Joined: 20 Jan 2009 Posts: 566 Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 6:30 pm Post subject: Flight Simulator Test Results
Test Results Of Four Of The Most Popular Flight Simulators.
I have decided to conduct a survey, using my own very limited pilot skills, to test each of the four helicopter simulator, to find out which one is the best.
As I am using the same controller and same skill level on each, I think this is a fair test, but have included video evidence of the results.
But please note any simulator will, be of benefit to you as become more competent using the controller. As this is the key to flying a helicopter.
Helicopter controllability, needs to have a high score, going on the theory if its to easy to fly you are not learning as fast.
Scoring System (1) = very poor (10) = excellent
AeroFly Professional Deluxe (Total Score 45)
Price £50 - $80
Value For Money 9
Most Realistic helicopter 9
Most Realistic Landscape 9
Most Realistic Crash 9
Helicopter Controllability 9
Flying Model Simulator (Total Score 32)
Value For Money 10
Most Realistic helicopter 9
Most Realistic Landscape 6
Most Realistic Crash 1
Helicopter Controllability 6
It's really nice to see that there are quite a lot of choices now. Just a few years ago there were only one or two and they are all costly.
I am a big fan of the RealFlight serie but it does come pretty expensive. But you do get what you pay for though. So if you were to ask me I'd give it a 6 or 7 in terms of value for money. But that's just me
Joined: 26 Jan 2009 Posts: 156 Location: Tucson, AZ
Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 8:36 pm Post subject:
RealFlight is a great sim. The only drawback in my opinion is the computer requirements. I almost went out and bought a new computer just for G4.5, but decided instead of doing that, I focused more on Clearview, which I use faithfully now.
Joined: 28 Jan 2009 Posts: 212 Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 9:48 pm Post subject:
Great test TREV, very informative. The only problem for a noob like myself is that all of the sims except G4 require you to have a transmitter and the only transmitter I have came with the MCX and will not work. After looking at quite a few sims, it was between Real Flight and FS One. I purchased FS One because it was $125.00 cheaper. I don't know how realistic it is because I have no basis for comparison(remember, I'm a noob) I can fly the CX2 in the sim fairly well and it seems real because it feels a lot like my MCX, just a lot quicker. The T-Rex 450 is a lot harder. The only thing I'm good at is the crash. The big problem with FS One is very few heli's and I haven't found a way to import them.
Joined: 04 Nov 2008 Posts: 4718 Location: Santo Estêvão, East Algarve, Portugal. Now 82, but still feels 22.
Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 5:59 pm Post subject:
That's a lot better but I think the way to look at it is to imagine that you are looking at a demo video of a sim that you want to buy. The question is "Would it make you think that this sim is the bees knees?" (Really Cool in US, Bonzer in Australia)
Any frame by frame per second video will give the impression that the programme is not up to production level. You really need at least 15 frames - all different - per second to give a realistic motion. It could be that the only ways out are to either tap into the video cards' output or point a frame syncronised camera at the screen.
It's a pity that these sims save their video in a series of model position coordinates and not as a "real" video. It would be very helpful to you in this project. Wish that I could be more helpful.
I must join the others to thank you for your very good review of the different sims.
I am using Clearview and think it is good value for money. Spending 200 USD on a sim seems high. When for the same sum you can by parts or heli or a transmitter. $40 is a good deal for what Clearview provides. The new Clearview version has improved physics and behaves more realistically
There are some Free sims like HeliSimRC which is not bad. I wonder how you would rate HeliSimRC??
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