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  1. Hi I have installed the Phenom 300 before and the serial number had worked but because it is now compatible with p3d v4 I thought to install it with that but for some reason it thinks that the serial code is invalid. Does anyone know how to fix it.
  2. To all, This expanded tutorial is especially written for those who are new to the Phenom 300 and can also be helpful for existing users. In this 67 page document I have tried to explain as much as I know about the aircraft and is very detailed with lots of screenshots. Download via the link below. Best regards. Cees van der Linden Phenom 300 Tutorial & more.pdf PFPX Flight Plan
  3. Continuing my streak of masochistic insanity with Carenado repaints...I laid these down quick-and-dirty on top of the "N250EF" scheme, so not 100% accurate to the factory livery but pretty close. For all the other painters out there: This one's not the worst to repaint because the mapping is mostly straight except for the area-ruled dips in the fuse near the engines. There is one element that is abysmally difficult however... There's a rounded, pipe-looking joint where the wing/body fairing meets the fuselage. It's mapped and broken into many sections on the EXT2 sheet. It's a small part, but unfortunately still too obvious to ignore. I made some notes on the template to help speed up painting that area in the future. If you want to try painting this bird and that seems useful to you, PM me for a copy. These two were uploaded tonight, and I have another one the way.
  4. Has anyone be able to achieve a level flight speed of over 233kts in Carenado’s TMB 850 Turbo prop. Real life figures quote that it is capable of near 300 kts, however I have never been able to get it over 233 kts. Any idea how? Thanks
  5. I will package these and upload to the library at some point over the next two days, but in the mean-time, you can PM me for download links. Chino-based (KCNO) Cheyenne: Owned/operated by Reno Flying Service. Good for all your adventures around NorCal and the high Sierras. RFS is one of the only charter operators that will fly to the dirt strip at Burning know, if that's something you're into. US-registered but Italy-based, I believe:
  6. NEW VERSION RELEASED (1.1) CARENADO PA31T CHEYENNE II FSX/P3D VERSION 1.1 - RPM percentage indicator adjusted. - Elevator trim wheel animation fixed. - Fixes a problem that was causing the altitude selector hard to engage. - DME reflection adjusted. - Annunciator lights conditions improved. - Fixes an issue that causes the tail flood light was depending on wing light. - VSI indication fixed. - Throttle levers can be managed independently now. - NAV 2 frequency tuning fixed. - Minor bugs fixes. Customers should download the package again from the link provided. Downloads and installations were increased. You should uninstall the aircraft before installing this new version.
  7. I've tried researching a fix for this but no joy. It would seem that the Hawker radios do not connect with VATSIM using the vPilot client. (Unknown if other clients work). Has anyone found a fix for this issue?
  8. Hello Pilots =) I am a little bit disappointed. I bought the Aircraft yesterday from Aerosoft and installed it. First that i saw - i had to Download Version 1.0 1. Is there no Update for the C208? I got the normal Cockpit Version and not the Version with G1000 So i startet a Flight, working the Checklist. Until Departure everything works fine for me. Now i´m going in the Runway, set the T/O Power and at 70kts i rotate the Airplane. Until this Point everything is O.K. After Lift-Off - the Airplane doesn´t get Speed. I can only climb with 300 ft/min at 70kts, Climb Speed according to the Checklist is 90 Kts. Even if i Level off, i can´t gain Speed. It Holds at 80 kts even when the Flaps are retracted. So first i tried to make the Aircraft leighter, put some Fuel out of the Tanks and reduce the Load in the Aircraft - But same Problem. It also accours if i disable the Cargo Box below the Airplane. Can anybody help? I paid 37€ for the Plane and it is unflyable for me. I don´t find any Help in the Internet about this issue. Maybe here? If you want to see the Problem i can also take a Video of it and post it here. Thanks in Advance - Marci If you want to see the Problem i can Take a Video of it and post it here.
  9. Hi all, I have some N-numbered repaints for the B350i available. I made these over the course of the last year. Please PM me for a download link. I have not uploaded them to the AVSIM library because no support will be provided.
