Cowan Sim Release 500E Helicopter for MSFS

Early access heli promises to be updated regularly.

Helicopter developer, Cowan Sim, have released their 500E for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Released as an early version product, the team say the aircraft will be updated ‘after feedback is received’. Furthermore, the helicopter comes with certain sim limitations which the team have addressed with workarounds. For example, the team say ‘you will have to use a mouse or VR controller for the throttle.’, with hardware bindings being updated by Asobo and CowanSim implementing the code in an update after that. 

The 500E features a five-bladed main rotor and has a max cruise speed of 135kt, making it a versatile helicopter suitable to a variety of missions. The simulated aircraft comes with customisable options to adjust weight and balance and passenger configurations.

You can purchase a copy of Cowan Sim’s 500E from their website for $32.99.


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Jordan Webb
Having grown up a stone's throw away from Manchester Airport, Jordan had no choice but to love aviation and all things planes. With the help of flight simulators, namely FSX and more recently Xplane 11, he eventually muddled his way to sitting behind the controls of the real thing on a daily basis.
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