• Review: Carenado - C208B Grand Caravan For X-Plane 11

    C208B Grand Caravan

    Publisher: Carenado

    Review Author:
    Bruno Esperanca

    Suggested Price:
    $34.95

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    History

    The Cessna 208 Caravan is an American light single turboprop utility aircraft that saw its first flight on December 9th, 1982. It has been developed in close association with US freight carrier FedEx. It is the largest single engine aircraft ever produced by Cessna, and since 1990, has become known as the Grand Caravan. The Grand Caravan is the largest single-engined turboprop utility aircraft still in production today. This aircraft is popular in remote regions of Africa and Asia, and starred in the series "Worst Place to Be a Pilot". This was filmed in Indonesia working for Susy Air.

    Carenado - C208B Grand Caragan

    The Cessna 208B can haul up to 340 cubic feet of cargo, but if that's not enough for all your lobsters, you still have the option to attach a 111.5 cubic-feet, 1090 pound capacity belly-pod. The Grand Caravan boasts a maximum takeoff weight of 8807 pounds, with a maximum payload of 3350 pounds. It is powered by a wonderful Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 with 867 shp, and a 3 blade metal, constant speed, full feathering propeller. If used for passenger transportation, it can accommodate up to 14 occupants.

    Introduction

    This X-Plane Cessna Grand Caravan is brought to us courtesy of Carenado. Carenado needs no introduction - they have been developing add-ons for flight simulators since 2001, mostly general aviation aircraft, and if you're looking for the Grand Caravan in X-Plane, they are the only option.

    The updated X-Plane 11 version of this lovely bird, came out in August 2017, and features fully modelled physical based rendering materials, a redesigned flight model, adapted ground handling and also performance optimization. The flying characteristics were tested and confirmed by several veteran pilots of the C208B.

    Carenado - C208B Grand Caragan     Carenado - C208B Grand Caragan

    Installation

    The aircraft comes in classical zip file form (477 MB in size), which you simply unzip into X-Plane's aircraft directory (as is the norm with most add-on aircraft). When you first load up the sim, you will need to enter your registration key. This is only needed the first time, as a "key" file will be created and stored inside the aircraft's folder. Inside this you will also find another folder called "Documentation" with checklists and other valuable resources.

    Interior

    Most payware aircraft feature both movable items plus an extensive amount of items in the cockpit for the user to interact with, and Carenado's Grand Caravan is no different. You can open your doors, windows, move sun visors, etc. You can also opt between different interior versions - a Cargo Master version with some boxes in the back, and a passenger version with different seating options.

    Textures are crisp with a "used" look that is natural and very true to life, as is customary with Carenado. However, there is some room for improvement, as I feel a higher resolution could have been used in the instrument panel as part of the upgrade to X-Plane 11. The lack of resolution is visible, particularly when zooming in to read the labels. Also, on the right side of the instrument panel there's an ELT switch that was not modelled and is simply a 2D texture. This is a real pity, as otherwise the cockpit is spectacularly modelled.

    Carenado - C208B Grand Caragan     Carenado - C208B Grand Caragan

    You may also opt to have "translucid" windows or perfectly transparent (if the translucid effect proves too much for your setup). One detail which did surprise me was the animated trim button on the yoke which moved when I pressed the trim button on my joystick - a really nice detail! All in all, a very enjoyable cockpit for those short cargo or passenger runs.


    2 Comments
    1. bstikkel's Avatar
      bstikkel -
      First: thanks for the great review. I want to correct one thing, and that is, there also is another C208 for XPlane, also for XP11, at https://www.x-hangar.com/store/cessn...d-caravan.html. No doubt far less accurate and refined model as the Carenado version, but then also far cheaper. Just what you choose. I lately puchased the XHanger version and it is okay for me.
    1. BasHope's Avatar
      BasHope -
      Quote Originally Posted by bstikkel View Post
      First: thanks for the great review. I want to correct one thing, and that is, there also is another C208 for XPlane, also for XP11, at https://www.x-hangar.com/store/cessn...d-caravan.html. No doubt far less accurate and refined model as the Carenado version, but then also far cheaper. Just what you choose. I lately puchased the XHanger version and it is okay for me.
      Hi bstikkel! You're welcome, hope it was an enjoyable read.

      Having checked the version you mention, I'm surprised it's payware! Anyway, as you said, to each his own.
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