• Tilt Rotor From Wilco

    Wilco Publishing Tilt Rotor

    By William Werrlein (20 October 2009)

    The world of aviation is not static. We are constantly changing what we want. Whether it is speed, altitude, VTOL/STOL capabilities and size we always want something different... Wilco has made a bold move by designing an airplane that is not yet in production. However Wilco and Bell/Agusta Aerospace both agree that this aircraft will change aviation forever...

           

    First Impression:

    The Wilco Tilt Rotor (download) is 148 MB in size. Installing this aircraft went on without a hitch. After installing this aircraft I checked the start tab and found out that the only thing the downloadable version adds other than the aircraft is one manual. This manual is great and really goes into depth with installation and flight controls. The only thing I really did not like about the manual was the fact that in the middle of the manual Wilco advertises their 777 which is really nothing to whine about but it is still rather annoying. They also advertise at the end (again not that bothersome but annoying nonetheless).

           

    Exterior:

    One of the coolest features about this piece of software is the fact that Wilco made not one but seven very different variants such as the corporate, medevac, rescue, prototype, military, short haul airliners, and police (although the coast guard and police variants are not very different). The detail of the interior from the exterior is amazing as well. All the aircraft share the same problems with the exterior. There appears to be flat 2D squares situated right above the tail beacon and below the GPS antenna. From the exterior looking on the interior at night it appears that when you shut of the dome lights in the cockpit it appears (from the exterior) that all lights in the cabin have been disabled. Other than that the exterior is really good a very, very detailed.

           

    Cockpit:

    The Tilt Rotor features seven different models. Six are very unique but a few have some real issues that need to be worked out. Let's start off in the cockpit. The most noticeable feature of the Tilt Rotor is the glass panel. I am very pleased with this panel as it adds a real detailed and classy look to the VC. I do not however like the unrealistic nature of the look of the artificial horizon. Many of us are familiar with the Garmin G1000 seen here. The main PFD's looks like a cross between the G1000 and the new Garmin synthetic vision which shows terrain mapping in real time in relevance to the aircraft. The display shows what look like small mountains in the distance but they remain stationary. I do not like the fact that most buttons are not clickable or usable on the main PFD displays. And one very, very annoying issue is the frame rates and the glass panel. You will notice a rather small but noticeable drop in FPS as you turn on the PFD's.

    Other than that the VC is great especially once night time comes around. The VC features flight light and flood lights. Pilots try to avoid white light's approximately 30 minutes before each night flight to increase their night visibility. The Wilco Tilt Rotor will allow you to turn off the dome light giving the cockpit very realistic night flight lighting.

    The cockpit has its limitations such as the above mentioned lack of clickable buttons on the PFD's but another issue which can be viewed as a problem or step up in realism is the throttle. In order to use the throttle in this aircraft you must go to your controls section of the setting tab and go to "control axes" and set the "propeller axes" to the Z axis. This will control prop pitch rather than RPM's which in a constant speed engine such as that of the Tilt Rotor can be a realistic learning advantage. The Map PFD is very realistic and sharp looking and once understood will keep even the beginner simmer happy. From my experience with the G1000 I must say the Map MFD falls pretty darn close to the real thing.

    Final word on the cockpit: very good. A few issues that need to be worked out but Wilco has a great support team and will answer any question you send them with respect.

           

    Interior:

    The interior of the aircraft covers everything from the flight deck to the rear virtual cabin. This aircraft although small has a great overall interior with only a few tiny problems. I found that the GPS in the passenger cabin was the same as that available in the cockpit. I know if I was flying this plane in real life I would not like the passengers messing with my map settings from the cabin, changing my flight plan, etc. I wish Wilco would change this to a more basic screen just for passengers. I also notice at night when the dome cockpit light is turned off the passenger seats become dim even though the cabin lighting remains the same. I notice that all walls are clickable to turn the recognition light on and off. I do however like the fact that Wilco has included different interiors with each of their wonderful variants. I also like the fact that the corporate version of the aircraft has a model of a human being with animated parts such as the head and feet which can be seen from the exterior as well. The interior textures are great to say the least. I applaud Wilco on a job well done on the interior.