  10. No airfield, no runway. Only the sunset and the sea. This short flight start at Bering Glacier airfield, following the shore to the end of Kaiak Island to reach Pinnacle Rock. After several passes through the obelisk, I finished with a extreme landing on the stony beach. Flying a Cessna C185F Skywagon by Carenado Software componetnts in this video: + Microsoft Flight Simulator + Plan-G Flight Planer + ORBX NA Southern Alaska + Misty Moorings + FSRecorder + Fraps + Movie Maker + Lightworks Sound track: + Bustin Loose - Audionautix + Hills - Riot + Alexandria - Marco Polo + Dark Inside - Seastock
  11. Hi, i have a thing that bothers me a lot, i see all the topics here for search this bug but i cant found nothing, In the RL with master battery off, (cold and dark) the Hidraulic Pression Indicator must read 0, or dont have any indication, you must pass the battery on and get one engine started to have hidraulic pression, have indication in the instrument, this is a MUST in the commander family planes, the hidraulic pression, In the Shrike commander of carenado with all cold and dark, all off, the instrument have Pression, its alive, theres no WAY to get in to 0 pression, the instrument dont have any movement, as a commander pilot this is the first thing that i see in the panel...... that little needle have pression with neither the battery on or an engine running, There is any thing that i can do to make this indicator work? ...... having in 0 on cold and dark... and see in raising pressure with the engine running?? some line on the .xml archive, some thing? .... HEEEEEELLLLPPPPP Redgars RB
  12. Introduction A review by Mike Cameron. For my second X-Plane review I am going to be reviewing the Simcoders Reality Expansion Pack for the Carenado Cessna Turbo 210M Centurion II. I was originally planning to review both the aircraft and the expansion pack but after some thought I decided to review just the expansion pack because this is an older Carenado aircraft and probably has been reviewed several times already. That being said as I review this product, I will also try to comment about the aircraft features when I see them and will also capture screen grabs of the wonderful Carenado textures and features. As the name of this product implies, the Simcoders Reality Expansion Pack adds realistic features to the Carenado CT210M. Most of the enhancements work in the background unless you operate the aircraft outside of its limits and you will be told by this program. Other program features you will be in control and will be a large part of this review. Some of the many features of this product include: Realistic Animations and Sounds including – realistic cylinders compression which enhances propeller movements at very low RPM’s and at startup and shutdown. Correct Power Output Correct Fuel Flow Realistic Startup Procedures Realistic Engine Issues Including – Vapor Lock & Fuel Flooding Which Prevent Engine Startup. Oil Characteristics can Affect Engine Behavior. Spark Plug Fowling. Incorrect Mixture Leaning May Cause Engine Damage. Realistic Turbocharger Waste Gate Operation. Engine Pre-heater and Winterization Kit For Those Cold Days. Maintenance Hangar. Pre-flight Inspection and On Screen Checklist. Realistic Battery Operation and Avionics Failures. Realistic Ground Roll Physics, Nose Wheel Taxi, Gear Failure and Brake Sounds. Realistic Oxygen System As you can see, the Simcoders Reality Expansion Pack greatly enhances the simulation experience for the Carenado CT210M aircraft for X-Plane 10. Installation This is very easy, first install the Carenado aircraft. Unpack the REP folder and place the enclosed “REP” folder into the C210 aircraft “Plugins” folder. Start XP10 and load the Carenado T210M. Click “Understood” if prompted by the popup message. Select “Simcoders” and “Enable Package” from this aircraft’s “Plugin’s” menu item. Type the product “License Key” when requested and this is a very short and uncomplicated so entering it should not be an issue. The expansion pack files will now install and when this is completed the program will ask you to reload the aircraft but I recommend exiting X-Plane, restarting and loading the Carenado T210M. This aircraft is now enhanced for a more realistic simulation experience. A very detailed PDF manual is included along with a compatibility file for Saitek hardware. The Reality Expansion Pack is also compatible with Head Shake Version 1.5 or higher. Lastly, adjust the XP10 sounds as recommended by the manual. Getting Started and In Cockpit Options After activating the expansion pack and reloading the CT210M, five small icons have been added to the left side of the cockpit. The top icon is for the aircraft’s kneeboard with the checklists and reference information. The kneeboard can also be accessed by moving the mouse over the right side of the cockpit. I find this auto view option very annoying because I sometimes open it when I do not want to view it. It would be nice to disable this because I prefer the printed checklists but at least I can move this window to another area so that it is not in my way if I want to look at it. The second icon is used to open the “Walk-a-Round” feature which I will review in the next section. The “Hand” icon activates the tow bar and automatically switches to an exterior view from the nose with the tow bar attached. It is hard to read from my screen grab but I immediately receive a REP warning message that I need to release the parking brake before using the tow bar, which makes sense. The tow bar is very easy to use, simply use your joystick/yoke pitch and roll controls to position your aircraft on the ramp. Which brings me to a minor issue that I experienced, I could not get this realistic feature to work on a grass or soft surface. I could only move my aircraft