Like most flight simulator games, Microsoft Flight Simulator was primarily designed as a platform for a specific kind of flight – namely, fixed-wing aircraft. You know, aeroplanes. While there are lots of different kinds of planes, they have enough in common that you can usually fit a bunch of them into the same sim. But it turns out that Flight Simulator is robust enough to handle other types of flight, too – and a developer has just released a new helicopter add-on that proves the point.
FlyInside is a developer that’s created payware add-ons for flight sims like X-Plane and FSX, as well as its own VR flight simulator. Now it’s managed to inject its helicopter flight model, originally developed for its own FlyInside Flight Simulator, into Microsoft Flight Simulator – and it’s built a Bell 47 to go along with it. You may recognise it as the one from M*A*S*H.
HeliSimmer.com editor Sérgio Costa (who’s also a product development manager at MicroProse) has some hands-on time with FlyInside’s Bell 47, which he says is a convincing recreation of the distinctive chopper, down to its signature ‘soap bubble’ canopy.