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Posted: Dec. 22 2016,18:26

Hello everyone

I just wanted to start a discussion around a new bit of software that I bought the other day called Firefighter X. I have no affiliation with the developer but its so much fun and adds such a realistic spin to FSX and P3D helicopter ops, I had to share.  You can google the software and read through the manual online but in a nutshell you can generate forest fires and then select any aircraft, retardant or water, configure the load settings and actually put out a fire. I just finished bombing a fire in P3D with the default Blackhawk and it was amazing. You can reload the aircraft by hovering over a water body and even stipulate the height and time required to reload. This will be my 28th season as a wildland firefighter so I have some idea of what helicopter operations on a fire is like and so far this is a close as you can get in flight sim. I have flown more in the past two days with this software than I have flown in the past two years. The software also works across a multiplayer network but i have not tried that yet. I can only imagine how much fun a circuit of 2-3 helicopters bombing a fire and going into the same tight water hole would be. Last thing to mention is that fire growth can also be adjusted so you can set yourself up for a real challenge or a short easy target.

Having a purpose for flying and the challenge of filling a tank with a 14' snorkel and 30 second load time is a game changer for me.

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Posted: Dec. 22 2016,21:00

I like the FSX mission system for that and purchased IMM to recreate OIF/OEF missions, just no time to actually build them. I'll take a look at this as it's interesting and I was bucket qual'd in the Hawk, just never got a chance to use that skill. There is a local Ag/Fire training course I'm thinking about adding to the resume. Got a buddy flying that mission in Hawks.

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Posted: Dec. 22 2016,23:17

Shawn, what version of P3D are you using?  I use the most current version with the latest hotfix applied and wonder it will work with that configuration.

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Posted: Dec. 23 2016,07:42

Hi Danny, Im using version 3.4 without the hotfix.
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Posted: Dec. 23 2016,12:58

Hi,
I own firefighterX and like it very much. Have mostly used it in FSX so far. Now I changed to P3Dv3.4.9, but haven`t got the time testing firefighterX with it.

You need no scrpted missions. You can just use it from a default flight situation and create custom fires or use real world fire datas creating them.
You can also assign AI planes helping you fighting the fires.

Reloading the watertanks while hovering over water body`s in a helicopter is a really cool feature I like a lot.

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Posted: Dec. 23 2016,22:53

Thats my favorite feature as well Klaus, it sure adds to the realism having to get a load of water before you can drop. For years i have been using an effect that drops unlimited water or retardant.
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Posted: Dec. 24 2016,03:57

Happy holidays gentlemen!

I've also been musing about getting FirefighterX but wanted to get more feedback/reviews about it. For those that tried it, what helicopters (payware or freeware) do you fly and/or highly recommend that work well for firefighting missions with FirefighterX?


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Posted: Dec. 24 2016,19:57

So far I have been flying the milviz 407, default Blackhawk, FSPainter As350, Air Tractor 802 wheelie and floats, Jordans 412 and the Milviz Huey. Thats all that i can think off at the moment but you can use FFX with any aircraft so there are quite a few more that would work as well.

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Posted: Dec. 25 2016,09:08

Thanks for the reply Shawn  :cool:  So which of these whirlybirds you mentioned and/or tried have working snorkels, water tanks and/or bambi buckets just like those IRL?

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Posted: Dec. 25 2016,18:56

Actually none of them are equiped for firefighting other than the version of Jordans 412 that i attached a bucket to and Panther made compatible with fsx.
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Posted: Dec. 25 2016,19:03

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other than the version of Jordans 412 that i attached a bucket to and Panther made compatible with fsx.

Which is a really nicely done chopper. I enjoy it thoroughly!
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Posted: Dec. 26 2016,08:52

Quote (Shawn @ Dec. 25 2016,11:56)
Actually none of them are equiped for firefighting other than the version of Jordans 412 that i attached a bucket to and Panther made compatible with fsx.

Thanks again for the tip Shawn!  :)


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Posted: Dec. 28 2016,07:27

FFX had me digging out my old remote helipads. I thought this was a cool screenshot of the milviz 204.

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Posted: Dec. 28 2016,07:29

Now if we could only convince them to add a shortline bambi bucket.  :cool:
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Posted: Dec. 28 2016,17:01

Great screenshot....and the helopad looks really beautiful!

Yes, a bambi bucket would be a cool Feature on the Milviz Huey.

Klaus


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Posted: Dec. 28 2016,19:45

Another reason to get the sim finished asap ha ha  

Rhys


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Posted: Dec. 31 2016,19:55

You would love this software i think Ryhs, whipping the 500 around in bombing circuits would be tons of fun. Its hard to explain how much fun it is holding a hover over the water while your tank slowly fills with water and having to add power as the weight increases. I may be a bit biased but this is the most fun i have had with an addon yet, and it works with all the other cool addons i have.

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Posted: Dec. 31 2016,22:25

Yep sounds awesome. I have almost combined my firefighting career with my passion for helicopters all be it with drones The Fire service put me through a course and  I completed my RPAS 101 certificate and got my wings badge through Massey School of aviation.

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Posted: Jan. 02 2017,03:49

Is that structural or Wildfire? We are using drones here in BC for mapping and IR scanning. Amazing where the technology is going.

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Posted: Jan. 02 2017,04:19

Hi Shawn
It will be used for both. Our bush fire season is now but very very small scale compared to the fires you  have to deal with.
We operate a dji inspire with a flir camera and high Def camera
Getting use to flying the  drone will take time even though it Flys gps things can still go bad


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