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I tend to fly commercial aircraft, namely pmg 737ngx and 777 along with majestic dash 8. I do not know much about GA aircraft and was wondering which would be the best to pick up. I have the A2A c-172 and the realair lancair legacy. I know names like Carenado get thrown around a lot on the forums, but I'm not sure which planes are the top picks for GA. 

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Carenado have a sale on right now ( ends December 22nd ). I have their V35B Bonanza and the Cessna C337 Skymaster. I like them both, but the general opinion seems to be that the Skymastyer is one of their best releases, so you might like to have a look at it. A very interesting aircraft, an unusual configuration, and it flies very nicely.

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Pretty much anything from RealAir, MilViz, or A2A. Carenado tends to be hit or miss. The Flight1 KingAir is pretty nice as well.

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A2A 172 that u already have,  RealAir duke v2,  Milviz 310 and B55.  Doesn't get much better.

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The RealAir Lancair is a nice and fast little plane as well. Apart from those that have already been mentioned, the A2A Cub and the A2A Mustang (Civilian or Military version) are probably also as good as it gets.

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The A2A C172 is a great airplane, but I found the MIlviz 310 and B55 less than exciting.  However, I readily admit that I'm not that into twins. 

 

I also have several Carenado's that I enjoy (152 II, 172N, 337) as well as the RealAir Scout, Citabra and Decathelon.

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To me Carenado often feels to be more about visuals than flying and systems. Having said that I just bought their C182T HD in the sale as it is a reasonable G1000 trainer. And I believe they make the only decent C152 out there...

 

All the great planes have been mentioned here. I second especially the Realair Duke v60 and the Turbine version (sale at simmarket atm), the Milviz C310, the A2A civ Mustang and Cub.

 

It does depend on the mission profile you have in mind, as in real life...

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I like several of the Carenado planes. Right now I am having a lot of fun with the A2A 172. The Accu-Sim module included with it is a blast!

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Not a big fan of carenado, they make pretty planes but the systems and in some cases the FDE is lacking.   I think the A2A 172 you have and the realair legacy are probably the best GA out right now.   ORBX also just released a van's rv-4 with a fully functioning glass panel, but from what I have heard FPS is not good.  

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Realair Duke v2 / Turbine Duke

Flight1 King Air

Baytower RV7

Lotus L39 (RXP Reno Race variant)

Carenado TBM 850

Milviz C310 / Baron

A2A Civilian Mustang

Flight1 Mustang

Flight1 T182

 

Those are the cream of the GA crop

 

I also fly the PMDG J41 and 737NG as business aircraft. Eaglesoft makes good systems bizjets but they're dated graphically now.

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There are so many great planes out there and i tried a few: Carenado is pretty much up there on the top, but I miss the final few touches on the Carenado C337. A2A are very accurate about the A2A C172, but it just seems a little like reality: Too slow - you get about the same level of excitement from a balloon... Ouch, but that reminds me of all the fantastic new scenery on offer. 2014 will be a very expensive FSX year.

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Hi Folks,

 

With all the same comments repeated by customers over and over again in regards to Carenado - you would think that a as a company - they might react... They do have - unquestionably - the best visual models out there - just think how their sales would improve if they actually invested the time in FDE's and systems... It's a shame - LOL - if only...

 

Regards,
Scott

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Do your prefer a single or do you prefer a twin GA?  How important is it to you to add an aircraft that you can customize, such as with add on GPS (function and more current Nav Data) and WX scope? or find repaints for?  

 

I am now strictly a GA enthusiast and I prefer twins.  That said, the top three aircraft in my hangar are the Carenado Beech C90 and the MilViz Beech Baron B-55.  I also spend some time in the Carenado C337 when I want great visibility, such as on scenic flights, and the Carenado Grand Caravan C208 when I need seats and cargo capacity.  All of these are excellent and all provide for at least some degree of 3rd party GPS integration.  I also have a handful of other aircraft that I fly less.  The most notable of those is the MilViz C310.  I do not fly it often, but it is thoroughly enjoyable when I do.  However it has the lightest feel to it (as in real life) and coming down to it from the NGX, 777, and Dash 8 might not be a match for you.  Not a cut on that model at all, just an observation about where you appear to be coming from.

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I actually do not think that the Ceranado planes all fly the same. Maybe I just have an overly active imagination! I also like the level of systems integration on many of their products. If I want very detailed systems I go with the stuff from PMDG, but lately I like to be a little more relaxed. To each his own!

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If you really like GA... you should also consider adding a Reality XP GNS unit

to the cockpit for navigation.

 

The GNS430W fits in both the A2A C172 and RealAir Legacy, so that would

be a good choice..

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It also goes into the MV stuff... AND it's in 3d in ours... (just saying)

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Quite a bit of variety in the GA suggestions being offered up here!

 

Although you can most definitely role-play being the richest of the rich, and therefore anything is fair game as GA, I tend to prefer for this use planes which I could realistically see more regular private ownership (individual or partnership); the type of stuff I myself could imagine flying if I either lived in bush country, or casually flew friends and family on little sight seeing jaunts or slightly longer trips.

 

So on my GA list in no particular order (each has a particular & slightly different role):

 

A2A C172

A2A Cub

Carenado F33A

Carenado C185F Regular & Bush

RealAir Lancair Legacy

Milviz B-55

 

These are mainly the ones I fly when I'm in a GA mindset.   I do enjoy the C337, but I mostly fly it as if I were a commercial operator, along with larger twins like the Twin Otter Extended and the Flight1 B200.

 

But of course, the great thing about about flying a simulator is you can do whatever you want!!

 

It's also worth noting that for a few some of the older Carenado offerings, there are patches available that improve the FDE.

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I actually do not think that the Ceranado planes all fly the same.

 

I have to disagree, Oldar. I just purchased the TBM850 and for the life of me, it's hard to distinguish the flight model from their B200. Kind of disappointing. I do like flying the 337 much more as it does seem to have a better FDE. Certainly a unique little beastie.

 

I echo the sentiments of everybody mentioning Milviz, RealAir, A2A. The Flight1 B200 and Mustang were fantastic, but are a no-op in P3D 1.4. Once you start logging time in the RealAir Legacy you will really come to see a really good flying aircraft.

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Hm after a couple of trial flights I'm completely disenchanted with the Carenado T182 HD - some cockpit switch sounds missing, VC visual quality good but not to the standards of A2A, the Aerosoft Twotter or the Duke B60v2, and the G1000 implementation is lacking.

 

Will try to get a refund and get the Flight1 182 instead - that one looks as if it might be one of the five top-of-the-line GA planes...

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Carenado has no DRM or activation system on most of their addons and support all platforms. Because of that they are the only brand of aircraft addons I currently buy.

 

I own 20+ Carenado aircraft and visually they are mostly above average in quality. As for realism they are not up there with Milviz, RealAir and A2A, but mostly good enough. Too bad though that they don't go the extra mile, but from a busniess standpoint I guess they are fully aware of Pareto distribution (getting an aircraft 80% realistic takes 20% effort, but getting the last 20% of realism in place, takes 80% more effort).

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