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Old 07-05-2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I have been using the Phoenix Sim with the DX5e for a week now, and seem to be getting pretty good at flying, takeoff and landings along with a couple basic maneuvers. The first question is, are there some specific settings to get the plane to fly more realistic like using the edit mode to "advanced" or something? I know adding some wind is also beneficial but for some reason it seems pretty easy to fly without any settings changed.

The second question is now that I've been flying different planes and some feel a lot more fun than others (Hype - You can fly). The Super Cub and Firebird Stratos were 2 of my original choices but they seem like I'd get bored of pretty quickly especially without the Ailerons. Should I consider starting with a 4channel plane instead?

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Old 07-06-2013, 01:44 PM   #2
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Re: Phoenix and first plane questions

Simms have no real relationship to real rc planes you can learn some skills like revising control input when plan is flying toward you.
The apprentice s seems to be a good starter as it has gyro control to keep plane in the air in the hands of a noob
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:17 PM   #3
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Re: Phoenix and first plane questions

Change the weather settings to a brisk or windy day. I think the default settings are calm day which you never get in real life...

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Re: Phoenix and first plane questions

Nothing wrong with starting with a 4 channel plane especially if you are using them in the sim and are comfortable with them.

Try moving the COG around in the plane a bit and see what it is like when you are more tail heavy.

Try changing the size of the plane too. It is harder to fly a heavier plane, you have to be more careful of descent rate. I found the 182 in Phoenix to be a challenge in certain ways. It can be a bit dicey on the first part of the take-off roll and will challenge you to keep it straight. The landing gear is a bit weak and prone to damage. There is also a setting to reduce the durability of the landing gear. That will make you need to land much smoother to avoid damage.

Put the grid on and use the 180 degree and 0 degree marks to help you line up with the runway as you turn final. Many flying fields have a marker of some sort a ways out from each end of the runway to help you get lined up without needing to look away from the plane. The idea is to fly over the marker and have the plane pointing pretty much straight at you, this will get you lined up quite well.

The sim can help you practice getting on a nice even glide path. Try to be accurate each time so it is descending at a nice controlled rate pretty much "hands-off". Bump the throttle up to slow descent, slow the throttle down to descend more rapidly.

Good choice going with the sim to start as it will give you a good head start at being comfortable with what it feels like watching the plane and how it responds to your inputs.
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