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  1. Just published is my review of the Milviz DHC-3 Otter. This is the big brother to the DHC-2 Beaver released last year. Does this model live up to the quality of its predecessor? Read on...
  2. Just published is Andrew Godden's review of Carenado's Synthetic Vision System. The SVS is an information system that overlays the topographical terrain on your Garmin G1000 PFD, interested? Read on...  
  3. Just published is Andrew Goddens's review of Just Flight's C-46 Commando. Another product from the studios of Aeroplane Heaven, has their quality got any better? Read on...
  4. Just published is our review of iBlueYonder's 100 Dollar Burger: Minute Man & Plum Island by Joe Lawford. This scenery is a follow on from the very popular Nantucket Island, is it as good, or better? Read on...
  5. Just published is Jess-B's review of PMDG's 747-400 Queen of the Skies II This is the third iteration of the Jumbo from PMDG, this one designed to take advantage of Prepar3D v4. How does the new Queen stack up? Read on ...
  6. Just published is Andrew Godden's review of Just Flight's DHC-3 Otter. This STOL aircraft was the mainstay of many a remote transport company, so does this model do the aircraft justice? Read on...
  7. Just published is my review of UK2000's Gatwick Xtreme V4. This is the latest iteration of a long running and popular product now working in Prepar3D V4, so how does it handle the latest technology? Read on...
  8. Just published is Brian Buckley's review of Orbx's LEBB Bilbao Airport. This is their first foray into Spain, are the results up to their usual standard? Read on...
  9. In our final review for September we have squeezed in an interesting review by J G on FIP Gauges' useful piece of software for Saitek FIP owners, or, those that would like FIP gauge functionality on separate monitors. For an insight, read on...
  10. Just published is Jessica Bannister-Pearce's review on Turbulent Designs' MBS International Airport. This is quite a remote airport, so will the quality keep you coming back for more? Read on...
  11. Just published is Andrew's review on Alabeo's latest offering, the M20R Ovation. The M20R was named Flying Magazine's single engine plane of the year in 1994, does Alabeo's model do it justice? Read on...
  12. Just released is Andrew Godden's review of Just Flight's PA-28-161 Warrior II. This is a favourite training aircraft for flight schools so is the flight model accurate? Read on...
  13. Just released is Andrew Godden's review of Carenado's 390 Premier IA. This twin jet had a rather quiet rise to fame so does Carenado's version help or hinder? Read on...
  14. Just published is my review of Milviz's DHC-2 Beaver. The ubiquitous Beaver is as well known in the bush, as it is on the water. So how does this aircraft shape up? Is it a "nice Beaver"? Read on...
  15. Just published is Andrew Godden's review on BlackBox Simulation's Cessna L-19 Bird Dog. The L-19 Bird Dog is a tandem seat, lightweight, liaison and observation aircraft, but does it feel like one? Read...
  16. Just released is Brian Buckley's review or Orbx's LOWI Innsbruck Airport. This scenery has been designed by Orbx's top designer, Jarrad Marshall. Is it another work of art? Read on...
  17. Just published is Andrew Godden's review of Alabeo's Cessna 310R. Alabeo have an ever increasing stable of GA aircraft, does this one meet Andrew's very high standards? Read on...
  18. Aerosoft Lightning for two-First look

    Aerosoft Two Seat Lightning Review During a typical overcast summers day during the late 1960’s/early 1970’s, I stood at an airfield near Nottingham, UK. I was with my father, brother and some friends. The airshow commentator announced that the airshow was about to start and advised us look out to our right. We spotted a shape flying very low and very fast, as it emerged from the murk! Then came that ear splitting sound as this great silver machine flashed by us on its opening pass. The car alarms went off and babies screamed! Such was my introduction to the English Electric Lightning. I saw it at a few more airshows and my last encounter with a ‘live’ one was at a Thunder Run at Bruntingthorpe in May 1999. I was standing very close to the runway as it thundered down the runway and that familiar crackle of two Rolls Royce Avons at full power gave me a bit of a headache!! I was actually allowed the privilege of taking some photos of the cockpit…..but I had to work for it as I had a long climb up a steep access ladder, and had to maneuver by body around the protruding refueling probe. Moving on to flight simulators, a short while after I took up the hobby (obsession?!), Just Flight released a Lightning F.6. I knew that I had to have it. It was good, but not that good. The textures in the cockpit were a bit lacking, but it was very flyable. However, once Aerosoft announced their version, I knew that the boxed version of the Just Flight version would be paying a visit to Mister E-Bay! I had no doubts that the Aerosoft one would be better; after all, their F-14 Tomcat is great! I first bought the F.6/F.2A . Unfortunately, some early versions had a glitch with sound. No engine noise at times!! This problem was soon rectified by Aerosoft and Tac-Pack was added. Also, they released a pack with the earlier single seaters, and yes I did buy this. They were considerably better than the Just Flight version, with more detail and more options. I was a happy man…. A while back, I was browsing the Aerosoft website and was very surprised to see that a two seat trainer version was being developed. This is unusual, as training versions of a combat aircraft rarely get modelled in flight simulator. I know that the trainer is a bit of an ugly duckling compared to the single seat version, but I wanted to add it to my collection. I was not to be disappointed. Those who have the pure fighter versions will know what to expect. Installation