• Review: Carenado - 390 Premier 1A

    Premier 1A

    Publisher: Carenado

    Review Author:
    Michael Hayward

    Suggested Price:
    $39.95

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    The Premier 1A is a light business jet developed by Hawker Beechcraft from 2005 with development and prototypes starting in 1994. Carenado recently released their own rendition of the aircraft, making it their sixth FSX and seventh overall jet aircraft in their fleet! In this review, I will be looking at the Premier 1A and giving my opinion to what this aircraft brings to the flight simulator community.

    Aircraft Specification

    • Crew: 1-2
    • Length: 46 ft (14.02m)
    • Wingspan: 44 ft 6 in (13.56m)
    • Height: 15 ft 4 in (4.67m)
    • Empty Weight: 7,996 lbs (3,627 kg)
    • Loaded Weight: 12,500 lbs (5,670 kg)
    • Powerplant: 2x Williams FJ44-2A turbofan

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    Aircraft Performance

    • Maximum speed: 461 kts (540 mph, 854 km/h)
    • Maximum range: 1,430 nm (1,645 miles)
    • Service Ceiling: 41,000 ft (12,500m)

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    Download And Install

    When downloading the aircraft from the FSPilotShop, it follows the same process as any Carenado aircraft, where you are given a ZIP file and an unlock key. The ZIP file contains the installer itself and an installation guide. Simply run the installer, select your chosen simulator directory, input your key and the rest of the install is automated.

    Sometimes, the CareNavigraph module will not be loaded into the simulator. You can add this manually via the FSX App Data folder in the 'dll.xml' file.

    The aircraft also comes with seven different PDF documents which are full of useful information, such as the performance tables and an FMC guide.

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    The Technical Bit

    Minimum Requirements

    • Windows XP with SP3 installed, Vista or 7 (32 or 64 bits).
    • Flight Simulator
      • Microsoft Flight Simulator X DVD Version (FSX) with SP1 and SP2 or Acceleration Pack
      • Microsoft Flight Simulator X Steam Edition (FSXSE)
      • Lockheed Martin - Prepar3D Flight Simulator v3 or v4
    • Pentium V/3 GHz or similar
    • Minimum 2 GB RAM (recommended 4 GB RAM)
    • 512 MB graphics card.
    • 1.1 GB available hard disk space

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    Review PC Spec

    • Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition
    • Windows 10 Professional
    • 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 6700K Processor
    • 16 GB RAM
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 745
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    4 Comments
    1. HE55555's Avatar
      HE55555 -
      Ok, so am I the only one who is not seeing the opinion piece? The author writes "In this review, I will be looking at the Premier 1A and giving my opinion to what this aircraft brings to the flight simulator community." but I only see what basically amounts to a "what's in the box" type of article.

      EDIT: I realize now that the review is in the video. I missed that originally. I will say, I do miss a written review..

      Here is my mini-review:
      This is a great aircraft, I am definitely a fan. If you follow Premier1Driver on youtube, you will learn little tricks about actually flying her. Yes, there are some lackings to the systems of the bird, but I find it to be far more enjoyable than many of the business jets out there! It combines airmanship with automation.

      To that I say, if you came here looking to see if you should buy the Premier 1, I say absolutely. But be prepared to use those airmanship skills as well as the systems are still not 100%.

      Tyler Johnson

      PS. I mean no offense Nels, I'm a fan of Flightsim.com and I have been a contributor and user for many many years.. I just wanted to add a bit of opinion on the aircraft it's self!
    1. DrawyahGames's Avatar
      DrawyahGames -
      Quote Originally Posted by HE55555 View Post
      I realize now that the review is in the video. I missed that originally. I will say, I do miss a written review...I mean no offense Nels, I'm a fan of Flightsim.com and I have been a contributor and user for many many years.. I just wanted to add a bit of opinion on the aircraft it's self!
      Let me explain this one a little - Whenever I did a review in the past, I would generally tag a video along with it as I know that through a video, it gives the viewer a little more of an overview of the aircraft in terms of visuals, audio and some flight dynamics.

      Nels saw this and through Dom and myself, we decided to try a video review, see how it would feature on the website and the words I got were 'modernise' the article a little. At some point I will talk to Dom about it as I am currently making a small tutorial on how to make these kinds of videos, meaning the opinions of other people would be appreciated!

      I do also watch Premier1 Driver myself, Greg is quite a character in the cockpit and his videos (especially Q&A) are always fun to watch! Through him, the Premier 1A is probably my favourite light business jet at this minute.

      Can I also ask you about the FMC, have you been able to get it working 100% as I still sometimes have the odd issue.
    1. HE55555's Avatar
      HE55555 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DrawyahGames View Post
      Can I also ask you about the FMC, have you been able to get it working 100% as I still sometimes have the odd issue.
      Hi,

      I got the FMC mostly working. I've learned how to work around some of the nuances. Basically, FLC and VNAV don't really work as you would expect, but if you watch Greg, you will see that he often uses other modes for vertical control.. So I just use those. LNAV seems to work pretty good. Direct to is still lacking a bit, but otherwise I'd say its mostly functional. The issues are common to other Carenado offerings. I still say the Premier 1a is my favorite biz-jet for Flight Sim for sure.

      Still love flightsim.com!

      Take care!
      Tyler Johnson
    1. DrawyahGames's Avatar
      DrawyahGames -
      Quote Originally Posted by HE55555 View Post
      I got the FMC mostly working. I've learned how to work around some of the nuances. Basically, FLC and VNAV don't really work as you would expect, but if you watch Greg, you will see that he often uses other modes for vertical control.. So I just use those. LNAV seems to work pretty good.
      Wish I could even go as far as this, I've had issues with the CareNavigraph module itself where when activated! It will lag out the entire simulator to about half a frame per second and slowing down with each movement rendering the simulator unusable.
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