Diamonds in the sky

Aircraft developer COWS has released the DA42 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The exterior model is based on thousands of reference photos and scans taken from a real aircraft.
The exterior model is based on thousands of reference photos and scans taken from a real aircraft. COWS

Based on the Diamond DA42, the package for Microsoft Flight Simulator includes both the DA42-VI and DA42-TDI variants, each sporting an authentic flight model and systems tailored for students to practice procedures as well as offering cross-country flying with panoramic views and stable flight dynamics for casual simmers.

The DA42 Series sports a high-fidelity visual model based on thousands of reference photos and scans taken from a real-world aircraft. The exterior model features authentic 3D textures, along with details such as light-baked photorealistic reflections, ray-traced shadows and lighting effects with realistic weathering, fibreglass scratches and TKS leaks.

The cockpit is fully functional with authentic systems.
The cockpit is fully functional with authentic systems. COWS

The interior model features an optional black panel or standard grey with weathering effects, lifelike textures and accurately placed placards sourced from maintenance manuals. The systems are also accurately recreated, including the electrical system with circuit breakers, standby flight instruments, a de-icing system and the undercarriage with emergency gravity extension.

The interior features highly authentic photorealistic textures.
The interior features highly authentic photorealistic textures. COWS

The aircraft features accurate flight dynamics and performance data based on more than 1,500 hours of testing by DA42 pilots, including single-engine manoeuvres and engine performance. Other details include custom flight control animations, bumps when extending the undercarriage and airframe shake during ground power runs.

The aircraft also includes a custom sound set for the engines and systems; the engines sound differs depending on prop pitch, fuel flow and RPM and dynamic wind sounds when the gear and flaps are extended. The package is available on OrbxDirect for AUD$46.25 AUD (approx £23.87).