is a breeze (even for me!!) and a three part instruction manual comes in PDF format. Several variants and color schemes are provided from the RAF, Saudi Air Force and Kuwait Air Force. The all black machine from Thunder City, South Africa is also included. Once installed, you have options to configure how you want the airplane. Using the Cockpit & Switches Setting, (accessed by pressing ‘shift’ + 2), you can set it up to be ‘cold & dark’ or switches set to go where you just need to press ‘ctrl’ + E. You also have armament options and it should be pointed out that there is an option for the belly rocket pack as used by the T55K. As I said in my preview of Just Flights Hawker Hunter, I am more of a casual simmer and not an expert, so will concentrate this ‘first impression review’ to aircraft details and flying the machine. A walk around the exterior reveals that the detail is very exquisite. There are plenty of airframe details such as vents, aerials, undercarriage legs and exhausts, all of which look very much the part. The weathering on the airframe is also very well done and there are a myriad of stencil markings littered across the plane, just like the real thing. Once in the cockpit, you will notice that this bird is slightly more roomy than the single seater, which is typically British in being’ tight across the shoulders’!! The cockpit is also suitably ‘weathered’ and has a much lived in sort of look. Once the engine is up and running, you will notice the distinctive ‘crackle’ of the twin Avons. I was quite impressed with the sound quality. With getting ready for takeoff, you should note that the flaps are either up or down….no half way. You need them down for take-off. With being an older generation jet, you will immediately notice that the turbines take a while to spool up, but once you get there…..hold on!! With full reheat, take off speed is reached very quickly and you have to retract both the undercarriage and flaps quite smartly being careful not to exceed their limits with regard to airspeed. Of course, the traditional Lighting take off is to retract the undercarriage about five feet off the ground and pull back on that stick, doing your own impression of a Saturn V rocket! The Lightning is fully aerobatic and I derived great pleasure from viewing the plane utilizing the ‘tower view’ in FSX and doing some aerobatics and tight turns. It should be noted that during turns, speed can bleed off very quickly, so keep an eye on the speed (and fuel gauge!!). The Lightning is a very thirsty plane, and these two seaters do not have the over wing tanks, although a few do have IFR probes. The simulator comes complete with the side fuselage mounted air brakes. Be careful with the use of these as they are VERY effective. Landing is achieved with full flaps and plenty of speed! Around 175-180 knots worked for me, but that depends on how much (or how little) fuel you have left. Aerosoft claim that the parachute used for braking is more effective in the two-seater due to recoding. I did not notice much difference compared to the single seaters, but I may be wrong. I am not an expert. However, it is nice to have this feature which at least has some effect, as opposed to being there just for eye candy as on some sims. The Lightning needs careful use of braking and parachute to slow it down and stop. There is no nose wheel steering here, so careful tapping on the differential brakes is in order to get it to go where you want on the ground. So…my thoughts…? Well, I think that it is great. There is a lot for the asking price of $24.99. The simulator is available direct from Aerosoft or other outlets. I got mine from Just Flight, but noted recently that FSPilotshop have just added it to their store. They have the bonus of quite a good discount if you have already purchased a previous Aerosoft Lightning Flight Sim from them!! Please note, that this simulator is only available as a download at this point in time. Now Mister Aerosoft…….how about revamping the lovely F-16 of your and giving it Tac-Pack??!! More details, screen shots and video, etc. here...... http://www.aerosoft.com/us/fsxp3d/flight-simulator-x-steam/aircraft/2026/english-electric-lightning-t5?number=AS14063
  19. Just published is Jess' review of Flight Sim World. There have been a few videos and many screenshots posted recently but here is what you really want to know! Read on...
  20. Just published is Brian Buckley's review of Orbx's - ENHF Hammerfest Airport. This airport is well within the Artic Circle which can make for some challenging flights.Brian investigates further. Read on...  
  21. Dear All, In order to make our reviews finder more user friendly, I have added two filterable and sortable columns, (Product) Type and Score. This allows you to choose a product type, say, GA Aircraft and then sort by score. Please note, this table uses quite old coding, and as such isn't responsive to mobile devices, and cannot be converted. However, I am looking for a suitable replacement but so far I have been unsuccessful finding a plugin which offers as much flexibility. If you would like a bookmark for your browser to go direct to this table then please use this link: http://www.mutleyshangar.com/reviews.htm#Table Cheers... Joe
  22. Just published is Andrew Godden's review of Blackbox Simulation's rework of their Bulldog, now V2. This lightweight aircraft has some interesting characterics Read On... to find out.
  23. Just released is my review of Just Flight's PA-28R Arrow III. How did this in-house production live up to its rivals? Read on...
  24. Just published is John Guest's review of Just Flight's Hunter F.6/FGA.9 . Another in house product we waited far too long for! Was it worth the wait? Read On..
  25. Just published is Jessica Bannister-Pearce's review review of Flugwerk/Aerosoft's Austria Professional HD - West. This scenery covers a huge area, so how does the quality stand up to close inspection? Read on...