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We are proud to introduce the BMI Flight Simulator. BMI NV/SA has been a major European R/C wholesale distributor for over 40 years. As the first large distributor they have decided to offer a simulator featuring their latest planes for free to anybody wanting to try them. This is a unique way to try-before-you-buy.

Water has been on my wish list since the beginning. After Googling on a Friday night I stumbled upon Habib's Water Shader Wiki. Habib took the time to put together, write and explain in a very detailed and clear way a great way to render water. Thanks Habib!

This made it possible for me to add water to the sim in about a (long) weekend of coding. If you would like to know the inner workings: I pretty much followed Habib's guilines, so you can read it there. There is still a lot to be done before the water can be included in the next release. For example the Aircraft Editor needs to be expanded to support this new ability. I would also like to let the wave direction and amplitude depend on the wind direction.

RCGroups member and Parkzone Radian flyer Metman posted a message wondering if someone would be interested in building a version of the popular 2 meter sailplane for R/C Desk Pilot. Fellow member Eves (and one of the most talented artists I've seen) responded.

After a couple of beta versions, the definitive version 0.1.3 is now available for download at the download page.

Features

This version of R/C Desk Pilot features:

  • 7 different flyable aircraft in 10 versions
  • download add-on aircraft created by other users or create your own with the included editor
  • an improved flight model
  • advanced simulation of wind and thermals with 15 presets
  • slope soaring
  • fun challenges like pylon racing
  • support for anaglyph 3D

During the beta stage, already a number of add-on aircraft were created. A list is available here.

The beta containing the aircraft editor has been out for almost two months and already lots of add-on planes are appearing. I'm very pleased the editor has been so well received.

Airplane resources

The idea of this blogpost is to create an overview of airpanes that have been created and that I know of. I will try to update this post every once in a while with links to new planes. All these airplanes have been created and are being distributed by generous users, so feel welcome to express your gratitude to them.

And now for the list (in order of appearance):