The Best FPV Drone Simulators Round-up

by Oscar

In this article we will compare all the FPV Drone simulators and decide which is the best for you. Quadcopter simulators have been around for decades, but only recently we’ve begun to see decent options designed specifically for FPV freestyle, some are even free!

tldr: Here’re My Favourites

Some of these simulators are on Steam (a video game platform). The best part about Steam is that, if you don’t like the sim you purchased for some reason (maybe your computer is too slow to run it), you might be able to get a refund if your play time is within 2 hours.

Now let’s cover some of the basics.

What’re FPV Drone Simulators?

They are basically games where you can control a simulated FPV drone with a radio. You can learn how to fly FPV drones on a computer FPV simulator.

Honestly it’s the best way to get started for beginners and to improve flying skills. Whether you are totally new or someone experienced learning a challenging acrobatic trick, simulators can be highly effective for beginners and advanced pilots alike.

Only in simulators you are practice tricks that are almost impossible in real life :D

if you are new, here is an article to show you some insight of racing drones and how to get started. Featured image is from “Unreal FPV” simulator.

What You Need to Fly FPV Simulators

Before picking an FPV simulator, you should get a radio controller first.

I don’t recommend using gaming console or keyboard. Using a proper radio is the best way to build up muscle memory, and get the most benefit from training. You can continue to use the same radio to fly the real drones later, so it’s a worthy long term investment.

In the market for a new radio? See my radio recommendations here.

All the radios I recommend are plug and play – just connect the USB cable and it will show up as a gaming joystick on your computer. Then you should be able to use the radio in the simulator, it’s that simple.

If you have a radio that don’t support that, there are work-arounds, such as using a flight controller and radio receiver.

Does Quadcopter Simulator Physics Matter?

Yes, and no.

The physics of a drone simulator is highly subjective. They are getting closer and closer to real life, but it will probably never going to feel the same.

The point of a simulator is to help you learn how to fly and build up muscle memory. Just pick a simulator that feel real enough for you with graphics that you like (and runs smoothly on your computer).

Spend time on actually practicing rather than worrying about the physics.

If you are using an OpenTX radio, then you should know that OpenTX actually has a bug that introduces high USB link latency. EdgeTX is a fork of OpenTX, and it addresses the issue since version 2.5. OpenTX works just fine by all means, but if you want to have the best possible experience flying simulators, I recommend flashing EdgeTX to your OpenTX radio. It makes the physics in the sim feel more realistic. In this tutorial I will show you how to flash EdgeTX.

Now let’s dive into each FPV simulator and talk about their features, pro’s and con’s.

LiftOff

One of the most complete simulators with regular content updates, has a large online community.

Liftoff is one of the most mature FPV sims out there in terms of features and content. The amount of content is simply impressive, nothing comes close in terms of selection of hundreds of models and thousands of tracks created by the community. Liftoff is the first to implement a “parts system” that allows you to customize your drone by changing components just like in real life.

It’s one of the few sims that accounts for propeller damage (can be disabled too). It forces you to be more aware of obstacles and fly more carefully, hence offering a more realistic flying experience.

Liftoff is also the most graphically intensive simulator in the list, it takes a decent spec gaming PC to run smoothly. Many people with slow computers complain about the performance being sluggish, floaty and choppy. Recent updates have made the game easier to run on older PC’s, so it’s worth a try.

Liftoff has a ‘Freestyle Mode’ which rates your moves and tricks as you was in a competition. That really shows some real consideration for those who just love the aerial ballet.

Liftoff is the only sim that supports 3D mode (reversing motors in flight).

It’s available on Steam – a platform where you can purchase and download games, it helps you manage games and makes updating much easier. Just google “download steam” and you will find it.

In my opinion, Liftoff is a great sim for both racing and freestyle. But it’s not necessarily the best in both of these categories, not to mention it costs a bit more than other sims at $20, still it’s a very solid sim.

liftoff-fatshark-goggles-taranis-connected-pc-computer

Here is a video I captured using the DVR in my FPV Goggles which I used as an external monitor with my computer via HDMI cable.

VelociDrone

Great physics, probably one of the most realistic sims. Graphics doesn’t look the prettiest but runs better on slower PC’s. Racers love it.

If your PC or laptop isn’t great for gaming, consider Velocidrone.

The game has one of the best physics with a high degree of customizability. Through physics adjustments and rate tuning, I easily tuned Velocidrone to feel very much like my own drone. I have to say this sim is probably one of the best for mimicking the feel of a racing drone in real life.

