Cherokee 140G / Aspen E1000
If you enjoyed the first two versions of the Piper 140 Cherokee by vFyteAir, the "Original" and "Classic", then I am sure you will love their latest offering, the "Glass Panel" variant. The new "G" version is the same basic aircraft, except that it is fitted with an Aspen EFD 1000 Glass Panel. It also comes with a Garmin 430 and a 450 GPS (X-Plane instruments), a custom Garmin GTX327 transponder and a STEC 55x autopilot. If you've always fancied a truly IFR ready Cherokee, then this is the one for you. Also, if you happen to own any one of the previous Cherokees by vFltyeAir, you can contact them for a discount.
The Cherokee itself is a single engine, piston powered light aircraft modeled on the original aircraft built by the Piper Aircraft Company. Piper has been building the Cherokee since the 1960's and they are still very much in use today, both for flight training and also personal use. The Cherokee is of all-metal construction (unpressurised) with low-mounted wings and tricycle non-retractable landing gear. There is a single door on the co-pilot side, which means accesses is via the wing only; so tread very carefully when climbing aboard.
You can purchase the 140 "G" for $24.95, which is marginally more expensive than either of the current "O" and "C" variants, however I guess that is just the price of progress.
Once again, the external textures are very well presented, with the same level of detail as the Cherokee's predecessors. Some of these include wing protection treads, rivets, screws, door handles, engine catches, hand holds, and not to mention, a vibrating exhaust and the odd paint chip here and there. The only thing that did seem slightly amiss was some of the dimensions relating to the 3D modeling of the exterior. When viewing the tail and rudder, they looked slightly askew. The rotating beacon also seems out of place, as in my opinion, it would suit a much larger aircraft. However if you didn't know, I am sure you wouldn't notice it.
Via a discrete and movable menu on the bottom left of the screen, you can enable/disable, add/remove, plus open/close the following: wheel fairings, co-pilot, cabin door, wheel chocks, and engine intake covers. These numerous animations really help bring the aircraft to life. The onscreen warnings that pop up from time to time are also very helpful, but can be disabled, if they're not to your liking. One aspect of the model which I especially enjoyed, was the nose gear steering feature, as it made taxiing about so much easier. Also, the ability to change the camera views (fixed presets) all at the click of a button was another great addition.
The same large quantity of liveries found in the previous Cherokee models are supplied, and cover countries such as the UK, USA, Canada, Germany and Finland. There is also a blank white texture supplied which allows you to create your own repaints.
The level of detail found inside the cabin is highly realistic, with texturing especially being of a high standard (the detailing even includes scratches and dirt marks). Then there are the numerous animations, which include: an animated ceiling vent, fuses that can be pulled, moveable window vents, a log book which springs out, sun-visors which can be positioned, a cabin light, plus a pitch control handle on the roof of the aircraft. All these details go a long way in making you believe that you really could be sitting in the real thing!
The engine sounds are nice and have real depth to them, but the thing I loved most about the audio, was the "Bluetooth Music" function that is controlled via the audio panel. Now, the actual music played, I'm sure, will not be to everyone's taste, but I just love the idea. A great little feature, and who knows, maybe one day we'll be able access our own playlist via this option... (hint hint).