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Anyone try the new Quest Kodiak?

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Just wondering if anyone has tried the Quest Kodiak by Lionheart Creations and how is it on the framerates?Thanks,Howard

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Nice plane and incredibly easy here on framerates. Better than the Carenado Mooney.

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I have it, and I absolutely love it. Two other pilots in my VA have bought in and are equally positive. It is very frame rate friendly and a delight to fly.I posted a review of it on SimFlight's bush flying forum here: Quest Kodiak Review

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thanks for the infothis is a must have for FSX - i have been waiting for a long time for Lionheart to finish this for fsxthey are a great company - highly recommendedBo

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Nice review! I am looking for a fast plane to go sightseeing: this one seems to fit the bill specially because it is rather fast and it has the wings high. But I do wonder how the view is from the cockpit when looking around. Is there a lot of VC blocking the view...? I haven't seen any screenshots with a normal default view... I do like the glass cockpit, even though I will be mainly handflying it and looking out of the window: while sightseeing I use the GPS quite a lot, so it's nice when it is implemented in the VC and I don't have to open a subwindow for it: that spoils the immersion. (I hardly ever leave the VC when I fly!)I wonder if someone could post some pics looking out of the VC, straight forward and down to the scenery below. Right now I fly the RealAir Decathlon, which gives a very nice open view around, but it's just a tad too slow... So... is this plane good for sightseeing or not?

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Nice review! I am looking for a fast plane to go sightseeing: this one seems to fit the bill specially because it is rather fast and it has the wings high. But I do wonder how the view is from the cockpit when looking around. Is there a lot of VC blocking the view...? I haven't seen any screenshots with a normal default view... I do like the glass cockpit, even though I will be mainly handflying it and looking out of the window: while sightseeing I use the GPS quite a lot, so it's nice when it is implemented in the VC and I don't have to open a subwindow for it: that spoils the immersion. (I hardly ever leave the VC when I fly!)I wonder if someone could post some pics looking out of the VC, straight forward and down to the scenery below. Right now I fly the RealAir Decathlon, which gives a very nice open view around, but it's just a tad too slow... So... is this plane good for sightseeing or not?
Do yoursef a favor and get TrackIR. If you like sightseeing like I do, this is a godsent. From time to time I try flights without it, just to know how good TrackIR is :-)Not a lot there to block your view, actually. Raise your seating position a little and you will be even finer.And consider XPOI from FSDreamteam if you are out into the wilderness - it tells you exactly what you see...

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Do yoursef a favor and get TrackIR. If you like sightseeing like I do, this is a godsent. From time to time I try flights without it, just to know how good TrackIR is :-)Not a lot there to block your view, actually. Raise your seating position a little and you will be even finer.And consider XPOI from FSDreamteam if you are out into the wilderness - it tells you exactly what you see...
I already own the TrackIR Pro 4 with the TrackClip Pro. I won't fly without it! It's the best. If mine broke down today I'd order a new one within a second. It's mandatory for FSX. :( Okay, so you like sightseeing too AND you like this plane. Good news! Still, I'd like to see some screenshots... :( Thanks for the XPOI tip!!! A few weeks ago I was looking for something like that (I remembered seeing a similar utility a long, long time ago) but I couldn't find it! I will certainly check it out!!!

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I already own the TrackIR Pro 4 with the TrackClip Pro. I won't fly without it! It's the best. If mine broke down today I'd order a new one within a second. It's mandatory for FSX. :( Okay, so you like sightseeing too AND you like this plane. Good news! Still, I'd like to see some screenshots... :( Thanks for the XPOI tip!!! A few weeks ago I was looking for something like that (I remembered seeing a similar utility a long, long time ago) but I couldn't find it! I will certainly check it out!!!
The "similar utility" is FSDiscover, you can get it from Flight1.com - but I like XPOI a lot better.

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The "similar utility" is FSDiscover, you can get it from Flight1.com - but I like XPOI a lot better.
Thanks, that's the one! XPOI looks a lot better indeed (I read the XPOI Avsim review), but I was hoping it worked with Google Earth kml files (and the likes). I have FTX and about 200 airfields that aren't listed in FSX itself: having them labeled would be great, but I just went to the Geonames site and it lacks the information I need. (I know I could add them myself, but that would take a bit too much time... or is there a way to put Google Earth data into Geonames...?). Pity...Pardon the hijack of this topic, Howard...! Back to the Quest Kodiak now! :(

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installed it yesterday in FSX Vista 64bitflew few closed circuitsthe plane is very smooththe vc is beautiful and great with track-irthe g1000 panel is very nice too - not fully functional but for the most part very inclusivea must get - you wont be disappointed (this plane can fly in any weather and also includes the Amphibian version - nice for water landings)Bo

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I have FTX and about 200 airfields that aren't listed in FSX itself: having them labeled would be great
Jeroen, in that case, Fsdiscover would be the better choice as Gwolb (sorry, I don't know his real name) updates an OzX FsDiscover database on a regular basis.You can get the latest file here. You can also use FSDiscover to create an FSX flight plan with those hard to find airfields and import it into your GPS.So, even if FSDiscover looks less sexy, it does the job and does it well :(

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Jeroen, in that case, Fsdiscover would be the better choice as Gwolb (sorry, I don't know his real name) updates an OzX FsDiscover database on a regular basis.You can get the latest file here. You can also use FSDiscover to create an FSX flight plan with those hard to find airfields and import it into your GPS.So, even if FSDiscover looks less sexy, it does the job and does it well :(
Wow, that's cool! Didn't know that! Thanks, I will check it out!