It has a great selection of racing tracks and is an incredible tool for practice racing. In fact many MultiGP racers use Velocidrone exclusively for training and learn the courses.

According to the developers, Velocidrone apparently uses Betaflight firmware codes, and just like Betaflight you can make adjustments to your PIDs and rates. The camera FOV and angle can be set to your preference, and that it uses your TX’s full range of motion without having to use offsets speaks volumes in my opinion.

The graphics isn’t as good as other simulators, however this game is more performance based. You can practice flying all the same, and the game runs well on slower machines as well as the graphics requirement is lower. There is a great track editor, and multiplayer mode where you can jump between races and freestyle, have voice chats and changes courses, all in the same session.

However it’s not on Steam, so updating takes slightly more effort, but it’s also a good thing at least you are not forced to update if you don’t want to.

Pros:

  • Physics is very realistic
  • Many different types of drone sizes, from 5″, to tiny whoops
  • Different modes for fun flying, including combat mode where you can play first shooter and shoot other drones down with laser
  • Low graphics requirement

Cons:

  • All the different game modes and drone classes mentioned have to be purchased separately
  • Not necessarily the best looking sim but decent enough for practice, and that’s why it runs so smoothly on most computers

The DRL Simulator

The most fun sim

The DRL (Drone Racing League) simulator is interesting – they use the game to host online tryout events, and the top pilots can win a paid contract to race real quads professionally in the offline events.

As a gamer, I find DRL the most additive FPV sim of all.

The physics perhaps isn’t the best among the list, but the maps and scenery are extraordinary, for example, in one of the environment, you get tall buildings, abandoned factories and a shipyard, all in a single map!

I really like the new system where you can race with the ghosts of pilots similar to your ranking. This system can motivate you to play, improve and move up your racking too. DRL is the online simulator that allows pilots on different platform to play together which is fun.

Look here I was having fun diving buildings, and trying one of the race tracks…

FPV Air 2 Simulator

For $5, FPV Air 2 is one of the cheapest simulators out there. It’s very basic, and the physics is decent for beginners to get into FPV flying and learning tricks. But I dislike the fact that additional maps have to be purchased separately. If you have a tight budget, there are free options.

The graphics is decent and there are many settings you can play with, including customizable physics, Betaflight-like GUI and multiplayer mode. It packs most of the features you want in an FPV sim  It’s not as polished as other better established simulators, and it lacks track selection.

It runs pretty smooth on a slow PC because it has an “ultra-low” graphics mode. Overall the graphics aren’t the prettiest, the trees look like wall paper and there is a lot of motion blur. But that’s not what we are here for, to look at the trees :) The affordability and flexibility make up for it. And I can’t wait to see what the developer has to bring to the sim in the future since it’s only at its early stage of development.

It’s available on Steam so updating is very convenient.

Here is the review from Kaity, a member of IntoFPV.com:

I purchased FPV Air 2 to replace my aged copy of FreeRider Revamped and was truly surprised at how close it comes to the way my flying feels! The physics feel accurate, the ability to tune PID and rates is awesome and the ease of calibrating my QX7 really make me happy.

I plugged in my Taranis, selected Taranis from the CONTROL menu and then clicked calibrate. Moved the sticks around and that was all that was needed. The flight area are tracks more inclined to racing style than freestyle, but if you ignore the track there is a lot of practice to be had proximity flying the obstacles.

I have this sim tuned to pretty close to the way my 3″ Japalura flies and when I step outside to rip through a real life pack, it is close enough that it feels easy to switch between them. It is a lot easier on the equipment to figure out a maneuver in the sim and crash electrons instead of carbon fiber.

FPV.SkyDive

Fpv Skydive Drone Simualtor Image QaulityFPV.Skydive is developed by Orqa, available on Steam for FREE!

Pros

  • Free
  • Physics feels above average
  • Has a beginner training course, easy for new pilots to get into flying even without using a radio before

Cons

  • The levels and content is being added, but at the moment it’s a bit limited compared to other more established sims (mostly because this sim is relatively new)
  • The racing aspect is not as well designed as other sims

Update (Mar 2022): Orqa released an Android/iOS version of this sim! It might not have as much content as the Steam version, but it’s really convenient as it means you can take this FPV sim and practice everywhere!

