Archive for September, 2008

Phoenix RC 2 beta test

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I have just downloaded the new Phoenix version 2 beta, to see what the changes are, and as I can see it Phoenix have added many changes to the simulator.

When I tested the simulator I was using the beta A version, but Phoenix has already build a new version a Beta B with some error corrections, I didn’t find any error I the A version, but I guess Phoenix knows best.

The installation
It was really no problem. I am running Vista on a laptop from Dell, and after installation, there is a wizard to guide you thru the setup of you graphic and you transmitter. My graphic level it set to normal and it looks good and run smooth on my laptop D830.

When I first started Phoenix I was suppressed not to see any new models in the menus and no new fields, but then my PC got a internet connection and the Phoenix new feature, Online update kicked in, and it started to download all the new models and flying fields, a nice way to assure you are always updated.

Menus are a little better than before, it is easier and it looks better, you can have a look here.

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There is no surprise here, it is the same.
NO wait it is better than before, if you can believe that. The smoke is a lot nice to look at, and you can choose where the pilot should stay. That is a need new feature. In addition, I can still run the simulator on my laptop, and that is a big value for me, but you can still set the graphics higher if you have a machine to run it on. Nevertheless, as you can see from the picture below it is not necessary.

The menu from Phoenix version 2 Beta A

I have been flying around in the simulator as I always do, and I didn’t recognized any updates on that front, except one, that made me very happy, when I land the model it is not difficult to land, it is realistic to land a helicopter now, and that made me very happy.

There are some new gadgets to add on the screen, as you can see from the screen shot above, but I do not use them, one think I noticed is that he transmitter gadget is responding quicker than the old one, that gives you a realistic input to how the stick is moving.

I did not try the multiplayer function, yet.

Check out the video of the new Phoenix RC Simulator version 2.0 Beta A

I have been a fan of Phoenix for a while now, I like it because it can run on small PCs and it still has good graphics, Phoenix still comply with good graphics.

With online update, multiplayer function, an even better simulation engine and the good graphics, I think it is safe to say that Phoenix is a superior RC Simulator on the market today. I like it and I think you will too.

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Update of sites with new logo and Google maps

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Now I finally got time to update my pilot locator with the new Google map, and all the site are updated with a new logo, I just got made.

Update on the pilot locator

The locator is change to use the Google map instead of Microsoft, based on the vote from some time back Google VS Microsoft.

Some of the changes is the search and you just have to try this out, it is the best search you have ever seen, you can check a instruction video here (right click and save as), or look for controls like this on the pilot locator and try them out:

Try out the new search function on the  pilot locator

And you can still do all the old thinks on the map, like making a direct link to a push-pin, and sending email to a contact on the map. If you would like to know how you could read it here. The mail function is improved in the new version, you can click the email tab on a push-pin, and then send a mail direct from the hover text of the push-pin, without reloading the site.

Do not forget to try the new and improved driving directions, to find the directions to a new flying field, very cool check out the screen shoot:
find your way easy.

The pilot locator is improved in load speed too. It cannot get any better than this, you just go register then it will be perfect. Click the links under pilot locator

If you still like the Microsoft map in the pilot locator then you can find the old version here

New Logo
Finaly I got a new logo, and that is what I have been implementet on all my site, the blog, as you can see at the top, and the main site and the pilot locator sites, you can click you county in the menu at the right, under pilot locator.

You can expect to see the new logo everywhere from now on.

The new logo for hope you like it

Thanks for supporting, and show it with your registration on the pilot locator.

Welcome to Helista! Magazine

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A new RC helicopter magazine. Are there room for one more you may ask. ?

The Answer is yes, this magazine is going to focus on small electric helicopters it seem, and that’s definitely an area there needs more focus, with the Gaui 200 and the new T-rex 250 coming soon that’s definitely an interesting magazine, and most of all it FREE. It can get any better.

The magazine started with some people playing around with the idea of making a magazine, and then the ball started rolling, and the result is great, I especially like the interview with Bert Kammerer and his Gaui 200. That is a good interview, properly because I agree with his advice on how to learn 3D

Finally, I like the logo, what a cool logo.

The new Helista Magazin logo

Good luck guys. I hope you find it rewarding to write about your hobby.

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Dominik Cracking the Bitch

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While we are still waiting for the video updates from :) check out this cracking flight from Dominik Hägele, with a nice tree cutting

Rumors are that we can expect an interview of the Pitchbrothers at MHM, only because they got beer for doing the interview. Can’t wait to see how serious that is going to be :)

Amazing night blades at MHM

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There is not a lot to report from Munich, not that many new videos yet, but you just have to see the video with the coolest night blades.

The pilot is Andreas Schmittel

I hope we can find a lot of new video from Munich Heli Masters tomorrow.

Extra update:
Just found a picture of the Pitchbrother on the official MHM blog, check it out, that it a cool jacket. Look here last picture

And the Danes did not get a medal, the results