Once again we have a collection of high-quality freeware files for you to enjoy. These aircraft, scenery and utilities easily compare with many commercial products but don’t forget if you’ve enjoyed a particular file please let the author know – it’s their only payback! By the same token we’re always interested to hear from you if you’ve downloaded or designed a file that you think is worth sharing.
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Most X-plane users will already know that many freeware airport designers make use of the freeware library files to enhance their creations. Consequently, it’s important to read the documentation within each file to find out which libraries have been used. These library files need to be installed in order to experience these airports as the authors intended.
Let L-410 Turbolet
Our featured aircraft in this issue was designed by Mihaly Alberti for X-Plane 11.20 and above. It’s based on an aircraft manufactured by the Czech aircraft manufacturer Let Kunovice (named Aircraft Industries in 2005). The design was initiated by the need of the Soviet airline Aeroflot to replace its ageing fleet of Antonov An-2 aircraft. The prototype first flew in 1969 powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-27 engines, however the aircraft depicted in this package, the L-410UVP-E, first flew in 1984, with full production only beginning in 1986. The main difference from the original design was the aircraft’s short take-off and landing capabilities (STOL). It was also fitted with Walter M 601 E turboprop engines, combined with Avia V-510 5-blade propellers.
Mihaly has done a superb job on this design, particularly within the cockpit where just about every switch, button and lever is modelled but more importantly they all function. Producing such a fine model is quite an achievement, particularly for one person. I also have to commend him for his excellent manual, which stands as a fine example that many commercial companies could emulate. It has detailed descriptions of all the controls, accompanied by clear images of the area being described… fantastic work!
Author: Mihaly Alberti
Platform: X-Plane 11
Let L-410 download
Star Performers from the Internet
This instrument enables the selection of any of the 24,491 airports that exist in the database of FSX and Prepar3D, and then the selection of any runway at that airport. It will also give you distance, bearing and steering data plus a lot more. Designed by Karol Chlebowski.
Author: Karol Chlebowski
Synthetic ILS download
The Douglas Dolphin was an amphibian designed at the end of the 1920s as a luxury air yacht. However, its market was ruined by the Great Depression and it became mostly used as a military aircraft. The model here was designed by David Wooster.
Author: David Wooster
Douglas Dolphin download
Ermolaev Er-2 Russian bomber
Here’s another fine aircraft from the prolific A F Scrub. It’s a slight deviation from his usual fighter range. This time he has concentrated his undeniable skills on a Yermolayev Yer-2 – a long-range Soviet medium bomber used during World War Two.
Author: A.F. Scrub
Ermolaev Er-2 download
Lewiston Nez-Perce City Airport
Lewiston Nez-Perce City Airport, is two miles south of Lewiston, Idaho. It’s classed as a primary commercial service airport by the FAA, with close to 40,000 aircraft operations a year. This version was designed for FSX by Sidney Schwartz.
Author: Sidney Schwartz
Lewiston Nez-Perce Airport download
Bavarian Harbour Lindau
This is something of a departure from our normal recommendations as it’s not an aircraft or an airport. It’s the harbour at Lindau in Germany. It was designed by Erwin Welker, who has included a rather nice steerable boat for the trip.
Author: Erwin Welker
Bavarian Harbour Lindau download
T-80 Falcon II
It’s hard to believe that Jenn Kimball (A-Pilot) designed this little warbird in a week. He tells me it was to see if he’d forgotten how to do it! Well, I would say he hasn’t; what do you think?
Author: Jenn Kimball
Platform: X-Plane 11
T-80 Falcon II download
Bandar Udara International is the second biggest airport in Indonesia, located at Kertajati, in the West Java Province. It’s a beta version designed by Hery Frianto (SceneryDesignIndonesia) that currently only has day textures.
Author: Hery Frianto
Kertajati Airport download
Here we have a very detailed rendition of Dunedin Airport, located at the bottom tip of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s a beautiful, sometimes wild place, populated by particularly friendly people. Designed for X-Plane 11 by Stefan Lorenz.
Author: Stefan Lorenz
Platform: X-Plane 11
Dunedin Airport download