RealFlight 7 includes games and challenges to
hone your piloting skills.
Users can learn from their mistakes by holding down the reset button to rewind previous
actions. This is helpful when attempting to learn a new maneuver or flying skill.
Even damaged aircraft will obey the
laws of physics in the simulator. Pilots
looking to hone their skills will find that
RealFlight 7 is one of the best available
By default, the user views the
flying field and aircraft from the
flightline. Depending on the flying
field, aeromodelers can change their
perspectives. Users can also set the view
to auto zoom. This may be a valuable
feature for new pilots so they can
maintain aircraft orientation.
With all good things come some tradeoffs. It can be easy to
lose relative perspective from the runway when auto zoom
is enabled. Another option is to toggle the plus key on the
keyboard to zoom, but that’s easier said than done when
eyes are focused on the screen and both hands are on the
Most will find the reset button to be a popular feature. If
a user continuously holds the reset button down, RealFlight
7 plays back the most recent flight maneuvers. This can be
helpful when trying to learn from a mistake.
While flying, pilots will appreciate another new feature in
RealFlight 7: the Heads-Up Display. Users can quickly glance
to read heading, altitude, speed, and other flight data.
All Skill Levels Welcome
RealFlight 7 adheres to the laws of physics. After practicing
with RealFlight 7, a new pilot will find that many of the
techniques learned on the simulator apply to real-life flying.
Beginners can also utilize the training features by clicking on
the Training tab. Takeoffs, landings, and helicopter flight can be
RealFlight 7 users can take a series of lessons from leading
pilots including Frank Noll. Many of the lessons go beyond
the basics and address advanced airplane and helicopter
Seasoned pilots can gravitate toward many of the higher-skilled 3-D aircraft or helicopters. To add difficulty, users can
select the Environment tab to increase wind, adjust the sun, or
add dynamic thermals.
Pilots with an Internet connection can also try multiplayer
and fly with others around the globe. This provides an
enjoyable outlet with more than six games and challenges such
as Combat, streamer cut, and paintball.
New to RealFlight 7 is multiplayer unlimited
Combat. This allows you to fly any aircraft
with your choice of weapons. As I quickly
learned, the one with the most powerful
weapons is not necessarily the one who will
win the competition. The victory typically goes
to the competitor with better flying skills.
When you’re being hunted by others, the
pressure kicks in, forcing you to master your
flight skills. It’s definitely a fun and challenging
way to become a better pilot!
RealFlight 7 is one of the best simulators
with the best physics. And if more than 120
aircraft and 40-plus flying fields out of the box
isn’t enough, RealFlight 7 allows users to generate, share, and
download content from other players.
Whether you’re new or an experienced pilot, RealFlight 7
should find its way to your computer.
Knife Edge swap pages
58 Model Aviation APRIL 2014