on a hard ramp surface. Click on the icon again to return to the cockpit view. The fourth icon is a feature that I have come to know very well since I have been using the Reality Expansion Pack for the Carenado T210M, the “Maintenance Hangar”. This window has five tabs along the top for checking the status of the carious aircraft systems that REP monitors. The many features include access to the winterization options, refill or change the oil, oxygen system & spark plugs and perform other T210M maintenance tasks. I am including screen grabs here of the newly installed expansion pack to display what it should look like with everything running well and all fluids full. After a flight I will capture these screen grabs again to see how badly I treated my new aircraft. A have a couple of small issues that I have with the “Maintenance Hangar” and the manual. I like the realism to be able to select the oil grade and the spark plug type but it would have been nice to have more information either in the manual or via tool tips as to why or when you would use the various options. The other issue that I have is that the oxygen load depletes quick even when I am on the ground with no systems powered on. The last REP icon is for realistic “Weight and Balance” loading. The manual does an outstanding job explaining this feature and it is very easy to use. This window provides all of the information that you will need for proper loading of this aircraft and the best part is that it performs all of the calculations. Simply enter the various weights on the left side of the window and as long as the takeoff and landing settings on the right side remain in the green, you are good to go. The issue I have with this feature and one that will need to be fixed is that the load stations are labeled as Kilograms but the default weights in the front row seem more like pounds instead of kilograms. The pilot is listed as 150kg and the copilot is 200kg and when I convert these too pounds they would be 331 and 441 pounds, a pretty heavy crew. What I think is happening is that that Simcoders put the entire default load in these two positions but for a program with “Reality” in the title I wish they would have started with realistic weights. I adjust these amounts and place 50kg in the baggage compartment. It is now time to enter the passenger compartment weights and I thought I would start with 363kg and when divided by four is roughly 91kg per seat. As you can see with this load, I am clearly outside of the weight and balance limits so I reduce the passenger weights for this trip and when the weight and balance is acceptable, select “Apply” to load the aircraft. It is now time to perform the preflight inspection. Pre-Flight Inspection Before starting the external pre-flight inspection I want to load an Alaska airport using real world time (winter) and weather to demonstrate another realistic REP feature, the engine pre-heater. One thing that I like about the X-Plane simulator platform is the abundance of quality free scenery’s that are available to download and install. The airport that I am going to depart from in the next section is Icy Bay Airport developed by R Design. I verify the weather and according to the report it is -.9 C or 30.2 F so it should be cold enough that I will need to use the engine heater. REP suggests this with the warning message across the top of the screen and for the rest of the review I will crop the screen grabs with these messages to be easier to read when published. The engine pre-heater is selected from the “Engine Tools” window from the Maintenance Hangar. Selecting the heater will also make static object of the heater visible along with very realistic sound effects. According to the manual it takes about 30 to 60 minutes to realistically pre-heat the C210 engine. The Reality Expansion Pack provides a “Fast Warmup” to instantly warm the engine which is what I use because I do not have time to wait up to 60 minutes to fly my simulated aircraft. I decided to turn off real world weather for the rest of this review because in Alaska at this time of year with real weather, it is too dark to capture screen grabs. Before starting the preflight inspection, activate the Carenado static elements so procedures related to them will be simulated this greatly adds to the experience. To start the preflight and walk around process I select the second icon from the top. A new window will open with the procedures and a progress graphic. I recommend adjusting your cockpit view before starting this so that you can see the entire cockpit because during the walk around you cannot pan your view around the cockpit. Hopefully this gets fixed because I could not perform the fuel control and oxygen checks because even with the adjusted view levels I could not see these controls during the preflight. The exterior inspection also allows me to see the wonderful Carenado CT210M exterior features such as the detailed luggage in the baggage compartment during this inspection. The REP external inspection is very easy and allows you to interact with the aircraft by clicking on the box inside the procedure window and the corresponding surface area will be animated realistically as if you were physically there. Missing though as far as I can tell is the ability to inspect for damaged parts which would greatly enhance this simulation. What I do like is that the camera views for each of inspection areas are properly positioned. I also love the sound effects associated when inspecting the various control surfaces. The fuel and oil inspections are self-explanatory but I wish the fuel inspection was more realistic where the pilot can see if there is visible contamination instead of just be told, but still this better than nothing with the aircraft without this expansion