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Aircraft Review : 390 Premier 1A XP11 by Carenado

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Aircraft Review : 390 Premier 1A XP11 by Carenado

 

2019 is turning out to be the year of Regional aircraft and Business Jets. Both categories have languished in X-Plane for years, but as the General Aviation category is now becoming a heavily crowded market place then these more marketable aircraft are now coming on stream, and X-Plane users are lapping them up in their thousands.

 

And why shouldn't you in this extremely high quality and but short range designs era, as these aircraft are fulfilling in a major set of class holes in your simulator flying experience. Carenado have also been at the forefront of these releases, and now bungling them out on even now a monthly basis. The earliest E50P Phenom 100 HD was to me slightly flawed, but the Cessna Citation ll S550 was sensational in every department. In regional aircraft then the astounding Saab 340 XP11 is still up to this point of the year the aircraft of 2019. The announcement and successful anniversary release for the FSX/P3D users of the ATR42 also shows no bounds in regionals and hopefully it will be fast tracked to the X-Plane platform.

 

So here comes another if slightly smaller private jet in the Beechcraft 390 Premier 1A. If it looks like a modern day Hawker then your eyes are not deceiving you as the aircraft was a Beechcraft/Hawker design and the updated second generation the aircraft was actually called the Hawker 200, but with the Beechcraft/Hawker bankruptcy the production of their business jets ceased in 2013.

 

Review note: Since starting the review Carenado have updated the Premier 1A to v1.1, those notes are included here, but I have left the original notes intact to see the changes.

 

390 Premier 1A XP11

 

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First impressions are of another excellent design and high quality machine from Careando...  are you even now becoming a bit accustomed or even expect this sort of level of standard of quality...  for the money yes, but never take the high level we know and accept for granted in that we should all admire of how good we all have it with simulation design now at these ultra levels.

 

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The Premier's design is quite basic or very clean sheet, so details are minute here but are still extremely well done. I always look not for the obvious because that is..   well obvious, as most releases in this category are expected to come up to that detailing standard, in say fittings, modeling, aircraft construction elements and so on... 

 

What you are looking for are the skilled elements, like here with the well conceived lovely concave shapes around the twin Williams FJ44-2A Turbofans...

 

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... it is an area easily missed, but it gives the aircraft a perfect realism look from certain angles. The wings chord profile is X-15 razor thin and again really hard to model for realism, but again they are really well done here and it all comes with those lovely chrome leading edges.

 

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Landing gear is simplistic in assembly, but again it would have been easy just to have done a strut and a few pipes to cover the detail, but again there is a lot of depth to the modelling when you dig down close to the high detailing...

 

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....  you have to love the attached cover plate on the front gear strut...  simplicity in itself. All gear movements and animations are the usual first rate.

 

Carenado glass work is always sublime and so it is here, perfect fit and all the great reflections are the norm. Note the realistic inner glareshield.

 

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Side windows are perfection as are the pods for the Williams turbofans, again to note how hard it is to get that shape realistically correct and the excellent chrome inlet cowling...  masterpiece.

 

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T-Tail design and detail is perfect with nice trim tab detail and all the correct tiny aerodynamic air flow surfaces.

 

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Again note the lower shaping to the wing root around (and part of) the entrance door, lovely.

 

Menus

While still external of the aircraft we will look at the menus...  There are the usual Carenado three tabs in the left side down corner.

 

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The three tabs are noted as: A ) is for the lovely authentic Collins Proline21 pop-up Autopilot panel, that is is quite screen filling large but can thankfully be moved and scaled to a smaller size. C ) Is the standard Carenado ten preselected Views, Field of View and Volume panel. And O ) is the Options panel. 

 

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Options include Window and Instrument reflections. The static elements provided here are still very basic with only two cones, wheel chocks and flag/pitot covers and some nice "Premier 1A" engine inlet covers, but you can only have all or nothing. The highly realistic pilot and co-pilot (and new) animated pilots in flight uniforms do disappear when you activate the static elements. Other menu items include opening twin nose and left rear baggage door and left side main entrance door...  there is also a nice well detailed "HOBART" GPU (Ground Power Unit).

The livery Selector is now on the options panel than from usually the Carenado tab. An unusual option here is the "false" window. This will put a fake fourth window on the cabin, it does look good, but obviously fake.

