I am continuing collecting good equipment for the beginner in the rc hobby and this time it is the rc simulator software that we will take a closer look at. Which rc flight simulators are there and which one should I choose?
What you can expect from a rc flight simulator
To start with I would like to mention a few words on what to expect from a rc simulator software. You will be able to get a long way if you start out your rc plane hobby with a rc simulator. You will learn the “thumb-to-eye” coordination, what happens when you move the sticks on the rc transmitter, manage to fly towards yourself and so on.
Some rc flight simulators can simulate different kind of weather conditions to make it even more realistic. The best of all is that you can crash an endless number of times without the need to do any repair work. Just hit a button and you are flying again within a second.
What you don’t get is that real rc plane feeling that you have when you are flying outdoor a sunny day with a light breeze. One of the things that I recognized was that I got a bit “afraid” to crash when I started to fly with a real rc plane and this made me a worse rc pilot. You don’t get that 3D feeling when flying on a ever so big computer screen, you can’t look around in the same way as when flying real rc planes and so on.
Also worth mentioning is that there are quite big differences between the different rc flight simulator software’s. Most, if not all, give you the possibility to try a demo of their rc simulator. Do try out the demo to ensure that you like the feeling and that your computer can handle the software. Some of the rc simulators require a good computer and the last thing you want is a rc flight sim that doesn’t flow smoothly on the screen.
Time to choose a rc simulator
Now it’s time to take a look at list of rc flight simulator software that I have collected. This is not a complete list but it is among the most common simulators used out there today. Common for all rc simulators in this list is that they offer both rc plane and rc heli modelsThe list is sorted on price with the most expensive first.
1. RealFlight 6 RC Flight Simulator
This is a top of the line rc flight simulator. I would dare to say that it is the best one and also the most expensive. If you have got the money to spend you can’t go wrong with this one. You will get a rc simulator that is realistic and with many good features like training programs. 85 aircraft’s and 30 different flying sites are included. The software is Windows only so that might be one downside if you are a fan of apple products.
2. AeroFly Pro Deluxe
A good looking rc simulator that differs a bit from the other by offer support for both Windows and intel MAC’s. Over 100 rc aircraft models are included together with 28 different scenery’s. A really detailed rc flight simulator.
3. Phoenix Professional Model Flight Simulation
Packed with 150 unique models and 25 different scenery’s this is a nice rc flight simulator that I would say is number 2 after RealFlight.
4. ClearView RC Flight Simulator
ClearView is the rc simulator that I am using. The choice was based on cost at the time I purchased it since I wanted something relatively cheap and at the same time realistic. I think this simulator software fulfills those two needs really well. This is a Windows only rc flight simulator for the hobbyist with a budget.
A free rc flight simulator! This is a Windows only rc simulator and I am actually not sure if this works for those of us that have moved on from Windows XP. I tried this software back when I used Windows XP and there is really not the best feeling in it. I would say that this piece of software can at best be used to get hold of the thumb-to eye coordination. But hey, it is FREE!
Are you using any other rc flight simulator that I have missed? Please tell us about that simulator and also a little about your experience with that rc simulator software.