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Offline GT40 Topic starter
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Yes! After Apple devices, the Flight Simulator app is now available for Windows 8!

Ok, not free but at least it exists. For touchscreens only. Named Fly Wings.

I have a lot of FlySim CDs/DVDs for XP with many problems in... Windows 8.1.

For now, just testing the thing. Smiley

Posted December 13, 2014, 13:45:56 PM Logged

Offline Snowcrash
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I read this and was expecting something like this...



 Cheesy thumbsup
Posted December 13, 2014, 13:53:40 PM Logged
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Offline GT40 Topic starter
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Ok the perfect plane. Too complicated. thumbsup

Posted December 13, 2014, 13:59:31 PM Logged

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Oops no manual, no written instructions! The rules of the old versions don't work with a tactile screen. At least the arrow keys can control the ailerons and elevators (the rudder is tactile). We must try to discover the rest all by ourselves.

Interesting and funny but I'm not sure it would be really safe to pilot a real plane with such a software... Shocked

Posted December 14, 2014, 13:24:46 PM Logged

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Now what we can see when we tap the screen:


the "joystick" (I prefer the arrow keys),

the rudder (I rarely use it in the air, like in F1 simulations, the gearbox is always automatic, I know I'm lazy, but hey it's a GAME Cool),

the throttle control, the flaps, the choice of different views (very nice),

the five essential instruments, a "break" button (brakes?), a little map (disappointing).


Still learning. Good look but I'm afraid I prefer the XP version of my (very) old laptop. Sad

Posted December 15, 2014, 12:19:40 PM Logged

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I've been trying to find a video of the app in action but I can't.  Sad
Posted December 15, 2014, 14:22:53 PM Logged

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(sorry, no vid in the cockpit)

Posted December 15, 2014, 17:17:49 PM Logged

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Thanks GT  Smiley

It looks quite realistic, I hope the gameplay lives up to the graphics, from what you said about the game it might struggle. 
Posted December 15, 2014, 17:59:52 PM Logged

Offline GT40 Topic starter
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Yes, very nice promo vids. But I'm afraid the cockpit views are the same in a Cessna and a Boeing.

Not a full program, just an online app. I guess we will never find a CD of FS for Windows 8. The one for Windows 7 is the last one (IMHO).

At least with my modest machine, the graphics are correct (for me). Enough to have the feeling I'm true pilot!

Posted December 16, 2014, 12:30:15 PM Logged

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Finally I tested different planes. With the Learjet, the result is not too bad.




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Posted December 16, 2014, 15:37:10 PM Logged

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Sorry, my personal touch  of nostagia. Cry



Posted December 17, 2014, 17:35:23 PM Logged

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Posted December 18, 2014, 16:36:15 PM Logged

Offline DaveMorton
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Comfort the Disturbed! Disturb the Comfortable!

In the past, I used an open source flight sim called FlightGear. It's been a while (and a couple of version, I would assume) since I looked at it, but at the time I thought is was every bit as good as M$'s FS9, not to mention being free. You can find it at http://www.flightgear.org/
Posted December 18, 2014, 18:53:08 PM Logged
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Offline GT40 Topic starter
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Many thanks for the link. For me FS belongs to MY love story with computers. On my vintage Atari 800XL, I still had a cartridge of FS (hello Wichita airport!).

When I bought a true PC in 1993 (a poor 486 SX 25!), FS was very basic, but no need to see beautiful landscapes to learn how to pilot a plane. I remember flying between the Twin Towers and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Great memories...

Times have changed but the dream continues. thumbsup

Posted December 19, 2014, 10:47:43 AM
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Offline Freddy
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This was my first flight simulator. Yes there really are some features in the landscape, they're the white bits  lol

Posted December 20, 2014, 22:24:52 PM Logged
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