As I posted previously, Premier Aircraft Design (PAD) has been working on a Dornier Do228, which is now released. Initial release includes two livery versions of Carribean Island Hoppers, Air Caraibes and Air Guadeloupe, available for both FS2004 (FS9) and FSX. Also available for download on their Do228 page is the Arcus Air livery pictured below. The usually eye candy is included with fully animated flaps, opening doors, full interior model, and virtual cockpit.
I took the FSX version of the Arcus Air Do228 (no longer available) out for some touch and goes at Madeira (LPMA) airport in Portugal and a short flight between Long Beach and Santa Barbara. They made for short hops, but it gave me a good idea for how this turboprop handles.
This is a wonderful aircraft that actually feels like a turboprop and must be flown with intention, not just slapped around; throttle position is extremely important, as is the pitch. I found myself fighting for control initially and soon realized that making more minute adjustments and letting the Do228 react before making more adjustments was the way to go. After getting the feel of her, she settled into the steep, banking approaches of both Madeira and Santa Barbara (SBA). I have never enjoyed these approaches as much! While not exactly forgiving, the beauty and grace she gives you when treated right is beyond words! Outstanding FDE work!
Diving for Madeira in PAD's Do228 in early dawn light.
Leaving Madeira for another touch and go
Cheers and Happy Flying! I for one will be spending a lot more time in the virtual cockpit of this babe!
Update – 03spet08: The Italian Army livery has been released! Grab it from the Do228 download page!
Speaking of Dornier aircrafts, Mathias Elsaesser released a nearly finished 128-6 “Servant” model for FS9. Unfinished meaning that it is rough around the edges, but is worthy of some enjoyment in the simulator. Despite its level of finito, I am happy to see such a unique aircraft available for us to enjoy.
Based on the Do27 single engine “bush” plane, the Dornier 128-6 is the production version of the Do28D-6X Turbo Skyservant prototype powered by two PT6A-110 turboprop engines. Only six were built by the time production ceased in the mid-1980’s.
Look for this model over at avsim (do1286v5.zip). No word on FSX compatibility. I am away from my main computer so I can’t give you any serious impressions until I get back home next week! If you try it and love it, please leave a comment!
On the heels of their MD-11 surprise, Premier Aircraft Design (PAD) posted a screenshot of an upcoming release, the Dornier Do228. The Do228 is a German twin turboprop utility aircraft with exceptional short-field performance. Manufactured between 1981 and 1998, it proved popular with airlines in the Caribbean and Africa, where short-field operations and conditions call for a rugged aircraft.
Check out their website for its release. Given their usual attention to detail and slight creative twist, this is going to be a hot download for flight simulator! There are no release dates set, so expect it sometime between now and later.
01sept08 – This has been released, so go grab it at the link above!