Most simulators allow a free test demo for quality before you buy. 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.
Thrill of Flying
The following software is for Windows 95/98/me/2000 or XP only. Upgrade Models Available!! VRC Pro Rc car racing simulator OFFICIAL SITE. 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!
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?
Skill of Flying
Experienced R/C pilots say that RC-AirSim feels and flies like an actual r/c model airplane! 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.
Try to Fly Before You Buy
· 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. 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.
Simulate an RC Plane Controller
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!
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. 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.
Simulated vs. Real RC Flight
Flight simulation software doesn't guarantee you'll never fly too low or fly too high. It won't totally eliminate all crashes. 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.
Virtual Flight, Real Fun
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.