I've been thinking about purchasing a proper model flight simulator
for ages, ever since I got the EasyFly freebie with the Ikarus Piccolo
helicopter I bought in 2003. I've been using the free FMS sim for
a while now, and although it is good, it doesn't quite have the
REAL feel to it.
It was only recently, that I had a go on the Aerofly Pro Deluxe
I must say, I was very impressed. As all regulars of FS know, my
area of R/C flying is slope soaring. Sadly, the Aerofly currently
doesn't cater for slope soaring, but the Reflex XTR does.
What Do You Get?
not a lot!
On opening the box, you get a big shock
, as there are only
three things included! A CD-Rom, an adaptor dongle, and the lead
for your chosen Tx. You have to state your correct Tx make and model
the software is a doddle, as we've come to expect from the Windows
operating system. My first word of warning here though, is to make
sure your PC system requirements, match those of the minimum's needed
to run 'XTR'. If you buy this Sim, and your system DOESN'T meet
the minimum requirements
you won't get a refund
(due to piracy laws).
second word of warning, is that you will need to use an unused memory
on your computer Tx, in order to fly with this sim! I tried flying
the sim whilst I was still in my 'Mini Weasel' set-up but it wasn't
having any of it. I expect the older, non-computerised Tx's will
be fine, as long as all trims, etc are set to neutral. I myself
used my current Tx, which is the Hitec Optic 6.
is no instruction manual included with the Sim, as I assume the
manufacturers expect anyone using this to have a reasonable knowledge
of PC's already. All the same, an instruction manual would be nice.
I'm not complaining, these are just things I feel you need to know!
I go any further, I want to apologise for the quality of the included
photos. These are genuine shots from my PC screen, and don't really
give you the impression of how good the screen graphics really are!
What's It Like Then?
Before you attempt to fly, you'll need to calibrate your transmitter
to the software. This only takes a minute or two. Once that is done,
you can then choose your scenery and model. The scenery is photo-realistic,
and very striking to the eye. Being German, the scenery is named
in German. So it takes a little time to find the scenery you like.
All the airfields included, are grass strips (apart from the slope
site). The photo below, shows an Extra 320 ticking over, ready to
feel of the models is unbelievably realistic. The ground handling
is superb, as the models bounce around as they hit undulations in
the grass. If you fly too low, you can hit trees and even the fences!
the air, the models react just like they would in real life. The
only downside here is that the crashes aren't realistic, unlike
the Aerofly Pro. This is the only area that lets this Sim down
the crash performance!
are very crisp, as you'd expect, and some of the sounds used
add to the illusion of being at the flying site. I do find that
the 4-Stroke engine doesn't sound very realistic
most of the 2-Strokes do.
photo (right), shows the Extra 320 in a dive
scenery quality is that good, you really do forget that you are
sitting at a PC! There are many variables you can alter too, including
wind and flying conditions, as well as being able to alter the set-up
of each model.
scene left is the slope soaring one. The model shown is a Tragi
703vs designed for F3F (slope speed) racing, and is a free download.
The feel is very realistic, and if set up correctly, will fly very
fast, just like the real thing.
the simulation menu, you can set up wind speeds, vertical wind speeds
and thermal strength. This adds up to very realistic flight angles,
and well as testing your skills through turbulence!
photo right is one of the included models, a large Katana
S. If you get some of the models close enough to you, you
can actually see the servos and R/C gear through the canopy!
for the electric buffs amongst us, there are numerous electric
models to keep you amused. The one pictured below, is a Raven
well as fixed wing models, there is also a nice selection
of helicopters included too, see below
are just a few of the models I've been able to download.
The Pulse-jet model is fast, and like the real model
has fuel for about 4 minutes of flying.
The Kangaroo on the other hand, is rather sluggish in flight,
unlike the real thing.
Zlin is nice to fly, and sounds awesome
photo below, shows another Katana S
This could almost
be you club site in the summer!
Overall, this Sim is brilliant
and is well worth the investment.
But I feel that there is still room for improvement, in particular,
realism of crashes and extra scenery, but these are minor gripes.
software is easy to use, and the quality of the flight graphics,
is breath-taking to say the least.
free scenery and models are available from www.rc-sim.de (you need
to register with this site, to download stuff, but membership is
free). That said, I have found that some of the free downloads don't
but try anyway.
Reflex XTR is available from all good leading model shops (check
websites, or the modelling press for the most up to date prices).
USB interface unit compatible with the most popular Transmitters
such as Futaba, JR, Hi-tec, Sanwa and Multiplex.
Pentium 4 1200 MHz
GB available hard disk
transmitter with student or DSC socket of at least 4 channels
system Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000 and XP
8.1-capable 3D hardware accelerated video card with at least
32 MB video ram - AGP2x or better. Shared RAM is not supported.
Easy to use, and set-up
Excellent flight model realism
A great learning and teaching tool.
good value for money
for rainy days!
realism needs improving
standard scenery options needed
mention Flying Sites when contacting
your Reflex XTR Dealer