We are very pleased to offer you our version of the versatile MD 530F helicopter, with support for multiple platforms, including most versions of FSX and P3D.
Top Of It's Class
This release brings together everything you've come to expect from Blackbird Simulations; extremely detailed modelling and refined graphical excellence, superb night lighting, smoothly modeled gauges, highly accurate systems, realistic avionics and excellent flight dynamics. As with all of our releases, our goal with the 530F is to get you as close as possible to the real machine.
Choose Your Fit
Like the workhourse that the real 530 is, the Blackbird Simulations 530F can be configured with several optional equipment configurations. Included with your purchase, these options give you the flexibility to outfit your 530 to match real world tasks. Selectable options include:
- Top and Bottom Wire Cutters
- Cargo Hook
- Night Sun
- FLIR Camera
- Carry Pod
- Emergency Floats
While the Cargo Hook, FLIR Camera and the Carry Pod are purely cosmetic options for your helicopter, the Night Sun is completely controllable through key commands, and the Emergency Floats really do their job, allowing you to land on water without sinking.
In addition, all options are able to be set per livery through our Aircraft Configuration Manager, allowing you to outfit your 530 fleet in any way you want.
Choose Your Radios
With the Blackbird Simulations 530F, we've tailored our avionics panel around the idea of choice. Included with the helicopter is our own very highly detailed GNS units, but we've also crafted one-click compatibility for a range of popular 3rd party GPS addons:
- Reality XP 530 GNS
- Reality XP 430 GNS
- Mindstar 530 GNS
- Mindstar 430 GNS
- Flight1 750 GTN
- Flight1 650 GTN
Please note that compatibility for the above gauge packages includes support for installation and setup of our product only; use of any of the offered options requires a functional existing installation of the appropriate gauge. In addition, any gauges we list compatibility for are not included with the Blackbird Simulations 530F.
Use of any 3rd party avionics package in any desired simulator is also of course restricted to the availability of the avionics package for that simulator. Please see the respective manufacturers websites for platform compatibility.
Choose Your Livery
We are very pleased to provide with this package one of the largest selections of liveries we've ever offered, created not only by our own talented artists, but also by some of the best texture artists in the flight sim community. A choice between 18 highly detailed liveries means that you get a wide variety of helicopters to take your next flight in!
Stand-alone Configuration Manager
This package includes our Aircraft Configuration Manager, a stand-alone program which allows you to easily set your preferred options per livery. Not only are choices available pertaining to gauge placement and external option visibility, but you are also able to set your preference between having the helicopter load in a 'Cold and Dark' state, or having it load up with the blades spinning, ready to fly.
The ability of setting these options per livery means that you don't have to choose a single static setup for your entire hangar; you can configure any livery with any combination of options in order to always have a 530 ready for whatever you have the time for!
Updated with optional force trim
To use the new force trim option use the AMS and click on the new "Controls" section for the 530, and assign a key or button to the force trim trigger.
When you are in the cockpit, you must enable the force trim by using the two previously unused switches labelled OVSPD TEST and FAULT TEST. (picture below.) The one on the left turns on the force trim system when in the Up position. The one on the right enables the force trim to work with the rudder too when UP.
With a key assigned in AMS and both switches up, a press on the force trim button will make the current cyclic and rudder petal settings the new center point. Thus as soon as you press force trim, return the joystick (and rudder if you have that switch up) to the neutral position. The helicopter should retain its current trim. You can use force trim as often as you'd like.
In case you are unfamiliar with it: Force Trim is not an autopilot! Be sure the helicopter is in a stable condition when you push the button. If it's rotating or banking, you'll simply lock in that trend and have to fight it. (This is how it really works, it takes some getting used to.)
This can take a great deal of the work out of flying. The real MD530 did not have a force trim, we're adding it as a optional "quality of life" enhancement.
The Blackbird Simulations 530F package also now includes addon and avionics options that were, at one time, seperate purchases. These have now been included in the multi-installer. In addition, the 530 installer also has a new format that eases installation, letting the user select which platform to install to, as well as what avionics options are to be installed.