RC flight simulator for iPad
If you already are a user of RC flight simulator software you might know that there is not that many brands to choose from. You can go to RC simulator – a primer or 5 important rc flight simulators here on MidnightSunRC.com and read more about some RC flight simulators. Among the common ones for your PC are RealFlight, Phoenix, FMS and ClearView. The last one, ClearView from rcflightsim.com, is the one that they have based the iPad RC flight simulator – Absolute RC Plane Sim on.
Installing the iPad app
As usual you go to your Apple iPad AppStore and make a search for Absolute RC Plane Sim. Then just click on install and that’s it. You have probably done this at least a dozen times before so no need to talk more about that.
Free RC Flight Simulator – what you get
Absolute RC Plane Sim is free in its basic version. When installing the app from Apple AppStore you will only have access to one RC plane and one RC field. If you have used the ClearView RC Flight Simulator for PC you are familiar with the planes and fields available. The free RC plane is the Apprentice and the free RC field is Osage park.
However, if you are willing to do some in app purchases you can buy extra RC planes and RC fields.
The RC planes are:
- AT-6 Harward
- P-51 Mustang
The RC fields are:
- Island Flyers
There are a number of preferences that the user can change. This is a nice touch that makes the experience more personal.
You will get the option to select any of transmitter mode 1-4. The default transmitter mode is mode 2 which is the most common one. To read more on transmitter modes read RC transmitter Mode 1 vs. Mode 2, modes explained here on MidnightSunRC.com.
In order to make this simulator fit to a wider audience there is an option to select control rates. Three control rates exist; low, medium and high. The default value is low and this is probably the best one to use. Medium rates can also be good but high will not add any realism, only make the plane very sensitive and hard to fly.
There are four option for the camera in the app. Direct, zoom, direct follow and smart follow. Direct will give you the most realistic feeling.
The graphics are good and smooth and looks exactly like the ClearView RC flight Simulator for PC. Nothing fancy but more than enough when also considering the size of the iPad screen (2048×1536 pixels, 9,7″).
Controlling the RC plane
The lower part of the screen is divided into two parts, left and right. Each part has one stick that is ghosted on the screen. You control the plane by moving your thumbs on these areas, no need to keep them on the sticks.
Controlling the RC plane is quite easy and I feel that I have a good feeling of flying the airplane, although not as good as with a real RC transmitter using the PC RC flight simulator software.
3 out of 5
This iPad app is a quite nice and funny RC simulator but it is not as accurate as for example ClearView on your PC. Accurate means that the controls simulated on the screen of the iPad won’t give you the same feeling as using a real transmitter connected to your RC simulator on the PC.
It is an easy to use RC flight simulator for RC planes on your iPad but should be considered more as a game than a real RC flight simulator to learn flying with. Even though it is well spent 0$ the feeling is that this is an app that will not last to long on your iPad.
Get the free version, it is worth it, but whether the in-app-purchases are worth it is questionable. If you are considering an RC flight simulator go for some of the PC versions instead.