When Learning to fly Aircraft or Helicopters, NOTHING will save you as money as a decent RC Simulator. A RC Simulator is a software package that is loaded onto your computer, and you then control a RC Aircraft or Heli using either a proper RC Transmitter, or a dummy radio. Dont be mistaken - this is NOTHING like Ms flight sim or a flying game.
There is no such thing as a bad simulator, but certain simulators simply do things better, and obviously cost a bit more. Simple simulators are good to learn basic flying skills. These packages typically have low quality graphics, and model and environment realism. Higher end sims have true to life Aircraft performance and handling characteristics. You can also set environment variables like wind and weather conditions, as well having the advantage of stunning photo-realistic graphic scenery. (See PHOENIX Simulator screenshot above compared to the FMS screenshot below)
At Clowns Hobbies you have a choice of the following simulators :
ESKY SIMULATOR with Dummy Radio and FMS Simulator
Over 150 beautifully modelled and realistic aircraft, including Helicopters, Seaplanes and Autogyros.
25 unique 360°x180° photographic panoramic sceneries - no lost coverage or fake areas. Realistic fully interactive panoramic water environments with splashes, wakes and spray.
Exciting Night Flying mode with realistic glow-schemes and dedicated aircraft.
Advanced training modes for helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. (Including fixed wing ‘Hover’ training—prop hanging)
Unique competition modes make improving your skills fun and exciting. (Balloon bursting, Spot Landing etc)
Fly with and learn from other pilots around the World with our fully-featured Internet/LAN multi-pilot mode - including full voice-chat facility.
Use our Automatic Updates system to download new models, flying sites and program updates which are released for free on a regular basis. Expand your Phoenix experience with the latest cutting-edge models as soon as they come out
New to version 3.0 - add and configure up to three computer-controlled AI "Buddies" which will fly around you intelligently and perform a repetoire of exciting manoeuvres that you can watch and learn from.
Also Available as a combo package with a 5 channel 2.4Ghz fully working radio.