Uncrashed

Uncrashed Fpv Drone Simualtor Image Qaulity

Pros

  • Insane environment / maps – you can chase racing cars, and you can fly in places that looks like the scene in the 5th Element with flying cars
  • Graphics looks amazing

Cons

  • The physics is average, it doesn’t feel the most realistic compared to other sims, but decent enough to learn how to fly
  • Doesn’t have multiplayer

VelociDrone Micro DLC

VelociDrone has a pretty good Micro DLC that is designed for Tiny Whoops. Yea… it costs extra, but it’s worth considering especially if you are into participating in community events. Also the physics is one of the best in the whoop class sims, and it has a large multiplayer community you can race with.

Tiny Whoop GO

If you are looking for a free Tiny Whoop simulator, you have to try Tiny Whoop GO. It feels relatively realistic (except it feels a little too easy to fly than real life, for people who love challenges it could be a let down) and most importantly, it’s free!

Liftoff: Micro Drones

Talking about Tiny Whoop sims, you must check out Liftoff Micro Drones simulator. It’s a separate, brand new sim designed specifically for the tiny whoop class.

The physics is pretty good, if I have to be picky I would say the whoops seem to carry more momentum than the real thing, it’s harder to control and make accurate turns than a real whoop. When you try to make a turn it just “slides” which I feel I need to make more stick adjustments and also slow down to make it through a race gate.

Tiny Whoop GO feels more forgiving for beginners and definitely easier to control, but for some hardcore racers that might compromises the experience. If you are looking for a more challenging sim to level up your whoop piloting skills, Liftoff Micro Drone might be a better option.

The attention to detail is amazing in this sim. For example in the warehouse map, you have sound from the forklifts and people working in the background, makes you feel like you are really flying in a real warehouse. In the “Prom Night” map, there are many interactive elements, you can pop balloons, get soda from vending machines, play song on DJ’s laptop etc…

Other FPV Simulators

AI Drone Simulator

It takes your blackbox logs and try to emulate your drone in the real world.
There’s no multiplayer yet, and it’s $20… there are probably better value sims on the list.

FlowState

Flowstate is available on Steam, and it’s free. It’s tailored more towards racing, and lacking a lot of features on other paid sims.

FPV FreeRider

This is probably one of the oldest FPV simulators.

It’s a cheap simulator and it has free trial. You are able to change some basic physics in the game, such as gravity, drag, quadcopter power etc. You can also change camera tilt angle, and FOV (field of view). In the free version you can’t change any settings, and are limited to only one map.

It’s outdated, and there are so many other better options out there. I would not normally recommend this sim, but it has one of the lowest graphics requirements, so if you have a very slow PC and you can’t run all the other sims, you might want to give this a try. It’s good enough for someone just starting to learn the basics of flying.

Simulator Tuning

Most FPV simulators allow you to “tune” them like a real quad: PID, rate, physics etc… The goal is to make the virtual drone perform more like the real thing. However I do think this is a feature for the experienced pilots, since new pilots probably don’t have a good enough idea how a real quad should fly like.

If you are just starting out, I would suggest leaving everything at default, unless something is seriously off. The only thing you should change should be rates, which controls the sensitivity of your quadcopter. See this post for more detail.

Wearing FPV Goggles

FPV Goggles with HDMI input can be connected to the computer as an external monitor, and you can play FPV sim while wearing your goggles. This might help you get used to flying with your goggles earlier if you are just starting out.

LOS Drone Simulator (Line of Sight)

Most pilots can fly FPV well but lack the skill to fly line of sight (LOS). While it might help practicing LOS skills in a sim, it’s probably not the best way.

First of all, you don’t get the depth perception in a simulator as you would normally get in real life – it’s very difficult to judge how far your quad really is on the screen. Also it’s harder to tell the orientation in a sim because of the low resolution.

If you want to give it a shot anyway, the following sims offers LOS feature:

  • In Liftoff, press B to enter LOS mode
  • In Velocidrone you can zoom into LOS mode by scrolling the mouse wheel
  • In FPV Freerider, there is a LOS mode

Conclusion

FPV drone simulators can boost your flying skills, but they cannot replace real flying.

For a beginner, a simulator can be used almost entirely for practice to build up muscle memory and learning. As you progress however, real world practice becomes more and more important to achieve peak performance.

