As promised, Hype Performance Group (HPG) released today their latest helicopter for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The Airbus H160 is a follow-up to the excellent H145, a product that completely built HPG’s reputation as reliable and meticulous creators of rotorcraft for MSFS. The H160 is hoping to build on all of that and set a new high bar!
The HPG H160 for MSFS promises to be as much as a technological marvel in the simulator as it is in the real world. Priced at $49.99 USD, the package offers not one but two variants: Civilian and Luxury. Each variant comes with six stunning 4K liveries, making a total of 12 liveries for simmers to choose from.
The H160 boasts a highly detailed 3D model complete with PBR textures, and its cockpit is designed to be almost entirely interactive. The aircraft is also VR-ready, a feature increasingly sought after in the flight sim community. Rotor animations, including blade droop and blade flap, add another layer of immersion, leveraging the advanced graphics engine in MSFS.
The H160 is equipped with Airbus Helionix avionics, one of the most modern and safe avionics suites available. It includes Vortex Ring State protections and an automatic takeoff feature that assists with both vertical and rearward takeoffs. The First Limit Indicator combines TRQ, N1, and TOT limits in a single, intuitive display. The avionics suite also supports Synthetic Vision System on all four MFDs without any restrictions.
The H160 features a state-of-the-art auto-flight control system with a Stability Augmentation System (SAS). It offers various modes, including Ground Trajectory Command and automatic hover, which can maintain position even in crosswinds up to 30 knots. The helicopter is even capable of flying a hands-off ILS-to-minimums approach!
The H160 is shaping up to be an incredibly detailed and user-friendly experience for helicopter simulation enthusiasts. It’s clear that HPG has invested significant effort into this project, positioning the H160 as a strong contender for the best helicopter currently available in MSFS. With the launch now official, it’s time to take to the skies and experience this groundbreaking helicopter for yourself!
Highly Detailed 3D Model, Textures and Animations
HPG’s highest quality production to date
2 H160 variants (Civilian, Luxury) included in this package
Each variant includes six (6) stunning liveries in 4K quality for 12 total
Extremely detailed professionally modeled interior and exterior, all PBR textures
Cockpit is almost completely interactive, supporting both the Lock and Legacy Cockpit Interaction System
VR Cockpit Zoom supported, aircraft designed from the ground up around VR
Rotor animations including blade droop, blade flap
Working doors, animated windshield wipers, all flight controls animated
Rotor downwash effects (water, snow, dirt/sand), engine heat blur and heat emissive effects
Functional emergency floats (Luxury variant only) with manual and automatic deployment options
Advanced Avionics & Detailed Systems
High quality Airbus Helionix avionics – the most modern and safe avionics suite
Vortex Ring State protections
Automatic takeoff (vertical and rearward takeoff assistance)
First Limit Indicator containing TRQ, N1 and TOT limits combined in an intuitive pilot display
Realistic normal procedures (checklists) included
Synthetic Vision System on all 4 MFDs is supported without restriction
Map display options including the ability to use any OpenStreetMap/slippy tile provider you may choose
Maps are combined with sim flight plan, OSM underlay, and weather or HTAWS (Height Above Terrain) overlay
Maps operate in light or dark mode
Fully functional weather radar
Online weather service available on the tablet and DMAP system
Included Tablet with powerful apps including LittleNavMap moving map, Neofly, Documents library, Maps, utilities & games
Stream video and websites with our exclusive EFBConnect app for PC
Integrated Garmin GTN750 (pms50) or the TDS GTNXi (TDS Sim Software)
CMA9000 FMS coming after launch
Add custom key bindings for over 400 cockpit actions (no extra software required)
Home Cockpit friendly with L:Vars and H:Events for almost all functionality
Great for both IFR and VFR flight
Powerful 4-axis Autopilot
State of the art auto-flight control system with Stability Augmentation System (SAS)
GTC: Ground trajectory command: Maintain longitudinal and lateral ground speed. So called “follow the boat” mode
GTC.H: Ground trajectory command with hover: This is an automatic hover mode which will acquire a position and maintain it in crosswinds up to the aircraft limit of 30kt
LOC/GS APP/V.APP: Traditional precision approach and GPS approach modes
Fully capable of flying a hands-off ILS-to-minimums approach
Automatic level-off when approaching the ground to avoid Controlled Flight into Terrain
Beep Trim (traditional trim mode and AFCS mode)
AFCS and SAS may also be disengaged for a more challenging flight regime
Helicopter Flight Model
Native MSFS Helicopter flight model augmented with our proprietary AFCS and Vortex Ring State augmentation.
The HPG H160 uses an advanced Stability Augmentation System (SAS) to stabilize the helicopter using computer controlled actuators
Support for All-Engines-Operative, One-Engine-Inoperative or Autorotation flight condition
Operate in both Realistic and Arcade modes – enjoy with a controller or higher end hardware
Realistic turbine, rotor, cabin, alert, floats deployment and environmental sounds
Doors mixed with environment and exterior sounds when open or removed
More than 60 custom sounds included