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Offline Andy-E

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Is freerider really helping me
« on: January 17, 2017, 19:44:49 »
I'm getting pretty good in Acro now on freerider but have only flown 4 times fpv in reality and only in rattitude. I can't help but feel that when I go out and fly for real that it'll be completely different to freerider and I'm going to smash my quad to a squillion prices
How have you guys found it? Did it "really" help you in the real world? Cheers.


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Re: Is freerider really helping me
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2017, 19:54:28 »
That depends? are you using your transmitter ?
Stick time is good, getting used to your transmitter the way it feels the weight and
how fast things move in relation to your thumb movements areall relative.

If your just using the sim with a xbox controller probably maybe not as much :-)
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Re: Is freerider really helping me
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2017, 20:09:35 »
Yes I'm using my transmitter on freerider. But unless it flies exactly the same as my real quad  I can't see it being a help and maybe more of a hindrance


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Re: Is freerider really helping me
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2017, 20:10:29 »
Time will tell I suppose. Just wondered if you guys found it a big help. It is great fun though (the simulator)


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Re: Is freerider really helping me
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2017, 20:16:50 »
I think it helps eye hand co ordination. Your real life quad may well perform differently but your muscle memory will be developed by using sims especially using your tx so your reactions will get better.

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Re: Is freerider really helping me
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2017, 20:19:43 »
I think it helps eye hand co ordination. Your real life quad may well perform differently but your muscle memory will be developed by using sims especially using your tx so your reactions will get better.
True. I am getting the feel for pointing itnin the right direction now where as before the sim I was drifting all over and couldn't point it where I wanted it to go so maybe it is going to help in some ways.


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Re: Is freerider really helping me
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2017, 22:43:53 »
Ive only ever used Sims for 3D helicopters I even used to take the sim on holidays
And practice ...months i spent on the sim but every time I tried the helicopter
I smashed it to pieces.
It was a god send when quads came along you can't beat self level for learning to fly
Then self level mix or ratitude
Once you can fly around on the sim .......its time to start crashing  :popcorn:

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Re: Is freerider really helping me
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2017, 23:24:18 »
Used to use sims for planes a lot, there a lot of fun. Transition into reality,,,, useless  :laugh: I was a top gun pilot in a Mig29 sim, so flying the real thing would be a doddle right? I've had a few goes on a pals quad sims with his taranis,,,, sh#t I'm fast like a pro racer  :rofl: then I go fly in a field and crash lots.
Suppose any practice is good though. 
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Re: Is freerider really helping me
« Reply #8 on: Today at 00:19:41 »
I think they help a lot.  Free-rider isn't that great but this one is.

https://www.dronesimulation.co.uk/index.html
(Its on a free trial at the moment)

OK, the sim's quads won't fly like your one, they are probably much more sensitive fast and powerful.  I think if you can complete 3 laps in a row without crashing you are doing pretty well.   

If you can have a good stab at completing a race..and manage it..a few times.... I think you will be in a good place to be able to do it in real life. 

Perhaps make a gate or two out of pipe and insulation to practice flying through them...You will see.

In real life you need to get used to how things look in you gogs when going through a gate and in real life a crash is a crash, with no re-set button. 

The good news is often racing style quads are pretty hard to break.

I think using sims for learning RC flying is almost essential unless you have plenty of cash and love fixing your aircraft.    You need to be able to instinctively fly them and not have to think about what your thumbs are doing.  Its like playing an instrument and developing "Muscle Memory" and that just takes loads of practice.

All the crashes I have had in a sim would have cost half a million by now..easy.
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Re: Is freerider really helping me
« Reply #9 on: Today at 07:45:01 »

(Its on a free trial at the moment)


A trial that by their website ended 8/1/17?  (That is one very expensive Sim in my opinion)

Provided that you are using your Tx to Sim, pretty much any will simulate enough to allow you to burn in some stick responses to situations that will be valuable in real world. Even good old crusty MS Flight sim when used from cockpit will help with the responses required.

Of all the ones I have tried the Drone Racing League's simulator in Freestyle mode accessed from the first "track" Gates of Hell is about the most useful overall and obtained for free offers quite a lot in one site, inc trees, city buildings, a container terminal with ship, a major bridge and even a rail tunnel and a couple of cave systems to explore!

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Re: Is freerider really helping me
« Reply #10 on: Today at 08:32:16 »
Try Velocidrone, put the Fatsharks on make sure your computer can run at no less than 60fps and IMO you can't get any closer to the real experience. You can tune your quad using the Betaflight setup page includes PID's etc. Have a look on the Velocidrone Facebook page at comments from real pilots, I'm just an amateur. And only £16 for the full program. I've tried most of the others and always come back to Velocidrone.

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Re: Is freerider really helping me
« Reply #11 on: Today at 08:59:06 »
I've been practicing with HotProps, though it takes a bit of messing with settings to get it right, I find it the best for physics realism out of all the sims I've tried. As long as a sim is somewhere near right, physics wise, it'll be of benefit in the real world. My main beef with sims is that there always a bit of latency between your inputs and what you see on the screen, which you don't get in the real world.

To answer your question, yes IMO it helps :smiley:

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Re: Is freerider really helping me
« Reply #12 on: Today at 10:21:07 »
I just installed and activated FPV Event/Dronesimulator it still is free.
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