| Ive tried a few of them and Aerofly Pro + RealFlight G3 are my
Me too. RFG2 is just fine too, though of course the graphics aren't
as good, things aren't as customizable and things don't explode nearly
as satisfyingly when you crash. So if you can find RFG2 cheap, don't
dismiss it out of hand.
I've not tried Reflex XTR, but it looks great too. And The FS One
that's due to come out soon is probably fine too.
| Although, getting the basics down can be done with the free FMS sim
| and a cable purchased from Ebay for $20 AU. I used FMS for a while
| to get my head around which stick does what so I never forget while
| flying the real thing. To do anything else remotely like the real
| thing (such as aerobatic manouvers) will require purchasing one of
| programs mentioned above.... FMS is only good for learning the
| sticks in my opinion.
Again, I concur.
To be more precise, FMS will simulate the best behaved helicopter (or
plane) ever -- perfectly stable, with the most magical gyro
imaginable, etc. Real helicopters don't fly nearly that well, and
much of the learning curve involves learning how to deal with little
things that your heli does that you didn't tell it to do.
RFG3 and Aerofly Pro will simulate a perfectly trimmed helicopter as
well, and they seem to give you an awesome HH gyro by default, so you
end up with a helicopter that's easier to fly than the real thing
unless you get something really good -- but even so, it's a lot more
realistic than FMS.
Don't get me wrong -- FMS is great, and in some areas it even competes
with the modern commercial offerings, but flight realism is not one of
For learning, it's helpful to customize the helicopter you're flying
to turn the heading hold gyro into a rate gyro. You really need to
learn to keep control of that tail, and letting a HH gyro do that for
you while you're learning just means you won't be able to fly without
one. It's sort of like learning to drive on an automatic -- perhaps
it's easier, but if you never learn to drive a stick, you'll never be
able to. But it's worse, because only two sorts of helicopters have
heading hold gyros -- 1) expensive ones (i.e. not the low end, or even
the middle-end), and 2) ones you find on simulators.
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