• Review: Virtavia - C-17A Globemaster III

    C-17A Globemaster III

    Publisher: Virtavia

    Review Author:
    Michael Pook

    Suggested Price:
    $39.95

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    The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is a large military transport aircraft. It was developed for the United States Air Force from the 1980s to the early 1990s by McDonnell Douglas. The C-17 carries forward the name of two previous piston-engined military cargo aircraft, the Douglas C-74 Globemaster and the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II.

    It commonly performs strategic airlift missions, transporting troops and cargo throughout the world; additional roles include tactical airlift, medical evacuation and airdrop duties.

    Power is provided by four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines, which are based on the commercial Pratt and Whitney PW2040 used on the Boeing 757. Each engine is rated at 40,400 lbf (180 kN) of thrust. The C-17 is designed to operate from runways as short as 3,500 feet (1,064 m) and as narrow as 90 feet (27 m).

    Aside from the United States, the aircraft is in service with the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, NATO Heavy Airlift Wing, India, and Kuwait. The final C-17 was completed at the Long Beach, California, plant and flown on 29 November 2015.

    Wikipedia

    Virtavia C-17A Globemaster III

    Virtavia's C-17A Globemaster

    Eleven highly detailed paint schemes in the following liveries are included:

    • March AFRC - 55140
    • McChord AMC - 10186
    • McGuire AMC - 44130
    • Mississippi ANG - 33113
    • Hawaii ANG - 55147
    • Royal Australian Air Force - A41-207
    • Royal Air Force - ZZ171
    • Royal Canadian Air Force - 177701
    • Bare 'Primer', the pre-delivery scheme - 00172
    • NATO, Papa AB, Hungary - 001
    • Qatar Emiri AF, Al Udeid AB, Qatar - 80201


    Video courtesy of Jack's FSX Videos

    Features

    As well as the liveries, each FSX model of the C-17 contains the following features:

    • A high quality exterior model, shaped to perfectly match the real C-17
    • 2048-pixel bitmaps
    • A full FSX model with all FSX features (bump mapping, self-shadowing, bloom, etc.)
    • A high quality 3D cockpit with many mousable functions and systems replication
    • Detailed 2D panel suite, with unique features such as NAV frequency presets
    • A comprehensive 29-page user manual in PDF format
    • Extremely high quality TSS sound set included, incorporating FSX-specific sounds

    Aircraft animations include: Fowler flaps, spoilerons, reverse thrusters, front exit and steps, windscreen wipers, paratroop doors, rear cargo to level and optional ground position, togglable pilots and togglable formation ('slime') lights.

    Review System

    • Windows 7 64-bit
    • NVIDIA Geforce 960 2MB
    • Intel i7 CPU
    • 8GB RAM

    Introduction

    The C-17 Globemaster is an aircraft which has interested me for quite some time. Its size and power, plus its legendary name is enough to get most aviation enthusiasts excited, and so when I saw that Virtavia had created one with the above features, I jumped at the chance of reviewing it.

    Installation

    Once purchased, you are provided with a link to download Virtavia's C-17. The downloaded file is 170 MB in size and is in zip format. When extracted, it creates the setup file needed to install the aircraft. By default the package installs into: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X, so if your FSX installation is in a different location, you'll have to change it accordingly.

    Virtavia C-17A Globemaster III     Virtavia C-17A Globemaster III

    Documentation

    Documentation consists of a detailed 30-page PDF manual in English as well as a linked HTML checklist which covers all the essential procedures for flying the aircraft. The manual also features instructive documentation including screen shots of how to get acquainted with the extremely detailed cockpit.

    Exterior

    The Globemaster is a big aircraft in every sense of the word and the fact that the exterior textures manage to portray this attribute so well, is a tribute to their quality. She also looks heavy (often difficult to do), and when viewed from the outside, she says nothing less than...'I'm a big bird, get out of my way!'

    The eleven paint schemes included in the package are all wonderfully rendered and are both realistic and beautiful in appearance. Being 2048 pixels in resolution they are also sharp even when viewed close up.

       

    However, and this is not a fault with the package, most of these paint schemes except one look very similar. Apart from the pre-delivery scheme, which is yellow, the rest are grey. with decals and exterior lettering being the only change. Personally, I would have preferred a bit more variety but like I said, this is not a fault of the package.

    There are all the usual animations such as ailerons, elevators, etc. plus a few custom ones:


    Main Exit: shift-E

    Right Side: shift-E-4

    Thrust Reversers: hold F2

    Paratroop Doors: shift-E-3

    Cargo Hold Rear Doors (level): shift-E-2

    Cargo Hold Rear Doors: wingfold command

    Interior

    When I first found myself in the cockpit of the C-17 I was amazed at how intricate it was. Not only were the textures highly detailed, but so too were the multitude of dials, levers and switches which surrounded me. Most of these were functional but there were a few which were not. However, this did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the aircraft.

    One of the features I enjoyed was the pilot's HUD (Head Up Display). As well as being incredibly useful, it also looked the part too. Its ability to change color was a nice touch (perfect for different environments). Night lighting was also very well done and highly atmospheric.

    Another great feature was the ability to cycle through the numerous cockpit camera views using the A-key. Most of the instruments found in these views are clickable, which, considering the price of the aircraft, was reassuring! Also, unlike many other payware products I've used, Virtavia's C-17 includes a 2D panel; well done team!


