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20 Best Freeware FSX: Steam Edition Add-ons for 2018

Last updated Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:53:27 GMT
Originally posted on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:39:01 GMT

Every year, the simulation community manages to create new and improved aircraft and scenery of all manner of locations. From top quality designs that perfectly portrays some of the most important airports in the world, to lesser-known aircraft that you may never have heard of, many options exist.

However, with so many options out there on the market, it can be increasingly easy to lose track of some of the most popular releases.

You can jump to the separate sections using the links below as this article is quite lengthy:

Amidst the development of the likes of X-Plane 11, many simulation fans may have missed out on some classic Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition releases. If you still use this classic simulator (as many of us still do), you may wish to look at some of the offers below. These make up some of the most impressive releases that have come to light in recent times for this classic simulator package for PC.

If you would like to make sure you can get some top quality downloads, here is our Top 20 Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition downloads. Each one can offer a whole new take on aviation altogether.

Aircraft

Some of the best releases tend to be aircraft. After all, realistic and authentic aircraft is part of the reason someone would use a flight simulator in the first place; so let’s take a look at some of the aircraft we’ve introduced to simulation fans for FSX: Steam Edition.

Each aircraft is noted because it’s gained a reputation for delivering top quality realism and impressive attention to detail. If you would like to make your flight simulation experience a touch more dynamic, we recommend that you take a look at the following aircraft mods that fall into our Top 10.

Douglas C-47 Skytrain V3 Beta

As the latest take on the ever-popular Douglas C-46 SkyTrain, Version 3 offers a whole new host of impressive changes. Adding much-improved realism to the cockpit with a whole new sound suite alongside impressive crew communication systems, this is a fine choice for pilots who enjoy an extra touch of immersion.

Skytrain Beta

This impressive development should make it easy for you to utilize an audible checklist, too, further improving your ability to control this impressive piece of kit. From the authentic and impressive model to the realism of the interior, this is a very close take on the SkyTrain overall.

This classic by Jan Visser is constantly seeing new developments and versions, too, making it a popular choice for those who love flying the "Sky Train".

View/download the file over here.

TDS Boeing 727-100 Passenger Base Package

This base package of the Boeing 727-100 Passenger provides you with a nice take on the classic Boeing model. If you would like a close take on this aircraft without having to go through an extensive installation or anything like that, you can download this. It’s as plug-n-play as they come; simply download, extract to the right location, and enjoy.

TDS 727

From an impressive alteration to the model with new and improved texture working and dynamic flexing wings to fully animated control surfaces, this makes the aircraft relatively easy to control. Developed by Hiroshi Igami, Nick Wilkinson and David Biggar with help from Carlos Eduardo Salad and Kyle Schurb, this package offers the perfect base model for those interesting in trying out the 727-100 in style.

View/download file over here.

KLM Boeing 787-9

The KLM Boeing design that is provided here is a well-designed texture and model of the Boeing 787-9. This impressive take on the aircraft helps to add that vintage blue KLM design that we’ve all come to know over the years, marking it as an authentic take on a popular airline.

787-9 in flight

From those looking to carry out a touch of roleplay flight to anyone looking for a fresh take on the model itself, this makes a fine place to start. In-scale and with an impressive array of features in the cockpit to enjoy, this helps to give you a fully accessible take on the 787-9.

Whether you want it for the livery or to try out their take on the base model, this is worth trying.

View/download the file here.

Delta Airlines Boeing 737-900ER

This impressive take on the Boeing 737-900ER in Delta Airlines coverage is a good choice for all Boeing fans to try out. Not only is this impressively designed and quite easy to install, it offers a full base model that comes complete with everything needed to simply fire up the flight and take to the skies.

Delta 737-900

Designed with high-resolution textures and key features like dynamic flex wings, high-speed aileron locks, control surfaces which work entirely as well as a host of new animations, this really offers an impressive take on a very impressive model.

The textures carry the full look of a Delta Airlines aircraft, making sure you can easily use this for roleplay flights while offering a realistic take on the 737-900er. 

View/download the file over here.

Cessna 56X With VC

The Cessna 56X is a popular aircraft, though one that many people might not have had much chance of flying due to its age. This take on the aircraft by Alex Sandro Guedes Silva will allow fans of the Cessna 56X to try it out in FSX: Steam Edition without any issues.

Cessna 56X taking off.

Easy to install and simple to get up into the air, this offers a very impressive take on what is a rather complex aircraft model. A great choice for anyone who would like to see just why this aircraft is so popular with veterans and newcomers alike.

