Not exactly a replacement for the C152, the Flight1 Skycatcher has been produced in association with Cessna Aircraft Company and features the same “Glass Cockpit” avionics fit as the real aircraft. For details, visit Flight1 Software and to read the full Press Release, please click on “Read More” below.
Flight One Software Announces Simulated Cessna 162 Skycatcher
ATLANTA, Georgia, December 29, 2011 – Flight One Software, in partnership with Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that they have released a high-fidelity PC-based simulation of the two-seat Cessna 162 Skycatcher light sport trainer for Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X.
“Light sport aircraft are revolutionizing General Aviation, and we wanted to provide simmers with a realistic simulation of one so they can see what all the excitement is about,” says Flight One Vice-President Jim Rhoads. “The Skycatcher has a long list of features that will impress anyone familiar with the real aircraft. It’s designed to perform very much like the real thing.”
The Flight One Skycatcher provides virtual pilots with an inexpensive way to become familiar with the real-world aircraft and use it in their simulated flights. Most noticeably, it features a simulation of the real-world aircraft’s Garmin G300 glass avionics suite. Highlights include a multi-page multi-function display with a map display; an autopilot supporting ROL, HDG, GPS, ALT HOLD, ALTS, PIT, and VS modes; altitude alerting; and Direct-to functionality. Flight plans can be entered directly into the G300, or imported from the Flight Simulator X flight planner.
Like its real-world counterpart, the Flight One Skycatcher also includes a Garmin SL40 Com radio, Garmin GTX327 Mode C transponder, and a a 121.5/233 MHz ELT. The simulation also realistically models the performance and operation of the Skycatcher’s Teledyne Continental Motors O-200D engine.
Beyond the avionics and systems is a highly-detailed aircraft model. The exterior features four custom paint schemes, operable doors, wheel chocks, and pitot/engine inlet covers. The interior model includes a highly detailed and fully functional 3D virtual cockpit with an interactive panel, knobs, and keys; animated shade visors, windows, and doors; and bug “splat” window effects. A highly detailed User Manual and Guide is included, and supplemental documentation is provided directly from Garmin.
The first production Cessna Skycatcher was delivered in December, 2009. It has a maximum cruise speed of 118 knots, a maximum range of 400 NM, and a maximum operating altitude of 14,625 feet. It stalls at 40 knots.
“Cessna designed the Skycatcher to make flying more affordable, and more fun. We’ve designed our simulation of it with the same goals in mind,” says Rhoads. “If you’re just getting started, it’s the ideal training aircraft. If you’re more experienced, you’ll find it lots of fun too.”
For more information, screenshots, and to download this great aircraft: http://www.flight1.com/products.asp?product=flt1c162
Atlanta-based Flight One Software (Flight1) is a successful and critically-acclaimed developer and publisher of flight simulation technology and software. Founded in 1997, Flight1 has released some of the most highly regarded and most recognized expansions for Microsoft’s Flight Simulator franchise, including FSClouds, Ultimate Traffic, an ATR72-500 simulation endorsed by Avions de Transport Regional (ATR), and a Cessna Mustang simulation developed in partnership with Cessna.
For more information about Flight1 products visit www.flight1.com.
Cessna is the world’s leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered more than 192,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,100 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2010, Cessna delivered 535 aircraft, including 179 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.6 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at cessna.com.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at textron.com.
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