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rcdeskpilot 01-10-2010 11:45 AM

Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
Hi all,
I wanted to let you know there is a new version of the flight sim R/C Desk Pilot.

It can be downloaded for free at [link=http://rcdeskpilot.com]rcdeskpilot.com[/link] and includes following features:
[ul][*] 5 animated models, including a thermal sailplane and helicopter[*] full 3D scenery[*] wind and thermals[*] pylon racing[*] birds[*] support for anaglyph 3D (red/cyan glasses)
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The sim requires any version of Windows and of course a transmitter or joystick.

As I'm still heavily developing it, I would appreciate any feedback you have on the sim, either here or by email on info@rcdeskpilot.com

Cheers,
Davy
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyaRBNMiPO8[/youtube]

thegibson 01-10-2010 01:09 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
i just tried your sim and was very impressed. i am using an interlink elite to control but i am having trouble getting proper calibration? when i go to zero throttle the plane still has partial throttle. am i missing something?

rcdeskpilot 01-10-2010 01:12 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
Hi,
your controller should appear in the game controller section of the Windows Control Panel. You should be able to calibrate it there.
Hope this helps,
Davy

thegibson 01-10-2010 01:16 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
ok thanks i will check that out.

hey davy check out my website http://thegibson.jimdo.com/i make 3d models of planes and would let you have some for your sim if you likeon

on edit: heres a direct link to the planes i made http://thegibson.jimdo.com/g4-5-planes/

rcdeskpilot 01-10-2010 01:56 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
Wow! Those are really impressive! The next big thing on my todo list is to support add-on aircraft and scenery, and I would be delighted if you decide to (let someone) convert your planes to R/C Desk Pilot.
Davy

N5502B 01-24-2010 01:00 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
Looking at your web site great views. Does the controller I've got a Spektrum DX7 with a USB cord (same as JR) -does this work on your system ? Thanks Bill Reid

rcdeskpilot 01-24-2010 01:31 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 

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ORIGINAL: N5502B

Looking at your web site great views. Does the controller I've got a Spektrum DX7 with a USB cord (same as JR) -does this work on your system ? Thanks Bill Reid
Hi Bill,
yes, your USB cable will make the transmitter behave like a normal joystick so it will work with R/C desk pilot.
If you can't get the trim right, calibrate it using the Windows Control Panel, Game Controllers.

Cheers,
Davy

DeferredDefect 01-24-2010 08:20 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
Hello!
I purchased a cheap 4 channel USB Tx for use with RC flight simulators, and it works great with this simulator.
The setup was much easier then FMS; I only had to reverse the aileron channel. I like the menu system, It is very professional and easy to use.
The model selection is good too, for a recent release, and the moving control surfaces and props are great! It is nice to see a freeware sim with so many features - even Realflight does not have birds (fantastic work on that bit!)
Would it be possible to add a aircraft modification page as well, so users can change rates, CG, etc?

Overall, it is the most feature rich freeware sim out there! Keep up the great work, and I am looking forward to some addon aircraft and fields!


Graeme<br type="_moz"/>

rcdeskpilot 01-25-2010 03:32 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 

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ORIGINAL: GraemeEllis

Hello!
I purchased a cheap 4 channel USB Tx for use with RC flight simulators, and it works great with this simulator.
The setup was much easier then FMS; I only had to reverse the aileron channel. I like the menu system, It is very professional and easy to use.
The model selection is good too, for a recent release, and the moving control surfaces and props are great! It is nice to see a freeware sim with so many features - even Realflight does not have birds (fantastic work on that bit!)
Would it be possible to add a aircraft modification page as well, so users can change rates, CG, etc?

Overall, it is the most feature rich freeware sim out there! Keep up the great work, and I am looking forward to some addon aircraft and fields!


Graeme<br type=''_moz''/>
Thanks Graeme for your kind words. I really had a great time creating those birds ;)
I'm working on a aircraft editor hoping that artists like thegibson build and tweak aircraft for R/C Desk Pilot.
Cheers,
Davy

DeferredDefect 01-25-2010 05:26 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
Sounds great!


rc airplane nut 02-02-2010 02:06 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
I just downloaded it, great sim! I love that you can see birds!

DeferredDefect 02-02-2010 08:23 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
I just noticed that the wings bump around while taxiing the model on the ground!
That and the moving control surfaces - add some more models and fields, and you have essentially got Realflight!

