• FlightSim.Com Best Of 2018 FS2004 Freeware

    FlightSim.Com Best Of 2018 FS2004 Freeware

    By Robin Meyerowitz

    After 16 years, FS2004 is still going strong, and is still being supported by freeware developers. We have had many new and exciting releases during 2018, with some very interesting and 'different' releases.

    We have seen a lot of changes within our hobby during 2018, with new flight simulations being released, as well as being withdrawn from release, but FS2004 has held its head up high, in spite of its age.

    To remind us all of our hobby and the fun we had during 2018, I've compiled a list representing, in my opinion, some very worthy add-ons for FS2004. It's maybe not the 'Best of', but it represents what the late Garry Smith, of the Ford Tri-Motor Project, said about simming... "Simming is all about Fun, Fact & Fiction"

    Our developers really appreciate any feedback, good or bad, so PLEASE fill in any comments in the 'Comment' section when you have downloaded.

    Also, any of you own suggestions are very welcome, to add to this list. So, without further ado...

    FS2004 Early Aircraft

    FS2004/FSX/Accel/P3D v3 Nieuport 28c WWI Biplane Fighter
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    Name: nieuport28c.zip

    FS2004/FSX/Accel/P3D v3 Nieuport 28c WWI Biplane Fighter. The Nieuport 28, developed in France, went in service in March 1918. She was supposed for French and American air troops. Finally France favorized the Spad XIII while US forces took the Nieport 28 as its fighter. The plane was equpped with a rotary engine and reached almost 200 kmh. FSDS 3.5 model by Erwin Welker.

    FS2004/FSX/Accel/P3D v3 Short MAYO Composite
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    Name: shorts21mayo.zip

    FS2004/FSX/Accel/P3D v3 Short MAYO Composite, consisting of a flying boat and a seaplane. That strange concept was proposed to enlarge the range of a long distance postal airplane to cross the Atlantic with a non-stop flight. The flying boat Short S.21 was derived from the Short S.23 Empire with the task to go airborne and to reach altitude carrying the floatplane on its back. The Short S.20 Mercury was a light 4-engine floatplane with long distance abilities. After separation it reached after 4600 km Montreal in 20.5 hours with 272 kg payload in July 1938. In October 1938 the Mercury (without payload) mastered a world record by starting from Scotland and reaching South Africa after 9726 km in 42 hours. The original S.23 FS2004 model and also the FSX interior, the 2D panel, FDE and textures are made by Jens B. Kristensen. Panel improvements are done by Michael Pook. The conversion of the MDL to a FSDS 3D-file with reanimating all moving parts, the Mercury with its animations and the camera definitions are made by Erwin Welker.

    FS2004/FSX Metal Aircraft Corporation Flamingo
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    Name: mac_flamingo.zip

    FS2004/FSX Metal Aircraft Corporation Flamingo. This is a re-upload of Craig Richardson's Metal Aircraft Corporation Flamingo. The re-upload consists of the original Flamingo package released by Craig Richardson, as found in an obscure web site written in Spanish about the history of the airplane. I felt the need to re-upload it (as permitted by the original author's release notes), since it is pretty much the only original model by Craig that can't be found in any FS library! Re-upload by Leonardo Santos.

    FS2004 General Aviation

    FS2004 Robin R2160/Alpha 160A
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    Name: robin_2_ew_9.zip

    FS2004 Robin R2160/Alpha 160A. Complete model with panels and sounds. The Robin R2160 and Alpha 160A are identical, all metal, aerobatic trainers with a 160 hp Lycoming O-320-D2A engine. The Robin was originally designed and built in France but in 2004 production moved to Alpha Aviation in New Zealand. Full package for FS2004 with custom panel and VC and fully animated parts. Garmin GNS430 avionics. Full avionics documentation included, together with aircraft check and ref lists. Two real life liveries included. Great fun for aerobatics or general flying. Model by Jean-Pierre Brisard and Bob May Premier Aircraft Design (PAD). Repaints by Stephanie Lawton, panel updates by Ed Wells.

    FS2004 Ultimate PA34 Seneca
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    Name: ultimate_seneca.zip

    FS2004 Ultimate PA34 Seneca. This aircraft is not mine. Nor the gauges. I have combined from different paths on flightsim to make this the Ultimate PA-34 Seneca. It has a fully functioning glass cockpit. GNS430 and GNS530. FMC and WAAS. You cannot get lost in this aircraft. All buttons work and I have modified the aircraft.cfg for performance, fuel flow and handling. I do not take credit for this aircraft or the gauges. I simply combined them into a panel and made it as I wanted it to be. I used to fly the PA-34 and it was not like this one. If you want to know how to work the glass cockpit then go onto the Garmin site. By Glenn Taylor.

    FS2004/FSX Cana Miles M-65 Gemini
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    Name: cana_miles_gemini.zip

    FS2004/FSX Cana Miles M-65 Gemini. This Cana Miles M-65 Gemini, a Spanish airline, is acquired in the UK by Cia. CANA was the G-AJFB and is registered in Spain on August 5, 1947 after CANA flew performing services of aero taxis. Model by Dave Molyneaux, texture by Juan Villamor.

