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.
If my memory serves me correctly, this is the first time we’ve had an X-Plane aircraft as our featured subject in our freeware download section. So here we have an outstanding depiction of the French-built Robin DR401. This aircraft was designed by the Aerobask team consisting of Stéphane Buon (modelling and texturing), Lionel Zamouth (scripting), Cameron Garner (flight model), Daniela Rodríguez Careri (FMOD sound design) and Jean-François Edange (liveries).
It’s a superb rendition of the 155 CDI version of the Robin, which includes the excellent Garmin G1000 navigation system. The package includes eight different liveries, a full colour Pilot’s Flight Manual, and both standard and emergency operating procedures checklists.
As it happens I have flown the real Robin, although the one in question did not have the Garmin glass cockpit, yet the structural elements were very similar. The modelling by the team here is first class, with all the enhancements you would expect to find in a commercial product. For example, the liveries are designed with 4K high resolution textures and whether you’re walking around before your flight or strapping yourself into the cockpit, you can’t fail to be impressed. The Robin is an easy aircraft to fly, well behaved, with no real surprises waiting to bite the unsuspecting pilot. Altogether it’s a very commendable product; I look forward to seeing more from the team in the future.
Authors: Lionel Zamouth and Stéphane Buon
Platform: X-Plane 11
Star Performers from the Internet
1: C-37 Airmaster
The Cessna Airmaster is the aircraft that rescued the Cessna Aircraft Company from oblivion in the 1930s. It was sold as the ‘World’s Most Efficient Aeroplane’. The aircraft model here was designed by David Wooster and textures by Mick at SOH.
Author: David Wooster
These icons are a useful addition to any panel. They allow you to select, add or delete waypoints and to initiate or cancel a direct-to leg to any waypoint selected from the loaded flight plan. Designed for FS2004/FSX by David Dibbell
Author: David Dibbell
Grumman G-44 J4F Widgeon
This is another fine aircraft from the prolific AF Scrub. The Widgeon was originally designed for the civil market. It is smaller but otherwise similar to Grumman’s earlier G-21 Goose and was produced from 1941 to 1955.
Author: A.F. Scrub
Platform: FSX/Prepar3DGrumman G-44 J4F Widgeon Download
Portland International Airport
This highly detailed rendition of Portland Airport for X-Plane 11 includes accurate models for all terminals, hangars and other buildings with custom high resolution ground textures and animated airport vehicles. Designed by Justin Kissling (MisterX6).
Author: Justin Kissling
Platform: X-Plane 11
Little Navmap 2.0.2
This is version two of the excellent Little Navmap flight planner, navigation tool, moving map, airport search and airport information system, designed here by Alexander Barthel for Flight Simulator X, Prepar3D and X-Plane.
Author: Alexander Barthel
Eurofighter Typhoon V2.0
Here we have version 2.0 of Dietmar Loleit’s Eurofighter Typhoon. It includes significant improvements for the virtual cockpit and the external model in terms of display quality and animations. Dietmar has also improved the flight dynamics of the model.
Author: Dietmar Loleit
Northrop RF-61C Reporter
Dean Crawford and Pam Brooker collaborated to produce a fine aircraft that (as far as they know) has not been built for FSX/Prepar3D before. The aircraft in question is the Northrop RF-61C Reporter. Also included is a nicely detailed manual.
Author: Dean Crawford