 

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Internal Cabin

The drop down built in stairs are beautiful... perfection.

 

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Once inside the cabin all you can say is "oooooh", and "ahhhh nice!" It feels all very good in here.

 

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Expensive leather and wood fittings abound, this is a rich persons world...  or someone with the aims to pay for it all. Seating is a set of wide club four seats and another single row set behind...

 

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.... but it is an extremely tight fit knees wise if you don't get the club premier seats, and you don't have a window close either...

 

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...  the clubbies have animated fold out tables as well on both sides. Nice detail is the reflective (mirror) panels that look extremely realistic...

 

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Click on the doors to open the animated four section moveable panels, behind is a large hand luggage holding area, a bit of a wasted space with the larger external baggage area.

 

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forward right is a very small galley area for storing odd bits, but the cabinet is not really usable for meals in flight except for snacks and a few bottles of wine, there is no toilet on board, so you need go anyway very easy on the wine!

 

All window blinds are animated, either by moving them directly, or by the catch on the lower window frame...

 

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....  cockpit separation doors are noted to be open on takeoff and landings, the doors all have a very nice veneer wood finish.

 

Cabin lighting is very nice, but confusing?  There is excellent ceiling lighting that is noted as "Aisle", but the switchable "Cabin OVHD" lights don't do anything? it should be the other way around, as for the aisle lighting it should be on the floor or lower areas for the emergency exit? "Galley" light doesn't do anything either, mostly this light is used to illuminate the entrance? The rear baggage area is dark as well and for the update v1.1, nothing has changed here? There are however eight lovely separately switchable and animated spot lights over each seat, and the no smoking and seatbelt signs also work.

 

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Cockpit

You click on the separation doors to open them (right side panel)....  On first viewing the cockpit feels tight, smallish.

 

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It is first worth looking at those separator doors, they are four separate panels that move on tracks and glide inside each other, the animated detail is well done here.

 

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This instrument panel comes with the Collins ProLine21 avionics system, and a first here in this avionics system for X-Plane. The ProLine 21 layout here is a three screen display with one PFD (Primary Flight Display) for each pilot and an offset centre single MFD (Multi-Functional Display).

 

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The panel layout is quite simple...  each far right and left are the radio panels with the ProLine control panel between the left PFD and the MFD and another more right for the Co-Pilot PFD. Centre right are three backup instruments that cover: Airspeed, Artificial Horizon and Altitude, below is a large panel of annunciator lights, then a  CTL22 serial tune control unit (COM1) and an altitude pressurization control panel.

 

Marked lower panels cover (left to right) Oxygen (Pressure/dial), Hydraulic (Pressure/dial), Static Source, Air, Ice Protection, Landing Gear, Electrical, Fuel and Environmental.

 

OVHD (OverHead) Panel is all the lighting switchgear for: Instruments top, test (very good), internal lighting and lower row external lighting.

 

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Centre console is again quite simplistic in it's layout....  Top are two default Laminar FMS's but have been modified (okay squished to fit) the console. Then are the twin engine ignition and start buttons, Double Throttles, Flap lever UP - 10º - 20º - DN (30º) and handbrake.

 

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Rear are electric Pitch (left), Roll and Rudder Trim (right), and then a manual (working) gear release... The Throttle levers have very nicely done metal levers to allow the engine (fuel) cutoff position.

 

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Turn on the power (battery/GPU) and things look very nice. The ProLine monitors might need brightening up to see them via the tiny rocker switches.

 

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Panel lighting is gorgeous with the drop down lighting...  Yokes can be as usual hidden, but the trim switches don't seem to work, with the complex switchgear set out behind on the panel.

 

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Both the ProLine PFD and MFD pop-out for use and are highly usable for custom cockpit fit-outs.

 

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The Collins ProLine 21 is from the FSX/P3D version in a new Carenado plugin unit architecture (called pre-fabricated unit) that should make a plug in and use situation into inserting into the different complex simulator systems. This would save huge amounts of time in transferring components from not only from different simulators but also into different aircraft.

 

The PFD has the standard glass cockpit layout of Speed and Altitude strips, Artificial Horizon, Vertical Speed and Rate of Turn built into the upper section, lower section has a built in Navigation and Map and COM1/ATC/UTC/TAT/COM2 strip at the bottom. MFD has Engine readouts top, route information lower and the same Navigation and Map layout lower with a GS/TAS/SAT/ISA strip at the bottom.

