• Review: Carenado - Fokker F50

    Interior Model And Systems

    Moving onto the interior of the aircraft, the splendid looks have been brought over to the interior. Scratches and other minor imperfections modelled into the interior all bring realism to the aircraft. Even a virtual cabin has been modelled, along with several pre-made views to boot. Mercifully, the terrible odors that were present when I stepped foot onto the F50 several years ago were not modelled in this add-on.

    Carenado - Fokker F50

    Carenado - Fokker F50     Carenado - Fokker F50

    Carenado - Fokker F50

    Carenado - Fokker F50     Carenado - Fokker F50

    Carenado - Fokker F50

    Carenado - Fokker F50     Carenado - Fokker F50

    Almost all the switches and knobs are interactable, along with several miscellaneous items such as armrests and the fresh air scoop. Whilst I'm unsure if the latter has any tangible effect modelled beyond the visual animation, I do enjoy it when aircraft come with more than purely systems related animations. The cockpit door appears to be from an era when security wasn't of paramount concern, but it does open fuss-free with a simple click, should you wish to pay a visit to the cabin.

    Tags: carenado, f50, fokker

    11 Comments
    1. gt401964's Avatar
      gt401964 -
      Too expensive.
    1. flightman's Avatar
      flightman -
      Thanks for the review. As you say the FMS is rather simplified and I find it struggles to cope with waypoint changes, often missing them. This may be because it flies offset from the magenta line, so might never get close enough the waypoint to change leg. There are a lot of small things wrong with the F50. I reported a long list of issues back in March but Carenado don't seem interested in supporting the product. The most annoying thing for me is the night lighting. On the main panel there is only floodlighting. If you turn that off you lose the instrument lighting too, very unrealistic. There is no dimming on the main panel either, yet the overhead panel has it.

      On page 3 of the review you say you couldn't find a way to manually adjust the IAS for autopilot IAS hold mode. The IAS can be changed using the Pitch INC/DEC wheel on the AP control panel on the pedestal. The same control as is used to adjust VS in VS mode.

      Cheers,

      Kevin
    1. squiremel's Avatar
      squiremel -
      It's a nice plane to fly and to look at. I don't notice any major FPS issues with all the extra eye candy but there are lite versions for those who are FPS conscious. Superb for those regional flights.
    1. jgmustang's Avatar
      jgmustang -
      Could not take off with this aircraft in other words never came close to V1 even at full power.
    1. lear45xr's Avatar
      lear45xr -
      Quote Originally Posted by gt401964 View Post
      Too expensive.

      Have to strongly agree. As with most add-ons this is overpriced. No value here. Price sells. Why not sell more for a reasonable price as opposed to a few way over priced.
    1. smokin's Avatar
      smokin -
      Totally agree with the elevated price comments. I can afford it, but will no longer support it. Literally, hundreds of dollars of poorly designed FSX products residing on my computer. No more.
    1. smokin's Avatar
      smokin -
      Try this again. FSX prices are getting too expensive.
    1. lear45xr's Avatar
      lear45xr -
      Quote Originally Posted by smokin View Post
      Totally agree with the elevated price comments. I can afford it, but will no longer support it. Literally, hundreds of dollars of poorly designed FSX products residing on my computer. No more.

      Smokin I'm the same as you. I can afford all the add-ons my heart desires but no more of these over priced aircraft. I'm done getting bent over just to get another one. Hope these developers are listening...PRICE SELLS!
    1. leodirk's Avatar
      leodirk -
      Thank you. It is a very nice Fokker 50 to fly. The very best Fokker 50 I have ever flown. The FMC is bad. But when you use Aivlasoft you can fly the flight plans reasonable with the FMC.
      ELBU
    1. bstikkel's Avatar
      bstikkel -
      Hello Meng Yu,
      Thanks for the nice review.
      I have one question on behalf of the 'simple flying fspilots' among us: Is is possible to start the Fokker 50 with the default ctr + E ?
      Thanks for your reply!
      Bram Stikkel
    1. 7hepro's Avatar
      7hepro -
      Quote Originally Posted by bstikkel View Post
      Hello Meng Yu,
      Thanks for the nice review.
      I have one question on behalf of the 'simple flying fspilots' among us: Is is possible to start the Fokker 50 with the default ctr + E ?
      Thanks for your reply!
      Bram Stikkel
      Hi,

      Indeed it is possible to start the Fokker 50 with the CTR + E flightsim command.

      Cheers
      Meng Yu
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