• Review: Just Flight - Duchess Model 76 FSX/P3D

    Duchess Model 76

    Publisher: Just Flight

    Review Author:
    Richard Nurse

    Suggested Price:
    $44.99

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    Just Flight - Duchess Model 76 for FSX/P3D

    Just Flight is well known for developing great general aviation (GA) models that bring the simmer close to that of the real airplane. These aircraft have impressive systems modelling, high resolution textures, and great sound packages. Just Flight's Piper PA-28R Arrow III, and Cessna 152 Trainer are fine examples of this. Following on from this great tradition of high-quality GA aircraft, this highly detailed simulation of the Duchess Model 76 has been developed by Just Flight's in-house team following comprehensive, hands-on research, with two real-life Duchess aircraft, G-BZRT and G-GCCL. This aircraft features comprehensive systems modelling, dynamic engine wear and management realism, a fully functional cockpit (even the circuit breakers work, which I love!), realistic and accurate flight dynamics based on real world performance and handling data, and a beautiful, roaring sound package of the Lycoming O-360 engines that really make you want to hop in this airplane one more time. Here are some of the features that stand out in this airplane:

    The Cockpit

    • A truly 3D virtual cockpit right down to accurately modelled seatbelts and screw heads - every instrument is constructed fully in 3D with smooth animations
    • Authentic RPM gauge needle 'wobble'
    • Cockpit textures feature wear and tear based on reference photos taken in the real aircraft to produce an authentic environment
    • Interactive engine start checklist
    • Interactive checklists for every stage of flight
    • Panel state system which will automatically save the panel state whenever a flight is saved and reload the panel state whenever that flight is loaded
    • Aircraft configuration system that will allow you to choose between 'cold & dark' or 'ready for takeoff'
    • Fully functional and comprehensive IFR-capable avionics fit including:
      • KMA 28 audio selector unit
      • GNS 430 COM/NAV 1 radio and GPS
      • KX 165 COM/NAV 2 radio with 32 channel saving compatibility
      • KR 87 ADF receiver
      • KT 76A transponder unit
      • WX-8 Stormscope
      • Century IV autopilot
      • HSI and ADF gauges
      • KDI DME indicator with HOLD functionality
    • Flight computer panel with useful information such as fuel burn, endurance, speed and wind speed/direction
    • Flight1 GTN and GNS integration in the virtual cockpit (Flight1 GTN/GNS sold separately)

    Just Flight - Duchess Model 76 for FSX/P3D

    Aircraft Systems

    • Custom-coded systems:
      • Engine management
      • Electrical system (battery, alternators, functional circuit breakers)
      • Fuel system (fuel pumps, selectors, crossfeed)
      • Hydraulic/landing gear system (including emergency extension)
      • Century IV autopilot
      • Environmental (cabin heating/ventilation controls)
    • Failures including spark plug fouling, limited battery life, vapour lock and more
    • Refill menu for quick and easy refilling of fuel and oil, and recharging of the battery

    1 Comment
    1. oldcrusty's Avatar
      oldcrusty -
      I bought and installed this one and have to agree that it is a very good representation of the BE76. The Duchess was a great little 4 seat or light twin trainer. Comfortable, reasonable assymetric performance and well equipped with radios, navaids etc. Just Flight did a very good job on this, no issues with installation or operating it in the sim.

      Now is it like the real aeroplane in the sim? Yes it is - I spent a lot of time in real Duchesses many many moons ago doing IFR training and initial twin endorsements, even took one on the odd long cross country. The only thing missing from this one is the smell of sweat, oil and spilt Avgas on a summer afternoon.

      I can only agree with Richard's review, and I would recommend it!
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