FSX/P3D Edgley Optica

PreviewThe Edgley EA-7 Optica, designed by John Edgley and built by Brooklands Aerospace, had an unusual configuration with a fully glazed forward cabin seating three across.

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Complete with Base Model
Download hits
Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) including Steam Edition & Prepar3D (P3D) including P3Dv4 & P3Dv5
File size
177.91 MB
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Scanned 27 days ago (clean)
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Free (Freeware)
Content Rating
5 star rating.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars by 6 PRO members.

The Edgley EA-7 Optica, designed by John Edgley and built by Brooklands Aerospace, had an unusual configuration with a fully glazed forward cabin seating three across.

Optica UK Police Force in Prepar3D v5.?This model, compatible with all versions of FSX and Prepar3D (including P3Dv4 and P3Dv5) includes full animations, 3D gauges, and baked textures.

The package comes with several repaints already configured and ready to use, they are;

  • OA7 Optica Series 300 (Aeroelvira)
  • OA7 Optica Series 300 Scout Master "Hampshire Police Force"
  • OA7 Optica Series 300 Prototype
  • OA7 Optica Series 300 Demonstrator
  • OA7 Optica Series 300 Manitou Fork Lifts

We have included a set of additional liveries (which require manual install) for the Optica created by various freeware developers. The liveries include;

  • Coastwatch Australia
  • British Antarctic Survey
  • British Army
  • Canadian Air Force
  • US Coast Guard

Installation instructions

Once extracted, copy the "Edgley Optica" folder inside the ZIP file into your SimObjects/Airplanes directory.

If you want to install the extra/additional liveries then you can follow the instructions in the subfolders of "Additional Repaints".

The red button on the control sticks turns the "winter kit" on and off.

Developer: Craig Richardson. Flight model by Pam Brooker.

Images & Screenshots

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The archive edgley_optica.zip has 295 files and directories contained within it.

File Contents

This list displays the first 500 files in the package. If the package has more, you will need to download it to view them.

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Given that just over 20 of these were created in the first place, I’ve never had the pleasure of being in a real-life Edgley Optica. Looking at it you would imagine it is the SMART car of the aviation world – but they are actually far more impressive than their dainty design might suggest. They are perfect for designing slow observation crafts that moved along the skies doing what was necessary.

Preview screenshot

They were seen as a cheap replacement for helicopters for those without the budget for a chopper, giving them the help they needed in actually getting into the skies and doing a bit of recon themselves. With a cruise speed of 81mph and a stall speed of 67mph, the Optica is hardly a rapid piece of kit but it can do more than enough to help you get a good grounding on some surveillance or similar.

The design itself was first released in the mid-70s and since then it became a bit of a source of laughter at first. Upon release, though, it was well-received and took part in a maiden flight by Squad Leader Angus McVitie, who was the Chief Pilot at the Cranfield College of Aeronautics.

Eventually, the Optica’s original engine, the Lycoming IO-320 was left behind and made into the far more robust Lycoming IO-540. This was even better received and therefore it made a lot of sense for it to start seeing positive feedback.

Unfortunately, constant ownership changes of the Optica occurred until it was taken over by FLS Aerospace. This was then slowly started to be transformed into the Sprint, before being canceled.

Both the Sprint and the Optica were passed around for years until they were made part of the AeroElvira Limited team. Now, the aircraft is being looked into as a potential for being restarted. Interested in trying it out and seeing what kind of magic it can bring to the table?

Then this great remake is just what you need. It captures the quirky design style perfectly and makes it nice and easy for you to get to grips with how the aircraft handles, as they have managed to get the cockpit and the overall design of the bubble dome that you sit in spot on.

All of the little things have been upgraded and improved to put the whole into the best shape possible, making it nice and easy to fly the aircraft. Whilst it will never be the most powerful or dynamic of flights it will certainly feel different from a traditional flight and will give long-term users of the series something a bit more unique to mess around in.

Whether you want something nice and slow to start training in or you just desire something a bit different to see how it performs, you should definitely consider giving this package a go.

It’s realistic and captures the dynamic and style of the original Optica perfectly, making it nice and easy for you to settle down in the cockpit and enjoy your flights in it moving forward.

Adam McEnroe

Adam McEnroe

Adam McEnroe is a flight sim enthusiast who has been simming since the days of FS95. Adam writes all of the download section editorials after testing each of the files. Adam has extensive knowledge using various flight simulator packages and thoroughly tests the files before writing about them. Adam also like to fly real-world aircraft in his spare time and is training for his PPL.

