AVSIM Freeware Aircraft Package Review
Project Fokker F70/F100


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Developer: Project Fokker –
Ton van de Laar, Erez Werber, Martin Purps, and Espen Øijordsbakken
Complete freeware package containing panel, sound and aircraft of the Fokker F70 and F100 aircraft
D/L Size:
Executable auto-installer
Reviewed by: Robert Jubb,
AVSIM Staff Reviewer/Library Technician
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Project Fokker-100/70 (PF10070), developed this freeware add-on aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator based upon the Fokker-100 and Fokker-70 twin jet-engine aircraft. The quartet that make up the team are dedicated to Fokker aircraft, and have released other aircraft in the past for various Microsoft Flight Simulators. Now with the power of the 3D modelling program GMax, they went one step further and produced an even more realistic version of their favorite airliners. This product has been in development for a long time, and the flight simming community were promised something special. So, with the aircraft model version now at v5.3, is the aircraft as refined as the version number? Let's take a look.

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Between 1911 and 1928, Dutch aviator Anthony Fokker developed his company to what once was the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world with factories in Europe and America. However, Fokker lost ground when Boeing and Douglas increasingly applied aluminium in their new aircraft instead of wooden structures. In those years, a company called Stork Aerospace already supplied wood-structured wings to Fokker with over 800 wings being manufactured. Even more interestingly, Fokker and Stork, in agreement with the Dutch Air Force, developed the first Dutch helicopter under supervision of its designer A.G. van Baumhauer. Recession, however, brought a sour end to this project.

The first "Fokker" aircraft came about in 1911, and although designed by Jacob Goedecker, and named the "Spin," Anthony Fokker further improved and commercialized the aircraft, which eventually took the "Fokker" name. Fokker went on to develop many successful World War I fighter aircraft, particularly the superlative Fokker D.VII and the DR.I, known as the "Red-Baron" (see Avsim's recent review of SimTech's DR-1 Deluxe).

From 1919 onwards, Fokker started making inroads into civil aviation with the four-seater F.II, Fokker's first aircraft built specifically for passenger transport. Other passenger aircraft soon followed. The eleven seat F.IV was successful in achieving many spectacular world records at the time. Fokker's best selling aircraft between the two World Wars was the three-engined F.VII, which had the world's first air cooled engine, of which 230 were built.

It wasn't until 1980 that Fokker seriously got into the business of modern day commerical air transport. In 1983, the successor F27 was released. They were the F50 and F100. The Fokker F100 took to the air in November 1986 with Swissair as the launching customer, taking delivery of the first aircraft in January 1988. A total of 278 Fokker F100's were produced.

Later on in the life of the Fokker F100, a smaller derivative, known as the Fokker F70, was produced. 47 of this variant were built. The worldwide airline crisis of the 1990s, fierce competition and a wobbly dollar formally ended the Fokker company in March 1996.

Test System

AMD Athlon XP 2400+ (A7V8X)
512Mb PC2100 DDR
GeForce 4 Ti4200 8x AGP
Creative Audigy Sound
Iiyama 22" Monitor

Flying Time:
5 hours over 3 days


For the most part, the manual and documentation supplied for freeware aircraft can be sketchy at best. However, this fifty-eight page Adobe Acrobat file outlining the correct operation of the aircraft and panel, as well as a detailed history about Fokker, is exemplary. The manual, as always, is certainly worth reading,; it would settle any concern users might have with correct operation of the rather complex panel also included as a part of the Project Fokker package.

The Aircraft

The aircraft model, at revision v5.3, has been designed entirely using the GMax 3D modelling software by Discreet, now regarded as the "industry standard." There are many aspects to a Fokker aircraft that could be so easy to overlook, and yet, haven't been. Meticulous detail to the most important features, such as the wing profile, reverse "buckets" and the three-stage flaps has been paid, with fantastic results. As well as this, the regular eye candy, such as animated gear, flaps, spoilers, and lift-dumpers can be found, as well as an opening L1 door and integrated steps.

The base model of the aircraft supplies both the Fokker 70 and 100 models in the Fokker House color-scheme. On top of this, there are no less than nine official repaints for the F70 and twenty-two available for the F100. There are also a number of third-party repaints available in the AVSIM File Library.

