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 1.8.0
Rewrite much of the aerodynamics - affects all aircraft.
Option to draw marker on ground below the plane.
Controller shapes now in options.
Auto-reset planes only when touching environment.
Semi-stabilised mode for the Wasp.
Use throttle stick for the electric gliders.
Keyboard shortcuts in the help.
Thermal edges are sharper.
This is a great sim! I fly RC and PicaSim is close enough to reality that you can learn how to fly with it. I only fly gliders, and this sim to me captures the real world feel of flying RC. It's also really helpful for learning how to fly towards yourself, remember to prop up the wing tip that's low. And for flying in high winds with lots of lift, keep the nose down. It also has a nice menu system for adjusting variables. And a nice selection of planes and places to fly. Don't avoid the park, it looks dull at first, but a lot of fun can be had there.
This is a very well executed app. If you have any interest in sloping, or rc gliders in general, get it now!
- Category: Games
- Updated: Mar 27, 2014
- Version: 1.8.0
- Size: 28.4 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.