Great Planes Realflight G5 Flight Simulator Mode 2
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- RealFlights's Best Technology to date! RealPhysics 3D Flight Performance Choose from 3 Physics levels ? Beginner, Intermediate and Expert QuickSelect menus simplify aircraft and site selections Internet-ready ? fly with friends in Multiplayer mode! Over 75 aircraft and 30 flying sites! 6 New Aircraft New Targeting System Fly With Up to 31 Other Pilots Using Internet Connection Game-Style Battle Sessions New Onboard Camera Features Night Flying Flight Training Aids Enhanced Sound Effects for 'at
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* Mode 2-Left Hand Throttle and Right Hand Elevator, USA Standard * New Aircraft * Four Different Combat Events * Three New Flying Sites * First Person Video
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The Great Planes simulator seemed like a great way to learn these skills, and sure enough, I've probably crashed hundreds of times already in ways that would have likely totally destroyed any aircraft. In this way, it's paid for itself many times over already.
The installation went smoothly - and I run the software in an unusual environment: a 27" i7 iMac using VMware Fusion and Windows 7 64-bit. Even with all these layers of virtualization, I find the program to work fine, the controls to be responsive and the video to be very smooth. Even at full 2560x1440 resolution, the product reports over 100 frames/sec, which is more than adequate. It doesn't even bog down the iMac, and I can smoothly shift between Realflight G5 and other Mac applications whenever I need to without crashing anything. This honestly impressed me - I didn't expect it to work so well.
There are a great range of both helicopters and airplanes in the package, and you have a good choice of locations and weather conditions to fly in. My only gripe is that sometimes it's a bit difficult to tell the orientation of the aircraft in flight, but I suppose this is part of the learning process. I wish there were something like an aircraft's artificial horizon - or even a simple turn coordinator - but again, I suppose this is part of the challenge.