• EA-7 Edgley Optica Released For MSFS 2020

    EA-7 Edgley Optica Released For MSFS 2020

    The EA-7 Edgley Optica is a British designed aircraft for low-speed, long-range observation work.

    With a similar cockpit to that of helicopters; the Optica offers a 270 degree panoramic view and almost vertical downward view. With a loiter speed of 81mph, around 40% power, the Optica's fuel tanks can allow for flying up to nearly 8 hours and has a range of over 650 miles.

    Orbx have faithfully recreated the aircraft with a high level of model and texture detail, engine and cockpit sounds, fully interactive and clickable cockpit, comprehensive checklists and realistic flight model including the Optica's ballast system.

    With the panoramic views the Optica affords, she is the perfect aircraft for exploring Orbx Landmark City packs, airports and regions, especially in VR.

    The pack comes with several paint schemes representative of aircraft still located around the world, including a unique observation skin with front nose camera model.

    The sense of freedom with the cockpit views is second to none and an aircraft you should have in your hangar for exploring the world in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

    General Characteristics

    • Crew: 3
    • Length: 8.15 m (26 ft 9 in)
    • Wingspan: 12.00 m (39 ft 4 in)
    • Height: 2.31 m (7 ft 7 in)
    • Wing area: 15.84 m2 (170.5 sq ft)
    • Empty weight: 948 kg (2,090 lb)
    • Max takeoff weight: 1,315 kg (2,899 lb)
    • Fuel capacity: 250 L (66 US gal; 55 imp gal) useful capacity
    • Powerplant: 1 × Textron Lycoming IO-540-V4A5D air-cooled flat-six engine, 190 kW (260 hp)
    • Propellers: 5-bladed fixed-pitch ducted fan


    Tags: ea-7, edgley, optica, orbx

    1. dogdish's Avatar
      dogdish -
      Should have called it the EA-7 Fugly Optica
    1. mallcott's Avatar
      mallcott -
      Fugly is a daft word. This aircraft was unique and served a very specific purpose
    1. ryogahibiki345's Avatar
      ryogahibiki345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dogdish View Post
      Should have called it the EA-7 Fugly Optica
      Ush ush ush ush... That was so funny I forgot to laugh.
    1. rooitou's Avatar
      rooitou -
      We had a freeware version of this for FSX (by classicwings) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Pity we have to pay for it now in MSFS, but the price isn't too onerous (coming from someone who is very price sensitive) and it looks great, albeit very unusual.
    1. tirith63's Avatar
      tirith63 -
      Wonderful aircraft, unique and fun to fly. Great visibility. And at about $15 US, it's a steal. I've toured a few places with it now and it's become a favorite go-to aircraft for a very enjoyable afternoon airborne. Thanks to ORBX for creating one of the coolest aircraft ever designed.
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