I am interested in learning my way around the cockpit of a helicopter, as well as helicopter dynamics and movement. I believe a good helicopter simulator would be great for this. I have done some research but I will be honest with you, it’s very overwhelming in regards to what sim to get, what Hotas system etc, so I thought I’d ask some questions on here.
I am not technology knowledgable so forgive me on my understanding of computer specs. The computer I plan to use for my heli sim would be my 2013 iMac:
2013 macOS Catalina 27inch (version 10.15.4)
3.2 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5
8GB 1600 MHz DDR3
NVIDIA GeForce GT 775M 1 GB
I dont have much idea on what any of that means but I hope it would give you some idea of what I have to play with.
Question 1: Which Simulator is best for me? As I will be playing on Apple iMac I believe this be X-Pane 11, I have not found any other heli simulator that works on apple configuration. If there is other sims that can be used on apple, please let me know. I am interested in hoist/winch operations as well as longline and sling loads, I would like a simulator that involves some of these techniques.
Question 2: Joysticks. I will obviously want to invest in an iMac compatible joystick to improve my experience. From what I have researched, Thrustmaster seem to be the stick of choice for alot of simulators. Would any recommend me NOT purchasing this Hotas system linked below? Or does anyone recommend anything better or a better price?
Question 3: Pedals. What are recommendations for operating pedals? Can you programme a button on the joysticks or would you recommend purchasing some simulator pedals for under my computer desk?
Question 4: If I decided to purchase X-Plane 11, would you recommend buying it on Steam or the X-plane 11 website? Or does it not make any difference?
If you have any other recommendations for a newbie to helicopter sim please let me know!
Many thanks for your time and any answers to my questions would be greatly appreciated!