The Aérospatiale Gazelle is a French five-seat helicopter, commonly used for light transport, scouting and light attack duties. It is powered by a single Turbomeca Astazou turbine engine and was the first helicopter to feature a fenestron tail instead of a conventional tail rotor. It was designed by Sud Aviation, later Aérospatiale, and manufactured in France and the United Kingdom through a joint production agreement with Westland Aircraft. Further manufacturing under license was performed by SOKO in Yugoslavia and the Arab British Helicopter Company (ABHCO) in Egypt.
On loading the gazelle, you have options to autostart and autoshutdown. This is a very useful option for those who want to quick dive into flying the helicopter without wasting time working out the start up procedures. For more hardcore simmers ther is a start up sequence you can follow.
The cockpit is nicely laid out and is also clickable in some but not all areas, although not to the same graphical standard as the DCS version it is well presented and dials are clear and easy to see. A pilot is also included and various views are available.The external graphics are nicely done and the helicopter looks great although I'm not too sure of the searchlights light effect, it looks too much like just a simple cone of light with no gradient of light intensity but I'm sure the guys will improve this. Another neat touch, yet not important is that you can also click on the doors and they open and close.
The screenshots below say it all, payware like graphics, well textured, nice hi res detail, rotor blades well animated and modelled. The light though is a little basic as you can see above. This needs a bit more detail added to it, just looks a little too simple.Like the interior a lot of work has gone into the gazelle's exterior and this easily matches many x-plane and FSX payware helicopters. Difference is this one is free!
The flight model seems very solid and it is a challenge to fly, like it's DCS counterpart you have to be gentle on the controls. Sounds are good. Rotor blades animate nicely too. It certainly doesn't feel arcade like and am sure any helicopter simmer will appreciate the flight dynamics for this version of the gazelle. Newbie helicopters simmers may get frustrated with how sensitive it can be...but that's good ey..it means more of an achievement when you do master how to fly it! Once the engines are fired up and flight systems ready take off needed some concentration, as in DCS the gazelle is very sensitive. You have to carefully treat this helicopter, overcontrol it and you are asking for trouble.
For more visit the gazelle page here : https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=24443
Extensive FDM rework to provide a more realistic Gazelle flight performance.
Realistic flight instruments. Westland version is based on the British Armed forces version.
Light switches now located on the Main panel. landing light switch is located on the Collective.
Collective, Cyclic, Pedals, Rotor brake and Engine power lever all animated.
Manual start / shut down possible ( see help file ).
Both support Multiplayer passenger modes so you can take your friends for a flight.
All cabin doors are animated ( Click to open / close )
Configuration options. Westland has the Military kit option, the Aérospatiale has Onions ( try the onions ! )
17 Liveries available between both versions
Browser based Help file available in the "Gazelle" menu option in sim.