• Review: Carenado CT206H Stationair HD Series

    Cessna CT206H

    Publisher: Carenado

    Review Author:
    Meng Yu

    Suggested Price:
    $34.95

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    Foreword

    Well, Carenado arrives with another product, and this time it is the turbo CT206H Stationair! This product is definitely good looking, and handles well too. I'll go as deep I can into the product, and you guys are welcome to fill in any information I missed. Without further ado, let's begin!

    Background Information

    So, before we start on the review, I'll fill you in about the C206. The Cessna 205, 206, and 207, known variously as the Super Skywagon, Skywagon, Stationair, and Super Skylane are a family of single engine, general aviation aircraft with fixed landing gear used in commercial air service and also for personal use. The family was originally developed from the popular retractable-gear Cessna 210.

    Manufacturer Cessna
    Engine Lycoming IO-540-AC1A5
    Fuselage Length 28.25 feet (8.6 meters)
    Max Speed 151 kt
    Crusing Speed 142 kt
    MTOW 3600 lbs (1632 kg)
    Range 730 nm

    In April 2007 Thielert announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency had granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for conversion of Cessna 206s to the Thielert V-8 diesel power plant. The STC allows conversion of the following models: U206F and TU206F with the 300 hp (220 kW) power plant, and the U206G, TU206G, 206H and T206H with the 310 hp (230 kW) version.

    First Impressions

    This package includes the Cessna CT206H model, as Carenado put it. There is a G1000 expansion available for purchase, but personally, I prefer analog cockpits, so I did not request for the expansion. Well, that doesn't mean a compromise in quality though.

    I went into the product feeling confident that Carenado has done a great job, and the plane simply enforced that perception. I would like to separate this review into three main sections, namely the exterior, interior and handling sections. Here are the main points for discussion in each of the sections.

    1. Interior
      1. Appearance and comparison with real-world
      2. Gauges and panels
      3. Misc. animations and other issues
    2. Exterior
      1. General appearance, and comparison with real-world pictures
      2. Everything textures:
        1. Texture selection
        2. Texture quality and resolution
      3. Animations
    3. Documentation
      1. What's in the box?
      2. A little more on one of the document
    4. Handling
      1. How the aircraft feels during each phrase of a flight
      2. Handling notes
    5. Thank you and final words

    Lastly, I'll be ending off with the usual developer specs, and a conclusion paragraph. Enjoy the review.

    Interior

    The interior is the key to a good add-on. Bad interiors just wouldn't cut it in today's high-pitched and hyper-realistic simulation world. Flight simulator enthusiasts seem to have all but forgotten the humble 2D panel, and use the VC, or virtual cockpit for the duration of their flights, occasionally switching to exterior views, which are also popular among video-making flight simulator users.

    Looks are important, and this is what we will be starting off on in this review. Unfortunately, I have not been in a real Cessna CT206H, or any GA plane for that matter. Call it a lack of a "pilot circle", if you want. As such, I can only give my opinions based on pictures, which let's just say is the next best thing. So, here are some pictures of real world Cessna 206s (links, as usual):

    Picture 1
    Picture 2
    Picture 3
    Picture 4
    Picture 5

                   


    5 Comments
    1. fosterjf's Avatar
      fosterjf -
      <I>"I do not understand why the cockpit of another C206 has two supporting beams, much like the Cessna 185, and why this wasn't put into the flight simulator version."</I>

      I think you might be referring to the earlier and still very nice Carenado C 260H. The amphibian versions in that have the two extra bracing bars, as do the Carenado C 185s. Note that the 185 was designed generally as a work horse, or maybe a work Pegasus, intended for short and rough terrain as well as water landing capability. This CT206H doesn't come with an amphibian version, and indeed I don't think Cessna offers one in the prototype either, though I suppose one can get amphibian equipped in an aftermarket shop.
    1. fosterjf's Avatar
      fosterjf -
      "I do not understand why the cockpit of another C206 has two supporting beams, much like the Cessna 185, and why this wasn't put into the flight simulator version."

      I think you might be referring to the earlier and still very nice Carenado C 260H. The amphibian versions in that have the two extra bracing bars, as do the Carenado C 185s. Note that the 185 was designed generally as a work horse, or maybe a work Pegasus, intended for short and rough terrain as well as water landing capability. This CT206H doesn't come with an amphibian version, and indeed I don't think Cessna offers one in the prototype either, though I suppose one can get amphibian equipped in an aftermarket shop.
      -- Jos. F Foster
    1. maxwin's Avatar
      maxwin -
      Thanks for the great review and in the short time I have owned was impressed with the textures, however, have a very stable FSX set up and already own many Carenado aircraft such as the B200 King Air, Sirrus Sr22, Malibu 46T and Cessna Caravan. Unfortunately this is the only aircraft that won't run on my dedicated FSX PC. It causes FSX to CTD after about 20 mins and is very frustrating. I also have the G1000 add on and the same CTD happens with this also. I have sent a support ticket to my supplier (Justflight) and am waiting a reply. ...I think there is a bug in the software that relates to the infamous g3.DLL error. As I used to own a real 172 I was looking forward to flying its big brother. ..I live in hope.
    1. CaptJazz's Avatar
      CaptJazz -
      maxwin.

      although I share your grief as I experienced g3.dll error, I doubt that the 206 is the cause. g3.dll afaik, is one of the many errors that has not been totally identified, thus, solved completely. I cant recall what I did when I had the crash (I bet I reinstalled my fsx ), but from my searchings, g3.dll is most probably not fsx related, or at least, addon related.

      Perhaps you may want to remove your ENB bloom if you use one, or renew your GPU driver. There's also a potential fix for the error, I think it's entitled with FSUIPC or such.


      Great review. Cant wait for their B1900D
    1. iflygary's Avatar
      iflygary -
      Yeah Max I would have to agree with Capt. I have both models of the 206 and this doesn't happen to me. I googled fixes for the g3.dll crash to desktop and don't remember what I did, but whatever it was, it worked. I occasionally get them with the PZL Wiga. I love flying the 206 and was happy that Carenado offered the G1000 at a reduced rate as opposed to a full price stand alone like they've done with the Caravan. For that reason I haven't purchased the Caravan EX but I've spent lots of hours in the T206!
      Gary
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