• Review: Carenado Cessna 337 Skymaster

    Cessna 337 Skymaster HD Series

    Publisher: Carenado

    Review Author:
    Meng Yu

    Suggested Price:
    $34.95

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    To Start Off

    This is not a really new model in the payware market, being added to the FS Pilot Shop on Feburary the 1st last year. However, this model still sports high quality details, as well as many features that truly make it amazing. The model is amazing, but the original aircraft may not be as aesthetically appealing as some of the other GA aircraft out there, so some people may still consider it as a bad aircraft. However, in this review, I am going to take an un-biased stand, and list out features of the model. I'll add in a few of my own opinions throughout the review as well. Enjoy the review!

       

    Background Information On The Aircraft

    The Cessna Skymaster is a United States twin-engine civil utility aircraft built in a push-pull configuration. Its engines are mounted in the nose and rear of its pod-style fuselage. Twin booms extend aft of the wings to the vertical stabilizers, with the rear engine between them.

    The horizontal stabilizer is aft of the pusher propeller, mounted between and connecting the two booms. The combined tractor and pusher engines produce 'centerline' thrust and a unique sound.

    Through their push-pull engine configuration the twin boom Cessna 336 and 337 were designed to overcome conventional twin's problems of poor engine out asymmetric flight handling characteristics. Cessna called the layout concept Center Line Thrust, as the nose mounted tractor and rear fuselage mounted pusher engine eliminated asymmetric handling problems normally experienced when one of a twin's engines fails. The concept was recognised by the US FAA which created a new center thrust rating for pilots to be rated on the type.

    (Adapted Airliners.net for the 3rd paragraph onwards)

    Manufacturer Cessna
    Engines Continental IO-360-C
    Fuselage Length 29.75 feet (9.07m)
    Max Speed 173 kt
    Cruising Speed 125 kt
    Service Ceiling 19,500 feet
    Range 660 NM

    Review

    The Cessna 337 Skymaster was one of the first aircraft, and perhaps only aircraft to date that has the "centerline thrust" concept. The design of the 337 is unique and as such, the Cessna 337 is very recognisable.

           

    First Impressions

    I would say that Carenado did a very good job with the model. From the general appearance of the aircraft to the finest details, you'll find every single one of them. I would like to remark that the flying dynamics are also very well done, something we'll look into detail later. For now, we'll talk about the exterior first. Let's begin!