pack. Another thing that is nice about the REP exterior inspection is that if you need to add oil, the pilot can open the “Maintenance Hangar” and refill the oil which is great! I really like the quality of the Carenado exterior features and textures. After completing the inspection pressing the icon again will close the preflight window and return to the cockpit view which is also nice. Engine Start and First Review Flight The CT210M is now ready for engine start and I am going to be using the printed checklists because I prefer the printed document instead using the included onscreen checklist. I am also using the REP checklist instead of the one supplied by Carenado. Even before I can start the engine, REP is sending me warning messages. In this case I left the fuel pump turned on with full throttle for too long and it said that I had flooded the engine. I followed the on screen procedures for a flooded engine start and REP instantly sends me another couple messages about reducing the throttle and also avoiding high RPM’s until the oil temperature warms up which will take some time, so be patient. For this short flight I am going to fly along the shoreline to Yakataga (PACY). According to the X-Plane map the USS Nimitz are nearby so I plan to fly near them to see how they look in the simulator. I did not have any issues with the “Before Takeoff” checklist and because this is a Reality Expansion Pack the magneto and propeller checks are realistically simulated. When performing the flight controls check, I notice what looks like some serious smoke coming from somewhere so I decide to shut down and open the “Maintenance Hangar”. Everything appears to be in working order so hopefully these are the effects generated when taxiing on a gravel airstrip and not a program issue. Before I could restart the engine REP reported that the aircraft was experiencing vapor lock so I perform the required procedure (mixture off and fuel pump on for 30 seconds). I like the fuel pump sound effect that Carenado provides. I line up to takeoff but I do not think that the Carenado CT210M likes gravel surfaced airstrips because the aircraft acts as if the wheels are stuck in the ground so I apply power too aggressively and destroyed the engine, back to maintenance! I try again and manage to takeoff without issue. I clear terrain and then reduce power, RPM and raise the flaps. I start my gradual climb and fly towards the USS Nimitz. There are also several hot air balloons flying on this beautiful day and there are some nice looking AI cruise ships included with the default XP10 scenery. REP will always provide you with onscreen tips when you do something wrong. For example, when I raised the landing gear, REP told me that I should tap the brakes before retracting the gear. The smoke textures that I saw on the ground disappeared as soon as I was in the air so this answers my previous question that it was related to the surface. I continue my flight and decide to setup my approach into Yakataga. The “Descent”, “Before Landing” and “Normal Landing” procedures are self-explanatory and other then remembering to lower the gear, the “Descent” checklist reminds the pilot to use full rich mixture if using idle throttle for the descent. On previous flights I would sometimes lower the landing gear at too fast of airspeed and REP warned me about this and I like that it told me the proper airspeed for lowering the gear. I wait until I am at the proper airspeed (100 knots) on this flight even though the REP printed checklist says it is ok to lower the gear below 165 knots. Another warning that I received from REP is to be in straight and level flight when lowering the flaps. I did not realize how unrealistically I have been operating simulated aircraft and the Reality Expansion Pack is a wonderful learning tool. Yakataga is not enhanced in X-Plane so I approach and land without issue. I then follow the shutdown procedures without issue and open the “Maintenance Hangar” to see how I treated my aircraft. Other than the depleted oxygen, the only major issue is with the landing gear and probably was caused by incorrect unpaved airstrip operations. Another Longer Flight For my second review flight I am going to perform a longer flight from Juneau International Airport (PAJN) to Wrangell Airport (PAWG). Both airports are quality freeware scenery products with PAJN developed by MISTERX6 and PAWG developed by RDESIGN. I am also going to climb and cruise at 12,000 feet on this 107 mile cross country flight so I will be able to use the REP oxygen system. I loaded the aircraft with a 1663kg takeoff weight which is within the safe takeoff limits. Today’s flight will use the clear X-Plane weather theme because the real weather is not very nice on this cold February day. I perform the preflight, start the engine and program the GPS but despite my best efforts, REP still reports that I started the engine with too much power. I reduce the throttle quickly and hopefully have not done too much damage to my engine. My Saitek autopilot started to act up on this flight, I enter my cruise altitude without issue but when I enter the desired vertical speed rate, this action also activated the autopilot and started to control the power, which is not good. The parking brake held my aircraft in place but REP warned me about avoiding excessive manifold pressure until the engine is warm. I take off and do my best not to apply power to aggressively and reduce power shortly after departure. For some reason the airspeed does not want to increase while I climb and the stall warning horn starts to sound along with constant REP warning messages. I scan the cockpit and discover the issue; I forgot to verify that the elevator trim during preflight and it was at an incorrect position, which will teach me