    8 Comments
    1. welker's Avatar
      welker -
      Great review, regarding to an impressive real aircraft and a high quality payware addon.
      I have not yet done many flights with that C-17 on my FSX but so far I can confirm the high quality of that package.

      Erwin Welker
    1. flibinite's Avatar
      flibinite -
      It's not bad. Certainly no PMDG, and I'd rate the VC is just OK - a fair number of inoperable switches, a bit of a 'grainy' texture which seems prevalent in many Virtavia AC. The exterior modeling is rather flat as well. This add-on is several years old, so naturally it will show its age.

      The autopilot controls are stock FSX. It couples with the basic GPS, but you can install a nice ISG panel retrofit that gives you a FMS and custom navigation display. The sound set is very good.

      She's nimble for a large AC but apparently so is the real thing. You do have the sense of a heavy AC. My biggest dislike is the relatively 'flat' flight model. For instance, on landing there's no real sense of impact with the runway. Even with Opus' shaking effects the sense of runway 'roll' is absent. I've noticed this in the few other Virtavia military aicraft I've bought.

      Ultimately it grew on me, I probably have 100 flights in her.
    1. irish3's Avatar
      irish3 -
      i have owned it for several years now, but why the "review" so late in it's life?

      It's 6, on a scale of 1 to 10 (IMHO). Lacks a few basics that should be there for the price. Yes, graphically speaking it looks very nice and handles good, but the price should be lower for what is offered.
    1. scubaboy3c's Avatar
      scubaboy3c -
      Well I just found it on sale, so at half off, I snapped it up. Already had the Area51 C-17, but wanted the Virtavia C-17, as it includes a Turbine Sound Systems sound pack, worth the price for the sound pack alone to me. Haven't flown it yet to compare, though.
    1. burt_lankershim's Avatar
      burt_lankershim -
      just out of curiosity, was this review done with the most recent update that was released a few weeks ago?
    1. flibinite's Avatar
      flibinite -
      I installed the update and found no significant difference
    1. archangelmj12's Avatar
      archangelmj12 -
      Quote Originally Posted by flibinite View Post
      It's not bad. Certainly no PMDG, and I'd rate the VC is just OK - a fair number of inoperable switches, a bit of a 'grainy' texture which seems prevalent in many Virtavia AC. The exterior modeling is rather flat as well. This add-on is several years old, so naturally it will show its age.

      The autopilot controls are stock FSX. It couples with the basic GPS, but you can install a nice ISG panel retrofit that gives you a FMS and custom navigation display. The sound set is very good.

      She's nimble for a large AC but apparently so is the real thing. You do have the sense of a heavy AC. My biggest dislike is the relatively 'flat' flight model. For instance, on landing there's no real sense of impact with the runway. Even with Opus' shaking effects the sense of runway 'roll' is absent. I've noticed this in the few other Virtavia military aicraft I've bought.

      Ultimately it grew on me, I probably have 100 flights in her.
      The issue is youre settings and from what ive seen since the release is an intuitive personality making attempts as we all have trying to make sense of a program that is a bloodsucking vampire on a computers harddrive. The many applications in the program have long kept the program from doing things naturally because there are battles within the systems conflicting programs that aren't listed on or in the menus. Example, most tool bars have stopped the google map program from working with FSX. Some of the things that are adjusted wrong will make even the instruments stop functioning partially or whole. Ive been working with MS since 2007 to find a way to fix these, and finally along came a proram that will fix everthing and it will do it all and for its price its the best hardware ive found. I have 4321 hours on this sim and that doesn't include all of the hours lost on switching to new systems. The program is called EXTREME FSX PC. Its a unique program tat covers the issues and are not fixes, its the first program to work every file of the system from the ground up, and you can make adjustments at anytime. Truth is , since its release and installation ive never run into another issue. An example is , im in a sim at al salem airbase in Iraq I belive and im surrounded by over 30 aircraft, all military, C5s c130s f16 f18s mirages, you name it, and there all on flights taking off ,landing etc, there isn't a place I go that its acting like a pc program, this is the real deal and im sure once you check it out youll agree. Its an FSPS program. A coupla bucks and wham, perfection. Ive spent thousands on propourted fixes, and they were nel to none. As far as steam, im going to be patient. The TAC PAC. I find its not necessary, it commands and contriols the system and of course the fact they sell the product but want you to hit a forum for assistance. I consider the money I paid for all of their aircraft and program a donation. 22 years in the MAW and to think id have to use TACPAC. Anyway ,I figure once the bugs are out itll be great. Their F-18 is one of the finest in sim ive ever seen, I picked up the warthog also. As a note, the department of defense has opened military a10 school and flight training to non commissioned officers to pilot the warthog. As a note, the warthog is the sister to the notorious P-47 Thunderbolt which happens to be my cities hometowm mascot and symbol and we are the home of the fist defense airbase in the U.S. Now all I wish is someone would do some nice base scenery for that area. KMIV .Millville,N.J. SemperFidelis Simmers. Rock On. Oh and top Gun had moved to Nelkis, Its not in Miramar,too may planes hitting houses. This site kicks all kinda ass.
    1. archangelmj12's Avatar
      archangelmj12 -
      sorry about those typos, im in flight.
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