    10 Comments
    1. hawkeyepilot's Avatar
      hawkeyepilot -
      Thanks, Meng, for another great visit back in time to take a look at an historic aircraft! I like Carenado products. They take exceptional care with the visual aesthetics. I enjoyed this product and occasionally take it out for some flying. The controls are full analog and give us some insights as to what flying was like for this era. As well represented here, the Cessna controls are well developed; autopilot is crude but effective. As I result, I feel like I have to work harder in this simulation to fly without the level of automation found in newer systems. This must have been quite a handful for the weekend pilot! I imagine that owning and operating this craft was very expensive compared to a single engine model. So I also imagine that it was performance that justified the extra price. That this model was not made in larger numbers suggests that it was quite expensive relative to that added performance. Carrying capacity, speed, and range are probably what consumers were looking for and the 337 added to this a form of simplicity not found in other twins. Carenado provides us with this insight in a visually attractive model. I rate the resulting product a little higher. I find myself adapting to the product more than looking for it to adapt to me. This is a model of a light, nimble craft. Having flown in a Piper twin, from the right seat (non-pilot), in Alaska, I expect to find this size craft to be 'quite lively'. Twin engines provide power of thrust probably more than they provide reliability. That translates into usable payload and speed. The differences between this and the low end 182 and high end 210 make for an interesting comparison. I 'd like to sometime explore the differences in performance (and cost and constraints) among them. I worked with a 210 turbo owner who went to extravagant lengths to integrate his hobby (obsession) into his work, traveling on a regular basis between job sites rather than use commercial transportation. I'm certain this took extra time and personal cost. But he was a very satisfied owner! I'm not sure the 337 would have met his cross country requirements and budget. Happy flying!
    1. ians's Avatar
      ians -
      My favorite, take all the others out and just fly this. My only bug is that there isn't one in any UK register markings in the original pack but a search through the net and I got one. whats good about it? looks good, and.... it looks good, the sound you can mess around with. OOVEE Games Studios do a version of the Continenal IO-360 with accompanying pump sounds and built in exhaust pipe rattle (seriously!!!). Its available for download from the pilot shop and I would recommend it but if not the sound as is reminds me of when they were plenty of them around in the 70's and 80's. Lovely layout inside, I just fly this all the time, see me and my baby here;
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhj1i...JJelYrCQnL9opQ
    1. brianstabinger's Avatar
      brianstabinger -
      Nice, quick-to-the-point review. This is another excellent product by Carenado. I wouldn't mind seeing a 'distressed' VC option. After all, this is a Skymaster.
    1. jamminjames's Avatar
      jamminjames -
      I was thrilled when this one came out as my uncle had one and was lucky enough to ride in and fly his. I don't think Carenado makes a bad aircraft. A must have!
    1. 7hepro's Avatar
      7hepro -
      Quote Originally Posted by hawkeyepilot View Post
      Thanks, Meng, for another great visit back in time to take a look at an historic aircraft! I like Carenado products. They take exceptional care with the visual aesthetics. I enjoyed this product and occasionally take it out for some flying. The controls are full analog and give us some insights as to what flying was like for this era. As well represented here, the Cessna controls are well developed; autopilot is crude but effective. As I result, I feel like I have to work harder in this simulation to fly without the level of automation found in newer systems. This must have been quite a handful for the weekend pilot! I imagine that owning and operating this craft was very expensive compared to a single engine model. So I also imagine that it was performance that justified the extra price. That this model was not made in larger numbers suggests that it was quite expensive relative to that added performance. Carrying capacity, speed, and range are probably what consumers were looking for and the 337 added to this a form of simplicity not found in other twins. Carenado provides us with this insight in a visually attractive model. I rate the resulting product a little higher. I find myself adapting to the product more than looking for it to adapt to me. This is a model of a light, nimble craft. Having flown in a Piper twin, from the right seat (non-pilot), in Alaska, I expect to find this size craft to be 'quite lively'. Twin engines provide power of thrust probably more than they provide reliability. That translates into usable payload and speed. The differences between this and the low end 182 and high end 210 make for an interesting comparison. I 'd like to sometime explore the differences in performance (and cost and constraints) among them. I worked with a 210 turbo owner who went to extravagant lengths to integrate his hobby (obsession) into his work, traveling on a regular basis between job sites rather than use commercial transportation. I'm certain this took extra time and personal cost. But he was a very satisfied owner! I'm not sure the 337 would have met his cross country requirements and budget. Happy flying!
      Hey
      Nice to have you comment again! While I never really worked with a sky master, I do njoy reading the experiences if others with the aircraft. I would imagine this aircraft as a very high-powered aircraft that would respond well, but would maybe require a strong pilot to work the analogue controls? Anyway, thanks for reading and commenting, ans I hope to see you again soon!
    1. 7hepro's Avatar
      7hepro -
      Quote Originally Posted by ians View Post
      My favorite, take all the others out and just fly this. My only bug is that there isn't one in any UK register markings in the original pack but a search through the net and I got one. whats good about it? looks good, and.... it looks good, the sound you can mess around with. OOVEE Games Studios do a version of the Continenal IO-360 with accompanying pump sounds and built in exhaust pipe rattle (seriously!!!). Its available for download from the pilot shop and I would recommend it but if not the sound as is reminds me of when they were plenty of them around in the 70's and 80's. Lovely layout inside, I just fly this all the time, see me and my baby here;
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhj1i...JJelYrCQnL9opQ
      Hey
      This is also one if my favourites too! I'll continue to use this model or the many years(probably) to come. Thanks for reading and commenting!
    1. 7hepro's Avatar
      7hepro -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianstabinger View Post
      Nice, quick-to-the-point review. This is another excellent product by Carenado. I wouldn't mind seeing a 'distressed' VC option. After all, this is a Skymaster.
      True...true. Thanks for reading!
    1. 7hepro's Avatar
      7hepro -
      Quote Originally Posted by jamminjames View Post
      I was thrilled when this one came out as my uncle had one and was lucky enough to ride in and fly his. I don't think Carenado makes a bad aircraft. A must have!
      Definitely a must have. I am also thrilled to review this add on. Thanks for reading!
    1. loliver's Avatar
      loliver -
      This aircraft is seriously on of my faves! I just finished an "around the world" flight with it! I still want to fly it a couple counties over to my favorite breakfast airport diner!!
    1. 7hepro's Avatar
      7hepro -
      Quote Originally Posted by loliver View Post
      This aircraft is seriously on of my faves! I just finished an "around the world" flight with it! I still want to fly it a couple counties over to my favorite breakfast airport diner!!
      Wow, I never knew that anyow would do that! Very interesting story, thanks for sharing and reading! Hope to see your comments soon!!