Piper PA-28-181 Archer II for FSX/P3D3 reviews
*Fully compatible with P3Dv5 however please follow the installation instructions here. Read more...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X inc. Steam Edition and Prepar3D v2, v3, v4, v5*
- File size
- 68 MB
Released now for FSX is this stunning Piper PA-28-181 Archer II add-on from Carenado. Again, Carenado have released a full featured, highly detailed aircraft with no lack in features and functionality. This aircraft features an amazing 3D virtual cockpit, which is fully interactive. An amazing 8 paints have been included with different configurations. The aircraft also features an advanced GPS system. Animations are enabled on many external features including ailerons, elevators, rudder, flaps, trim tab, rotating wheels and many more.
This file released by the software development company Carenado, a company well known for creating high-quality computer aircraft identical to the real plane. This Piper plane features an unbelievably detailed three-dimensional cockpit view which is 100 percent interactive.
The animations on the outside of the aircraft are impeccable and parts including the elevators, rudder, flaps, trim tabs, ailerons and wheels all move. The doors, co-pilot seat, sun visor, and antenna are animated as well.
These high-quality software graphics are what Carenado does so well, and it shows on this Piper. Glimmering nightlights and light effects on the aircraft's gauges make for a fantastically realistic cockpit view from inside the plane. The cockpit can also be viewed from outside the aircraft thanks to this plane's completely transparent windows.
The most astounding thing about this aircraft is the eight different paint configurations that you can apply to the airplane body. Not just 8 different colors, but different stripes, spats and decals as well. This Piper plane isn't just all about the fantastic looks either. This plane behaves incredibly realistically when compared to the actual Piper Archer II, and the weight and balance are dead on.
All of these components combined make for an incredible Flight Simulator X experience. The visuals are highly detailed and concise which provide a stunning graphical experience, paired with great gameplay to give you the best aviation experience you can possibly get by sitting on the couch.
- Interactive virtual cockpit
- Full moving parts: Ailerons, elevators, rudders, flaps, rolling wheels and trim tab
- Animated sections such as: doors, sun visor, copilot seat and vibrating antenna
- Lights: Navigation lights, beacons, landing lights
- Transparent windows
- 3D modeled pilot and cockpit area
- Many details as: pitot, antennas, chocks, pitot cover, baggage area
- Custom VC panel and gauges
- This model doesn't have a 2D panel
- Realistic light effects on gauges
- Nightlight effects on panel
- Built-in zoom gauges
- Separate switches for instruments lights and dome light
- Toggle yoke at VC
- Full checklist and reference text about the procedures
- Realistic performance
- Real behavior compared to the real airplane
- Real weight and balance
- Pilot, copilot and passenger views
- White - with three wheel spats
- White, red and brown - with no wheel spats
- White, red and brown - with 3 wheel spats
- White, green and grey - with 3 wheel spats
- White, green and grey - with no wheel spats
- White, gold and blue - with 2 main wheel spats and no nose wheel spat
- White, gold and blue - with 3 wheel spats
- White and metallic blue - with 3 wheel spats
Custom Panel and Virtual 3D cockpit
- High quality virtual cockpit
- Separate switches for instrument lights and dome light
- GPS 295 installed in the cockpit
- Built-in Zoom gauges
- Realistic light effects on gauges
- Night light effects on panel
- Yokes can be shown/hidden by mouse click
- Pilot, co-pilot and passenger views
Ailerons, elevators, rudder, flaps, trim tab, rotating wheels, doors, sun visors, vibrating radio antenna.
"Shadows and nightlight effects on the aircraft and panel are very realistic, and very well done. As you turn the aircraft, shadows will shine across your panel, and at night the light will reflect as well. The night textures are very well done, the gauges look great both in the daytime and at night with the lights on. The package does come with a very well done set of checklists which come straight out of a POH out of the real aircraft that you can hit every single step with." - SimReviewsGA
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 3.7/5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
5/5 Verified Purchase
Very realistic. Flies pretty much like the real thing - which I have flown a few times - mostly fly my Cessna 150. The perspective in the VC is very comfortable. Throttle response and flap reaction on landing is close to real - good for landing practice.
I thought this aircraft flew a lot like my 79 Archer. However, I was hoping for a more sophisticated GPS system, and certainly an autopilot!
4/5 Verified Purchase
Another nice plane but it would be better if it had the autopilot feature.
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