Regarding the pricing, please consider that we’ve already released the H135 for free and that we will continue to support that aircraft with compatibility patches so it will always exist as a free option for MFS fans interested in helicopter flight.
For $42 users are getting 3 unique model variants that will also have unique functionality. We’ve also made changes to our team since the H135 release that have resulted in a huge leap in quality beyond anything I’ve seen from any other payware developer, so with all things considered the cost may be “high” but so will be the value.
I agree with the comment that JustFlight’s Arrow is one of the best GA aircraft in the sim, but the comment that it is was priced somewhere around $30 USD is false, that aircraft has always and is still currently $44.99 USD with the III/IV Turbo variant being an additional $44.99 with a generous 66% discount for Arrow III owners. We are delivering 3 unique models for less than this cost.
Being an owner of JustFlight’s Arrow myself and having insight into our development I can confidently say that our H145 warrants similar pricing. Our modeling and attention to detail is phenomenal, our custom avionics are unmatched and the challenges of developing a helicopter flight model are well beyond that of a fixed wing aircraft.
Regarding the early access pledge I will be the first to tell you don’t do it unless you are comfortable with the idea of having to put your trust in us while you wait for a flyable build. We feel we’ve built up our reputation with the H135 to show we’re one of the most transparent, responsive and approachable development teams that there is, but if you disagree that is fine and we welcome you to wait until a build is available for you to try out for yourself or wait even longer until the official 1.0 release.
We are flight sim users and fans too so we absolutely understand that the community will vote with their wallets, we’re confident that our H145 will be successful because we know we’ll be successful in delivering an incredible product.