I noticed in my stats recently that a number of people are looking for a FSX Cessna 177 Cardinal from the AOPA and Flight1 Software. If you are looking for it, its over >here< but is available only to AOPA members.
As a member of the AOPA, I had the chance to spend some time behind its yoke and see what the fuss is about. While the visual model looks good (killer paint job!), the fact that it lacks a virtual cockpit really hurts since I do all of my flying in virtual cockpit mode. An update that will include a VC will be released in the future to AOPA members. However, it does fly right and the sounds are quite good. I especially like all of the animation it has. But, there is just something about it that leaves me asking “that’s it?”
I already reviewed a Cessna 177 model back in July by Brett Henderson that would suit non-AOPA members and perhaps even the pickiest AOPA members. I love its virtual cockpit, somewhat realistic handling and the visual model is pretty good. >here<