Edit History

  • Mar 2015 – Article created
  • Feb 2017 – Updated, added Velocity Drone and FPV Event
  • Jun 2017 – Updated and edited FPV Event name/price change
  • Oct 2017 – Updated reviews
  • Jun 2018 – Tried all sims again and updated reviews; Removed sims that are no longer relevant
  • Sep 2018 – Added new sim – FPV Air 2 and DCL
  • May 2019 – Updated reviews, added “Wearing FPV Goggles in Sims”
  • May 2021 – Shortened URL, added Flow State, adjusted recommendations/reviews
  • Feb 2022 – Updated list with new simulators

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86 comments

Peter 14th December 2021 - 5:14 am

Since September 2021 there is a new simulator available: Uncrashed. It is on Steam.

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Andy 17th November 2021 - 6:50 pm

AI Simulator is very very good and you can upload your Backbox files into it so you get a digital copy of your drone with same flight specifications

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Marcos 21st August 2021 - 9:00 am

Hi Oscar, one good free simulator as well, which is a stripeed down version of RotorRush created to the Tiny Whoop team is the Tiny Whoop Go. tinywhoopgo.com/ it is quite fun and also event friendly. Small user base currently though, but RAB is planning some events soon on it .

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Luovahulluus 22nd June 2021 - 1:19 pm

FPV Freerider Recharged supports 3D mode too

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Marc Frank 23rd May 2021 - 5:48 pm

orqa is making a sim, too

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Michael Hulas 7th March 2021 - 5:58 pm

Concerning the post by Giorgy, I have a run of the mill HP laptop and I can run all these sims on it without turning the res down either.

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Georgiy Andriyanov 25th January 2021 - 9:11 am

Only FPV Freerider is capable of running on a laptop, others do require powerful video card.

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james 18th December 2019 - 9:12 pm

I’ve bounced around from Velocidrone, Freerider, and Liftoff. Currently I landed on Liftoff. Although I think I need a beefier GPU, it gets me by. I am inheriting a system and more powerful GPU from a friend that will work better. But My question is does FOV matter? I noticed that Liftoff doesn’t get any lower than around 60-deg. I think my Dominator V3s are 30. I would think that loss of extra peripheral vision would matter.

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Oscar 21st December 2019 - 4:58 am

You are confusing camera FOV and screen FOV.
What you choose in the simulator is camera FOV, so ideally you should be setting it to 90 degree or even higher to match the FPV cameras we typically use.
FPV Goggles FOV: https://oscarliang.com/fpv-goggles-review-fatshark-skyzone/#fov
FPV Camera FOV: https://oscarliang.com/best-fpv-camera-quadcopter/#fov

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Biedrona 12th July 2019 - 4:22 pm

Hi,
Could You add info if it’s possible to modify models (switching motors, batteries etc) or not?

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John 2nd July 2019 - 1:40 pm

What about android/iOS simulators? Like DRS or QuadcopterFX

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Oscar 15th July 2019 - 4:32 pm

I personally don’t think simulators without using your actual radio can improve your flying

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Luovahulluus 22nd June 2021 - 1:24 pm

It’s possible to connect a USB controller to an android device.

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Patrick McKee 14th March 2019 - 6:27 pm

Oscar FPV Air 2 my fav sim atm, I havn’t played them all. Anyway it does have a track editor now. In case you wanna update this article.

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gwiazd0r 3rd February 2019 - 12:41 pm

Guys,
It is February 2019… any updates?
I’m relatively new to the hobby and want to learn more .
I have Surface Pro 3 and at the moment, Im using FPV Freerider Recharged with FrSKY vLite.
Just downloaded Velocidrone demo and it feels so much more realistic which make me think I want to upgrade my current simulator.
Im looking at Liftoff and Velocidrone .
Which one would you recommend ?

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James Keough 2nd February 2019 - 12:04 am

“Available on Steam”…what’s that?

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Dean Hopkins 22nd December 2018 - 6:02 pm

I have been using FPVfreerider which is great with my Taranis as I setup a little expo on the transmitter but with the Turnigy Evolution not having any expo functionality although it is flyable it’s just not fun… a little too twitchy !

So which sim would you guys recommend, that I can use with the evolution and be able add in a little expo in the sim?

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Oscar 26th December 2018 - 4:43 pm

Liftoff, FPV Air 2, Velocidrone etc these all have built-in expo and rate settings. Velocidrone has a free trial.

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parajared 22nd January 2019 - 10:50 pm

GTA5 FPV mod

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Ted 17th November 2018 - 9:28 am

Could some one please explain to me what “Available on Steam” means?

