Rockwell Aero 500 Commander
Ugo will be flying the Rockwell Aero 500 Commander by Milton Shupe, Scott Thomas and Andr� Folkers, that can be found freeware on AVSIM, repainted by Leon Louis.
The Rockwell Aero Commander (AC-500S) is a versatile and stable high-winged twin piston-engine aircraft that is suitable for a variety of missions. Standard configuration allows for mission equipment and two pilots. However, with the scientific packages removed, seating for five additional passengers may be installed. NOAA's two aero commanders are utilized primarily as aerial survey platforms for visual verification of aeronautical charts, high-resolution aerial photography, and snow water equivalent and soil moisture content measurements. Additionally, the aircraft has been used in biological investigations, such as algal bloom measurements and sea turtle population assessments, and post-hurricane and severe flood damage assessment photography. Interested in finding more about the Aero 500 Commander? More info here
John will be flying Brian Gladden's Beechcraft 18 Volpar available at http://news.pcaviator.com/downloads/volpar.zip featuring a well rendered visual model, custom 2D/3D panels, animated control surfaces, rolling wheels, reflective textures and more
Interested in finding more about the Beech 18? More info here
Cessna 208 Grand Caravan
Pat will be flying default MSFS C208 Grand Caravan.
Wherever you want to go today, the Cessna Caravan can get you there. First introduced by Cessna in 1985, the Caravan was designed to land nearly anywhere, on land or water. Undoubtedly, it has lived up to its creators' intentions. Whether supplies need to be brought to a flooded village in the mountains of Peru, an injured person needs to be flown out from a remote lake in Alaska, or an archaeologist wants access to a tiny site in the African desert, the Caravan has what's needed to do the job.
Interested in finding more about the C208? More info here
Jack will be flying the Flight1 and Dreamfleet Cessna 310L available from www.flight1.com.
The 310 was Cessna’s first post World War Two twin-engine aircraft. Perhaps the most famous Cessna 310 is N5348A, a 1957 Cessna 310B that appeared in the popular American TV show Sky King. The version which Jack is flying is a Cessna 310L, based on the real N137CM, owned by Mr. Charles Queen of Knoxville. Jack's paintjob, the colours of LivewireExpress, was beautifully done by Ondra's brother, Martin Grivalsky.
Interested in finding more about the C310? More info here
Cessna 421 Golden Eagle
Ondra and Jarl will be flying the Flight1 Cessna 421 Golden Eagle, available at www.flight1.com.
The Cessna 421C Golden Eagle is a pressurized "cabin class" aircraft that offers comfort, speed, reliability and predictable handling in an aircraft that can climb to a ceiling of 30,000 ft and a cruise speed of up to 258 knots. At time of release, no other aircraft could fly further, faster, higher and carry as much load in any comparable piston twin class. The Golden Eagle's performance equals many turboprops, yet costs hundreds of thousands less to own and operate. Highly competitive and built for the business aviation market, the 421C Golden Eagle still offers small to medium business's an economical and reliable way to close critical deals and expand opportunities. The Cockpit is equipped to operate in virtually any conditions that a commercial airliner would encounter. Installed with up to date avionics when it was released and the latest equipment reflected in this model, the Golden Eagle can perform as "your personal airliner". With known ice capability, adverse weather limitations become less of an issue. The Golden Eagles sure footed and stable handling characteristics offer the pilot less incurred fatigue making for safer operations. The Engines - Two turbo-charged, fuel injected 6 cylinder G TSIO-520-L 375 hp Continental engines effortlessly whisk the Golden Eagle to a speed of nearly 260 knots (faster than some turboprops) and do it with outstanding fuel efficiency. The Golden Eagles engines and airframe provide a huge maximum useful load of 2,928 pounds with a maximum cruise of 243 knots. This equates to excellent mission capability and a wide variety of passenger / cargo / fuel trip flexibility.
Interested in finding more about the C421? More info here
Beech Bonanza A36
Bryan is now flying the amazing Dreamfleet version of the Beech Bonanza A36
The legendary Beechcraft Bonanza A36 is the standard by which all high-performance single-engine aircraft are judged. Faster and roomier than any aircraft in its class, the A36 is the ultimate personal aircraft. It's the promise you made yourself the day you learned to fly - Beechcraft Bonanza.
Cessna 441 Conquest II
Bryan will be flying the Flight1 Cessna 441 Conquest II, available at www.flight1.com.
The Cessna 441 Conquest II is a luxury cabin class, twin turboprop aircraft that cruises in excess of 300 mph and at an altitude of up to 35,000 ft. Built between 1974 and 1986, the C441 was such a success, that it challenged Cessna’s own line of small business jets. At the same time it can still land on smaller runways, which will come in handy during this adventure.
Special thanks to Bill Browning, author of the very nice texture of C-GSKH that Bryan is flying. This plane operates in “real life” out of Thompson , Manitoba , Canada (CYTH). Click here for some real pictures.
Interested in finding more about the C441? More info here
Beechcraft King Air
Aaron is flying the Beech King Air
With more than 5,000 delivered, there is no other turbine-powered business aircraft that can match the success of the Beech King Air. At times, nearly 90 percent of the cabin-class turboprops in the world have been King Airs. Designed as a turbine-powered alternative to the Queen Air, the King Air eventually supplanted the Queen Air as the number one choice in executive turboprops.
The elegant King Air is a high-performance, pressurized-cabin, twin-engine, turboprop airplane. Most often employed as a corporate transport, it usually seats from 9 to 11 (although it's certified for up to 17 people). The structure is distinguished by its efficient wing and NASA-designed winglets. The T-tail on the Super King Airs was designed to provide improved aerodynamics, lighter control forces, and a wider center-of-gravity range. Many a young pilot has stepped up from more lowly positions to corporate flying in the right seat of a King Air. Piloting the beautiful Beech is a good transition toward the more complex world of turbine engines and larger aircraft.
Luc and Martin are flying Pilatus PC12
The PC-12 is a King Air class and size turboprop aimed at corporate transport and regional airliner operators. It is the latest in a line of single engined PT6 powered Pilatus products. With pressurized cabin, maximum cruise altitude of 30.000 feets, cruising speed of 330MPH and ability to land on short, even unimproved runways makes this aircraft great choise for the ATW trip.
Interested in finding more about the Pilatus? More info here
Jürgen is flying Piper Aerostar
The Aerostar was conceived in 1964 by the lengendary Theodore R. "Ted" Smith. It was put into production in 1969 as the Aerostar 600. In 1972 the pressurized version model 601P was built.
Piper decided to buy the design rights in 1978 and produced a more powerful version known as 602P in 1981. In 1984 the Aerostar PA-60-700P was introduced featuring counter-rotating 350 hp engines, a higher max takeoff weight and optional extra fuel capacity. Of this Superstar only 25 were built between 1983 and 1985.
He will be flying various versions of this sleek and fast airplane including the FSD and Abacus payware versions. The Superstar 700 is capable of cruising at over 260 knots and is the fastest piston twin available.
Interested in finding out more about this formidable plane? More info here