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Virtualcol ATR 72 and 42 free in library

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Just a heads-up that Virtualcol's ATR 72 and 42 are available in the AVSIM library, donated as freeware from Virtualcol.

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I've purchased the FS9 version some time ago (after asking them if they were going to release a version for that sim). However, I didn't ever feel I had wasted my money: it was a fun plane to fly, and I was about to purchase the FSX version. Now they've saved me some money hahaha. Anyway, it's not PMDG/Flight1 level, but you'll like it for a quickie.

Remark: they have also released MPTO as freeware (but for FS9 only). I had a layover there this January; the only difference with the real world is that there are no Terminal 2 construction works. I don't know if there's already any airport reflecting this into the sim.

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No good deed goes unpunished. 

Unlike Radar Contact they are still in business, so hopefully they are prepared for the tech support calls. 

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Anyone tried it in P3dV4 (even though it's not made for it)?

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I purchased the FSX version of the ATR42/72 quite some time ago and, although this is most certainly not in the league of the Majestic Q400 which has set the standard for turboprop airliners, it actually is quite an enjoyable simulation of this aircraft providing you are not looking for any great degree of systems depth.

The visual model both internal and external is not bad and the flight dynamics seem quite realistic. The engine sounds also are quite acceptable but I improved them with one of the addon sound sets available for the ATR series which I found in a sale and these add quite a bit more immersion. 

The ATR comes with an FMS of sorts but as this is based on the FSX flight planner I have not bothered using it, however the aircraft is quite compatible with the GTN750 if you own this. The AP is functional but it sometimes has an irritating tendency to make excessive corrections when capturing the glideslope. As extending the flaps causes significant ballooning, it is better to have the flaps configured for landing before intercepting the glideslope to avoid a series of oscillations on approach. 

Despite these drawbacks however, if you are not expecting a lot of systems  depth, this is quite a nice simulation, which was quite good value as payware and should be a very welcome addition to the freeware library.

Bill

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On 4/1/2019 at 9:47 AM, rightseat said:

Anyone tried it in P3dV4 (even though it's not made for it)?

Should work. They only use XML gauges.

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1 minute ago, Luis Hernandez said:

Should work. They only use XML gauges.

Bonus! I'll give it a shot then. Thanks! 🙂

 

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On 4/4/2019 at 7:38 PM, scianoir said:

I purchased the FSX version of the ATR42/72 quite some time ago and, although this is most certainly not in the league of the Majestic Q400 which has set the standard for turboprop airliners, it actually is quite an enjoyable simulation of this aircraft providing you are not looking for any great degree of systems depth.The visual model both internal and external is not bad and the flight dynamics seem quite realistic.

Have you purchased VirtualCol  Dash 8-100/200 and how is it, please?

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21 hours ago, Aharon said:

Have you purchased VirtualCol  Dash 8-100/200 and how is it, please?

Yes, I purchased this some time ago in one of VCol’s fairly frequent sales although I have to admit that I fly the VCol Dash 8s only occasionally, generally opting to use the Majestic Q400. 

From a visual viewpoint the external model is pretty good, but the VC is perhaps not quite up to the standard of their ATR with textures that are a little less crisp and overall it is a little lacking in terms of 3D effects. Also the cockpit surrounds (sidewalls, window frames etc) have not had much modelling attention paid to them which slightly reduces the sense of immersion IMO.

From a functional viewpoint, once again like the ATR series, this is a light simulation but, to be fair to VirtualCol, they don’t market their products as anything other than light ‘fun to fly’ aircraft. Like the ATR, it comes with a basic FMS which I have never used although I understand it has limited functionality, but the AP will fly nicely with the GTN750 if you own that. Its flight dynamics and the sound package are quite acceptable.

Like many of VCol’s products the Dash8 comes with a vast amount of liveries and, for what you get, it really is quite good value for money at the normal price. Furthermore VCol support is generally fast, friendly and helpful. If you want a Dash8-100/200, I would recommended it providing you are happy with a light simulation.

Bill

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Scianoir,

Thanks for great review full of excellent insights.  Do any of your VCol models ever cause crash or freeze in your FSX?

Regards,

Aharon

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33 minutes ago, Aharon said:

Scianoir,

Thanks for great review full of excellent insights.  Do any of your VCol models ever cause crash or freeze in your FSX?

