PC Pilot Issue 119 Downloads

Specially selected freeware and videos of flight sims reviewed in the January-February 2019 issue.

Movies

VSKYLABS’ Tecnam P2006T

This presentation is unusual in that it shows VSKYLABS’ Tecnam P2006T being used in native VR. It also highlights the wealth of detail that has been included in this product – read the review on page 44.

 

A2A Simulations’ Beech Bonanza V-Tail

This superb video, presented by A2A’s owner, Scott Gentile, gives the viewer a thorough explanation of the concept behind the V-Tail Bonanza, as well as the approach and design philosophy adopted by the team at A2A in creating this simulation. You can read our full and detailed review starting on page 24.

 

Just Flight’s Hawk T1/A

This video showcases the photorealistic quality of Just Flight’s high-fidelity Hawk T1/A designed for X-Plane - both from internal and external perspectives. The realistic and 3D quality of the cockpit, as well as the glass-like appearance of the instruments, is also shown off to good effect. Read our detailed review on page 16.

 

Drzewiecki Design’s Seattle City XP and Seattle Airports X

The amazing and extreme detail present in these two scenery products, both designed for X-Plane, is shown off to good effect in this video. Our reviews for Seattle City and Seattle Airports, respectively start on pages 32 and 36.

 

 

Orbx’s TrueEarth Great Britain South

This presentation shows off the amazingly beautiful and photorealistic look of Orbx’s TrueEarth Great Britain South – designed for X-Plane. Features highlighted in this video include: the water-masking along the coastlines, the millions of accurately placed life-like trees, the new autogen technology, VFR landmarks and custom-modelled 3D ‘points of interest’. Our review starts on page 20.

 

Tutorials

Back to Basics

Download the flight planning spreadsheet and charts using the link below.

Back to Basics Download

Norway Flight Adventure

The Pilot Notes for this issue contain listings of suitable FSX/P3D scenery, including the excellent Orbx Simulation Norway series. You can also find the relevant charts here.

Norway Flight Adventure Download

 

Downloads

Once again we have a collection of high-quality freeware files for you to enjoy. These aircraft, scenery and utilities easily compare with many commercial products but don’t forget, if you’ve enjoyed a particular file please let the author know, it’s their only payback. By the same token we’re always interested to hear from you if you’ve downloaded or designed a file that you think is worth sharing.

PERMISSION

Although the authors of these files have very kindly given us their permission to include them on our website, they still remain the property and copyright of the authors. You are free to enjoy them for you own use, but they must not in any circumstances be distributed, copied, uploaded to any other websites or disassembled in any way whatsoever.

Library files

Most X-plane users will already know that many freeware airport designers make use of the freeware library files to enhance their creations. Consequently, it’s important to read the documentation within each file, to find out which libraries have been used. These library files need to be installed in order to experience these airports as the authors intended.

Featured Download

Our featured aircraft in this issue was designed by Mihaly Alberti for X-Plane 11.20 and above. It’s based on an aircraft manufactured by the Czech aircraft manufacturer Let Kunovice (named Aircraft Industries in 2005). The design was initiated by the need of the Soviet airline Aeroflot to replace its ageing fleet of Antonov An-2 aircraft.

A fine workhorse that Mihaly has captured in great detail.

The prototype first flew in 1969 powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-27 engines, however the aircraft depicted in this package, the L-410UVP-E, first flew in 1984, with full production only beginning in 1986. The main difference from the original design was the aircraft’s short take-off and landing capabilities (STOL). It was also fitted with Walter M 601 E turboprop engines, combined with Avia V-510 5-blade propellers.

Mihaly has done a superb job on this design, particularly within the cockpit where just about every switch, button and lever is modelled but more importantly they all function. Producing such a fine model is quite an achievement, particularly for one person.

Just two textures are provided, one passenger and one cargo.
The 3D modelling of the cockpit is superb and fully functional.

