• Review: Dornier 328-110 X From Virtualcol

    Dornier 328-110

    Publisher: Virtualcol

    Review Author:
    Bill Stack

    Suggested Price:
    $15.00

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    Dornier 328-110 by Virtualcol

    Image by Virtualcol

    The Dornier 328-110 is a 30-seat regional airliner developed and produced in the 1990s. Powered by two turboprop engines, it had higher cruising altitudes and higher speeds than similar turboprops of the period, and its glass cockpit put it in league with larger jetliners. The 110 model that Virtualcol offers had greater range and higher weight limits. The last 328 turboprop was built in 1999, replaced by a two-turbojet version that was produced until 2005. Specifications below were obtained from Airliners.Net. They are not included in Virtualcol's aircraft configuration files or manual.

    AIRCRAFT SPECIFICATIONS
    Specification Dornier 328-110
    Occupants 2 crew
    30 passengers
    Empty Weight 19,665 LBS
    8,920 KG
    Maximum Take-off Weight 30,842 LBS
    13,990 KG
    Useful Load1 11,177 LBS
    5,070 KG
    Fuel Capacity 1,123 USG
    7,527 LBS
    Maximum Cruising Speed 335 KIAS
    620 KMH
    Ceiling 25,000 FT
    7,625 M
    Range 900 NM
    1,665 KM
    Length 70 FT
    21 M
    Wingspan 69 FT
    21 M
    Power 2,180 SHP
    1,625 KW
    Sources: Airliners.Net
    Notes: 1 - Calculated

    No stock aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator® resembles the Dornier 328. It is twice the weight, almost twice the size, and slightly faster than the Beechcraft King Air 350 twin turboprop.

    Virtualcol's Dornier 328-110

    Virtualcol says its Dornier 328-110 is a "light version in which the model features virtual cockpit, detailed exterior model and basic instrumentation." Other than listing the 15 liveries, which include British Airways, Cirrus Airlines, and Alps Air, the description doesn't provide much detail about the product. I show nine liveries in this review. A complete list of liveries can be found on the Pilot Shop description page. It is compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator ® version 10, commonly called "FSX" and with Prepar3D®. I reviewed it in FSX.

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    Screen shots by Bill Stack


    14 Comments
    1. sith's Avatar
      sith -
      I always thought Virtualcol models are a lil bit cartoonish... they should learn how to texture a little bit better and try to introduce navigraph's based fmc databases, serious users will never use an FMC which is based in the FS flight planner... just my two cents.
    1. tavong's Avatar
      tavong -
      Not all the clients are "serious users", it´s a matter of taste, not all simmers wants a complete FMC and a "very real" simulation. Just my other 2 cents.
    1. Coneman's Avatar
      Coneman -
      Yes, we all don't have time for the "serious" stuff. But I agree they could use some help with their textures. Decent models for the price though. I would love to see them do an SF340, and dare I say it, a Q400.
    1. cafe5's Avatar
      cafe5 -
      Yeah, virtualcol is all very low textures. Good for low speed machines not for serious simulations.
    1. gwillmot's Avatar
      gwillmot -
      Quote Originally Posted by cafe5 View Post
      Yeah, virtualcol is all very low textures. Good for low speed machines not for serious simulations.
      So, am I understanding you correctly. Low textures on aircraft are not good for "serious simulations"? Are you kidding?

      Have you ever been in and/or flown a "serious" flight simulator? I have - a full motion simulator of the Cessna XL Citation. Do you know what? All you get is a low-res depiction of the outside world with NO view of aircraft textures. Do you know what the principal function of a flight simulator is? It's to FLY an aircraft. You don't fly from the tower, from behind the aircraft, or from the wingtips. You fly from the cockpit!

      I grant you the right to prefer everything looking so pretty, but it has nothing to do with "serious simulations".
    1. sith's Avatar
      sith -
      Yes it's a matter of taste, but check out the top developers, they focus on delivering the whole experience, full FMC programming and ultra detailed textures.. For the level Virtualcol offers I'd rather stay with some freeware there are around with better quality..
    1. BAXTOL's Avatar
      BAXTOL -
      Some serious users do not care about stuff like FMC....they just like to start it up and fly
    1. av8tor98's Avatar
      av8tor98 -
      If it's anything like their E Jets, no thank you. That package was horrible.
    1. bailout3's Avatar
      bailout3 -
      Quote Originally Posted by av8tor98 View Post
      If it's anything like their E Jets, no thank you. That package was horrible.
      I like the J31 they produced in fact it is one of my most used a/c. No it doesn't have all the detailed FMC but the sound & handling is great. The outside model is very good & I just want to fly...not go through 10 checklists...I just don't have the time. So for the $ invested I believe it well worthwhile. I do agree with a previous comment that I would love them to do the Saub 340.
    1. BAXTOL's Avatar
      BAXTOL -
      I agree the Saab would be a cool add on!
    1. csefton's Avatar
      csefton -
      Quote Originally Posted by gwillmot View Post
      So, am I understanding you correctly. Low textures on aircraft are not good for "serious simulations"? Are you kidding?

      Have you ever been in and/or flown a "serious" flight simulator? I have - a full motion simulator of the Cessna XL Citation. Do you know what? All you get is a low-res depiction of the outside world with NO view of aircraft textures. Do you know what the principal function of a flight simulator is? It's to FLY an aircraft. You don't fly from the tower, from behind the aircraft, or from the wingtips. You fly from the cockpit!

      I grant you the right to prefer everything looking so pretty, but it has nothing to do with "serious simulations".
      I have heard this silly argument over and over...lets get one thing straight!..ANY simulation that SIMULATES REAL life better with detailed high resolution graphics is FAR better than a pixelated basic crude resolution image!....just because some dull commercial sims look basic doesn't mean that is good!..it just means they fulfil the requirements of that simulator to train someone to use its SYSTEMS which are found in the actual aircraft its simulating!!...ie they are merely functional!


      FSX, X-plane10 are NOT just about simulating the basic cockpit instruments or aircraft systems!...they are about the WHOLE experience of FLIGHT!..looking out of the Virtual cockpit and seeing a believable realistic world with high resolution detailed textures and objects adds IMMENSELY to the realism and feel!....so i agree..LOW res textures are NOT good in any serious simulation!!!....yes they may suffice like in the example you gave of the Cessna sim...but that doesn't make it good does it!....

      SIMULATION is about simulating reality....and simulating total realism in all aspects of a flight sim INCLUDING the graphics IS a VERY GOOD thing!....the fact commercial sims exist with crappy graphics doesn't mean that's a good thing!...so you miss the WHOLE point of what FSX or XP10 have to offer!
    1. ewandougie's Avatar
      ewandougie -
      The major problem with the Cockpit is the use of the Lear45 Engine Display, you don't fly Turboprobs on the N1, you need a torque gauge
    1. stevefranklin's Avatar
      stevefranklin -
      Quote Originally Posted by BAXTOL View Post
      Some serious users do not care about stuff like FMC....they just like to start it up and fly
      I agree that some people want to just start up & fly. So do I, but in a Cessna or a warrior. If people go & buy these commercial addons, surely they should fly them as commercial aircraft? I like helicopters & enjoy flying VFR in the R44 as there is only simple route planning involved. No FMC or complicated systems to learn!
    1. ellipirelli's Avatar
      ellipirelli -
      Can please somebody explain how to fix the fuel imbalance issue with that plane?