• Review: Ryan ST By Golden Age Simulations

    Review: Ryan ST For FSX By Golden Age Simulations

    By Bill Stack

    Ryan ST by Golden Age Simulations
    Ryan ST by Golden Age Simulations Ryan ST by Golden Age Simulations Ryan ST by Golden Age Simulations

    Screen shots by Golden Age Simulations

    The Ryan ST is a low-wing, single-engine monoplane introduced in 1934 by Ryan Aeronautical Company for training and sport flying. The "ST" in its name stands for "Sport Trainer." Features that set it apart from other aircraft were its semi-monoshell airframe in which structural members double as exterior members, and three-section hybrid wings. More then 20 variants are listed by Wikipedia. Ryan Aircraft Company, an earlier enterprise by Claude Ryan, designed and built the famous Spirit of Saint Louis that Charles Lindberg flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927.

    The Ryan ST is unlike any default FSX aircraft. The closest resemblance might be the high-wing Piper J-3 Cub. My comparisons below show that the Ryan ST is similar in size to the J3 Cub yet heavier and faster.

    Aircraft Comparisons
    Specification Ryan ST-A1 Piper J3 Cub2
    Occupants 1 and 2 2
    Maximum Take-off Weight 1,600 LBS
    726 KG
    1,220 LBS
    553 KG
    Empty Weight 1,081 LBS
    490 KG
    680 LBS
    308 KG
    Useful Load 519 LBS
    236 KG
    540 LBS
    345 KG
    Fuel Capacity 24 USG
    91 L
    12 USG
    45 L
    Maximum Speed 126 MPH
    203 KPH
    85 MPH
    137 KPH
    Cruising Speed 123 MPH3
    198 KPH
    73 MPH
    118 KPH
    Ceiling 17,200 FT
    5,243 M
    11,500 FT
    3,505 M
    Range 336 NM
    589 KM3
    190 NM
    306 KM
    Length 21.5 FT
    6.5 M
    22 FT
    6.7 M
    Wing Span 30 FT
    9 M
    35 FT
    11 M
    Power 125 HP 65 HP
    1: Golden Age Simulations
    2: FSX
    3. Wikipedia

    The FSX Fuel menu for Golden Age Simulations' Ryan ST shows the left tank capacity is 3 gallons while the right tank capacity is 21 gallons. In response to my question, the developer said both tanks are actually in the center and the location has no effect on weight an balance.

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