• Review: vFlyteAir Ikarus C42C

    On The Ground

    The exterior details are very nicely done, with screw heads, radio antennas, landing gear, control surface details through to the smooth modern fuselage are just a few examples of why this aircraft is very easy on the eye. Another nice feature which can be seen from the outside of the cabin is the synchronisation of the control stick with the pilot's arms and head movements. Again, this extra attention to detail and realism makes a big difference and I am always impressed when developers go the extra mile to bring their aircraft to life. You even have a choice of co-pilot, as you can fly solo or be accompanied by either male of female colleagues. This can all be controlled from the kneeboard menu that can be accessed via the pilot's side door pocket. From this menu you can adjust elements such as the language (German or English), the units of measure, metric or imperial, weight, fuel loading as well as adjusting things like the pitot tube cover, wheel chocks, internal glass and a few others.

    vFlyteAir Ikarus C42C     vFlyteAir Ikarus C42C

    The stock model comes with a number of different liveries, 14 to be exact, and these cover countries such as the UK, USA, Germany, France and Canada. If you wish to create your own livery, over at the vFlyteAir web site, there is a free paint kit for download according to the information provided by the developer, although when I looked, I couldn't find it among the others available. At the time of writing this review I had yet to receive a reply from the developer on this. The provided liveries can be changed from the main X-Plane menu as normal, or from within the cockpit via the registration plaque in the center of the instrument panel. This is a nice feature that if like me, you are prone to forgetting this sort of thing at start up.

    As you look around the cabin, you will find lots of further details in a well modelled interior. Most of the switches, levers, fuse buttons, door catches, latches, roof mounted flap handle, parachute release mechanism, throttle and window vents are animated, and the feel of the cabin is fantastic, plus nice and open, with lots of glass effects which can be switched off if you so choose. The vFlyteAir team really have done their homework here and I can clearly see a large number of hours have gone into the C42C to get it to the standard it currently is. From what I could tell during my short tests, most of the relevant switch and radio features of my Saitek panels (switch, 2x radio, multi) worked with no need for any additional scripts.

    vFlyteAir Ikarus C42C     vFlyteAir Ikarus C42C

    Adjusting the throttle, you can hear a nice change in the engine sound, and according to the developer many of the sounds used are taken from the real aircraft. You will also find a couple of pop out features on the top of the glare shield and these include an interactive checklist as well as navigational charts. These charts can be modified by the user to suit their own requirements by manually placing the charts they wish to use in the Custom Avionics folder. This will take a little bit of effort as they have to be sized and named correctly, however I am sure it is worth the effort if you really wish to immerse yourself in this aircraft. A couple of further interior features I personally enjoyed were the INOP labels that can be placed over various gauges by clicking just below each one, and the moving map and traffic warning system (that works with WT3) that are available in the full panel model. I also found that a number of the gauges and panels pop out for easier reading, although they are all pretty clear in situ. For fans of AVITab you won't be disappointed as that is also integrated into each of the models and can be adjusted to suit or completely removed if you chose not to use it. The gullwing doors are a distinctive feature of this aircraft and both the pilot and co-pilot doors can be opened which results in a nice change in engine volume.

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    vFlyteAir Ikarus C42C     vFlyteAir Ikarus C42C

    I use 3 x 27" screens and sitting on the runway ready to go in the C42C felt great. My tests flights were in an around Brunei International Airport (WBSB) and Sanaga Sanga (RPMN) in the Philippines at various times of day with clear skies and WT3 doing its thing in the background. My frame rates were all very good, 35 fps and above, so all good.

    Control when taxiing and on the runway with my VKB pedals was good and accurate, and takeoff with my MaxFlightStick control stick (really for helicopters but works a treat) was also very smooth and easy to control. And up I went.


    2 Comments
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      What a great looking model!!

      Thanks for the review Stuart...you did a top job!

      Cheers

      Dom
    1. pjdvs's Avatar
      pjdvs -
      My favourite! Excellent for sightseeing, the one for realistic and relaxed flight.Hope to see it in existing or new fsx!
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