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#101 Ted_Ball

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Posted 21 September 2021 - 04:36 AM

My new ride...

 

The Cessna 208 Caravan is a commuter and civil trainer, also employed as a military utility airplane, manufactured by Textron Aviation Inc., formerly Cessna Aircraft Company.
 
 
Officially named the 208 B Caravan, but marketed as the Grand Caravan, the very first version of this Cessna multitasker was certified in 1986, with the modern Grand Caravan EX arriving over 25 years later in 2012.
 
Engineered to handle challenging missions, high payloads and short, rough runways, the rugged and versatile Grand Caravan EX has quickly become a favorite of regional airlines, charter operators and cargo carriers worldwide.
 
Building on a proven airframe design, this single-engine utility turboprop boasts numerous enhancements to the Garmin G1000 avionics suite, the interior and the ice protection system – however, the real-deal appeal of the EX is power.
 
The updated Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 engine generates 867 horsepower, plenty of muscle for increased speed, improved climb capability, and greater payload performance – all the while delivering superior efficiency and single-engine simplicity. 
 
It's a nine seater and cruises at 360 km hr - twice as fast as the Robin. It has a range of 1785 km for long flights across oceans and can fly at 25,000 feet.   Nice.
 
 
I'll let Courtney show you around. (Courtney came on board in Seattle. She wanted a lift to LA. She's a bit wild but that's OK.)
 
 

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Posted 21 September 2021 - 01:13 PM

That is my bird of choice. Great money maker over on FS Economy. Can land almost anywhere and has the latest avionics. Enjoy,


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Posted 22 September 2021 - 02:43 AM

I wasn't aware of FSEconomy Perculator. I've watched some Youtube and that looks very interesting. It seems it's not available on Xbox but could be included in expansions later on. Would that be right? It would be good for longevity for the sim after my trip.



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Posted 22 September 2021 - 01:46 PM

I wasn't aware of FSEconomy Perculator. I've watched some Youtube and that looks very interesting. It seems it's not available on Xbox but could be included in expansions later on. Would that be right? It would be good for longevity for the sim after my trip.

FS Economy is an add-on that runs on it's own and connects to FS via a small program (simconnect). It really is a great business and financial addition and frankly, I would not fly without it. I have used it for years going back to my FSX days. I highly doubt it is available for Xbox though, and I can't imagine the small team of developers (old school, hardcore flight simmers) making it available in the future.

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Posted 23 September 2021 - 02:12 PM

I've sold out again.
 
 
 
I've traded up from the fabulous Caravan EX and acquired the Citation CJ4. Business is good. LA to Mexico - how can I fail.
 
 
 
Once I tried the EX I was hooked on power. It's like with bikes - you can only ride a Honda 175 for so long. But the other reason was the single prop on the EX was really annoying in my view. I checked out a twin prop but then thought, "What the hell?".
 
 
 
The Cessna Citation CJ4 by Textron Aviation offers an amenity-rich and tech-savvy passenger space tailored for corporate clientele, along with impressive speed, range and cabin size.
 
The flight deck is ergonomically organized around a Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and a host of advanced componentry: Flight Management System with GPS navigation, MultiScan weather tracking, integrated electronic checklists and active crew-alert system.
 
The Citation CJ4 is powered by reliable Williams Intl FJ44-4A turbofans, which pair nicely with its large, moderately-swept wing to deliver fast climb, smooth flight, and high airspeed – while on the other end, modulated speed brakes are key for slow-down and descent, and long-stroke, trailing-link retractable gear provide the soft landing that pilots and passengers expect from Cessna's famous CJ line.
 
 
She cruises at 835 km hr, can climb to 45,000 feet and has a range of 4,000 km. 
 
 
I've had enough of playing the tourist in the US (on the west coast anyway) - LA was a bit disappointing (not even the Hollywood sign was rendered and I couldn't find Disneyland), Pebble Beach Golf Course was badly done, Santa Monica Boulevard was boring- so now it's down to business. I've had my adventures with a small plane and that was great but I've got too much world to see.
 
 
Anyway here's a little video from Mexico. I've had some copyright issues with this one. Good luck opening it. Let me know if it doesn't work.
 
 


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Posted Yesterday, 03:40 AM

Wow, You did not give the C208 much of a chance. Anyway, I can assure you that the Hollywood sign is there, and so is Disneyland. At least on the PC version. Anyway, glad you are having a good time.


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Posted Yesterday, 05:04 AM

The C208 was great. A really good balance. Good speed, good altitude and aviatronics etc. But the prop blur was too prominent for sight-seeing and was annoying me. I thought props on the wings would be better but I couldn't take my eyes of the CJ4. Having the jets at the back makes it so quiet and comfortable. Very stable in flight so I don't have to use the auto pilot when I go for a break. And the view out the front is perfect. But that's where my buying spree ends. I think.






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