Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G3.5 vs G4/G4.5

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The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator allows the RC flier to practise flying remote control aircraft - planes and helicopters - on their home computer, either using a real Futaba controller or their own transmitter. The question for many RC fliers is how to decide which version of the program to use.

The Benefits Of Using The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator

The benefits of using the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator are immediately apparent:

    * Learn to fly your new model aircraft using the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator- without making so much as a scratch on its finish.

    * Reduce your lap times by developing more efficient flying techniques using the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator.

    * Master water landings using the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator - without ever having to jump in the drink to rescue your bird!

    * Save money, time and heartache by developing your flying skills using the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator BEFORE you take your new beauty to the edge of her envelope.

    * Nail some new aerobatics moves using the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator and be the envy of your friends!

    * Be able to keep up with the top pilots when they're pulling the big moves!

    * Maintain your flying skills using the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator if you’re already super confident. Great for the times you can't leave the house!

    * Say goodbye to that "dumb thumbs" frustration forever using the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator - and love what you can do in the air!


Considerations In Choosing Which Version Of The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator To Use

It might seem that the obvious choice for your Great Planes RealFlight Simulator is always the latest version - at the time of writing, version 4.5. The obvious choice, however, is not always the right one.

Later versions of the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator require significantly higher system specifications than the workhorse Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G3.5 version, particularly in the areas of RAM, hard drive space, and dedicated video RAM.

For a detailed description of the difference between the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.0 vs Great Planes Realflight Simulator G4.5 , please consult another of our guides, What's New In RealFlight G4.5?

This guide will focus on comparing the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.5 with G3.5.

System Requirements For The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator

Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G3.5 Minimum Requirements

Windows 98, ME, 2000 or XP
Pentium 1.0 Ghz or equivalent
256 MB RAM
2 GB Hard Drive Space
Direct X 9 (or above)
3D accelerated video card, 32+ MB with dedicated RAM


Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.5 Minimum Requirements

Windows 98* SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista
Intel Pentium 1.0GHz or equivalent
512 MB RAM
3 GB hard drive space
3D accelerated video card with: 32 MB dedicated video memory,
full Windows DirectX 9 compliant (Pixel Shader 1.4 support)

With the minimum system, some of the graphics features of the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.5 will be disabled. For optimal performance, the manufacturers recommend:

Dual Core 2.4GHz CPU
2 GB RAM
3D Accelerated Video with: 256 MB dedicated video memory, Pixel Shader 2.0 support

If your current computer has less than 2GB of RAM and 3 GB of hard drive space, you may well be better off using the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator version G3.5 - alternatively, you could look into upgrading your hardware.

Features Comparison for the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G3.5 vs G4.5

The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.5 contains a number of new features. If these features are important to you, then it may be worth upgrading your hardware to run the newer version of Great Planes RealFlight Simulator.


New In Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G 4.5 - Take Off and Land On Water

The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G3.5 introduced the ability to fly over water, and some new, attractive flying locations featuring water. In Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.5, you can actually take off and land on water, and there are a range of aircraft equipped with floats to enable flying from the water.


New In Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G 4.5 - Instructor John Glezellis

All the instructors from the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G3.5 reamin, but in Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.5, an extra instructor, John Glezellis, is available. A competition pilot with Team Futaba, John Glezellis has won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes at XFC, 2nd and 3rd place at the ETOC, and 2nd place at the E-Fest Invitational Competition.


New Flying Sites In Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G 4.5

  • 3D Alpine Lake Site
  • 3D DS Ridgeline
  • 3D Lake Vista
  • 3D Sierra Nevada Cliff3D Thermal Park
  • PhotoField Evergreen Airport
  • PhotoField Marooned Site (water)
  • PhotoField Sandy Point Site (water)
  • PhotoField Shipwreck Site (water)
  • PhotoField Lake Douglas

New Aircraft In Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G 4.5

  • Bell H-13 w/Floats
  • ElectriFly™ PBY Catalina
  • Extra 300L
  • Great Planes® Big Stik™Great Planes Big Stik™ w/Floats
  • Impala .30 Heli w/Floats
  • J-3 Piper CubJ-3 Piper Cub w/Floats
  • Seawind™
  • SkyShip

Conclusion: The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator - G3.5 Or G4.5?

The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.5 has some great new features, so if you already have the hardware to run Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.5, then that is absolutely the choice for you.

If you have a lower-spec computer that will struggle to run Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.5, however, you are facing a difficult choice. The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G3.5 is a completely satisfying simulation, and you can purchase expansion packs which allow for additional flying experiences. However, The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G3.5 is missing some very appealing elements which are included in The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.5, the most important of those in my opinion being the ability to practice taking off and landing on water.

Upgrading your hardware adds s significant additional cost to the purchase of the The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator. If your model is included in the The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G3.5 range, and you're not intending to fly planes or helicopters with floats, then it may be difficult to justify the additional expense of upgrading your computer to run The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.5.

The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G3.5 uses the same calculation engine for flight simulation, and will provide most users with a completely enjoyable and productive RC flight simulation, equivalent in value to the Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.5 in most respects.

There is no need to upgrade your computer in order to run The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.5, unless you particularly want access to practising taking off and landing on water, or unless you are flying one of the newer models which is not included with The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G3.5.

See Listings:The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G4.5.

See Listings:The Great Planes RealFlight Simulator G3.5.

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