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Aerofoillabs Cessna 172 SP!

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This thing looks amazing...  I'm a sucker for these sort of 'walk around and pretend you own it' sort of simulations.

 

http://www.airfoillabs.com/

 

The only thing that would make me pause is that it's a 172... and I have plenty of hours in the A2A 172, which this looks to be a decent attempt at competing with.  But still, I love the ability to free walk around the outside and remove tie downs, check fuel, oil, that sort of thing.

 

Edit:  I mean Airfoillabs on the title.... whoops!

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Not an X-Plane user but that looks like a nice bird and another thing I have noticed is X-Plane addons are very reasonably priced 

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Looks like something I might pick up as soon as I can find the time to enjoy it.

Hopefully there will be some reviews out soon.

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Priced very nicely for all your getting. It seems to fly realistically. Might have to actually think about xplane.

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another thing I have noticed is X-Plane addons are very reasonably priced

 

Indeed.  I've found X-Plane to be very easy on the wallet. ^_^

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It could be a big step towards A2A complexity and realism. Reading some of the listed features, looks like the designers committed to a deep technical accuracy for it!

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Indeed.  I've found X-Plane to be very easy on the wallet. ^_^

 

You bet yah - going broke on this side of the fence

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It could be a big step towards A2A complexity and realism.

 

On their website they note that they are planning an engine service panel for an update; I would say that once they have that implemented, it would seem to be on a similar level to A2A.  Of course, that depends on exactly how accurate everything is.

 

I'm a big fan of the A2A stuff - I appreciate their commitment to all of the tiny details that affect how an engine runs.  That said, I've never really enjoyed their service / hangar implementation.  It's too obvious, for lack of a better word - it's simply shows you whats broken, you click, and it's instantly fixed.  My gold standard for in-depth GA complexity is the DA20-100 Katana by Marcel Felde... it's never been bested, in my opinion.

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Looking thru their forums, seems a few users are happy they purchased it.

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I picked this up about an hour ago and spent most of that time walking around and opening doors and hatchs, removing cowls and checking oil. Wow, very cool plane!

 

I did take her up for a quick flight and it felt very nice. Stalls seemed very convincing and frame rate was super smooth.  The only issue I had, and maybe its just me, but after climbing down off the wing to check fuel levels, I got stuck between the open cabin door and the fuselage. I couldn't move and had to reload the plane. I'm sure its something I did.  Towing the plane around with the tow bar is awesome! Stupid little things like this put a big smile on my face!

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All in all, it seems a highly polished product. 

 

Rob

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I like their style; no big promo, no fuss, no dripfeed of screenshots, teasers and soundbites with nothing to show for it 5 years later, just "hey, new plane available if you want it, you know, no problem if you don't".

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I have to say the same, just Bam, out the blue. Was holding out for Carenados G1000, but now might divert my funds.

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So I jumped in on the hype and bought it. So far everything is as good as its made out to be in the video!
Only major downside for me is that its a GPU graphics hog... which means I can't run x-plane over my three screens like I usually do or my FPS takes a dive. This is the only aircraft I've really experienced that with.

 

Either way, it's beautiful to fly. Once that engine simulation is released... this is literally going to be A2A for X-Plane. Super stoked.

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Very nice seeing the walkaround part even improving some more over the already great A2A. Looks very promising and seems like a first on the XP platform when it comes to the details.

 

 

 


Once that engine simulation is released

Does that mean that the model isn't implemented yet and comes as a free addition?

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There is a tab on the side for engine maintenance, but when you click on it, it says coming soon, I assume it will be a free upgrade, once its ready. But I could be wrong.

 

I'm loving the plane, but 2 things it needs are: 1. More liveries, (I'm sure the freeware community will come through with this.)  There is only the one demo livery you see in the screen shots.  2. A 3d pilot model. I know a lot of older X-plane models did not have pilots, but it just looks strange especially on such a highly detailed plane like this. Carenado does this very well, even though it always the same 2 guys (lol).

 

Rob

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Yeah, its fully functional, its just missing the engine management and engine damage side of things. As Comanche has said, it has a notice saying "coming soon, check for updates" or something like that. I'm almost certain that means it'll be a free update.

One thing I especially love about it is the custom camera g-force thing. The headshake addon by Simcoders is great and all but this is just next level. Love it. It makes such a massive difference to how it feels to fly; makes things feel so much more... alive.

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Unfortunately for me, it's really buggy on Mac OS X Yosemite. I think one of the plugins or popup windows causes FPS to drop to 2 and makes X-Plane unresponsive (It's not even possible to open the menu and quit). Hope they fix it soon, as I was really looking forward to trying this, and judging by the videos, it's a real contender for A2As

 

P.S. The videos are great, but I wish devs would do them without music and talk instead of wiggling the mouse.

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Unfortunately for me, it's really buggy on Mac OS X Yosemite. I think one of the plugins or popup windows causes FPS to drop to 2 and makes X-Plane unresponsive (It's not even possible to open the menu and quit). Hope they fix it soon, as I was really looking forward to trying this, and judging by the videos, it's a real contender for A2As

 

P.S. The videos are great, but I wish devs would do them without music and talk instead of wiggling the mouse.

Well my FPS drops super low only when running three screens, so it may be GPU memory related like mine is. Check your GPU memory usage and report back. We might be able to relay this to the devs if its a common problem.

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Check your GPU memory usage and report back. We might be able to relay this to the devs if its a common problem.

 

I can't actually get into any menus to check, but I've lowered my settings by starting from another plane, and there's no difference (it still hangs). I've already reported it on x-plane.org. It looks like others on Mac OS X have the same problem. 

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I'm on windows 7 and I also had the 1-2 fps issue. I got back to the mid to high 20's by removing the two World Traffic plugins I had installed. Seems to be some conflict there

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Saw a couple of twitch streams last night with this. One guy couldn't get the plane to stall, it just sort of mushed along in slow flight barely losing altitude. Everything else seemed to perform very close to the numbers though. Anybody that has purchased have any luck with stalls or spins?

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