I also have to commend him for his excellent manual, which stands as a fine example that many commercial companies could emulate. It has detailed descriptions of all the controls, accompanied by clear images of the area being described… fantastic work!

Author: Mihaly Alberti

Platform: X-Plane 11

Let L-410 Turbolet Download

 

Star Performers from the Internet

Synthetic ILS

This instrument enables the selection of any of the 24,491 airports that exist in the database of FSX and Prepar3D, and then the selection of any runway at that airport. It will also give you distance, bearing and steering data plus a lot more. Designed by Karol Chlebowski.

Author: Karol Chlebowski

Platform: FS2004/FSX/Prepar3D

Synthetic ILS Download

 

Douglas Dolphin

The Douglas Dolphin was an amphibian designed at the end of the 1920s as a luxury air yacht. However, its market was ruined by the Great Depression and it became mostly used as a military aircraft. The model here was designed by David Wooster.

Author: David Wooster

Platform: FS2004

Douglas Dolphin Download

 

Ermolaev Er-2 Russian bomber

Here’s another fine aircraft from the prolific A F Scrub. It’s a slight deviation from his usual fighter range. This time he has concentrated his undeniable skills on a Yermolayev Yer-2 - a long-range Soviet medium bomber used during World War Two.

Author: A.F. Scrub

Platform: FSX/Prepar3D

Ermolaev Er-2 Download

 

Lewiston Nez-Perce City Airport

Lewiston Nez-Perce City Airport, is two miles south of Lewiston, Idaho. It’s classed as a primary commercial service airport by the FAA, with close to 40,000 aircraft operations a year. This version was designed for FSX by Sidney Schwartz.

Author: Sidney Schwartz

Platform: FSX

Lewiston Nez-Perce Airport Download

 

Bavarian Harbour Lindau

This is something of a departure from our normal recommendations as it’s not an aircraft or an airport. It’s the harbour at Lindau in Germany. It was designed by Erwin Welker, who has included a rather nice steerable boat for the trip.

Author: Erwin Welker

Platform: FSX

Bavarian Harbour Lindau Download

 

T-80 Falcon II

It’s hard to believe that Jenn Kimball (A-Pilot) designed this little warbird in a week. He tells me it was to see if he’d forgotten how to do it! Well, I would say he hasn’t; what do you think?

Author: Jenn Kimball

Platform: X-Plane 11

T-80 Falcon II Download

 

Kertajati Airport

Bandar Udara International is the second biggest airport in Indonesia, located at Kertajati, in the West Java Province. It’s a beta version designed by Hery Frianto (SceneryDesignIndonesia) that currently only has day textures.

Author: Hery Frianto

Platform: FSX

Kertajati Airport Download

Dunedin Airport

Here we have a very detailed rendition of Dunedin Airport, located at the bottom tip of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s a beautiful, sometimes wild place, populated by particularly friendly people. Designed for X-Plane 11 by Stefan Lorenz.

Author: Stefan Lorenz

Platform: X-Plane 11

Dunedin Airport Download 

Screenshot Gallery

To help give our readers a better appreciation of the products reviewed in this issue, we have compiled the screenshots accompanying some of the articles into a series of galleries.

PMDG’s 747-8 Queen of the Skies II Expansion Pack

PC Pilot Verdict
At a glance: PMDG has captured the spirit of Boeing’s latest high-tech jetliner. The sheer scope of the package combined with in-depth systems modelling will keep experienced virtual airline pilots happy for months (if not years) to come.

Developer: PMDG Simulations
Price:
Prepar3D:
747-400V3 base pack: $139.99 (£109 approx)
747-8 expansion: $69.99 (£54 approx)
FSX:
747-400V3 base pack: $99.99 (£78 approx)
747-8 expansion $49.99 (£39 approx)
Website: www.precisionmanuals.com
Flight Model: Excellent
Graphics: Excellent
Documentation: Excellent
Systems: Excellent
PC Pilot Score: 95%

Just Flight’s Hawk T1/A Advanced Trainer

PC Pilot Verdict
At a glance: A very nicely modelled jet trainer with well researched and implemented systems, flight model and superb graphics all around.

