• Xtreme Prototypes Learjet 25 v 2.1 For P3D FSX


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    Montreal , August 24, 2017 – Canadian developer Xtreme Prototypes announces the release of version 2.1 of its award-winning GLJ Model 25 Special Edition addon for Lockheed Martin® Prepar3D® and Microsoft® Flight Simulator X.

    http://xtremeprototypes.com/en/product_GLJ25_se_v2r1.asp

    This release contains many new features and improvements over the previous version, including a fully redesigned fuel system, an enhanced autopilot, a revised flight model (tested by a real Learjet 25D pilot), new 3D sounds from the real aircraft, an updated 220-page flight manual and a new native version for Prepar3D® v4.x.

    Nicknamed "fighters in civilian clothing" because of their sleek design and amazing performance, the classic Learjet 20 Series aircraft redefined business aviation during the 1960’s and 70’s, flying high above the weather at transonic speeds. Their capabilities earned them a place among the extreme aircraft, setting record after record. With the longer-range Gates Learjet Model 25D, from which this addon is inspired, came a longer cabin, increased seating capacity, more flexible loading options, greater fuel capacity and a rather sleek-looking stretched fuselage.

    The Xtreme Prototypes GLJ Model 25 SE is a next generation addon optimized for the latest versions of our favorite simulation platforms and designed to take advantage of the new and more powerful personal computers and video cards that are available today. It is a complex aircraft simulator that features high resolution models and textures, hundreds of animations, over 50 sound effects, custom aircraft systems, and a fully analog, VR-ready virtual cockpit.

    Nothing was spared in our efforts to reproduce the original instrument panels, carefully modelling and animating each mechanical device with all the necessary moving parts. Except for the GPS screen and optional panels, no flat 2D gauges are used in this model. Everything you see is in full 3D!

    Along with the highly detailed aircraft interior, the full 3D virtual cockpit makes this addon an ideal candidate for new virtual reality applications such as FlyInside®. Equipped with the necessary software and 3D glasses/VR goggles, the desktop pilot really feels he’s/she’s inside the real aircraft, in front of the real instrument panel, not merely a 2D drawing of a panel.

    The result is a unique addon that strives to bring you the spirit and the actual feeling of flying such a high performance aircraft at a time when LCD screens, GPS and powerful computers didn't exist and pilots needed to know how to fly and navigate with minimal resources and to rely on their own experience, abilities and judgment. This is how real-world Learjet 25 pilots are still flying this amazing aircraft today!

    For the general aviation desktop pilot, being able to hop between small regional airports while passing airliners along the way is quite a thrill, but for the serious IFR enthusiast, we are confident this package will provide years of flying pleasure. Even if there are some differences between this addon and the real aircraft, mainly due to the current limitations in the available simulation platforms, nearly all systems, instruments, switches and knobs are fully functional in order to simulate complete procedures, from cold and dark to shutdown. We believe you will be thrilled by this new version as much as we are.

    The GLJ Model 25 includes native versions for Prepar3D® v4.x and v3.x, and new versions for FSX and FSX: Steam® Edition.

    The complete flight manual can be downloaded here: http://xtremeprototypes.com/en/manuals_downloads.asp

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    1 hour ago, vp49p3 said:

    Great aircraft-best Lear out there.

    No doubt she's a truly pleasure to fly! This beast deserves a "Ray Marshall"review:biggrin:

    Regards

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    I agree. Fighter jet like performance - a real hoot to fly with near study level features.   It would be nice if they set up a forum.

     

    Lon Duncombe

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    3 hours ago, Pat Mussotte said:

    No doubt she's a truly pleasure to fly! This beast deserves a "Ray Marshall"review:biggrin:

    Regards

    There was a review about version 2.0 by Ray Marshall with lots of in-depth background information about the history of the Learjet:

     

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    1 hour ago, Xtreme67 said:

    There was a review about version 2.0 by Ray Marshall with lots of in-depth background information about the history of the Learjet:

     

    You're right Xtreme67, my memory failed! :laugh:

    Cheers

    Pat

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    How does this compare the the flysimware lear35A graphically and performance wise. Been loving the 35A

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    I have both and they are both excellent products however I give the XTP Lear the edge. It has become my a/c of choice.

    Vic

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    I also have this lear 25 as well as the lear 35 FSW, both are very good in systems and even more if GTN750 is integrated.
    In graphics is much better Lear 25. both are excellent !! Recommended!

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    On 8/9/2017 at 8:47 AM, Lon Duncombe said:

    I agree. Fighter jet like performance - a real hoot to fly with near study level features.   It would be nice if they set up a forum.

     

    Lon Duncombe

    1+ set up a forum

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    The new sound effects are spot on, brake squeak, over speed warning, cabin altitude, trim in motion audio clicker, stick shaker and pusher are all right out of the airplane.If you are looking for a Lear this the best one out there.Brings back the good old days for me, it was one heck of a ride.