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    16 Comments
    1. Tokolosh's Avatar
      Tokolosh -
      Good idea to have this special section for best of FS2004. Thank you! May I suggest you also have a look at the offerings at Historic Jetliners Group (HJG). This year they re-released the SGA DC-10 Series which has been significantly reworked. There is a new version of the Dassault Mercure, and let's not forget the Boeing 737 Classics (SGA/Erick Cantu) hosted and refined by them (and soon to come a brand new 737-200 by Erick Cantu!).
    1. btwallis's Avatar
      btwallis -
      You what's interesting, its that folks are still using this sim and that it is still supported by some dedicated folks. For sure it was a great product in its day.

      I still have FSX on my computer, but that will not last much longer. Its just clutter now as I never use it having moved on to P3DV4 and XP11+.
    1. kehovo's Avatar
      kehovo -
      Bella Coola CYBD is not complete, requires Ultimate Terrain Payware for accuracy, and completion. All of
      Roger Wensley addons require it.
    1. zswobbie1's Avatar
      zswobbie1 -
      It is always difficult to compile a 'Best of …' listing.

      There are amazing add-ons from other libraries, and this Freeware selection is to support all those developers that support Flightsim.

      FS2004 is still a great product that just works on most computers & laptops, & is still being supported by some great developers.
    1. alanmerry's Avatar
      alanmerry -
      Many thanks to all freeware developers, from those of us who have downloaded vast numbers of freeware scenery, aircraft etc. to make FS2004 much, much more than Microsoft ever envisaged.
    1. cgsimpson's Avatar
      cgsimpson -
      Well done a great selection and a few that I missed.
      Thanks to all involved in the Flight Sim freeware World
    1. gt401964's Avatar
      gt401964 -
      Thank you for Including my Ultimate Seneca. I put a lot of work into that.
      Rgds Glenn.
    1. Roger Wensley's Avatar
      Roger Wensley -
      I started to read this and got interrupted. Five hours later now, and I continued and reached the last page to find the surprise of Bella Coola. Thanks for the kind thought. I must contribute a comment here about another FS9 scenery guy, Greg Putz, who puts far more time and effort into each of his airports than I do, and gets a great result. He is nuts of course, and I gather his wife told him that already. Also, I would like to point out to Kehovo that in fact both FS9 and FSX are incomplete as flight simulators, as without Ultimate Terrain there is no resemblance between the real world shape of that lake down there as shown on the paper chart and what FS9 and FSX show.
    1. zswobbie1's Avatar
      zswobbie1 -
      Roger, I would have liked to include ALL your scenery, but space was limited. I do have a separate FS2004 Alaska install, with UT Alaska, Misty, Glacier Bay, Emma Fields, Tongass, as well as some of your excellent airfields (not all, I'm getting there!) Thanks for the Greg Putz tipoff. Much appreciated
    1. ggl's Avatar
      ggl -
      Hi all, Many thanks to FLIGHTSIM.COM team for taking our wishes (freeware + FS2004) into account. And many thanks to the freeware developers for their work and their generosity. I am definitely a proud and happy member of FLIGHTSIM.COM :-)
      Georges-Guy L.
    1. toftedal's Avatar
      toftedal -
      Yes indeed ... many thanks to all of the FS2004 freeware developers ... my many hours of flying would never have been as satisfying without your hard work and generosity ... both past and present. Keep up the good work!
    1. wbue's Avatar
      wbue -
      ...a great THANK YOU to all those, who still develop sceneries, aircrafts and so on for FS2004. I still use it and of course "my FS2004" is way beyond the original one. I enjoy every minute flying FS2004 with all the enhancements I have...
    1. zswobbie1's Avatar
      zswobbie1 -
      It is most heartening to see that FS2004 has so much support. To be honest, when Dominic suggested I do a Best of FS2004 freeware, I was expecting maybe a handful of comments & it is pleasantly surprising that we have 7339 views since 17 January, as compared to the 6228 views that Best of FSX, P3D & X-Plane has got since 8 January.
      It is really gratifying to know how much support FS2004 has out there, and that we are not the forgotten lost member of the expanding sim family.
      Dominic, a big thanks your support & encouragment !
    1. Roger Wensley's Avatar
      Roger Wensley -
      Guys, we have to be a bit honest about numbers, and downloads of my stuff have at least halved in the last 5 years. Maybe those of us that are still left in FS9 are the keenest ones, with the most time invested in it?
    1. zswobbie1's Avatar
      zswobbie1 -
      Quite correct, Roger, we just talking about views, not downloads. Yes, it is bittersweet, and you are quite correct with your keen comment.
    1. solomod's Avatar
      solomod -
      Many thanks to all the people that work hard supporting FS2004 with scenery, aircraft etc. I've been flying MS flight sim for years now - somewhere in the attic I have Paris scenery on a floppy disc - and I think FS2004 is the best.
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