FSX Bombardier Dash 8-Q400

PreviewThis aircraft is another success story for Bombardier. It is well liked by airlines and passengers. On short haul routes the Q400 combines the gate to gate journey times of a jet with the lower operating costs of a turboprop. 75 seat advanced twin turbo-prop regional airliner. All new model with ...

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Complete with Base Model
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Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) including Steam Edition & Prepar3D (P3D)
File size
27.96 MB
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Scanned 24 days ago (clean)
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Free (Freeware)
Content Rating
4 star rating.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars by 7 PRO members.

This aircraft is another success story for Bombardier. It is well liked by airlines and passengers. On short haul routes the Q400 combines the gate to gate journey times of a jet with the lower operating costs of a turboprop. 75 seat advanced twin turbo-prop regional airliner. All new model with full moving parts, doors with air stair and animated pilots. Accurate and pleasant flight dynamics. Fully modeled interior. Full documentation including manuals and check/ref lists. Custom panel and VC with digital (glass cockpit) gauges, custom sounds. Complete package for FSX/SP2 (DX9 graphics). Three liveries included, Flybe (UK), Horizon and Qantas Airlink. By Jean-Pierre Brisard and Bob May - Premier Aircraft Design.

Screenshot of Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 in flight.

Screenshot of Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 in flight.


Extract ALL (Repeat ...*ALL*) the files into the *FSX MAIN* Folder using WINZIP* in Classic Mode...Do not use the Wizard...Make sure the "Use Folder names" BOX is checked in WINZIP. DO NOT INSTALL TO SIMOBJECTS FOLDER, AIRPLANES FOLDER OR ANY OTHER FOLDER!

New folders will be created and all files automatically installed.

* Other unzip utilities may work as well, we have only tested WinZip.

Vista/Win7 users may need to temporarily disable the UAC (User Account Control) to enable automatic creation of new folders.

Here's how by the numbers...

1. Navigate to where you downloaded the zip file.

2. Double click with your mouse on the zip file.

3. WINZIP should open and show all the files inside the zip.

4. Use keyboard shortcut 'CTRL-A' and this will select ALL the files.

5. Click on upper 'Extract' Button in the Main Tool Bar above.

6. Type in your path in the dialog box, the default location is C:\program files\microsoft games\microsoft flight simulator X.

or Browse to your FSX Location...Open the FSX main folder.

7. Now Click on the 'Extract' button in the upper right.....you're done...go flying.


For some unknown reason the VC gauges sometimes remain dark at night.

We have not found the reason for this (yet) but there is a workaround:

On the Vc panel, located just left of the battery switch, we have installed a panel light switch. Click on this switch once or twice and the VC gauges lights will be restored.


*Check list and reference list available from the cockpit kneeboard command.

*Essential reading ... "Flying Tips" document in the manuals folder.

1. Turn on Tool Tips....Lots of panel information available. Go to Options - Settings - General....Click the "Show Tool Tips" box.)

2. SHIFT-E opens/closes the passenger doors and airstair. The doors will not open in flight.

3. SHIFT-E-2 opens/closes the internal cockpit security door enabling views into the passenger cabin.

4. Wing fold command opens/closes the cargo door. The default wing fold command is Shift + C, yours may be different if you have re-assigned some keyboard commands. There is a cargo door open/close icon on both panels.

5. To raise your seat higher press SHIFT-ENTER (WORKS IN vC ONLY).

6. In the VC, Ctrl-W key toggles yoke on/off. There is also a yoke icon on the VC panel.

7. The PFD, MFD, EICAS & radio panel displays have magnified pop-ups, use mouse click.




Move eyepoint back into passenger cabin
CTRL+ENTER (press and hold)

Move Eyepoint Down

Move Eyepoint Forward

Move Eyepoint Left

Move Eyepoint Right

Move Eyepoint Up

Reset Eyepoint

Screenshot of Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 cockpit.

Screenshot of Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 cockpit.

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The archive dhc8-q400_x.zip has 219 files and directories contained within it.

File Contents

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This awesome remake of the Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 is one of the most impressive out there in that it manages to follow the same upward curve of the real thing. As a hugely popular part of the Bombardier list of aircraft, this aircraft is well-loved by pilots and passengers alike.

Preview screenshot

By managing to find a way of making the flight comfortable and fast yet equally economic, this manages to be the best of both worlds in many ways. Now, with this package, you can easily take things to the next level and give yourself something a bit easier to use than ever before.

With 75 seats, you’ll be flying with a significant amount of depth and detail in there as well as a lot of responsivity for getting those passengers from A to B! The aircraft, though, has been created to capture the mood and style of the real thing almost perfectly.

The detail in capturing the flight style and the dynamics has been widely praised across the board, making it an easy and effective solution for those who are desperate for a spot of realism to be included in there. However, this also comes with a range of documentation that you can use to your benefit to help you understand the aircraft and its processes much more clearly than before.

The interior itself has been deeply remodeled and changed to ensure that it manages to capture the feeling and the style of the real thing just right. It also comes with animated pilots and air stairs, to make sure the whole thing can really take inspiration from its real-life counterpart and look outstanding.