High-quality 32-bit painted textures look great, while everything from the flight dynamics to the limitations of the aircraft in the cockpit is all based on its authentic counterpart.

View/download the file over here.

Alpha CONECT B52H

The B-52H is a very impressive piece of kit; one of the most fundamentally powerful air bombers of its kind. If you like military-grade hardware then you can try this out and see why so many love the Alpha CONECT B-52H. Developed to meet native FSX standards, this looks impressive and ensures you can enjoy a 21st-Century rendition of one of the most impressive aircraft of its day.

B-52H on taxiway.

With modernized electronics and impressive upgrades inside to make it much more compatible with the modern pilot, this helps to turn an old classic into something new entirely. New bump mapping and HD VC textures help to improve the atmosphere of being within the cockpit alongside attention to detail on key flight performance and characteristics overall. A must-try for those with a love for military hardware.

View/download the file here.

Boeing B-50 V1

The Boeing B-50 is a very impressive aircraft that, for its time, was among the best in its class. While today it feels awfully aged, simulation fans who like a throwback might enjoy picking up this particular take on a popular model. With the ability to handle massive payloads and powered by a whopping 3500HP engine, you should immediately feel the strength and power behind every twist and turn that you do at the helm of the aircraft.

Boeing B50 on ramp.

You’ll get access to numerous liveries and variants of the B-50 in this collection. The authentic detailing of the flight dynamics as well as impressive visuals on the interior and exterior, this is great for nostalgia and variety.

View/download the file over here.

Lockheed C-141 Starlifter Updated With VC

The Lockheed C-141 Starliftter now comes fully updated and improved for the most challenging of aviation conditions. Easy to install and simple to enjoy, this offers a more modernized take on the Starlifter that adds a new and improved virtual cockpit for easy usage.

C-141 Starlifter flying over ocean.

With improved visuals and animations alongside reliable flight dynamics to help enforce the authenticity of the flight, you should find this gives a good account of what the Starlifter is capable of. It’s an aircraft that many younger pilots might never have tried out, but with so many adjustments and improvements you should find it relatively easy to get into the swing of things.

The aircraft might feel dated, but this does a fine job of helping to keep it feeling modern within the confines of FSX.

View/download the file over here.

TDS Air France Boeing 787-9 F-HRBA

This awesome rendition of the popular Boeing 787-9 F-HRBA is a great choice for anyone looking for reliable consistency and quality in both visuals and performance. The outcome of four members of TDS who helped to develop a fair reflection of this Air France equivalent, this is a fine addition for those who enjoy roleplaying, taking on various routes that pilots would take on in real life.

It’s a fine choice for anyone who appreciates a touch of variety in their aviation and should make your Air France flights feel a whole lot more enjoyable than beforehand. A challenging aircraft to fly, this makes a great choice for those who would like more of a challenge in their day-to-day aviation experience. This certainly provides that.

View/download the file here.

Aero Commander AC680S

The Aero Commander AC680S is a very impressive and powerful piece of kit. With three models included in this download, you can get to try out an interesting little piece of aircraft that tends to generally differ from what you might be used to. Easy to install and with a vintage feel to it, this might pose a challenge for pilots who are used to flying something a little bit more simplistic in shape and style.

Aero Commander in flight.

Two custom panels and era-specific gauges help you to find the age of Aero Commander that you feel comfortable flying around in. While a dated aircraft, this should pose a fine choice for anyone who appreciates an aircraft with a more dated feel.

View/download the file here.

Scenery Packages

Of course, no aircraft would be complete without high-quality scenery. Scenery matters a great deal and often needs you to put in a lot of work to help believe you’re visiting where the simulator claims. Many cities, locations, and airfields often feel quite barren and generic, so simulation scenery packages help to fill in the gaps that were missed beforehand.

If you would like to see a significant improvement in your simulation’ realism, then it pays to make the most of the various scenery packages on offer at this moment in time. All of them are very impressive, so let’s take a look at what’s out there today.

City Of Paris - France Scenery

The city of Paris is among the true jewels of European culture, yet in FSX: Steam Edition it can feel a little dead and empty. This helps to add authentic French and Parisian style buildings to the city, alongside major landmarks that delivers a much more diverse take on this awesome city.

Paris Scenery in FSX.

New autogen scenery helps to make Paris finally flourish, while the photorealistic meshing and iconic landmarks around the city jut out into the skyline to make Paris look like it should. From replaced train stations to added buildings that were sorely lacking beforehand, a trip to Paris is now much more likely to be representative of the glamor that makes this city such a fine place to visit. Make Paris truly stand out from the rest of France.

View/download the file over here.

