Hi. I am new to helicopter sims and looking to build a Simulator setup. Sorry if this is a little long but I want to be clear in my asks. I need a new hobby as I am now to old to race and crash motorcycles as the last one almost did me in, but still need something fun to do. I was planning on getting a helicopter pilot license but there doesn’t seem to be many options when you become a pilot to fly unless you own your own helicopter and that seems a bit too expensive but who knows one day.
Right now I want to build a very realistic simulator that will give me the best experience within the realms of being a hobby. I want the flying dynamics to be accurate. After reading, reading and more reading and watching countless videos, I have come up with what I think will meet my needs.
I know I want to go the VR route and I am waiting for the HP Reverb G2 to come out as it appears to be one of the best for resolution and FOV.
I will be building a dedicated PC for this most likely using the new Nvidia 3080 video card to hopefully be able to push the graphics to full setting.
For Hardware I figure if I’m using VR and not going to invest in realistic consoles I could spend money on the Pro Flight Trainer Puma PAS.
Pro Flight Trainer Puma PAS
That brings around my first question. The main helicopter I want to fly is the Bell UH-1 but I don’t know what others I might want to fly in the future. I have always loved the UH-1 from when I was first exposed to it many years ago in ROTC in high school as my teacher was a 1st Cav Medivac pilot in Vietnam and then later in ROTC I got to sit in the open door of a real UH-1 flying around a military base. Anyway, I understand that many helicopters don’t use the twist throttle on the collective so is it worth spending the extra for the Puma that has this setup? I’m thinking it’s better to have it and not use it than one day it have a use and not have it. Plus the buttons are a big advantage. I have search and searched and just can’t come up with anything better that is this complete but if you know of any options, please share.
Last item that is still just a consideration is a motion platform. I think I could always add that and it would be about as much as everything else combined so not something I would out the gate, but is it something to consider in the future? If you have it, worth it?
Last question and most important. With what I’m looking for and what I’m looking to invest, what would be the best simulator software that would give me real flying dynamics and physics, have some interesting things to do and give me options for other helicopters that I might want to fly? I know Xplane and DCS get mentioned repeatedly for the UH-1. Not sure if Microsoft Simulator 2020 will have this.
Oh, and also any advice on my plan would be welcome. Lesson’s learned, etc.