Aircraft developer, Airfoillabs has introduced a major overhaul of its King Air 350 to make it compatible with X-Plane 12.
The upgraded version sports X-Plane 12-specific features such as a new 3D model with upgraded high-definition PBR (Physically Based Rendering) textures and details such as dirt, scratches and rain/icing effects.
The flight model has also been rebuilt with new Reynolds airfoil data and tuned to match the speeds and performance of the real aircraft. A new engine logic model features a failure simulation for individual engine components and hot start simulation. It also includes a remodelled propeller simulation with improved feathering and governor logic, engine anti-ice and more accurate simulation of the Alpha, Beta (ground fine) and reverse regimes.
A custom user interface comes with options for setting the weight & balance, camera views and aircraft states: Cold & Dark, Before Engine Start, Before Taxi and Before Take-Off. The package also includes an authentic aircraft handbook with automated checklists.
A custom electrical system features complex DC and AC simulation with relays, load distribution, inverters, etc. The hydraulic and fuel systems are now realistically replicated with auxiliary power unit simulation and ground equipment. The new version also sports improved oxygen and pressurisation systems logic, including explosive depressurisation.
Other details are improved rudder boost and pitch trim system logic based on the actual manual, fire protection and detection for the engines and anti-ice simulation. It also sports an upgraded lighting model and multi-layered 3D FMOD sounds recorded from a real King Air 350.
Up front, the cockpit features custom avionics with digital displays and logic based on real aircraft data such as the EADI (Primary Pilots Display), EHSI (Pilots HSI/Map), MFD (Main Map Display) and weather radar simulation.
The King Air 350 is available on x-plane.org for $49.95.