The R44 - one of the most popular General Aviation helicopters in the world - has been modelled in extremely high detail, based on extensive research on the actual real-world aircraft.
This package includes the skid-equipped R44 Raven II, and the fixed utility AND emergency float equipped R44 Clipper II.
The aircraft is supplied with a set of unique tools to customise and enhance your rotary flying experience.
Two standard livery styles, as well as a fantastic selection of real-world liveries.
Unique Nation Selection tool lets you fly the aircraft in UK, American, German and French, Swiss and Dutch registrations - giving a total of 221 variations!
Simply click to show or hide your passengers in the Virtual Cockpit.
With the engine off and the 'park' icon clicked, the pilot and passenger figures are removed, the manoeuvring wheels are in place on the skids, the main rotor tie-down is secured to the rotor and the rotor moves up and down gently in the breeze.
Custom sound set - inside and out - developed from the real aircraft.
Animated pilot figure - he moves as the controls move, and passengers move their heads to look around.
Operating emergency floats - lift off from a hard surface and fly along with the floats packed, and you can then operate the floats that pop out already inflated to land on any water surface.
Unique in-sim checklist that needs just one click to display the reverse side. The checklist shows the normal operations checklists and operational limitations.
The custom flight model reflects the performance of the real aircraft as closely as possible in FSX and is further enhanced by default for users who have FSX Service Pack 2 or the Microsoft 'Acceleration' add-on pack installed. Users of the FS2004 version can make the choice between a custom 'Normal' flight model that behaves well under general flight conditions and an 'Expert' flight model that is more realistic in certain more extreme flight areas.
High-quality aircraft textures and a fully detailed interior give you that 'real feel'.
Immersive virtual cockpit with mouse-clickable instruments, levers and knobs and operating cyclic; collective with throttle and mixture controls.
Click to hide/show the collective, passengers and GPS unit in the Virtual Cockpit for easy viewing of instruments and controls. Even the cyclic can be clicked to remove the passenger side of the control as well as the port tail rotor pedals!
Realistic 2D instrument panel.
Full set of custom gauges and annunciator lights.
Authentic animations - main and tail rotor rotation and pitch, swash plates, tail rotor pedals, cyclic control, collective and rotary throttle, all four cabin doors, port and starboard engine bay access doors.
Small but important items have been modelled in great detail - door hinges, door air vents (they even open and close!), Nav radio antennas, rotor heads, skid wheel attachment points, fuel caps, Nav lights, operating emergency landing lights, door handles and more.
AeroPaint texture utility - create new liveries or edit the existing ones (external paint program required).
Operating lights - navigation, flashing strobe, landing and emergency landing.
Realistic cockpit operations
- Unique - the aircraft has altimeters that change from Milibars to Inches in the pressure setting window, depending on which International settings you have set in Flight Simulator. A simple mouse click enlarges the altimeter.
- Individual Avionics can be turned ON or OFF
- Overhead rotor brake
- Silky smooth gauge operation
- Engine 'Starter motor engaged' warning light
- Various other warning lights such as low rotor RPM and Rotor brake
- Mouse-over tool shows text of instrument name and readings
- All avionics are available in pop-up windows
Highly realistic avionics have been individually developed for this aircraft, based on the equipment fitted in the original machine:
- Nav/Comm radio
- VOR indicator
Authentic aircraft systems provide an even more accurate flying experience, with full electrical system simulation.
FSX version extra features
- Specular and bump mapping as well as FSX-style gauge night lighting! Outside you can actually see the individual rivets, and textures are optimised to give an ultra-real look and feel
- Multiple additional views taking advantage of the new FSX view system
- The new FSX gauge lighting system
A comprehensive manual is included in PDF format that fully describes the features and operation of the aircraft, its avionics, panels and gauges. The manual also comes with a descriptive tutorial to enable you to take flight as quickly as possible. In the simulation itself is a checklist for normal operations and this also outlines the operational limitations of the R44 within Flight Simulator.
- FS2004 or Flight Simulator X (Acceleration/SP2 compatible and SP2 DX10 Preview compatible)
- Pentium IV 1.8 GHz PC
- 512Mb RAM (1Gb For Windows Vista)
- 64Mb 3D graphics card
- Windows XP/Vista/7
- 1Gb hard drive space