Mooney M-18C released for FSX!

This is a release I have been waiting for for my entire flight simulator career; the release of a decent quality Mooney Mite (aka M-18).  While I had seen a few works in progress advertised on the world wide web, nothing was near completion.  Well, until now.  Tim “Piglet” Conrad brought the Mite to life for FSX-SP2 today when he released his model over at Simviation. While I am still in the process of downloading it, once I boot into Windows and capture some screenshots, I will give a more detailed review.

For now, go grab this historic flight simulator release!

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Post Download Update:

This model is super simple to install, just copy the M-18C folder to the airplanes foled and place the *.cab file in the gauges folder.  Fire up FSX, select the Mooney Mite and you are ready to go.

The M-18C is small, but looks impressive.

The M-18C is small, but looks impressive.

I decided to take the Mite out for a quick flight from Kerrville Municipal Airport (KERV), where the current Mooney Aircraft factory is located, to San Antonio International (KSAT).  This short flight would give me plenty of opportunity to experience grounding handling and airborne flight dynamics.

On the ramp at KERV, prior to departure.

On the ramp at KERV, prior to departure.

The level of detail that Tim put into this model is what we would expect for the latest generation of flight simulators.  From the propeller to the map/dog treat pocket in the virtual cockpit, to the Mooney logo on the tail, no detail has been spared.

The vitrual cockpit is highly detailed and is the perfect place to conduct business.

The vitrual cockpit is highly detailed and is the perfect place to conduct business.

Taxiing the Mite is a true joy as its responsiveness is lively and goes where you tell it to.  The oversize tires and unique landing gear definitely make great contact with the ground.  After looking at the Mite sitting on the ramp, I wondered if there were some balance issues as the landing gear looks too far forward.  It really isn’t and the ground experience is pleasantly civil.

Climbing out from KERV for San Antonio.

Climbing out from KERV for San Antonio.

On the takeoff roll, the Mite came off the runway so smoothly that the only indication was the lack of tire noise.  Pulling lightly back on the stick brought the nose up and a more aggressive climb.  Note that I did not give the Mite full throttle, only slightly more than half and it still became airborne in a reasonable amount of runway length.

Climbing the Mite is slow, but stable.

Climbing the Mite is slow, but stable.

As I turned toward Comfort, Texas, I did give the Mite more throttle for a more aggressive climb to 4,000 feet.  While not a stunning climber, the Mite does well for its small engine and gives the pilot a sense of stability that other small aircraft only wish they could achieve.

Looking toward Kelly AFB as we cruise south of KSAT for runway 30R.

Looking toward Kelly AFB as we cruise south of KSAT for runway 30R.

Cruising across the Texas hill country at slightly more than 100knts in this Mite was a real treat.  The flight dynamics are stable, even with a stiff, gusting crosswind.  I learned to appreciate the sensitivity to control input.  Like a dog, I found out how much this Mite could be a man’s best friend!

Approaching the airport a little too high and fast, but the Mite seems to love it.

Approaching the airport a little too high and fast, but the Mite seems to love it.

Approaching San Antonio, I really wanted to continue flying, but it was time to see how this old friend handles descents and approaches.  I purposely came in high and fast for runway 30R.  I wanted to see what would happen in a rapid descent and then how quickly I could burn excess energy to cause a stall just prior to touchdown. It did pretty good and I was impress with nosing down to ten degrees and throttling back the throttle kept speed under control.  At the bottom of the rapid descent, I began leveling off and found that the speed wasn’t bleeding off as quickly as I had hoped.  Extending the landing gear and then the flap helped, but I still ended up landing more than halfway down the runway.  I think this efficiency in maintaining speed speaks kudos to its design.

A zoom view from KSAT tower, the Mite looks as graceful as she feels.

A zoom view from KSAT tower, the Mite looks as graceful as she feels.

Once parked on the GA ramp at San Antonio, I took a moment to reflect on the flight.  The Mooney Mite is an exceptional aircraft whose only limitation is that you can’t share its grace with anyone else (it’s a single seater).  However, as a personal runabout, the Mite is fast, efficient, and stands out on the ramp.  Tim’s mastery of flight simulator modeling has transformed a little known legend into a download that we can all enjoy.  A big cheers goes to Al Mooney for creating the wonderful Mite in the first place and Tim “Piglet” Conrad for making this experience available to all of us!

The first of three repaints included in the download.

The first of three repaints included in the download.

The second of three repaints include.  Reminds me of a bumble bee!

The second of three repaints include. Reminds me of a bumble bee!

The third of three repaints.  The "Zero" repaint looks pretty good on this model.

The third of three repaints. The Zero repaint looks pretty good on this model.

THANK YOU, Piglet!

Author: Tim “Piglet” Conrad
Filename: M-18C.zip
Size: 9.5 Mb
Download Links: Simviation 
Update files: none as of yet

05AUG2011 – Updated download links as Sim-Outhouse and FlightSim no longer host the file.  Happy Mite Flying!

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10 thoughts on “Mooney M-18C released for FSX!

  1. I thought i knew almost every airplane.
    But no, i missed the Mite. I agree, Man’s best friend. And that puzzles me too. I cant imagine why this beauty bird did not gain much much more popularity.

  2. I was surprised to find a Mooney Mite for FSX as it is so rare and has been around for so long. I have a photo (somewhere) of an M-18C that I took at Whiterock Airport in Dallas, TX. back in the 1960s. I was so amazed at it’s tiny size. Being an ASEL pvt. pilot and an ardent flight simmer, I am delighted to learn that It is now available for FSX. Like many others however, I own the FSX program but do not currently use it because my commputer is not up to running it properly. When I do get the right equipment, I will certainly down load the “Mite” for it.

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  4. Aweome model, but for some reason when I tried to register it said my email was banned??? Argh… anyway I sent an email to admin…

  5. Actually I take that back I downloaded from another website and installed, simply amazing. I’m suggesting this to Cessna154.

    • It is a great little aircraft! Something a little different than a Piper Cub for the slow and low crowd! Piglet did a great job! Thanks for the comment!

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