DreamFoil Creations Bell 407 1.02 update now available

DreamFoil Creations just released their update to their (already amazing) Bell 407 for X-Plane. If you already have this helicopter, you can now grab the update from the X-Plane.org store.

DreamFoil Creations Bell 407 update 1.02

The DreamFoil Creations Bell 407 is one of the very few helicopters compatible with X-Plane 11 and Fred has been hard at work making it compatible with X-Plane's latest versions, as well as VR (yep, VR, folks).

Here is the updated changelog:

Bell 407 for X-Plane 11.20 VR

Version 1.02

VR (Still testing)

- Added hotspots for all seats

- Added cyclic and collective manipulators

- Added external manipulators for Caps, Battery Compartment, GPU, Doors and Rotor ties

- Improved some manipulators axis to give an intuitive and natural movement

- Changed knob manipulators to made possible to spin them with touch controllers

****** SmartMenu still not working on VR! It's not possible to draw or interact with plugins on VR at moment, we need to wait for further VR updates from Laminar ******

Graphics

- Improved basket objects so they work correctly with fog

- Fixed missing shadow for Ext_5 object

- Airspeed gauge now can go above 140kts (max 165kts)

- Climb going past 4000ft is also fixed

- Added missing nav light ball mesh on right side

- Removed vent windows prefill, it was causing artifacts

Engine:

- Refined turbine TRQ, MGT and NG values

- FADEC now modulate the fuel in order to keep MGT below max during startup

Flight model:

- New airfoils for Main and Tail Rotor

- Improved vertical fin incidence angle & airfoil

- Improved horizontal stabilizer incidence angle & airfoil, this results in a higher fwd cyclic requirement on cruise like real helicopter

- Fixed MR lateral cant angle

- MR Flap hinge is now set to correct position acordingly to maintenance manual

- Plugin tweak for below ETL taxing, helicopter should maintain the altitude at very low airspeeds

- Plugin driven TFE (Transverse Flow Effect)

- Improved TR min/max pitches for more realistic pedal hover and flight conditions

- Corrected MR blade chord size incorrectly set based on feet unit

- Added MR blade twist

- Repositioned all flight elements arms with precision acordingly to maintenance manual

- Adjusted aft and fwd CG limits

SmartMenu:

- Added Flight-Model enhancements (ETL, TFE and Landing Gear friction)

- Added failures enhancements now it's possible to disable them (Hotstart, Transmission overtorque, Tail rotor contact with tail boom)

- Added option to remove doors

- Removed interaction distance limit

- Improved multi-display handling, might fix the non clickable menu when running X-Plane on 2nd monitor

HeliSAS:

- Controls now transition from normal to stabilized, no more abrupt changes when turning on/off

* SAS light will flash during transition to warn pilot, during this time avoid enabling any SAS feature like heading hold or vertical speed hold

* Transition time is available on global.cfg file, default = 5 seconds

- Improved PID values from vertical speed hold

- Increased altitude hold authority

- HeliSAS now disables if a hydraulic failure is identified

- Frahm damper dynamics are now disabled for hydraulic failure

Others:

- Garmin power is now automatically set to ON during aircraft load with engines running

- Fixed ON/OFF commands acting as a toggle

Sound:

- Increased gain and added blade slap volume slider back

DreamFoil is now starting to work on the S300 (which is very close to be finished) and then, the much-awaited AS350.

Where to get the DreamFoil Creations Bell 407 update

If you have already purchased the 407 in the past, you should have it available in your X-Plane.org account. If not, go buy it right away! You won't regret it!

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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 HeliSimmer'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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