Regards,

Aharon

You’re welcome Aharon,

I have most of the VCol aircraft including their most recent A220 and I don’t think I have ever experienced any FSX freezes or crashes related to them. Indeed many of them (including the ATR and Dash8) have the added advantage of very low VAS requirements, which means you can happily fly them into resource intensive major airports in FSX without the risk of OOM crashes. 

Regards,

Bill

 

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Scianoir,

Thanks for great reviews!

Regards,

Aharon

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23 hours ago, scianoir said:

I have most of the VCol aircraft including their most recent A220

How do you find the A220? I have almost all of their products for FS9 (except for maybe the Otter and the Shorts), but I find these planes may be a good addition to my FSX setup.

 

On 4/5/2019 at 9:37 PM, rightseat said:

Bonus! I'll give it a shot then. Thanks! 🙂

 

 

How did it go in P3D4?

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I installed the ATR72 and ended up with a headache due to awful graphics, the OH is almost unreadable, sorry that is just

my findings, yours my be different. Uninstalled.

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4 hours ago, Luis Hernandez said:

How do you find the A220? I have almost all of their products for FS9 (except for maybe the Otter and the Shorts), but I find these planes may be a good addition to my FSX setup.

 

 

How did it go in P3D4?

Sorry, Luis, I haven't tried yet. I'll let you know when I do. 🙂

 

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7 hours ago, Luis Hernandez said:

How do you find the A220? I have almost all of their products for FS9 (except for maybe the Otter and the Shorts), but I find these planes may be a good addition to my FSX setup.

Hi Luis,

Like all VCol airliners, the A220 is systems light, but it is probably one of their better products. The virtual cockpit is quite well modelled and the textures are somewhat nicer than in their previous aircraft although there is still room for improvement here. Although the external model seems reasonably accurate, the textures are not the best and tend to give it a cartoon-like appearance but that is just my opinion and others might disagree. 

Functionally, as I said, it is light, and, although most of the basic switches and knobs are animated, I am not sure how much is going on in the background. The AP is functional but like the AP on the VCol ATR it does appear to have a tendency to overcorrect when capturing the glideslope. The A220 comes with an FMS based on the FSX flight planner and which seems to be of fairly limited functionality and clearly does not replicate the FMS on the real aircraft. However I have not used the included FMS, preferring to fly instead using the GTN750, with which the AP is compatible. 

Although I have absolutely no experience of real world jetliner flying, the A220 flies as I might expect it to and handles well although one has to be a little careful with the power settings to avoid overspeeding. Its always fun to try a new aircraft and, although systems-light, I have enjoyed the few flights I have carried out in the A220 and will certainly be doing a few more. However, if a better A220 ever appears, this version might well end up being retired to my virtual boneyard, joining some other VCol aircraft that have been displaced by better products. Still, the price is reasonable and I’m sure I’ll get my money’s worth out of it before then!

Bill

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Carenado's ATR-42-500 supposed to be available for sale in couple of days $44.95.  I may get this or the S340 but then again, I'm not sure I want to keep buying Carenados as they are "looks" while lacking substance (kind of like my ex-wife).  

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Wow! Philip! :laugh:

I have no experience of Carenado aircraft apart from their Cessna 337 Skymaster. I believe this to be one of their "good" planes. then again it is "only" a light twin not a complex turbo prop..

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21 hours ago, Phillip Gallagher said:

Carenado's ATR-42-500 supposed to be available for sale in couple of days $44.95.  I may get this or the S340 but then again, I'm not sure I want to keep buying Carenados as they are "looks" while lacking substance (kind of like my ex-wife).  

That explains why the VCol ATR became freeware! The Carenado version will definitely be a better “looker” but it is debatable whether the systems will be a significant improvement on those of VCol’s ATR.

Bill

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their SKBO is also free on the website. Installed it in P3Dv4.5 and it works fine!

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Thanks for the info Keem! I'd just installed a freeware SKBO (FSX:SE) a few days ago - wish I'd known before hand LOL! :happy:. at least I can compare details.. wonder if I should pick up the free Cessna 152 as well? 

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On 4/28/2019 at 7:53 AM, snapshot21 said:

their SKBO is also free on the website. Installed it in P3Dv4.5 and it works fine!

Where in their website? I can see only planes...

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5 hours ago, Luis Hernandez said:

Where in their website? I can see only planes...

Its on simshack.net

along with Virtualcol SKBO, MPTO is also free and compatible with p3dv4

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