 

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The ProLine selection panel will pop-out for use....  the default screen shows: FORMAT (ROSE/ARC/MAP), TERR/RDR, TFC and a PRESET (quick switch) setting on the left, you select the item by the button besides the menu and then adjust on the panel via the "MENU" knob (BARO adjustment is the the top knob and RANGE is the lower knob). Here I have switched from "ARC" to "ROSE" (lower right). 

 

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Pressing the "REFS" button will bring up the speed references...  You can adjust any speed reference via selecting the button and again adjusting via the menu knob. 

 

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There are altogether three (pages) settings of References that can be accessed by repeatably pushing the Menu REFS knob.

 

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Selecting the "NAV/BRG" button will bring up the NAV SOURCE (FMS1/VOR1/VOR2) and Background (BGD) pointers for FMS/VOR1/ADF1 top and FMS1/VOR2 lower, again just select the required selection button and the select blue box band.... adjustment is again via the Menu knob

 

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Pressing the RADAR button will bring up the TERR/RDR setting the same as in the menu option.

 

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Engine MFD readouts cover: N1 - ITT (Interstage Turbine Temperature) per engine and fuel temp, N2, FF (Fuel Flow), (Fuel) Pressure, Oil (Pressure) and Engine Temp cº.

 

The ProLine 21 is part of the Autopilot system and the panel is the standard layout for autopilot glareshield panels, notable is the Vertical Speed adjuster is on the handy left and not the usual "just out of reach" far right position. Pop-out panel is huge.

 

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The ProLIne21 is very good, but there is still a few quirks in there, press the selection REFS and NAV/BGD buttons together and they used to overlap badly but now fixed in v1.1, however change one display and they all change together if you press the REFS button of which is not required on the MFD, so all displays are currently sorta locked together (You can however have the ROSE mode on the PFD and the MAP mode on the MFD), Press the NAV/BGD - RADAR buttons on the Co-Pilot's selection panel and it pop-up's the 2d selection panel (oops!), the PLAN mode on the MFD does not work? (No STEPS on the FMS) and neither does the PPOS and the FMS/ADF/VOR pointers all look a bit basic than professional and certainly with the duel VOR2 pointer. So it all feels a little under developed at this point in time, but the basics do work.

 

Cockpit lighting

Like in the cabin the switching of the cockpit lighting is all a bit weird?

 

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Switch on the main MASTER switch and you get a left OVHD spotlight? if you use the adjuster it will dim the spot, but also kill everything else on the master switch? Switch on the DIM/BRT and volla! the right hand spot comes on?

 

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Press the CKPT (Cockpit) FLOOD and...  nothing? confused?, well shouldn't the main cockpit flood light the cockpit and the DIM/BRT adjust that?, and why not leave the spots just on the adjuster knobs?

 

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One more for fun!...    press the CABIN OVHD  and the lower panel dial lights go out?  There is a knob on the top of the yokes, so do they light up Saab 340 style...  well nope,  a missed detail but now fixed in v1.1 (below) hurrah!  red lighting is nice too.

 

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For the update v1.1, the updated cockpit lighting is still all quite confusing? turn on the master switch and you still get the two spot lights, but the DIM and BRIGHT now works (below right)...    hint it is still the CKPT FLOOD that should control these spots and not the master!

 

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However the adjustment knobs do now turn down the spots without turning off the MASTER switch (above left), so there is an improvement there, the lower sub panel dials now stay on all the time? again hint... it is the SUBPNL & PED adjustment knob to do that job? and turning the knobs should not at any time switch off the rocker switches?

 

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Everything overall is here to work fine, but not in the way you operate the different lighting functions. Lighting testing (above right) is excellent including the full set annunciator lights.

 

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Overall you can make the lighting work to your taste, but it could be better (and certainly easier) to use.

