster.
Try to Fly Before You Buy
Yet, even when we have created successful flying machines, human error has kept us grounded. Staying in the air is not easy. It takes practice. Flight — including RC flying — is a gravity-defying feat that requires patience.
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Don't want to read about the thrill of flying?
Fly right into the RC Flight Simulators:. RC Helicopter Flight Simulators. Everyone else: keep reading, take the poll, and get some tips on using RC flight simulators. Oh, and then go look at all the free, demo, and commercial software for learning to fly RC aircraft. When Daedalus crafted wings of feathers and wax for his young son, Icarus, he warned the boy before taking flight over the sea, "don't fly too close to the ground for your wings will get wet; but, don't fly too high for your wings are made of wax and the sun will melt them and you will surely fall."
But Icarus, caught up in the thrill of flying, flew too close to the sun. Daedalus' warnings are just as applicable to today's radio controlled airplanes. If you fly too close to the ground, you're likely to crash. If you fly too high your RC plane will be out of range and you'll be unable to control it.
Your RC plane will fall from the sky and crash to the ground. Like Icarus, though, it's easy to get caught up in the thrill of flying.
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But that thrill is short-lived when you crash your RC plane after only a few minutes of soaring.
Before you take your new RC plane out for a test-flight, or even before you buy your first RC plane or helicopter, it would be worthwhile to invest in some flying lessons.
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I want to fly but, as luck and skill would have it, "I am no pilot!"
I've crashed every plane I've owned, some within just minutes of take off. Learn from my mistakes. Earn your wings with RC flight simulators and a virtual plane. I have found several RC flight simulation titles that are free to download.
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Some are entirely free.
Others are demo versions. Or, jump in feet first with a full-featured commercial RC flight simulator such as RealFlight G4. Try one of these and learn to fly RC airplanes and RC helicopters from the safety of your computer screen.
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These RC Airplane Flight Simulators include the free FMS and the very basic (but free) Manuel's Radio Control Flight Simulator.
There are also demo versions of RC Plane Master and several programs featuring airplanes and helicopters. These include demo versions of ClearView, RealFlight G4, and RC Flight Master eXtreme64. Buying multiple RC airplanes and helicopters and then learning to fly with them is costly and likely to be disappointing.
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Training yourself with RC flight simulators is a more practical approach to learning to fly RC airplanes.
So before you go out there and buy RC aircraft and spend a ton of money replacing it time and time again due to multiple crashes, study up and train yourself in the principles of RC flight. This preparation can lead to a long and enjoyable experience in flying RC planes. Next: Simulate an RC Plane Controller. Everything About Radio Controlled (RC) Vehicles.
Absolute RC Simulator App (Free to Use)
RC flight simulation software comes with models of RC airplanes and flying sites that help you virtually recreate RC flying conditions.
But part of the RC flying experience is the tools you use the control the aircraft — your radio controller. If you use FMS or other RC flying software that supports it, I suggest using a controller that has two analog joysticks like those found on a PlayStation. These operate more like the controllers for real RC planes and helicopters.
The game pad controllers are around $15-$20 in the electronics and games department at your local retail stores. Some of these RC flight simulators will also work with your own RC controller as long as your controller has connections for an interface cable (such as USB or serial) that connects the controller to your computer.
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Others come with real transmitter controllers or cable adapters for various types of transmitters.
Or, you can go to your local hobby store to buy a training controller which has its own training software for flying RC planes. RealFlight Flight Simulators by Great Planes come with thousands of miles of flying fields, flight recording and playback features, add-ons for more aircraft and flying sites, and an InterLink Plus controller that acts as your RC aircraft controller or can be connected to your own transmitter.
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It has a demo version that is controlled by your computer keyboard.
Not great for real flight practice, but it lets you sample the software. Check out it and other RC Airplane Flight Simulators. Flight simulation software doesn't guarantee you'll never fly too low or fly too high. It won't totally eliminate all crashes.
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But it is one way to help you get more enjoyment from your RC flying experience by giving you more confidence, some "safe" practice, and allowing you to get comfortable with controlling an RC airplane.
When you do take-off on your first real RC flight you'll be better acquainted with how to control your RC plane or helicopter. RC flight simulators, just like RC racing software, aren't just for learning how to use your RC plane or helicopter.
During breaks at the office, after dark, or on rainy or windy days when you can't fly the real thing, crank up your RC flight simulator for some real virtual flying fun.