Browsing: Aircraft

This is the second review that I have written to be in a much more personal, “first person” style. The aim of this style is to show you guys, the readers and simmers that you are, how easy it basically is to make your flights interesting and somewhat different. I often hear of people that simply fly from place to place, and then they end up being bored with simming because it’s always the same. Of course this is not the case for everybody, but for those that recognize this situation, this review is for you. What I will do,…

This is a rather unorthodox review. Normally when I write a scenery review, I take the Trike Ultralight, takeoff, do some low passes, take screenshots, then stop the flight. I then select several jetliners, like the PMDG 737NGX, LDS767 and PMDG 747 (if appropriate), and do some circuits with them, to check performance. I take notes, and then start writing the review. Now and then I start up FSX to check out additional things. This method works pretty well for sceneries, save for the fact that some airplanes will have to be swapped depending on the airport’s size (not going…

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (aka Tomahawk in the UK and Russia) is an aircraft that stayed in production for the entire duration of the Second World War. And yet, it’s post-war reputation wasn’t very good. A2A Simulations, on the other hand, has an outspoken reputation for excellence. We’ll be taking a look at what they did with this American fighter.

The North American (later Rockwell) T-2 Buckeye is one of those aircraft whose beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. Definitely a child of its time and role, the T-2 formed the backbone of US Naval jet training through at least three generations of combat aircraft, with examples remaining in USN service up until very recently, even though the production line was opened in 1958 and closed in 1976. The US Navy were not the only user, however, and the aircraft also served in a training and light attack role with both Greek and Venezuelan Armed Forces. Replaced…

The A2A Simulations “Wings of Power 3” Curtiss P-40 with Accu-Sim continues to bring in the plaudits from users and press alike – this time winning an award from UK-published print magazine PCPilot this month. In the March/April 2012 issue of the magazine, reviewer Adam Cotton includes as part of his summation that A2A have “…produced the most realistic, detailed and visually stunning simulation of a classic fighter currently available.” – a description which which I’m sure almost everyone will agree. With developers like A2A still going from strength to strength, it shows that there’s a lot of life left…

Over at our German language sister site simFlight.de, Stefan Benzinger has posted a review of the Swiss flight simulator aeroflyFS, which we have mentioned a couple of times recently in news articles. We’ll try and get a good English translation of the review for you soon (I tried Google Translate earlier to read it myself and the results were… “interesting”), but in the interim, if your German is better than mine, or you’re prepared to risk the wrath of a translation program, the original review can be found at this link.

It appears the flightsim community is on a 737-fever! PMDG hit a high mark with their 737 NGX this summer, as did iFly a couple of months earlier with their respective version, Wilco and Feelthere have just released their 737 Pilot in Command Evolution, covering the classic series. And to finish the series, Captain Sim is working on the Original Series, the 737-100 and 737-200. At this time, it’s an exterior only product, but we’ll take a look nonetheless.

In the first part of this review, we went over aircraft selection, as well as flight planning, preflight, startup and taxi, finally culmination in the takeoff. In this second part of the review, we’ll be picking up where we left off (immediately after takeoff). I cleaned the aircraft up (retracted the gear and flaps) and we’re now climbing!

In this review, I’ll be taking you on a flight with PMDG’s 737 NGX. By doing this, I can show you how the NGX actually works in FSX, instead of just highlighting its features and its pros and cons. So, Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome aboard! Please fasten your seatbelts, and enjoy the flight.