Cessna S550 Citation II HD Series for FSX/P3D1 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
- 355 MB
First released in the late 1970s, the Cessna Citation II is was a hugely popular aircraft that received a lot of attention; as the first models of the Citation 550 jets, these light corporate jets were used for carrying business hot-shots across the globe for many years. They were still regularly in use until 2006 when it was finally decomissioned. It was used for various purposes from transferring the rich of the day around to being used by the US Navy to carry out radar systems training - this is an aircraft that certainly lived a busy life!
This remake of the Cessna Citation II allows users to jut back in time and use one of the most revered aircraft of the era; this is a hugely well received aircraft mods because of its high attention to detail in the design and the sheer effort put in to make sure that every last aspect of the aircraft came through in the final product.
The main thing that you can take away from using any kind of flight simulation mod is that it will always be like the real thing; this brings all of the original Citation II systems to life. Things like EFIS Control Panels and Autopilot Control panels will still be there but they'll be customized to fit the technological era in which the Citation II first came on the market. Everything about this remake of such a famous aircraft has been improved upon and updated to ensure that anyone looking for an education in aviation history will be able to fly an accurate rendition of one of the most popular aircraft of its day.
Universal flight management systems and multi-function displays are added in just as you would have got in the real thing; everything from the way the aircraft reflects in the sunlight to the staggering detail that you get from the cockpit itself, this is as close to authenticity as you will be likely to find. Everything has been specified and put in to fit just as it did when these first came off the factory lines. If you want to fly an aircraft with personality in abundance, and a real genuine level of quality throughout the overall look and shape, then this is where you want to get started.
For all aviation fans that enjoy a little trip back to the old days of aircraft where everything didn't look like an episode of The Jetsons, this is a great place to give you a little lesson. This package is completely compatible with both FSX and P3D v2.0, so you can get used to flying a truly authentic rendition of the aircraft in both simulators if you like to jump between. Everything from the sounds to the way that the aircraft reacts when things are going on around it have been replicated truly expertly - nothing has been left out in a remake of a truly classic piece of Cessna history.
What You Get
In this package, you'll gain access to a variety of different features and additions to help make the process feel as complete as possible, including;
6 HD Liveries that are made to represent the real-life colors that the Cessna S550 flew under - authenticity is key, and now you'll get to choose the right style for your aircraft every time you take off
A blank HD livery to let you create your own design; if fantasy is more your thing, then this is just what you need
4 S550 books that cover performance tables, procedures and references to help you get to grips with the aircraft as quickly as possible
Electronic flight system PDF
Recommended settings PDF to help you set up the aircraft to fly at the very peak of its abilities
Multi-function display PDF to help you get used to what is actually going on in front of you
Textures have been created to a 4096 X 4096 resolution, ensuring that every last pixel is represented perfectly. This brings a level of depth to the aircraft design that makes everything so much easier to fall in love with; every rivet and detail is included to make the aircraft look just right
Real GPU simulation features with a volts indicator to give you that real sense of authenticity that every flight simulation fan desires
Original high quality 3D stereo sounds have been added in to make sure that the aircraft sounds a good as it looks; f you need everything to come together to make a simulation feel the part, then the sounds will really help everything blend in for the ultimate package
Improved interior and exterior lighting to make visibility as effective as it can be - now, you'll never need to struggle or modify the graphical settings to make out what is coming up in the distance
However, you can dim the panels if you wish if you would prefer a bit more darkness within the cockpit. Everything that you decide this this aircraft is up to you; it's designed for comfortable flying and genuine flight education
Customizable panels that let you control everything from the reflections of the windows as well as their transparency. You can even change things like props and wheel chocks to make sure that the aircraft looks and performs exactly as you are looking for
Realistic aircraft behavior has been replicated; the dynamics used were taking from official sources to make sure the aircraft performs to the standards it was actually capable of. If you were worried about having a generic aircraft with a skin on it, you need not worry; this is as close to the real thing in looks and performance as you'll find!
This includes the cockpit; this has had extensive work carried out to make sure it looks the very best that it can and gives you the most complete control of the aircraft that is possible; you'll never lose control of the aircraft due to not being able to work out the cockpit, that's for sure!
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 5.0/5.0 based on 1 customer reviews
This Cessna S550 Citation II from Carenado is yet another brilliant example what they are capable of. Carenado consistently deliver top quality payware products that represent the best that you can get with your chosen flight simulator software. This particular package will install to either Microsoft Flight Simulator X or Prepar3D and while the download is quite big, it's worth making some space for it.
It files size starts to make sense when you look at gorgeous textures. There are six liveries, each clocking in with a 4k resolution, that is super high definition. You need only look at any Carenado product to get a sense for the level of detail they squeeze into their aircraft, this one is no exception. Numerous texture maps and specular maps bring the polygon model and the elegant liveries together, creating a seamless visual experience for you to enjoy. One that you can customize, thanks to the addition of a blank livery that you can use as a template to create your own custom paint schemes.
The complete back cabin benefits hugely from the improved lighting system, but you're more likely to appreciate the night light effects on the panel and the cockpit, as they are more of a contributing factor to your experience while piloting the aircraft. Speaking of which, there are quite a few PDF's that you may want to go over before taking off, as this package comes with a lot of very cool instruments.
Once you get airborne, it becomes clear that Carenado have spent a lot of time refining the flight characteristics of this Cessna S550 Citation II, and it's also clear that they didn't stop until they got it spot on. The performance of this aircraft feels as authentic as it looks, authentically mirroring its real life counterpart in both behaviour, weight and balance. The high quality sound set offers some great 3D stereo sounds that help to blur the lines between the real and the virtual; if you were to pilot this aircraft with no sound, everything would look and feel great, but the addition of the sound set blends all of the elements together, leaving you with a very realistic experience.
With its own special effects like the wind drag effect and the aural warning sounds that can make a flight very exciting, very quickly, this package is certainly one to consider.
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