Microsoft Flight Simulator does not have native support for helicopters yet. That is coming at the end of 2022, but you probably know that if you have been paying attention, of course.
You probably also know that not having native support for helicopters didn’t stop the community which didn’t care a bit and started making them for the sim anyway. You know… Business as usual.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is, without a shred of a doubt, a great-looking simulator, with amazing scenery and it is begging, just begging for aircraft that can fly slow, low, and land anywhere. You know… Like helicopters.
So, we have been having a nice flow of free and payware helicopters for a few months now. And we just heard of yet another project.
Fast Cow Productions (FCP) has unveiled they are working on a payware H160 for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The company’s goal is to provide a realistic model but with the ability to scale it down and make it easier for those that may need it as Fast Cow Productions says they want “everyone to enjoy this aircraft as we have enjoyed building it”.
That is a great approach although I suspect FCP won’t have to tone it down that much since the H160 is quite an automated machine already, with lots of pilot aids.
By the way, “payware” does not mean “expensive”, though the team wants to keep the price as low as they possibly can. After all, even with a small team (of 2), there are expenses to be paid. And food to be eaten!
The project is still in the very early stages of development. When asked about the flight dynamics, for example (and the possibility of using AirlandFS, for example), the team says they are still considering their options. Right now, they are focused on other areas, and yes, there’s still a lot of work ahead.
The 3D model already looks very nice and FSC is currently working on the interior.
Can you help?
Perhaps you can! It’s a long shot but do you have any experience with the H160 or do you know someone that does? Fast Cow Productions could certainly use your help as they need as much information as possible.
You can contact me directly and I do the bridge with the team. Just hit me up!