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Released! - CowanSim 206 B3

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Released! - CowanSim 206 B3


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Released on Christmas Day 2021 was the third helicopter from CowenSim, with the Bell 206 B3.


The Bell 206 is a family of two-bladed, single- and twin-engined helicopters, manufactured by Bell Helicopter at its Mirabel, Quebec, plant. Originally developed as the Bell YOH-4 for the United States Army's Light Observation Helicopter program, it was not selected by the Army. Bell then redesigned the airframe and successfully marketed the aircraft commercially as the five-place Bell 206A JetRanger. The new design was eventually selected by the Army as the OH-58 Kiowa. The famous JetRanger is certainly the most popular light helicopter ever produced with 7,300 aircraft coming off the production line.


CowanSim started with their very accessible B222B+UT aircraft, then released the more famous CowanSim 500E based on the Hughes 500E of P.I. Magnum television fame...  earlier detail was certainly rising with the 500E, so we are expecting a lot with the 206 B3.


Feature list is extensive!

  • Free Future Updates
  • Tested and Zeroed in by Real Pilots 
  • Several Commands for Mapping Hardware
  • Remove Before Flight Accessories 
  • Pilots & Passengers
  • Working Floats System
  • Low & High Skid Versions
  • Dynamic Weight Options
  • Functional Spot Light
  • Functional Spray Kit
  • Functional Cineflex Camera
  • 2K & 4K Versions
  • FMOD Fully Dynamic Sound Pack
  • Window Rain Effects
  • Compatible with Vulkan API
  • Virtual Reality Ready
  • AviTab Integration
  • RXP GTN 750 Integration
  • Realistic Flight Dynamics
  • 4K & 2K PBR
  • Custom 3D instruments
  • Detailed Night Lighting
  • xLua for Systems and Animation
  • SASL v3.12.1 for Custom Plugins
Realistic Flight Dynamics
  • This model has an authentic feeling while exploring the virtual world thanks to Laminar Research for developing a fantastic flight sim.
4k Physically Based Rendering Textures
  • 4k PBR textures, or physically based rendering, provides the ability for very realistic lighting that mimics the flow of light in the real world. This model takes full advantage of X-Plane’s lighting with dynamic reflections and materials.
Custom 3D Modeled Instruments
Everyone loves a detailed and realistic looking cockpit. After all, that is where we spend most of our time in the sim, flying! The 3D instruments were developed to a high standard and are fully functional, with extensive custom coding to make it as realistic as possible.
A Nice Cozy Cabin
Sit back and relax in the cozy rear cabin and enjoy replays of your flight from a passenger’s perspective! Was it as comfortable and smooth as you thought it was from the pilot seat? This is especially interesting in VR and landing replays are the best.
Paint Kit & Liveries
Comes with several liveries and we also included a detailed paint kit. The kit is provided in both GIMP and Adobe® Photoshop® formats. A UV map layer included in each file allows for easy and accurate repaints.
Vibrant and Detailed Night Lighting
X-Plane has wonderful night lighting. The 206B3 project aimed to have plenty of lights, inside and out, making night flights possible. From the landing light to the cabin lighting, this helicopter really stands out at night.
Animation & Sound
Thousands of lines of custom code make up animations and systems. The fully immersive sound set was developed with FMOD. Sounds and animations work together with visual rotor-speed vibrational feedback, dynamic blade slap, rain effects and more.
Reality XP GTN 750 Integration
The Reality XP GTN 750 can be fully integrated into the cockpit. Reality XP GTN 750 Touch is the genuine simulated device used by flight simulation enthusiasts navigating the virtual skies as well as real world pilots for familiarization with the device. This add-on is a payware add-on and you can purchase it here: https://reality-xp.com/
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Images are courtesy of CowenSim



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Yes! the CowanSim 206 B3 Helicopter is now available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :


CowanSim 206 B3

Price is US$32.95



X-Plane 11
Windows, Mac or Linux
4 GB VRAM Minimum - 8GB+ VRAM Recommended
Download Size: 2.1 GB
Current Version: 1. (December 25th 2021)



News by Stephen Dutton

5th January 2022

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