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Helicopter Review | VSKYLABS Robinson R44

This time your personal reporter Angelique van Campen shifts to helicopters. Yes, you’re right … a total new dimension to explore. It’s been a while ago that Angelique has reviewed a helicopter. Depending on the degree of realism, it is either not that difficult to fly them or it is quite complex to review and thus to fly a helicopter.

This VSKYLABS R44 Raven II will be a challenge. It won’t be a challenge to find out how it’s made, how the 3D model is created or how the small, but beautiful cockpit looks like. The challenge lies in hovering with regular flight sim equipment. The challenge will be setting up all the hardware for the R44 and then to fly it.

Angelique liked the R44 a lot and I explored new areas of Flight Simulation with helicopters. It’s also a new world for those who have never flown helicopters. Since the modeled R44 is as real as it gets in respect to the real flight dynamics, it’s not just “step in and fly away”. Because of that, I included in this review lots of tips and tricks from myself during that learning process, many suggestions from Sérgio Costa (Helisimmer.com) and a lot of help from Huss from VSKYLABS.

Curious what Angelique has to say and how she did it? Then you must check her comprehensive VSKYLABS Robinson R44 Raven II review that offers a lot more then just discussing the modeled R44.

Utility Review | SkyScout for X-Plane

Your personal reporter and dedicated reviewer Angelique van Campen is pleased to inform you that she made it. Yes, she finished a comprehensive review of XPlane Aviator SkyScout.

Angelique says “It wasn’t an easy review. It took a while to get the right flow. That has nothing to do with the product. It’s just different finding your way then reviewing an aircraft, an airport, a scenery or hardware.”

And “Most likely, and looking to myself too, simmers who have interest in buying SkyScout will use the upper four SkyScout functions (buttons) which are, just in case, the PFD, MFD, XPD and MAP. Looking to myself, I found the PFD very useful since it offers almost every feature you can imagine. The MAP button/function is very handy for those who want a separate device that shows them a chart or map with one tap/click.”

Want to read the whole article? Take a cup of coffee, tea or whatever you prefer, relax, sit back and enjoy this in-depth SkyScout review.

Aircraft Review | FlyingIron Lockheed P38L Lightning

Back to the good old days. Our dedicated reviewer Andy Clarke takes an depth look into the FlyingIron Simulations Lockheed P38L Lightning. This will be fun as Andy starts with. But there’s more according to Andy.

Andy thinks that “This is a very realistic model with lots of character and the presentation and detail really show off the unique profile. The model is responsive and forgiving to fly and needs far more gentle control inputs than I thought at first. The use of the engines both in start up and flight has been made very realistic and can be a challenge. It is worth practicing and persevering, I am no expert and I acquired the technique after a while.”

Andy continues “Once accomplished it is a great feeling to have learned the true nature of flying the aircraft.” Want to read Andy’s complete in-depth review? Check it out via this X-Plained review link.

Aircraft Review | Khamsin DHC-1 Chipmunk

This is such a nice and easy aircraft to fly and should get a place in your hanger. I’m talking about the Khamsin DHC-1 Chipmunk version 2.0 for X-Plane 11.50+. That said, your personal reporter Angelique van Campen rented in the south of England a virtual Chipmunk and tested out most of it.

According to Angelique “Although Khamsin did model the DHC-1 Chipmunk for X-Plane 10, it must be said that the X-Plane 11 model is not just an updated old model. As far as I can see and as far as my knowledge reaches, lots of things in respect to the 3D aircraft model and the 3D cockpit are completely overhauled with the result a refreshing DHC-1.”

And she continues “it’s such an easy aircraft to handle. Not strange since it was and still is a trainer aircraft. But if you like to do, you can also do steep turns, slow flights (of course you should be) and spins. And much more. And therefore, Angelique invites you to check out her in-depth Chipmunk review at X-Plained.Com.

Aircraft Review | Nimbus Britten Norman Islander

Your personal reporter Angelique van Campen and dedicated reviewer Andy Clarke explored, investigated and flew the Nimbus Simulation Studios BN-2 Islander. On behalf of X-Plained.Com are pleased to offer you an in-depth review of the Nimbus Britten-Norman BN-2B aircraft. The modeled version by the Nimbus team is representing the old fashioned cockpit lay-out. I mention that on purpose since the Islander is still build although these days it’s equipped with modern Display Units.

According to Andy “This is a detailed model of a utilitarian aircraft of great character. The developers have paid great attention to detail in the visual and audio modelling and this makes for a very realistic experience. The developers have provided systems and processes that allow multiple configurations of the model to give numerous different flight experiences. This makes this aircraft a really enjoyable and interesting model which can be flown “out of the box” up to a fully realistic flight and a challenge for pilots of all levels of experience.”

Curious about our experience? Then you must check out our in-depth review. Enjoy!

Airport Review | DC Sceneries Design KX06

Your personal reporter Angelique van Campen takes you on a Floridian cross country trip from Arcadia Municipal (X06) to Coral Creek (FA54), at least, that was the plan. Ho ho, hold on, what was that plan then and why is it not done and what can we expect?

That’s what you can read in this DC Sceneries Design review that covers Arcadia Municipal Airport X06. It took some time to get the right flow to review this tiny Floridian municipal airport, but at the end it was fun. The real Arcadia doesn’t offer much impressive buildings nor does this modeled airport.

You can read it all in this review. Enjoy!