Which Flight Simulator Do You Favor Most?

Time for a quick poll.

I, personally, have been exploring X-Plane as an alternative to the traditional Microsoft simulators this blog covers.  I have found the X-Plane is quite a remarkable, efficient, and fun environment to fly in.  However, there is still a lot of life in FSX and FS9.  Which begs the question, which flight simulation software do you favor most?



Carenado’s Mooney in X-Plane

Finally got a chance to take the Mooney M20J by Carenado out for a spin in X-Plane 9.  This model for FS9 and FSX is one of my favorite of all times not only because it is a Mooney Aircraft, but because Carenado is one of the top modellers in the add-on flight simulator market.

The M20J in X-Plane is a pilot's virtual dream!

So, what can I say about the M20J in X-Plane?  One word…  speechless.  This model is impeccably executed from the eye candy right down to the realism.  This model takes the best of FSX and combines it with the best of X-Plane for a breathe-taking virtual pilot experience.

Go get it… the $25 you will pay is worth every moment of joy flying.

Aircraft: Mooney M20J
Author: Carenado
Cost: $24.95
Purchase Link: X-Plane Store

A Beautiful Italian for X-Plane

Italians are known for their sense of design.  Edgy, curvy, modern, and flowing all can be used to describe Italian designs in furniture, cars, and even aircraft. The Piaggio P.180 Avanti is an aircraft that will make everyone stop in their tracks.  The canard design and low drag, curvy lines of the fuselage screams performance.  The Avanti II is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6 engines which gives it a cruise speed of 320 knots and a range of 1,400 nm.  In fact, it does this while using 40% less fuel than similar sized jets. <wikipedia> <Piaggio Aero>

Climbing out over Catalina

Available for X-Plane since the beginning of 2010 and updated very recently, the Avanti Alterna has been beautifully modeled by Vic Kabernique.  Featuring full instrumentation, clickable panels, an incredible livery, and a very realistic sound set makes this model a must for any X-Plane pilot.

I had the chance to fly this baby on a test flight from KSAN to KSBA recently.  The only word that comes to mind is impressive.  The level of detail put into the eye candy, the flight dynamics, and the sound are on par with modellers charging $30+ and Vic offers his model as freeware.  Add in the fact that you get a COMPLETE set of 28 liveries with the download and this package sets a new standard by which all other freeware for X-Plane will be measured.

So, stop reading and head over to X-Plane.org and get this baby for your hangar.  If you don’t, you are so missing out!

Aircraft: Piaggio P.180 Avanti
Author: Vic Kabernique
Download Link: X-Plane.org
File Size: 62.15 mb