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Here's the earlier British Midland livery
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Another view in BMI livery
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The KLM livery
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Additional views in KLM livery...
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Wheels up!
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...with night lighting
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More views, this time in Swissair livery...
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Flying over a winter landscape
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...and on approach

Flying the Aircraft

As I have pointed out in previous reviews, I am certainly one that enjoys flying a variety of aircraft, as long as they have accurate flight dynamics. Flight dynamics are what, in my opinion, make or break an aircraft add-on. Nobody enjoys a 747 that handles like a Saratoga. It would appear however that the Project Fokker team have really done their homework. The aircraft handles just as any small twinjet should—a quick accelerator and a slow decelerator. The accuracy of the flight dynamics is further amplified by the inclusion of the different engine variants on the Fokker F100 model, with the Tay-650 engines striking out far more than the Tay-620s.

Taxiing the aircraft is as simple as it should be, considering the size of the aircraft. A combination of the accurate nose-gear steering and the small amount of power required to make the aircraft move make this aircraft a joy. These features are again amplified in the take-off and general flying of the aircraft. The power provided by the back-burners, especially on the Tay-650s, make for a short take-off roll and responsive feedback once in the air.

Landing the aircraft is, on the whole, very easy. At very slow speeds, the aircraft tends to be quite unstable when rolling, but a watchful eye and steady hand, and not to mention some practice, can help this procedure immensely.

The Panel

This is one of very few freeware aircraft to include a panel as a part of the package. Although downloaded separately (6.3Mb), and installed via an auto-installing executable, it is certainly worth the download. As can be seen from the screenshots below, the panel is a comprehensive mix of real-world internal views, sampled with custom, clear gauges and a true-to-life layout. The gauges are wonderfully clear to read, and nearly all buttons/switches are functional.

The panel also includes an extended pedestal panel, with animated throttle, flap and spoiler levers. Also included, but as yet, not operational, is an FMS system within the bitmap. A welcome feature, yet seen on so few aircraft, is the pushback gauge that allows the virtual pilot to push the aircraft back from the terminal. More widely seen in FS2000 than 2002, this is still a welcome feature that I would like to see more of in today's freeware panels.


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Here's the panel with the pedestal screen activated. Also note the 'pushback' screen.
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Let's take a look around the 2D cockpit...
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Looking further to the right
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And to the right-rear...
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To the left rear
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...And finally to the left.
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The cabin view is spectacular!

Although we don't see it here, a virtual cockpit is planned in a future release, which will add another feather to the already full Project Fokker.

To complement the comprehensive panel, there are a variety of checklists and documents that the more serious aviators amongst you will find interesting available on the Project Fokker website. With these, you should be able to quickly and easily find your way around the cockpit with a modest learning curve. This is certainly a panel that will suit both relative Flight Sim newbies and veterans alike.


Sounds, again, are something that are not normally included with the average Flight Sim freeware release. Although sounds are a relatively new venture to the Project Fokker team, being on v2.0, as opposed to v5.0 for the model, they are very promising so far. My only complaint about them is them is their volume. Considering this aircraft has the engines mounted at the rear of the aircraft, the noise inside the cockpit in really too much. This slight flaw can however be toned down using the volume controls in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Certainly worth downloading to enhance the overall Fokker environment.


This aircraft is nothing short of brilliant. The extensive attention to detail throughout the entire package is an example that I hope will be followed by other freeware aircraft developers. This industry is now becoming tougher and tougher for payware developers, and this achievement demonstrates just why that is. This could very well have been released as a payware product and done brilliantly. Be warned, the freeware is catching up, and in some cases, overtaking commercial producers' efforts. No mistaking - 5/5.

For further information on the Project Fokker F70/F100 and to download, visit the Project Fokker website. Various liveries also can be downloaded from the Avsim Library (using the 'Extended Search' feature just put the words Project Fokker in the "author" field and click Search).


What I Like About the Project Fokker F70/F100
  • Outstanding visual model
  • Clear, functional panel
  • Sounds
  • Extensive collection of liveries
  • Easy installation
  • Excellent documentation

What I Don't Like About the Project Fokker F70/F100
  • No virtual cockpit (but that's planned for future release)


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