Ibiza X

As one of the premium party destinations around, Sierra Foxtrot Design has helped to turn the island of Ibiza into the party location it actually is. Rather than the empty and flat island that it once was, this helps to add much greater detail and diversity to an island that previously felt quite empty and dull within the context of flight simulation.

Ibiza scenery in FSX showing runway and airport.

Using this, you should find it easy to make Ibiza feel like the central point of partying for Spaniards and many people who decide to fly over for a wild weekend. The perfect choice of scenery package if you want to help make key landmarks such as the island of Ibiza finally stand out from the crowd of islands nearby.

View/download the file over here.

Skydive Dubai

If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting Dubai, then you will know how diverse and unique the landscape is. In FSX, though, this isn’t really captured as it should be. Now it will be developed to look exactly as it should.

Skydive Dubai showing Red Bull aircraft and runway.

The new Flytampa Dubai development will help to make the old track look much more as it should, with the impressive 2250x100ft runway developed to the correct scale with regards to the simulation itself.

A very fine and impressive take on what is a very popular part of the reason to fly to Dubai. AI traffic now flies around the area, too, helping to add much-needed life and energy to a part of Dubai that, by default, feels barren.

View/download over here.

Margarita Airport (SVMG)

As one of the most important airports in Venezuela, you can turn Margarita Airport from the soulless bowl it is normally into something far more diverse and impressive. Now, you can easily add a much more realistic positioning, too, with everything from incorrect runway positioning to real-life co-ordinates being added to make a trip here as easy to enjoy as is possible.

Margarita Airport with Condor aircraft at gate.

Photorealistic satellite imagery is used to help make sure that the ground looks as real as it can. The airport is now much closer to the size it should be, in the position, it was always supposed to be and generally much closer to the real airport. Easy to install, too, this can make a landing in Venezuela a far more pleasant experience overall.

View/download the file over here.

Fort Worth Alliance Airport (KAFW)

Fort Worth Alliance Airport is a scenery package that helps to turn the 1989 airbase into the industrial heartland that it is. Previously, it felt empty and cold and without much of the character that often makes locations such as this feel unique.

Fort Worth Alliance Airport from a distance.

Constructed as the first-ever industrial airport, this modification by Brandon Theftford makes it far more likely to succeed. Home to the likes of FedEx, Bell, American Airlines and other companies this is a major part of American aviation. As such, this helps to ascribe the importance to the air base that should have been delivered by default.

While it’s been closed for a few years now, those with nostalgia for the air base or a desire for a busier world should try this out.

View/download the file over here.

Pompeii, Italy

The unique setting of Pompeii is a truly special part of those who would like to do a tour of Italy. In the flight sim world, though, Italy is a nation that suffers from a paucity of options. This helps to add the famous ruins of Pompeii – the city more or less eradicated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius – now stands out from the rest of Italian architecture like never before.

Pompeii buildings.

Easy to install and more than capable of delivering a far more impressive take on such a culturally important part of Italian architecture, this is a must-visit location for those who appreciate the unique beauty of Italy. Come and see Pompeii developed in full form by Peter Olsen and Kevin Wynn.

View/download the file over here.

Saint Lucia Island Scenery

A trip to Saint Lucia Island in FSX: Steam Edition normally would likely leave you let-down. This tropical paradise is among the most beautiful parts of the world, yet it’s entirely lacking in any kind of meaningful detail by default.

This helps to correct such an oversight, making sure you are left with a far more refined take on the island. With two coasts re-developed as well as two new airports; George F. Charles and Castries Hewanorra International, both flying and arriving here will become a much easier experience to piece together.

Saint Lucia scenery with airport in foreground.

Should you ever choose to arrive in a location like Sainte Lucia, you should use this package to help make the trip look a little more like the real thing, with the Hess fuel storage area included for extra diversity.

View/download the file over here.

London Heathrow Terminal 5

With the help of London Heathrow Terminal 5, you can transform the old part of Heathrow and make it far more like the real thing. Despite being one of the most popular airports in the world, even Heathrow suffers from a lack of identity normally.

Terminal 5 at Heathrow with British Airways aircraft at gates.

This helps to make users find that Heathrow’ Terminals 5A, 5B, and 5C now look far more as they should in terms of attention to detail. It’s a fine choice for anyone who would like to make Heathrow feel a little more inclusive. Adding the new control tower, too, this helps to make this majorly important airport feel a lot more like it’s real self.

View/download the file over here.

