Several years I'm using my computer to simulate RC flying to improve my flying skills. Specific in RC helicopter flying it has proved to be a great help and saved me a lot of money due to avoided crashes. All those years I have used different simulation software. For training RC helicopter flying my favorite is now Heli-X, and as a good runner-up Aerofly RC8. I'm using this last one most for RC Warbirds, Glider and Acro training. More than a decade ago I have used Microsoft Flight Simulator to try get a better immersion of Real Life Flying. Only a few years ago Virtual Reality succeeded more or less to bring this VR Immersion. Today with Second Generation Hardware and Software we are slowly getting there. The quality of VR flying in Warbirds, Gliders, Helicopters and other Planes is becoming acceptable on a Windows 10 1903 platform with fast hardware (CPU i7 7700 and GPU Nvidia 1080Ti ) and a Oculus Rift S Headset using DCS software (Digital Combat Simulator with there own Virtual environments, for example Normandy) and Aerofly FS2 software (in ORBX Virtual environments for example Innsbruck).A fast PC is important because a VR environment need a lot of graphical power. A lot of this power will transform in heat so cooling of your CPU, main board and GPU card is really important! In my PC I have 9 controlled fans and a water cooling for the CPU. The Maximus IX Formula motherboard based on the Intel Z270 chipset, and is loaded with the latest and greatest ROG features. The Intel Core i7-7700K @ 4.20GHz processor capable of achieving stable overclocks of 5GHz. 32 Mb G. Skill DDR4-3469 SDRAM and ADATA Utimate SU900 SSD's are completing the main board. Important for the VR experience is the Graphics Card. End last year I have upgraded to a ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080Ti OC 11GB card. Compared to the founders edition from Nvidia this product has improved on performance with roughly a 5% to 7% average, it has low noise levels and nice cooling levels.I use a Spektrum DX6 transmitter to Fly RC models on my computer. The connection between this transmitter and and USB port is achieved wireless by a RX2SIM Wireless Multi-Sim Adapter (USB2SYS) from RCware together with a Spektrum AR610 receiver. To control Airplanes and Helicopters in VR I was using Trustmaster T.16000M FCS HOTAS joystick and Throttle together with the TFRP T.Flight Rudder Pedals, but recent I switched to the Trustmaster HOTAS Warthog Stick and Throttle and Trustmaster Pendular pedals. I am very satisfied with this upgrade. The controllability improved considerably. See the new Photo's on the bottom of this page. I started exploring VR some two years ago with the Oculus Rift. Recently I upgraded to the Oculus Rift S. For me the quality improvement is worth the upgrade price. There is less Screen Door effect and also very little Halo,Glare, Flare with the new Lenses. The inside out Tracking is easy and works well when you have other Input Devices nearby. The Halo-Style Headband is very comfortable. Instead of the low quality Hidden Speakers in the Headband I'm using a Marshall Major III headphone direct connected in the mini jack output on the VR Headset and connected with a very short cable. These small but qualitative Headphones are fitting perfect. The VR sound is send to Rift output and to a soundcard output connect to subwoofer with the AuraSound AST-2B-4 Pro Bass Shaker Tactile Transducer mounted under my chair. This sound experience (with Simshaker software ) makes the VR Immersion even better.
Flying in Aerofly RC7 with ME109 at Bennet Flying Field Nevada
Flying in DCS with Mustang at Las Vegas
Flying in DCS with Spitfire MKIX at Normandy