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All,

I am looking for a high quality highly realistic charter airplane to fly almost exclusively at night (after work). 

I am looking for planes close to A2A quality and available for P3Dv4.

I currently already own all A2A aircraft except for the v-tail; and the GLJ Learjet 25.

Planes can be multi engine, single engine, turbo prop, jet, etc.

Night cockpit lighting and general lighting is a weighing factor too.

Most flights will be under 1-2 hours max.

 

Thank you very much, I am looking forward to the responses!

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Well - for aircraft traditionally used in the charter role - I'd suggest the Carenado PC-12 with all the mods (I use Bert's Mod - the latest FDE Mod - RXP GTN - RXP GNS - REX Wx Radar) which makes for a very capable aircraft or the Carenado Navajo... I have both and they seem like some of Carenado's better efforts... I recall several Navajo pilots confirming the FDE was pretty much spot on - back when they released it... I like the Navajo with it's insanely long engine nacelles...

Regards,
Scott

 

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Carenado's Citation 550...  You cannot go wrong with it, excellent autopilot!  Good flight envelope for flights of your preferred length.

John

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I personally fly the PMDG Boeing 747-400, and you can certainly fly it on short flights if you so desire. I do it all the time.

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Leonardo Fly The Maddog 64 bit and or TFDi 717. Both beautiful sim planes inside and out that will keep you busy for a long time.

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20 minutes ago, Captain Kevin said:

I personally fly the PMDG Boeing 747-400, and you can certainly fly it on short flights if you so desire. I do it all the time.

Funny you should mention that, I found a 777 BA flight from Dublin to London Heathrow. It only got my attention because I live a few miles away from EIDW and the GE90's are quite a distinctive sound. 

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4 hours ago, PATCO LCH said:

Leonardo Fly The Maddog 64 bit and or TFDi 717. Both beautiful sim planes inside and out that will keep you busy for a long time.

+1  Both these have some of the best night lighting in the business.  TFDi if u prefer more automation and the VC displays are easier to read if using a smaller monitor.

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High quality highly realistic charter airplane; Take a look att Milviz. I waiting for F/15-E but I know they have a new PA-30 Twin Comanche.

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5 hours ago, Captain Kevin said:

I personally fly the PMDG Boeing 747-400, and you can certainly fly it on short flights if you so desire. I do it all the time.

Great! Good to here that I not are alone using B747-8 as a city-hoper!

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The Majestic Dash 8 Q400, of course! 😉 Highly realistic and used for short charter flights in real life too. It is my all time favorite addon plane. Night lighting may be a bit basic though but I love it. 

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6 hours ago, Jude Bradley said:

Funny you should mention that, I found a 777 BA flight from Dublin to London Heathrow. It only got my attention because I live a few miles away from EIDW and the GE90's are quite a distinctive sound. 

Kind to share a flight number please?

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FSL A320. It might be a bit stuttery if you have an older PC.

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My fleet consists of: PMDG 737, 747 and 777, FSL A319/A320 and Majestic Dash. Couldn't be happier.

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What about the Aerosoft CRJ? I certainly enjoy the aircraft. Visuals are great, dynamic lighting, systems are good. Great little aircraft for short hops, it may suit your needs quite well. 

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Yes I agree. The CRJ is a fantastic plane. The only let down is my left arm got tired of manually controlling throttle.

So if the type of plane you want needs an autothrottle, then the CRJ might not be a good choice.

But, if you're fine with that, I recommend it. It might drop in performance, but for me, it works like a charm.

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Slighty OT but usually you will see heavies like 777s etc. on short hops only during the supervision phase after the type rating.

Since pilots need a certain number of landings during this time, you can achieve this number 'slightly' earlier when flying 1hr legs instead of 10hr legs.

@arwasairl That's a strange note about autothrust/autothrottle since you basically need to move the thrustlevers (more or less constantly) only for the last few minutes during a flight.

 

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17 hours ago, FDEdev said:

That's a strange note about autothrust/autothrottle since you basically need to move the thrustlevers (more or less constantly) only for the last few minutes during a flight.

I only do really short flights with planes without A/T. The only planes I have that doesn't have an A/T system is a few A2A planes, the Aerosoft CRJ, and the JustFlight PA-28.

With planes like the PA-28 and A2A, I just do a short flight, maybe from San Jose to San Fransisco. But a CRJ might be overkill for that type of route. (Since it only takes  about 3 to 7 minutes in the A2A.) 

So, that's why I'm constantly controlling throttle. The CRJ has a very "primitive" form of A/T. 

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I don't understand that one.

7 hours ago, arwasairl said:

So, that's why I'm constantly controlling throttle. The CRJ has a very "primitive" form of A/T. 

If you are constantly moving your throttle during a 3-7min flight you aren't using the AP either I assume. So your right must get tired as well.

What is a 'primitive' form of A/T? And what do all the pilots IRL do when flying many hours without A/T?

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iFly 737 or 747 I love these aircraft.

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For SJC-SFO and no A/T or A/P, the Justflight Cessna 152. You can add the GTN650 to it but that is no fun is it...

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11 hours ago, arwasairl said:

I only do really short flights with planes without A/T. The only planes I have that doesn't have an A/T system is a few A2A planes, the Aerosoft CRJ, and the JustFlight PA-28.

With planes like the PA-28 and A2A, I just do a short flight, maybe from San Jose to San Fransisco. But a CRJ might be overkill for that type of route. (Since it only takes  about 3 to 7 minutes in the A2A.) 

So, that's why I'm constantly controlling throttle. The CRJ has a very "primitive" form of A/T. 

Aaron,

Sounds like you may not be using elevator trim enough? Does that seem remotely possible?

 

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12 hours ago, Henry Street said:

Sounds like you may not be using elevator trim enough? Does that seem remotely possible?

Yes. I'm so used to 737s and A320s that trim the plane automanically.

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How about the F1 King Air B200? Commonly used in Charter, Corporate and Medevac roles worldwide.

DB

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1 hour ago, arwasairl said:

Yes. I'm so used to 737s and A320s that trim the plane automanically.

To very much overgeneralize how I fly GA and MIL aircraft:

1) After takeoff, set climb power (N1, manifold, torque, whatever) by the book (POH, NATOPS, AFM)

2) Set elevator trim to maintain climb airspeed by the book

3) At altitude, set cruise power by the book

4) Set elevator trim to maintain level. You may have to adjust until the aircraft reaches cruise speed.

Pretty much at that point you should only have to adjust heading or pitch a little. I rarely use autopilot for most of my flights. They are either short (<1.5 hours) or involve lots of maneuvering.

Hope this helps smooth things out for you.

PS here is a handy spreadsheet that includes cruise speed and climb rates (not airspeed) for many aircraft:

https://engineering.purdue.edu/AAECourses/Raisbeck/references/database.xls

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Thinking outside the box a bit, you could consider the MilViz DHC-2 Beaver, it has wheels and floats and in conjunction with ORBX Pacific Northwest and a few of their beautiful airports for that region, you could have a blast flying around mountains and landing at some really cool, remote, airports.

Mark

 

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