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X-Plane Helicopter

X-Plane Helicopter
  • #: 26393
  • Price: $9.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: 2011-03-29
  • Current Version: 9.65
  • 9.65 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
  • Size: 38.20 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Laminar Research
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © Laminar Research 2008
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NOTE: If you have an iPhone-4, then you might consider getting X-Plane HDEF-4G. X-Plane Helicopter is optimized for phones and pads OTHER than the iPhone 4!

Another quick note: Most of the negative reviews seem to come from people that do not READ the instructions, despite them being displayed every single time the app is launched... so read the instructions! They are only about 4 sentences. Here's what you need to know:

->The throttle is automatically controlled for you.

->You drag the collective DOWN to INCREASE pitch... a situation that is ergonomically the same as real helos.


And now, on with the show! X-Plane Helicopter is a new version of X-Plane that lets you realistically fly Helicopters!

You get some very interesting birds to fly, including:

The Robinson R-22: The lightweight, efficient trainer.

The Bell-206: The turbine-powered mainstay of the helicopter fleet.

The BlackHawk: The massive military cargo and troop mover.

The Sea King: The huge land/sea rescue helicopter.

The Sikorsky S-76, an amazing luxurious executive-transport.

These fascinating and varied machines are modeled very realistically, so the flight you get on the iPhone is actually almost as realistic as the full FAA-Certified flight-model used in X-Plane for desktop... You get almost all the flight-model realism of this certified sim: On your phone.

As well, the default flight-area is the Grand Canyon, giving you amazing views as you fly your helos across (and into!) the various canyons and valleys, giving the you most visually-stunning simulation we have yet released, with the most challenging and realistic flight-models we have produced for iPhone so far. As well, X-Plane Helicopter comes with a number of other flying areas to keep things varied and interesting!

Now, a quick lesson: The COLLECTIVE control is on the LEFT of the iPhone screen... drag it DOWN GENTLY to INCREASE the pitch of the main rotor, thus causing the helo to lift. As you drag this collective down, you will notice that the throttle AUTOMATICALLY increases on the right side of the screen. This is because the throttle governor automatically increases the engine power to maintain the desired rotor RPM as you increase the load on the rotor by increasing the rotor pitch. This is how the real helicopters work, and how we simulate them on the iPhone.

The tail-rotor is controlled with a horizontal slider on the bottom of the screen. Flying a helicopter in reality is well known to be one of the more challenging and rewarding facets of aviation... the most difficult to do, but the most rewarding when you manage to do it all properly.

If you are ready for the best scenery and most fascinating and challenging flight model available on the iPhone, then you are ready for X-Plane-Helicopter.

What's New in Version 9.65

New plane: Chinook
The Chinook is a fascinating, nice-flying machine.
This helo uses differential collective for aircraft pitch! As you command nose down, the forward rotor decreases it's pitch, and the aft rotor increases it's pitch, pitching the craft down, and vice-versa. This is different from all other helos, and results in a very nice pitch-response.
As well, this craft uses differential cyclic for yaw! This means that to rotate the nose to the right, the forward rotor tilts to the right, and the aft rotor tilts to the left, resulting in vehicle rotation. The yaw-response that results is slow, but adequately precise.
The Chinook tilts BOTH ROTORS together left and right to roll the aircraft.
Go to the AFT view and enter pitch, roll, and yaw input to SEE the resulting movement of the rotors! Cool!
Of course, all of the dynamics specified above are accurately simulated in the app.

New plane: Cobra:
This thing has so much power that the throttle never gets to the stop no matter how much collective you add!
Yah, that is a pretty good dose of power!

There is now a fuel gage on the HUD… kind of nice!
Some of the birds in some of the X-Plane apps drink fuel pretty fast, so this can be really nice to have.

New ILS deflection indicator on the HUD!
Tune an ILS in as found on the map page (remember to zoom in to see the frequencies). Once you load in the ILS frequency in the panel view, ILS deflection indicators will show up on the HUD… This is really fun for practice ILS's in bad weather! Set the visibility really low and give it a try! Maybe at night in storms! It gets pretty intense! Can you get down for a perfect landing?

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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


5/5 stars

New Helicopters

Suggestions for new choppers
- Bell Huey
- Eurocopter EC-135T
- Coast Guard Aerospatiale HH-65C Dolphin


5/5 stars


Can u guys add the ch 53 pavelow

4/5 stars

Pavelow &amp; EC-135

Please add a Pavelow and an EC-135. Also put in real airports with heli-pads.


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