I know the Esky sim controller (fake tx with USB cable instead of antenna) isn't the best, but at under $30 shipped I figured it was worth a try.
Arrived yesterday and, being cheap, I downloaded HeliSimRC
after reading all the favorable comments here and on other forums.
I was amazed that everything worked on my old Dell laptop (1.8GHz or less and not the best graphics) which was in the family room. I wanted to try that computer so I could be near my family, although I've got better in the office.
Quickly I learned what my problem was: I'd been using my Blade CP Pro to train myself to crash!
I don't think I could keep the heli in the air for even 30 seconds at a time. Clearly I had to unlearn those habits and actually learn to fly.
By the end of the evening I could get it into a hover (still poorly controlled, it drifts all over) and coax the heli into moving from one square to another, land, takeoff again and come back ... always tail in.
In one feat of insanity at the end of the night I decided to let it all hang out. I went high and forward, looped it and brought it back safely!
No, I'm not about to try that in real life anytime soon!
Before the sim I'd attempt to hover (not even really flying) for what seemed like a seconds then spend a day or more getting repair parts and rebuilding from my latest crash -- an expensive way to learn! With the sim I had more (virtual) flight time in an evening that I've had in an entire discouraging year. (Most of that year the heli was gathering dust after I nearly gave up.)
I know I need much more sim time, but with the progress I saw in myself in just a single evening I'm finally encouraged and VERY