RealFlight 7 Quick Tip (RF7) : Slowing Time

RealFlight 7 Quick Tip (RF7) : Slowing Time

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This is another quick tip for RF7. I show you how to slow time for your practice sessions so you can learn how to think through maneuvers at a slower speed than real life. For folks just learning to hover, this could be a life saver…and for those learning more advanced maneuvers…can give you time to break things down without crashing so much in the sim.

More information from the RealFlight 7 manual:

One of the great benefits of RealFlight 7 is the ability to adjust features and settings that you would not be able to do at a real flying field. The Physics setting is one of these great features. It allows you to adjust how realistic the flight physics are in the simulator on a global scale, meaning that all of the simulator’s characteristics reflect this modification. The options that are available are as follows:

This setting is perfect for the first time pilot. It reduces the speed of the physics to allow a beginner time to react and learn how an aircraft is controlled. At this level, you cannot run out of fuel, and crashes are more forgiving.

Crashes are not as forgiving, and aircraft will run out of fuel just as they would at the field.

By default, RealFlight 7 is set to Realistic. As the name implies, this setting accurately reflects the flight performance of their real-world R/C counterparts. The flight physics level for Realistic is very similar to Intermediate. However, you will notice that the severity of the stalls has also increased; forcing the pilot to react faster to stalls and other similar flight characteristics.

Custom will be selected if you made changes to the default settings for physics speed, flight model, autopilot assist or fuel consumption. If you wish to adjust the physics parameters to fit your skill level, click the Custom Tab at the top of the Physics gadget. The following options are available.

• Physics Speed – Expressed as a percentage, this value controls the time scale of the simulation. Reducing the value allows you to create a slow-motion effect. This is useful when learning new skills or maneuvers; slowing the aircraft’s reaction time.
• Flight Model – This setting can range from “Easy” to “Realistic”. At an Easy setting, the aircraft are easier to fly than in real life. This is especially true at slow speeds. If set to Realistic, RealFlight 7 simulates real life aerodynamics in every way, including abrupt loss of lift during an aerodynamic stall. Setting the Flight Model to something in between will provide a compromise.
• Autopilot Assist – This setting improves overall stability of the aircraft. Much like the Active Flight Stabilization found on Hobbico’s NexSTAR, the Autopilot Assist will attempt basic wing leveling when you release the control sticks. For helis, the Autopilot Assist manages the collective to resist crashes. The strength of the assistance is inversely proportional to the aircraft’s height above the terrain, meaning that it will let you mess up a bit but will try to keep you from actually colliding with the ground.
• Unlimited Fuel – This option determines whether or not your aircraft will run out of fuel. If selected, the engine will run indefinitely – assuming, of course, that you do not crash. If disabled, the aircraft will indeed run out of fuel. The length of time required to do so is based upon a number of factors including the engine utilized and throttle management, just as it would be at the flying field.