- Aug 10, 2014
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Running Alienware computer, have a G1000 emulator, Xplane 12, upgraded from Xplane 11, 55 inch display. Use it for IFR practice but it is not the same as true IFR. Took me a while to get rid of a lot of the bugs. Parts of the G1000 did not work, landings are very unrealistic, even the way the plane reacts to yoke, and rudder is unrealistic. I fly my T206H on it, and have despite trying to match the settings I use in my plane, cannot come close. The only thing it does for me is to get me used to the process of an IFR approach, but at the end of the day a desk top simulator is a poor substitution for real world experience. The only other thing it maybe helpful with is emergencies, however I have landed my simulator T206H in places where it would be impossible to do in real life, such as the Statue of Liberty, an air craft carrier, numerous roads, and bridges, and a school football field. So for the workflow for an emergency it is useful, but for the simulation of what landing would be like in an emergency situation not so much...all in all I find the simulator as fun but in my opinion not a substitute for training in the real world. It is interesting that my setup far exceeds many of the FAA approved setups for logging time, but because it is not purchased as such I am not able to log it as time. However, I am certain that I would not feel comfortable doing an IFR flight in true IMC based only on my time on a desk top simulator.
good question: the affordable redbird physics suck. I didnt want to spend $10k+ for a system (unless you have a better suggestion?).Why not get an approved simulator so you can log approaches? Money?
good question: the affordable redbird physics suck. I didnt want to spend $10k+ for a system (unless you have a better suggestion?).
Mostly i want to practice approaches and flow. I will save my money and use that to fly a real plane every 10 days or so. Also, I live in MN: a place where actual IFR conditions will simply kill you
these are great replies! It's also reassuring to know than min-spec machines do just fine. I think i will be going with an IBM type computer after looking at all the pros/cons. Plus, then I can use the same computer for the condor glider sim.
Any HD size recommendations? I am tempted to go for at least 1T.
Switch to 12 unless you’re heavily invested in XP11 payware.…With all of this, should I transfer over my xplane 11 software key and planes, or simply switch to xplane 12?
I made the switch. Not sure it was worth it. It took me about a month of tweeking to get 12 to perform like 11. The issues were how the plane performed and some of the functionality of the g1000 simulator. The graphics are slightly better but not a big difference. Then again the upgrade is not that expensive and it's probably better supported.Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions. My final configuration that I ordered:
1. AMD ryzen 7 CPU
2. Geforce 4070 GPU
3. 2T SSD
4. 2T HDD
5. 32Gb RAM
And, an on-sale 32" Acer curved monitor from costco (not as fancy as the 49" shown above, but should do mostly)
With all of this, should I transfer over my xplane 11 software key and planes, or simply switch to xplane 12?