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Hardware Review | Honeycomb Flight Controls

At X-Plained.Com we’re reviewing all kind of products, ranging from software aircraft, airports, scenery, utility add-ons and what else more. Some are chosen by us, some are written on request.

I’m sure you know what we all do regarding reviews. But, not often, there’s also a need to review some new hardware and this time we had the possibility to review the Honeycomb Aeronautical Alpha Flight Control unit. Since Saitek was taken over by Logi, we missed the Saitek Pro Flight equipment and belonging products and this gap is slowly taken over by Honeycomb Aeronautical.

The reviewed product, the Honeycomb Alpha Flight Controls is a GA aircraft look alike device with switches, buttons and an engine selector. I was a bit curious what to expect and therefore, I contacted Aerosoft. It was worth my time to review this piece of hardware from US manufacture Honeycomb Aeronautical. It was fun reviewing it due to the used material and thus the overall quality and what else I found out during the testing. Curious what our personal reporter Angelique van Campen has to say about this piece of hardware?

Check it out via this in-depth review link. Enjoy the reading and comments or suggestions are always welcome.

Aircraft Review | Just Flight Avro Vulcan

Andy Clarke and your personal reporter Angelique van Campen are pleased to offer you a comprehensive review of the Thranda Design and Just Flight teams, the Avro Vulcan.

In case you lost it, this historical fighter package covers the Avro Vulcan models B Mk2, K.2 and MRR versions. We’re both very excited reviewing this aircraft in-depth. Andy has seen and touched the real aircraft when he was young while I’m in for all kind of historical aircraft that are modeled with passion. According to Andy “this is a highly detailed and impressive model.”

Andy continues “The exterior and interior detail really do create the aura of the real aircraft and the textures and colours create a very realistic experience, especially in the cockpit. There are so many pieces of equipment and systems modelled that the aircraft must contain something of interest for any user and challenges for pilots of all abilities.”

But both Andy and Angelique have so much more to offer. Curious what we think? Check out our in-depth review. Enjoy! 

Aircraft Review | Carenado Cirrus SR22 GTx

Your personal reporter Angelique van Campen loves Florida, US and then in particular with the Orbx TrueEarth ortho scenery, but there’s more. And that more are aircraft. Although Angelique had her PPL lessons in New Smyrna Beach (KEVB) she drove from north top south, from, west to east to explore Florida.

In this new adventure she explores the Carenado SR22 GTx G3 for X-Plane 11 GA aircraft. A great aircraft for your IFR flights. That said, she tried to find all the ins and outs of this GA model and did that on a IFR flight from Key West to Daytona Bech International Airport.

Was it fun? Did you had any issues or did she like the aircraft. According to Angelique “it’s a great aircraft to practice, especially in combination with the installed X1000 from Laminar Research. The X1000 represents the Garmin G1000 with all the components that belong to this. Although the simulated G1000 doesn’t offer all what the real G1000 has, it’s still fun to fly this aircraft.”

Curious how it was? Curious what she thinks of it? Then you must read this comprehensive review link. Enjoy!

Aircraft Review | Beechcraft C90 GTx

Your personal reporter Angelique van Campen flies first to Lugano, Switzerland and then to Florida Key West, USA and finally back to Switzerland to make a IFR flight from Lugano to LSZH. Wow, that’s a lot of flying but lucky it’;s all virtually, but for what?

Angelique – she hopes you like that as well – did a thorough check on the Carenado C90 GTx King Air, which is equipped with the Proline 21 Display Units. According to her “So one of the questions you will ask me is …. did I like the C90 GTx King Air for X-Plane 11? Yes, but to be honest I did like the same model already for X-Plane 10, the King Air C90B, so that doesn’t surprising me.” And she continues “Besides that the old King Air C90B and the C90 GTx look very similar, the cockpit instrumentation is totally different. The new C90 GTx comes with Proline 21 and additional equipment thus the flying experience will be different.”

Via this in-depth review link you can read all her experiences including a VFR flight from Lugano back to Lugano and an IFR flight to Zurich.

Aircraft Review | Alabeo C170 B

Andy Clarke, one of our reviewers, discovered the Alabeo Cessna C170 B. Oh yes, it’s an easy to go, non complex GA tail dragger, but Andy had a lot of fun flying it.

According to Andy “This model is not designed to have a high level of sophistication and is created to portray an aircraft of this vintage. The detail and character of the model really do achieve this and the thought put in to liveries, colours, textures and wear and tear does pay off. The lack of complicated navigation systems creates its own challenges but adds to the realism and also makes the model straight forward to fly.”

And “It does possess its challenges as it is a tail wheel aircraft and therefore visibility can be limited at times. I think it is a good model on which to learn the fundamentals of this design of aircraft before trying out others such as the various war birds. The model is fun to fly and creates interest for pilots and users of all levels of experience. The aircraft is light, responsive and forgiving and great fun to use.”

Want to read all about the Alabeo C170 B? Then check out Andy’s comprehensive review.

Scenery Review | TrueEarth US Florida

Your personal X-Plained.Com reporter Angelique van Campen took a virtual flight to Orlando and drove to Venice, situated on the West coast of Florida. The reason for this virtual flight was to explore Orbx TrueEarth US Florida. And I can tell you, it was an awesome experience. For those who aren’t familiar with the Sunshine State, we’re dealing with the US state Florida.

Where Scotland – remember our review about Orbx TrueEarth Great Britain North – was and still is in my real life one of my favorite destinations Florida was my home for at least a month when I tried to get my FAA PPL which you know from several reviews that I succeeded in this. So Florida is amongst many attractions and National Parks as well as the Keys, a great place to be. That said, I decided to start this Florida adventure in Venice Municipal Airport (KVNC).

With the videos I have in mind I would like to highlight several interesting areas of Florida. No, this doesn’t mean I will see and show you every square meter/feet of Florida. But I can tell you that once you’ve seen and read this review, you will fell in love with TrueEarth Florida. I think it’s time to go, right? It’s time to explore Florida.

The review covers flights and thus the Orbx Floridian landscape from KVNC to KISM, then from KISM to KTNT following the East coast of Florida and finally, from KTNT to KNQX which means visiting the Keys and Key West. And I’ve added a previous recorded video that goes from KEVB to KCDK which also shows the beauty of TrueEarth Florida HD. Check out our comprehensive TrueEarth US Florida HD review at X-Plained.Com.