B737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 880 posts, RR: 8 Posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5514 times:
I just picked up RealFlight G5.5 and I'm having a blast! I've always wanted to get into remote control planes but the cost is out of my range and this product actually fulfills that need for me. I was so impressed that not only can you control the plane from the ground but also from chase and on-board cameras. With the default aircraft and free add-ons on the website I think there's over 100 free planes, helicopters and gliders but you also get access to hundreds more in the swap area of the Knife Edge forums which is awesome.
A user named dhk79 on the R/C forums even made me a 10' wingspan TWA CV-880:
I just wanted to get some users to share their impressions, pictures or favorite aircraft/airfield and so on. For me right now I'm into the Convair 880 and the B-17 located in RealFlight Add-ons Volume 3.
THEBATMAN From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 829 posts, RR: 10 Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5486 times:
I don't have it, but a friend of mine (who is a big RC helicopter guy) does. It is a blast to play. I've always wanted to buy it, but just never got around to it. Where did you get it and how much $$$$?
Pilots without aircraft mechanics are just pedestrians with sunglasses and a leather jacket.
Fly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5459 times:
I've used 4.5. I also fly and instruct real R/C planes and in the real full-size planes.
Suffice to say RealFlight is truly as real as it gets for R/C flights, IMO. Same can not be said for MSFS and full size planes. It's a great training aid and I used it often to practice advanced 3D maneuvers. In fact, Realflight is almost too good in that it I think it is actually harder to fly the sim than the actual R/C plane, in some cases.
At any rate, R/C planes are very cheap nowadays (compared to 10 years ago or earlier), you can start from scratch and get a good trainer with everything you need to fly in a box (minus fuel) for about $350-$400. The only time consuming part is charging the batteries for your radio.
Transitioning from RealFlight to flying the real deal is cake. I have a MUCH easier time soloing students that have plenty of Realflight (or even MSFS) time than when I have to teach a guy from square one.
Feel free to ask any more questions about R/C planes.
B737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 880 posts, RR: 8 Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5450 times:
Thanks for the replies. A couple of things that I love about RealFlight as well as what you've stated is the frame rate and the visuals. It's stunning HD quality scenery and I usually pull between 150 - 200 FPS compared to FSX where I'm lucky to pull 25 or so in heavy scenery areas.
Frankly, I think it's overpriced, on any version, but more so in basic, as good as it may be. Also, It depends on what you're gonna use it for.
If you're just starting out on the R/C hobby, or just want the sim itself and wont get into the hobby, then any freeware or cheaper R/C sim will do. Even the crappiest freeware sim I've used is more than good enough to get a very good feel of how to land a real R/C plane.
For less than $30 you can get a realistic controller and two good simulators with it here: