Cessna 208 Grand Caravan EX HD Series for FSX/P3D2 reviews
*Fully compatible with P3Dv5 however please follow the installation instructions here. Read more...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X inc. Steam Edition & Prepar3D v2, v3, v4, v5*
- File size
- 240 MB
Now version 2.0
Version (2.0) updates:
- P3Dv3 and Steam compatible
- Weather radar added
- XPDR different modes added
- 2D detachable autopilot
- G1000 improvements
- 3D knob technology improved.
- Exterior lighting effects improved
- Performance improved by turning VC screen off when 2D window pops up
- New sounds
- Minor bugs fixed
For many people, the Cessna 208 Grand Caravan is their favorite piece of aviation hardware ever. It's recognized by many users as something with a genuine bit of class about it, which is evidenced quite clearly on the fact that it's been in common use for over thirty years. Not many aircraft last this long, but the longevity and strength of this aircraft makes it much easier to understand; this was built to be sturdy and strong. In fact, the whole thing is capable of semi-long range flights with up to fourteen passengers on-board, which is pretty rare for an aircraft of this size.
The aircraft itself manages to capture the attention of so many people thanks to the changes it's had over the years. Most aircraft with three decades of life behind them don't tend to have new changes. However, in 2008, a Garmin G1000 glass cockpit was included to provide greater stability.
The aircraft itself was first launched in 1982 as a prototype, using a single-engine turboprop and a fixed landing gear. It was originally designed for utility transport and the like, but it's easy and effective style soon seen it changing tact and being used for people transport as well. The aircrafts main legacy, though, has been as a part of the FedEx family; its' regularly used by their teams across the globe thanks to its durability and its ease of flying for newer pilots.
A whole range of awesome HD liveries that have been designed from scratch, using hours of planning and preparation to get each and every design used just right in terms of detail, intricacy and accuracy of colors. These HD liveries all match the standards and styles that you would expect
Got a bit of a creative side? Then why not use this brilliant blank HD livery? You can now emblazon your aircraft with your own badge and your own style, maximizing its look and its appeal as well as making it much easier to create that fantasy design you wanted
A whole range of brilliant checklist books to help you get to grips with the challenging and stressful nature of the aircraft itself; this has a deep learning curve and will take plenty of hours to get right but these brilliant little procedures and checklists PDF guides will expertly assist
Not sure what to run this package using? Then the Recommended Settings PDF will help you tweak and change everything to fit with exactly what you want to do at this moment in time. It takes a bit of planning to get right but official instructions are included in here
Carenado G1000 glass cockpit PDF that will help you master the interior of your aircraft. This ensures that the cockpit no longer has to be the challenging place that it can be when you first get started. If you need a bit of help managing your cockpit, start with this
A stunning Carenado G1000 cockpit with an auto-pilot control unit GMC 710 has been included to provide the utmost quality and performance across the board
The G1000 has been made easier to operate than ever before thanks to the authentic creation of each and every 3D knob that you'll need
Landing and Taxi halo effect lights are added to make it nice and easy for you to land without causing any problems or struggling yourself
An awesome little vibration effect has been added in to make the takeoff and the landing a little bit more realistic than it was previously
Choose to start on either a cold or a dark setting, allowing you to pick the way that you are going to fly the aircraft
Awesome little features included such as the windows getting overly scratched as time goes on and the elements start to affect your vehicle and its looks
Volumetric side view prop effect to give you a nice little way of looking out across the world and seeing what your aircraft is doing at this moment in time
Dynamic shining effect added to the propellers, making it easy for you to see the aircraft far more realistically
3D stereo sound made from scratch that certainly make it simpler for the aircraft to take off and to really sound the way it should
Dynamic cargo-pod weight has been added in so that the flight can be adjusted entirely to fit with the cargo that you are carrying today
The Carenado G1000 has been worked on meticulously, with a whole range of new features and additions being included in the package to make it stand out and look the part. New features such as a fully customizable AUX page has been included to make it easy to modify the device, as well as giving you an Emergency and Normal Procedures checklist to follow on the screen if things get a little bit too confusing for you - this makes mastering the aircraft so much easier, improving your display, your competence and your confidence when flying in this glass cockpit
HD quality textures using 2048 x 2048 makes it so much easier for you to start managing and preparing the aircraft in the right way, as you'll now be able to make out quite clearly what all of the little points and additions are across the board
3D gauges are added in to mix with the HD textures, creating an extremely pleasing on the eye system that looks simply fantastic and makes it easy for you to get to grips with the cockpit in every way that you possibly can
Original HQ digital stereo sounds are made using actual footage of the real thing, ensuring that the sounds you are hearing as you fly are what you would hear if you were to get in the cockpit of the real thing
Customizable panels that can be used for things like window transparency or reflections
Authentic flight dynamics that mimic the real thing, ensuring that weight and balance is spot on at all times
Carenado is a household name in the flight sim industry. If you're bought flight sim payware add-ons before, you've likely heard of Carenado. Founded in 2001 by Fernando Herrera, Carenado has covered aircraft add-ons for FS98 right up to the brand new MSFS release of 2020. Carenado is based in Santiago, Chile, and has a team of developers, designers, and 3D modelers.
Known for the prop and turboprop models that they are famous for and have focused on, they also have small business jets in their add-on portfolio too. They have even developed a model for the Dassault Falcon 50EX - likely their largest.
They have received numerous awards and accolations in the flight sim community over the years. Their support team are always on-hand and responses are always answered in timely manner.
Rated 4.5/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
5/5 Verified Purchase
Carenado are constantly expanding the list of available add-ons for our favorite flight simulators like Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D, this time with the impressive Cessna 208 Grand Caravan. Boasting well crafted 3D elements and beautiful HD visuals, this fantastic representation of the short haul regional airliner and utility aircraft is a worthwhile investment for pilots of any background. Offering more challenge with a Cold and Dark start option for those that want it.
The spectacular model is as detailed as they come, and the five gorgeous textures come in a variety of colors that allow you to choose one better suited to your tastes. All of them are super stylish and flow with the shape of the aircraft, making them very aesthetically pleasing. Even the included blank texture is the same size, a massive 2048 x 2048 pixels. The difference being that you can use this one to design your own liveries, allowing you to pilot an aircraft unlike any other.
Fantastic shines and reflections from both aircraft lights, like beacons and navigation lights, and environmental lights, ripple over the surface of the aircraft and create some stunning visuals. Other visual effects that make this Cessna 208 stand out, include dynamic propeller shines and a volumetric side view, as well as scratches on the windows when the light hits it at the right angle, making the cockpit experience all the more atmospheric. A customizable panel lets you change visual elements like window transparency, reflection and static elements so that you can adjust your visual experience to your liking.
Flight dynamics have been meticulously tweaked and tested by real pilots, to ensure realistic behavior compared to the real world Cessna 208 Grand Caravan. Real weight and balance is also accurate, taking into account the varying weight of the cargo pod. A dynamic sound set recorded directly from the real aircraft means you'll hear different sounds depending on varying factors; if the windows are open the sound won't be as muffled as it would be if the window was closed. This helps round out the experience as a whole and adds even more authenticity to an already phenomenal model.
4/5 Verified Purchase
A great looking plane all round, however changing liveries doesn't work for me - I end up with a "disassembled" plane sitting at the end of the runway, powering down, and no response from controllers or keyboard. The only way I can avoid this is to exit the simulator, then restart the simulator, then choose a different livery. I have lodged a support ticket with Carenado.
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