• Review: Carenado - Saab S340

    Flight Model

    Having taken a thorough tour of the aircraft on the ground, I was excited to see what it felt like to fly the aircraft. For my first flight, I elected to try out one of Loganair's (operating with the Flybe livery) routes from Glasgow, UK to Bergen in Norway.

    Carenado - Saab S340     Carenado - Saab S340

    Carenado - Saab S340

    The aircraft is rather agile, as one would expect from an aircraft of this size. During taxi, I found the controls to be very touchy, a small bump in the rudder would often turn the aircraft several degrees. Coming from flying larger jets, it can take some getting used to.

    The takeoff was rather uneventful and pulling the yoke back at about 100 knots allows the aircraft to rise smoothly into the air. Once in the air, the aircraft cleaned up nicely and easily achieved the stipulated climb speed of 140 knots.

    Carenado - Saab S340     Carenado - Saab S340

    Carenado - Saab S340     Carenado - Saab S340

    I tried the various autopilot modes during climb, though the VS mode seem to produce the best results. The autopilot IAS mode seems to be bugged, and when activated, the aircraft will fluctuate up and down repeatedly (I was careful to ensure no time acceleration was used here) and struggle to maintain speed.

    During cruise, the autopilot was able to accurately track the route as per the FMC, though the FMC did not cycle through the waypoints correctly and was stuck on the first waypoint. Nonetheless, the autopilot was still able to follow the route without a hitch.

    Carenado - Saab S340     Carenado - Saab S340

    Carenado - Saab S340     Carenado - Saab S340

    Carenado - Saab S340

    On descent, I noticed the VNAV button on the autopilot console so I decided to give it a try. VNAV mode does work surprisingly well at the start, and initiated a smooth descent into Bergen airport. I successfully utilized the FMC to select a STAR and the ILS 17 approach into Bergen airport. However, my success with VNAV mode ended here, with the aircraft refusing to descend to the altitude listed on the FMC, instead remaining about a thousand feet higher despite resetting the altitude alert to reflect the correct altitude.

    1. jgmustang's Avatar
      jgmustang -
      Cannot even get this aircraft to start just like a few other recent Carenado purchases. They should have left things alone panel wise so that no matter what you use, mouse, keyboard, or a co-pilot program, you can fly this aircraft.
    1. bernies's Avatar
      bernies -
      Starts fine for me. All Carenado aircraft including F50 seem to start correctly. Maybe read the doco or go to Youtube if you are having trouble.
    1. novvar67's Avatar
      novvar67 -
      I do love the model. I do not love the performance. As with other Carenado turboprops, these do not start properly. Startup and shutdown should have a feather option or feather simulation with a smooth transition dependent on the condition levers, which these do not. Instead startup is on and shutdown is off, no matter what, even with the prop condition levers moved to the feather position. Why is this?
    1. wills50's Avatar
      wills50 -
      I got the X-Plane version. I love it.
    1. darthfinkles's Avatar
      darthfinkles -
      Why is the Saab so large in the menu? It also has an odd view when you select 's' button to see the outside, does anyone know how to correct this?
    1. 7hepro's Avatar
      7hepro -
      Quote Originally Posted by darthfinkles View Post
      Why is the Saab so large in the menu? It also has an odd view when you select 's' button to see the outside, does anyone know how to correct this?
      It seems that this is the result of Carenado setting an incorrect "model radius" value for the model. So, the flight simulator thinks it's loading a smaller aircraft so it zooms the camera in to give you a full view of what it thinks is the full model. The weird camera effect when in the spot view is just a wide angle effect from zooming the camera out all the way.

      To fix this you'll need to download a utility such as RAIdtor or something similar and set a larger value for the model radius
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