• Review: DMax Tecnam P2002

    Tecnam P2002

    Publisher: DMax

    Review Author:
    Shawn Weigelt

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    As much as I enjoy X-Plane and flight simulation in general, I have to admit that there are times when I'm downright bored with the whole thing. For me, a span of time following Christmas and a vacation to Hawaii in January is where I fell into a deep funk regarding anything related to flight simulation. In fact, I might have booted up X-Plane 10 only a few times during over a month long period, which is completely uncharacteristic of me.

    The truth be told, the cause of my X-Plane avoidance was threefold: First, I was distracted by my shiny new Xbox One and a little game called Fallout 4. Second, I have been generally bored and unimpressed with the snail's pace development of X-Plane 10 of late, especially with regards to uninteresting third party payware and freeware aircraft and scenery. Finally, to say that I've been busy with life in general lately would be a gross understatement. I just haven't had much time for X-Plane.

    Fortunately, a good friend of mine, Dom Smith, called my attention to a great looking Tecnam P2002 LSA made by well-known Italian developers dmax3d. I had been desperately looking for a remedy for my X-Plane funk and this model definitely looked like it had all the makings of one. Did it work? Is it worth some serious consideration for all the general aviation enthusiasts among us? Let's find out.

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    Sights And Sounds

    I would venture to say that the majority of X-Plane pilots are very familiar with the work of the dmax3d development team whether they realize it or not. After all, many of the default airplanes for X-Plane are dmax3d creations, to include the Cessna 172SP, Stinson L5, Columbia 400, and the Cirrus Vision jet. More recently, the dmax crew has released a very fun freeware Eurofighter Typhoon in addition to some excellent low cost payware airplanes with the Tecnam P92, BlackShape Prime, and now the Tecnam P2002. Needless to say, the folks at dmax have been building high quality airplane files for X-Plane for a long time and their design pedigree speaks for itself.

    The Tecnam P2002 JF is an all-metal low wing Italian built LSA powered by a 100-horsepower Rotax 912 S2 engine. Tecnam is well known in the general aviation community as a pioneering developer of high quality light sport aircraft in both Europe and North America and has recently been expanding their aeronautical development to include fuel-efficient twins (yes, there is such a thing) and even a four place high wing Part 23 certified single in the P2010.

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    When I first installed the dmax3d Tecnam P2002, I immediately started examining the exterior of the file and compared it to images of the real aircraft. I am pleased to report that the virtual model nearly identically matches the real thing with regards to the physical proportions of the aircraft. I wish I could say that of every airplane file from every developer, but it is apparent that some development teams are simply better at this than others. I am also notoriously a stickler in this department and believe that given the extreme levels of graphical realism found in today's flight simulation software, an airplane file should, at the very least, look almost identical to the real thing. The skilled development team at dmax3d gets this and their attention to detail really shines with their Tecnam P2002.

    My somewhat aged iMac demands that I have my X-Plane rendering settings configured to a modest level, so the exterior textures of the Tecnam P2002 honestly did not look that great as a consequence. In fact, they were quite dull and "smudgy" for lack of a better term. This was especially evident when perusing the various liveries that dmax3d has included with their file. Although all of the paint schemes look very authentic and sharp at high renderings settings, the very low frame rates made the file almost unusable on my system. I imagine that other users will inevitably run into the same problem I did in this area.

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    I was a bit disappointed that regardless of which livery one chooses, all of them have the same Italian registration number. I get that both Tecnam airplanes and the fine folks at dmax3d are Italian, but it would've been really nice to see a bit of variety with the registration numbers to perhaps include some other European countries as well as the U.S. and Canada at the very least. It seems like poor marketing strategy to me to have only Italian registered liveries when the vast majority of X-Plane users are not Italians.

    1 Comment
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Great review Shawn, a lovely little aircraft and one which doesn't destroy frame-rates!

      Many thanks

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