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Wiki / Functions / Instrument Panel

Instrument Panel

AeroSIM-RC provides a full Instrument Panel, which is of great help in flight analysis and in the design of new aircraft.

Instrument Panel

The instruments can be moved individually by dragging them with the left mouse button and holding the Control key down.



Show the position of the Remote Controller sticks


The Altimeter shows the altitude of the aircraft in the selected units.

The red mark shows the Terrain Elevation below the aircraft.

Air Speed

Shows the Air Speed of the aircraft in the selected unit

The Ground Speed is shown at the bottom right corner

Artificial Horizon

Shows the roll and pitch angles of the aircraft.

Vertical Velocity

This instrument shows the Vertical Air Velocity.

The glide angle is shown in the central right box.

The acceleration (G) the aircraft is withstanding is also shown at the bottom right corner.


Shows the direction of the flight. The position of the runway is displayed in green, and the wind direction.

Turn rate (turns per minute) is shown at the top left corner.

The windsock flashes when the aircraft heading relative to the wind direction is not appropriate for take of or landing.

Motor / Engine RPM

Shows the revolutions per minute power plant.


Displays the remaining fuel in the tank, the flow rate, and the estimated remaining time at current flow rate.


In aircraft with electric motor, this instrument shows the remaining charge (Ah), voltage (Volts), discharge current (Amps), and estimated flying time at current consumption.

"BEC" will be displayed when battery is almost flat and motor is not powered anymore.

Auxiliary Controls

The following controls are displayed in the instrument panel. Click with the mouse to operate these controls.

Landing Gear down - Green

Landing Gear up - Red

This sign indicates that the Altitude AutoPilot is On (in equipped aircraft such as CyberQuad)

Camera gimbal stabilization ON/OFF

Gimbal reset / look forward

Throttle Hold
Function Throttle Hold will set the engine to Idle to practise Autorotation
(Helicopters only)

LED lights

Course Lock mode
Available in DJI and MK multirotors. The control direction of Pitch and Roll is not made by 'Front' definition, but by an absolute reference heading. With this function you can yaw the multirotor without it having any co-rotation effect on Pitch and Roll.

In CareFree 1.0, the reference direction is the heading of the multirotor at the Start Motors moment.

In CareFree 2.0, the reference direction is defined every time the CareFree 2.0 is activated (teachable). If the multirotor is further than 20m, the reference is set away from the pilot.

RTH (Return To Home)

Parachute (Flight Termination)

Instruments Settings

The units and whether each instrument is shown or hidden can be selected in the settings dialog from the Top Menu / Sim / Settings

Wiki / Functions / OSD


On Screen Display

The OSD is the overlay of texts and graphics on the video captured by the onboard camera.

The information shown by the OSD comes from the GPS and onboard sensors: speed, altitude, heading, battery voltage and current, distance from home, etc.

The OSD is selected from the Bottom Menu Bar, or from Main Menu / Instruments

Available OSDs

These OSDs are available in AeroSIM-RC
OSD Standard Text
OSD Standard Nav
OSD Ikarus

Shown Information

Each OSD presents the information with its particular layout. For example:

Heading (240º)
The circle shows the direction to the selected waypoint


Ground Speed

Altitude (273m)


Vertical Velocity


Vertical Velocity arrow

Battery Voltage (11.6V)
Current (4.9A)
Consumed Charge (0.08Ah)

Latitude - Longitude

Flight Timer (3min:04sec)


Selected WayPoint (HOME), heading to WP (19º), distance to WP (194m) and estimated time to WP (0:19)
The next WP is selected by left mouse button click over the name of the WP (e.g. over 'HOME')


OSD Standard Settings

Some settings of the OSD Standard can be customized (transparency, update rate) from Settings / Instruments

Wiki / Functions / Warning Panel

Warning Panel

When the aircraft runs out of fuel or is beyond radio range, warning signs will be displayed on the screen.

Battery Low
In aircraft with electric motor, this warning means that the battery is discharged.

Out of Fuel
In aircraft with internal combustion engines, this means that you are running out of fuel.

Beyond Radio Range
This shows that the aircraft is beyond the radio range. Unlike real life, the aircraft will remain under control.

Load Factor

Extra Payload
Used in some training exercises to force entering Vortex Ring State

Vortex Ring State

Brakes ON
Indicates that the brakes are on.

Engine Failure
Indicates that the engine is stopped.

Broken Propeller
Indicates that a propeller is broken.

Indicates that the airplane is out-of-trim.

GPS Satellite fix

Indicates the number of satellites found by the GPS.

Altitude warning. The drone exceeded the maximum allowed altitude.

Altitude restriction warning
Indicates violation of the altitude restriction.
The altitude can be set from the settings dialog from the Top Menu / Sim / Settings / Restrictions

Distance warning. The drone exceeded the maximum allowed distance to the pilot.

