Aero-Works Aerolite 103 for MSFS

Aero-Works Aerolite 103 for MSFS4.0/5 2 reviews

Nemeth Designs bring to the virtual flight community this highly detailed virtual rendition of theĀ Aero-Works Aerolite 103 ultralight available for the Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020 release. Read more...

Compatibility
Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020 Release
File size
620 MB
Developer
Nemeth Designs
Buy now forAll taxes included$17.96
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This unique light aircraft has been replicated with stunning accuracy, including the pusher configuration (the use of a rear propeller) and the piston-powered single-engine, which performs in the simulator as it would in the real world.

This is the same with other unique details, such as the empty weight, which for what is offered here, is based on the Japanese 55 hp twin boxer engine. The engine itself is accurate in its performance, which, depending on the conditions and elements, should only ideally operate at maximum performance for around 20 minutes.  

Even the take-off and landing details of this particular aircraft have been taken into account, meaning such procedures should be undertaken at no greater speed than 30-32 knots, otherwise there is a risk of damaging the frame of the gear assemblies.

Indeed, this open-cockpit aircraft is truly unique to fly – something else which comes across in abundance in this simulated version.

There are 12 liveries available – something which authentically represents the real-world version of the Aerolite 103, which is often sold as an assembly kit, meaning each plane is unique in appearance. There is also a manual available with concise and easy to understand information.

Features:

  • Replicated Aerolite 103 in highly accurate detail
  • Authentic replication of flight dynamics and performance in relation to the rear propeller and piston-powered engine
  • Basic navigation instrumentation
  • 12 liveries available as per the assembly-kit sales nature of the real Aerolite 103
  • Includes manual
  • The majority of MSFS 2020 visual features are supported
  • Native next-gen MSFS 2020 format (not port over)

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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.0/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews

02/03/2021
5/5
5 of 5 Stars!

In principle, I don't intend to buy many add-on aircraft (nor scenery) and rather work with what we got from Asobo. I don't need yet another prop engine aircraft; not even yet another airliner. But I do make an exception for things that really add a different perspective to the experience like (a glider, perhaps a fighter jet, a zeppelin? or helicopter, but we will probably have to wait first for those to be properly supported by the sim itself), so I was interested in this one. Still, I was a bit reluctant to buy it, as there were no reviews, so I did not know if it would be of good quality.

Fortunately, I have not been disappointed! The model has been made with a lot of attention to detail: wires, struts, and the engine itself that is completely exposed to the view look completely realistic and so do the textures, with a little wear to add that touch of authenticity. Moreover, it is a true addition to the fleet in "My Hangar": due to its low speed and very open structure, it is a delight for sight-seeing the beautiful world that MSFS offers.

The plane is not very forgiving though, you have to fly it with care: with a Cessna 152, you can easily make a very steep turn to get a better look at that feature in the scenery, but with this Aerolite, it can be difficult to get back in control. Moreover, it is easy to reach the "do not exceed speed" and crash the plane. And due to its low airspeed, crosswind landings are much more of a challenge too. A crosswind of 4 kts is not at all significant for any other airplane, but with the aerolite, you really have to account for it, even in a "Calm winds" scenario. These are good things though: it really feels like you are flying with a fragile plane, so the modeler did a really good job making this toy feel realistic.

I do have some points of constructive feedback though, but they are really minor points:

1. the instruments are rather small and hard to read in the default view, in particular the compass, so I have to come in at the start of each flight to be able to read it. - if you view the plane from a little distance (in the pre-flight animation or when using the drone camera) it suddenly turns red, ignoring the livery that you chose, which is a pity if you want to make a nice screenshot.

2. talking about the liveries: at first, I was a bit disappointed because the miniatures for the liveries don't do them justice, so I thought they were just one plain color, not as interesting as shown in the screenshots on this website. The names are a bit off too, the one called "Green-Red" looks more like Orange and Yellow to me and the one that I liked so much from the advertised screenshots (with orange and blue wings and a touch of grey) is called "Grey-Blue", so at first, I thought it wasn't there. But once you fly, you see that you did get the beautiful liveries as advertised.

3. you don't get any feedback on stalling (on my first landings, on a car park near my parents in law, I probably fell out of the sky like a rock, as I was trying to reduce my speed as much as possible to allow a landing on such a short strip ;-). That is probably realistic for a plane like this, but maybe adding a green arc on the airspeed indicator could help? But then again, I would only want to suggest this if it would be there for the real airplane.

4. The plane comes equipped with an ADF, but no COM radio. Still, you can interact with ATC using MSFS's ATC window, so that does not really feel realistic (and wouldn't a COM radio be obligatory for all aircraft in real life?). It would be nice if you could add a COM radio that can be operated manually instead of working with the ATC menu.

5. It is nice that you get to see the setting if you hover over the (flap/engine) handles. It would be even nicer if it would be possible to operate the flap handle in the VR cockpit. I tend to use buttons to control them, so it is not that big a deal, but that means I can only increase flaps in discrete steps, but I would assume that this plane would allow you to set the flaps at any intermediate setting, wouldn't it?

6. Talking about the flap handle: I had some trouble finding it at first. It is just outside the view in Instrument View 2. It would be nice if you could see it because now you can only find it using Freelook.

7. If you hit the brakes, you get a nice squeaking sound, but you also get that sound if you hit the brakes while in mid-air (which is something I do regularly, as I customized my joystick trigger so it brakes on the ground, but in the air, I can combine it with other buttons to set various other controls, such as the flaps).

8. MSFS does not seem to know that this airplane has fixed landing gear. If you have piloting tips turned on, it will remind you to raise the gear after taking off, even though that's not possible of course.

9. There is hardly any effect when flying this airplane in the rain. There are some splashes that appear on the windscreen, but I miss the sound of the rain ticking on the windscreen, wings, and fuselage (as well as the feel of the rain hitting my face ;-).

These nine points may seem like a lot of critiques, but as I said before adding these points, they are really just minor issues meant as constructive feedback to make this model even better than it already is! I would have preferred to give it 4.5 out of 5, as it is not entirely perfect yet, but that's not possible on this site and 4 out of 5 would not do it justice, so I choose to rate it as 5 out of 5. I can definitely recommend this plane to anyone who would like to augment their fleet with a uniquely different plane to explore the MSFS scenery with a light, slow, open and fun airplane to play with.

04/27/2021
3/5 Verified Purchase
3 of 5 Stars!

At the time I bought this plane, it was not available yet in the in-sim marketplace. By now it is. In fact, I saw that one has been updated a couple of times already by now, but here it's still the same version I bought originally. Does that mean that, in order to get updates, I would have to buy the in-sim version as well?

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