Sign in to follow this  
jfri

The best seaplane for FS9

Recommended Posts

What could be the best seaplane for FS9? I'm thinking about single engine plane. If it can also be used as a land and ski plane it is an clear advantage. What is the best available addon?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Help AVSIM continue to serve you!
Please donate today!

>What could be the best seaplane for FS9? I'm thinking about>single engine plane. If it can also be used as a land and ski>plane it is an clear advantage. What is the best available>addon?---------------------------------I wanted a good float plane and could not be more happy with the Carenado **Cessna U206G Station Air 6 Full Pack**. You get this six seat high-wing beauty with two versions of floats, versions as a cargo, and versions solely based for land operations.The plane is highly detailed, the sound package is great,...wait until you run up the three-blade prop on the 300 HP engine...and the instrument panel is also very, very nice and complete.The added bonus is that you can port this package right over to FSX and with the special program that comes with the package, it rewrites what it needs to so you don't have a gimp FS9 conversion, with things not usable in FSX. The FSX version will be as if having been created for FSX.You get a lot of versions of this plane for just under $30.00 USD.Cheers,Mitch

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bill Lyons has a few which are great seaplanes. Try them some time.Barry Blaisdell also has some wonderful DHC seaplanes and amphibians, many have won awards.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Realairsimulations SCOUT package is the best IMHO.Tried them all,just that,TRIED them all. Love the Amphibian andHolger's scenery.Bill P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

>I wanted a good float plane and could not be more happy with>the Carenado **Cessna U206G Station Air 6 Full Pack**. You>get this six seat high-wing beauty with two versions of>floats, versions as a cargo, and versions solely based for>land operations.>>The plane is highly detailed, the sound package is>great,...wait until you run up the three-blade prop on the 300>HP engine...and the instrument panel is also very, very nice>and complete.>I already have a plane from Carenado the C182RG and that product I like much. So I suppose this U206 is of equal good quality.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

>The Realairsimulations SCOUT package is the best IMHO.Already got it and didn't quite like it. It has no 2D panel.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Depends on the purpose. As mentioned above either the FSD PC6 or Carenado 206. Both are great. The PC6 has wheels, floats, & skis. Also the RealAir Scout gets a best in class for a tandem sized aircraft. No 2D panel, but the VC is crisper than most 2D panels so you can use it either way!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"Best" is really a subjective determination, and it depends heavily upon what your needs are. For instance, I "fly" exclusively within the FSE (www.fseconomy.com) "universe" and operate a string of FBOs in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, 3/4 of which are seaplane bases. For my purposes, maximum profitability is obtained running the circuit with the 208 amphib. There are two payware 208s available, and neither really thrilled me, so I packed the FS9 defaults full of RealityXP gauges and I'm happy. I also have the Carenado 206 model and it is fantastic...wheeled and amphib versions, great 2D and VC panels, sounds. The only thing I don't like about it is the Navomatic (but I'm spoiled by the STEC in the RealityXP package and the ESD Columbia 400). On the other hand, for low and slow sight-seeing (and carrying a single paying passenger..haha), I like the Aerosoft Super Cubs. Great little package. There are a lot of possibilities, but I think the ultimate decision you make will depend on what it is you're looking to accomplish. Good luck, regardless!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

>Depends on the purpose. As mentioned above either the FSDMy first and immidiate purpose would be to fly in scenery like Misty fjords (which I have) and maybe Tongass fjords (consider buying). Here sea bases are abundant so I ask for a seaplane.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

>There are two payware 208s available, and neither really>thrilled me, so I packed the FS9 defaults full of RealityXPI might point out that I have the FLN and FLT RealityXP gaugesand I'm considering their 430XP and/or 530XP.>gauges and I'm happy. I also have the Carenado 206 model and>it is fantastic...wheeled and amphib versions, great 2D and VC>panels, sounds. The only thing I don't like about it is the>Navomatic (but I'm spoiled by the STEC in the RealityXP>package and the ESD Columbia 400). >What is this Navomatic and what's wrong about it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have the PC Aviator catalog which came just the other day. PC Aviator is, I believe, the retail operation of Computer Pilot magazine and they offer the Aeosoft DHC2 Beaver for USD$29.95 with 5% discount for magazine subscribers of which I am. I was going to start this off as a new topic asking for yeas and nays re this program,but instead does any one have this Aerosoft version of the Beaver and would care to comment? Thanks.--Roger

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

>I might point out that I have the FLN and FLT RealityXP>gauges and I'm considering their 430XP and/or 530XP.That's what I did...pulled out the debit card and went full hog with the FLT, FLN, 430, 530 and Garmin Professional (so I can crossfill and use other neat functions I'll never use...heh). I have them all packed in the default 208 and (other than the VC stack being an issue), I am happy with them.>What is this Navomatic and what's wrong about it?Navomatic is Cessna's autopilot. It has HDG and NAV/GPS modes, but that's pretty much it (I think). I don't see where it has the ability to hold altitude or VS, which makes it of limited value for my needs. This is not a shortcoming of Carenado, though, as I think they've faithfully recreated the real-world unit.Let me repeat, the Carenado 206 (Full Pack) is exceedingly nice. It is my favorite light GA add-on, and is only 2nd to the Cheyenne 400LS (my first payware purchase) in my hangar. I wish Carenado would do a 208 to the same level that they've done the 206.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The 206 and Beaver are fantastic and the Scout is cool too but I seldom ever think to use it for amphib because I always use these other two. I always forget that great Maule too and then there is the Dornier.Don't forget the Aerosoft Super Cub. Easily the best $10 you can spend for FS9, not including super sale items.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I fly the FS9 Aerosoft Beaver and I like it quite a bit. It comes in many variations and paints, handles well, has a good sound package.2 complaints,It comes with 2 sets of panels, 1 "old" and 1 modern. Each set has 2 panels in it, 1 gives better visibility, 1 adds switches that you typically don't use often, light etc. The complaint (minor) is that it took me a bit to get use to switching back and forth because you have to turn the short panel off and then turn on the tall panel or you see both. Kind of awkward. On the plus side I like being able to click on the tach and MP gauge and get popups for them, helps in fine tuning power settings.The 2nd complaint is I was very disappointed to buy this package, my first payware airplane, fire it up, and see sitting there on the panel this big, ugly, cowl shutter knob. Beavers don't have cowl shutters! This might seem a bit picky, just that I had been happy with freeware planes, and kept reading in forums how much more realistic payware planes were than freeware and default. Guess you can't believe everything you read.Outside of that I do like the plane. Now if you will excuse me I have to return this soapbox.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

>>What is this Navomatic and what's wrong about it?>>Navomatic is Cessna's autopilot. It has HDG and NAV/GPS>modes, but that's pretty much it (I think). I don't see where>it has the ability to hold altitude or VS, which makes it of>limited value for my needs. This is not a shortcoming of>Carenado, though, as I think they've faithfully recreated the>real-world unit.>Yes I found out that and I have this Navomatic in my C182RG and I miss the altitude hold feature. But of course we shouldn't complain since we do strive for realism. But I find it strange that an autopilot can fly a approach but don't hold the altitude.>Let me repeat, the Carenado 206 (Full Pack) is exceedingly>nice. It is my favorite light GA add-on, and is only 2nd to>the Cheyenne 400LS (my first payware purchase) in my hangar. >I wish Carenado would do a 208 to the same level that they've>done the 206. After looking at this Carenado 206 I'm more and more of the impression that it resembles the Carenado 182RG very much. For example the panel looks very similar. Is it like buying another 182 for amphibious use?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

>The 206 and Beaver are fantastic and the Scout is cool too>but I seldom ever think to use it for amphib because I always>use these other two. I always forget that great Maule too and>then there is the Dornier.>What Dornier do you mean? I'm only aware of the Digital Aviation Dornier Do-27. But a amphibious Dornier?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like to fly, and collect, seaplanes and amphibians in FS9, in a 1930's to 1950's world.My favorite is the Sikorsky S-43 from the Golden Hawaii package (Custom Classics, Bill Lyons). Lyons has some other nice seaplane models, like an Apache, and the Stinson Reliant.But if you want a single engine floatplane also available on wheels and skis, I recommend the Champ package from Long Island Classics. If you seek something more suitable to a modern environment with ATC and occasional IFR, Long Island Classics has a Scout.I'm pretty sure all of these will be in the library here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this