AH-64D Apache Longbow for FSX/FS20044 reviews
Looking to try out flying a helicopter? Then come and try out the AH-64D Apache Longbow. This Virtavia recreation of one of the most potent military helicopters in modern history is a great place to start. Read more...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X & Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
- File size
- 116 MB
The Longbow is arguably the most impressive take on the classic Apache design. By giving it even more power and precision than beforehand, it had increased accuracy when firing.
The new radome included on top of the helicopter ensured better long-distance targeting. Not only was it a more powerful aircraft thanks to its T700-GE-701C engines, but it was very modern in its technology. This made aiming, firing, and taking out opposition targets much easier than previous iterations.
Built as part of a wide range of changes in the British armies military aviation, the AH-64D Apache Longbow was a game-changer. Today, it is used worldwide by the likes of the military forces in America, Britain, and Israel.
Virtual pilots can take this model into either FS2004 or FSX and enjoy the comfort of flying around. It's a modern aircraft that is designed to give pilots a different military combat experience.
With a sleek cockpit that is faithfully rebuilt, this take on the AH-64D Apache Longbow should give you a deeply enjoyable flight experience overall.
- Brand new high-quality model designed with realistic textures and a Virtual Cockpit.
- Comes with a 2D panel included; minimalistic features and easy to use.
- FSX model that uses modern FSX features such as bump mapping and self-shadowing.
- Impressive Virtual Cockpit features to improve usability and aesthetics when in use.
- Custom automatic stabilator animations, as well as other unique animations, included.
- It comes with an authentic sound-set that has been designed by Turbine Sound Studios.
- Makes use of REALGAUGE technology to make in-flight usage even easier.
- Virtual Cockpit includes clear and full views of all stations in the helicopter itself.
- It comes with 10 unique and pre-set camera views, with 4 interior/6 exterior options.
- 30-page illustrated PDF manual included for easy understanding of how to fly.
As part of this package, users will pick up a whole host of loadout variants as well as three liveries. The texture sets included cover the US Army, the Royal Netherlands Air Force, and the British Army Air Corps. In total, you receive nine new load-outs of varying styles if you use this model:
- 8x Hellfire RF & 2x Hydra pods
- 8x Hellfire RF, 2x Hydra pods & 4 AIM-92 Stinger
- 16x Hellfire RF
- 16x Hellfire RF & 4x AIM-92 Stinger
- 4x Hydra pods
- 4X Hydra pods & 4x AIM-92 Stinger
- WAH-64D with 4x CRV7 & 4x Starstreak
- WAH-64D with 4x CRV7
Founded in 1999 by Phil Perrott and originally named Alphasim who developed freeware aircraft for FS2004/FSX. Now rebranded as Virtavia who now publish payware add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D based on the old heavily modified Alphasim stock.
Virtavia has a focus on military aircraft add-ons compatible with FSX, Prepar3D, and X-Plane. Focusing on historic and modern military aircraft, their add-ons have been well received by flight sim pilots and rated highly.
SimShack stock the entire range of Virtavia add-ons and continue to list any new versions or releases announced by Virtavia.
Rated 5.0/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
The old Apache Longbow is one of those helicopters that everyone seems to know about because, at one stage, it seemed to be on the all-time greatest list. It's got that brutal look and feel to it that makes it stand out from your average aircraft whilst also creating an easy and effective way for you to enjoy the caliber and the style of an aircraft like this - it's not too hard to get used to despite being a replica of one of the most powerful pieces of military aviation that were released for its time! However, what really stood out for me was the fact that this package manages to get the loadouts so spot on.
The variations are all based on the real-world equipment a Longbow may carry and this gives you all the help that you need to really buy into the deep and authentic range of firepower that something like this would have carried back in the day. If you are interested in doing a bit of damage then this is one to check out even if you cannot actually fire the weapons; you'll get to see the way that the helicopter operates and therefore grow to understand the challenging yet deeply rewarding nature of flying something as ambitious as this.
With the model spot on and the overall look and feel of the aircraft being magnified in the right way, this does everything it can to truly capture that design and give you total control.
5/5 Verified Purchase
I have "team Apache" and "Apache Air Assault" and wanted to fly an Apache AH in FSX. It downloaded quickly and well on my 9 year old desktop ( Pentium Dual Core E6600 3.06 GHz with 3 GB RAM and Win 7 Sp 1, 64 Bit). After start up of FSX the Apache helicopter flew without any stutter while I had a locked framerate of 25. Skimming the trees I had really the feeling of speed. The exterior looks great. The interior also and as other people noticed, there are only a few buttons clickable. I noticed that after landing, the rotorbrake knob is not clickable. But giving more gas (raising the collective) while in the same time pulling the T-shaped lever on the left to "idle" the rotor does slow down. But it would be nice if the rotorbrake knob really would work. Flying around with the Apache is really fun.
Another one I bought via Steam for FSX:SE, same company and same variant (AH-64 Apache Longbow). Even as a noob who managed to gain some competence in rotary-wing flight, the AH-64 has some great handling and flies smoothly. It's a flight platform built for a purpose, mind you, so the pilot's compartment does have some limited view. The gunner (forward) has a wider field of view, and you can fly the aircraft from that position...it just depends on how authentic you want to be.
5/5 Verified Purchase
Unlike the CH-47 file that woild not show up, this file works very well on me. This is definitely a lot better than the one I downloaded on freeware cause that one could not even get up to 200 MPH. It was pretty disappointing but this file does and I was able to fly it at about 260ish MPH which is really impressive. The maneuverability on this Apache is also more realistic and makes it what it was actually designed for. Great job on this one.
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