• Review: Flysimware - Ercoupe 415C

    ERCO Ercoupe 415C

    Publisher: Flysimware

    Review Author:
    Bill Stack

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    Ercoupe 415C by Flysimware

    Image From Flysimware

    The Ercoupe 415 is a light, low-wing, single-engine, two-person, general-aviation aircraft designed and built by ERCO between 1937 and 1970. Designed to be the safest fixed-wing aircraft possible, it was certified by the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Administration as "characteristically incapable of spinning" and by LIFE Magazine as "nearly foolproof" according to Wikipedia. It was produced by various other companies such as Aeronca, Sanders, Univair, and Mooney.

    Almost 5,700 Ercoupe 415s were built, and they sold for as much as $9,000 US. I found Ercoupe 415s for sale on the Internet for $8,000, $19,500, and $39,500 US, depending on condition surely.

    The 75-horsepower Ercoupe 415C, which is rendered by Flysimware, featured a two-control system (pitch and roll) with with an automatic rudder linked to the ailerons. Consequently, according to Wikipedia, this model had no yaw control.

    No stock aircraft in MSFS is like the Ercoupe. It is smaller, about half the weight, and less than half as powerful as the Cessna 172 Skyhawk.

    Occupants 2
    Empty Weight 675 lbs
    306 kg
    Gross Weight 1,286 lbs
    583 kg
    Useful Load 611 lbs
    277 kg
    Fuel Capacity 21 gal
    79 L
    Maximum Operating Speed 95 kts
    176 kph
    Cruising Speed 82 kts
    152 kph
    Ceiling 14,000 ft
    4,270 m
    Range 450 nm
    833 km
    Length2 21 ft
    6 m
    Wingspan2 30 ft
    9 m
    Power2 75 hp
    56 kw
    Sources: Flysimware's aircraft.cfg, 2-Wikipedia

    Flysimware's Ercoupe 415C

    The package consists of two aircraft variations and six liveries. One variation has a 3D logo and reflective nose cone; the other does not. The aircraft has custom sounds, "bones" animations, and a four-stage propeller, and its interiors have self-shadowing and high quality 3D gauges. It is compatible with FSX and Prepar3D. I reviewed the FSX version.

    Ercoupe 415C by Flysimware
    3D Logo
    Reflective Nose Cone
    Ercoupe 415C by Flysimware
    No 3D Logo
    No Reflective Nose Cone

    Screen shots by Bill Stack

    1. hypercide's Avatar
      hypercide -
      Coincidentally, the most recent issue of Air and Space has a nice piece on the Ercoupe which helpfully clarifies the absence of rudder pedals. This configuration was indeed optional, "marketed to, among others, war veterans." Roll and yaw were interconnected (the wikipedia article does note this feature) to produce automatic coordinated turns. So it would seem that enabling auto-rudder would be the most accurate way of replicating the flight characteristics of this aircraft.

    1. jamminjames's Avatar
      jamminjames -
      Worked for a FBO when I was going to college. We hangered one and it didn't have any rudder pedals, got to go up with the owner one afternoon for about 30 mins. Nice flying plane, just different. Landings are a trip.
    1. shalako's Avatar
      shalako -
      I agree this is a very interesting plane .There was one at the field where we kept our cub and the owner loved it although I never got a ride in it. I picked the Flysimware version up and I have to admit it is areal nice little jewel much attention to detail as are all of their stuff but this one is just plain fun to fly and there is not abything I want to complain about.
    1. rockinrobin's Avatar
      rockinrobin -
      There were 2 "types" of Ercoupes over the years...those with rudder pedals and ones without. Those without rudder pedals were "unspinnable", since the pilot supposedly could not create the necessary yaw (without roll) to induce a spin, only a descending spiral. This was touted as a "Safety Feature". We referred to these as "2 control" models, while the ones with rudder pedals were referred to as "3 control" Ercoupes.

      Errata: On page 3...
      "Several common instruments are absent. There is no heading indicator,... " ???
      There is a Directional Gyro located below the attitude indicator in every panel photo. This certainly qualifies as a "heading indicator".
    1. reehoe's Avatar
      reehoe -
      From what I understand about these airplanes, there shouldn't be much torque (if any) to deal with. Ercoupes had a ton of right thrust built in to the engine mount to counter the effects of torque and P-factor. I suppose you could turn of the sim's torque effects to remedy this as well, but a simmer shouldn't be having to fight torque in flight with the Ercoupe... especially in cruise.
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