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#1 Dean (PC Aviator)

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 11:01 AM

This is probably one of the most under-rated add-ons out there, but it is awesome and great fun to fly. The perfect tourer with STOL capability. Highly recommended. Anyway you can read my review below.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 11:16 AM

Couldn't agree more, Dean.

 

I fly the Islander a lot and love everything about it. Brilliant for getting into tight places like Milford Sound in NZSI and rough bush strips in general. I've always liked the way it bangs, shakes and rattles on the take-off and landing rolls...it adds to the realism significantly.

 

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 11:54 AM

I will read Dean's article tonight when I read the current issue of FS Pilot magazine which I bought from Dean on Tuesday.

 

I,too, love the Islander. Its "shake, rattle and roll" gives it character.

 

Its only downfall from my point of view is its GPS.. I find that its utility is limited compared to the standard bill of fare GPS in most FSX aircraft.

 

It I knew how to add that standard GPS, I would use the Islander more.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:55 PM

 

Its only downfall from my point of view is its GPS.. I find that its utility is limited compared to the standard bill of fare GPS in most FSX aircraft.

 

It I knew how to add that standard GPS, I would use the Islander more.

 

Gary,

 

Agree with you on the GPS in the Islander. I've seen a YouTube clip of the aircraft flying with the default GPS but, being technically challenged, haven't the

faintest clue how to make that happen. However, I'm more than content to fly it using basic visual navigation. 

 

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 01:02 PM

I think they chose to included the GPS in the Islander that matched whats in most real world Islanders. Limited functionality compared to the standard FSX GPS which is based on a newer, more feature-rich model. I dont mind the older GPS really at all. Makes you fly differently, and the less functionality on it means I have to pay more attention to flying and navigation than normal :)

 

BTW, the review is a couple years old. Go easy on me :)


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 01:43 PM

I had read previously the reason for the GPS it has. I accept that as a faithful rendition of the aircraft, just as I would find it somewhat jarring to find a GPS in a vintage car.

 

That said, the reality is that it restricts the scope of my use to flying where I can navigate by visual landmarks etc. However, I suspect that I can now get over much of that limitation by using the Map facility in SimTouch Plus 2.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 03:48 PM

Gary,

 

If you go way back in your magazine collection (quite far back actually) there was a series of articles on how to fly true VFR using charts, without even taking a look at a single navigation instrument on your panel... well, maybe just the compass. Well worth learning as its quite challenging. You do of course need a photoreal scenery package to do it properly however.

 

Even more fun, and challenging, can be VOR-to-VOR navigation with radial tracking.


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