I am currently trying to make a model helicopter. I have calculated lift generated by the blades and upward acceleration of the helicopter. However, I amn't very sure if my helicopter will fly or not. Is there a simulator in which you can test your own helicopter model? (It would be very nice of you if you could suggest a simulator that is compatible with a Mac).


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RC Desk Pilot is a simple, free, open source RC simulator that has an aircraft editor where you can create your own models, or modify an existing model.

If you really want to get into this, X-Plane is a popular open source simulator for full-size aircraft. It's super detailed. Just looking though the overview of the plane design tool is quite daunting!

  • $\begingroup$ Is it possible for you to list out similar ones, which are compatible with a Mac? $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 3, 2021 at 10:52
  • $\begingroup$ I'm afraid I don't know anything about macs, but as far as I know all simulators have some way of importing additional models, even if they are just text files that you can edit. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 4, 2021 at 14:57

A quick search does not show anything on the Mac except maybe some games.

Instead of a program built for a Mac how about an emulator instead? Wine provides a compatibility layer to run Windows software on MacOS.

A second option would be to install VirtualBox and then install a copy of Windows as a VM. This may be less performant since it only uses part of the processor / memory.


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