Ant's Airplanes is proud to announce the Drifter Ultralight addon aircraft for Microsoft's Flight Simulator X.

The Drifter 582 ultralight is a two seat, wire braced,  tail dragger aircraft. The Austflight Drifter is an extensively modified version of the original Maxair Drifter and since the early 1980’s approximately 500 have been built. The aircraft has a high Dacron covered wing and the pilot sits in front of the passenger ahead of the wing thus providing an excellent field of view. A Brolga 4 blade prop is powered by a Rotax 582 engine which is mounted behind the pilot and passenger. This aircraft has been modelled on the real world 25-455 aircraft.

FlightSimStore Price $19.95 AUD
PCAviator Australia Price $19.95 AUD
Simmarket Price 17.25 EUR (14.20 EUR without tax)
FSPilotShop Price $20.95 USD
PCAviator USA
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- Native FSX model
- Incredibly detailed model with full animations
- Virtual Cockpit rain effects (with exterior rain effects on canopy)
- Silky smooth 3D gauges
- Custom gauges including radio and GPS
- 13 variations included.
- Wheeled and float models
- Genuine engine sounds
- Stall buffet effect
- Animations for tiedowns, wheel chocks and pitot covers
- Animated pilot and passenger models which can be displayed or hidden
- In game Animation Manager
- Separate Drifter Setup program to set preferences*
- Paintkit available (click here)
* Note that the Drifter Setup program requires Microsoft's .NET 4.0

 - Microsoft's Flight Simulator X SP2, Acceleration or FSX Gold.
 - Windows XP SP3, Vista or 7
- 296MB free hard drive space
This aircraft was developed with the Flight Simulator X SP2 SDK. You therefore need either Microsoft's Flight Simulator X SP2,  Acceleration or FSX Gold. The minimum PC specs are more difficult to be exact about as even similarly specced PC's can give such varying performance. For reference I created this aircraft on an Intel E8500 core 2 due 3.16Ghz CPU with 4GB ram and an NVidia 9600GT 1GB video card running Windows XP.

The Drifter Setup program is a standalone program that allows the user to set some preferences for the Drifter. Note that you can still fly the Drifter without using the Drifter Setup program. To run the Drifter Setup you need to have Microsoft .NET 4.0.30319 or later installed.

If you are in any doubt about whether the your specs meet the requirements then download the free demo (that's what it is there for). If you can run the demo on your system then the full version will run just as well.


Here at Ant's Airplanes we think customers have a right to try before they buy so why not download the demo version and go for a test flight or two?

Download demo:

The following limitations apply to the demo version:
- Float plane model only
- User default trike sounds
- Uses default GPS 295
- Only 2 paint variations

The full version adds the following:
- Wheeled model
- Custom sound set
- Total 13 paint variations

The demo should provide a good representation of the performance and framerates you would get from the full version.

You can read the Flusinews review of the Drifter here. Note the review is in German.
Flightsim also has a review of the Drifter here. This one is in English.
Watch a great video of the Drifter by ALeclercqCreations at

A small number of users have had problems where the wings and tail surfaces are not appearing. This appears to be related to the fact that these are 2048x2048 pixel textures rather than the standard 1024x1024 pixels. I am not sure if it is a setting of FSX or their graphics card that is the problem. The solution is to download these replacement textures. These replace the larger textures with smaller 1024x1024 textures and should resolve the issue.

Users of the full version should download this file:

Users of the demo version should download this file:

NOTE : Do not download either of these patches if your wing and tail textures are working fine.


All screenshots are high resolution (approx 1600x950 pixels) and unedited except for cropping. Screenshots will open in a new browser window.

This paintkit is provided to users to assist with creating repaints for the Drifter. The download is in 7-Zip format (as it produces a much smaller 75MB download compared to 120MB by other methods) so you will need 7-Zip to extract the file. The files were created with Corel Paint Shop Pro but saved in the Photoshop format which most good paint programs should be able to handle.

Download Paintkit: