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Hello everyone,We are pleased to announce our Cessna 172 SP is now available at Avsim's library. This aircraft was specially commissioned by a prominent Melbourne Air Training Centre: the Kangan Batman Tafe, and is used by them for ab initio pilot training.This aircraft will spin and side slip. It is also smooth in pitch and can be used for cruise, pattern, IFR and VFR practice.This aircraft is free for anyone to use privately and for non-commercial purposes.We are also proud to announce a custom livery for the same Tafe training centre of our Marchetti SF260. Our SF260 is also used by the Tafe for advanced flying training, and the livery is free for existing purchasers of the SF260, available at our site now:www.realairsimulations.com (see FS2002 section).Kind Regards,Rob YoungRealAir Simulations

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Many, many THANKS,As this plane is what I mostly fly, I have been waiting anxiously for this file. I am looking now in the library.I have the Marchetti and am also awaiting your next payware release. Am hoping for another great GA craft, but even if it is a jet, you will have a sale. :)Edit: Found it, got it, also have the repaint, now of to FLY it :D

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Hello,sincere thanks to all the RealAir team for this new aircraft. It gave me the taste to fly again in the C172 !Tony

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Just back from flying the C172. A beautiful job in my opinion.It really will spin. And I just did a simulated engine out into KPWA Wiley Post as I had to do in real life about a month ago, in a C172K 1969 model. I came in at 3500MSL, (pattern altitude is 2300MSL), keeping my altitude until the last second, then slipped like crazy to get down. Worked in your C172SP just as it did in real life. If this plane was unable to slip, I never would have made it, although Wiley Post is a long runway :)Am waiting with bated breath for the Decathlon. Maybe the Scout, but the Decathlon for sure. :D

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Thanks Rob.. great flight model!However, on the left side of the aircraft, the lettering is mirror imaged backward.. did I do something wrong during the install?BTW, I did have to do it twice, since the install routine only works if you extract the file contents using the "file-names" option..

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HI Bert,Pretty much every aircraft addon with install routines needs winzip to be set for full folder paths enabled.Aha....so you didn't read the guide then! (which pops up immediately after you install).We put a note there about the reversed lettering on one side. This is why the default C172 doesn't have lettering: the textures in the default are mirrored instead of constructed individually, so unless we completely redesigned the mdl (beyond the scope of a free aircraft for us) we had to make do with the default texture mirroring.Kind Regards,Rob YoungRealAir Simulations

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A great benefit from using default textures, at least for the VC is the frame rates. I use "Jerome, Idaho" as a test bed for FS2002 aircraft. The area is rather sparce which helps with fps, they re-build WWII aircraft of excellent quality at the real airport, and I was "born" down the road a few miles. But non-the-less, my frame rates were hitting as high as 55 fps which is very pleasing to the eyes as well as aircraft motion. L.Adamson

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Rob, you are right.. I was keen to try out the aircraft.. next time, I'll read the instructions..Flies great though!!

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Hi Rob your C172 SP is really really nice. Great job. Many thanks for making it freeware. It really flies superbly well.

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All I can say is a big thank you. Flies beautifully and spins/slips well also, it's nice to now have a good training aircraft.

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Hi Rob,Thanks for taking the time to make this file. The default C172 is one of my favourite aircraft in FS2002 and this file is a great improvement to it.Thanks also for the new livery for the SF260 - nice!Iain Spowart,Scotland.Webmaster and photographer,Scottish Rockettes Dance Squad Official Web-Sitehttp://avsim.iainspowart.com/rockettes.gifhttp://www.scottishrockettes.comScottish Claymores Cheerleaders Fan Sitehttp://www.claymorescheerleaders.comMotorsport Photographyhttp://www.iainspowart.com

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I've to cope right now with a lousy (for flightsim purpose at least) laptop but wanted to try your 172 anywsay. Absolutely stunning. I wouldn't comment too much on the flight model due to the inadequacy of my computer in terms of smoothness but it felt good. The sound package is terrific, Rob, the best I've found so far on any plane, from take off to the thud of the wheels landing on the runway. Great wind sound. Contributes nicely to the suspension of disbelief.Thank you for the gift, to you and your associates.Dominique

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Wow...yep...wow! The 172 is the only plane that I've flown in real life (only about 17 hrs. worth, shamefully), and all I can say is "wow". I might have to look into that Marchetti.Many thanx for the freebie.-T Edwin (hoo)

