Flight Simulators are Getting Good

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The Brooklyn Aerodrome is blessed to have gotten a virtual Towel for the FMS flight simulator courtesy of Gary Gunnerson. He sends an email:

Hi folks, An admirer asked me to build a towel model for FMS. You can download it from my website. Please try it out and let me know if the flight model needs adjustment. Also, what is a typical all up weight for a towel rc stunt plane? Good flying to you! -- Gary

http://gunnerson.homestead.com/files/towel.zip

Flight Sim Towel

So lets get this working for all you fine folks. Steps are:

  1. Acquire or already have some manner of computer that runs some post 2000 version of windows.
  2. Visit http://modelsimulator.com/ and download the relevant version of the software. For almost all of you that will be version 2 alpha 2.5 unless you are sporting a Windows 95 box.
  3. Any windows OS more recent that XP needs a no longer included library so go ahead and look at the instructions at http://www.microflight.com/s.nl/ctype.KB/it.I/id.1390/KB.1034/.f and you can download the .dll at http://www.microflight.com/img/d3drm.zip
  4. A very cheap 6CH Flight Simulator Training Kit Planes and Helis w/USB Cable
    looks to be appropriate and slightly more reputable than the Dynam Flight Sim. Both should be acceptable game controllers for most any modern Windows machines. Mac users, which I am one, will have to wait for a later post on what works.
  5. Be patient and keep trying, they can work

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8 Responses to “Flight Simulators are Getting Good”

  1. s p e x Says:

    Any hope for the rest of us (who don’t use Windows)?

    • brooklynaerodrome Says:

      Aerofly does an expensive version for the Mac. Link http://www.bphobbies.com/view.asp?id=A2366225

      I have had very limited success getting the drivers for the USB transmitter game controllers to work properly with the Mac. I will try again. CRRC sim is a good flight sim that will run on the mac. Getting the controller to work is another matter.

      Breck

      • s p e x Says:

        Thanks. I did have some luck with CRRC sim on a Mac using a game controller. However, finding specific model plane was harder.

        It took me a while to figure out that only some of the simulated planes had motors (most are gliders). So at least I’m flying a powered plane and training my reflexes, but I’m not so sure I’m learning to fly a towel, specifically.

      • brooklynaerodrome Says:

        There is a zagi flying wing that is pretty close to the Towel in flight dynamics. But it doesn’t really matter. You just need to get up/down/left/right sorted out and how to do turns (roll with some up elevator). Make sure the game controller is properly programmed, nose of plane goes up when the stick is pulled back or down. Breck

  2. LukeBrown@proflightsimulator Says:

    My favorite game is ProFlightSimulator Flight Simulation Game PC
    The Most Realistic Flight Sim

  3. technophobe Says:

    I’ve gotten CRRC sim working on a Mac with the T6A transmitter and USB cable, but had to modify the source code to recognize the serial port the transmitter appears at. A small change, but then you’re compiling from source.

    On iOS I use “RC Plane 2”, which works pretty well.

    • brooklynaerodrome Says:

      Is this with the programming cable or a separate USB cable? Also can you get CRRCsim to save settings for the transmitter? I could not get the compile to work for some missing dependencies–what did you need to install? I am on 10.7.4

  4. brooklynaerodrome Says:

    Just dug out your earlier email–completely forgot about it. Answers to my questions for the record: You used the programming cable, it was a hassle to compile, still don’t know if you can save tx settings. Breck

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