The 1946 ERCO Ercoupe Model 415-C is a beautiful 2008 freeware design from Kazunori Ito. I was so excited the very first time I discovered this pretty FS9 model, and I was overjoyed when I discovered that it also included the wheel pants model versions too! Mr. Kazunori is a highly talented modeler who has given us some very interesting, and beautiful FS model designs thru the years.
However, on both of my last two computer systems, the Ercoupe's air.file and corresponding model files have performed horribly for me. It was a nerve-racking real shame, very unfortunate, because I wanted this little aircraft so badly. The airplane was very heavy, would not leave the ground, and behaved very erratically. If I could get even it into the air (usually using the "slew" mode button to achieve some type of height) it then flew like a fighter jet, and landed in excess of 90mph!!! Remember also, the Ercoupe does NOT have any flaps ~ which didn't help the situation @ all.
I solved the problem after a few years of trial & errors with a sudden decision one night recently: I decided to stop tweaking the current aircraft.cfg file included with the original model, and just completely "swap out" the air.file and edit/merge the aircraft.cfg files to match the real-world aircraft specs. as closely as possible. The result? The Ercoupe now flies very nicely, albeit with some "occasional" very light twitching movements in a slow turn (rarely)... but otherwise, it really flies great! I did have to make one or two cfg.file entries, but nothing major... just a minor tweak or two.
Does anyone know if this was considered as "okay" to do this??? I don't wish to get into trouble with anyone, but I did want so badly to be able to "fly" the little Ercoupe on my computer system. I have not uploaded or shared the tweaked files with anyone else @ this time.
Here's some pictures of the Ercoupe. I think it is a beautiful airplane design, and I wish I owned one in real-life. I think this would be a fantastic way to spend a long weekend taking a cross-country trip in your very own personal Ercoupe! Nice!
This is the Microsoft FS2004 simulator.
February 21, 2012
Microsoft FS2004 + 9.1 update
1946 Ercoupe 415-C (freeware by Kazunori Ito)
Hi-Fi Technologies ASE (Active-Sky-Evolution)
REX2004 cloud/sun textures
2004 replacement envmap.bmp by Robert Rivera
Ultimate Terrain USA
FSGenesis 19m terrain mesh South Carolina
KCDN Woodward Field Airport Camden, South Carolina (freeware add-on)
1920x1200x32m pixels original size .bmp converted to .jpg (resized / Not Edited)