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01-26-2013 01:53 PM  4 years agoPost 1
majwoody52

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Hudson MICHIGAN

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just wondering do you guys think flight sims really work are they worth it before i drop the cash just wondering

a bad days flying is better than a good days work

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01-26-2013 05:13 PM  4 years agoPost 2
Brokenlink

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Oakdale

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they are worth every penny,I wish that they were as good as they are now when I started.My first one was Tru-flight,which was run in DOS.

Jamie Griffith

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01-26-2013 05:19 PM  4 years agoPost 3
dj80550

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+1 Anybody who has any nice helicopter with a desire to learn and progress in this hobby owns some kind of simulator. You don't even need the new fancy real flight 6.5, a used one from version 3 and up will have the same benefit. I have crashed millions in helicopters and can practice for hours anytime.

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01-27-2013 07:03 PM  4 years agoPost 4
ronm3313

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Absolutely worth it. However you don't need to drop a lot of money. I use Clearview which is $40.

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01-27-2013 07:50 PM  4 years agoPost 5
doorman

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Sherwood, Arkansas

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The Best Tool You Can Have In Your Toolbox!!!

That is what a sim is... one hour on a sim is like a full day of flying at your local club field (maybe not quite!!!!:eekand you can use it when the weather is nasty... put it on your big old flat screen and you will think your outside flying!!!!!
One other thing to consider, is the "RESET" button... just think of that as a Credit Card everytime you hit it...they certainly can save you a BUNCH of cash!!!
I use the Pheonix.. I like the free upgrades that keep it up dated each time you go on line... just my preference...
Not a thing wrong with Real Flight either.. but you do pay for each upgrade or new set of models..

Have fun and pick one...and use it to actually practice and it will pay for itself in no time at all...

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01-27-2013 08:40 PM  4 years agoPost 6
keiser BLADE

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WV USA

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sim will save lots of time and money definitely get one, I started on a blade cp and that's not a good way to start trust me lol

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01-28-2013 04:51 AM  4 years agoPost 7
WhitleyStu

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Columbia City, IN U.S.A.

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At the beginning of December I had never toughed a set of joy sticks. I purchased Phoenix software, a DX8 and an Align Trex 600E DFC. The first three days on the sim all I did was crash and I was wondering if I would ever be able to fly the 600 once it was built. At the end of the first week I as getting the hang of it flying at 50% sim speed. One more week and I was flying at 100% sim speed and no crashes!! I'm not doing any fancy sim flying, but the sim has me to where I am no longer afraid of the maiden flight of the 600 once I am finished with the build.

Stu

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01-28-2013 10:36 PM  4 years agoPost 8
majwoody52

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Hudson MICHIGAN

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thanx guys just picked up a 2 month old rf6.5 for 75 bucks used my xmas and b day money didnt cost me a dime and i love it

a bad days flying is better than a good days work

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01-28-2013 11:00 PM  4 years agoPost 9
RCHSF

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NC

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majwoody52 Good deal, log as many hours as you can. But don't over do the sim or you may burn your self out. An hour or so each day till you get the hang of it. And give it time to sink it.

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01-29-2013 06:32 PM  4 years agoPost 10
flycatch

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Barstow, California

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Any simulator is designed with one thing in mind and that is cost. Flying both fixed and rotary wing r/c models is expensive. This is were the simulator aids in cutting down costs. I tried the simulator and it did not improve my flying skills but that is just me. I taught myself to fly helicopters with the help of the instruction manual written bt Ray Hosteler.
To make a story short when I was flying aerial targets for a living we had a fellow who interviewed for a pilots position. When we took him out for a flight evaluation we found out that he could fly once airborne but could not land or takeoff. All his experience was using a flight simulator.

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01-29-2013 06:51 PM  4 years agoPost 11
simages

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Cold Spring, NY

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just wondering do you guys think flight sims really work are they worth it before i drop the cash just wondering
Small amount of "CASH" to drop compared to what you'll be investing in your aircraft.

AMA No: SIMAGES

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01-29-2013 08:20 PM  4 years agoPost 12
RCHSF

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NC

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Without a simulator I'd still be looking at the tail.

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01-30-2013 03:06 AM  4 years agoPost 13
Scanman

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Centralia, WA USA

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All has been said of how much a sim is worth in the long run. I not only bought a sim, but also invested in a Nano CPX mini heli (a little over $200)to apply what I learned on the sim to a real flying machine. Both are tools for the learning process. I've invested ten times that in my big bird. It's what we do to improve our flying art, and to avoid the "C" word as much as we can. I practice with both prior to going out to the field.

Vic
G380, G500, G630C, G770C
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Ecureuil AS350 700, Bell 222 800
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01-30-2013 12:35 PM  4 years agoPost 14
Ladymagic

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South Korea

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Most of the sims available now are great. Personally, I have a prefernece for Real Flight G3.5. I haven't tried G6 yet, but G4 through G5 looked good, but felt sloppy to me. But the G3's physics matched nearly exactly to the real thing. And its auto rotation physics are the best I've expericenced to date. Becuase of that I can auto the real thing all day long=). I don't think I would have ever pushed my self to auto for real without G3. And the forced autos I've had to deal with would have probably ended horribly too.

It's already been said, but no matter which sim you pick up, its all about how seriously you take your sim time. Sometimes it's fun to just throw the gimbles around, but if you treat a sim flight as if it were your real heli flyng, set training bench marks, and your settings are realistically set, you will progess at amazing speed with more confidence and far less money replacing heli parts. You should be able to pick your real heli's Tx and at least hover it with no drama if you train right on the sim. Just try not to progress too quickly. Drillevery area as long as it takes to get it effortlessly perfect and you'll have no limits set and today's sims are you best building block to start flying like the pros.

Mellisa

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02-02-2013 01:08 PM  4 years agoPost 15
tgalo

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Without a simulator I'd still be looking at the tail.
Ditto

Gravity's a bitch ant it?

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02-02-2013 03:34 PM  4 years agoPost 16
T-Rex-Flyer

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Panama City, Fl

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Phoenix or Real Flight both are great and will get the job done, pick one, use it, Love it.

If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter.

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02-03-2013 06:02 PM  4 years agoPost 17
RokerSharted

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Badlands, North Dakota

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Try to use your own transmitter with a link to the simulator. It helps to have the same feel in your hands on the couch as you do out in the field.

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