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OT: Best GA scenery and aircraft combo

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Gents,I've spent almost all of my flightsim time in the flight levels, and while I enjoy this immensely, I'm aware that there is a large body of general aviation add-on developers out there producing good work. I have tried exactly none of these, and know little to nothing about what's hot and what's not. (I'm the first to admit that's a disgrace, by the way!)So, here's the question: If you could pick one GA aircraft and Scenery combo that really captured all the joys of GA flying in FSX, what would they be, and why? Payware, freeware, I don't mind. I really see myself as more of an airliner guy, but I'd like a little "weekend getaway" sort of environment where I could try my hand at the basics, and do a few cross countries of an hour or so duration maybe.Your advice is much appreciated!

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Any ORBX region is perfect for vfr flights. And i can recommend the aerosoft katana its a beauty.

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On top of that, any OZx airfields and Ants Aussie airports! Freeware.Then there's Carenado and of course the Orbx Lancair.

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If you could pick one GA aircraft and Scenery combo that really captured all the joys of GA flying in FSX, what would they be, and why?
I would suggest the Carenado Cessna 185 Bush version and the Tongass X Alaska scenery. Lots of places to go (airports and small airstrips on wheels, floatplane bases, glaciers to land on with skis), challenging area to fly in because of the weather and mountains, and short distances so you don't cruise for hours. The C185 is a taildragger, so more challenging to fly than your average Cessna, and the flight model is excellent. And at $18.95 it is excellent value for the money - you get bush wheel, amphibian, float, and ski versions in the package.

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Any ORBX area + the A2A Simulations Piper cub...I'd also take a peek at their 377... They've got a new addition on the horizon for that bird called "Captain of the Skies", and while it would put you into the flight levels, it would be a COMPLETE change of pace from what you are accustomed to. Cheers!

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Get the excellent NL2000 scenery of The Netherlands (FREE!) and the Aerosoft Katana for an PMDG style appoach of GA aircraft. You'll be in heaven!

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Get the excellent NL2000 scenery of The Netherlands (FREE!) and the Aerosoft Katana for an PMDG style appoach of GA aircraft. You'll be in heaven!
Thanks Lenny for pointing out the Katana! for some reason Ive managed to overlook this little aircraft. Just reading the Features list made me drool!. Im gonna get this tommorow as soon as my wage goes in :( .Looks like a great aircraft for flying around my Orbx Scenery.

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If you could pick one GA aircraft and Scenery combo that really captured all the joys of GA flying in FSX, what would they be, and why?
Anything Carenado. They make great aircraft, high quality textures, great sounds (and accurate I might add), feels like you're actually in the cockpit of the thing. Adds a completely different experience when coupled with something like ORBX scenery.

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I would give you heads up for another overlooked GA aircraft - Realair Turbo Duke.Amazing little twinprop being upgraded with PT-6A turbine engines. It will give you STOL characteristics combined with speed (280+ knots and FL200+) and climb (4000+ fpm). Realair have done a great job simulating the turboprop engines operations. Actually so well, that if you don't take care you might end up with damaged engines (visually spitting oil on the engine cowling)... Further more I might say that overall I like their creation more than the ones from Carenado.Bundle this up with RealityXP Garmin 530 pack and go fly... Over ORBX scenery of course...

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All sceneries of Pacific Island Simulation are superb! With a Carenado GA plane, like the Grand Caravan HD. It's great! Gives you an Island hopping feeling.

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You could just stick with Orbx the entire way, they not only make great scenery but they also produce a great little 4 seater GA aircraft called the Lancair IV-P (pressurized), it's a tricky aircraft to take off and land because of the high stall speed but can cruise at 250kts @ FL250, or you can choose to go low and slow over that beautiful scenery.

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Thanks Lenny for pointing out the Katana! for some reason Ive managed to overlook this little aircraft. Just reading the Features list made me drool!. Im gonna get this tommorow as soon as my wage goes in :( .Looks like a great aircraft for flying around my Orbx Scenery.
If you're amazed by the feature list you'll be in heaven when you get the Katy! It has many more little easter eggs than shown in the feature list!I've just experienced a few insects walking around inside my cockpit while taking off xD Great little thing and well worth the money!

