Fokker F27 For X-Plane

Fokker has a long history of producing aircraft.  From WWI to their 1996 bankruptcy, Fokker produced many civilian and military aircraft at their factory near Schipol Airport in Amsterdam.  Their most successful airliner was the F-27 turboprop, first produced in 1958 with many still in service today as freighter/cargo aircraft. (wikipedia)

Fokker F27-600 for X-Plane

This historic aircraft is now available for the X-Plane community.  The model includes four liveries, a nicely detailed exterior model, a 3D cockpit, and a detailed passenger cabin.  For those that were about to ask, yes, the checklist is included as a pdf document.   This is a complete package that weighs in at just over 59 megabytes, but will bring you loads of flying fun.

Look for a more detailed review coming soon…

Download (note, registration required at x-plane.org)

 

Another Saab to Fly!

Some of you may remember when Brent Henderson released his FSX Saab 340 earlier this year.  Well, there is another 340 available for you to choose from.  Both are excellent models.

The FSX model on the tarmac at KSBA.

The FSX model on the tarmac at KSBA.

The second generation Saab 340B is available for download from Premier Aircraft Design (PAD).   Compatible with FS2004/FS9 and FSX, it is currently available in two liveries, Provincial Airlines & FlyBE.  Look for more liveries in PAD’s “repaint corner” in the future. I am hoping for an American Eagle repaint.  How about you?

The model includes a great virtual cockpit and a fully modeled interior.

More to come after I put it through its paces!

Happy Saabing!

ISDT KingAir B200 Turboprop Released

Just stumbled upon this release.  I haven’t checked on the modelers at the International Simulation Design Team (iSDT) in a while and I missed the initial release of their Beechcraft KingAir B200 for FSX.  Initial release includes a model with an open gear bay, but a closed gear bay model is in the works for those that don’t want to see the gear while flying. Yes, now FSX has a purpose-built turboprop to fly the friendly, virtual skies.

While I have not had a chance to experience the model for myself, I would bet that this release would not leave us disappointed. The screenshots in their preview forum support this and the model looks awesome.   Their previous releases include a sweet ATR-42/72 series and a great model of the FlySynthesis Texan 550 LSA.

The selection of liveries include both civilian and military colors.

The selection of liveries include both civilian and military colors.

More to come after a quick preview flight!

PAD’s Dornier Do228 Released

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

Diving for Madeira in PAD's Do228 in early dawn light.

Leaving Madeira for another touch and go

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!