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  • Summary: First, a quick note: Most of the negative reviews seem to come from people that do not READ the instructions, despite them being displayed every time the app is launched... so be sure to read the instructions! They are only about 4 sentences. Here's what you need to know:

    ->The
    throttle is automatically controlled for you.

    ->You drag the collective DOWN to INCREASE pitch... a situation that is ergonomically the same as real helos.
    REMEMBER: IN THE REAL HELO, YOU PULL THE COLLECTIVE HANDLE >TOWARDS<YOU TO INCREASE COLLECTIVE. ON X-PLANE FOR IPHONE, YOU DRAG YOUR THUMB >TOWARDS< YOU TO INCREASE COLLECTIVE, A SITUATION WITH THE CLOSEST ERGONOMIC SIMILARITY TO THE REAL MACHINE! This does mean that you drag the little slider TOWARDS you, or DOWN, to INCREASE collective.

    And now, on with the show! X-Plane Helicopter is a new version of X-Plane that lets you realistically fly Helicopters!

    You get some very interesting birds to fly, including:

    The Robinson R-22: The lightweight, efficient trainer.
    The Bell-206: The turbine-powered mainstay of the helicopter fleet.
    The BlackHawk: The massive military cargo and troop mover.
    The Sea King: The huge land/sea rescue helicopter.

    These fascinating and varied machines are modeled very realistically, so the flight you get on the iPhone is actually almost as realistic as the full FAA-Certified flight-model used in X-Plane for desktop... You get almost all the flight-model realism of this certified sim: On your phone.

    As well, the flight-area is the Grand Canyon, giving you amazing views as you fly your helos across (and into!) the various canyons and valleys, giving the most visually-stunning simulation we have yet released, with the most challenging and realistic flight-models we have produced for iPhone so far.

    Now, a quick lesson: The COLLECTIVE control is on the LEFT of the iPhone screen... drag it DOWN GENTLY to INCREASE the pitch of the main rotor, thus causing the helo to lift. As you drag this collective down, you will notice that the throttle AUTOMATICALLY increases on the right side of the screen. This is because the throttle governor automatically increases the engine power to maintain the desired rotor RPM as you increase the load on the rotor by increasing the rotor pitch. This is how the real helicopters work, and how we simulate them on the iPhone.

    The tail-rotor is controlled for you automatically, since your iPhone does not have any anti-torque pedals plugged into it. ;-)

    If you are ready for the best scenery and most fascinating and challenging flight model available on the iPhone, then you are ready for X-Plane-Helicopter.
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