PicaSim - Flight Simulator
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Learn to fly radio controlled gliders and powered planes in this highly realistic flight simulator. You can use it to practise aerobatics, have a lazy fly on a rainy day, or compete to fly as fast as possible in a number of races with online leaderboards (using Scoreloop).
It includes 19 gliders, 2 powered (jet-type) aircraft, a powered trainer and four fully aerobatic propeller driven planes, and a quadcopter. It focusses particularly on simulating gliding flight - with realistic models of wind flow, turbulence and thermals.
The sceneries include a variety of slope and flat field sites. Some are panoramic, with high graphical quality, but a fixed viewpoint. Others are 3D scenes where you can fly in or behind the plane.
It is highly configurable, so you can create and explore new terrains from inside the app, as well as adjust settings such as the wind modelling, aeroplane settings (including size and ballast) etc.
If you've never flown a radio-controlled plane before, you'll probably find it hard to fly at first. Check the support website for a video and hints on how to fly. PicaSim won't teach you how to fly, but it can help you learn - persevere and the sky is the limit!
You can read a detailed review of PicaSim in the February 2013 edition of Radio Controlled Soaring Digest at www.rcsoaringdigest.com - "PicaSim is a fantastic flight simulator ... after a short time it’s like having a real transmitter in your hands".
The support website provides some information on how to add your own planes and sceneries to the simulator - and has a link to a forum if you have any questions/suggestions etc.
What's New in Version 1.7.0
- New plane - RT Eraser Five
- New scenery - Recreation Ground (photo-panorama)
- Change to a more conventional controller setup for the gliders.
- Improved graphics - textures on planes and the runway.
- Fix thermals
Very nice R/C flight simulator
I have been playing this for a while as a practice simulator during the off-season. It is a very good, but definitely not perfect R/C flight simulator.
The physics models are very good, and get better with each update. I think that the motor model physics are pretty good. The slopers and DLGs fly like I would expect, but since I have less experience with them, it is not an expert's expectations. The quad model is ok, but the flight model needs some tweaking still.
The graphics are excellent and each flight location feels different, having its own unique wind and terrain dynamics.
Each update has definitely improved the app and has made it the best R/C flight simulator I have tried for the iPad. I only wish there was some way to simulate the stick feel of the controller....
One update I would love to see would be an FPV mode for at least one of the aircraft. I would also appreciate in-flight trim, throw, and expo adjustment, like one finds on a real controller.
Great RC sim
I have had this sim for quite a while and so finally decided to write a review. This sim is just so good for practicing on your skills and I think the graphics are great. Of course, there is no RC sim that has the real "feel" of a plane in the air but this is as close as you can get on an apple product. And believe it or not, before I got my first plane, this is the kind of stuff I would practice on. I have been flying RC planes for a year now and I still haven't crashed any plane, thanks to these sims that I would keep twiddling my fingers with! Keep up the good work and can't wait for new planes!
Best rc sim
Great app, realistic controls, and awesome interface. Good to learn, or just relax and fly some beautiful scenery. Great work!!
- Category: Games
- Updated: Jan 08, 2014
- Version: 1.7.0
- Size: 28.5 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Danny Chapman
- © 2012 Danny Chapman
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.