Like most flight simulator games, Microsoft Flight Simulator was primarily designed as a platform for a particular sort of flight – particularly, fixed-wing plane. You know, aeroplanes. While there are many completely different sorts of planes, they’ve sufficient in widespread that you may normally match a bunch of them into the identical sim. But it seems that Flight Simulator is powerful sufficient to deal with different forms of flight, too – and a developer has simply launched a new helicopter add-on that proves the purpose.

FlyInside is a developer that’s created payware add-ons for flight sims like X-Plane and FSX, in addition to its personal VR flight simulator. Now it’s managed to inject its helicopter flight mannequin, initially developed for its personal FlyInside Flight Simulator, into Microsoft Flight Simulator – and it’s constructed a Bell 47 to associate with it. You might recognise it because the one from M*A*S*H. editor Sérgio Costa (who’s additionally a product improvement supervisor at MicroProse) has some hands-on time with FlyInside’s Bell 47, which he says is a convincing recreation of the distinctive chopper, right down to its signature ‘soap bubble’ cover.

“I can tell you that, for me, it checks all my boxes,” Costa writes in his preview of the Bell 47 for HeliSimmer. “It feels ‘real’, it behaves greatly, it’s quite the challenge and, although I will not make any direct comparisons with other sims, I can tell you that I would put this helicopter in the same category as DCS or X-Plane.”

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Costa tells us that to date, Microsoft and Asobo Studio have held off on including first-party helicopters to Flight Simulator as a result of they need to implement them correctly – however that the SDK that Asobo has launched together with the simulator is a lot highly effective sufficient for third-party builders to take a crack at it themselves, which FlyInside has gone forward and performed.

The Bell 47 is available now for $34.95 or your regional equal. The helicopter flight mannequin included with it’s spectacular, and helps efficient translational raise, floor impact, transverse movement, flap-back, auto-rotation, and different issues that helicopter pilots most likely perceive higher than we do.

The flight mannequin is customisable, and you’ll modify the realism – it’s acquired settings that may make newcomers really feel extra welcome, and better ranges that may problem skilled pilots.

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