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Aircraft Upgraded to XP11 : DHC-2 Beaver by STMA

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Aircraft Upgraded to X-PLane11 : DHC-2 Beaver by STMA 

 

Shade Tree Micro Aviation (STMA) have upgraded their (de Havilland Canada) DHC-2 Beaver collection to X-Plane11. The DHC-2 Beaver is one of STMA's most successful aircraft, consistently updated and great to fly.

 

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This upgrade also allows STMA to bring to the aircraft some of their newer features found on other aircraft in their range. These tools including the AutoUpdater (below left) and STMA Dock with the PreFlight Group with aircraft towing tug also now added to the aircraft.

 

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New Additions include an update to the latest default GNS 430 GPS and the complementing modern Autopilot. A canoe is also now fitted to the floats.

 

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As with any aircraft that is upgraded to X-Plane11, the flight model and engine thrust parameters have now been updated to work correctly in the different X-Plane11 environment. The Beaver flies very nicely in its new environment, but is still quite tricky on takeoff and landing.

 

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Ground details

There is a nice selection of ground details with all the doors opening, chocks and tags, tiedowns, yoke/rudder pedal lock and menu controllable pushback truck.

 

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Three types of Beaver are included with the Wheels, Ski and Float versions that all makes for a very versatile aircraft.

 

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The "Float" version includes the float retractable undercarriage and the new canoe. The aircraft is easily manoeuvrable on the water as well.

 

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Instrument panel is quite cluttered for a Beaver. The pilot gets all the flying instruments in the six standard flight instruments in the Artificial Horizon, Heading Indicator and the Airspeed, Altitude, Vertical Speed.  Above the three levers on the DHC-2 iconic designed upper central panel are the Throttle, Propeller and Mixture and higher is a DME/ADF finder. Lower centre panel are two engine dials for Manifold Pressure and Prop RPM (in a pop up window as well) and with a mid- screen mounted compass. Mid-Panel are two gauges that cover engine Temperature Indicator, Oil Pressure Indicator and Fuel Pressure Indicator, lower panel is the three fuel gauges. Both yokes can be hidden or seen separately.

 

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Avionics are basic but very usable on a bush aircraft. Small Comm panel is top, then below the new default GNS430 (pop-out). Autopilot panel is basic, lower Bendix/King transponder and two radios for NAV2/VOR2 and ADF.

 

Cabin is basic and very small.

 

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Nice selection of ten liveries are all Alaskan or Canadian designs

 

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Summary

Shade Tree Micro Aviation (STMA) have been around X-Plane for eons, and have a huge following in users that understand and love their certain style of aircraft. The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is one of the most iconic and versatile aircraft ever built and put together you have a great selection of aircraft to explore the Alaskan or Canadian back countries.

 

The upgrade to X-Plane11 is good with a few new features, but textures have not been upgraded or the PBR effects have not been tuned either and the panel resolution even set on high is not very good in this day and age and there is even some of the main instruments that are quite blurry? The lovely polished metal upper panel could have looked simply gorgeous, but that is again slightly blurry so the effect is lost.

 

No doubt that STMA is the best for flight modelling and most users purchase their aircraft for the flying and not really to look at the aircraft, and this DHC-2 Beaver is very good in that department.

 

Like most upgrades to X-Plane11 there is an upgrade cost for owners of the previous DHC-2 to this X-Plane11 version of $12.50. Look at your original invoice for the coupon code or send an email to sales@x-plane.org to qualify for the discount on the X-Plane.OrgStore.

 

So this is a nice from STMA upgrade for an old favorite and there is a lot if old style avionics to use, and the usual users will love the aircraft even more to fly it now in X-Plane11.

 

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The DHC-2 Beaver by Shade Tree Micro Aviation is available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :

 

DHC-2 Beaver XP11 Package by Shade Tree Micro Aviation

 

And is priced at only US$26.95

 

Owners of the previous DHC-2 by STMA can buy this new XP11 model for only $12.50. Look at your original invoice for coupon code or send an email to sales@x-plane.org

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Features:

  • New X-Plane 11 Model
    • Flight Model optimized for X-Plane 11
    • STMA Dock
    • AutoUpdater
    • Preflight group with tug
    • Optional canoe for float model
    • New panel mount GNS430
    • New modern autopilot
    Incredible Virtual cockpit
    • Fully 3D animated. Animated pilot, controls, surfaces. Use of manipulators

    Accurate flight model

    • Data used from the type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS) and from the pilot operating handbook (POH)
    • Based on real pilot's experience

    3 models in one easy package

    • Animated retractable skis, Animated amphibious floats (Includes a detachable canoe), and a "wheels" Beaver
    5 exciting liveries
    • Atlin Air, Army SAR, Moe's Fishing., Alaska Air Taxi, and LoneWolf.

    Main Features:

    • Flight model optimized and tested by Alaska bush pilots.
    • Goodway and FSE compatible
    • A totally redesigned and updated 3D cockpit & cabin with animated:
      • flight controls, trim wheels, cockpit and cabin doors.
      • engine primer, wobble pump, emergency fuel shutoff and more
    • Dynamic rheostat-controlled cockpit and instrument lighting
    • Checklister checklist

Requirements

X-Plane 11+
Windows , Mac or Linux
2Gb+ VRAM Video Card. 3Gb+ VRAM Recommended 

 

Developer Support Site : DHC-2 Beaver

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Upgrade Review by Stephen Dutton
16th June 2017
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(Disclaimer. All images and text in this review are the work and property of X-PlaneReviews, no sharing or copy of the content is allowed without consent from the author as per copyright conditions)
 

Review System Specifications:

Computer System: Windows  - Intel Core i7 6700K CPU 4.00GHz / 64bit - 16 Gb single 1067 Mhz DDR4 2133 - GeForce GTX 980/SSE2 - Samsung Evo 512gb SSD 

Software:   - Windows 10 - X-Plane 11.02

Addons: Saitek x56 Pro system Joystick and Throttle

Plugins: Environment Engine by xEnviro US$69.90

Scenery or Aircraft

- CYBD - Bella Coola by beti-x (X-Plane.OrgStore) US$24.00

 

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