The RealFlight RC flight simulator essential is an affordable and straightforward flight simulation software. It is designed for universal use, meaning anyone can use it regardless of their native language. Overall it is user-friendly, fun, and realistic. Using a flight simulator can lead you to improve your flight skills. It also helps as you build your confidence in getting your aircraft airborne correctly and securely.

The new RealFlight Basic allows for all the rudiments necessary to give a flyer a realistic experience along with flight simulator practice and experience. The wide option of aircraft models and flying locations to pick from lets budding flyers enjoy almost the same flight dynamics that have made the RealFlight (full version) the bestselling simulator for the last 11 years.

Current versions like RealFlight G4.5 and Expansion Packs feature 47 aircrafts and six flying fields. The Basic controller is grounded on an authentic transmitter, which gives you all the advantage, as opposed to other similarly priced simulators. In fact with the RealFlight Basic you get the fun, practicality and informative benefits of simulated RC flying for much less!

Below is an overview of the features packed on this flight simulation software:

  • There are six 3D photo field lying sites to choose from: Evergreen Airport, Gold Country Aeromodeler Park, Grass Flatlands, Great Planes E-Fest, Stone Creek Field, and Superstition Airpark
  • 47 aircraft models range from airplanes, helicopters, sailplanes, gliders, and 3D Helis to choose from
  • The transmitter and Quick Select menus allows for easy and simple navigation
  • You can toggle between a picture-in-picture (thumbnail) view of the transmitter, and an enlarged image of the aircraft.
  • It displays all of RealFlight’s incomparable flight physics.
  • The software provides you with direction and wind speed control.
  • It is a single DVD.

Minimum Recommended Installation Requirements

As the software is compatible with Windows XP and up operating systems, here are the minimum installation requirements, so you are guaranteed that it will work on your computer:

  • It is compatible with the following Windows Operating Systems: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
  • Intel Pentium 1.0Ghz or equivalent
  • Local Administration Access required
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1GB Hard Drive space
  • Working DVD Drive and DVD ROM
  • 3D Accelerated Graphics Card with complete support from DirectX 9
  • Dedicated 32 MB video memory
  • USB port

A Quick Guide on the Menu

The airports, aircraft, and other selections in the RealFlight RC Flight Simulator Basic can be accessed via the Quick Select menu, located on the left side of the window.

The first option, which is displayed as an airplane icon, will provide you with the aircraft list. The second option, which shows up as a runway icon, will let you select the flying site. The radio icon, the 3rd option, shows the on-screen radio, allowing you to see the movements of your stick without having to look at the controller. The binoculars icon lets you see and monitor your aircraft's altitude no matter how far it is from you. Lastly, the quick exit icon will let you leave the Quick Select menu.

This is the ideal RC simulator if you are looking to learn the basics of RC flying and navigation. You will not be disappointed because it gives that exact feeling of actually flying an aircraft. This is not a toy, but you are more than welcome to actually use it as one. Like every initial flying experience, you can expect a few challenges at first, even a couple of crashes during the initial tries but just push the red button on your controller, and you should be back on the runway waiting for take-off.

You cannot compare this to other Flight Simulators like Microsoft’s Flight  Sim because this is an RC flying model simulator. The control interference is precisely how an RC transmitter looks and functions except that it is connected via a USB cable to your computer instead of the standard antenna.

This software is highly recommended for RC pilot virgins and even for veteran pilots who want to continuously practice their skills during the off-season.

Yes, this is a basic model no doubt but one that will definitely come in handy to improve or polish your flying skills and keep you soaring.