x+s+r // YBCS + WMKK + KPGD + 5 Singles

xsr cairns hdr

A new airport in Cairns, another in SWFlorida, a fantastic new revision in Malaysia, and kind of a “What’s the best retractable geared, GA single in X-plane these days…” exercise.

Got your coffee ready? Okay then, let’s roll!


YBCS + Cairns International Airport

Located in far Northeast Australia, tropical Cairns is a very popular tourist area almost wholly dependent on this airport. This new file, by fsclips, is really very well done and with the static aircraft option enabled the ramps are thickly populated with relevant airliners; there’s also a large GA area as well as  limited air cargo areas.


The ramp and apron markings are almost astonishing, and take care to look images of this work over, as it really is a remarkable job. You’ll find foliage, good car parks, and decent ramp lighting here as well.


There’s service available all over Australia from here, but also longer flights to New Zealand, China, and Japan. This is a Must Have addition for all flyers Down Under!



WMKK + Kuala Lumpur

We’ve been watching this one for a while, and it’s recently added several new options, including the ability to add terminals still on the drawing board. If you choose to do so, you’ll wind up with a massive, very good looking airport…


This is a massive project being constantly updated, but you might give it a try now as it’s getting interesting, and quite deep.



Gateshead Millennium Footbridge

Itching for a reason to go to Newcastle-upon-Tyne today? Well, slip this little bridge into your scenery folder and go take a look-see…


There’s a decent EGNT in Global Airports these days too, so there’s no excuse not to!



After flying the new Alabeo Cardinal RG from Key West to Naples, Florida the other day, we ran across this little airport file, and if flying around Southwest Florida is your thing you might want to get this one onboard. KPGD Punta Gorda is in the same general vicinity as Naples and Fort Myers, and while GA has been the thing here, Allegiant recently moved in and is offering a spectacular variety of flights from here (see the list here). If looking for another airport to use your Rotate MD80, here she be. A319s and A320s are welcome here too. Get the file here:


One other thing popped to mind after we wrapped up our Alabeo Cardinal post… What are about the other high quality GA singles in X-plane – the retractable geared varieties?

Well, here’s my take on the top 5 for X-plane 11, as of September, 2018.

  1. Yup, the Alabeo C177 II RG makes the cut;
  2. And so does the Carenado Cessna 210 Turbo Centurion;
  3. The PA-28R ARROW III by Just Flight is a great file too;
  4. Yet so is the Alabeo Mooney M20R Ovation;
  5. But which is the very, very best GA single (retractable gear) in X-plane? Well, scroll on down to for my opinion, but let’s face it, you already know the answer, don’t you?

KPGD comparo

Carenado’s F33 Bonanza is equipped the way I like a single – capable of complex IFR operations yet easy enough to fly to hardly need an AP. With a radar altimeter and a true flight director on the panel, this Bonanza will keep up with you as your training progresses from nugget to 3-striper, and if you simply enjoy taking a robust GA single on long cross country flights there just is not a better aircraft to do this in, whether in X-plane or out in the real world. Beech is STILL building these birds, too, and there’s a good reason why. There just isn’t a better single engine aircraft out there, and there hasn’t been…since the 1950s. If Carenado’s file was a dog we’d not bother to recommend this one, but the exact opposite is true here: Carenado’s F33A Bonanza for Xp11 is STILL the class act no one has beaten…yet.


So, no surprises, eh? Well, thanks for reading along today. We’ll see you next time, and…Happy Trails –

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