FAQ OVERVIEW

Table of Contents:

1. Installation

1a. How do I install on Windows?
1b. How do I install on Mac?
1c. What are the Minimum System Requirements?
1d. What driver should I be using for my graphics card?
1e. My Mac will not allow me to run apps from third-party developers

2. Controllers and Transmitters

2a. What controllers are supported?
2b. What controllers are recommended by DRL?
2c. What is a Taranis transmitter?
2d. Where can I purchase a Taranis?
2e. How do I install my Taranis controller to my Windows computer?
2f. My Taranis transmitter will not power on when plugged in to USB.
2g. How do I setup a model on my Taranis to work with the DRL Simulator?
2h. How do I configure the restart and reset switches on my Taranis?
2i. How do I use my non-USB transmitter with my computer?
2j. My non-Taranis controller is not being recognized by the DRL simulator.

3. Getting Started with the Simulator

3a. Controller Calibration
3b. Downloading Maps
3c. Setting up a new Profile
3d. Adding a Profile Picture
3e. Selecting a Drone/Pilot Color

4. Props

4a. What are Props?
4b. How do I earn Props?
4c. How do I purchase Props?

5. Single Player Mode

5a. Is there a tutorial mode?
5b. Is there a way to slow down my DRL Simulator drone?

6. Multiplayer Mode

6a. What is the Maximum number of racers per race?
6b. Can you "Freestyle" in multiplayer mode?
6c. Can I watch others race?
6d. I do not see a race/lobby that I know exists.

7. DRL Tryouts

7a. How do I become a Paid DRL Pilot using the DRL Simulator?

1. Installation

1a. How do I install on Windows?

In order to install on windows, download the windows zip file from the DRL Downloads page. After the download has completed, unzip the archive and move the DRLSimulator directory to your applications folder. To launch the simulator, double click the DRLLauncher.exe from the unzipped directory.

1b. How do I install on Mac?

In order to install on a Mac PC, download the Mac zip file from the DRL Downloads page. After the download has completed, unzip the archive and move the DRL Simulator Application to your applications folder. If you attempt to play the game from your downloads folder you will receive permissions errors. To launch the simulator, double click the DRL Simulator.app.

1c. What are the minimum system requirements?

Windows:

OS: Windows 7x64, Windows 8x64 (64-bit OS required)
Processor: Intel Core i5-4460 (2.70 GHz) or better; Quad-core or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 (2GB) or better (DirectX 11 card Required)
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 10 GB available space


Mac:

OS: MacOS Sierra version 10.12 or newer
Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD Raedon R9 m370x 2048mb or better
Hard Drive: 10 GB available space


1d. What driver should I be using for my video card?

It is always recommended to keep your video card up to date with the most recent driver version. Please visit the manufacturer’s website of your graphics card for the most recent drivers.

Users with a NVIDIA Graphics Card can download drivers from here.
Users with an AMD Graphics Card can download drivers from here.

1e. My Mac will not allow me to run apps from third-party developers.

To enable applications from third-parties, you must authorize it from your security settings. Please note that this is a potential security risk. You should always be careful about which programs you run on your machine. Knowing that, follow these steps to enable third-party applications:

1. Open System Preferences.
2. Select "Security and Privacy" from the top row
3. Click the "Lock" icon in the bottom left corner to unlock the settings page. An administrators password is required for this step.
4. Change the "Allow Apps downloaded from" to "Anywhere"
5. Click the lock button to re-lock the settings page

2. Controllers and Transmitters

2a. What Controllers are supported?

The DRL Simulator supports many different USB controllers and RC transmitters, including but not limited to: FrSky Taranis, JR, Futaba, Playstation, Xbox, and generic USB controllers.

2b. What controllers are recommended by DRL?

While DRL does not specifically recommend the FrSky Taranis transmitter, it is the most widely used currently in the sport of FPV. For that reason, it has been extensively tested and is guaranteed to work with the DRL Simulator. In addition to the Taranis transmitter, many USB gamepads have been tested as well, including PS4, Xbox one, and generic USB gamepads.

2c. What is a Taranis transmitter?

The Taranis X9D Plus is a very popular transmitter used for FPV racing.

2d. Where can I purchase a Taranis?

Your local hobby shop may carry the Taranis transmitter. Alternatively, there are many online hobby shops that carry the Taranis transmitter.

2e. How do I install my Taranis controller to my Windows computer?

On Windows, the Taranis require a specific driver to be installed before it will work. This driver is the Virtual Com Port driver available from FTDI, found here. Download the version that is relevant to your operating system. Once you have installed this driver, you will be able to use your Taranis controller with the simulator.

2f. My Taranis transmitter will not power on when plugged in to USB.

For the Taranis, you must power on the transmitter prior to connecting it via USB. If you have already plugged in the controller to your computer, please unplug, power on the controller, and then plug in to USB again.

2g. How do I setup a model on my taranis to work with the DRL Simulator?

For some users, it may be necessary to create a specific model on their Taranis for the DRL Simulator. To do this follow the below steps:


Step 1: Press the Menu key, Hold the enter key
"ENT" over an unused slot in the "Model Selection" menu and select enter when asked to "Create Model." Ensure your Taranis is on a version of the firmware that supports the "Master/Jack" option under "Trainer Mode" in the "Model Setup" menu.