Table Mountain

This impressive table mountain scenery package helps to take this important South African landscape and make it looks like it should. A mighty piece of geology, this is a natural wonder that in the flight sim world, looks nothing like it should. This adds definition, realism, scale, and style to the landmass to make it look much more like you would have expected.

Table Mountain, South Africa.

By transforming this major part of Cape Town to make it much more enjoyable to look at, this also helps to add a sense of realism to anyone who would like to try out a trip around the mountain. No longer the characterless mass it once was, this helps to make sure the mountain stands out as the massive landmark and key location for many people who decide to come and fly over South Africa.

View/download the file over here.

Team GEX Enhanced Autogen World Scenery

This must-have scenery addition helps to take the old, dated autogen scenery of FSX and replace it entirely. By Team GEX, this helps to add some much-needed precision to the autogen of the world with 522 new building textures and alterations making wholesale changes to the way the entire world around you looks.

GEX autogen add-on.

A great mixture with other GEX releases such as their GEX Europe package, this helps to make the whole world look a bit more as it should. Greater definition, more impressive autogen, as well as a promise of no performance dips, make this a must-use solution for anyone who would like more modern texturing on the autogen they see as they fly.

New and improved night lighting also makes it easier for you to see the world below if you choose to fly during the night.

View/download the file over here.

So, what will you try first?

With so many different models to try out, we think you will have a great time when it comes to using any of the above. Some of these are among the most popular in their class and should help you to make FSX (both Steam Edition and normal) feel even more impressive.

Should you wish to help uplift your simulation to be a touch more authentic in various ways, then this can help to add another layer of glamor to the software, making it look a touch more modern. 

Installation Help

Installing all of these add-ons is pretty straightforward and most of the downloads come with a README file that includes easy to follow instructions.  However, if you are having trouble you can view all of our tutorials from the Knowledge Centre here.  These tutorials cover both aircraft and scenery.

There are lots more...

Don't forget, these 20 files for 2018 are just a snapshot of the files available for FSX: Steam Edition.  The downloads library contains over 24,000 add-ons and many (most) of them are for FSX.  To view all of the files, don't forget to visit the file library here.  Finally, if you're new to this flight simulator you can read our full review here (before you buy) and of course, download the demo here (be aware, the demo is older than the Steam Edition version).

Let us know your thoughts

Remember, the files we have featured here are guaranteed to work in the Steam Edition of FSX, however, they are all backward compatible and will work in any of the boxed editions (Gold, Standard, Acceleration) too.

Please post your comments below.  Let us know your favorite files, let us know your reviews of the files above and let us know what you feel we have missed from the list so we could update it or even include it in the 2019 edition.  Comments below, please!

Ian Stephens

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Ian Stephens is a Flight Simulation enthusiast with a keen interest in aviation and technology. He has been writing for Fly Away Simulation for over 9 years.

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Eric van DijkenSat, 27 Jan 2018 13:54:10 GMT

Thanks for "20 Best Freeware FSX/FSX:SE Add-ons for 2018"!

Could you also organize something like this but especially for single or twin engine propellor aircrafts?

Eric

gerardoSat, 27 Jan 2018 14:10:21 GMT

The photo of the Douglas C-47 Skytrain V3 Beta is even very parable for everyone who does this very top site

Pro MemberIan StephensSat, 27 Jan 2018 15:08:28 GMT

@Eric van Dijken

Yes, we will pen that in for a future article to come soon - featuring just propeller aircraft. Any particular models you're after?

Elio GarcíaSat, 27 Jan 2018 15:35:46 GMT

Dear people from Flyaway, I know for sure I´ve being following you for a long time ago, a few years ago, around the 2004 or 2005 year or close to these dates. I´m suscribed to your newsletter also for many years. Sorry, but too many sites I´m following, so I make my own list of these sites, the name, url, my email, name for login, password, but recently I lost this paper among other documents, I have a normal standard memory, but can´t remember all the names, passwords even the email used for the suscription. If you don´t find mine, ok, it´s a shame because I´ve been very fond about your site for many years. So excuse me for this unfortunate event. Have a good time and continue with your work, wish you a happy 2018 year

Pro MemberIan StephensSat, 27 Jan 2018 17:47:52 GMT

@Elio García

So you already have a Fly Away Simulation account but you have forgotten your username or password? If you know your username or email address, you can use the forgotten password/username tool here.

However, if you have forgotten your email address too (or your account is registered to an email address you don't have access to) then our support staff may be able to help if you open a ticket here.

I hope you can log in soon!

Tom KoenenSat, 27 Jan 2018 20:36:22 GMT

I tried two planes. The Aero Commander AC680S flies great, and so does the TDS Delta 737-900ER, but there is no “thumbnail” and - even worse - there is no sound. No engine sound, no sound, when raising or lowering the flaps, pushing buttons....

