Aerofly FS

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Aerofly FS
Genre(s)Flight simulator
Developer(s)IPACS
Publisher(s)IPACS
Aerosoft
Platform(s)Windows
MacOS
Android
iOS
First release2012
Latest release2.04.05.21 (March 02, 2019)

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Aerofly FS is a modern and realistic flight simulator developed in 2012 by the german company IPACS. A second version called Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator has been released in 2016. It is primarily intended for amateur virtual pilots (casual or confirmed) even if professional pilots can also use it to improve their flight technique.

Availability[edit]

Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator is available on Windows via Steam or with DVD from Aerosoft. It is also available on Mac OS via the Mac App Store.

A mobile version has also been developed and available on iOS via the AppStore or on Android via Google Play.

Features[edit]

Graphics engine[edit]

One of the obvious strength point of Aerofly FS is the quality of its graphics engine / 3D engine. Unlike those of its main competitors (Flight Simulator and X-Plane) it allows a great fluidity, even on modest configurations.[1][2][3][4]

Because of its performant graphic engine allowing great fluidity, Aerofly FS 2 offered the best possible experience in 2018 to enjoy virtual reality in a flight simulator[5]. This is one of the reasons why the publisher ORBX decided to port some of its sceneries to the Aerofly.[6]

Flight model[edit]

Aerofly FS provides advanced flight dynamics:

  • Realtime full multibody simulation featuring wing-flex, gear compression and even tire deformation
  • Realistic simulation of aerodynamic forces on wings, stabilizers, control surfaces, landing gear and fuselage
  • Accurate stall and spin simulation

Initially Aerofly FS offered planes only but in November 2018 the Robinson R22 helicopter was made available. The latter was designed with the help of real pilots (like Claude Vuichard) and offers a level of realism never reached in a simulator for that aircraft[7]

Devices support[edit]

Aerofly FS supports most of devices dedicated to flight simulation: joysticks, throttles, rudder pedals, display panels, switch panels, radio panels, helicopters flight controls (such as Pro Flight Trainer PUMA), Saitek Multi Panel, Saitek TPM, etc.

It has been designed to support VR headsets with a native support of HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Other systems like TrackIR and Tobii EyeX are also supported natively by the simulator.

Aircrafts and sceneries[edit]

Aircrafts[edit]

In Aerofly FS 1 the following aircrafts are available "out of the box":

  • Cessna 172 SP
  • Discus Glider
  • Extra 330
  • F/A 18 Hornet
  • Pitts S-2B
  • Robin DR400
  • Sopwith F1 Camel
  • Swift S1 Glider

In Aerofly FS 2 the following aircrafts are available "out of the box":

  • Aermacchi MB-339
  • Airbus A320
  • Bombardier Dash 8Q-400
  • Beechcraft Baron 58
  • Beechcraft King Air C90 Gtx
  • Boeing 737-500
  • Boeing 747-400
  • Bücker Bü 133 Jungmeister
  • Cessna 172 SP
  • Pitts S-2B
  • Extra 330 LX
  • Learjet 45
  • Lockheed P-38 Lightning
  • McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
  • McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
  • Robinson R22 (since November 2018)
  • Schleicher ASG 29
  • Sopwith F.1 Camel
  • Marganski Swift S1
  • Vought F4U Corsair

In Aerofly FS 2 the following aircrafts can be downloaded as DLC:

  • Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 by IPACS
  • Beechcraft Duchess Model 76 by Just Flight

Sceneries[edit]

The entire globe is "flyable" with more than 300 airports all over the world. But only a small part of the globe is covered in detail (with buildings and hi-res orthophotos):

  • in Aerofly FS 1 it was the Switzerland
  • in Aerofly FS 2 it was the West Coast of the United States

In Aerofly FS 2 the following sceneries can be downloaded as DLC in order to explore another areas (few of them are free):

Sceneries developed by IPACS:

  • South Florida
  • Switzerland
  • Northeastern USA
  • USA Utah (free)
  • USA Colorado (free)
  • High Resolution Texture Pack for Southwestern USA (free)

Sceneries developed by Aerosoft:

  • Germany Helgoland

Sceneries developed by ORBX:

  • TrueEarth Netherlands
  • Innsbruck Airport
  • Chicago Meigs Field
  • Monterey Regional Airport
  • Eagle County Colorado
  • Palm Springs International

See also[edit]

  • FlightGear
  • X-Plane (simulator)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Lockheed Martin Prepar3D

References[edit]

  1. "REVIEW - AEROFLY FS2 Flight Simulator". The AVSIM Community. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. "FlightSim.Com - Review: Aerofly FS2". www.flightsim.com. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. "AeroFly FS2 R22: the professional flight model • HeliSimmer.com". HeliSimmer. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  4. "Aerosoft - Aerofly FS 2 Detailed Review". www.fspilotshop.com. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  5. "Aerofly FS 2 – VR Review – Is This The Future Of Flight Simulation?". fsnexus.com. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  6. "Interview with ORBX's John Venema • HeliSimmer.com". HeliSimmer. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  7. "Aerofly FS2 R22: a pilot's perspective • HeliSimmer.com". HeliSimmer. Retrieved 4 April 2019.

External links[edit]


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