not to try to do everything from memory. I will have to be more careful on future flights. After adjusting the trim, my airspeed increases, continue my climb and enjoy the beautiful Alaskan scenery. I receive warnings about adjusting my mixture to avoid engine damage but I wish REP would provide more information or suggestions instead of just providing warnings. As I approach 10,000 feet, I turn on the autopilot and the oxygen system. The autopilot does a nice job controlling power for a nice steady climb without becoming too slow. At 12,000 feet I perform the “Cruise” checklist procedures without issue and continue to enjoy the scenery outside. I like that the checklists are detailed enough to included recommended power settings instead of just saying “adjust power” for climb, cruise or descent. The Carenado instrument panel lighting is very nice. At this point of the flight, the autopilot for some reason does not want to maintain altitude and the airspeed starts decreasing. I am close enough the beginning descent point of the flight that I take manual control of the CT210M and begin my descent into Wrangell. As I descend below 10,000 feet, I turn off the oxygen system and verify that this system was working properly by looking at the oxygen gauge and it has which is another very realistic feature of this program. I setup my approach and try to slow the aircraft so I can start the approach for landing into PAWG. I manage to land without issue but REP instantly starts warning me about my power settings but at least I did not damage the landing gear. I shutdown and open the “Maintenance Hangar” to see how I treated my aircraft. Other than a depleted battery, which I do not understand because I had the alternator on the entire flight, the rest of the systems look good and the oxygen level matches what the oxygen gauge displayed which is great. Conclusion Accessibility The Reality Expansion Pack for the Carenado T210M is available from and so unlike some X-Plane products I consider it very accessible. Affordability The retail price is $19.95 which I consider affordable for the amount of realism that the REP product adds to this older Carenado aircraft. I did see the REP products on sale last year during the holiday sales so from time to time it will be more affordable. Ease of Installation As with most X-Plane expansion products, the Reality Expansion Pack is very easy to install and I like that it has an easy serial key to enter instead of a long complicated one. The installation instructions do not say to do this but I recommend shutting the simulator down and restarting your computer after activation rather than just reloading the aircraft. The included documentation is excellent. Features & System Performance This program has everything that you would want for a more realistic simulated experience with the Carenado T210M aircraft. Besides all of the features that you can see such as the preflight inspection, maintenance, realistic weight & balance and more, REP is also working behind the scenes to realistically simulate and monitor the aircraft’s various systems. I did not have performance issues when using this product and if your computer meets the system requirements for the aircraft, it should not have issues with the Reality Expansion Pack. Final Thoughts There really is not too much more for me to say here. If you own any of the Carenado aircraft that Simcoders has created a Reality Expansion Pack for (this aircraft, Bonanza F33, A36 and the B58 Baron) I recommend purchasing REP for that aircraft for the most realistic simulated experience possible. I purchased the Beechcraft Bonanza F33 and A36 during the Carenado holiday sale and look forward to purchasing the REP products for those aircraft in the near future. I want to thank Simcoders and for supplying the review copy of the Reality Expansion Pack for the Carenado T210M aircraft. Product details are available here and the support forum here. Test System Intel Desktop Computer Intel i5 4670K 3.4Ghz Non OC Processor 8GB DDR3 1833 Memory 2TB SATA HD (7200 RPM) NVIDIA GeForce GTX970 Video Card with 4GB GDDR5 Memory Saitek Cessna Pro Flight Yoke, Rudder Pedals Go Flight GF-LGT-II Landing Gear and Trim Control Module Go Flight GF-SECM Single Engine Switch Control Module Software X-Plane 10 – 64Bit Windows 7 – 64 Bit Sky Maxx Pro V4 and Real Weather Connector Various Free X-Plane Scenery and Plugins Flight Test Time: 25 hours
  13. Hello all, I purchased the Carenado CT182T G1000 HD for my Xplane 10.5. I loaded it on my laptop and I remember the first time I started the program after placing the aircraft in the right folder and the carenado folder with the database in the xplane root directory, xplane displayed a screen for me to enter the serial key. I entered it and everything worked fine. Well I recently got a more powerful machine a i7 11Gb of ram with a Gforce 470 in it. I reloaded xplane 10 on the new machine and got the update for it like before on my laptop. Next I did the same procedure placing the carenado folders in the right place but this time when I started xplane there was never any pop up screen asking me for the serial key. Instead it loaded the airplane but the G1000 screens are black and none of the buttons work and there is no sound. I tried everything. I re-downloaded both the aircraft file and database files new from the Carenado web site. I tried deleting the XPlane 10 and reinstalling it then adding the folders in the right place again but still no screen popping up asking me for the serial. I am assuming the g1000 is not working because there was never a serial entered to unlock it. All the other planes that come with xplane 10 work great. Both the older laptop and the new computer are running windows 7 with SP1. Any help would be greatly appreciated .
  14. Yesterday I did a flight with the pc12 ( not new version 2) and in the spot view the model of the aircraft was incomplete. Parts of the fuselage where missing and I could even see the pilots feet on the rudder pedals. Never had this issue before and haven't tweaked anything. Any ideas? Thanks Jason
  15. Hi all, Would someone please be willing to give this a crack using the Carenado C152? Cheers!!!!
  16. Some random shots of Papua New Guinea....
  17. I am writing this review for several reasons a. I absolutely love this aircraft b. I found too many inaccurate assumptions regarding performance/systems c. I found several negative reviews regarding this product which I don't believe are accurate d. ***within the limits of FSX I find this aircraft to be modeled extremely well*** My background I am in no way affiliated with carenado or any fsx developer I have over 500 hours as captain in the pa31 Navajo and chieftain combined operated single pilot mostly night IMC This is my first ever review so bare with me if its not in the traditional format (constructive criticism is appreciated) Lets start with sounds, that's easy enough. Exterior sounds as compared to the real aircraft are very very well re-created. A lot of people are complaining about the 3D sound cone that carenado produced having very minimal differences on this aircraft. You must keep in mind this is a PISTON engine, the variance of tones from standing in front, on the side, and to the rear of the aircraft are extremely minimal especially when compared to a turbine engine(which we all love those sounds.) After several years of watching these aircraft start up and taxi right beside me on the ramps the only difference I can take away is when the aircraft turns from head on to a rear view is the smell of avgas, and the feeling of being pelted by very little bits of rock and dirt from the ramp, the actual tone varies ever so slightly. Interior, I do find these sounds to be a little on the quiet side below 25" MP and or when starting/taxiing. This may have to do with the fact that my aircraft door was a "cut-out" of the left side window right over the wing, and when starting or taxiing I usually left this door open. However the engine rapid light off and increase in RPM is very accurate. Often starting this aircraft was a delicate balance of timing the mixture increase and throttle decrease simultaneously. Within the confines of FSX the start up sequence is excellently modeled, however I do wish the volume was a bit louder and maybe the old screeching of the starter engaging the fly-wheel would be a nice addition in the future. My reaction to systems- Well its a twin piston aircraft, how many systems can we talk about that can be modeled in FSX? the extremely over-engineered landing gear and hydraulic system? not really relevant for fsx (however I have yet to attempted to try an alternate gear extension so I can not speak to if it works or not, would be great if it did) In the chieftain there was a 3 position gear selector, up, neutral, and down. You could perform a hydraulic gear test with this system by turning on the battery switch and placing the gear handle to the down position, it should pop back to neutral within 7-10 seconds. Could be a fun addition if they ever do model a Chieftain or wish to update this Navajo. Lights- why is everyone complaining about these? They are modeled like someone put brand new bulbs in and their range is extremely accurate. In the real aircraft, if anything they are far more dim, making it challenging to land on a dark runway at night. In my opinion these do not need to be changed. However a beacon rocker switch would be nice, or at least a 3 position rocker switch for anti-collision (ie beacon-off-beacon&strobe) Most of the aircraft either had both beacons and strobes or some just had strobes, which this overhead panel seems to model however the beacon light is activated when the anti-collision light is turned on...maybe some faulty wiring on carenados part, but still an extremely small detail I can live with for now. Panel lighting, this is limited to their famous 1 switch for all lights deal but with that said it does not bother me one bit, here's why. Most of my aircraft either had several deferred instrument lights, or the backlighting was deferred totally, or the overhead flood was deferred (for those who don't know what deferred means, all it means is does not work. usually to save money on maintenance most companies, especially where I flew these aircraft will skip the small stuff until it was mandatory for it to be replaced) that's why having a flashlight was a mandatory item for the pilot. The simple dim lighting works for me and brings me back to those dark cold nights flying high over snow capped mountain tops. Also, the light pegs for each instrument are shaped like an upside down L, this shape creates its own shadow and is typical to black out an area of the gauge where the light peg is placed, most often its in the most important spot of the instrument IE MP or RPM! This is modeled by