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!

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Happy New Year And A Regional Jet

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year’s eve.

As a sign of good things to come in 2010, Project Opensky released a few screenshots of their updated CRJ-900 regional jet, wearing Delta Connection colors.  If this model is anything like the CRJ-700 they released in 2008, we will all be very pleased with the wait.  Afterall, great things come to those who wait!

Here is to making 2010 the best year for flight simulation yet!

A New CRJ Is Available For Flight Simulator

Regional jets have been growing in popularity with regional airlines as they replace their aging turboprop fleet.  The CRJ-series aircraft, manufactured by Bombardier, is one of the most popular and has been continually expanded from the original 50-seat CRJ-100/200 variation to the new prototype 100-seat CRJ-1000.    For flight simulator, the CRJ-series is nothing new with groups such as Project Opensky (CRJ-100/200/700/900), Microsoft (CRJ-700) and Premier Aircraft Design (CRJ-700/900) developing models with their own skills and eye for detail.

Expanding their CRJ family of models for flight simulator, Premier Aircraft Design (PAD) released their version of the CRJ-100/200.  Built for FS2004 and ported to FSX, both models are available in Canadian Jazz livery and Spanish Air Nostrum (Iberia Regional) livery.

CRJ-100 in JAZZ livery descending into Winnipeg

CRJ-100 in JAZZ livery descending into Winnipeg

The model looks really impressive and includes a delightful virtual cockpit to enhance the virtual piloting experience.   When viewing the model on the tarmac, the stubby, needle shape of the aircraft sits as if it is squatting, a classic CRJ-100/200 characteristic.   The heavy looking air stair is also nicely modeled and appears as a slice of the fuselage is falling as it opens.

In addition, the virtual cockpit is well detailed and fully click able with a true piloting experience possible.  The autopilot is easy to use, although it requires a precise click in FSX and the glass cockpit puts essential information just a glance away.  The full cockpit has been modeled, all the way down to the warning on the cockpit door.  The No Smoking and Seat Belt switches have the typical “bing” noise when clicked.

A glimpse at PAD's CRJ virtual cockpit

A glimpse at PAD's CRJ virtual cockpit

Flying the aircraft is a joy with responsive handling, plenty of power, and forgiving dynamics.  From takeoff to short-final, this version of the CRJ will have a place in everyone’s hangar.   The model itself is on par with the normal high-quality models that we see from PAD.  The CRJ-100/200 nicely rounds out the group’s Bombardier fleet.  This model and the CRJ-700/CRJ-900 are available at PAD’s website.

More POSKY CRJ-700 Repaints Available!

Now that Project Opensky‘s CRJ-700 model has been out for a while now, some of their gifted repainters are starting to distribute their talented work.  Released on avsim recently are repaints by Joe DeGregorio, Ron Waite, and Kyle Schurb that take the model to the next level.

ASA Delta Connection by Joe DeGregrio

ASA Delta Connection by Joe DeGregorio

Delta Connection, operated by ASA, by Joe DeGregorio features two variations of the livery.  A more standard livery based on N716EV and the 25th Anniversary Soaring and Silver livery on N738EV (pictured). Both liveries are available in 32-bit and DXT3 formats so that users can choose the performance level they need.  The download is a full package with sounds, FDE, and model. (filename: asa_cr7s.zip)

SkyWest Delta Connection livery by Ron Waite

SkyWest/Delta Connection livery by Ron Waite

A little closer to home, is Ron Waite’s Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines livery.  Represented is N608SK in typical Delta Connection colors with a few added features, like additional reflections on the fuselage and wings.  The fan blades are also semi-transparent.  Any you look at it, this is one sweet livery. (filename: skywestcr7n608sk2004dci.zip)

Horizon Air by Kyle Schurb

Horizon Air by Kyle Schurb

One of my favorite liveries for the CRJ-700 is Horizon Air.  Included in the original CRJ release were Horizon’s college billboard liveries.  However, there is nothing more elegant and classic than the current Horizon livery.  It is beautifully detailed here by Kyle Schurb.  (filename: qxcr7.zip)

Happy Regional Flying!

Cheers!

Project Opensky Releases Their CRJ-700!

This one is awesome and I am stunned.  There is now a great reason to keep that install of FS9 a bit longer… Project Opensky released their CRJ-700!  It is available at their download page, but you should read their release announcement <here> first!   This release includes the advanced features debuted with their 777v2 series (XML animation) and includes American Eagle, Horizon, Frontier, and United Express liveries to boot. A sound package is in the works, so expect it to be available… well when it is available.

Horizon "OSU" CRJ-700 by Project Opensky leaving SBA.

Horizon "OSU" CRJ-700 by Project Opensky leaving SBA.

More to come after I get her installed and have a moment to put her through her paces. FSX compatibility is not known at the moment, but I imagine it will do okay.  It would be interesting to put this one back to back with Microsoft’s CRJ-700 and see how they stack up.

Cheers!

edit 9/15: added screenshot and assigned categories to post

9/16 update: SP1a has been released for the CRJ-700v3.  Grab it from POSKY’s download section.  This fixes some misaligned polygons.

9/17 update: POSKY released a sound set for the CRJ series.  Look for filename crj_gecf34snd.zip on avsim. While I am here, here is another screenshot, landing rwy 7, SBA:

landing, rwy 7, SBA

landing, rwy 7, SBA

POSKY’s CRJ700 News

I was perusing Project Opensky‘s (POSKY) forum and found a stunning post giving an update on their reworked CRJ700 for FS2004 (FS9). The project has spanned three years, with the latest version undergoing an extensive rework where much appreciated detail has been added to the model. From the pics in their forum, this is going to give the FSX Crj700 a run for its money. I knew there was still a lot of life left in FS2004, this aircraft release will give it even more life! Expect release in a few months with possible variations including the CRJ705 and CRJ900 models.

9/17 – update : THe CRJ-700 v3 has been released. See my release post here: https://arealityofmyown.wordpress.com/2008/09/14/project-opensky-releases-their-crj-700/

One reason why I love FSX…

One reason why I love FSX is the CRJ-700 and its virtual cockpit.  After I made some tweaks to FSX, I was finally able to fire up the heavier medal and took the United Express CRJ-700 (operating by SkyWest no less) from Denver (KDEN) to Santa Barbara (KSBA).  It was a great flight, with the only hiccup being ATC sending me on a heading of 185 forever!  I ended having to change flight plans to get to SBA.  (this was an issue with FS9 ATC that MS didn’t fix it) Anyway, I eventually got to SBA, even though it took longer than I thought it would.

UAE_FSX_CRJ

The CRJ looked beautiful and handled like a champ.  Banking was not too over courageous and climbing to FL340 happened breathlessly.   I think the best was landing on runway 7 on a moonlit night.

UAE_FSX_CRJ_VC

If you don’t have FSX, get it.