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STMA “Beechcraft 18”

stma_beechraft_d18sShade Tree Micro Aviation is pleased to inform you that they have completely remodelled the Beechcraft 18.

Actually, when their friend, Heinz Dziurowitz’, untimely passing, STMA acquired the rights to his Beechcraft 18 model. We pulled it into our STMA Maintenance Hangar, totally rebuilt it and are now ready to release our new Beech D18S model in Heinz’ honor. Keep in mind that this model will not work with X-Plane versions earlier than 10.36.

Decided that the D18S, which was arguably the most popular and widely produced variant of the Twin Beech, was the best aircraft to model. Used the Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS) and D18S flight manual to correct all Plane_Maker values. Aircraft handling characteristics on the ground and in flight are much improved. The feature list is quite impressive, so let me highlight a couple of these features:
– Merged the three models (wheels, floats, and Volpar (tri-gear) into one.
– Rebuilt fuselages, empennage, ailerons, flaps, landing gear etc.
– Completely rebuilt the forward cockpit and instrument panel to emulate the D18S.
– Autopilot revamped. Altitude preselect arming function added.
– Amphibious floats reworked to more accurately reflect a very popular set of floats.
– STMA’s unique Dock, which provides control over many functions from within the cockpit or while in chase view added.
– STMA’s HangarOps plugins and functions added.
– Added realistic removable wheel chocks, tiedown ropes, inlet covers, pitot heat cover, etc.

Want to know all about it? Check it out at the dedicated STMA web page.

Impressions “Aerobask ViperJet”

aerobask_impression_viperjetThe Aerobask ViperJet LXR sounds interesting but, before starting with these impressions of the Aerobask version, I think it’s worth providing some background information.

According to Stephane Buon “The Viper Jet is a small homebuilt jet aircraft produced by Viper Aircraft Corporation. It is a conventional, low-wing monoplane with swept wings and tail, and has two seats in tandem under a bubble canopy.”

“The jet intakes are located at the sides of the fuselage and the tricycle undercarriage is retractable. Construction throughout is of composite materials.” But how does it look, how does it fly and you can imagine you’ve got more of those questions and I too. Check out this impression of the Aerobask ViperJet.

Freeware Antonov An-2 v3.0

avsim_ru_antonov_an2Found this at the website and it seems a quite interesting aircraft package … the Antonov An-2 version 3.0 for X-Plane 9.x and X-Plane 10.

According to the uploader “After thinking for a long time, I’ve decided to open the source files for the Antonov An-2. Since I don’t have time to continue the development, I’m giving this opportunitiy to the community to continue the development. Feel free to update this repo to keep developments in one place. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.”

Check it out at their dedicated web page.

Freeware XPFR “Latécoère 28”

xpfr_lat_28Like to fly an old-fashioned aircraft? Then this is your chance. XPFR (Association of French Speaking Creators) is pleased to announce the freeware release of an historical aircraft; the Latécoère 28.

According to XPFR “The Latécoère 28 (aka Laté 28) is the aircraft from the Latécoère firm which Mermoz used to cross the South Atlantic ocean for the first time on May 12, 1930. It was made famous by its use in postal links between France and South America in the service of Aeropostale, in the 1930s. It was a single-engine airplane, high-wing capable of carrying 8 passengers. It was built in 50 copies from 1927 to 1932 and its original Renault engine was replaced by a Hispano-Suiza more powerful.

The modelled aircraft comes with a 3D cockpit and a fully modeled old-fashioned cabin. Curious? See our exclusive screenshots at ASN. It is made compatible with X-plane 10.20 and tested with 10.30 too. Check it out at the dedicated XPFR web page.