carenado, and why some may find it frustrating it is 100% realistic, and I think a great attention to detail by the developer. Pitot heats, heater, de-ice boots, vent blower, etc etc all the switches work, but don't expect more than the typical depth of systems carenado is known to produce. I will not elaborate on this section just to the fact that I think we all know what to expect from them as systems go. But I will be happy to answer any specific questions regarding them. I still have yet to fully test everything out, only have about 20 hours sim time with the aircraft as of this writing. Autopilot- this is one thing I see several topics on the forums people are complaining about. Lets put them to rest. I have flown almost every style of autopilot installed in a Navajo chieftain from S-tec systems 30 (integreated in turn coordinator), S-Tec systems 50 (mounted on lower right captains panel) KFC 200 FD/AP, Piper Altimatic V/FD (FCS810), Piper Altimatic IIIC, Piper Altimatic X and several others, those were most common however, but most where always deferred anyway! Now for the sake of me I cannot remember the name of this particular one installed but I do know this, we had 3 or 4 aircraft in the fleet with this exact model and it was my favorite. If your unfamiliar with the APs listed above, they were mostly controlled via turn coordinator integration, or a separate panel with confusing rotary knobs and buttons. The autopilot installed in this aircraft is done extremely well. The proper procedure to acquire an accurate level off, one must ease the FD pitch below 800FPM prior to 500' from level off, then engage the ALT button 50' from desired altitude. Most every real world aircraft was different, some would level off too abruptly, some not abrupt enough and others would just ignore your command and just blow through your desired altitude :o The most common practice was to hand fly the aircraft to cruise then engage the autopilot when it was properly manually trimmed. Coupled autopilot approaches were prohibited due to the erratic nature of the autopilot. So I wont even attempt them in FSX, this is not a Boeing, don't expect it to fly like one. Hand fly! Also when tracking a radial with the autopilot, if NAV was selected, most every aircraft I flew would oscillate about the course, our fix was to just fly in heading mode making small changes along the way. Carenado seems to have modeled the NAV function quite well and I have had no problems with that. On a separate note I will add after 3 flights I did notice a precession in my HSI even though it was slaved. This was also common in the aircraft but to a degree far less than what happened to me in FSX so I'm thinking this is a glitch that should be addressed. Even when placed in "free" mode the rotation switch will not re align your gyro to the mag compass :blush: not cool. Carenado does need to fix this. Ground handling- Very well done again, the pa31 nose wheel steering allows for up to 20 degrees on each side of center for steering. However the linkage can disengage and allow "free castoring" for an additional 20 degrees on each side of center allowing up to 80 degrees of movement. This can whip your aircraft violently and is modeled perfectly. The use of differential or asymmetrical thrust is extremely apparent in the real world aircraft and is as well in FSX. another very well modeled feature of the PA31 Moving on to the last section of my review, and the MOST important (to me) FLIGHT DYNAMICS Simply put, the performance, the aircraft handling, the excessive yaw rate in turbulence, are modeled so well I honestly can tell you I feel like I am flying the actual aircraft. Carenado absolutely positively blew this out of the park. I saw threads about people complaining they weren't getting max performance at max weight....hello! this aircraft is one hellacious machine you load it up to MTOW and expect to get 1500FPM in the climb you are going to be a smoking hole in the side of a mountain. Using my real world checklists and references for power settings I got almost exactly what I got in the real aircraft. I've tried it over and over with several weights and field elevations, Carenado you did a fantastic job. ----However fuel flow is off a bit, but who cares that much, your not paying for gas anyway, plus I actually got less GPH in the sim compared to the real world counterpart so maybe they modeled a brand new engine that's super efficient B) If it bothers you that much, run several tests making a chart of your fuel flows at different altitudes and power settings to use for planning purposes. But lets face it, the pa31 is not a long haul aircraft anyway, if you plan adequately fuel wont be a problem. The dynamics are modeled so well in this aircraft, that the (very few) glitches I've found are completely thrown to the side just based on the pure joy of the aircrafts handling and performance. Miscellaneous Those who were talking about the MP being off and your supposed to get 46 or something are incorrect. The density controller on the J2 Turbocharger