• Review: Carenado 690B Commander For X-Plane 11

    690B Commander

    Publisher: Carenado

    Review Author:
    Sean McLeod

    Suggested Price:
    $37.95

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    Carenado 690B Turbo Commander

    Welcome to another X-Plane product review, by me. I've written a few, now, and this will be my third Carenado aircraft review (CT210M, F33A). I've had the opportunity to experience other Carenado aircraft in X-Plane, and have become accustomed to the consistent quality of a Carenado aircraft package.

    I asked Dominic specifically if I could review the 690B Commander for a variety of reasons. One, the Twin Commander aircraft line has a famous association with the legendary Robert A. "Bob" Hoover (If you don't know about Bob Hoover, just Google him and his Shrike Commander 'nuff said). A second reason is that it's a fast turboprop in the same cabin class as the Mitsubishi MU-2 (which I've had the opportunity to fly in my career). The biggest reason I wanted the opportunity to review this aircraft for X-Plane is that the Aero Commander line of aircraft design was created by an engineering team led by Ted R. Smith.

    Carenado 690B Turbo Commander     Carenado 690B Turbo Commander

    You may not be familiar with Mr. Smith, but you are familiar with his work. Ted Smith's last aircraft design to see production was the Ted Smith Aerostar. His history in aviation includes designing the Douglas A-20 Havoc and A-26 Invader light bombers during WW2, and starting the Aero Commander company after the war which produced the first all metal small twin engine business aircraft. The Aero Commander company was acquired by Rockwell in the mid 1950s, and continued to evolve the Aero Commander design with Smith. This aircraft model, the 690B, was first flown in 1976. Smith died the same year due to a heart attack and stroke; he was 70 years old.

    So, you're reading this to learn about the Carenado 690B Commander? Here's all you need to know: get it. Haha! Seriously though, if you love flying turboprops and you love going fast then this aircraft is for you. Yes, X-Plane 11 comes with a King Air 200, that's alright if you're a fan of the big twin Beech. You're missing out, though, on all the PBR and cockpit manipulator goodness that is to be discovered in the Carenado 690B Commander.

    Carenado 690B Turbo Commander     Carenado 690B Turbo Commander

    Here is the boiler-plate summary of information and features from the Carenado web site:

    Special Features

    • Version 1.0
    • Only for X-Plane 11
    • State-of-the-art configurable FPS-friendly logic system
    • Fully VR compatible
    • Full PBR (Superb material shines and reflections)

    Features

    • Specially designed engine dynamics for XP11.
    • Flight physics optimized for XP11 standards.
    • Ground handling adapted for XP11 ground physics.
    • Physically Based Rendering materials and textures throughout.
    • PBR materials authored with industry-standard software used by the film and gaming industries.
    • X-Plane GNS530 (FPS friendly)
    • Support for RealityXP's GTN750* (integrated into 3D cockpit, when available).
    • Goodway Compatible.
    • Realistic behavior compared to the real airplane. Realistic weight and balance. Tested by several pilots for maximum accuracy.

    *RealityXP GTN 750 is sold separately

    Carenado 690B Turbo Commander     Carenado 690B Turbo Commander

    Included In The Package

    • 5 HD liveries.
    • 1 HD blank texture.
    • 690B Normal and Emergency Procedures PDF.
    • 690B Performance tables PDF.
    • 690B Quick reference table PDF.
    • 690B System Reference Guide PDF.
    • Recommended Settings XPLANE 11 PDF.

    Recommended System Requirements

    • Windows XP - Vista - 7 - 10 or MAC OS 10.10 (or higher) or Linux
    • X-Plane 11
    • CPU: Intel Core i5 6600K at 3.5 GHz or faster.
    • Memory: 16-24 GB RAM or more.
    • Video Card: a DirectX 12-capable video card from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel with at least 4 GB VRAM (GeForce GTX 1070 or better or similar from AMD)
    • 525 MB available hard disk space
    • Internet connection is required for installing this product.

    1 Comment
    1. btwallis's Avatar
      btwallis -
      Based partly upon this review, I have bought this plane for XP11.

      I love it!

      I have a couple issues with the GPS and linking to the Carenado AP but perhaps I don't know what I'm doing yet. Anyway I will seek answers on the dedicated forum.

      But I love the climb speed, the power, the look the feel...its great.

      Here a flyby of Mount Everest, also a new addon for XP11.


      https://imgur.com/a/HLB804x
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