Cowan Simulation update for the Bell 222B/UT brings FMOD to the bird

As promised, Joshua Cowan is working on keeping the helicopter up to date, but he has gone even further.

Cowan Simulation Bell 222B for X-Plane

Not only it has been updated, the model was actually upgraded. With the inclusion of FMOD, the B222 climbs a notch or two.

Designed and integrated an FMOD sound pack for the 222’s, replacing the former SASL code that was used for sounds. FMOD is a high quality commercial 3D sound engine used to create realistic sounds and is the preferred sound engine for X-Plane 11. Sounds used to be around 2,000 lines of SASL code along with several folders full of audio files. Now sounds for the 222’s consist of one folder with 3 files at about a tenth of the former size. FMOD is more efficient and boasts a highly immersive 3D audio experience. This is a huge upgrade.

But that’s not the only improvement. The following areas also got some love:

  • Rotor animations
  • Rotor flex
  • RPM inc/dec switch
  • Fuel system logic
  • Hydraulic system
  • Electrical system
  • Doors datarefs
  • Search light updates
  • Random animation updates/fixes
  • Xchecklist updates
  • Missing ADF functionality

Read the full changelog where all these items are described more deeply. Joshua Cowan also talks about the future of the 222 and the ongoing optimizations by both himself and Laminar Research. It’s well worth the reading.

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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