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2005-09-06 20:04:05.482733+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

I have Charlene wanting to buy cool peripherals for the computer! Specifically, she wants to set up a helicopter simulator. Anyone out there with flight simulator experience have suggestions or experience for pedals and other controls? (Larry?)

I don't think the budget right now will handle any of the FLYIT products, but by the time you total up a complete set of CH Products pedals and sticks maybe something like the CopyCat simulator controls aren't too far out of the price range, and Steve's Helicopter Controls look pretty darned nice if I can get the use of my deck back before the rainy season hits, and I could do that with a $20 joystick! I've even got half a sheet of 3/4" birch ply in the basement looking for a project.

Any suggestions for helicopter simulation software? X-Plane has at least a Jet Ranger, I've found a few different models for Flight Gear, but I don't know how good their respective simulations are. I'd probably prefer something we can run under Linux[Wiki], but I'd even consider Microsoft Flight Simulator if it's reasonable. Everything I'm reading says that X-Plane is the best microcomputer simulator for fixed-wing aircraft, but I haven't found anything that goes into details about how their helicopter models are.

[ related topics: Microsoft Open Source Aviation Aviation - Helicopters ]

comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: Heli Flight-Sim made: 2005-09-06 21:34:09.58503+00 by: Dave Goodman

Free flight sim that can handle helis at FMS. It's what I used to practice before flying RC Helicopters.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-09-07 16:41:52.564252+00 by: Dan Lyke

Thanks, Dave. I tried the latest version of FlightGear last night and it seems like that makes a good free start.

Steve of Steve's Helicopter Controls says that he uses MSFS plus Dodosim.com's Realstart 206 Jet Ranger package.

Another reason to use MSFS would be that the online community at Hovercontrol uses that, and that there are scenery packages for the area around Juneau that we flew in.

I'll have to see if those can be ported over to FlightGear, but for starters FlightGear's SF Bay Area models look pretty good. Not enough clearance among the redwoods to land on our deck, though.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-09-07 23:59:07.254948+00 by: Dan Lyke

Brought home a joystick with twist for rudder. Now I need to build the pedals, side collective, and long stick for the cyclic, 'cause dang, flying the simulator is hard. I can put a simulated plane on the numbers pretty regularly, but I'm lucky to get a simulated helicopter to move the direction I wanted it to, let alone land it.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-09-08 17:09:41.292708+00 by: Dan Lyke

Dynamic Flight has a bunch of notes on flight maneuvers.