Phoenix R/C Pro Simulator V4 w/DX5e
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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Had this for 2 years, still play it! Only complaint is with updates some new planes come while some ones I like disappear!Published 13 months ago by JonnyBinKY
Absolutely Fantastic for beginners and learning. I see there is one listed now as Ver3 but I think its actually a RC4 just like the one I bought, but cheaper.... Read morePublished 14 months ago by GeekInVegas.Robert
Very Happy. Lots of software upgrades for free. It is a lot of fun.Published 14 months ago by Stephen Barber
I don't like this product. I've been using Realflight for years and wanted to have multiple sims to keep my skills up but I'm finding Phoenix to be impossible to set up and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gordon B. West
if your flying normal and occasionally then is going to be good, but if your planning to do some stunts or hardcore 3d or intend to put some heavy use to it then this is not the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by JochyStarz