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I just noticed while browsing their site (to make sure it's still operational when I format my FSX drive for downloading) and I noticed the price of the RV7 has dropped quite a bit.

 

He's asking only 25 USD now for the plane - I'd highly recommend it at that price!

 

Very very good RV - the best for FSX out of the two other offerings - RXP 530W integration if you have it.  Superb flight modelling as well.  Minimal FPS impact.

 

http://www.baytower.ca/bts_downloads.htm

 

 

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Didn't find any pictures (I am mainly interested in cockpit pictures as that is what I mostly see while flying) on their sales page ^_^

Jean-Jacques

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Here's a nice vid...

 

 

I don't own the RV-7...it's on my list but I'm not buying airplanes.  I've always heard great things about it.

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Thanks for the heads up. I think it's about time the price was reduced... I wanted to buy it, but 50$ was asking way too much when you got similar if not better aircraft packages from Alabeo.

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Thanks for the heads up. I think it's about time the price was reduced... I wanted to buy it, but 50$ was asking way too much when you got similar if not better aircraft packages from Alabeo.

 

Really... maybe you should stick with Alabeo, if that is your assessment.. ^_^

 

I happen to think that the Baytower plane is in a different league altogether.

 

This is an enthusiast airplane, made by an enthusiast developer, unlike some

mass market airplanes I have flown..

 

One of my favorite FSX aircraft - I fly it often.

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Thanks for the heads up. I think it's about time the price was reduced... I wanted to buy it, but 50$ was asking way too much when you got similar if not better aircraft packages from Alabeo.

 

 

Really... maybe you should stick with Alabeo, if that is your assessment.. ^_^

 

I happen to think that the Baytower plane is in a different league altogether.

 

I can agree that the Vans RV-7 aircraft seems like a lot more fun than anything on Alabeo's lineup, but I do not agree that Baytower's model is better than what Alabeo offers at $20-$23. I think they're about the same quality-wise and at $50 the RV-7 seems overpriced in comparison but at the current price I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who likes general aviation.

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The RV is a fantastic airplane, still one of my favorites despite lacking a few goodies from newer releases.  Systems wise it is deeper than Alabeo but a little less than RealAir (post-Legacy).  By default, RV comes with one of the better non-RXP GNS530's, tho RXP fits very nicely.  RXP WAAS works fine.  The RV works very well with Accu-Feel.  Lots of good repaints have been done, and you still might be able to convince Ron to paint one for you B)

 

For the plane itself, it is a little Swiss army knife, it does everything.  Speedy IFR/VFR X-country, STOL, Aerobatic with great visibility from the cockpit.  I have knifed around small canyons, landed on short back country strips and flown over the Himalayas on a RTW trip.   The RV-7 is also light on fuel burn, and a very efficient airplane overall, thus why it is a popular kitplane in real life.  It provides builders/pilots with a good bang for the buck....not that it matters in FS LOL.

 

One downside is that it's creator Danny Maher has been away for awhile.  Last I heard he moved across Canada and was looking for work, this was a few years ago.  Perhaps when his life is settled again he will return and be able to address any updates.  The RV doesn't need many, but there are a few small bugs here and there.

 

For those on the fence, the RV is on the Flight1 wrapper, try it out then return it if it isn't for you.

 

Cheers

TJ

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Agree everything said except:

and you still might be able to convince Ron to paint one for you B)

 

I've done enough already. Plus loads of great paints by other painters. The world is your lobster, paint wise. ^_^

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Lol,

 

If eye candy is your thing, sticking with alabeo / carenado is the best option.

 

If you are looking for something with a little more "meat on the bone" then packages like this one are the way to go.

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If eye candy is your thing, sticking with alabeo / carenado is the best option.

Well, it is actually, although I wouldn't consider Carenado's stuff eye-candy.

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Well, it is actually, although I wouldn't consider Carenado's stuff eye-candy.

For the most part, I would!

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I agree Ryan, a really very exciting aircraft, one of my faves.

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For the most part, I would!

 

Depends on your definition of "eye-candy". Is it something that looks good or something that only looks good? To me most Carenado planes doesn't qualify either way.

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I will be more specific then.

 

Carenado aircraft look good but are usually let down significantly when it comes to flight modelling and functionality.

 

The only Carenado planes that are any good are usually the ones where Bernt Stolle has redone the FDE.

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Agree everything said except:

I've done enough already. Plus loads of great paints by other painters. The world is your lobster, paint wise. ^_^

 

Just got em all Ron..  :lol: Now all we have to do is something like this in MP! 

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I will be more specific then.

 

Carenado aircraft look good but are usually let down significantly when it comes to flight modelling and functionality.

 

The only Carenado planes that are any good are usually the ones where Bernt Stolle has redone the FDE.

^This

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Got the RV-7 yesterday, it's been on my list for a while. Nice! Need to look around for some more repaints though ;)

 

Is BTS still active, can we expect new releases in the future?

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Yes, also one of my favorites. I occasionally check their user forum, but Daniel Maher, the developer hasn't been on for sometime. So my guess is this is it! But well worth the money.....fun little plane to fly!

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The forum is dead... The guy moved x country and I'm not sure what happened.

 

There was a few things he said he was going to do for the RV (minor fixes or features) but I'm assuming those won't happen.

 

Still a good almost bug free product!

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Got the RV-7 yesterday, it's been on my list for a while. Nice! Need to look around for some more repaints though ;)

 

Is BTS still active, can we expect new releases in the future?

 

Here is a list of paints

http://www.baytower.ca/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=526

 

A note on the autopilot.

The RV's Autopilot is unique, not the typical Bendix King AP found in most GAs.  It can be a little twitchy if you engage it during extreme attitudes.  Be sure to be in stabilized flight before engaging AP.  Your Alt hold is merely setting the VS hold to '0'.  There is no 'nav' or 'loc' hold, however when your nav mode is on GPS, it will follow a GPS course, including the approach path.  For a regular ILS , slow to 110-120mph, use heading hold to track the localizer(for GPS vnav, keep AP on gps track), when glideslope becomes 'alive' press 'alt' again to engage glideslope hold.  Lower 1 notch of flaps, use throttle to maintain 90mph down glideslope until reaching DH.

 

You don't really need the AP very often since the RV is so fun to fly, but because of it's fighter like agility, the AP comes in handy during long X country and instrument approaches.

 

Cheers

TJ

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Just got em all Ron..  :lol: Now all we have to do is something like this in MP! 

Got 'em ALL? Wow!   :huh:  As for the formation thing, I'm all for that! :good:

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Got 'em ALL? Wow!   :huh:  As for the formation thing, I'm all for that! :good:

 

A RV-7 fly-in, I would try to take part if I can make the date/time!

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