will prevent you from over-boosting above 40MP. Unless you blew a valve your MP should remain below red line at all times. The TIO-540 (chieftain engine) is slightly larger and you will have slightly different pressures, you may be confusing internet web searches with this, but as far as the Navajo goes, it is modeled correctly. Some people complained that an "aircraft with a GTN 750 should have a much better working autopilot" -first thing, why are you putting a 750 in a pa31, that's disgraceful. I actually wish they had an all steam gauge version with no gps. Secondly the type of GPS installed has no effect on autopilot performance. So all said and done, I highly recommend this aircraft if you are looking for a little more rustic version of the duke b60 or maybe your first GA twin for your hangar. Not super fast but not slow either, this pa31 add-on is great for low level short-medium haul flights. Good luck! And I hope I have helped those of you in question or on the fence about this aircraft. P.S. Don't forget to stage cool on descent! 2" MP every 2 minutes until 18"mp, or below 300CHT or below 120 kts! stay safe and keep the silver side up! Happy flying
  18. Hi all, I just reinstalled FSX after a couple of years down and I'm trying to reload all my old files. One that is missing is the excellent VC textures by Russ White for the Mooney Bravo (Carenado). For some reason I'm having trouble finding it and I'm nearly googled out. I usually get directed to Orbx freeware page but can't find it there. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
  19. Hi, I currently own the Carenado PA31 (non-turbo and Turbo) and I would like to get a repaint in the livery of Air Foyle, a UK-based air taxy company I used to fly for in the late 1970's and early 1980's. The registration of the three aircraft I flew were G-FOIL, G-FOYLE and G-NEVA. Is there anyone who would be prepared to undertake this? If not a full repaint, I would at least like to be able to get the three registrations on the 'blue' coach strip Carenado PA31. If anyone is interested please let me know. I can dig around and supply some photos of these aircraft to any would-be livery 'painter'. Cheers, John
  20. Hello, First - I've submitted a support ticket on this topic to Carenado and we've been trouble shooting for a week or so... just wanted to see if anyone else had solved this: I've noticed that in the 2.0 version of the C182T as well as my other Carenado G1000 planes when I hit flight plan button nothing happens and the "CLR" button and the "ENT" button do not work. Here is a video that I submitted to Carenado that shows the problem. When I create a flight plan in FSX the functionality returns and I'm able to edit an existing flight plan but I can not create a new one in the sim. Anyone have this issue or know what could be causing it?
  21. Hey guys, I finally made my first Carenado purchase and I am very excited to be using this aircraft. I am pretty new to FSX and flying. I am using the Angle of Attack Tutorials to learn. Anyway, so when are you suppose to turn on the carburetor heat? does it have to be on during take off and landing? it seems to me when you turn it on your RPM drops. Thanks everyone. oh I have finally made my first video as well using Carenado Cessna 152 II.
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    I posted this in the Carenado forum a few days ago without a response. Reposting here. I've had the Carenado C90B King Air for several months now. I can't keep it stable in flight. Once trimmed for reasonably level flight taking attention off the controls to tune a radio results in a climb or dive. Once stable, a turn will result in the same thing. I'm convinced if real flight were this difficult no one would ever attempt it. I have the CH Eclipse Yoke. I would welcome any suggestions.
  23. Carenado just announced update 2.0 for Phenom 100. Compatible with FSX-SE and P3Dv3, now also includes Navigraph Extension Pack (optional, for one week at $ 4.95): I don't have it, but I hope they will soon release v2.0 for the Phenom 300 as well. Here is the changelog: UPDATED to VERSION 2.0 AND NAVIGRAPH EXTENSION PACK!!! CARENADO E50P PHENOM 100 HD SERIES FSX/P3D IMPORTANT: -Customers should retrieve a new serial entering to their accounts at - "My Products" section (old serials are no longer valid). ... New Version (2.0) - P3Dv3 and Steam compatible - Improved Autopilot behavior - T.O. config implemented - G1000 improvements - XPDR different modes added - 3D knob technology improved. - GPU implemented - TOGA button - Seat belt/Non Smoking sign added - Power setting display on MFD - 2D detachable autopilot - MFD flap indicator fixed - Test sound added - Minor bugs fixed Customers should uninstall the aircraft before installing this new version and then download the package again from the link provided. Downloads were increased.… Navigraph Extension Pack for Phenom 100 FSX/P3D… ONLY for 10 days $4.95!!!
  24. My little tribute to Stavros Palatsidis and his excellent new Olympic livery for Carenado Dornier Do228.