CVN-65 USS Enterprise "Final Cruises" Aircraft Carrier for FSX/P3D7 reviews
This package from Team SDB is a fully-featured aircraft carrier add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X, including the Steam Edition, and Prepar3D versions 3 and 4. Read more...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X inc. Steam Edition & Prepar3D v3/v4
- File size
- 370 MB
- Team SDB
The CVN-65 USS Enterprise "Final Cruises" Aircraft Carrier package actually began as an enhancement project to bring the previous add-on more up to date with next-gen sims with a few bug fixes and quickly morphed into a completely separate add-on in its own right. And what's more, it is available for immediate download.
Initially, the team had planned to bring the RFN Carrier gauge of the previous version up to a 64-bit version (for P3Dv4) and also add F/A-18 Hornets and SH-60 Seahawks replacing the slightly outdated F-14 Tomcats, or the SH-3 Seakings, for example.
However, it soon became apparent that the upgrades were worthy of a new, fully original development. And the slick, finished product suggests they were indeed correct.
While we will look at the actual cruises selected in a moment, we will first examine the static aircraft that will be visible on deck (although the option exists to run an "empty deck" should you wish.
Static aircraft visible on deck:
- F/A-18C Hornet
- F/A-18E Super Hornet
- F/A-18F Super Hornet
- EA-6B Prowler
- S-3B Viking
- E-2C Hawkeye
- SH-60 Seahawk
Furthermore, servicing vehicles and the crew themselves are also available to add those extra touches of realism - they are even animated.
And that realism continues with the masterful launch procedures (including Landing Signal Officer announcements) which make every aspect of virtual flight missions from the cruisers available here are unique, intriguing, and exciting.
Even the working elevator taking the aircraft between the hangar deck and the flight deck (which you can see in action in our video above) is just another example of the finer, discreet details that make this program an almost must-have for all those with an interest in flight simulation, whatever their level of experience.
- Full FSX Acceleration carrier operations compatibility
- Night Operations Lighting (which includes sequenced flashing centerline lights)
- Carrier Traffic Files (available for both cruises near NAS Oceana, Virginia, and the Persian Gulf)
- Dynamic Night Lighting (only available for Prepar3D version 4)
- Steam Effect on Catapult (only available for Prepar3D version 4)
- Advanced Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (FLOLS) - including correct glide slope
- RFN gauge for Tactical Air Navigation System (TACAN) and Instrument Carrier Landing System (ICLS)
- Long Range Line-Up System (LRLS)
- Configuration file for AI Carrier utility
As ever, the details, markings, and the aircraft available on all of these liners are authentic and accurate. There are also several "Advanced Features" that allow users much more interaction with each other, as well as a plethora of other options that allow you to configure your surroundings (such as lighting, for example) exactly as you would wish them.
In short, these features include:
- Advanced Aircraft Launch Trigger
- Realistic Launch Speed (which is unique to each specific aircraft)
- Audible Landing Signal Officer (LSO) Announcements
- Animated Catapult Officer (Shooter0
- GOTO Feature (which allows you to place your aircraft in a choice of four different decks)
So what about the cruises of the Enterprise themselves. Ultimately, two cruises were selected for the new, exciting program:
- The final World Cruise from 2006
- The Mediterranean/Arabian Sea Cruise from 2012
Incidentally, the Mediterranean/Arabian Sea Cruise from 2012, which was the Enterprise's last official journey before it would return to the United States where it would ultimately be decommissioned five years later.
Also included is the Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer in two different schemes (which include both the Flight IIa Class 2 and Class 5 vehicles) and can be visible near the aircraft carrier if wished.
It is, however, a download that will open up a new aspect and perspective of flight simulation, and certainly something that both newcomers and veteran pilots of the virtual skies might wish to check out. Of course, be sure to keep checking back with us for more exciting updates.
You can read the manual even before purchase. View the PDF here.
Team SDB generously donates a portion of revenues from its products to UK Help for Heroes.
About Team SDB
Team SDB, a joint effort from developers based in the UK and USA but primarily consisting of Mike Dews in the UK and Frank Safranek in the USA have been developing flight simulator scenery add-ons for over a decade. Originally beginning with work published by Alphasim (Phil Perrott) also known for Virtavia, they now release independantly.
Team SDB generally focus on UK/US airfields, airbases and military precenses and bring them to life as scenery add-ons in the simulators. They have released many titles that have been well received by the community compatible with a range of simulators such FS2004, FSX and Prepar3D. They also have other projects releases such as aircraft carrier add-ons compatible with the latest sims.
Team SDB also hope to remaster and release their scenery add-on portfolio for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020 release.
Rated 3.7/5.0 based on 7 customer reviews
4/5 Verified Purchase
After some difficult considerations i finnally decided to buy the Enterprise package for P3Dv4. I must say – it seems to be a very nice package. Well it is not actually plug and play – but after carefully reading the manual a couple of times – the big issue is to make some changes to the aircraft files – manly the PANEL.CFG file. You will have to do this to each of the aircraft you want to use on the carrier. I stated with Dino’s T-54. Copied the lines mentioned in the manual and installed them into the panel.cfg. I was able to find the Enterprise outside NAS Oceana and I was able to land on the carrier – wires worked well. Later I was able to move the aircraft to the left of the two front catapults. Launchbar worked, and blast shield raised very nicely. And the catapult worked. OK shooter comes up – but he don’t move much. No hand signals. Later I installed the files from the manual in DINO’s tomcat – wow the TACAN could be called down from the drop down menu “vehicle/instrument panel/then TACAN” could be activated. Tune frequency in on the carrier just as the menu tells – when you are about 10 miles behind the carrier the LRLS – Long Range Line-Up System suddenly is visible. Getting closer to the carrier the LSO is suddenly in the radio. Nice. I still have a couple of issues regarding the TACAN - it is not all aircraft that is as easy as the F-14 to make the TACAN work.
4/5 Verified Purchase
Enterprise package works great. My system is a Win10/64 and P3Dv4. You will have to install some details to the panel file on each aircraft you want to use on the carrier. Start with Dino's T-54 and get use to the process. Next aircraft will be easy. OK a few things could be nice to have. The shooter is static. No movements. On the earlier carraier package from SWS (sadly don't work on P3D) the shooter were very realistic. Also the voice from the LSO could also be more realistic. SWS i think had real recording from a carrier. I have to point out, if you try to land on the AI carrer Nimitz the "start'm up" anouncement on the flight deck it just super.
Well I haven't yet bought the carrier package. During updating from win7 to win10 I was forced to a new P3D version. Now P3dv.5.17. XXX Due to the lack of solidt prove - I am not ready to spend more money on carrier aviation. As soon as you can provide solid prove that the Enterprice package works on P3D v.5.17xxx I am ready to buy.
Best regards John/Copenhagen/Denmark
3/5 Verified Purchase
It looks great, but I cant buy it unless I am sure it will run in P3Dv5. I see the same question has already been asked, but still not answered. I am left wondering if this is indicative of the level of support I can expect. Also, I cant find anywhere on the web page where I can put in a query such as this.
5/5 Verified Purchase
Can you provide any solid answers whatever the USS Enterprise software package will be available in P3Dv5. I need 100% prove before buying.
Best regards John
4/5 Verified Purchase
I don't see any response if this would run on P3D V5? Can someone answer our question?
I have the FSX version but would the new one run Prepa3d V5?
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