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Old 7th Apr 2018, 11:43
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PC Based Flight Simulators

Any recommendations? I tried Aerofly FS 2 VR at a friend of a friend's house the other night and was very impressed.
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 11:57
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X-Plane 11 is pretty accurate and has VR support if you have the hardware for it. I would say its the most advanced sim on the market at the moment. FSX used to be the benchmark and it does have the best add-on support but it is pretty old by now so would say X-Plane is your best bet.
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 12:40
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Thanks, I'll take a look at that. The VR aspect is just amazing.
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Old 9th Apr 2018, 11:09
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Just be prepared to spend a lot of money, a VR capable computer able to run X-Plane 11 at a fast enough speed to ensure smooth rendering will cost you at least £800-1000. Then the headset on top of that another £300. Joystick £30-100.
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Old 9th Apr 2018, 13:27
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To my knowledge, none of them have current/accurate nav databases.
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Old 9th Apr 2018, 18:42
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Yes, there are current/accurate nav databases

Originally Posted by aterpster View Post
To my knowledge, none of them have current/accurate nav databases.
Google: Navigraph

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Old 10th Apr 2018, 01:01
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£1400 (2000 US) for something you can not use to meet any requirement?
Or am I missing something as normal?
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Old 10th Apr 2018, 02:18
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The FSX source code has been licensed to Lockheed Martin, which they now resell as Prepar3D for "non entertainment" use only. It's supposed to be better optimised for modern computers and compatible with all the add-ons.

As for why you would bother when it doesn't contribute to your currency, well you can practice navigation with and without failures to your heart's content in the comfort of your own home. To reach the same confidence with navigating on raw NDB or VOR data practicing in a real aircraft or certified simulator, would cost you a lot of money.

I find it a useful complement for practicing instrument approaches before attempting the real thing, where you may have other traffic and ATC requests and proper IMC to contend with.

Not to mention the computer can also be used to do other things like post on PPRuNe
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Old 10th Apr 2018, 23:23
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Well I just flew an A-10C and blew some tanks up with Mavericks. All in amazing VR. A new computer arrives on Friday and an Oculus Rift CV1 arrives on Saturday. The HOTAS and rumble seat thing are yet to be sourced. Not much change out of 2k but, hey, I’m worth it.

Flying an A-10 in VR is now my new hobby.
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Old 10th Apr 2018, 23:40
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Doesn't VR give you headaches?
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 07:06
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Doesn't VR give you headaches?
Nope. Some people feel sick at first but that can be overcome. The optics make the image appear further away than it is and eye distance is adjustable so no eye strain.

The A10 is very accurate, with every switch working and pressed via a mouse controlled by head movements. The level of realism and immersion is truly incredible.

So excited I havenít slept. Iím actually looking forward to retiring next year now.
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 09:29
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Doesn't VR give you headaches?
Yes it does also causes lots of strain in my eyes.
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 09:47
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Here is a pretty good 747-400 (just this type, no exterior eye candy) systems simulator:

Aerowinx - Introduction

Demo video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN9l...ature=youtu.be
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 12:04
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Originally Posted by hitansh View Post
Yes it does also causes lots of strain in my eyes.
It will if it's not correctly setup. Obviously, if VR did that all the time by design, the units would be getting returned as unusable.

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Old 21st Apr 2018, 13:22
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Originally Posted by Jet_Fan View Post
So excited I havenít slept. Iím actually looking forward to retiring next year now.


Ha ha ha. Sounds like a great antidote to the stresses of the real world.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 13:27
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+1 for the Aerowinx PSX. I've used it for years to keep fresh. I believe unlike the others its actually licensed software for training.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 20:40
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I’d be interested to know peoples opinion on Ultrawings, which I’ve been playing on my PS4 VR. Of course, it’s very far from being a simulator, but from my limited attempts on the controls of real aircraft, the feeling of flight seems very good!
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Old 22nd Apr 2018, 07:36
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Originally Posted by Brutha View Post
Iíd be interested to know peoples opinion on Ultrawings, which Iíve been playing on my PS4 VR. Of course, itís very far from being a simulator, but from my limited attempts on the controls of real aircraft, the feeling of flight seems very good!
I played ultrawings on the pc with an oculus rift.

The extra300 lookalike ( 3rd and most advanced plane)
really impressed me with its feeling in flight. I had many years commercially flying GA aeroplanes. The sound and feeling is spot on.

I don't extend that to the ultralight though... not that i have any real world ultralight experience,
but that plane didn't feel at all like a plane.

Just my 2c!
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Old 23rd Apr 2018, 08:56
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I use a computer sim on occasion and if you get a realistic aircraft model in the sim, it's great and actually very helpful when practicing procedures or failures. Have a look for PMDG, they're partnered with Boeing and their models are actually very realistic. Only downside is that as they are partnered with Boeing, they don't produce Airbus'.
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