The two hook catches arrowed allow the throttles to go full backward to the fuel cutoff position, or just to the idle throttle position, you move them catch up to allow you to transition to each position both ways. The undercarriage is again modelled very well with tyre and strut detail, brake mechanisms visible and colour and shadow on the interior of the door. Whilst the exterior checklist finishes here I took the opportunity to use the final operable door in the options menu and opened and closed the main door. Whilst the amount of information provided in the cockpit seemed a little overwhelming at first I soon became accustomed to it and was able to use the different inputs to fly the model as well as possible. This is all displayed on bright clear screens in front of both the pilot and co-pilot. I set the autopilot and continued to climb.
They are operated by a switch and not a lever and the switch is covered by a metal bar below the left throttle lever. I decided to go for real weather via the Laminar Research weather server. Moving to the rear of the wing I checked the aileron, flap and speed brakes. The camera options allow for views from the pilot seat, the copilot seat and the left and right windows. Having arrived at the end of the runway I completed the next section of the check list ensuring I had checked control surfaces were free and working and all data was in place. Side panels cover personal side radio switches and connections, and breaker panels. The close inspection of the nacelle, even using a different livery, shows great attention to detail in riveting, panels, lighting and reflections.
Colour light and reflections remain at a high quality as do the different colours patterns and signage in the livery. Overall the lighting is pretty well excellent. Active gear animation is perfection, but Thranda have been doing these animations for years now, so you expect them to be good, as the nosewheel does still tend to vibrate a little on slow speeds or even when stationary until you get the full steering effect working. Once at altitude then again speed management is the key. This in turn contains 11 items. I'll keep you up to date I've added more things to my list. For weather I use already for a while the FlyWithLua scripts and Environment+ lua script.
A detailed aircraft that looks great and provides a flight experience to match. Working in the cockpit was not a pleasant job, working in the tail was really a disaster. I am constantly now being reminded now that I am spoilt, and aircraft lately in X-Plane11 are very, very good in design and we have come to almost expect this high quality design and work from developers. Light and reflections worked with the aircraft in a very convincing fashion, with scenery objects clearly and correctly reflected in the paint work. My personal feel is that it is in areas that the S550 is a bit over reflective, a bit too shiny, and a bit too glossy, but it is an area others might disagree. Even this system provided by X-Plane for developers! The exterior of the model is highly impressive with vivid, varied colours, surface detail and convincing liveries. This leaves the user to enter start and finish details for the flight but the actual flight planning process is simplified.
First Picture second Picture My wife will kill me yet. Mid-Panel there is a very nice Annunciator panel, backup Artificial Horizon and Altitude hold select panel arrowed , and it is an interesting one because it is set in 100ft increments where as 10 is 1000ft or as here 026 is 2600ft, so make sure you set it correctly? And more ideas I have in my head. I admit it is a generic design, but in reality it does not have a lot of important features like vertical speed altitude markers, fuel consumption and distance to destination, it just feels a bit bland and this aircraft deserves a far more quality unit. Little complicated out of the box but once you get a hang of it, it's great to fly. The next item was to check the nose wheel and this is modelled in detail with clear tyre tread patterns, wheel fixings, strut mechanisms and shadow and colour on the inside of the undercarriage door.
The model can be positioned at the end of a runway of the users choice. The quality of the modelling and visual effects is of great quality whatever the level of zoom and indeed detail increases as areas are examined more closely. Warning alarms are loud and clear and sounds also confirm actions on the Flight Management System. The aircraft wants to be airborne and climbed quickly on take off and undercarriage and flaps were easy to retract. The checklist then requires repeat inspections of the left nacelle and the left wing and these reach the same standards as those described for the right side of the aircraft. This also allowed further inspection of the right undercarriage and the modelling of the rear of the struts and the undercarriage light. The first Citation was put into service in 1972 and more than 35 million flight hours have been logged since.
I also used the flight to use the camera options to view different parts of the scenery at key points along the route, made possible as the autopilot was looking after the flying for me. In detail and even in the minute you are not missing anything, this is a through design and is very well developed in every area. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I want to define it clearly again. Note the iconic Citation airflow and de-ice panels in front of the windscreen Modelling is first rate, high quality. The developers have worked to make as many systems usable and this creates a busy and interesting cockpit environment. Checking the seat belts showed the material of the belts themselves creates a real contrast with the seats and the metal buckles have a shiny clean appearance.
I managed a successful landing which was made easier by the use of the reverse thrust facility which I had programmed in to my joy stick buttons. I then taxied to the end of the runway. The pilots window is modelled to open and close. The checklist required I checked various settings through out the cockpit and I was able to locate the controls and instruments required to carry out most of the procedures whereas others such as foot-warmers were difficult for the developers to recreate for me! Environmental Panel is really good, with Cabin - Differential Pressure and Cabin Altitude gauges, the Cabin Controller below changes the altitude for the cabin pressure. Cockpit detail in incredible, but complex. Having carried out an initial straight forward flight I moved on to using the checklist to make a more detailed journey and to have a chance to use the systems outlined above.
This is a very good looking model and it is equipped with a sounds package that augments its detailed appearance and enables the user to become immersed in all aspects of using the aircraft. This helps the user when doing preflight checks but is also useful in flight when moving from one task to another. They've had a number of releases over the last few years that customers felt were rushed too quickly out the door. With the preflight inspections complete I set the battery switch and parking brake as required, used the options menu to remove wheel chocks, engine covers and remove before flight ribbons. I followed the checklist and examined out along the wing and the right undercarriage. The instrumentation and controls are modelled with a reasonable degree of wear and tear but as this is clearly a jet for executive transport it is modelled to show a high degree of maintenance and care. The aircraft accelerated smoothly down the runway and was easy to steer on the ground.
Close inspection of the wing tips showed the detail produced in all the exterior lights on the aircraft and how all details of antennae and instrumentation is completed. I've heard a lot of complaints about this module's avionics but haven't found any thorough write-ups. Individual lights in the cockpit and the cabin can be moved manually to shine in a desired direction. The sounds also confirmed many of my actions and I found it very easy to become immersed in the whole experience. The 7,000th Citation was delivered on June 27, 2016, forming the largest business jet fleet.