Military Visualizations has released the Beechcraft Baron 55, a true classic from General Aviation’s past and present. The Baron 55 was first derived from the Beechcraft Travel Air 95. The Travel Air series itself had an equally long and interesting history as it derived as a twin-engine derivative of the Beech Bonanza, which in turn was the side-by-side seating GA derivation of the T-34 Mentor! The Baron 55 ended up using the fuselage of the Bonanza and the tail of the Mentor.
The B55 went through many updates. The first aircraft was first released in 1961 as the Beech Baron Model 95-55. From there, the follow-on models were given letter designations such as the Model 95-A55, and the Model 95-C55. In fact, the FAA considers the Beech 95 to be so close to the Travel Air that any Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) pilot is required to have a type certificate in either a Travel Air 95 or a Beech Baron 95-55 model!
Ultimately, Beechcraft so fundamentally redesigned the Beech Model 55 that it decided to rename it to the Baron 58. This aircraft is the Baron still in production today.
This MilViz virtual aircraft replicates the Model 95-C55, which was produced starting in 1965 and was the first to use the more powerful Continental IO-520-C engines which produce 285 horsepower at sea level pressure at 2700 RPM’s. The release package includes your choice of four liveries, a package of six freeware missions, and an integrated menu option to configure the aircraft with two-bladed or three-bladed propellers.
The aircraft has been beta tested by multiple pilots with real world Beech Baron 55 experience and is designed to replicate the crisp and stable flying characteristics of the Baron 55. The interior virtual cockpit uses a more modern cockpit upgraded as many real world owners will do with an piston twin aircraft that retains excellent performance measures very much on par with 285 horsepower Baron 58’s that cost nearly $1 million fresh off the factory floor!
The MilViz cockpit includes a Garmin GNS-530 and GNS-430, a Garmin audio panel and Garmin Mode-S transponder, and a Bendix-King autopilot. In addition, a few legacy avionics are retained, including a fully working Stormscope that actually does detect lightning present within the virtual FSX environment! In addition, a legacy autopilot has been retained even though it long ago gave up its ghost and forced the owner to spend money for the more modern Bendix-King unit in the radio stack.
By flying the six custom missions, the customer can gain realistic insight into real-world FAA training methods used to train a pilot to earn his FAA Commercial AMEL pilot certificate! The sixth mission challenges the pilot to pass a realistic virtual version of an actual FAA checkride and if passed, will earn the pilot his virtual AMEL pilot’s license!
With the realistic flight modeling, exquisite interior and exterior modeling, plus the quality liveries, this aircraft release can provide the customer with a highly immersive and rewarding experience in FSX. Short of purchasing a real Baron 55, this is as close as you can get to the real experience.
The Beech Baron 55 model depicted in this package is a highly detailed replica of its real-life counterpart. The model was created by using high quality digital photos and B-55 plans.
The aircraft has a max range of 900 nautical miles, and a top speed of 201 knots so you can travel far with ease.
Other outstanding features of this aircraft are:
-One VC setup which is customizable using your own gauge sets (2D only)
-4 different liveries
-High resolution paint kit (coming soon!)
-Highly detailed Pilots Operating Handbook: written by a real pilot and includes all performance charts and figures. If you choose to, you can fly by the numbers, or fly as casual as you wish!
-High quality sound set
-Extremely realistic night lighting, landing lights and custom effects.
-Flight dynamics tested and tuned by a real B-55 pilots as well as other pilots. The aircraft flies just like its real world counterpart!
-Aircraft features an exterior model manager that enables you to install/remove red gear and chocks (from external view only).
-Ability to hide the yoke in 3D VC enabling the pilot to access certain switches normally obscured from view by the yoke.
-Several functional opening doors and compartments
This product will require FSX SP2 or Acceleration. It is also designed for newer systems. Minimum requirements are 2.6 Core 2 Duo, 512mb Video Card and 300 megs of free disk space.
This product will work with Prepar3D but that platform is not supported at the present time.
For complete details, Video and Screenshots and Free missions visit the Beechcraft Baron 55 Product page.