• Review: FlyInside Bell 47-G2

    Review: FlyInside Bell 47-G2

    By Stuart McGregor

    FlyInside Bell 47

    The Aircraft

    The aircraft under review in this article is FlyInside's recently released Bell 47-G2. The version in question is the latest update 1.20, released on the 11th of May 2021.

    The B47-G2, is a single engine multipurpose light helicopter manufactured by the Bell Helicopter Corporation and this variant was first introduced in 1955. It has a Lycoming VO-435 piston engine, and in real life a number of engine variants were available over time. However, the model from FlyInside is based on the A1 variant. The aircraft has twin blade main and tail rotors and is designed to typically carry 3 people. One in the left pilot seat, with space for two passengers seated on the right seat side by side. Very cosey...

    With its iconic bubble canopy, it is still one of the most recognised helicopters even today. It definitely has that 1950s retro look and feel, so if you like a bit of nostalgia this is worth a look.

    Initial Thoughts

    I obtained my copy over at https://flyinside-helis.com and it is priced at $34.95.

    FlyInside Bell 47

    FlyInside Bell 47

    Installation is simple, just a case of downloading the installer and letting it run. A security key is required, and this is provided with your purchase, so you need to activate the B47 once installed. This is done via the Heli Manager app provided in the download. The documentation provided on the web site and in the download is nice & simple and provides you with everything you need to know. This includes how to set up the flight controls, the flight model options, the advised cold and dark start up procedure and a few other bits and pieces such as how to deal with a few of the common issues that may be encountered.

    The aircraft will be installed into your "Community" folder, with the Heli Manager app installed by default into your Program Files, in my case on my 'C' drive. In here you will find the manual, a set of paint kit files if you want to create your own liveries, as well as the main Heli Manager.exe file. This app allows you to make changes to the flight model (easy, medium, realistic), advises on controller bindings for the main controls of cyclic, anti-torque pedals, collective and throttle, as well as allowing you to change when Heli Manger runs. Under normal situations it is designed to run automatically in the background as part of the licence management protocol, although it can be disabled if you wish.

    I found the documentation clear and easy to read and follow, and I highly recommend you read it prior to your first flight, as then I am sure you will have no issues with the initial set up.

    FlyInside Bell 47

    FlyInside Bell 47


    9 Comments
    1. missbichler's Avatar
      missbichler -
      not worth the money, there are better freeware than this overpriced helicopter
    1. piet06273's Avatar
      piet06273 -
      When I read: 'I should mention though that they are not visible when in the cockpit. It would have been nice to have the option to add or remove when in the cockpit......... I immediately think of my FSX Just Flight Flying Club PA28 Warrior where a rather 'overweight' male passenger is blocking any view to the right and no means what so ever to get him 'out of the plane'...............
    1. danbiosca's Avatar
      danbiosca -
      I completely agree with your stating "In my opinion, there is nothing worse than buying an aircraft that is just so unstable that you give up before you get started". That's what happened to me with the Carenado Waco YMF5, which I find so difficult to take-off and land that I simply can't enjoy it.

      I have been hesitating about the Bell 47 for the same reason, but now you might have changed my mind.
    1. wvernonc's Avatar
      wvernonc -
      Quote Originally Posted by piet06273 View Post
      When I read: 'I should mention though that they are not visible when in the cockpit. It would have been nice to have the option to add or remove when in the cockpit......... I immediately think of my FSX Just Flight Flying Club PA28 Warrior where a rather 'overweight' male passenger is blocking any view to the right and no means what so ever to get him 'out of the plane'...............



      I just click on the fat guy and he goes away. Stays in the outside view, but inside he goes away.
    1. Josette's Avatar
      Josette -
      I already bough under prepar3d v5 .. if it's for have same instability in fly and landings, then no thank-you .... of more price seems a bit excessive to me .
    1. world13's Avatar
      world13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Josette View Post
      I already bough under prepar3d v5 .. if it's for have same instability in fly and landings, then no thank-you .... of more price seems a bit excessive to me .
      your thinking of the flysimware version, which as a considerable flop since its release for FSX. This is a completely a new product from another developer
    1. piet06273's Avatar
      piet06273 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wvernonc View Post
      I just click on the fat guy and he goes away. Stays in the outside view, but inside he goes away.
      Thanks for yr reply, dumb me that I've not been able to find this myself in all the years that I use this FSX 'Just Flight' Flying Club add on. The product itself is, in my opinion, even today of incredible quality. Can only wish that something so simple but still so very realistic and utterly convincing comes available for MSFS.....
    1. stamvlieger's Avatar
      stamvlieger -
      Since its release for MSFS, I haven´t been flying almost anything else than this marvellous simulation of the Bell 47. A real joy, ánd challenge to fly, it’s the ideal companion to explore the scenery. You really have the sensation that you are hanging from the rotor, something which is completely absent in the freeware Airbus H135.
    1. Gpurg's Avatar
      Gpurg -
      I have been very satisfied with both the H-135 and the 47-G. Both vendors have done a fine job mirroring the nuances of real world helicopters, at least the one's I have flown. Nothing beats that distinctive sound of a Single-Blade Rotor UH-1 or 47-G. If you set All the Sensitivity Settings in the Controls Options to "Zero", except the Reactivity (set to 100%), you will love the way they behave. A very light touch on the control stick is always required for Helis, real or imagined.. The Look DN View comes in very handy for hitting that landing spot.
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