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I'm in love with this plane... Time to Soup It Up!

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Hi everyone.

 

 

I come from a flying family.. been in lots of planes, did allot of flying. My oldest brother is perhaps one of the best pilots in the world.. and of course that is biased.. but the dude was born to fly. Sadly, time has caught up with us, and our flying years have been over for a few years now... well allot of years. We had talked seriously about buying a plane, but as things went on.. ya know... dad wanted slow, bro wanted fast, kids wanted cool, etc... it fell through. I bring this up because the plane we were looking for was right in front of us the entire time... The Commander 114. Before Carenado sold this plane, I had no idea the thing even existed! How crazy is that?? We were flying every weekend during the time this craft was new and in production... how we missed it is unreal (We had Cessna and Grumman fever back then).

 

It fits the bill... why this craft never became a major seller is a complete "#####?" for me.  It's fast (for the time), it had the biggest cabin, it was easy, easy, easy to fly. It had a simple panel.. Man what a sleeper! (to use a hot rod term).  I think it's one of the best looking planes out there... even by today's standards!  AND... it's not plastic! (Just a little rub for the glue and fiberglass junkies out there).

 

The good news is... they are slated to go back into production... Commander 115's will be rolling out again... but those prices will be well out of my reach these days.

 

Ok, Ok... stop rambiling!

 

I have just completed, and tested, the 114TC mod (TURBO CHARGED!), and this "big block chevy" monster will make you giggle with it's real world performance.

 

30 inch - 2200 RPM - 15.5 GPH Fuel Flow. 11,000 ft ISA no winds will yield about 170 Knts average. WTFO is allot faster! (But you'll burn up the heads). 1,500 fpm climb rates for as long as you practically want.

90 gallons of marvelously over priced AV Gas to take you about 1000 NM's.

 

It may be the perfect "everyman" VOR platform out there... well next to the Legacy... but there is only room for two and a backpack in that rocket... and it's "Experiential"... Plastic... with no Turbo.

 

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Bottom line; Ok... not going to kill myself like I did for the Baron TC. This is going to be simple. No repaints, and thankfully, no gauge changes (They just stuck a TIO-540-AG1A in the 114, the VNE stayed the same, and the engine specs on MAP and RPM stayed the same... just more power and altitude... 25,000 ft). I'll supply the AIR, and CFG files, and you will supply the plane. Copy paste, and you'll have a fleet of 114TC's separate from your regular 114's.

 

I have to secure the OK from Stolle and Carenado, and it'll be another Avsim exclusive.

 

Stay Tuned.

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Soon.. Ill shoot for this weekend (12-6-14)

 

Got the OK from everyone, so it's a go.

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Does Carenado usually have a xmas sale?

                                              Rick

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Does Carenado usually have a xmas sale?

                                              Rick

Yes, I expect a nice selection from both Alabeo and Carenado model lines at deep discounts later this month. I would guess the Rockwell Commander 114 will be in the near half off group.

 

Regards,

Ray

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OK, it's uploaded to the lib... give it a day or two to show up. search lib with the author "Henry"

 

Enjoy.

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OK, it's uploaded to the lib... give it a day or two to show up. search lib with the author "Henry"

 

Enjoy.

I sure can't find this is the Avsim Library. Is it in another library? Maybe a link would work.

 

Regards,

Ray

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It can take a day or two for items to appear in the AVSIM Library as they have to be manually checked and approved by Dave Opper and Team.....  I'm sure it'll appear soon.

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I have just completed, and tested, the 114TC mod (TURBO CHARGED!), and this "big block chevy" monster will make you giggle with it's real world performance.

 

30 inch - 2200 RPM - 15.5 GPH Fuel Flow. 11,000 ft ISA no winds will yield about 170 Knts average. WTFO is allot faster! (But you'll burn up the heads). 1,500 fpm climb rates for as long as you practically want.

90 gallons of marvelously over priced AV Gas to take you about 1000 NM's.

 

It may be the perfect "everyman" VOR platform out there... well next to the Legacy... but there is only room for two and a backpack in that rocket... and it's "Experiential"... Plastic... with no Turbo.

 

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Bottom line; Ok... not going to kill myself like I did for the Baron TC. This is going to be simple. No repaints, and thankfully, no gauge changes (They just stuck a TIO-540-AG1A in the 114, the VNE stayed the same, and the engine specs on MAP and RPM stayed the same... just more power and altitude... 25,000 ft). I'll supply the AIR, and CFG files, and you will supply the plane. Copy paste, and you'll have a fleet of 114TC's separate from your regular 114's.

 

I have to secure the OK from Stolle and Carenado, and it'll be another Avsim exclusive.

 

Stay Tuned.

Why not go ahead and really bring it up to date with the IO-580 and have a 115TC. The lack of a little higher cruise speed was all that the 114 owners complained about.

 

Evidently the 580 fits quite nicely in the 114 body.

 

Regards,

Ray

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OK, it's uploaded to the lib... give it a day or two to show up. search lib with the author "Henry"

 

Enjoy.

Thanks so much for this - looking forward to flying this mod!

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Why not go ahead and really bring it up to date with the IO-580 and have a 115TC. The lack of a little higher cruise speed was all that the 114 owners complained about.

 

Evidently the 580 fits quite nicely in the 114 body.

 

Regards,

Ray

 

I thought about it, but the 115TC is after Rockwell, and has modern avionics.. I wanted to stay true to the 70's version that Carenado made.

 

A few notes (as of right now, the upload is still in processing, so be patient.. I post a direct link when it goes live) .

 

1.) Install the "AC11 Commander 114 FSX - Optional Patch" from Carenado. It's not a must, but if you decide to ditch the mod, the back up files included are set up with that patch in mind.

 

2.) Buy and install the AreZone 114 sound set. It's absolutely one of their best, and must have been recorded from the real thing... as every video I've seen sounds just like it.

 

I was going to do something a little more radical... in that I was also planning on a damage mod to make you pay for flying too hot... The TC will heat up those heads pretty fast, so keep that cowling open during climb... but I got lazy, and other AC came out, and yada, yada, yada.. LOL.  So I didn't do that. I was also going to do a mod to start up like I did for the Baron, but I got so many e-mails on the Baron that I decided not to do it for this plane. The actual TC mod is really only two files, aircraft.cfg, and the .air file. The others are just livery changes for the 90 gallon tanks, and a "TC" added to the thumbnails.

 

Enjoy... it's about as slow as I can stand for my personal taste... 180 kts.. But this is a great plane to fly... certainly one of the very best hand flyers for FSX, hands down (no pun intended). I enjoy flying "Old School" VOR to VOR with this one, and ignore the GPS.

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Flying the TC:

 

Start her up, and run it at about 1600 to warm it up. Do all your checks, and get your flight plan worked out, setting up your radios, etc.

 

Take off:

 

1. One notch of flaps.

2. Trim set to top of "take off" marks (on the floor, and between the seats.) Top of box is closest to panel, or the front of the plane.

3. Advance throttle to full open/forward. Props full forward, Mixture Full Forward.

4. 75 kts, rotate.  Positive climb, tap brakes to stop wheels, gear up

5. 500 feet AGL, reduce prop rpm to 2500.  100 kts, flaps up.

6. 1,500 fpm is a good climb rate at first.. Aggressive trim down over 120 kts to maintain. Climb rate will fade over time.. reduce climb rate to maintain 120 knots.

 

Cruse.

 

At final Alt, reduce MP to 29-30, and reduce prop RPM to 2200.

 

Descending.

 

Reduce MP to 20, descend at 1,000 fpm.

 

Landing.

 

12-15 MP, extend 1st flaps at 150 kts, 2nd at 120 kts, 3rd/full at 109 kts.  I prefer to drop gear after fist flaps.

 

"Over the fence" at 90 kts, touch down at 80.

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Great job, Hawk!   Flies nice.

Oh by the way, for anyone who doesn't own this old classic Carenado aircraft, it's gone on sale with Just Flight today for £5.00  ($8.80).

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Just got it... any word on how to install a replacement radio after making the top radio disappear?

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Just got it... any word on how to install a replacement radio after making the top radio disappear?

Bert, I was expecting you to tell us how to do it. Maybe the GTN650. My LHC AP work great in this one.

 

Any idea what the 3rd or last item on the popup is suppose to do?

 

Regards,

Ray

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Exactly, it removes the COM1/NAV1 radio.. which is good.

 

Question is, how to get a replacement radio/GPS installed in it's place..

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Bert, I think that check-box just removes the 3D knobs from the model does it not?

So as long as that check-box is selected, can't you just use FSPS to put a new unit in it's place?

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Have tried, but the upper radio gets replaced by a filler panel which blocks access.

 

I've sent a support request to Carenado, there must be a way..

 

Usually, I can figure these things out, but this one has me stumped..

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Watching you guys tweak the panel on this with great interest....

 

Might determine whether I pick this one up as well!

 

(I should likely pick it up anyways at less than $10!)

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I'm not so sure about some of this. FSPS does not work in P3Dv2. I have the GTN650 in and working correctly in the VC and the popup. I also have bugged Carenado Support. I got one dorky answer and wrote back with very specific questions and have not heard back yet.

 

I did a repaint or two to change the N# and add the TC.

 

Regards,

Ray

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Have tried, but the upper radio gets replaced by a filler panel which blocks access.

 

I've sent a support request to Carenado, there must be a way..

 

Usually, I can figure these things out, but this one has me stumped..

Hmm, yeah, I was trying it at the same time as you :smile: - and came across the same thing. :/

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