 

New Command interaction

As X-Plane moves beyond the earlier basic interaction with knobs, wheels and levers with VR (Virtual Reality) and homebased cockpits, then the actual interaction with these manipulators and buttons are changing as well. The Premier 1A is also introducing a new background system that moves these interaction qualities forward in creating a standard layer between the action (push or turn the knob/button) and the X-Plane command of that action. In other words the action is now Command based and not Manipulator based, and this new layer of interaction can be used and accessed by home cockpit builders, SmartCoPilot or any 3rd party software. It also creates a Generic set of Commands that can be easily switched from aircraft to aircraft (do you see a common theme here...  drop in components and in being highly swappable between a large variety of of aircraft). The Commands besides doing the actual operation can also be synced with different sounds and actions and making them more highly realistic. The Commands will also be available on systems, so a push of a button on a electrical bus will show the correct load on that bus. This Premier 1A doesn't yet use the full range Commands that will be available in the future, but currently 80% of the click spots can be viewed and their preferences can be changed by looking them up in the Manifest.json file. This also then allows them (SimPit, 3rd Party) to customize and re-program the cockpit's main interactions as they see fit.

This is future tech and will be a boon for simpit designers and of course VR, and for more realism in the cockpit, currently on the Premier it is still very much in their early phases of development, as VR especially is still very quirky, but the new tech is now built in there.

 

Librain water effects

The aircraft has the Librain water effect feature, it is now far more better intergrated with no floating water, and well fitted into the glass areas.

 

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Flying the Premier 1A

Once the passengers and their luggage are aboard and both the baggage and main door are closed...  time to start the Williams turbofans.

 

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Flip up the engine ignition switch and just hit the start button, the engine autostart will do the rest. You still need the power cart (GPU) connected while you start one engine, but once you have engine generator power you can activate it and disconnect the external cart, the second turbofan can be started from the power drawn from the running engine. The start up is excellent in sequence, but sound wise it is just a "humm" in the cockpit, externally the sequence start is very good...

 

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This is a simple aircraft to set up and fly, just release the brake and give the throttles a small movement and your moving...

 

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...   speed references are easy to select, there are also noted on the actual speed strip but it is a good idea to still familiarise yourself or if required to adjust them before takeoff.

 

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Push up the throttles and you finally hear the power and noise of those twin Williams FJ44-2A Turbofans that produce 2,300 lbf (10.23 kN) thrust each, and yes you will get that push in your back.

 

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Most times you want to push the throttles to the wall, but that is not required here, although you do seriously feel the heavy fuel load in weight which here is set at 3,268 lbs. It will make the aircraft a big sluggish in wanting to clear the runway. v1 is 115 knts, and v2 135 knts I always add +10 so 145 knts and you rotate... VFTO is noted at 140, but 145 knts is fine.

 

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niiicce....   and you climb out nicely. I'm following SID EXMOR 1Z to clear Bristol (EGGD) that will take me north, then east before the long route south to Nice (LFMN).

 

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You are not working overtime to cover the flying as the Premier is quite a simple aircraft to fly, all you have to do is focus on the heading and watch the climb-out, the aircraft pretty well does the rest. Now on the flightplan when I need to turn sharp north at EXMOR the Premier banks like a fighter jet...  note the nice route turn (curve) on the MFD MAP display.

 

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North of Bristol I head up the River Seven, then head south to ODH (ODIHAM VOR), I selected the 1/2 bank in so not to scare the passengers a second time in the tight turn, and it works but the "1/2 bank" selection does not show on the PFD? neither did the pointer data for VOR 2, the pointer moved in the lower NAV screen, but the details in of which VOR is selected and distance is not displayed?

 

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Turn south done it was time to climb to FL340 cruise altitude from the 8000ft departure altitude...

 

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You can set the flight level altitude and it when attained the ProLine will hold that selected altitude, but you have to do the throttle work yourself, in choosing the correct climb power and then as you reduce the vertical speed the correct .M (Mach) speed to not overspeed the aircraft, small adjustments are required enroute as the fuel burns off is also required.  There is a marker you can set as a speed reference (arrowed) and it works fine, the Premier doesn't hunt around the speed, so it is easy to keep the speed within the marked limits.

 

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Like the non-selectable PLAN the PPOS (Present Position) on the MAP doesn't work either on the MFD (arrowed above right), and you really needed that one. There was issues with the Transponder setting ATC Ident button not working, this has been fixed in v1.1

 

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Once at altitude you settle in for the ride, the Premier more "humms" along more than powers, but it is a very nice place to be... speed is set around M.76, the Premier has a top speed of 523 mph; 454 kn (841 km/h) max cruise or M.80 and a range of 951 mi; 826 nmi (1,530 km) Max Payload or 1,709 mi; 1,485 nmi (2,750 km) in a ferry range, Ceiling is 41,000 ft (12,500 m) and you should burn around 1.67 lb/mi (0.47 kg/km).

