The Ultimate Guide to the Best FSX Addons. Last updated: 8th Dec 2. Note: This guide is based on the non- Steam version of FSX.
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You will be added to the contributor list at the bottom of the page. Tired of flying boring default planes in FSX? Get some real planes in your hangar today. Here’s a list of the best aircraft addons available for FSX (2. Remember the old Flight Simulator tagline “As real as it gets”? Well, this is it. PMDG have established themselves as one of the leading flight simulator addon developers on the market.
The level of quality and detail in their products are close to unmatched. If you’re wondering which payware aircraft you should invest in, PMDG should be a strong contender. One of my first payware aircraft for FSX was the magnificent PMDG 7. At the time, I had no idea flight sim planes could be so detailed and complex. I went from being an amateur flight simmer with very limited knowledge, to a skilled flight simulator pilot capable of handling the fully simulated FMC and Autopilot systems.
It didn’t happen overnight though – the learning curve is quite steep, so you must be prepared to read a lot of manuals and documentation! Today, they have many other aircraft in their product lineup, like the MD- 1.
NGX and the recently released PMDG 7. Take a pick, you can’t go wrong with these guys. Steam Edition compatibility: 7. Compatible. Learning Curve: 5/5http: //www. The people over at Flight. Sim. Labs are relatively new to the addon business, but they proved themselves in 2. Concorde for FSX.
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The quality and attention to detail was on par with PMDG, and that’s not an easy feat to accomplish. Concorde X is absolutely amazing, but buyers beware; this is not an easy plane to master. In fact, it’s one of the most difficult aircraft addons out there. Much of it has to do with the older technology present in the Concorde itself. This plane was meant for 3 pilots, not 1. Luckily FSL (Flight.
Sim. Labs) has made a few features to help the lone pilot in the cockpit, like the automated flight engineer. Still I would not recommend it for complete beginners. They are currently making an Airbus A3. I have no doubt it will turn out amazing when it is released. Steam Edition compatibility: Currently not working.
Under consideration. Learning Curve: 5/5http: //www. These guys have been around for a very long time with their Boeing 7. Back in the day there was a lot of talk about which company was better; PMDG or Level- D? Today though, PMDG has taken the throne with their long lineup of great aircraft and new features, but the Level- D 7.
While it is an older addon with older graphics, it is wonderfully simulated and can easily be compared to the PMDG 7. There are other B7. Level- D. Highly recommended if you’re a Boeing 7.
A great aircraft. PS: Keep an eye on this company, a 7. Maybe it’ll happen sometime! Steam Edition compatibility: Working. Information here[forum. Learning Curve: 5/5http: //www. Majestic MJC8 Q4.
Dash- 8 )Another very high quality, “end game” if you will, FSX addon. This is the Dash- 8 everybody has been waiting for. It comes in 3 editions; pilot, pro and training – with the latter being the most feature rich version.
The Majestic MJC8 Q4. FMC, fuel management system, saving and loading panel state function, custom sounds, high quality cockpit and external models, TCAS (traffic avoidance system) and weather radar. If you buy the pro or training version you also get a HUD system, a completely customizable failure system, an even more advanced flight management system and autopilot as well as 2.
D panels and a whole host of other features. Another really cool implementation is the mist feature; you basically get misty windows during cold starts which will dissipate when you turn on the window heat.
I should say though that it is definitely a difficult aircraft to learn, the FMC for instance will take some time to understand. Not recommended for complete beginners, unless you have a strong determination and eagerness to learn difficult things.
Highly recommended for intermediate flight simmers and up. One of the absolute best FSX addons to date.
Steam Edition compatibility: Working. Learning Curve: 5/5 Majestic – MJC8 Q4. Pilot Edition [www. This 7. 37 version was released a few months before the PMDG 7. NGX, and to the surprise of many ( especially those who were waiting for the NGX ) it turned out to be a very detailed and complex aircraft. Compared to the NGX it does hold up pretty damn well. Almost everything is simulated, framerate is good (i.
Fly might have slightly better frames), and the i. Fly 7. 37 is around 2. NGX. Even though they are similar and both great addons, I would say the PMDG version is slightly better. If you’re looking for a great 7.
Steam Edition compatibility: Working RECENT RELEASE: Boeing 7. Learning Curve: 5/5http: //www.
Aerosoft Airbus X Extended. On the lookout for a good Airbus?
