Namely on this particular instance the Island of Malaita. Anyway, I wanted to let those that like flying helicopters know that this marvelous freeware package is pretty impressive. The start up sequence in this aircraft has to follow a certain sequence to get this thing up in the air. One thing you got to know from me is that I rarely get my hands on European built helicopters. Be it freeware or not. But this one caught my eye when I read that it had an accurate airfile.

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Last updated Fri, 03 Aug GMT Originally posted on Fri, 23 Jan GMT Whilst for many users the attraction of using a flight simulator tends to be the usage of aircraft such as fighter jets and large cruiser planes, for lots of people the most enjoyable aspect is taking to the skies in a helicopter.

It gives you an entirely different flight experience to what you might be used to, especially if you have any real-life flight experience in a plane! However, the problem is that the level of helicopters offered within flight simulators at the moment can be a little bit limited. Thankfully, many of the flight simulation community members have created stunning helicopters that you can use instead.

This is an aircraft with an incredible amount of history about it, having been a hugely popular helicopter for use in the s and beyond. This gives you access to one of the most successful aircraft out there at the moment, along with several variations that have been used by various different emergency service teams worldwide such as; BK with reversed seats that allow for quick and easy transport of passengers — just as the real BK is known for in the first place!

BK Passenger transport aircraft with a larger sensor dome in the nose Medevac BK equipped with a winch Medevac with extended sensor dome in the nose If you would rather take to the skies in something a bit more enjoyable the usual helicopters that can feel so limited within any flight simulator, you might want to look into the various packages that Nemeth Designs have available.

Although it eventually became part of the Daimler-Benz Corporation before working as part of the Eurocopter branch, the Kawasaki BK was a joint operation by the Germans and Japanese.

MBB and Kawasaki but their genius together to make one of the most iconic aircraft of the era — it was capable of carrying up to ten passengers at any time, and was easily adapted into other uses. For example, it was a popular choice for air ambulance and search and rescue teams as it provided speed and comfort. Additionally, it could use an aerial crane or a sling, meaning it was perfect for use by anything from the law enforcement to rescue teams.

The aircraft itself spawned many different people throughout time who had a lot of positive things to say about the aircraft, and this was due to its list of variants. Many of them were tweaked slightly to provide a small boost in certain sectors, such a speed or overall power. This made it even better for specific jobs, and helped to prolong the life span of the aircraft as a main-stream selection for quite some time. It served more than fifteen nations in total in different capacities, including smaller nations like Ciskei and Transkei as well as continental juggernauts like the United States.

Some of the key additions are; Complete support for usage with Flight Simulator X, ensuring that it can use the various visual changes within the simulator. All graphical changes and additions have been updated and improved over a period of time to make them more effective looking than ever before, using the new bloom and bump effects in the texture mapping to really make the helicopter look the best it can Hugely accurate model — every last section has been improved and changed time and time again to deliver a truly realistic helicopter.

Everything from the small ridges in the panels that make up the aircraft to the style of flooring within the cockpit have all been verified and then implemented for the finest levels of realism possible Cockpit has been totally animated so that you can use your gauges to help you understand any incoming warnings that you need to heed. Perfectly flyable from a virtual cockpit view, giving you access to all the tools that you need to get from A to B right in front of you.

The virtual cockpit has been perfectly designed to give you all the features you would get in a real-life Kawasaki BK Sonic-Solutions designed sound package that will give you all the help you need in getting really immersed into the subject Various simple to use tooltips have been included as well to make your understanding of what features do what much easier Paintkit to make your own liveries and really improve the overall look and feel of the aircraft Easy to read and understand manual that makes understanding everything from the most advanced features of the helicopter simple.

All information within these packages has been ratified by an aviation expert who has genuine experience in using these aircraft. Grab your copy over at SimShack here. Ian Stephens Ian Stephens is a flight simulation industry expert with over 20 years of experience and also has a keen interest in aviation and technology.

Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available. Ian has been writing for Fly Away Simulation for over 9 years.


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