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Oscar 23rd November 2018 - 4:42 am

Google “Steam”.

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BTH 27th November 2018 - 2:38 pm

store.steampowered.com/

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Ghostface 25th September 2018 - 8:21 pm

DRL Racing doesn’t run on linux :(

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scott ross 19th September 2018 - 11:10 pm

Hey heads up . FPV Air 2 is Windows only. Will not run on Mac, which I found out after I bought it! so maybe edit your list

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Nikotttin 28th June 2018 - 9:46 pm

Thanks for the reviews!
I wanted to highlight that you can assign a switch on the Tx to reset in Liftoff. With this trick, no need to remove the goggles anymore!
:)

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Andreas Ramseier 28th June 2018 - 8:12 pm

Please have a look at GTA5 with Quadcopter Mod. For a few bucks (and if you have a good gamepc) it has the best graphics and also the physics is very good! I have tried all and i must say after you have played with the physcis settings in GTA it feels as good as the other simulators

Andy

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John 28th June 2018 - 2:27 pm

Thanks for the reviews, they helped a lot. I wouldn’t consider frequent patching and waiting for a patch to be applied a downside. The fact that they update the software as frequently as this is a huge plus. Missing out on a few minutes of practice during lunch is a minor inconvenience. Maybe patch before you go to work next time?

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Ollie 14th January 2018 - 7:18 pm

Hi,
I’ve got an FS-i6 and this simulator cable gearbest.com/radios-receiver/pp_704292.html It’s downloaded all the drivers and shows up on the system and in the sims. The sims (velocidrone and liftoff) aren’t detecting any inputs from the Tx despite the fact it shows up on them. Not really sure where to go from here. Thanks in advance

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Concealed_45 1st February 2018 - 10:50 pm

Did you configure/calibrate within windows game controllers?

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JoeMama 15th November 2017 - 5:12 am

My Son and I are using the latest VelociDrone and using the HDMI mini plug on our Fatshark Quantum headset to run it on. We look really silly but we are more familiar with out headset when we are out in the real world.

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Chris 10th November 2017 - 5:52 pm

Hi,

currently the DRL simulator costs. And hotprops-fpv-race.com/ does not seem to exist anymore.

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Oscar 12th November 2017 - 4:37 pm

thanks for the update!

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Dan 31st October 2017 - 5:24 am

Why do they all have to be for racing. Being new to drone flying, it would be nice to have some area to practice in. I’m not a racer yet.

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Oscar 6th November 2017 - 6:19 pm

Often we don’t race with our “racing” drone, we just cruise around doing “freestyle” moves…
I guess calling it “racing drone” separates them from drones that are used for aerial filming like a DJI phantom.

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Nick 24th September 2017 - 2:09 pm

Useful review but I’d second quadcopter FX simulator on Android. 1. You can use a transmitter providing your phone / tablet supports OTG (USB controller). 2. It seems very realistic to me. 3. It is very configurable. I’d say it’s a mistake to write-off Android devices – these days they are very powerful and the screens are excellent – look at the number of games that run on them.

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Tonet Jallo 23rd September 2017 - 11:09 pm

LiftOff also works with Linux my friend, please correct it :)

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Christoph 29th October 2017 - 8:34 am

Yes – both LiftOff and Velocidrone run on Linux

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Chase 24th August 2017 - 12:32 am

“There is also an “universal” solution by using this “radio receiver to USB” adapter. It connects the RX output to this USB adapter which goes into your computer, and there is no direct connection between the TX and computer.”

I’m interested in being able to interface multiple transceivers with my computer but the link in your article broken. Do you have an updated link or a suggestion on other “universal radio receiver to USB” options?

Thanks!

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Oscar 24th August 2017 - 5:55 pm

Yes you are right the product has been withdrawn by the shop. I can’t find it anywhere else at the moment. When I do i will update the link again.
For your info, you can try to search for “FPV Simulator adapter for PPM”

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shawn patrick 27th July 2018 - 5:55 am

are you refuring to the orange dongle on recall

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BRquad 12th July 2017 - 1:14 am

Nice update Oscar! I own many of these and oddly enough I agree with all your comments about them. I enjoy Liftoff because it is very “polished”. I like DRL because of the large map. I play Velocidrone mostly because I can change the graphics to match how my real quad flies and it is the best racing practice in my opinion.