Should you wish, you can contact Adam via email at adam@flyawaysimulation.com.

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Kevin ROBBTue, 25 Apr 2023 10:36:01 GMT

I've always wanted to know what is like to fly in this plane! My only criticism is trying to access the GPS, the usual keyboard combination doesn't work. But you can't knock the workmanship or the price!

Maurice LyonMon, 17 Jan 2022 17:32:58 GMT

I can't get it to start, please help me.

xereca titiaWed, 22 Dec 2021 11:54:13 GMT

After a few seconds I start the plane, the simulator crashes.

Stephen DolloffSat, 28 Aug 2021 04:21:17 GMT

Everything works on the Edgley Optica except I can't find where to switch from NAV to GPS (toggle). Default N doesn't work.

jack Fri, 04 Oct 2019 02:35:19 GMT

Very nice addon! Almost as well put together as a payware addon. The command keys could use some work. the top 1-9 & 0 keys do absolutely nothing even though they should bring up things like GPS, radio stack, throttle panel, etc.

Interior VC GPS is a nice touch but impossible to see when zoomed out to pilot eyesight level & has trouble zooming back in after zooming out. Other than that one issue I love this addon.

A unique & pretty easy & fun to fly aircraft. Install went smoothly with no issues, unlike other freeware add-ons that don't seem to be filed properly which makes for a very troublesome install.

Anyone having trouble installing just remember; install it in FSX/simobjects/aircraft & not to the main FSX game file or it won't install to the aircraft selection menu. Some add-on developers don't seem to set up the files properly so that it does this.

I actually had to go in & fix all the files of an addon to get it to work one time because the files within the addon were all zip compressed.

Corey KellerSun, 01 Sep 2019 23:21:57 GMT

Does anybody else have an issue with the aircraft pitching up severely on take-off? Even trimming the elevators full nose down has failed to resolve the issue.

carl vokesFri, 24 May 2019 14:16:52 GMT

I've flown this plane from the beginning, and l love it. But... Have just upgraded to P3v4.5 and disaster... It won't work. In fact, it crashes the flight sim. So, could somebody update it, please?

Gil YoderSat, 09 Feb 2019 15:21:50 GMT

This is a fun and unusual aircraft, but I found it hard to fly. Extremely difficult to trim out for level flight, and easy to stall. It stalls at about 80 kts even with full flaps. It's not a plane I'd want to fly in real life.

MurrayAyataSat, 31 Mar 2018 22:27:42 GMT

can you create a program fsx work like p3d without stopping or crashing... can you create a add on original DC-3 from FSX for Prepar3D v4 also P-51 for P3D regards

John Van HookMon, 30 Oct 2017 22:00:53 GMT

why is this listed in the 20 best freeware *HELICOPTERS*, its CLEARLY NOT a helicopter

Mike OLIVESat, 27 May 2017 12:23:32 GMT

I wanted to build a R.C. version of this unusual aircraft when it was first released, but never got around to it! I am now , 80 years old, so I can at least now 'fly' the sim version thanks.

Sumant dasTue, 28 Mar 2017 15:09:26 GMT

it is not installing. why?

BazchapsWed, 08 Mar 2017 17:35:41 GMT

Remember seeing these flying around Hampshire UK. Love this aircraft, such a joy to fly, fantastic job, thankyou.

EdmeisterThu, 02 Feb 2017 18:29:33 GMT

Fun plane to fly. It gives you the effect of flying a helicopter, but is a whole lot easier to control than a chopper.

Busy_BeeSun, 28 Aug 2016 06:23:41 GMT

It's a bit of fun.

I found the first cockpit view showed only the GPS unit whilst the second view of the cockpit added light and fuel pump switches. Other than that I couldn't coerce any others to appear.

Sorry, it does have a compass hanging off the windscreen strut - which turned out to be handy on my first (and only, so far) flight. A long flight might not be on my agenda for the foreseeable future unless I can find an altimeter somewhere in the glove box.

Any old how, as I said at the beginning, it's a bit of fun.

SamuelMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:56:48 GMT

I've always dreamed about flying this one in a flight sim, to thank you very much! It's awesome! :D

DarrickSat, 31 Jan 2015 02:21:24 GMT

Thank you for all of the time you put into this. The 3d modelling is very nice.

XeraMon, 29 Dec 2014 13:51:59 GMT

This is a very nice aircraft, but sadly enough that the autopilot, and heading panel is very small.You have to challenge to adjust the altitude, or heading. Also at night this panel is totally dark, and you can not do anything. I wished that they were thinking about making the panel bigger, and also illuminated at night.

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