Step 2: (Only configure switches if you would like to use controller to reset/restart during a race.) Using the page button, scroll over to the "Mixer" tab and hold enter "ENT" over an unused slot (EX: Ch5) and select "Edit." Press the enter button and hold to the right of "Source" till the empty space is highlighted, then flip the switch you would like to use for the "Reset" button.

Step 3: Follow Step 2 to configure a "Restart" button

Step 4: Verify that the switches are operational in Calibration


2h. How do I configure the Restart and Reset switches on my Taranis?

This is a small process that can easily be done by Pressing “Menu”, then “Page” 4x’s (this should put you on the mixer page) then press the “-“ button to scroll down to “CH5”, press and hold “ENT” until a small edit menu pops up. Press “ENT” again to edit. Scroll down to “source” and press “ENT” once more, then choose your switch by moving/toggling it. Once this is done, press “EXIT” Repeat for “Ch6”. (make sure to choose two different switches)


2i. How do I use my non-usb transmitter with my computer?

Many RC transmitters do not have built-in USB functionality. For these transmitters, an external USB dongle is required. DRL has tested a few with varying results. So far, the dongle that we have had the most success with is the Supower Flight Simulator 20-in-1 USB Cable. Available from Amazon and other retailers.

2j. My Non-Taranis controller is not being recognized by the DRL Simulator

Please ensure that you have the most up to date USB driver installed for your controller type. Consult the manufacturers website for more information on drivers. On Windows, refer to the device manager to ensure that your controller is properly recognized by the operating system.

3. Getting Started With the Simulator

3a. Controller Calibration

All first-time players should go through controller calibration. This is a very important step. You must create a new controller profile and complete the calibration process to ensure that your controller and the DRL Simulator are communicating properly.

3b. Downloading Maps

After you have calibrated your controller, it is important that you download the maps necessary to fly. To start the map download, go to single player freestyle. Any map that has a down-facing arrow over the icon requires a download. Click the level icon to begin the download, which will range in time based on your internet connection.

3c. Setting up a Profile

In order to track progress, it is recommended that all new users create a profile with the DRL simulator. To do this, select "Profile" from the main menu and then select "Create". Please enter an active email address, create a username, and finish the account creation process.

3d. Adding a Profile Picture

To do this, please select the Profile Tab from the main menu and select "Edit Pilot Avatar".

3e. Selecting Drone/Pilot Color

To do this, please select the Profile Tab from the main menu and select "Edit Pilot Color".

3f. I am receiving "Invalid Input Parameters" when I attempt to create an account.

Profile usernames and passwords are limited to A-Z and 0-9 characters only. No special characters are permitted.

4. Props

4a. What are props?

Props are virtual currency used in the DRL Simulator. Props can be either purchased or earned through gameplay. At no point is a user required to purchase props, the simulator is completely free to play and purchasing props does not gain you any advantage that is not available to users who did not purchase props.

4b. How do I earn props?

You can earn props in a variety of ways, both single-player and multiplayer modes. Props will be rewarded based on performance in various aspects of the simulator.

4c. How do I purchase Props?

You can purchase props from the Profile Tab. From the Main Menu, select "Profile" and then select "Purchase Props". You will be directed to a paypal login screen.

5. Single-Player

5a. Is there a tutorial mode?

Yes. In the Main Menu, select the "Training" tab to begin the tutorial missions.

5b. Is there a way to slow my DRL Simulator Drone down?

Yes. If you are in-game, you can press the "ESC" key and adjust the RC Rates if you feel that your pitch, roll, and yaw are moving too fast for the input that you give. All three are configurable separately by lowering the individual rates. If your DRL Simulator Drone is accelerating forward too quickly, you can either give less stick input on the pitch axis, or you may drop the "Camera Tilt" in the Drone Settings menu. Less throttle is needed to cruise at the same altitude and maintain the same field of view with a lower Camera Tilt.

6. Multiplayer

6a. What is the Maximum Number of Racers per race?

Currently the DRL Simulator allows for up to six pilots to race in any given race.

6b. Can you "Freestyle" in Multiplayer Mode?

Yes. To accomplish this, host a lobby and select "Freestyle" instead of "Race". This will allow you and your friends to free-fly the selected course.

6c. Can I watch Others Race?

Yes. Using the "spectate" function, you may watch other racers complete a race. The maximum number of spectators that are not participating in the race is 3. Spectate is an option that must be turned on when the lobby is created.

6d. I do not see a race/lobby that I know exists.

Ensure that you are properly logged in to your profile. If you still do not see the lobby, make certain that you have selected the correct Region for the lobby that you are attempting to locate.

7. DRL Tryouts

7a. How do I become a Paid DRL Pilot using the DRL Simulator?

After a user acquires 250 props, they are able to redeem those props to gain access to the DRL Tryouts portion of the simulator. In Tryouts mode, they will complete a pre-defined series of courses and the aggregate time to complete all races represents their score. Scores are then submitted to a leaderboard. The top 24 submissions will be invited to an in-person tournament for the opportunity to receive a contract as a pilot in DRL.

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