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View Poll Results: Best Simulator
RealFlight 22 34.38%
Phoenix 26 40.63%
FS One 4 6.25%
Other 12 18.75%
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:19 PM   #31
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For the record, I didn't vote in the poll, as I only have the older 3.5 version of realflight, and haven't tried the others. I did download the phoenix viewable demo, and it looks like a good sim also.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:16 PM   #32
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Re: What is the best Simulator

Well I love gadgets, and have owned them all, I will not say how many were pirate versions but I bought Phoenix and Real Flight 4.5 at the end.
They will all help to learn to fly and each is better then others in one thing or another. I like and owned Aerofly pro first, great graphics, easy on the computer, good with planes, not so good with heli's, tons of older planes available, but showing it's age.
RealFlight, still like very much, tons of planes available, little hefty on pc, need some power there, very adjustable, decent physics, but very cartoony and 'American' lots of video game like features, they make you pay for every larger upgrade, greedy.
Reflex was too complicated and now very dated with little support from anyone, too bad the sim was pretty good but again required better computer, bargain if cheap.
FS1 , tested the first one for the local hobby store, very heavy on the pc, very limited planes, company totally dropped the ball, flies ok but not worth it unless under $30.
I almost forgot I have Clearview, pretty good for $35, planes available, good beginner physics but runs out in more sophisticated stuff. Best in a bargain bin.
Now the Phoenix, IMPO the best of the lot, but not by a huge margin, easy on the pc, well supported, free updates, very good physics, Excellent graphics, currently the only short comings are no plane editor at this time, but they supply planes at a good clip.

Best advice, buy any of them and practice, it is no substitute for the real thing but better then nothing and great place to try new moves, less costly.

Come to think of it I should listen to my own advice, maybe I would fly better!!

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Old 12-22-2009, 09:21 AM   #33
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Re: What is the best Simulator

I believe there is a "best" preference. All the SIMs are good as a learning tool. As for the best? The best is the one you chose to use more often or the one you decided to buy!

I own both Phoenix and RealFlight; both are good. They each have their good points and better points. Both are perfect to keep the fingers active and to practice new skills. I use them both equally when I have the time!

The bottom line; buy any of the SIMs and have fun...


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Old 12-26-2009, 03:18 PM   #34
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Well, judging by the poll results so far, my feeling is on the money. The FS One I have is not that great (I knew that, it keeps locking up my computer) and the one I want is ahead in the poll. I guess I'll just have to fork over the money and buy Phoenix.

I like the idea of not having to pay for add-ons too!
You'll absolutely love it Dave.

As for free version updates and add-ons, I purchase Pheonix last Spring and at the time the version # was 2.00n.

Since then the program has evolved to version # 2.50 which has a number of improvements and bug fixes as well as a whole bunch of new planes and 6 or 7 new flying sites. Just today, Dec 26/09 I decided to give "Free" updates a go. And I now have the newer version and all the new add-ons absolutely free!

This is an amazing sim in itself for the money but wow, getting lifetime free updates is awsome.

I was so excited when I checked out the new aircraft that came with the update. A WW1 Sopwith bipe is in the lineup. Excited because I am just working on a 1/4 scale Neiuport 17 and my next project is the Sopwith Pup, 1/4 scale of course.

Anyway, you won't go wrong with this sim and I know you'll be thrilled with it!
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I just purchased a Phoenix simulator and I am having a hard time getting it to work. The spektrum radio that came with it does not conect with my computer any IDEAS????
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