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Web Review: Carenado PC-12

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Aircraft Introduction:

The Pilatus PC-12 is a single-engine passenger and cargo aircraft. The aircraft is manufactured in Switzerland by Pilatus Aircraft, it first flew on the 31st of May 1991, and was introduced in 1994.

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Installation:

The installation process for the Carenado PC-12 isn’t different from any other add-on. It is very simply, and quick – even the most novice user should be able to get the add-on installed in no time. Once you’ve downloaded the installer from the Carenado store (or wherever you purchased the add-on from) just run the application (.EXE) and follow the prompts. In no time at all your new PC-12 will be installed and ready to go!

Interior:

Although their now getting into more complex simulations, Carenado has always sort of been the visual ‘eye-candy’ publisher, and the interior of their PC-12 carries on the tradition of extreme visual excellence.

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The interior is modeled with extreme attention to detail and to realism. The add-on comes with the standard FSX virtual cockpit, in addition to an awesome, and equally highly detailed virtual passenger cabin, complete with click-able and functioning lights, window shades, and doors.

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With how detailed and realistic the interior is, there’s almost no need for an exterior, but there is one… And it doesn’t disappoint.

Exterior:

Again, as with all Carenado products the exterior is modeled and textured with extreme detail and overall digital awesomeness.

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The model is amazing, with seemingly every rivet and bolt modeled to scale, and in great detail. There are many awesome animations included, such as opening doors, wheel chocks, covers, and other things that add to the overall look-and-feel of the aircraft.

If you hold shift and 6 at the same time you are presented with a nicely done, very easy to us panel which controls some of these animated features.

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Flight Model:

I have no real-world experience flying anything really close to a PC-12. The closest aircraft I’ve ever had the chance to fly in was a Beechcraft Premier jet, which obviously isn’t the closest thing in the world to a PC-12.

My lack of experience aside, the aircraft seems to fly as a PC-12 should and when you’re behind the controls of the add-on you can really sort of “feel” the aircraft in a way that I’ve never really experienced before in FSX, except maybe from the NGX.

Conclusion:

Overall it’s an awesome add-on that comes fully loaded with tons of great features and animations. It seems to handle realistically and the visuals are absolutely some of the best I’ve ever seen.

I completely recommend you get this add-on, I’ve spent countless hours behind the controls, and it’s probably the most used single add-on of all time in my flight sim hangar.

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Web Review: A2A Commanche

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Aircraft Introduction:

The Piper Comanche is a 4 seat single engine piston-powered aircraft first introduced in May 1956. Production of the aircraft halted in 1972 after a flood wiped out the production line for the Comanche along with the Twin Comanche line. Overall a total of 4,857 single Comanche aircraft were produced by Piper.

Installation:

Installation of the add-on from A2A is very easy to understand, even for the most novice user. Once the download from the A2A store, or wherever you purchased the product has completed you will simply have to open up the folder (zipped) and run the installer application.

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Also be sure to select the ‘Run’ and ‘Trust’ options on the initial load of your new add-on!

Hangar:

As with all of A2A’s general aviation beauty’s the Comanche 250 comes with an awesome ‘Hangar’ which allows you to configure the aircraft just the way you like it. Anything from the prop, to the tip tanks, to the type of tires you want it can all be configured here!

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Overall the hangar feature is one of my absolute favorite features of any A2A aircraft. The feature really ads a whole new depth of realism to the simulation, allowing you to customize the aircraft to fit your requirements and desires, it truly allows you to make the aircraft ‘yours’ just as if you owned the real thing.

Interior:

As with all of A2A’s ultra high quality add-ons, the Comanche has absolutely no detail spared when it comes to the level of work put into both the exterior and the interior models of the aircraft. With the Comanche 250 you can enjoy ultra high resolution texturing, along with a customization equipment set up.

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Default, the aircraft can be equipped with either no GPS, a Garmin GPSMAP 295, or a Garmin GNS 400.

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Above, we can see the aircraft equipped with the GPSMAP 295, below is the Garmin GNS 400 model.

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All of this can be configured by pressing ‘Shift’ and ‘3’ both at once while in the sim.

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In addition to the obviously awesome customization’s, the interior of the A2A Comanche also features many cool animations, and a fully clickable virtual cockpit.

Exterior:

Just like the interior, the exterior of the Comanche is stunning in absolutely every way. It also features man cool customization’s including the addition of wing tip tanks, an interchangeable prop (2 options), and many other realistic additions, too many to list which of course all actually affect the way the aircraft handles and performs. Below we see the aircraft as it comes, without any customization’s to the exterior model.

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Now (below) I have added the MT-9-B prop and the tip tanks.

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In addition to the customization’s and tweaks that you can make to the model, as with all A2A accu-sim aircraft the Comanche allows you to do a realistic, full aircraft walkaround, not to mention the damn awesome crash effects.

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Flight Model:

I don’t personally have any real world experience with the Comanche, so I’m comparing to my hours in the Mooney M20c. Overall the aircraft seems to fly and even almost ‘feel’ as it should if it were a real general aviation aircraft. The aircraft is modeled realistically and based off of A2A’s real Piper Comanche therefore they were able to use a little bit of extra insight to develop this add-on actually owning the aircraft themselves.

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Overall the aircraft is very realistic seeming, and reacts to stalls, turbulence, etc well and very realistically.

Conclusion:

After putting my hours in on the A2A Comanche I can personally attest that the aircraft is truly a gem of our hobby, and an absolute must-have for your general aviation hangar. The realistic flight dynamics, along with the highly detailed visual modeling, the hangar, and the customization of the add-on make for a truly outstanding flight experience.

The Comanche surpasses every expectation I had for it, and overall it is now my absolute number one favorite aircraft to fly in Microsoft Flight Simulator, followed by the A2A Skyhawk as a close second. This add-on will certainly be a contender for both our ‘Product of the Year’ and our ‘Innovation’ awards to be given out in September.

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