Big Tire Productions released R22 for X-Plane

The company gets their feet wet in the helicopter development.

Big Tire Productions R22 for X-Plane

Big Tire has finished their first helicopter for X-Plane. While it may sound weird that a company has released yet ANOTHER R22 (I hear you), this began with a sort of a pet project where Big Tire wanted to understand and learn more about helicopters, while making good use of a 3D model the found.

I understand where they are coming from and the reason behind the development of the helicopter (it’s free of huge complexities), and I see it as a way for Big Tire to not only learn about it but also understand the market and the community behind it.

The new R22 is already available at the .org (link below) and, hopefully, this will be the first of several releases by Big Tire.

I’ve taken the model for a quick spin and I must say that I like what I see so far. Expect a full review within the next few days.

Meanwhile, here’s the features list, a few screenshots and the link for the purchase page, in case you want to support the developer.


  • AAA quality 3D model & PBR textures.
  • FMOD 3D Audio
  • Detailed animation of all moving parts.
  • Mechanical throttle correlation.
  • Throttle governor; roll it on and off.
  • Accurate night lighting & reflections.
  • Garmin GNS 530 GPS + GTX330 Transponder.
  • SASL based systems code.
  • Skunkcrafts updater support.
  • Flight model developed with feedback from R22 pilots.

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Sérgio Costa

About Sérgio Costa

Sérgio has been a flight simulation enthusiast for nearly 25 years. His passion with helicopters developed during MSFS 2000 when he discovered the complexity of these aircraft and the challenge it was to control them.

Since then he has been primarily a helicopter flight simmer, trying his best not to crash and kill all his virtual passengers.

Sérgio is's editor and writer and one of the Three Grumpy Simmers, a YouTube series and Podcast produced together with YouTubers Bel Geode and NovaWing24, obviously dedicated to flight simulation.


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