As we are counting down the days to the release of Treasure Hunt, the upcoming FSX: Steam Edition mission pack developed by Jane Rachel Whittaker, we asked popular Youtuber/flight simmer Novawing24 to give us this thoughts on the previous three JRW mission packs: Dangerous Approaches, Cargo Crew, and Arctic Rescue. This is his take on Arctic Rescue:
Whenever we see aviation in the news it is often accompanied by either tragedy or stories of lives saved by the quick actions of rescue crews, sometimes the tale has both of these elements. With Arctic Rescue you get a chance to participate in some of these daring adventures to aid and assist people in need.
This is a mission pack add-on exclusive to FSX:SE brought to us by Jane Whittaker. Arctic Rescue puts you as the lead pilot of the Arctic Rescue group based out of Anchorage Alaska, supported by your dispatcher Angel and your surly yet cheerful co-pilot Jerry, you must conquer many challenges that are just part of the course for pilots supporting Emergency services in the frozen North.
Arctic Rescue makes use of three types of aircraft from the default hangar: the EH101 Merlin helicopter, the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan and the Maule M7 (Ski variant). Each sports a custom livery in a high visibility red and yellow colour scheme. These aircraft each have a particular area of expertise that will be tested to the full in the missions ahead. You can of course change the aircraft by selecting “Enable Changes in Mission”.
Scenery and Weather
There is no additional scenery with this mission pack, though a few objects are added in as part of the mission from the available library, and it is designed for use with default, though possibly the best part is that it is also fully compatible with most add-on scenery. I have tested it using Orbx Southern Alaska and the Pilots Terrain Mesh and the only noteworthy discrepancy is that you may have to taxi slightly further than the displayed ramp to complete an objective. In regards to weather, each mission is set with its own weather theme that sometimes forms part of the challenge. Just like with changing aircraft you can also set your own weather if you want to make your flight more interesting! On that note, Active Sky users, turn off ASN before starting the mission, ASN overwrites any weather settings in-sim (missions or free flight).
There are twenty missions to challenge your piloting skills in the remote north. They vary from a high-speed mercy dash through airlifting critical medical supplies to airlifting a crew member from a trawler in the bay. The traditional FSX Mission Pointer makes a return in Arctic Rescue, though it is cunningly referred to as your Helmet Mounted Display to keep some immersion for you. As a challenge though I recommend disabling it for many of the missions, as it is not common on Search and Rescue to know exactly where the missing ship is! I only have two real criticisms of the missions; the first is the lack of using the winch in the EH101 in some of the missions requiring you to airlift people out of danger (simply keep within a defined boundary with less than 10KIAS in any direction) whilst the second is that sometimes the mission’s objectives (read failure condition) are not 100% clear.
Overall Arctic Rescue provides a highly accessible way to get a taste of some of the challenges faced by the air wings of emergency services and travel to airstrips off the beaten path. Placed against the backdrop of some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet, this is definitely a mission pack worth getting.
Rescue 1 Scramble Scramble!
You can find Arctic Rescue on Steam by clicking here.