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Nice review! I am looking for a fast plane to go sightseeing: this one seems to fit the bill specially because it is rather fast and it has the wings high. But I do wonder how the view is from the cockpit when looking around. Is there a lot of VC blocking the view...? I haven't seen any screenshots with a normal default view... I do like the glass cockpit, even though I will be mainly handflying it and looking out of the window: while sightseeing I use the GPS quite a lot, so it's nice when it is implemented in the VC and I don't have to open a subwindow for it: that spoils the immersion. (I hardly ever leave the VC when I fly!)I wonder if someone could post some pics looking out of the VC, straight forward and down to the scenery below. Right now I fly the RealAir Decathlon, which gives a very nice open view around, but it's just a tad too slow... So... is this plane good for sightseeing or not?
Here ya go...

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Here ya go...
Thanks!!! Looking good. I am a bit allergic to panels with flat buttons (like the G1000 in this one) but I might give this one a try... (The last plane I bought is the pricey MD-11 and so this one now seems a real bargain! It's cheap! :( )

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Thanks!!! Looking good. I am a bit allergic to panels with flat buttons (like the G1000 in this one) but I might give this one a try... (The last plane I bought is the pricey MD-11 and so this one now seems a real bargain! It's cheap! :( )
It does take a bit of getting used to. I am accustomed to planes like the Aerosoft Beaver and the Flight One C441 which have traditional gauges and levers. The G1000 struck me as kind of "space age" when I first started flying it, but I got used to it and I find that there is some real convenience to be had with having so much information and control in two screens.Based on the kind of flying that you do, I can't think of a plane that would be better for or more enjoyable to fly. Lionheart's work is just exceptional.

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Just wondering if anyone has tried the Quest Kodiak by Lionheart Creations and how is it on the framerates?Thanks,Howard
Not only do I love the plane, but I have high respect for the organization in real world that makes the actual Kodiak. It is wonderful to see aviation involved in humanitarian affairs to such a degree with a dedicated aircraft. I am not religious, but if I had the chance to use my aviation skills to do good, I would jump at the chance, and the Kodiak is the perfect tool to do it, too.In FSX the aircraft handles wonderfully. I am writing a review for her for my site and have to say it is going to be a VERY positive review. There are a couple of very minor bugs which the author has acknowledged and is fixing, but both bugs are strictly cosmetic and in no way affect your enjoyment of this fine aircraft.
It does take a bit of getting used to. I am accustomed to planes like the Aerosoft Beaver and the Flight One C441 which have traditional gauges and levers. The G1000 struck me as kind of "space age" when I first started flying it, but I got used to it and I find that there is some real convenience to be had with having so much information and control in two screens.Based on the kind of flying that you do, I can't think of a plane that would be better for or more enjoyable to fly. Lionheart's work is just exceptional.
LOL -- Try flying a Cessna 172 with G1000 after doing 60+ student hours in an analog trainer. I thought my brain was going to explode at first, but after only 30 minutes of brief from a CFI and I was up and flying in no time. After 2 hours of flight time in the G1000, I felt like I was "blasting to the past" when I took my next flight in a standard trainer. I got lucky. The G1000 is higher rent than the rest of the fleet here at the flight school I attend. But the plane I usually fly was down for her annual and they scheduled me anyway, so to make up for the logistics error they sent me up in the glass for the price of the analog. After flying in her, I could easily see why so many pilots get far too used to glass and start to depend on the features so much that they forget the "basic" of the panel, then they get into trouble when either an electrical failure occurs or they get back into an analog cockpit. After going back and forth, I realized how important it is to remind myself constantly of the basics, and to keep cross checking with those standby instruments just to be a better, safer pilot.<<EDIT>> - Corrections - because my typing skills are terrible.

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LOL -- Try flying a Cessna 172 with G1000 after doing 60+ student hours in an analog trainer. I thought my brain was going to explode at first, but after only 30 minutes of brief from a CFI and I was up and flying in no time. After 2 hours of flight time in the G1000, I felt like I was "blasting to the past" when I took my next flight in a standard trainer. I got lucky. The G1000 is higher rent than the rest of the fleet here at the flight school I attend. But the plane I usually fly was down for her annual and they scheduled me anyway, so to make up for the logistics error they sent me up in the glass for the price of the analog. After flying in her, I could easily see why so many pilots get far too used to glass and start to depend on the features so much that they forget the "basic" of the panel, then they get into trouble when either an electrical failure occurs or they get back into an analog cockpit. After going back and forth, I realized how important it is to remind myself constantly of the basics, and to keep cross checking with those standby instruments just to be a better, safer pilot.
What you said...I have thought about that. What if you were cruising along in bad weather and the "computer" locked up? Could you still operate the plane? The Kodiak does have backup gauges, but I think it would be tough.

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I love the Kodiak (real world) but I am hesitant to buy this because I like very crisp and detailed external models (think RealAir or the CS C130X) and I'm not too impressed by the pictures I've seen so far of the Lionheart version. Part of that might be because all of the pictures I have seen so far are taken with low graphics settings. If someone could post some high quality pictures taken with high detail settings (Global Texture Res at Maximum) I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

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Hello i have Both the quest Kodiak and the epic lt dynasty form lionheart and I must say I like the Epic mutch better than the kodiak. I was not impressed with the panel setup and decided to go back to the epic. :(

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I fly all Bills planes and love them all...

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I fly all Bills planes and love them all...
I have to agree with the above. I find his airplanes to be well made and fun to fly. The Kodiak is by far my favorite, with the possible exception of the Viking. The only reason I might like the Viking better is because I seriously considered buying one for my business flying needs. The Kodiak is a great bush plane for FSX.

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