Helping JetBlue Celebrate 10 Years

For the past ten years, JetBlue has provided cheap, safe, and entertaining air travel to the masses.  Compared to the mainstream airlines like United and Continental, this is just a heartbeat.  Founded in February 1999, JetBlue focused on providing cheap airfare with a model very much like that of Southwest, but differentiated itself with in-flight entertainment, TV and satellite radio.   The airline sought “to bring humanity back to air travel.”  Ten years later, JetBlue continues strong and has a cult following.  <reference>

To help JetBlue celebrate, Joe Shimmel painted up a breathe-taking 10th anniversary livery for the Project Airbus A320 model.

JetBlue 10th Anniversary livery over Long Beach, CA, FSX

Who knew so many tens could be such a beautiful thing?

Note: This download includes the Project Airbus version 1 A320 model.  When you port it to FSX, the antennas show as holes.   To fix this, head over to the Project Airbus FSX download page and grab the version 2 model, overwriting the original in the model folder.

Author: Joe Schimmel
Model by:  Project Airbus
Filename:  <avsim>
Size: 8,543kb


Poll: Your Favorite Regional Jet?

What is your favorite Regional Jet?  These aircraft are the workhorses of the airlines’ spoke and wheel distribution system.  Often picking up passengers at smaller airports and shuttling them over short distance, within the region, to a major airport, their small size makes for intimate accomodations.

With many models available for flight simulator, I am curious about which regional jet is your favorite.  I will say that I find myself flying the Bombardier CRJ series quite often.  I think the CRJ-700, in particular, is quite sexy.

Please take a moment to respond to the poll below and let’s see if there is a consensus.  Poll closes March 15th, please only vote once.

3/16/10 – Poll is now Closed! Thank you to everyone who voted. This was the best poll yet for A Reality Of My Own. Discussion of results coming soon!

Socata TB-30 Epsilon for FS2004

Anyone up for a spin in a French, tandem military trainer?  I am! I am!  And thanks to Kylian Bernard, I can actually fly it in a virtual world without putting all of my real world readers in danger!  😉

TB-30 Epsilon for FS2004

Socata Epsilon over Philadelphia

The Socata TB-30 Epsilon was concieved in 1977 as a replacment for the 1950’s era Fouga Magister.  It first flew in December 1979 and underwent an extensive redesign due to poor handling.  Once students completed their training in the Epsilon, they would step up to the Dassualt-Dornier Alpha Jet.   <reference>

The Epsilon over KSEA during sunset.

The Epsilon’s styling reminds me a lot of a cross between the Pilatus PC-9 and the T-38 Talon with the cowl of a Socata Tobago. Its open canopy design and swept fuselage culminating at a tail that looks out of proportion to the rest of the aircraft.   As sexy as it is, the mind wonders how it is to fly it.

Epsilon's vIrtual cockpit is a great place to have some fun.

And flying it is a joy! While takeoff is leisurely with its flat-six piston pushing a two-blade prop, once in the air, the Epsilon handles beautifully.  Pull back on the stick, firewall the throttle, bank left and just imagine your guts slamming against your spine and your lunch coming up the back of your throat.  Yes, it flies beautifully!

At just over 15-megabytes, the download is a decent size compared to larger downloads for FSX.   The package contains sounds, gauges, and three liveries.   Being French, the readme.txt file and documentation are written in French, which made troubleshooting the gauge difficult.

Yes, there is a problem with the gauges not showing upon installation.  The instructions, when translated at Google, do not mention any installation steps.  I simply copied the TB_30_Epsilon folder to my FS9 Airplanes directory.  Unfrotunately, after launching the simluator, the virtual cockpit lacked gauges.  There was a gauges folder in the aircraft directory so I copied them to FS9/Gauges.  No go.  Hmmm.  I checked the Panel.cfg file and noticed that the gauges were referenced in a TB_30_Epsilon directory.  To make a long story short, I created the named directory in the Gauges directory, copied them over and it worked!

Create the directory above and copy the gauges.

The fix for the gauges is as follows:  Create a directory named TB_30_Epsilon in the FS9 Gauges folder and then copy all the gauges from the download gauges folder to the new directory you just created. (see above screenshot) Gauges will now show.

Overall, I am extremely happy with the quality of this download. Kylian Bernard’s Epsilon is a must have for your FS9 virtual hangar.   Lots of fun to fly, incredible detail in the model and sexy good-looks help set this one above the others.

Best of all, you can buzz the tower in a  wonderfully detailed, tandem-seat, French trainer without getting your PPL revoked by the FAA.  Good stuff!

Filename: <avsim>
Author: Kylian Bernard
Size: 15,853kb

POSKY CRJ-900 V3 is OUT!

Project Opensky released the first of many liveries that adorn their new CRJ-900 version 3 model for flight simulator.   I will save you the hastle of having to read a lot before you get to the download link and I will just post the link to the download.  As for flight simulator version compatibility, it was designed for FS9, but would likely work in FSX as their CRJ-700 does.

Lufthansa 2303 at Heathrow


POSKY CRJ-900 v3 turning toward Prague over the UK

I took this beauty on a short flight from Heathrow to Prague to get a feel for its FDE and another look at the exterior model.  You know, POSKY surely knows how to model the CRJ.  Their CRJ-700 model set a new standard for animation and eye candy.  It is no surprise that this new CRJ-900 model shares the same new standard.  Very cool stuff.

The FDE is behaved with only a few surprises. The throttle response seems slow to pickup, but when it does, hang on.  I found myself constantly adjusting the throttle to maintain speed both while taxiing and during flight.  I believe this is a characteristic of the real world CRJ.  Nothing to complain about, but it will take you surprise the first time you experience it.


2/2/10 – note: A bunch more liveries are now available in the download site.  Liveries now include: Adria, SAS, Delta Connection Multi-Pack, and SkyWest 35th Anniversary edition livery.  Go get em!