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    Contributed by: Mike Buzzeo | Published: January 2011 | Views: 35545 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of the RealFlight G5.5 Flight Simulator
    Mike Buzzeo

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    Distributed by:
    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021

    The RealFlight R/C Flight Simulator has always been one of the leaders in flight simulator technology. Its developers, KnifeEdge Software, have consistently added innovative upgrades to what are some of the most realistic graphics imaginable.

    Last March my colleague, Chris Batcheller, reviewed the new RealFlight version G5 which has now been updated to version G5.5. This latest version adds two new multi-player combat events, a Sky Grid and new glider launch options just to name a few.

    The new G5.5 also includes several new airplanes and helicopters. Also included is a set of cables so that you can use your existing transmitter with the software which is compatible with All JR and newer Futaba radios (with the square trainer plug).

    Let's take a closer look!

    • Outstanding Graphics
    • Wide Assortment of Planes and Flying Sites
    • Online Combat with Real Time Chat
    • Can Use Supplied Controller, or Your Transmitter (Most Brands/Models)

    • None.

    Skill Level:

    Time Required to Build:

    Frustration Level:

    What do these ratings mean?

    Minimum Recommended System: (Note: Some graphical features may be disabled. Aerodynamic calculations will remain high-quality)
    Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 Local administrator access required
    Intel Pentium 1.0GHz or equivalent
    512 MB RAM
    4.5 GB Hard Drive Space
    DVD Drive

    3D Accelerated Video with:
    32 MB Dedicated Video Memory
    Full Windows DirectX 9 compliant (Pixel Shader 1.4 support)

    Optimal System: For best graphical performance
    Dual Core 2.4GHz CPU
    2 GB RAM
    3D Accelerated Video with:
    512 MB dedicated video memory
    Pixel Shader 3.0 support

    Multiplayer Requirements:
    Broadband Internet connection
    Computer microphone for voice chat

    InterLink Elite Controller:
    USB Port
    Compatible 2.4GHz, FM or FM-selectable transmitter (if using the interface mode)

    COMMENTS: Connectors on the InterLink Elite cord and included adapters make the InterLink Elite compatible with the trainer jack on most Futaba and all JR Spektrum and Tower Hobbies systems. Special adapters for use with most older Futaba and Hitec systems are available separately.

    Name:RealFlight G5.5 Flight Simulator

    Price: $199.98 (Free Upgrade For Version G5)

    Upgrade from version G3 or higher: $79.99

    Stock Number: GPMZ4450

    Compatability: Windows Vista, XP and Windows 7 (Local administrator access required). Not compatible with Windows NT, Mac platforms or Windows emulators such as Virtual PC on a Mac.

    Aside from the new graphic, the G5.5 packaging is the same as the previous versions of RealFlight. Inside the box, you?ll find the Software CD, Interlink Controller, Manual, Buddy-Box cord and a Quick Reference Guide.

    The Interlink Elite Controller is similar in size and weight to a standard transmitter, and features all the switches for things like retracts, smoke, dual rates and whatever other functions you?ll need to run a plane or heli through its paces.

    Two different cords are supplied so that you can connect either a JR/Spektrum or Futaba transmitter to the software so that you may use the box you?re familiar with.

    Features new to G5.5 are as follows:

    • Two New Combat Modes
    • Sky Grid
    • Overhead Gadget
    • New Planes, Helis, Color Schemes, and Flight Failure Scenarios
    • Timer Gadget
    • New Glider Launch Options
    • TruFlo Wind Dynamics?

    DeadRinger and Hardcore Combat:
    In the new DeadRinger mode, you fly an obstacle course. The object is to be the first one to fly through all of the rings - While the others are shooting at you! In Hardcore Combat, high G turns will cause your vision to fade, or you can completely black out!

    Sky Grid:
    Turn on the Sky Grid and a colored grid will appear on the sky to help you align precision maneuvers.

    Overhead Gadget:
    To help you find your way back home, the Overhead Gadget superimposes a site map over the terrain, showing your location and the location of the runway.

    New Planes, Helis, Color Schemes, and Flight Failure Scenarios:
    Updates include the versatile Westland Lynx, new graphics and paint schemes, plus an option to set up random heli failures to keep your skills sharp!

    Timer Gadget:
    A stopwatch will appear on screen in a countdown or count up mode.

    New Glider Launch Options:
    Now you can use a Bungee Launch or Aerial Tow with automatic release!

    TruFlo Wind Dynamics?:
    You can now control the wind's direction and speed and whether you?ll encounter clear skies or occasional turbulence. More advanced thermal modeling makes soaring more realistic than ever.

    As with the previous versions of RealFlight, you can choose your aircraft or flying site by moving the mouse to the left side of the screen to bring out the Pop-Out menu, or select from the menu bar at the top. Either way will bring up a screen which displays the various craft and fields or lakes from which you may fly.

    You can choose from over 80 aircraft and 30 flying sites! Click here for the full list.


    Talk about challenging! In the new Multi-Player "Deadringer" mode, you must fly through a series of rings while others are shooting at you and vice versa.


    In the new Multi-Player Hardcore Combat mode, the longer you hold a high-G turn the more likely you will be to start blacking out!


    Three additional "Gadgets" are an Overhead View to help you locate your landing strip, a Timer and a "Sky Grid" to help guide you through precision maneuvers.


    Along with the standard winch method, there is now a new RF-97 Sailplane that can be towed aloft with an automatic release. There are also new wind dynamics for sailplanes to make for even more realistic scenarios.


    Along with the standard winch method, there is now a new RF-97 Sailplane that can be towed aloft with an automatic release. There are also new wind dynamics for sailplanes to make for even more realistic scenarios.

    It goes without saying that a simulator is a valuable tool for either the beginner that wants to learn to fly or the experienced flier who wants to hone his skills, but RealFlight takes that experience a few steps further to incorporate on-line multi player events, so the user can go from practicing alone to a day at the field with others, or even give him the thrill of sitting in the cockpit and dog fighting with others!

    As a former Sailplane pilot, the new sailplane tow feature brought back some very fond memories of being towed aloft and the challenge of staying in the slot!

    All in all, RealFlight G5.5 is an exhilarating experience for anyone who enjoys the thrill of flight.

    Distributed by:
    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021

    Comments on RCU Review: Great Planes Model Distributors RealFlight G5.5

    Posted by: Moserkid on 03/28/2011
    what happened to the video? good review but would like to see hard core combat and dead ringer races video
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