Fantastic!

rcultimatetoys 02-04-2010 07:21 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
Hi there. We tried to install the R/C Desk pilot sim but we can't seemto get the DirectX part to run correctly. It installed ok with noerrors but it blows up as soon as you start the software up. Also the.NET framework 2.0 would not install due to incompatibility with anearlier version of .NET.  We are not sure if  we need to contactMicrosoft or if someone here has any idea how to troubleshoot this orat least know what to look at in their knowledge base. We are notreally familiar with how .NET and DirectX work.

rcdeskpilot 02-05-2010 01:51 PM

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ORIGINAL: rcultimatetoys

Hi there. We tried to install the R/C Desk pilot sim but we can't seemto get the DirectX part to run correctly. It installed ok with noerrors but it blows up as soon as you start the software up. Also the.NET framework 2.0 would not install due to incompatibility with anearlier version of .NET. We are not sure if we need to contactMicrosoft or if someone here has any idea how to troubleshoot this orat least know what to look at in their knowledge base. We are notreally familiar with how .NET and DirectX work.
Hi rcultimatetoys,
the problem is probably the fact that .NET isn't installed properly. Check this [link=http://support.microsoft.com/kb/908077]http://support.microsoft.com/kb/908077[/link] for some help with that.
After you've got .NET 2.0 installed, make sure to reinstall DirectX 9 from the [link=http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2DA43D38-DB71-4C1B-BC6A-9B6652CD92A3&displaylang=en]Microsoft site[/link] or let the sim installer install it. It is important to install DirectX after .NET because it will add some libraries to the existing .NET installation.
I hope you can get it to work. If not, can you post some more details about the errors you're seeing (and the OS you're working with)?

Cheers,
Davy

rcdeskpilot 03-30-2010 12:44 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
Hi everybody,
a short update on the sim: I've been working on the aircraft editor for the last couple of months and it's almost finished. So I thought I would share a short [link=http://rcdeskpilot.com/node/27]preview[/link] (you'll have to put up with my Belgian accent though)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHy73xujk3A[/youtube]
I'll put it up for beta in a couple of weeks. I hope I can convince some of the talent here to start using it ;)

Cheers,
Davy

DeferredDefect 03-30-2010 04:23 PM

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Can't wait!

rc airplane nut 03-30-2010 05:53 PM

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New (or more) planes too?

rcdeskpilot 03-31-2010 03:09 PM

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ORIGINAL: rc airplane nut

New (or more) planes too?
Well, at least the one in the video and I'm hoping the editor will trigger some people to start building and distributing their own.
Davy

jmdlcar 03-31-2010 07:13 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
First of all your Simulator is great. I have a Dynam transmitter which came with FMS simulator and it don,t work withWindows 7. I wish your web page had itsown Forums.

Thanks Jack

Lnewqban 03-31-2010 08:52 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
Thank you, Davy; yours is awesome work.

I downloaded it today, and enjoyed it much.
However; I had to use the keys, which were way too sensitive for the Extra, especially the elevator key.
For some reason, my Futaba Tx did not work with the same cable it works with for FMS.
Any suggestions?

Again, thanks!

rcdeskpilot 04-01-2010 02:21 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 

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ORIGINAL: LNEWQBAN

Thank you, Davy; yours is awesome work.

I downloaded it today, and enjoyed it much.
However; I had to use the keys, which were way too sensitive for the Extra, especially the elevator key.
For some reason, my Futaba Tx did not work with the same cable it works with for FMS.
Any suggestions?

Again, thanks!
Hi,
does your controller appear in the game controller list in the Windows Control Panel (the exact location depends on your Windows version)? The sim works with joystick compatible controllers/cables. If it does, try calibrating it in the Control Panel. If not, you are probably using a serial or audio cable. In that case you'll need to install and config PICjoy (serial cable) or SmartPropoPlus (audio cable) and PPJoy. A nice explanation of these can be found [link=http://sim.tomsrc.com/page.php?17]here[/link]. These will emulate a joystick in Windows. Most USB cables will be recognized as joysticks from the start so should work after calibrating in Windows and configuring the controls in the sim.
Hope this helps,
Davy

Campy 04-01-2010 09:42 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
Will your program run with 64 bit Windows 7 ?

rcdeskpilot 04-02-2010 02:10 AM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 

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ORIGINAL: Campy

Will your program run with 64 bit Windows 7 ?
Yes, I'm using that myself.

Cheers,
Davy

rc airplane nut 04-02-2010 02:40 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 

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ORIGINAL: rcdeskpilot


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ORIGINAL: Campy

Will your program run with 64 bit Windows 7 ?
Yes, I'm using that myself.

Cheers,
Davy
I am too.

Campy 04-02-2010 09:45 PM

RE: Free sim R/C Desk Pilot
 
I D/L your program and installed it on 64 bit Windows 7. It works GREAT !!! You have done a fantastic job of programming with this.

I am using a RealFlight G2 controller hooked up to a serial to USB converter. Once I configured the controller in Windows I was able to set it up in the program.

A couple things I did notice:

1. The throttle and rudder will only work on channel 6 & 7. The program will not allow me to change it to channel 3 & 4.
Right now this is OK, however, this may be a problem when you launch your "new" model with retracts [and I presume] flaps.

2. A windsock near the runway would be a big help in setting up the direction and force of the wind in the weather section.

I am not "picking" - you did ask for feedback.


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