Carenado have done it again with their most recent addition to their beautiful HD Series, this time introducing the remastered Cessna T182T Skylane. This fully supercharged and fuel injected light utility aircraft has received Carenado's HD treatment along with a well deserved upgrade to a G1000 glass cockpit; this is certainly one that should not be overlooked, and it's available now as an immediate download for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Lockheed Martin Prepar3D.
Certainly, part of the strength of this package is in the visuals. Carenado are able to squeeze in an enormous amount of detail into the super high resolution textures (4096 x 4096), so much so that the quality holds up very well when you zoom in. Each of the five liveries work wonderfully with the delicately sculpted model, and offer some variety to pilots of varying tastes, while not detracting from the finer details of the model itself. Even the blank texture that is included is at the same super high resolution, so you can achieve the same level of detail with your personal designs.
One key feature in this download package, is the included previously mentioned G1000 glass cockpit. With this in place, the cockpit becomes an incredibly atmospheric place that you can't wait to get back into. The perfect blend of form and functionality; the G1000 has a host of features that will make your flights both more realistic and less stressful. Knobs and switches all have small sounds that keep you under the spell of realism while a few customizable panel lets you control window transparency, instrument reflections and static elements until you find the balance that you feel is the most realistic.
The flight dynamics have been tested by real pilots to ensure their accuracy; as far the weight, balance, performance and behavior of this T182T representation goes, Carenado are right on the money. This aircraft has a very strong visual foundation, and true-to-life flight dynamics, but Carenado don't stop there. A high quality digital stereo sound set that has been recorded directly from the real aircraft makes everything else come to life; this brilliant sound set is so authentic, that it pulls together all of the other elements that make up the aircraft, resulting in an incredibly compelling and tangible model.