Best consumer grade software & hardware for R22/44 simulation prior to training?
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Grant
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Best consumer grade software & hardware for R22/44 simulation prior to training?

02-03-2010 04:39:53

I've been checking with local flight instructors to get my license and one of them strongly recommended practicing first with MS Flight Simulator. He said that it's actually very helpful and will lessen the number of hours I need to spend in training - although I'll still need well over the 40 hr minimum. A few questions:

1. Does anyone have experience in this they could share?

2. Which version of MS Flight Simulator should I get?

3. The bigger question: what hardware should I buy? I don't mind spending, say, a few hundred or maybe even up to $1,000 getting realistic hardware if it really will help. To be clear, I'm not talking about the computer; rather, I'm wondering about the flight control equipment and/or joystick.

Thanks in advance!

Carlos

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bladewashout
Member Since : 2015
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02-02-2010 11:54:36
I used the Simcontrol stuff, but having just looked, I think they are in a resurrection mode.

I haven't looked into what their status is, but having used the kit, it is stunningly good - pedals, collective with throttle control, and sensitive cyclic.

I use it with FS2009, there's also a system called 'dodosim' which is a hugely accurate bell 206.

http://helicoptersimulatorhardware.blogspot.com/2009/10/simcontrol-simulator-helicopter_24.html

BW
Carlos
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02-05-2010 12:22:39
Thanks, BW.

I checked them out, but they are indeed no longer selling their items. That's too bad, since it looked perfect.

This one looks awesome, although that's based just on appearance: http://www.simkits.com/product.php?prodid=616
but I can't quite justify $29,835 plus shipping! I bet there are some used ones around, but it would have to be someone relatively local.

Any other options? I can't be the first person who wants to use MSFS to get comfortable with an R22/44.

Thanks!

Carlos
Carlos
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02-06-2010 12:50:32
I've found a simulator that looks promising. Anyone have any experience with this helicopter simulator:

http://www.simulationdevices.com/simulatorcontrols.html

It's $1,500, but looks pretty comprehensive and compatible with MS Flight Simulator. Because of the website, I can't link directly to the one I'm talking about. Here's the same item on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Helicopter-Simulator-joystick-cyclic-collective-pedals_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem2eaa932296QQitemZ200430264982QQptZMotorsQ5fAircraft#ht_1416wt_923

Any thoughts or experiences on this one?

Thanks in advance!
Carlos
Member Since : 2015
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02-12-2010 04:49:50
Anyone?

How about cheap joysticks? Does anybody have any recommendations for those?

I really appreciate any help you can give.

Thanks,

Carlos
Stationair
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03-07-2010 09:12:29
For $1,500 thats 5 hrs of dual instruction, sure seems like it would be worth it.