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!
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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 19 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 19 months ago by GeekInVegas.Robert
Very Happy. Lots of software upgrades for free. It is a lot of fun.Published 19 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 20 months ago by Gordon B. West