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Old 05-08-2019, 02:46 PM
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Default RV-8 / 8A model for x-plane flight simulator

This looks tempting:

https://store.x-plane.org/Vans-Aircraft_c_411.html
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Old 05-08-2019, 04:09 PM
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Nice...that's new. Definitely going to try it out. I've heard that earlier versions were unbearable.
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:35 PM
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I have read that they have improved the tailwheel simulation but I have not tried it yet.

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Nice...that's new. Definitely going to try it out. I've heard that earlier versions were unbearable.
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Old 05-18-2019, 01:41 AM
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I got it a few days ago. Been fun. Wish I could figure out altitude control for the autopilot.
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:17 AM
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Default ground handling?

How is the ground handling? I tried xplane and the ground handling was comical. Perhaps it was just the plane that I was testing.
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:43 PM
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I'm not a gamer, and the last flight sim I had was F/A-18 Hornet probably 20 years ago. Seeing this post on the RV-8 spurred me on to trying the free X-Plane demo to see how it would work on my new iMac. It worked fairly well so I splurged and bought X-Plane 11, a joystick, and the RV-8 add-on.

The interesting thing to me is that you can spin the RV-8 and recover from it. Below is a link to a low-res video screen capture of a spin and recovery. After a couple of spins the fans kicked in on the iMac due to the processor load, but the simulation was unaffected.

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And some random screenshots (Click for larger versions):

Comes with a Garmin look-a-like avionics suite (note the "Garmin" name on the GMA 245 audio panel).


The Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, Shilshole Bay, Ballard Locks, and Lake Union:


An inverted pass (Hmmm ... must come with inverted fuel & oil systems!):


On final for RWY 34 at Arlington Municipal Airport (KAWO), and the PAPI lights work:


Well, you know where this is:
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Old 05-19-2019, 08:21 AM
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Wow little close on that spin recovery don't you think?

Real nice. Makes me want to upgrade my computer just so I can run the new Xplane version!
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Old 05-19-2019, 11:12 PM
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...Seeing this post on the RV-8 spurred me on to trying the free X-Plane demo to see how it would work on my new iMac. ...
Not a gamer here either but I just switched from a Macbook Pro laptop to an iMac. From About This Mac :

iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2017)
Version 10.14.3 Mojave
Processor 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5
Ram 8 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
Graphics Radeon Pro 560 4096 MB

Do you think a sim will work on it?
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:03 AM
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Not a gamer here either but I just switched from a Macbook Pro laptop to an iMac. From About This Mac :

iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2017)
Version 10.14.3 Mojave
Processor 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5
Ram 8 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
Graphics Radeon Pro 560 4096 MB

Do you think a sim will work on it?
I don't know, but I would definitely give it a shot by downloading the free demo and use the mouse and the keyboard if you don't have a joystick yet. The free demo version has a few different airplanes to try IIRC.

Don't know if your RAM amount (8 GB) will be a limitation. Apple way overcharges for RAM, so I bought the 27" iMac with 8 GB of RAM and then added 32 GB of RAM from OWC for a lot less than Apple charges.
27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display
3.7GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz
40GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory
BTW, the developers of the RV-8 add-on didn't get the Service Letter about the Vne now being stated as TAS instead of IAS (200 KTAS/230 MPH TAS). Oh, wait, Van's has not published a Service Letter stating that yet!

RV-8 Sim screenshot at 16,100' where Vne is shown as 200 KIAS (not KTAS):



Screenshot from my (real) RV-8 (in MPH) on a recent flight at 16,100' where the Vne has been put into the Dynon EFIS as 230 MPH TAS:

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Old 05-20-2019, 12:06 AM
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Thanks, I'll test it.

OWC has a RAM upgrade for the 21" and after seeing the video seems pretty easy to do. I've bought their upgrades for my Macs in the past.
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