7.9. PreFlight Simulator

~$75 (score: 5/10)

PreFlight with Albert Park photo-realistic scenery

Available directly from the maker Trancedental Technologies. This requires a unique transmitter lead, which plugs into the PC microphone socket.

The latest version includes photo-realistic scenery, an aircraft editor and a full scenery editor to allow you to create either your own photo scenery or your own cartoon scenery. There are a few helicopter models available from the supplier's site, but not really any independent sources.

This is a good budget simulator, with better physics that FMS, but less models are available. However you have the built-in capability to create your own aircraft and scenery. There have been some reports of problems installing on XP.

Futher information available from www.preflightsim.com.