FS2004 Howard 500 Package with Virtual Cockpit

PreviewPkg incl gMax fully animated, radial propelled, taildragger AC with "hand-flyer" flight dynamics, features a custom panel patterned after the RW N500HP, an easy-to-read fully functional virtual cockpit with day lighting and VC gauge backlighting for night, a special N500HP paint scheme by Joáo P...

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars by 19 PRO members.

Pkg incl gMax fully animated, radial propelled, taildragger AC with "hand-flyer" flight dynamics, features a custom panel patterned after the RW N500HP, an easy-to-read fully functional virtual cockpit with day lighting and VC gauge backlighting for night, a special N500HP paint scheme by Joáo Paz and nice matching leather interior, sounds mixed to resemble the rw AC, specular highlights in the VC and Html checklists. This package will not work in FS2002.

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The archive hw5vc4.zip has 15 files and directories contained within it.

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Filename/Directory File Date File Size
FILE_ID.DIZ06.25.04536 B
hw5-0.JPG06.12.0458.19 kB
hw5-1.JPG06.24.0446.56 kB
hw5-2.JPG06.13.0427.88 kB
hw5-4.JPG06.24.0428.47 kB
hw5-5.jpg06.03.0439.48 kB
hw5rf200.JPG06.25.046.81 kB
hwrudder200.JPG06.25.046.78 kB
Installation.txt06.26.04856 B
setup.exe06.26.0414.28 MB
USE and DISTRIBUTION.txt06.19.041.03 kB
hw5vc406.26.040 B
avsim.diz04.27.04360 B
flyawaysimulation.txt10.29.13959 B
Go to Fly Away Simulation.url01.22.1652 B


When I first downloaded this package, it was with the intention of trying out the Howard 500. I’d never had a chance to do so until now and its iconic design and intricate features made it an instant favorite for me to look into and try to get working on my FS2004 installation.

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The fact it was made with GMAX made me comfortable it would be of a high standard – but I have to say, the standard blew me away. Upon loading it up I was hugely impressed by the features and the designs within the aircraft. It’s got everything you would really need to enjoy flying around in this leisurely aircraft, as well as a whole raft of little details included to make sure the whole model look the very best that it can.

The model is also fully animated so the whole thing can come to life a bit more, with various little effects going on inside and outside the aircraft at all times making it nice and easy for the whole thing to come together and really look the part.

It comes with some awesome features that match up with the real thing, with things like the radial propelled taildragger AC and the “Hand-flyer” flight dynamics. Naturally, this makes a big difference to the way that the aircraft comes across both in the way that it looks and in the way that it tends to perform. All of these little extra features add up to make a wholly enjoyable experience.

When you include the fact that it comes with customized panels that look excellent, it becomes much easier to manage the aircraft and fly around in total comfort. The virtual cockpit makes management of just about everything a piece of cake as you fly around, making it nice and easy for you to see gauges and buttons effectively.

The backlighting within the cockpit means that you can fly around at night and not have too many issues with visibility which is always nice. The specific paint scheme included on the panels also makes them easy to spot, ensuring that you don’t need to struggle at all with spotting the gauges as you fly around.

The best thing about this, though, is the awesome leather interior – it makes the cockpit much more comfortable to sit in and it means that the whole thing blends in much better together. Instead of an off-putting contrast in the cockpit as you get with some aircraft out there, you get a fresh and clear looking model that is easy to fly around in and very simple to enjoy the sights and sounds from when inside the cockpit.

Add in the excellent sounds that are made up to ensure that it sounds just like the real engine, HTML checklists for simple looking at what you need to do when flying and even specular highlights you really do get all of the features that you need to see just how interesting an aircraft the Howard 500 is to fly!

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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pablo allelliSun, 22 Sep 2013 20:13:27 GMT

Spinning prop texture is opaque. However, I fixed that by using texture from another plane. Not sure the vc needs a GPS but other than that, lovely plane.

Spyder2021Sat, 12 Jun 2010 18:53:28 GMT
Best download ever! Make more like this please!
jrd929Sun, 23 May 2010 06:14:01 GMT
I can see why this has over 6000 downloads, awesome plane. This is a "must have" it's simple to install, good to fly, and the detail is really nice. I'm surprised it's not payware.
okie5Tue, 22 Dec 2009 06:19:02 GMT
Great airplane! How about a KingAir 350? You do great work.
Karl88Mon, 14 Dec 2009 19:32:04 GMT
This has been the best download,awesome plane.
bob_boberinyMon, 13 Jul 2009 16:51:02 GMT
Fantastic. Most realistic aircraft recreation, even counting those for FSX. 15/10 if i could
20_Pat_07Mon, 31 Mar 2008 03:45:04 GMT
Well done on this one. Good work all around on the virtual cokpit, 2d panel, and sounds...
jroyce85Sat, 11 Aug 2007 01:33:26 GMT
One of my favorites to fly! 2d panel is great, its almost too realistic!
rakassanSun, 15 Jul 2007 15:03:29 GMT
Out of dozens of downloads. This was simply the easiest and most accurate. Great Job Guys!!
tioThu, 07 Jun 2007 02:55:14 GMT
really nice it is a must for vintage aircraft lovers
jerry01Sat, 14 Apr 2007 13:53:13 GMT
Best download ever.
rommeSun, 25 Mar 2007 19:38:36 GMT
very nice model and awsome sound, love it
lambybambySun, 25 Mar 2007 17:40:42 GMT
This is one of my best downloads.
boingbobThu, 15 Feb 2007 15:24:17 GMT
This is a fine flying machine! Textures are super clean, flys well, good sound package- all the right stuff! Also has a self load program, so the install is smooth as glass. You'll want this download.
wygalwingmasterThu, 17 Aug 2006 05:13:47 GMT
Deserves a 20, Fantastic guess i am nostalgic, lodestar always did turn me on.Almost didn't bother down loading. They even have a installation file, bless there little pea pickin hearts. Good job guys. wygalwingmaster@cox.net

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