A new file by tdg highlights this issue, while a revised Canadian file adds versatility and more interesting visuals. Finally, we’ll take a short hop in the Carenado TBM850, taking notes along the way, so we can better compare the new HotStart TBM900 when it releases (and hopefully X-Aviation is still on track for a Saturday early a.m. release).
Also, note that Open Scenery X (OSX) posted a major update today, from 2.x to a new version 3.0. This version incorporates the RE library and also will force scenery designers to tweak existing files as there have been some major changes that will alter the appearance of some items in older airport files. Run your OSX installer to get this important update onboard.
I’ve had a couple people ask about what clouds I’m using to get these apricot colored skies. Well, SkyMAXX Pro, of course. It’s the Vincent Van Gogh of cloud programs…very impressionistic, don’t you think?
Ready with your coffee? Let’s get to it!
tdg continues to work on very small, out of the way airports, and this week he’s still in Northern Germany. EDXR Rendsburg is located along the Kiel Canal in the Schleswig-Holstein region, and is about 50nmi NNW of Hamburg. The airfield hosts a large number of sport flying clubs, and is a popular gathering spot for all kinds of pilots, from ultra-lights and gliders to more run of the mill GA aircraft. Pilots from HohnAFB, a local airbase, also practice steep approaches here, in Transall C160 medium sized tactical transport aircraft. The RV/caravan park on the east end shows in Google Earth, too.
tdg has included large shipping traffic in the canal, and a smattering of small GA aircraft on the ramps, but there’s more…
It would seem that tdg is concentrating on small details and foliage work in these new projects, as if he’s honing new skills. Regardless, there’s a more human touch on hand, almost a painterly quality to this latest work. Impressionistic? Well, you decide…but Van Gogh was big on sunflowers…
So, this one’s for GA pilots once again, those flying in Northern Germany at that, so perhaps of more limited appeal. Still, it’s quite nice to fly the pattern here, using ships as marks to practice touch ‘n goes, so I’d recommend it for anyone flying small GA singles.
Prospero246’s CYYF Penticton uses the latest Laminar art assets and the metallic terminal looks quite interesting with HDR active. This airport is in the Canadian Rockies and there’s commercial service from here to Vancouver on Air Canada Express, and Calgary via WestJet, yet this remains a GA airport at heart.
Nicely done, too, the only drawback I see is its not compatible with TerraMAXX, so no snow on the airport grounds in winter.
Still, this is a Must Have for flying the BC/Alberta regions, and you can pick it up here:
Opening at KTTF Custer Gateway in the Carenado TBM850, I hopped up to Turbulent Design’s KMBS MBS International – one of the best payware files in X-plane, by the way – just to work through the procedures Carenado modeled in their version of this aircraft. I have no doubt HotStart/X-Aviation’s version of the -900 will be radically different, however, so don’t read too much into this.
First, Carenado deployed their own G1000 system in this v3.2 .acf, and this is a relatively early version of the Garmin panel system. There’s little in the way of complex systems in this version, but the moving map display is useful. Manipulator controls on the panels and on the little keyboard are often uncooperative, sometimes downright awful, but the AP works, and works well. Flying a coupled approach here (under VFR, to check alignments) was easy, the results spot-on.
The aircraft climbs with real authority, and going up to 10,000 was painlessly quick. Getting to a cruise at 275 ground speed was quick, too. You need to plan your descents carefully, however, as this .acf does not want to bleed speed quickly; a long downwind works well for this, and bleed as much energy as you can turning base and onto your long final, then settle in around 105-110 KIAS, slowing gently until your flare.
All-in-all, this version is an easy rider and not a real challenge to learn or fly. I’d certainly not recommend it as a first aircraft after learning in a Cessna 150, but for a turboprop it’s not so difficult to get a handle on that a relative newcomer with real interest can’t learn it in a few hours. It is a Carenado, too, so very easy on the eyes.
It will, needless to say, be interesting to see how HotStart’s -900 version differs…
That’s all for now. We’ll seeya soon –