• Review: Carenado - Saab S340

    It was at this point that I took over control from the autopilot and flew the approach by hand to get a feel for the aircraft. On approach, the aircraft has a tendency to sink rather quickly (as evidenced by my position on approach being slightly lower than the glideslope) and significant engine thrust is required to ensure that I did not descend below the glideslope. Nevertheless, I was able to land the aircraft rather smoothly without incident.

    Carenado - Saab S340     Carenado - Saab S340

    Carenado - Saab S340     Carenado - Saab S340

    Carenado - Saab S340     Carenado - Saab S340

    During the rollout, the aircraft decelerated surprisingly quickly and then began an unremarkable taxi to the stand, which concluded my test flight.

    Carenado - Saab S340

    Sounds

    How an aircraft sounds is always bound to be a subjective discussion, more so when it comes to turboprop aircraft. Whilst I cannot say for sure whether or not the sound set of the S340 is authentic, I can attest that the aircraft does believable, and similar to how other turboprop aircraft sound in flight simulator.

    Carenado - Saab S340     Carenado - Saab S340

    Carenado - Saab S340

    Conclusion

    In the end, much like Carenado's other propliners, the avionics and systems simulations with this add-on are somewhat basic. Whilst certainly an upgrade over default aircraft and freeware add-ons, for the price that you're paying I can't help but feel that more should've been done. Additionally, I've noticed several kinks within the avionics and FMC still left to be worked out, which is disappointing to say the least.

    Despite so, the visuals do convey the impression of a respectable add-on which I am certainly impressed by. Compared to other Saab 340 add-ons, payware or freeware, Carenado's rendition is certainly the most presentable, realistic and enjoyable. With its recent depictions of regional aircraft, Carenado has certainly delivered some amazing models of rarer turboprops, including this Saab 340 and the Fokker F50 I reviewed previously.

    In fact, Carenado is perhaps one of the only flightsim developers to have recreated the Saab 340 to a respectable standard thus far. If you're a hardcore Saab 340 fan who would really enjoy a good-looking model in your hangar, this add-on is definitely for you. However, if you're merely looking for a realistic flight simulation experience with a regional turboprop, there are certainly better options for the price, in my opinion.

    Carenado - Saab S340

    Meng Yu

    Purchase Carenado - Saab S340 for FSX/Prepar3D
    Purchase Carenado - Saab S340 for X-Plane 11


    6 Comments
    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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