Distance restriction warning
Indicates violation of the distance restriction.
The distance can be set from the settings dialog from the Top Menu / Sim / Settings / Restrictions

Wiki / Functions / Wind


Wind settings Wind speed and direction can be selected in AeroSIM-RC.

Wind Presets

Wind presets easily accessed from the Bottom Menu Bar

Calm Wind

Calm Wind

Light Breeze

Light Breeze

Moderate Breeze

Moderate Breeze

Strong Wind

Strong Wind

Cross wind

Cross wind

Wind Parameters

Wind Speed

This is the wind speed in Km/h

Wind angle offset (deg)

A value of 0 sets the wind direction aligned to the runway, try other values to set cross winds.

Wind Pitch angle (deg)

Vertical angle of the wind (deg). Pitch > 0 for upward flow. Try 30 deg to emulate slope gliding.


Turbulence can be regulated with this slider.

Wind settings

Wind Indications

The direction and speed of the wind is represented in several ways in the simulator

The windsock in the scenario shows graphically the direction and magnitude of the wind.

The Instrument Panel shows the wind direction.

Thermal Soaring

Thermal soaring A Thermal is a column of rising warm air where an airplane can glide without power.
Circling birds, as shown in AeroSIM-RC, indicate the presence of a thermal.

Thermal settings

Some scenarios do not have the Thermal option and the menu item is disabled.

Wiki / Functions / Day/Night


Night operation is available in the PRO edition.

Night settings

Night drone operation

Get immersed in the darkness of the night with a drone.

Wiki / Functions / Record and Replay Flights

Record and Replay Flights

AeroSIM-RC can record and replay your flights.

Start Recording

To start a new recording, press Main Menu / Recorder / Start Recording. In the Recording Panel, the time elapsed is displayed. The square button finishes the recording, and the cross button will cancel the recording.

Recording Controls

When the recording is stopped, a descriptive name is given to the fight. The cross button deletes the recording.

In this dialog, a name is given to the recording

List of Recorded Flights

From the Recorded Flights Panel, you can select the flight to replay or delete any record.

Recorded Flight Panel

Replay Recorded Flight

During Replay, the Playback Panel shows he name of the recording, a progress bar, the elapsed time and duration, and the replay speed (x1, x2, x4, x8, x1/2 x1/4). The buttons allow setting the replay speed, pause and stop replaying.

Playback Panel

Recording Files

The recordings are saved in files that can be shared with other users.

Each flight is stored in a separate file, for example REC-190215094215.bin
The numbers in the file name represent the date and time of the recording.

The recording files can be found in the output folder:

Windows Version Output Folder
Windows 10 C:\Users\Public\Documents\AeroSIM_RC
Windows 7,8 C:\ProgramData\AeroSIM_RC
Windows XP C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Program Data\AeroSIM_RC
Note: the folder may be hidden, so you need to enable 'show hidden files' in Explorer Folder Options.
Wiki / Functions / Game Mode

Game Mode

Through practise in Game Mode, you will learn to pilot radio controlled aircraft accurately while the aircraft is observed from behind (chase camera mode). Knowing how aircraft react to stick commands is of great help when piloting from the ground.

The Game objective is to obtain the greatest score. You get points collecting stars, and passing through rings and posts, and flying near birds, until running out of fuel. Each scenario has several levels. To proceed to next level all stars must be collected.

There is an instrument on the top of the screen that helps locating the stars. The arrow points to the closest star. The width of the blue and red bar indicates the distance to the star. The red above the blue means that the aircraft is above the star and needs to dive.

On the right top corner, the remaining fuel percentage, the accumulated points, the number of stars collected and max score for current scenario are shown.

The game continues even if aircraft crashes, however in this case, points will be deducted.

Game Mode

Wiki / Functions / Sun Blindness

Sun Blindness

In real life, the pilot must avoid looking at the sun while flying the model. In this case, the sun glare will blind our eyes for a few moments. AeroSIM-RC endeavours the habit of avoiding the sun by simulating this unpleasant effect.

The sun glare effect can be disabled in Main Menu / Environment


Sun Glare effect blinding pilot´s eyes.

This effect can be disabled from the settings dialog from the Top Menu / Sim / Settings / Graphics

Wiki / Functions / Birds


The scenarios in AeroSIM-RC are populated with interactive birds that will fly away if they feel threatened.

No animals were harmed in the making of this simulator.

In Game Mode, fly near the birds to score additional points.

Flock of birds

The birds can be disabled from the settings dialog from the Top Menu / Sim / Settings / Graphics

Wiki / Functions / Settings


Open the settings dialog from the Top Menu / Sim / Settings