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Phoenix R/C Pro Simulator V4 w/DX5e

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Technical Details
BrandRUNTIME
Item Weight3 pounds
Product Dimensions12 x 2 x 12 inches
Item model numberRTM40R5510
Manufacturer Part NumberRTM40R5510
  
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ASINB0080GVMMQ
Best Sellers Rank #191,403 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3 pounds
Date First AvailableJune 5, 2012
  
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When the rain clouds are over your flying field and you still want to scratch the flying itch, fire up the Phoenix Professional RC Flight Simulation 4. The Phoenix Professional RC Flight Simulation's stunning graphics and incredibly realistic physics are among the best of any desktop flight simulation.

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Just what you will save in crash repairs makes it worth it!
Gregory Guthrie
I have flown rc planes for about a year but after flying on this simulator I have done much better when I fly for real.
scottsr1950
It's nice to learn on the controller I actually will fly with.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Francis N Henderson on November 26, 2012
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Year 1990 I last flew a Radio Control airplane. The Phoenix simulator is amazing ralistic practise getting me ready to fly my 22 lb, twin engine, 9 ft wing span model airplane again. I purchased the Phoenix simulator software in a box with transmitter and USB cable connecting the transmitter to the computer. I have 5 favorite models that I practise on ranging from Cesna 185 trainer, F-16 ducted fan, a bi-plane, and a fully aerobatic advanced stunt aircraft. I believe my re-training is nearly as good on the simular as at the flying site. I am thrilled with the realism and the practise.

The Pheonix Simulator runs on Windows 7. However, my host computer is a MacBook Pro 17" notebook running Microsoft Windows 7 under Parallels Virtual machine. The 2012 MacBook Pro has graphics acceleration, 8 GBytes main memory, Intel i7 quad core CPU clocked at 2.4 GHz, and a larger 22" high resolution expansion screen attached where the airfield and aircraft are viewed. The CPU performance monitor shows that all four i7 CPU cores are as much as 50% loaded where more than half of the CPU loading is system overhead that includes the Parallels virtual machine processing required to make Windows 7 run on the MacBook. Running Pheonix on a Windows 7 computer or on a Mac using Bootcamp should reduce the overhead.

Good Graphics acceleration is surely required. I experience no pauses or interruptions to the audio or visual simulation. The installation was faultless which is one reason I bought the transmitter and adapter cable with the software all in one package. Pheonix has done an excellent job making the product easy to install and to begin RC flying.

I am a 100 hour pilot of real air planes and estimate 400 hours (long ago) RC flyer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Guthrie on February 24, 2013
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This is a good way to learn how to fly RC airplanes and helicopters. Just what you will save in crash repairs makes it worth it!
The other main simulation product is also good, but its controller is only for PC usage, whereas this one includes a "real" Spektrum Dx5e radio which means that you can then buy BNF aircraft and not have to buy another radio.
The only caveat is tat the Dx5e is a good quality but fairly basic radio, and if you want to go up into computer mixed radios you will have to buy another one at sometime, but at least this will get you started. The fancier radios are significantly more expensive, so try this first to see if you really like this hobby.
I did find that if your airplane gets very far away it is hard to see and keep visual orientation on the screen, and while that is a real-life issue in RC flying, the limited resolution on computer screens exacerbates it.
One downside for me was that it did not have my actual RC Helio (the msrX), but since it is very new, I still hope they will add it, and they did have its very similar predecessor the msr.
Run the simulator on a laptop and connect the output to a big-screen TV; now that's a great toy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dill on January 1, 2013
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Product is awesome! Do not jump into the hobby of RC Helicopters without first giving this a try. The idea of flying a Helicopter sounds like a blast until you put a bunch of money into it and crash it on the first flight. Get your feet wet with this program & controller, then decide if the sport is right for you. I have decided to NOT get into the sport because of this program but that is a GOOD thing. Now when I get the itch to fly I plug this in and have a blast for a few hours!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James B on September 6, 2012
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This is a great product. Very realistic. Will be evaluating flight dynamics against some actual models but so far, I'm pleased with this simulator.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 14, 2013
If I had bought this sim before I started flying my Hobbyzone Champ (no prior experience flying RC planes), I would have saved some money and frustration fixing the plane after numerous beginner crashes. Thankfully, the Champ is cheap to fix. But the faster/more aerobatic planes in my future are not. So I bought this sim.

More than anything, a sim will give you some experience in training your brain to fly an aircraft (helicopter or airplane), as control orientation is a learned skill and can really only come with some training and/or experience. It only takes once for a beginner to turn the plane around and learn that the controls for left/right are now right/left. The end result is usually the ground or a tree. And don't even get me started on learning how to fly a 4 channel helicopter/quad...

There seems to be two main top sim's out there right now. Phoenix and Realflight. Both are about the same price (~$200). Here's why I chose Phoenix 4 over Realflight 6.5:

1) More plane models that I would typically end up purchasing from brands that I know.
2) TONS of planes and helicopters (and a few quad's as well).
3) FREE upgrades for life. Never pay for the upgraded version of the newest software.
4) FREE downloadable extra RC models.
5) FREE extra downloadable flying fields. Both official and user created.
6) It comes with Spektrum DX5e controller. No, it's not as nice as the dx6i, but it's much better than the controllers that come with "RTF" kits. It's nice to learn on the controller I actually will fly with.

The physics in both games are pretty much spot on. If one was much better than the other I'd have that one over any features on my list above.

The graphics are pretty great.
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