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.
Although the authors of these files have very kindly given us their permission to include them on our website, they still remain the property and copyright of the authors. You are free to enjoy them for your own use but they must not in any circumstances be distributed, copied, uploaded to any other websites or disassembled in any way whatsoever.
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.
Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Our featured file for this issue was designed by Mr3D and was originally a commercial product but it has now been released as freeware for all flight simmers to enjoy. It’s based on the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter, operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940 to 1945. This aircraft was introduced early in World War Two, when the Zero was considered the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world as it combined excellent manoeuvrability with very long range. In early combat operations, the Zero gained a legendary reputation as a formidable dogfighter.
Although this model from Mr3D began development a while back, it has some very impressive features, not least of which is an autopilot, (yes an autopilot on a Zero). The author amusingly explains that it’s quite a basic instrument and possibly more like throwing a rope over the stick than the sophistication provided by modern-day autopilots… but hey, it works!
However, there’s nothing basic about the aircraft itself; the modelling inside and out is to a very high standard. For example, the individual panels are fully three dimensional, as are the switches, levers and gauges that populate them. In fact, at first sight, these can seem almost overwhelming particularly for new pilots.
To address this, Mr3D has produced a fully illustrated manual that puts most of the current aircraft producers to shame. Each panel within the cockpit is drawn in full 3D, with the function and operation of every switch and lever described with clearly numbered labels. There are also sections on navigation, the fuel system, the autopilot and more. Then finally Lt JG Kaname Lida of the Imperial Japanese Navy takes over to instruct you on your first flight. Altogether it is a most impressive aircraft.
Howard 350 Concept
Freeware Files The Howard 350 Concept became the forerunner of many executive aircraft with its sleek styling and positively sumptuous interior. It also had all the trappings of a modern luxury jet. Modelled here by a group of talented individuals led by Milton Shupe.
Authors: Milton Shupe, Scott Thomas, William Ellis, and Nigel Richards
Howard 350 Concept Download
Somalia, Mogadishu Airport
Freeware Files Another highly detailed and accurate rendition by Otavio Bonomi, this time focussing on Mogadishu Airport in Somalia. It contains some guarded gates and watchtowers to illustrate the current climate, although there are also some beautiful places to see.
Author: Otavio Bonomi
Platform: X-Plane 11
Somalia, Mogadishu Airport Download
Freeware Files Saint-Jean Airport, (ICAO: CYJN), is located in the south-western section of the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. This superbly detailed GA aircraft was designed for X-Plane by Charles Macelli.
Author: Charles Macelli
Platform: X-Plane 11
Saint-Jean Airport Download
Blohm & Voss BV-238 Flying Boat
This huge aircraft made its first flight in April 1944 and was rather a flying ship than a boat, bigger than the BV-222 and was the heaviest aircraft of World War Two. Designed here for FSX, P3D and FS2004 by Erwin Welker.
Author: Erwin Welker
Platform: FSX/P3D and FS2004
Blohm & Voss BV-238 Flying Boat Download
USA Navigation Maps
Freeware Files Bob Baker has updated his useful set of USA Navigation Maps that we featured a few months ago. It’s basically a package for the general aviation community containing 48 state maps, as well as continental maps in three sections.
Author: Bob Baker
USA Navigation Maps Download
Pitts S2A Special
The Pitts Special series dominated the world of aerobatic competition in the 1960s and 1970s, and even today, it remains a potent competition aircraft. This very nice Pitts S2A was designed by AF Scrub for FSX/P3D v3 and v4.
Author: A.F Scrub
Platform: FSX/P3D v3-4
Pitts S2A Special Download
De Havilland DHC6-300 Twin Otter
The de Havilland DHC6-300 Twin Otter is a STOL aircraft that first flew in 1965. The model depicted here is operated by Scilly Skybus and designed by Premier Aircraft Design (PAD), Jean-Pierre Brisard, Barry Blaisdell, Bob May and Kevin Pardy.
Platform: Premier Aircraft Design
de Havilland DHC6-300 Twin Otter Download
Flight Simulator First Officer V3
This is a generic co-pilot designed to work with aircraft that conform to X-Plane (via XPUIPC), FS9, FSX and P3D SDK. In short, it adds a touch of realism while providing a co-pilot to share the cockpit responsibilities. Designed by Matthew King.
Author: Matthew King
Platform: FSX and X-Plane
Flight Simulator First Officer V3 Download