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FullThottle 11th July 2017 - 9:38 am

Could you credit the image you used for your article please ?….
I know the development of UPV is pending , but it would be nice to support them.
facebook.com/unrealfpv/
Thanks.

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Oscar 12th July 2017 - 4:09 pm

Yes of course. It’s sad that they’ve stopped updating since more than a year ago

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Eric 29th June 2017 - 11:02 pm

FPV Freerider Recharged is the new version. You really should update that list.
It’s my absolute go to sim in terms of realism. Tweaking the settings a bit and it feels nearly 100% like my quad.
RotorRush is just too expensive. It feels and looks great but due to the price there are no players to race with. I mean the top 500 highscores are not even filled yet that few people play it.
LiftOff has a bunch of cocks as programmers, so don’t expect any nice support. Otherwise it could be a nice sim one day.
And of course I do feel the urge to mention the ripoff RealFlightX is where you not only need to buy the software, but also a stupid dongle, cause it doesn’t recognize any remote otherwise. Blatant rip off.

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Oscar 4th July 2017 - 6:26 pm

Yes I have tried Recharged, I feel like it has the same flight characteristics, apart from the new maps, which IMO are worst than the original maps…

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Robin 23rd May 2017 - 7:24 pm

Hi Oscar,
you have a amazing site full of invaluable information for quad lovers! Thank you for putting this together.
The only thing that I would improve related to the site is to have the article post date above (on top) of the article so that it is straight away visible how up to date a certain article is. You if anybody knows how fast this hobby is developing and I find myself always scrolling to the bottom of the article to find the date before scrolling back up and starting to read.
Happy tinkering, testing, learning and flying!

BR,
Robin

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Oscar 28th May 2017 - 4:34 pm

thanks Robin, I am trying my best to update the articles :)
hopefully keeping the site up to date :)

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BlubberYeti 24th February 2017 - 7:13 pm

I’ve been flying Lift Off since its early days. It was crucial in helping me get my level-mode “training wheels” off when I first got into the hobby, and I still brush up on it regularly. I find it especially handy when I’m ready to increase my FPV cam angle, saving me precious rebuild time (and $$).

I definitely recommend Lift Off!

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Doug Abel 30th April 2017 - 3:25 am

Agreed, Liftoff has recently come a long way with its latest update to 0.10.0.

They’ve added a PID system that’s almost straight out of Betaflight (sadly, it’s not the most recent 3.0+) BUT!!! It is almost spot on now for flying in the real world.

How do I know this?

Because I tuned my Blade Conspiracy to the same identical settings that I had in game. One of the instructors at my RC airfield took it out for a spin, and said, “Wow! Not bad! A TINY bit of oscillation when you punch it through a tight turn, but the rolls and flips? It’s fairly accurate and snappy!”

I tried Velocidrone, and the free trial is ok, but I’m stuck doing just racing. Liftoff, so far, has some fun locations, like the Shipyard (flying over and around some fallen shipping crates is a blast), but my favorite is flying Hannover, Germany, where I can cut through the guy wires over their buildings, dive an observation tower, and fly through a spinning logo sign on top of one of the buildings.

The “trees” aren’t entirely accurate, unfortunately; flying by them and obviously hitting tiny branches that would bring down any other drone, you just kind of fly through them with minimal damage, but if you’re like me, you tend to avoid trees (at least at the beginning, while you’re learning Acro).

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Cory 20th January 2017 - 6:31 pm

A new simulator called Zephyr came out recently. It seems awesome so far, they have a bunch of training challenges and a screen pops up after each challenge that shows you where you can improve. It looks like it was primarily made to teach new pilots how to fly, but it could also be a good tool for experienced pilots to stay fresh on the sticks. They have a lot more info on their website: zephyr-sim.com

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joan 26th August 2016 - 9:53 am

CGM Next is better,

rc-aerobatics.eu/cgm-rc-heli-simulator_e.html

mac/pc… with gimbal option. 2 RC for drone + gimbal control…

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Steff 19th September 2016 - 7:40 pm

I also fly CGM Next on OS-X mostly with helicopters. Graphics is not very fancy, but for helicopter sim this does not matter. FPV experience is quiet good in my opinion with multiroter and helicopters, too. Btw, thanks Oscar for your great articles on multi rotors, i learned a lot!

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Bob Roberts 8th February 2017 - 12:27 am

For $90 the graphics should be excellent!