This model can easily be operated by using the manual that is provided, as it gives you all of the various hotkeys and tips that you need to get down and understand if you want to take this as far as possible. The various controls will help you do things such as;

  • Turn on the tool tips so that you can see more information and details about specific parts of the aircraft and the flight so far
  • Look at passenger doors and airstairs, which can be opened prior to and after flying
  • Close other doors, ensuring that views into passenger cabin can be made clearer
  • Deal with opening and closing of cargo doors
  • Raise your seat and have a more comfortable position in the cockpit!
  • Turn yokes on or off depending on what you prefer
  • Get access to radio panel displays as well as PDF, MFD and EICAS

Known Issues

There is a known issue, though, with the way that virtual cockpit gauges work at night. Sometimes, the lighting will not turn on whatsoever and there seems to be no legitimate reason for this to occur. However, a simple workaround is to click the panel light switch to the left of the battery switch. Click on this a couple of times and panel switching should turn back on, giving you the light that you need!

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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Installation Instructions

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DanSat, 27 Feb 2021 01:51:18 GMT

I downloaded the plane and followed all instructions but after starting the flight simulator, somehow the paint is not shown on the plane, only the blank model showed up. Can someone tell me how to fix this?

MikeMon, 12 Oct 2020 13:20:35 GMT

In every download, it says it’s for FSX/P3D. For P3D which version is it? V1/2/3/4. I download one file and it didn’t work for P3D. It’s prob wrong the version. Can you be more specific if it’s version 1,2,3,4 for P3D?

ZAHEED VIRJIMon, 30 Sep 2019 06:25:03 GMT

The Dash 8 is a great aircraft but doesn't have speed controls for autopilot hence Overspeed to 300 knots. Any idea how to control the speed?

ayaanSat, 27 Jul 2019 04:41:17 GMT

Is there readme file with this?

hassan aldahshanSat, 09 Mar 2019 14:42:51 GMT

I have simulator F2004 on my laptop, how can I download the Dash 8 Q400 and add it. Best regards

DavidSun, 04 Nov 2018 01:05:42 GMT

Might not seem like a flaw to everyone, but I get no overspeed warning on this, and can cruise along at 2500' at about 360kt. Doesn't quite seem realistic. Just tried with a default a/c and it's not my settings.

TheodoreSun, 14 Oct 2018 20:30:33 GMT

Great plane! There is just one minor problem: I can't decrease the heading on the autopilot controls, and that made me crash into a mountain on the first flight.

CHRIS VOULTJATISThu, 04 Oct 2018 17:28:42 GMT


jpop8807Thu, 23 Aug 2018 02:53:40 GMT

Great plane I have so far not run into any issues. Then again I also haven't started the plane just free flight with the props going. Everything seems to work fine.

Jack Vic VieFri, 06 Jul 2018 21:06:46 GMT

Everything is really nice, but where is the autothrottle for this thing?

Dan HarvellSat, 09 Sep 2017 17:49:30 GMT

Looks and works great, except the VC controls look a bit flat, but that's just cosmetic. The real concerns are the ILS landing doesn't work well and the fuel truck can't seem to find the plane. Also, should we be concerned about the security warnings when opening the plane in the simulator?

RaySun, 30 Jul 2017 04:36:19 GMT

Very simple install without using any WinZip or other program. Just move the dhc8-q400_x file from the Simobj/airplanes folder to the FSX/Simobj/Airplanes folder and the contents of the sound folder to the FSX/sound folder and voila. Flies like a dream and everything works.

TysonWed, 12 Apr 2017 03:32:18 GMT

i Love it But i don't want WINZIP on my PC it's not that hard to make it user friendly.

Harold Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:27:06 GMT

The cockpit controls need reworking..maybe layout needs some work too. ShftKey 2 for Radio, ShftKey 3 for GPS etc Pop-ups inoperable. Time for major update?

Nicholas FreemanWed, 14 Dec 2016 02:48:48 GMT

Hey I have downloaded it and I LOVE IT! It's a very good freeware AC. I was wondering if I could make a repaint of this for FSXCC. You might have heard of it. It's a online landing competition hosted by KiloCharlie1. I will give all original credits to you.

carlos edison dos santosWed, 13 Jul 2016 22:15:13 GMT

Where is located the speed marker (+ -) no panel?

MikeFri, 06 May 2016 20:34:05 GMT

It's ok but for me, the gauges are almost unreadable, even in pop-up mode. I can read them on my 22" screen only in pop-up mode AND with a magnifying glass whilst leaning closer to the screen. Not the most comfy way to be sat whilst flying. I also have to press "W" to get the cockpit out of the way for landing. I am not overly impressed.

Jeff CarpenterThu, 18 Feb 2016 16:06:58 GMT

Would like to try this appealing download, but WinZip on my PC will not process the files as it deems them 'corrupt'. Any suggestions how to overcome this problem please?

Paddy92Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:51:48 GMT


Like for the Dornier, it's a wonderfull job. But like the Dornier, unable to start the engines. When I press the start button, the button and the light corresponding starts to flicker and engine does not start. Don't tell me, as someone did, to load another plane, start it and then load Dash8 from Premier Aircraft :-(.

Looking forward for your answer .


Patrick Pluviaud

maherFri, 12 Dec 2014 18:56:36 GMT

Is the cockpit model for sale?

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