We knew it was in the works, but didn’t know when we could get our hands on its virtual yoke. The release has come! Available from SkySpirit2012 is the CRJ-1000 with tons of liveries.
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You all know what I will be doing tomorrow… flying the next generation Bombardier in FS2004!
Update: First Impressions
I had the pleasure of flying the CRJ-1000 from Bozeman, MT to Denver, CO and have to say that it flies like a CRJ. In fact, I kept thinking I was flying the CRJ-900 whenever I went to outside view. Of course, this meant the model offers the same great eye candy the former Project Opensky group was known for. The push back tug, the air-stair, and the reverse thrust animation were all there.
Regardless, the model had issues right out of the download file in FSX. When I first loaded the aircraft, the nose wheel was turned completely perpendicular to the fuselage and no amount of joystick play was going to right it. That was when I found the update on the group’s Facebook “file page” (clickie here) which updated the aircraft.cfg, model files, panel files, and *.air file. With the update installed, life was so much better with a properly functioning nose wheel. So, if you are having issues, run over and make sure you install the update before posting the issue on the Facebook page.
However, even with the update installed, I noticed the cockpit windows appeared greyed out in FSX (see screenshots). At times they appeared more transparent, but most of the time they seemed dull,which detracted from the realism experience. Hopefully a fix will follow, although the model was designed for FS2004, not FSX.
Again, flight in FSX went as expected from my flight time in the smaller CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 (did I just say smaller and refer to the CRJ-900?) in that the flight model rewards patience and calculated inputs. An aerobatic biplane this is not, and your passengers will thank you for not flying it as such. My one pet peeve, and this is probably because I am running FSX is that banking seems sluggish, even for a regional jet. Both the Project Opensky CRJ-700 and the Roll-On CRJ-200 for X-Plane have a slightly more reactive feel compared to the SkySpirit model. Aligning with the runway on short final was a little more challenging than expected. On the other hand, it could be that I have been general aviation aircraft for the past few months and this is my first flight in a jet in a few weeks.
Does the SkySpirit 2012 CRJ-1000 set a new standard? Well, I think it compliments the existing FS CRJ family quite well. The high count of liveries already available is also a huge plus (livery list here). Despite a few early bugs, this model will make a great addition to any virtual airline fleet. But, I can’t wait for a private livery or two. I am sure the 1% will add this to their fleet of toys as well.