You probably already heard this quite often within the DCS community. Sentences such as “the Gazelle flies on rails” or just plain old “the Gazelle s*cks” popup quite often. There seems to be the general feeling that the Polychop helicopter is really bad.

But, is it? Is it really that bad? Or did this idea somehow crawled into the collective minds (no pun intended) of the community and it’s sticking?

We already know – Polychop has admitted it – that the Gazelle does have issues. A lot of those issues, though, made an appearance in the helicopter after the base sim had some breaking changes. From then on, the Gazelle was no longer the amazing helicopter it used to be.

But, again, my question is: is it really that bad?

I ask because I never thought it was really that bad. I did have some issues a few patches ago where the helicopter tended to stick a bit too much to the ground. But she still flew nicely.

And I think she still does.

So, what gives? How bad or how good the Gazelle really is?

Well, fortunately for us, a real pilot decided to give it a shot and let us know what he thinks about it. Now, remember: this is a guy that actually flies helicopters, not just sims, so give him a break.

What does he know, after all?

Sorry, couldn't resist to add some sarcasm there. My bad. I'll stop now.

Check out the video below (and do visit and subscribe his channel) as Brian (that’s his name) takes the Gazelle for a short flight for the very first time.

And, after you watch it, go try the Gazelle. Eagle Dynamics is allowing us to try all modules for DCS for free, so you have nothing to lose.

But, please, do yourself a favor and watch the video first. Yes, it’s not a new video, but it’s worth watching. Especially if you are on the fence about getting the Gazelle.

My opinion? You should get it. But do make up your own mind and don’t just join the nay-sayers bandwagon. Polychop deserves the benefit of the doubt for sure.