Tired of the unrealistic predicament of flying a large airplane in MSFS all by yourself? The most popular airliners in the world today require a crew of two pilots to handle the workload but, in the virtual world of flight simulator, that is a rare sight… simmers are used to handling all the tasks by themselves, which is not that realistic.
If you’re looking to change that in your flights in MSFS, there are a few utilities in the market that simulate the role of the First Officer, making the flight deck experience more immersive and authentic. FS2Crew is arguably the most well know, but there are others, such as FSFO NEXT, which is available for some of the most popular airliners in Microsoft Flight Simulator.
FSFO promises to be an affordable and easy-to-use way to create a more interactive experience within the flight deck. It was designed for simmers who value realism and wish to replicate that level of authenticity with a shared workload with the First Officer, which also happens to result in faster pre and post-flight procedures.
FSFO’s key feature is the built-in voice integration, which allows simmers to issue voice commands for the First Officer to carry out certain operations, which can go from simply setting speed or altitude to starting complete flows or following checklists.
FSFO currently supports a few of the most popular airliners in Microsoft Flight Simulator, such as the PMDG 737, the Fenix A320, the Aerosoft CRJ, or the FlyByWire A32NX. Compared to FS2Crew, its closest competitor, it offers a similar experience while being significantly cheaper. At just $14.99, it may very well be worth trying if you’re looking to spend more time in the FMC than fiddling with switches.