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Thanks Lenny for pointing out the Katana! for some reason Ive managed to overlook this little aircraft. Just reading the Features list made me drool!. Im gonna get this tommorow as soon as my wage goes in :( .Looks like a great aircraft for flying around my Orbx Scenery.
You'll love this one! It's up there with A2A, seeing you have some of their stuff too. (don't you just love the Spitfire?!)

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You'll love this one! It's up there with A2A, seeing you have some of their stuff too. (don't you just love the Spitfire?!)
yea the Spitfire is pretty awsome, I love the B-17 as well as its so indepth! :(

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Anything from RealAir. They totally own the GA category. I especially like the Duke, both turbine and piston. The flight model is very realistic, easily by far the most realistic flight model on FSX

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ORBX PNW + KORS Orcas Island with the RealAir Duke/Turbine Duke - it's incredibly real feeling.

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OrbX scenery, regardless where, with Ozx/Ants freeware scenery. Marcel Felde's DA20, any A2A accusim release, if you have the horsepower in your PC, you might want to look at the Flight1 T182T. Ant's Airplanes Tiger Moth or Tecnam. Don't forget to check out the Real Air B60/B60T. If you go for a Carenado, check in the forum for the in many cases necessary tweaks to get the flight model closer to the real world. Remember to have fun. :)Andrew

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Orbx scenery with anything from Realair. I love the Turbine but have been flying standard B60 more often. Orbx Lancair is great too....Carenado I don't rate so high. Aerosoft Katanya is a whole new experience if you can live with the slowish cruise speed.

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I would say ORBX GOLD + YPMQ? Maybe with the Carenado AC114? Im waiting for my copy of YPMQ to arrive, but looking at the screenies, its unreal!

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Gents,I've spent almost all of my flightsim time in the flight levels, and while I enjoy this immensely, I'm aware that there is a large body of general aviation add-on developers out there producing good work. I have tried exactly none of these, and know little to nothing about what's hot and what's not. (I'm the first to admit that's a disgrace, by the way!)So, here's the question: If you could pick one GA aircraft and Scenery combo that really captured all the joys of GA flying in FSX, what would they be, and why? Payware, freeware, I don't mind. I really see myself as more of an airliner guy, but I'd like a little "weekend getaway" sort of environment where I could try my hand at the basics, and do a few cross countries of an hour or so duration maybe.Your advice is much appreciated!
Hi,you can't go wrong with ORBX, never mind Carenado...their planes are full of bugs! In my opinion the Real Air Duke and Orbx Lancair are the best! Go for the Real Air first if you have the cash...David DD

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well I jsut got the Katana and dont know what to say. I got it at midnight and was only going to make sure it worked before I went to bed, its now 3am and I have been drooling on my keyboard for the entire time. I can honestly say Ive never seen anything like this in any sim ever!. Ive never had a real aircraft (could not get a licence even if I had the money lying around due to having only 1 good eye) this may just be the best thing to happen to me in FSX.I have not even taken off yet, im trying to get used to the maintainece and learning to check the oil etc. I love how it makes me feel like its something I own that needs tender loving care, heck you can even vacum and clean the windows!I really must go to bed lol.

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Any of the ORBX stuff (regions before airports, but get at least one airport for your region(s) and the A2A Accusim Piper Cub. It's fantastic in every way.-stefan

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The Katana is pretty fracking amazing for a "simple" GA - I'd say it's the most comprehensive plane to date.I also like:Orbx LancairRealair Duke (turbine and piston)Lotus L39Flight1 T182 and C510 MustangEaglesoft Citation X

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Megascenery Socal, Megascenery Las Vegas with Aerosoft Las Vegas on top and Megascenery Hawai with Aerosoft Dillingham AFB (my absolute favorite)with avsim freeware files for Oahu scenery objects. Megascenery looks awesome when you are at 2000 ft or above. UtX street lights and a nice dawn/dusk theme but not exaggerated, ridiculously wrong coloured ones from REX (better use small "independant" programs). Planes Real Air Scout (wonderful at side slips), Real Air Duke, Real Air SF260 (actually not possible in fsx but somehow it spins), A2A Piper, Digital Aviation Do 27. Carenado have nice grapics, but rest is boring. Helicopter Dodosim 206 (high end helicopter; when you manhandle this helicopter you know the basics how a helicopter works; I use it very often for low and slow flying).

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