Articles by Nick Bates

Review: Cowan Simulation 500E for X-Plane

Review: Cowan Simulation 500E for X-Plane

The MD500 is a very popular helicopter and known by many as a sort of a “sportscar of helicopters”. Ascending star developer Joshua Cowan released his 500E for X-Plane and real world 500 pilot, Nick Bates tells us everything we need to know about this initial release.
Review: VSKYLABS R44 for X-Plane

Review: VSKYLABS R44 for X-Plane

After the R66, VSKYLABS released the second Robinson they proposed themselves to bring into Laminar Research’s sim. After a rocky start, Nick Bates is finally ready to let us know everything about this bird.
Review: JRX SA341B/SA342J Gazelle for X-Plane

Review: JRX SA341B/SA342J Gazelle for X-Plane

The Gazelle is one of those helicopters that you simply can’t take your eyes off. JRX brought it to X-Plane in full glory. Nick Bates put it to some (serious) testing!
Review: VSKYLABS R66 for X-Plane

Review: VSKYLABS R66 for X-Plane

VSKYLABS’ most recent release – and the first of the Robinson family that they are going to produce – has been out for some days and we gave Nick Bates the opportunity to check it out.
Review: Pizzagalli AW609 for X-Plane

Review: Pizzagalli AW609 for X-Plane

As with all tiltrotors, the AW609 is a very interesting and curious machine. Nick Bates took a look at PizzaGalli’s rendition for X-Plane.
Aerofly FS2 R22: a pilot's perspective

Aerofly FS2 R22: a pilot's perspective

The Robinson R22 turns 40 this year and so Nick decided to write a bit about what's, very possibly, the best R22 in a sim right now.
The LTE myth

The LTE myth

LTE, or Loss of Tail Rotor Effectiveness is something every pilot dreads and that is, very often, taken as one of the examples of how good a flight model in a given sim is. Nick doesn't see it that way and, along with other pilots, he thinks there's an LTE myth. Here's his opinion. What's yours opinion? Do you agree with Nick?
The Cabri G2: a pilot's perspective

The Cabri G2: a pilot's perspective

Wonder how our reviewers do when they're not reviewing flight sim addons? Well, most of them fly real helicopters. Nick Bates took a break from his offshore operations and did a review on the real Cabri G2.
Real Flying for Sim Pilots

Real Flying for Sim Pilots

Much has been said, mostly by purely simulator pilots, of the benefits of simulators and simulator programs to real world pilots. With the prevalence of home PCs nowadays (a far cry from the early days of flight simming) and the quality of flight simulator products and accessories, it is somewhat true that the end user is armed with a wide array of seemingly useful aids.
Review: Cera Sim Bell 212 for FSX

Review: Cera Sim Bell 212 for FSX

Based on the most charismatic and best known helicopter (the Bell 205), the 212 is one of the most amazing and most used helicopters. The Cera Sim Bell 212 has been released for quite some time and it was somewhat of a bit release at the time it came out. Does it still live up to its fame? Nick Bates decided to find out.

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