The Aerosoft X Extended A3. Airbus simulation on the market right now. For a long time there has been a shortage of good Airbus addons for FSX, so when Aerosoft released their improved version in 2. FSX Airbus, but because it was actually pretty good ! The graphical quality is impressive, handling is nice, great light system and its procedures are challenging and interesting ( especially if you’re used to Boeing ) A lot of systems are simulated nicely and of course you get to experience a full FBW (Fly- By- Wire) Airbus system.
Finally a worthy Airbus for FSX. Airbus fans, go get it ! Recommended for sure. Steam Edition compatibility: Working. Learning Curve: 4/5http: //www. Very popular developer.
They make solid aircraft with many fully simulated systems that are deep, but not too complex. This is a perfect fit for intermediate flight simmers, or eager new simmers looking for their first couple of payware planes.
Captain. Sim has a lot of products, often on sale. Recommended products are the 7. L- 1. 01. 1 which are quite nice. Their classic C- 1. It is simulated well ( was actually tested by real C- 1. Captain. Sim planes do.
This can’t be stressed enough; their planes look REALLY good ! Overall a great company with many beautiful classic aircraft in their lineup. Recommended! Steam Edition compatibility: Information here[www. Learning Curve: 3/5http: //www. Commercial Level Simulations / Wilco.
Want to jump in and fly right away? Then these companies are probably for you. Although more complex than default aircraft, CLS and Wilco planes are pretty simple to fly.
Recommended for pilots who just want to pick up a plane and have a good time while also learning about basic systems. They can also be used as a stepping stone towards more difficult planes. If you’re interested in trying it out, I would strongly recommend going for the CLS MD- 8. It is one of their best products with many simulated systems. Steam Edition compatibility: Wilco E- Jets v.
Embraer 1. 75/1. 95[www. Confirmed working.
Learning Curve: 2/5 Commercial Level Simulations[www. Wilco Publishing[www. Outstanding quality, extreme realism, incredible aircraft. Is that enough praise? Well, this company deserves it.
They make aircraft and products of the utmost quality. I’ve had so much fun flying their planes. Everything about them just radiates quality. Do yourself a favor and buy something from them, you won’t be disappointed. You should check out their B1. P4. 0, P4. 7, P5. Spitfire – And their latest wonder the A2.
A Cessna 1. 82, absolutely stunning aircraft. Many simmers also use their Accu. Sim and Accu. Feel coding replacement products. Accu. Sim gives enhanced realism to their own aircraft (these are expansion packs to the original product), while Accu.
Feel can be bought as a standalone product for FSX. It enhances things like ground effects and turbulence, and it has been tested on over 4. Steam edition compatibility: Working. Information here[a. These guys have a lot of cool planes, airports and scenery addons. One GA aircraft that must be recommended is the Twin Otter X Extended. This great little turboprop features realistic flight behavior, a fully simulated and realistic cockpit, a failure system and detailed interior and exterior models.
The Diamond DA2. 0- 1. Katana and PBY Catalina X are also highly recommended Aerosoft products. Awesome planes. Steam Edition compatibility: Under considerationhttp: //www. Carenado is another solid company.
It seems like with every new release their planes just get better and better. With a large and loyal fan base Carenado is one of the most popular companies around. They make aircraft that look great, are easy to pick up and fly and for the most part works as in real life. Some are better than others, and my personal favourites are the C- 2. Skymaster, C- 1. 85, A3. B5. 8 Baron, TBM8. Malibu. A lot of people also use A2.
A’s Accu. Feel with Carenado aircraft, which make them even better. Find out which one you like the best and try it out. Steam edition compatibility: Workingwww. ADDITIONAL QUALITY PRODUCTS Real. Air Simulations[www.
Steam Edition compatibility: Lancair Legacy Compatible. MILITARY AIRCRAFT & HELICOPTERSVertical Reality Simulations F/A- 1. EProbably the best military aircraft out there for FSX, extremely detailed and fun. Some features include radar tracking, weapons lock, FBW, night vision HUD.
Now with combat capability (Tac. Pac). Brutal and deadly aircraft. Steam Edition compatibility: Under considerationhttp: //www. FA1. 8EFSX. htm. Aerosoft F- 1. Fighting Falcon. Great classic military jet.
Simulated wonderfully. Comes with external weapons loadout tool. Tons of features. Development focus has been on handling and flight behaviour, Offensive features not simulated. Flies very well. Mach 2 capable. Steam Edition compatibility: Under consideration. Info here.[forum.
Aerosoft F- 1. 6 Fightring Falcon [www. Beautiful aircraft. Great developer, obviously has a keen eye for details. Simulated to perfection, highly recommended if you like older military jets.