Cowan Simulation releases the Bell 206B3 for Microsoft Flight Simulator

As promised earlier this month, Cowan Simulation released today his first helicopter for Microsoft Flight Simulator: the Bell 206B3! The iconic JetRanger makes his second appearance in MSFS just a few days after FlyInside released their own version of this helicopter.

This first project from Cowan Simulation for MSFS comes after years of experience building helicopters for X-Plane, so the developer is not exactly new to this. However, this first effort comes with a few caveats that you should be aware of.

CowanSim notes that there’s currently a limitation in the simulator that prevents the Bell 206B3 from using hardware binding for the throttle. Furthermore, there is a bug in the turn coordinator, but the developer notes that it should be fixed soon. Either way, this looks more like an early-access product than a fully-featured one, so expect plenty of updates over the coming weeks and months. In fact, CowanSim promises just that!

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What seems to set this helicopter apart are the visuals, which look significantly better than FlyInside’s version, at least judging from the official promotional images. Cowan Simulation also offers a vast number of liveries (75 in total) and a Wwise sound pack.

The Bell 206B3 is now available for MSFS, priced at $32.99 on Cowan Simulation’s website. As noted above, some features are missing, but the developer promises free future updates to make everything functional.


  • Free Future Updates
  • Tested and Zeroed in by Real Pilots
  • Realistic start up procedure
  • SAS & Autopilot (when AP for helicopters is available)
  • Pilots & Passengers
  • Floats
  • 75 Paint Jobs (liveries)
  • Dynamic Weight Options
  • Spot Light (will be functional is later update)
  • Spray Kit (will be functional is later update)
  • Cineflex Camera (will be functional is later update)
  • Wwsie Fully Dynamic Sound Pack
  • Virtual Reality Ready
  • Realistic Flight Dynamics
  • 4K PBR Textures
  • Custom 3D instruments
  • Detailed Night Lighting