• Review: Just Flight - C152 for X-Plane 11

    Cessna 152

    Publisher: Just Flight

    Review Author:
    Stuart McGregor

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    When less is often more... In today's ever-changing hectic world where the relentless pursuit of technology development means that everything from the humble refrigerator to multimillion dollar commercial passenger aircraft often resemble something from your favorite sci-fi movie rather than a domestic appliance, occasionally, just occasionally, it is nice to get all nostalgic and pause for a moment to enjoy some back to basics no frills flying. Now, I must stress, that for those of us who were around in the 1970's, this virtual stroll down memory lane doesn't mean a poor user experience unlike many of the time saving gadgets back then. In fact, for some like myself, quite the opposite. So, what am I talking about?

    Just Flight - Cessna 152     Just Flight - Cessna 152

    Well, in my opinion, the recent release of the Cessna 152 from the Just Flight team (in partnership with Thranda Design), is just one great example of this. This is where the simplicity of 1970's design and engineering dovetails ever so nicely with X-Plane 11 and today's modern 21st century world of flight simulation. No matter if you are a long-term fan of GA aircraft looking for help with polishing your flight training skills, or are normally at 39,000 feet in a wide-bodied jet and are now looking for your first purchase in this category, please brush off those kipper ties, pull on your best flares and platform shoes, and read on. The aircraft being reviewed in this article may very well be what you have been waiting for.

    Download, Documentation, Installation & Initial Thoughts

    The C152 retails at $41.99. You can purchase direct from the development team over at their site www.justflight.com however for simplicity I just went to my usual retailer. The price is the same at both, so I guess it is down to personal choice. At first glance, $41.99 is a pretty hefty price tag for a basic trainer, so this may put a few potential buyers off if budgets are tight, but hopefully this review will at least provide users with an insight into its features and possibly some help in deciding if it is worth the entrance fee.

    Just Flight - Cessna 152     Just Flight - Cessna 152

    Within the X-Plane world, Just Flight's C152 is only available for X-Plane 11, so for anyone still on older versions such as 9 or 10, I am afraid you will just have to look away now or upgrade. The description provided at both sites along with the screen shots and video footage gives you an initial insight of what to expect if you decide to go ahead and purchase the C152. According to the information provided, the model has been inspired by a real-life aircraft based in the UK which in my experience is generally a very good place to start. Having unlimited access to a real-world aircraft gives the development team the opportunity to get up close and personal with all the nooks and crannies of the aircraft rather than looking at only design documentation, drawings and photographs. That has to be a good thing.

    Just Flight - Cessna 152     Just Flight - Cessna 152

    For anyone still unfamiliar with the C152, I should just point out that it is a basic two-seater, piston-engine aircraft equipped with a fixed tricycle landing gear. It has a 110 hp four-cylinder engine with a fixed-pitch propeller which makes it an ideal aircraft for polishing up those flight training skills or touring your favorite part of the countryside on a bank holiday weekend. This could be a good alternative to the default C172 that comes with X-Plane 11 if you would just like a variation on the GA theme, and in fact the default Cessna provides a pretty decent benchmark to compare against. In GA terms, it really doesn't come much more basic than what is on offer here.

    Just Flight - Cessna 152     Just Flight - Cessna 152

    Purchase is simple, as is installation (essentially drag and drop into your Aircraft folder), and once downloaded, you will be asked to enter the license key on your first start up. This is a pretty painless exercise assuming you have an internet connection, and once that is complete you are good to go. One thing to note is that as the C152 is marketed as an aircraft that is designed to make the most of X-Plane 11's new visual rendering features, you will need a computer that is capable of dealing with a high load to make the most of it. You really don't want to spend all that money to find you have a frame rate in single figures, so I strongly advise you check all of this before you take the plunge. As a minimum, you will need a CPU with an Intel Core i5 6600K at 3.5 GHz or faster, at least 8 GB of RAM, and a DirectX 12-capable graphics card from Nvidia, AMD or Intel with at least 4 GB VRAM (GeForce GTX 1070 or better or similar from AMD). The C152 is designed to be compatible across all the usual platforms such as Windows 10, 7, Vista and XP, as well as MAC OS 10.10 (or higher) or Linux. Although not specifically mentioned, I can also vouch for it working well on Windows 8.1 and I will come back to my own system performance a bit later.

    1. Sascha66's Avatar
      Sascha66 -
      Great review, thank you!
    1. lear45xr's Avatar
      lear45xr -
      Fly a Cessna 152 on flightsim? I'd rather watch golf or paint dry. Both far more exciting. Plus $42 for such a boring simple model? Strike two.
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Quote Originally Posted by lear45xr View Post
      Fly a Cessna 152 on flightsim? I'd rather watch golf or paint dry. Both far more exciting. Plus $42 for such a boring simple model? Strike two.
      Having flown both the real aircraft and this incredibly detailed model, I can tell you that this popular GA aircraft is far from boring.
    1. SimCaesar's Avatar
      SimCaesar -
      Quote Originally Posted by lear45xr View Post
      Fly a Cessna 152 on flightsim? I'd rather watch golf or paint dry. Both far more exciting. Plus $42 for such a boring simple model? Strike two.
      Ya, so much more thrilling to set the auto pilot immediately after take off then go read a book until you're on short final.
    1. golffoxindia's Avatar
      golffoxindia -
      Wonderful little aeroplane (the real thing). Taught thousands of us to fly, put up with our bounces, and taught us all about correct use of flaps. Glad the reviewer thought that this representation was up to mark -

      I will be purchasing this aeroplane.
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