A very fast turboprop with G system is a new branch of product that I personally got very excited about. The real-world counterpart is one of the, if not the, fastest and safest turboprop business aircraft currently on the market. A luxurious way of getting to your destination with an easy, complete avionics suite. This eventually got to the TBM With a range of just over nautical miles, this statement does not seem exaggerated.
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It matches pretty well my experiences in the real aircraft. There are some problems, notably, there is little to no left turn tendency. You get a left turning tendency on single engine props because of the physics the propeller asserts on the aircraft. This was also observed in slow flight. One of the best ways to test the physics of a plane in any sim is to put the plane in slow flight. Doing so allows you to check several things.
Power becomes your altitude control, and pitch becomes your airspeed control. The ailerons also get really mushy and barely effective, so you need to use rudder as your primary control for turning. Reversed power and pitch, plus mushy ailerons. The only thing missing was the left turning tendency. Other than that the airplane flies just like it should. It required significantly more power to get going on softer surfaces. However, the plane did tend to want to move when at idle power, albeit slowly.
The engine just did not produce enough thrust at idle to overcome static friction. Sadly most developers get something wrong in here. Carenado is actually one of the better ones in regards to this — usually, they have the smallest number of things to need fixing in the CFG file.
However, I must say I am disappointed this time. Not in the number of things I found wrong, but in just how obvious they were. The biggest sin in the CFG file by far was the weight and balance data. For some reason Carenado did not define the lateral position of any of the payload stations, meaning all of them were positioned along the longitudinal axis of the aircraft. This makes it impossible to simulate one of the neat things about smaller airplanes.
Which is just how much an effect off-center loads can have on the plane. It would only take a few minutes to correct. An actual C with a G Now sadly I have yet to see anyone do the G right. Even though you can download the training manual for free, no one has recreated that gauge accurately. Carenado has in the past had airplanes that use it.
They did an okay recreation. Most of the stuff you would use regularly were available. This time, however, I was under the impression that the G was rebuilt for this airplane. Most of the same quirks and inaccuracies of the old G gauges from Carenado are there. Though to their credit, they were better this time. Since I learned to fly on a G I noticed almost every inaccuracy there was.
The first thing I noticed was there was no electrical indication on the PFD with only the Standby battery on. Both the Master and Essentials bus should have some indications. However, we still do not get correct Master and Essential bus readings when the master battery is on. I suspect this is due to errors in the Electrical section of the CFG file. The only time correct indications are shown is when the engine is running. Another problem was with the airspeed bugs.
I was also surprised to find an ADF on this aircraft. Neither I nor the instructor in the plane with me knew how to use it. For some more advanced stuff, only basic flight planning options are replicated.
The Pan and zoom feature on the Map screen is not replicated either. Though that does not surprise me, it is unfortunate. The pan and zoom thing is something I thought would not be useful in a flight sim until I tried a gauge with it. In addition to this, there are some quirks with other systems. The plane seems capable of flying LPV approaches to, however, no glideslope appears when flying these approaches. I am happy to report however the FMS is capable of loading RF leg types, and the autopilot can fly them accurately too.
You should be aware if you use Flight Level Change to make small adjustments to the speed bug because It will make very aggressive climbs and descents to capture a speed.
Actually — capture is the wrong word, it will make such aggressive moves it shoots past the speed each time. And you may also run into a problem where the autopilot will not fly a correct heading, or slowly start off course when in NAV mode. Pressing D to resync the Heading indicator to the magnetic compass will fix this and is yet another example of a dev neglecting to put the correct information in the aircraft CFG file.
Another easily fixed problem in a payware addon. You can set approach minimums here to. Not functional because im up to high. Storm scope yes, Radar no Trip Planning page on the G Only the timers are replicated.
Updating G1000 Navigation Data
Carenado – C172SP Skyhawk G1000 for FSX and P3D
Navigraph loading database.