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mike 7th August 2016 - 9:12 am

hi ive tried most sims but im loving the demo of fpv freerider recharged…took me a little while to get my cheap banggood usb controller setup but it really feels like fpv, physics and speed seem good.
well worth the £12 for the original and the recharged!
thanks for the link

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Larry Barker 4th January 2017 - 8:00 am

I am also getting the Banggood xbox controller. Would you mind sharing what you found the best setup is?

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Adrian 11th July 2016 - 10:35 am

AccuRC have v2 out in public beta with FPV and multirotors.

youtube.com/watch?v=4OeBR39k828

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fred skidoo 26th June 2016 - 4:14 pm

Ah … Hello FlightGear anyone?

wiki.flightgear.org/FlightGear

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Analog Line Scan Cameras 8th February 2016 - 7:48 am

Thanks for sharing this nice article. and I wish to visit again on your blog. keep sharing with your work.

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Andrew I. 27th January 2016 - 8:45 am

Did you try some new sims?

– Liftoff (steam): http://store.steampowered.com/app/410340/ . I’ve tried it yesterday and must say that it is GREAT. It has beatiful graphics, real-like FPV noize, good physics etc. Need to add, that before I was flying in Phoenix RC, RealFlight 7.5 and FPVFreerider. I’d recommend to take a look at it!

-HotProps (beta): http://hotprops-fpv-race.com/home/ . Not so impressive as previous, but I must say that it requires your attention.

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Oscar 27th January 2016 - 9:40 am

HI Andrew, thanks :) yes i tried them both already actually i have a video on my channel flying liftoff :)
Same here not impressed by hotprops but liftoff is pretty good :)

lastly, i would really appreciate it if you could join the forum: http://intoFPV.com … I don’t want to miss your comment, because I only check my blog comments only once a week, but I use the forum daily!

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OWLPIC 11th January 2016 - 3:43 pm

Hi Oscar
We have taught a lot of people how to fly and the simulator the best start for maybe 1/4 of them. 15 minutes is all most need to get use to the altitude and yaw controls.

Many good experienced flyers have no use for them because of the experience and physics.
I have them all including Realflight 7.5+.

The trick is to learn on a cheap ($20) quad – that flies realistically – , CX 10 is my current choice,
Amazon: amazon.com/gp/product/B00QDZ8D9G is one, it includes the blade guard, crazy not to have it.

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Darren 21st December 2015 - 9:47 pm

Hi Oscar, thanks for the review. I have Aeroflot 7 with Taranis and it’s an awesome combo. One question; how did you adjust the tilt angle in FPV mode (or cockpit mode as they refer to it) ?
There are only a limited number of scenes you can use for FPV as it has to be a 4D scene which is a bit of a pity.
Great training tool though.

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TubeRider 24th August 2015 - 11:55 am

Hi Oscar
FPV FreeRider is awesome, i went from horizon straight into Acro on my quad with no problems after a couple of goes on this.
After changing the presets and using a controller plugged into the pc to make it feel real.
I now use this for training for flying though woods etc.

If this was multiplayer, a few more courses and maybe a way of building your own I’d play nothing else when its raining.

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Oscar 25th August 2015 - 12:11 pm

Hi TubeRider
yes it’s pretty good :)
if it’s got more features, and better improved physics… i don’t see why we still fly the real things :D LOL

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Tony 9th August 2015 - 5:16 pm

Hi Oscar
There is new release for Quadcopter FX simulator on android which supports Google Cardboard VR where you can Look around in 3D environment and see your quad flying as in real life. Also the FPV experience with google cardboard is simply amazing. You guys will forget PC simulators after trying that.

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yokota 26th July 2015 - 11:27 am

nice review!I just worried about flight-simulator for multicopter.
I wanna translate this into Japanese.
I’ll try heli-x have free version. thank you.

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Oscar 27th July 2015 - 11:19 am

sure no problem Yokota. :)
thanks
Oscar

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Prebster 8th May 2015 - 3:31 pm

Have you had a look at this one??
fpv-freerider.itch.io/fpv-freerider

Haven’t tried it myself yet, but it looks good! :-)

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vbalko 5th June 2015 - 8:48 am

I have bought freerider FPV and have to say, that its AWESOME. Very realistic (not ultimately, but its simulator no real life). It costs few bucks and you get updates every other day. I really recommend it.

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Oscar 5th June 2015 - 3:06 pm

yes i have been using it and will cover it in this post soon.