Developer: Just Flight / Thranda Design
Download Price: $44.99 (£35 approx)
Website: www.justflight.com
Flight Model: Excellent
Graphics: Excellent
Documentation: Excellent
Systems: Excellent
PC Pilot Score: 95%

Orbx’s TrueEarth GB South - Orbx presents southern Britain in extraordinary detail

PC Pilot Verdict
At a glance: Orbx starts its UK transformation with True Earth GB South.

Publisher and Developer: Orbx Simulations
Price: Download via Orbx FTX Central AUD$ 54.95 (£31.20 approx)
Website: http://fullterrain.com
3D Modelling: Excellent
Graphics: Very good
Documentation: Very good
Performance: Acceptable but as
always this is hardware-dependant.
PC Pilot Score: 95

A2A Simulations’ Beech Bonanza V-Tail - A2A continues to raise the bar

PC Pilot Verdict
At a Glance: One of the most outstanding
GA products in recent times. The attention to detail permeates every aspect of this model and accurately reflects the distinctive characteristics of this venerable aircraft.

Developer: A2A Simulations
Price: $49.99 (£38 approx)        
Website: www.a2asimulations.com
Flight Model: Excellent
Graphics: Excellent
Documentation: Excellent
Systems: Excellent
PC Pilot Score: 95%

Aeroplane Heaven’s Lancaster B Mk.I - The Dambuster

PC Pilot Verdict
At a glance: A fine tribute to an iconic aircraft.

Developer: Aeroplane Heaven
Publisher: Just Flight
Price: £27.99
Performance: Good
3D Modelling: Good
Graphics: Good
Documentation: Excellent
PC Pilot Score: 90%

Drzewiecki Design’s Seattle City XP - X-Plane 11's default city now available from Drzewiecki

PC Pilot Verdict
At a glance: The Drzewiecki Design team has modelled Seattle City and much of its surroundings in extraordinary detail.

Developer: Drzewiecki Design
Distributor: Drzewiecki Design
Price: £21.56 by direct download
Website: www.drzewiecki-design.net/prodSeaCity_XP.htm
3D Modelling: Excellent
Graphics: Very good
Documentation: Very good
Performance: Good
PC Pilot Score: 90

Drzewiecki Design’s Seattle Airports X - A round-robin trip visiting Seattle’s airports

PC Pilot Verdict
At a glance: These airports are a fine accompaniment to Drzewiecki Design’s superb Seattle City product.

Distributor: Drzewiecki Design
Price:  £34.49 by direct download
Website: http://www.drzewiecki-design.net/prodSeaADs_XP.htm
Developer:  Drzewiecki Design
3D Modelling: Excellent
Graphics:    Excellent
Documentation: Very good
Performance: Very much hardware-dependant
PC Pilot Score: 95

VSKYLABS Tecnam P2006T - The flexible, economical light twin

PC Pilot Verdict
At a glance: A great package with all-around good performance, modelling and graphics with the fantastic option of both analogue and G1000 cockpit layouts.

Developer: VSKYLABS
Price: $28.50 (£22 approx)
Website: www.vskylabs.com
Flight Model: Good
Graphics: Good
Documentation: Good
Systems: Good
PC Pilot Score: 85%

PC Pilot Article Index

Looking for a review on a particular product, feature or tutorial? Our regularly updated PC Pilot index includes references (with accompanying issue and page numbers) to all our past reviews of software and hardware as well as features, tutorials and more. Now you can find that elusive article you’ve been looking for.

PC Pilot Article Index

Virtual Airline Listing

We have some interesting new additions to our virtual airline and flying club listing.
Take a look to see if there is one to suit your taste. The experience and fun of being part of a virtual club or airline is second to none.

Virtual Airlines PDF