Freek MulderSat, 27 Jan 2018 21:00:28 GMT

Just great, a very big "Thank you", and keep on the good work. Regards from France, Freek.

alberto jose aldanaSun, 28 Jan 2018 01:27:48 GMT

Is fantastc the offer of planes, I'm still with f 2004, and also have the FSX with the acceleration pack - But for years I've completed more the fs 2004 - Pity there are few material for the FS 9- In my country flight simulation is not - shal I say - very popular -so is Hard to find stuff and these type of stuff you offer- congratulations- Aldana Albert

KarlosSun, 28 Jan 2018 14:29:39 GMT

Excellent work they do! I particularly continue using the FS9 that I find great. If possible, I would like you to include more about this simulator, thank you. Congratulations

NICK LEWISTue, 30 Jan 2018 19:28:16 GMT

I would like someone to do a decent scenery of the George Cross Island of MALTA and the associated islands maybe also to include a set of textures for its WW2 state. I have spent many a happy hour going over most of the historic sites and retracing my late dads steps whilst he was in the Royal Navy. Regards Nick

Pro MemberGerman DiazFri, 02 Feb 2018 19:23:29 GMT

I have reviewed with great interest the files presented and I thank you infinitely for your work. I'm a big fan of FSX and FS9, I have both simulators and use them interchangeably. I would like them to offer more FS9 files on their pages since there is more inclination for FSX.

Of these 20 files, I had already downloaded the C-47 Skytrain V3 some time ago and I really love it; It is one of the planes that I like the most and especially this improved version, its sound, textures, cabin, everything.

Of the scenarios, I stayed with Santa Lucia Island, which is really impressive for its beauty and textures details. I walk through all the Antilles islands from Venezuela to Florida, USA, and I really love them. I do this in different planes according to distances.

Best regards and many thanks for your offers. Always with Fly Away. Germán.

Eric van DijkenSat, 17 Feb 2018 14:24:51 GMT

@Ian Stephens:

Bush Flyers....

william l rowlandSat, 17 Feb 2018 15:16:36 GMT

flyawaysimulation suggests that most of the aircraft and scenery are P3d compatible when in fact they are not. Saint Lucia Island Scenery, grenedinesv2 are just two off the top of my head that have phantom objects in the parking areas and runways. The Nemeth Bros. AS350 helicopter works fine in FSX but has fogged cockpit glass in P3d and there are many others. Simmers beware

Jim MateSat, 17 Feb 2018 16:31:18 GMT

I am 87 years old and just found Microsoft flight simulator 2004. I had the program years ago but #4 disk got damaged. I have been looking for years and now I am happy again. I am having a little trouble with the Microsoft Sidewinder joystick. I would like to join your program and receive your letters bit money is very tight so maybe I will get lucky someday and join your club. Jim Mate

Pro MemberPeter LamontSat, 17 Feb 2018 19:39:50 GMT

Here's the thing, it is very difficult to obtain help for different problems with FSX steam edition, for one there is no direct link like a phone number to talk to a tech, you have to go through different company's, you have to submit a ticket for each problem,and it takes forever to get a reply and some of the replies's say you have to contact the suppliers,and they say no you have to contact the company you bought the product from. For some reason on my main screen where the add-ons are located my FS2crew RAAS prof was has gone missing I tried to reinstall it via my steam account but no success. Its been more than a month and I am really frustrated. Is the anyone out there that can help me.

One frustrated simmer

Roger LavoieSun, 18 Feb 2018 00:44:07 GMT

I downloaded 2 aircrafts from your recent email "20 Best Freeware FSX/FSX:SE Add-ons for 2018. The two aircrafts downloaded were: Delta Airlines Boeing 737-900ER and TDS Air France Boeing 787-9 F-HRBA.

I have downloaded and installed hundreds of aircrafts and add-ons from Fly Away Simulation and other sites and have never had a problem. The installation for the two downloads mentioned above were as "clear as mud." In one of the downloads there are two main folders which appear to go into the FSX "airplane" folder....but that doesn't work.

As mentioned above, I have never had trouble installing aircraft in the past even though many of the instructions in these downloads are cryptic at best or missing altogether.

I'm running FSX Steam.

arthur andersonSun, 18 Feb 2018 12:14:09 GMT

I think your site is fantastic although I am still using fs2002 fs2004 have got the other newer sims but have never used them as yet I find the ones I have got installed very good I like your site and have recommended it to many Regards arthur

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