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sipa 6th May 2015 - 5:08 pm

AerosimRC can be made to work with tweaking config files manually

C:ProgramDataAeroSIM_RCConfig.txt

Here’s example of my Elev and Ail channels for thrustmaster T,16000

.TX_CAL_CONTROL_TYPE_0 5
.TX_CAL_VAL_MIN_0 0
.TX_CAL_VAL_MED_0 8192
.TX_CAL_VAL_MAX_0 16383

.TX_CAL_CONTROL_TYPE_1 5
.TX_CAL_VAL_MIN_1 0
.TX_CAL_VAL_MED_1 8192
.TX_CAL_VAL_MAX_1 16383

To figure out which channels is which I calibrated the channels with say Elev middle 142, Ail middle 176, and then looked them up in the config file, and edited the values to match what the joystick is actually doing.

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John Savelli Jr. 1st May 2015 - 4:56 pm

good review, I have been practicing with clearviewSE version using a Sky Surfer 54in wingspan and followed mods in youtube it flys great for the price. best money I ever spent. I’m sold on simulators and thanks for pointing me in the direction to save me time.

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Chiggz 4th April 2015 - 3:32 am

Real Flight 7.5 is great. The quads in it feel good to fly, and it really helps with the muscle memory. You can even download the CY Stingray a collective pitch quadcopter. Owners of the real thing who have used the sim say its pretty much spot on to how it feels in real life. I’ve flown it in the sim (and I have one IRL, but haven’t flown it yet) and if it really does handle like it does in the sim, I’m going to have a lot of fun. :D

Using the sim helped me go from auto leveling mode to rate/acro modes when flying, just helped with how the quad handles and such and improved my reactions to certain situations.

You’ll still need to compliment real flying with it to be truly good, but its handy having a good sim there to quickly fly for 10mins here and there in-between dinner or heading out.

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Benjamin 2nd April 2015 - 10:14 pm

What about picasim I use it and it is great? I have never flown outside this sim it has a quad in it rowlhouse.co.uk/PicaSim/
There is also smartpropoplus.com/site/ for controllers that use an aux port like headphones can be used like a regular controller

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Oscar 5th April 2015 - 9:30 am

thanks will look into those.

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Travis 20th March 2015 - 7:22 pm

How about Quadcopter FX for andriod?
play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Creativeworld.QuadcopterFX&hl=en

Can pair with a ps3 dualshock

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Oscar 20th March 2015 - 8:48 pm

i am only discussing simulator on a computer, that you can hook up with your RC transmitter.

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oku 20th March 2015 - 11:49 pm

You can use transmitter on android device but it takes a bit of configuration / OTG cable

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Oscar 23rd March 2015 - 12:31 pm

yes, but computer versions are more realistic, and better graphics don’t you think :)

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Ray 18th March 2015 - 3:02 am

I think Sims are crap and total waste of time.

1.- Buy a micro/nano quad… I have the Nano QX FPV, it’s pricey SPECIALLY in my neck of the woods. Oh and it only flew well for the first week, I replaced the props and motors ($$$) but it still flies wrong so I sent it for repair 3 weeks ago but they say there’s nothing wrong with it.

2.- Build a strong basher quad. I have an Armattan 355 frame + Naze + Scorpion 2208 kv1050/8×4.5 props (old GAUI 330X) and this thing is virtually indestructible. I’ve had to yank it out of the ground and the props bent all the back… straightened them out and it flew again… best RC toy ever!

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Ummmmm 8th May 2015 - 4:24 am

Ummmmm…. I don’t really see the point in your comment and couldn’t disagree more with the little you elaborate… I think a simulator gives a lot of good times and helps you a lot to get into Acro mode WITHOUT spending tons of dollars into props.

I do agree in buying a nano, and don’t understand your complains. It sounds like you didn’t spend enough time setting up your controller properly, or trying to understand the quad.

I made the mistake of going directly with a big quad. I enjoy smaller quads better and the sim takes a lot of time, when it’s late and I just want to fly. The sim lets you play with configurations on the quads much faster, so when you want to adjust a real quad it doesn’t take you as long either.

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fl0PPsy 29th June 2015 - 9:00 am

I completely disagree that Sims are a waste of time. A sim is a very good way to start learning without constantly having to buy spare parts.

I learned the basics of flying a Heli way back when Realflight 3.5 was the latest. It teaches you orientation and the basics of throttle control.

I think a Sim and Real life practice will help someone progress much faster than just real life flight time on its own.

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