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    The issues I seem to have is if the auto pilot disconnects due to overspeed the plane will shoot up +2000 ft in 3 seconds! That doesn't seem real. And it seems difficult to control during final approach. I am not saying its the product, thats just the experience I am having. Ive only had it a day

     

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    6 hours ago, YukonPete said:

    The issues I seem to have is if the auto pilot disconnects due to overspeed the plane will shoot up +2000 ft in 3 seconds! That doesn't seem real. And it seems difficult to control during final approach. I am not saying its the product, thats just the experience I am having. Ive only had it a day

     

    you need to read the manual, to fly it well.

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    I am loving this bird!  I got the GTN installed but at night the outer part of the GTN ( Not the screen ) is lit up as if its day. Anyone know how to fix that?

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    9 hours ago, YukonPete said:

    I am loving this bird!  I got the GTN installed but at night the outer part of the GTN ( Not the screen ) is lit up as if its day. Anyone know how to fix that?

    // no_luminous=1

    or

    no_luminous=0

    (for your gauge, in the "panel.cfg")

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    12 hours ago, Xtreme67 said:

    // no_luminous=1

    or

    no_luminous=0

    (for your gauge, in the "panel.cfg")

    Thanks but that didn't solve the problem. All that did was make the LCD screen on the GTN darker. My problem is when I turn on the panel lighting the Bazel ( Outside edge of the GTN unit's ) lights up as if its daytime.

    Thanks

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    11 hours ago, YukonPete said:

    Thanks but that didn't solve the problem. All that did was make the LCD screen on the GTN darker. My problem is when I turn on the panel lighting the Bazel ( Outside edge of the GTN unit's ) lights up as if its daytime.

    Thanks

    Maybe this is how the developer wanted the bezel to be lit at night. Bezels should normally look dimmed or partly lit at night and brighter during the day.

    The "no_luminous=1" line should be commented ( // ) or set to "no_luminous=0" for the gauge entry in the "panel.cfg". This gives the gauge developer the possibility to make some regions of the gauge (like the bezel) darker at night and other regions (like the screen) brighter.

    In our model, the optional panels use the "blendUserControlled" method of blending at night for the gauges, which is the "standard" way for illuminating most gauges at night in FSX or Prepar3D (we believe the method is not perfect, especially at dusk or dawn, but this is the best option we have for now).

    Flood Lights and Cabin Lights are of the VC light type: they will illuminate the panel globally, including the gauges (screen and bezel).

    If you turn off the Instrument Lights (with all other lights off), everything should go black at night, except if the Flood or Cabin Lights are on.

    If you've followed the instructions above and the Flood and Cabin Lights are off and the bezel of your gauge is still bright at night, or your gauge is still illuminated when the Instrument Lights are off, there is something wrong. Please make sure there is only one entry for "no_luminous=" in the "panel.cfg" and refer to the documentation included with your gauge or contact the developer. Again, maybe this is how the developer designed the gauge. They decide how the bezel should look at night.

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    No its not the way its meant to be.I think its that other developers provide a proper integration by making a custom Bazel. For US$50 you would think the Aircraft developer would provide that. Don't get me wrong, Its a fabulous  aircraft. But proper integration into the VC would be nice.

    Examples and guess what one is the Lear 25. A little disappointing.

     

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    Pete,

    It was never part of this project to model a glass cockpit or modern instruments for a classic 1970's aircraft already equipped with a GPS and a fully analog and fully animated 3D instrument panel. It would be contrary to the spirit of what we wanted to achieve with this project. However, we are providing two extra optional panels as nice to have features so users can integrate their own 2D gauges to a panel that is complete by itself. This is fully explained in the manual:

    "This addon strives to bring you the spirit and the actual feeling of flying a high performance business jet at a time when LCD screens, GPS and powerful computers didn't exist and pilots needed to know how to fly and navigate with minimal resources and to rely on their own experience, abilities and judgment. This is how real-world Learjet 25 pilots, like our special contributor Alan Velazquez, are still flying today."

    There a plenty of modern business jet addons out there. This one is a classic and it offers a different challenge.

    However we recognize the merit of more modern avionics and we retain your suggestion for future releases.

    As for the GTN bezel, like other 2D gauge bezels it should normally be darker at night if the gauge is set up properly and if it is designed to be darker at night. You can check how the stock FSX Lear 45 PFD (installed by default in the GLJ25's first optional panel) is illuminated at night. The bezel is half lit and this is how the gauge designer created it. During the day, the bezel is fully lit.

    You can also check the "popup" default Garmin 500 GPS. It is a 2D gauge like the GTN, and notice how the bezel is dimmed at night and fully lit during the day. This was designed and programmed by the gauge developer.

    Unfortunately, we cannot provide support for third-party gauges. I would suggest you contact the gauge developer and ask them if the 2D gauge bezel is supposed to be fully illuminated at night. There might be some settings available. Normally, the bezel of a 2D gauge should be dimmed at night.

    As a suggestion, you could also try lowering the values in the section of the "panel.cfg" (50, 50,50 for example). This might help reducing the the intensity of the light at night, but don't expect miracles if the bezel of the gauge is designed to be fully lit at night.

    If you have more issues, please contact us through the normal support channel (as this forum is not a support forum) and we will be pleased to help you:

    https://xtremeprototypes.com/en/shopcustcontactsupport.asp

    You can also chat with us in real time on Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/XtremePrototypes/

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