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Last week after doing a fresh install of XP, I was finally ready to install the SF 260 and go flying. To my horror I couldn't find the registration key. Panic began to set in!! I searched everywhere!! For me, there's no reason to have FS2K2 on my hard drive if I can't fly the SF 260. Finally in desperation I e-mailed Rob to tell him of my plight. I had no information to offer but my name and the date of purchase. I was in no hurry (many more important things to do in life, and... hey , it was I who lost the key), yet within a couple hours Rob e-mailed me back and I was good to go!!Now we get all these new offerings. Today, after reading the announcement on the front page, I'm reminded why I enjoy this hobby so much.It's people like Rob Young and all the other great folks at RealAir that make this so much more fun than it otherwise would be.Thanks for the gifts. My 11 year old daughter, who is partial to purple, is especially fond of the new textures for the SF 260.To RealAir :-beerchug

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Thanks Greg,You may appreciate the free gift, but we also appreciate users of our addons who take the trouble to point out the service we strive to give.Hope you get months of enjoyment from the C172.Rob YoungRealAir Simulations

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A big thank you Rob! I can now answer the question about spins in FS that there are now 2 aircraft that do this!Best Wishes, Randy J. Smith[h5]San Jose Ca[/h5][h3]" A little learning is a dangerous thing"[/h3]AMD XP 2100 |MUNCHKIN 512 DDR RAM |ECS[/b ][i] K7S5A MB[/i] |GF3 64 MEG |WIN XP PRO |MITSUBISHI DIAMOND PLUS 91 19"

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Thanks for releasing this to the general public. It flies great, but looks...well...let's just say that it's an interesting paint scheme for that school. Thanks for confirming that it's the default model.Tim13

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!!Many thanks for this aircraft!! I've just spent an hour flying it, and it was the most fun I've had with FS2002 in the 1 1/2 years I've owned it.Great job with the flight dynamics - your reputation is well deserved - and needless to say the gyros in my C-172 are completely trashed from from all the spins I managed to cram into one hours flight time!Your package has the best self-installer I've seen to date, straightforward and error free.And you have just gained a new customer, as I have decided that life without your SF260 isn't worth living so I'm off to your website tomorrow with plastic in hand to add it to my aircraft folder.Again, thank you for this amazing addon, and for demonstrating conclusively that FS2002 has the capability to be a realistic flight simulation instead of a video game.

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Nice job on this plane ... best flight model I have used yet... and I have lots and lots of other payware planes. I had come to the conclusion that I will not buy any more payware planes ...it seems none of the flight models "feel" real. The developers just see how many guages they can cram onto a simple panel ... the result being, that even if the flight model is correct, you'd never know it because the frame rates get choppy. I plan to fly the hell out of this 172, and purchase whatever you guys come out with in the future. Good buisiness move giving away this file. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there just like me who now, will be devoted customers of yours. Thanks ! and please .... don't cram your future aircraft's panels full of tiny unreadable performance degrading guages ! Thanks

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Many thanks for this plane.Any ideas of putting your flight model skills towards developing a helio for FS2002 along the lines of the SF 260? I'm sure it would be a challenge, but a decent rotorwing model is sorely needed.

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Hey Rob & RealAir Team,I must congratulate you on an absolutely fantabulous job. It brought back great memories of my training in my C172, years ago. The sound, the feel, the panel. I could almost smell the inside of the plane. And if I pressed my headset closer to my ears I could almost feel the vibration from the engine. :-lolI did a test flight in Seattle with decent weather, and a pretty decent crosswind. The plane flew flawlessly, I had a grin from ear to ear flying this beauty.I see why the Marchetti is so popular, makes me wanna go get it, well, I think I will. I really appreciate your gift to the community, as well as all the other FS developers, it seems recently there has been a great deal of giving from developers, and this IS REALLY GREAT. It proves that the spirit of giving is still alive and kicking.Keep up the good work. http://www.forefrontgrp.com/jayssigsmall.jpg "There is an art . . . to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss!"

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I did a quick flight from Lago's Emma Field into the difficult landing at Ranger Creek. I was able to nail the landing almost perfect with a pretty heavy crosswind. The feel of this plane is just amazing. This plane is going to start costing me more money as I think I will be buying a few more of Lago's sceneries to fly in and out of! For those who haven't picked up the sf260, it has an excellent flight model, as well as a great 2d and virtual cockpit. Also, the plane (both real world and the fs2002 model ) are just awesome looking.

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