           

    Features:

    The Wilco Tilt Rotor has some pretty cool features and as Wilco always does they've included a lot of eye candy. Most add-ons today including complex add-ons don't come with any missions for FSX or very simple ones at that. The Wilco Tilt Rotor not only comes with four missions but also comes with three different variations of each mission, including a day , night, and IFR version of each mission. All missions are very well detailed and most importantly a lot of fun. The two only downsides to the missions I can find are:

    1. Your first officer sounds like a robot
    2. In all missions you are ordered to do a takeoff roll rather than a vertical T/O (although in some missions you will do vertical T/O and landings on carriers and after taking off from your origin)
           

    The Tilt Rotor also comes with a manual that covers every aspect of the aircraft including installation in great detail. A cool feature is when experiencing an engine out the props keeps the Tilt Rotor in autorotation which is the equivalent to an engine out in a fixed wing aircraft. Although you cannot climb when autorotating you can make a survivable and often soft landing with no engine power...don't believe me, try it. It is actually quite fun. The Tilt Rotor includes security cones and locks that prevent the gear from rising (although that is not simulated). The Tilt Rotor features animated pilots which can be seen inside and out on the all models. The exterior texturing includes some really cool looking exhaust textures on the exhaust on the side of the engines on all models. The Tilt Rotor also comes with a checklist and aircraft reference which is very rare to see in any payware / freeware aircraft.

           

    Here is a sample taken directly from the manual under interesting to know.

    "What happens if one engine fails?

    The engines do not drive the rotors directly. They each drive a transmission, which is connected to a drive shaft that goes from one engine's transmission to the other, through the wing. This shaft drives a gearbox at each end. These gearboxes are connected directly to the rotors. Although it may seem complex, it's actually a safety feature. In the event of an engine failure, both rotors will continue to turn. This makes an engine-out condition far less traumatic in a tilt rotor than it is in a twin-engine airplane."

           

    Flight:

    The Tilt Rotor is an aerobatic pilot's dream because it is extremely maneuverable and can make tight turns, very steep climbs, and descents without damage. I've even gotten the Tilt Rotor to do a few fast barrel rolls. The aircraft handles remarkably well especially when it comes to vertical landing. I will say this right now: I CANNOT LAND A HELICOPTER! However the Tilt Rotor if going from horizontal flight to vertical flight will make a smooth and almost straight descent and a touchdown that even the best pilot would marvel. The autopilot is the default autopilot from the Bombardier CRJ in FSX but works with no error. The only issue with the flight dynamics is if going from horizontal flight to vertical flight to fast the plane will make a quick climb and suddenly descend going from 200 knots to 65 in 7 seconds. Other than that this planes handles like a dream with an incredible ceiling of 25,000 feet MSL.

           

    Pros: Has many different variations and models, comes with missions and different variations of the missions, introduces a new concept of VTOL use i.e. corporate, military, rescue etc., spectacular night lighting in the cockpit, friendly service, great for FS Passengers, and very easy to fly

    Cons: A few minor bugs on the exterior, minor lighting issues in the cabin from the external view as well, clickable recognition light on cabin wall, glass panel FPS intensive, GPS in passenger cabin. Half of cabin missing in Coast Guard, Police version although Wilco does not seem to have this issue.

    Final Word: Buy it; this is a great product with a few issues that need to be worked out. Wilco is always improving the quality of their product. The Tilt Rotor does have some interior cabin issues in regard to the Coast Guard, and Police model but after e-mailing Wilco they seem not to have that problem and if anyone continues to have cabin issues in the above listed models e-mail Wilco because they have friendly and helpful support. The flight dynamics are great. The glass display does need changing but Wilco did say in their Manual and Checklist that some guess work was done as certification for this aircraft is not slated until 2010. With that the decision is up to you but I really recommend this product for anyone who wants another venture for the military junkies, corporate pilots, and those who love doing SAR (search and rescue missions).

           

    System Specs:

    Windows Vista 32 bit
    3.00 GB RAM
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ 2.60 GHz
    Geforce GTS 250 Graphics card.

    About Me:

    I am currently 18 years old. I am a C/AM in the Civil Air Patrol. I am nearing the end of my PPL training and going all the way through ATP. I will be applying to Embry-Riddle University and if accepted will continue with my aeronautics and engineering degree. I also hope to visit the moon. I do plan to apply for the astronaut candidacy program after I graduate and start my aerospace career.

    William Werrlein
    [email protected]

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