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GA Aircraft recommendations for cross-country flights

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Hi all,

 

I'm planning to do a cross country flight in FSX from New York to Washington in the coming weeks. I was hoping to find some recommendations for a good GA plane to use for cross-country flying, especially as I'm looking to make many stops and take scenic routes. I'm looking at the Carenado V35B Bonanza and am also considering the larger Carendao PA32R 301 Saratoga SP (to give my virtual friends and family more leg room, haha). But I'm open to any and all suggestions. Are there any planes you like or would recommend specifically for cross-country flying (or even in general).

 

As always, I sincerely appreciate your time and feedback! I hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend!

 

Thank you!!

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Hi Dave, I like the Eaglesoft Twin Comanche for low and Caranado Cessna 340 to go up higher

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Bonanza is nice, but if you would like something a bit bigger, the RealAir Duke V2 would be a good choice..

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I don't post much but I'd vote either EagleSoft PA30 (Comanche) or the Caranado PA34 (Seneca) which I've been enjoying lately.  PA34 has better cockpit visibility than the 30,

 

James

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Slow/short distance - A2A 172 or Cherokee.

 

Medium speed/distance RealAir Legacy or Duke depending if you want low level single or high alt pressurized twin

 

Fast/long distance A2A Civil P-51, Real Air Turbine Duke, F1 Citation Mustang

 

Really fast Aerosoft EE Lightning.   

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+1 for the RealAir Lancair for the sightseeing route and smaller airports. At the other end of the spectrum is the Flight1 B200 and Milviz B350...maybe 1 stop to cross CONUS.

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Literally anything.  Well, maybe not the ultralight trike. 

 

I've done the cross country in several aircraft, low and slow.  I did it in a SeaRey (from the Discover Arabia package) Florida to Washington State duplicating Richard Bach's Flight in "Travels with Puff".  I'm currently doing Stephen Coonts' 48 state tour from "Cannibal Queen" in a Stearman (from Golden Age Simulations).  I'm considering doing NY to California in a Piper Cub duplicating the flight in "Flight of Passage."  I'm thinking about doing the NY to California early air mail run in a Curtiss Jenny.  I used to fly the Goose all over the place, including some around the world stuff.  When I first started with FSX, I flew the default Mooney all over the US. 

 

I wouldn't recommend a helicopter except maybe as a stunt;  you'll exhaust yourself.  But it's doable. 

 

Any of these aircraft would give you plenty of time to stop and smell the flowers, which is what I think you have in mind.  But it really doesn't matter, just pick one you like... you'll be flying it for a while.  :)

 

Hook

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Slower>>>A2A Piper or A2A Cessna

Faster>>>A2A Mustang Civil

 

Regards,

 

Richard Portier

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No matter what GA plane you get, get A2A accufeel....(excluding the A2A Cherokee/172 or any other A2A plane with it's accusim pack as they already have it).  Accufeel greatly enhances the airplane environment.  

 

Also consider either the Reality XP GNS series or the F1 GTX series, they are much more realistic garmin than the default. (realistic flight plan entry, correct OBS function...etc)  Most planes mentioned above have 3d integration for reality XP.  F1 GTX 3D integration should start happening soon since it is a very new release.

 

Cheers

TJ

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+1 for the Realair Duke v2, a great plane that I am currently flying around Australia. Also check out Ant's Airplanes Tecnam Sierra, a great one for low and slow.

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Lionheart Epic LT is also a good choice. Much faster than most GA's and a pleasure to fly. The Realair Dukes would be excellent choices as well.

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Turbocharged Carenado C337. It can land on, and take-off from short strips if you're taking the smaller airports and is quite maneuverable in between mountains, or difficult terrain. I take this plane everywhere!

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I'm a huge fan of the Spartan Executive, by Milton Shupe. Great plane to fly, not all that tough to land or take off from small or "unimproved" strips. Also, the Cessna 195 in it's three basic configurations, Floats, Skis, and Tundra Tires, by "Lizardo".

A couple of very fun aircraft to fly, and the 195 will stop on a dime. Ideal for VERY short, unimproved runways, and of course, there is the float vrsion for lakes, rivers and so on that fishermen and the Alaskan's love so much!

Those are my two choices, barring the Bell 206B III, by OWEN HEWITT, in all it's million various paints and slight configurations variations. Fantastic for passengers or photographers/movie makers.

For chopper flight low and fast, like in mountains and vallies, the MD500E, by the Nemeths, or killer egg as I used to call it, is a blast to fly :) Light, agile, and very maneuverable, yet great slow-speed and hover characteristics.

 

Pat☺

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Reading the above - I must agree that the "best bang for the buck" plane would be the RealAir SF260.

 

It has great visibility and is fast... a "must have" in any collection, although, if you want to spend the money, the new RealAir Legacy has it beat on all fronts..

 

Edit...  Only one passenger, though!

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short untill 600 nm : F1 PC12

Medium till 1000nm : F1 Mustang

Long range till 3500 nm : Eagle soft Citation X  (C750)

Good flights ?

Serge


short till 600 nm : F1 PC12

medium till 1000 nm : F1 Mustang

long range till 3500 : Eaglesoft Citation X (c750)

Serge

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No matter what GA plane you get, get A2A accufeel....(excluding the A2A Cherokee/172 or any other A2A plane with it's accusim pack as they already have it).  Accufeel greatly enhances the airplane environment. 

 

Agreed, AccuFeel is a must-have, especially for GA flying. One of the essential FSX addons.

 

As for aircraft, I'll second the A2A Cherokee - excellent for slow sightseeing tours. A bit pricey though. If you want something to get in and out of small airstrips, consider the Realair Scout or the Aerosoft Beaver. Both come with plenty of variants (tundra wheels, floats, amphibian...) and fly very nicely.

If you like classic aircraft, you have to try Manfred Jahn's C-47 V2. It can get in and out of quite small airfields, and is reasonably fast to cover some distance. One of the very best addons, period - and it's free!

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MilViz C310 and B55 are two of the best GA twins. Both are a joy to fly and both can be paired with the Mindstar Garmin GNS units, RXP Garmin GNS units, or Flight 1 Garmin GTN units.

 

The Carenado C337 is another good one. Both Mindstar and RXP GNS units work.

 

I also would check out the Eaglesoft SR22 Turbo as a nice, fast piston single (and includes a functional CAPS system).

 

Jet - I second the Eaglesoft Citation X. This is one of my favorites.

 

Decisions, decisions.

 

Todd

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Also consider either the Reality XP GNS series or the F1 GTX series, they are much more realistic garmin than the default. (realistic flight plan entry, correct OBS function...etc)  Most planes mentioned above have 3d integration for reality XP.  F1 GTX 3D integration should start happening soon since it is a very new release.

 

Agreed, I'd go so far as to say realistic Garmin GPS (RXP GNS430/530 or F1 GTN 750/650) is fundamental to having a good cross-country GA experience. Trip planning features such as VNAV T/D calculation, useful range and fuel usage (that shows real-time fuel burn changes as you lean the mix, making fuel efficient flight that much easier), automatic density altitude calculation... lots of things that makes cross-country flight more interesting and better planned.

 

BTW, another vote for the Lancair Legacy. If I could have only one GA plane, that would probably be it. Turbine Duke is great too, but I'd wait for v2. 

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