 

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In the rear you can join in with that glorifed air of the rich, the well very rich, celebrities (the real ones not the cheap influencers)... or my choice "Rock Stars"! 

 

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As I pass the Eiger (hint) it is time to go down, throttles back and a descent down towards MUS (Nice Cote D Azur NDB) and the NISAR 6R STAR arrival.

 

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As the jet hits the cooler off the sea air the particle effects look amazing...

 

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....    wing speed brakes are a flip switch on the console, there tiny as well, but do a nice job...  I didn't require them here as I could contain the speed easily.

 

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At MUS (NDB) I selected the APP button...  to line up LFMN 04R ILS (109.95 MHz)

 

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But there is no "APP" sign in the ProLine header strip? it does show the Approach ILS details on the lower selected NAV1, but the selector hides a lot of the info, so you need to go to the default screen to see the data...

 

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Adjusting the final approach speed to the flap selection is a bit of an art form, the line on the speed tape will show you where your flap speed is and the VAPF (extended/maximum speed for flaps) marker, they are good references, however the Premier is a little tricky in balancing the speed to flap position, I personally handing these low speeds fine but had to work at it, but it might be a bit tricky if you don't know or feel the speeds well...  full flap 136 knts is a nice approach speed, dialing down to 120 knts VAPF on the GS....   92 Knts is stall.

 

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...  familiarality will certainly really help here. When you collect the ILS, the GS (GlideSlope) marker does at least illuminate (arrowed below left).

 

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I wasn't very impressed with the landing lights? It was pitch black until you were over the runway. The landing lights are positioned tight together under the fuselage and maybe it is hard to get the beam spread right, the external wingtip lighting is only "Recog" or recognisable lights, that could be used as taxi lighting as well...  any thing helps here.

 

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Even though your landing speed is quite low, you don't have any helpers in rubbing off the speed except the ground friction, no thrust reverse or speed brakes activate (you could click the speedbrake switch manually) so your only choice is to run off the speed by using a long runway before finally touching the brakes, any braking before or under 40 knts is not recommended unless you want to leave the runway too early and at the wrong angle.

 

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Make sure you attach the ground power before shutting down the Williams turbofans, as even at this parking slow taxi pace they sound amazing.

 

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Job done and rich listers are ready for a few days on the French Riveria, in the cabin it is very comfortable and warm....  I know where I would rather be.

 

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I explored the external lighting back at Bristol...   The odd fade of external lighting on rotation around the aircraft has been fixed in v1.1 (shown below).

 

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The central landing lights though still peak weirdly through the aircraft's nose... (Ice) wing lights are excellent as is the lower fuselage beacon and the set navigation lights.

 

Liveries

The Carenado quality Hi-Def livieries make up the visual show of the ultra detail 4K and all are extremely good, with PBR burnt in effects as well  with Dynamic reflections, realistic metal and dielectric materials

 

There is one blank (White) and only five designs (if quite all the same in detailed whirly, liney striping), they are all however very good.

 

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Summary

Currently Carenado in brand new (not updated re XP11 releases) designs have recently focused totally on Regional aircraft and Business Jets, with the Saab 340 for the former and the Citation ll for the latter, and both were outstanding.

 

The Premier 1A is a small business jet from Beechcraft/Hawker and was built between 2001 and 2012, with 292 examples coming off the production line. So the Premier is a very modern and slick little aircraft. It looks brilliant with excellent modelling and has the extreme detailing that we would note now as "Ultra" detail...  detail externally and internally is faultless, it is certainly a lovely little machine. Sounds are excellent with realistic FMOD high quality doppler 360º sounds, oh yes and they do all round sound very good. There are also custom electrical system/Starter Logic/Fuel System/Bleed Air System/Avionics busses/Hydraulic Logic systems with the current XP11.30 pressurization and oxygen systems.

 

Two new innovations are also intergrated on this aircraft... the new (for X-Plane) Carenado ProLine 21 three display avionics suite and the new Command interaction for more custom commands for home cockpit builders, SmartCoPilot or any 3rd party software applications.

 

But those two new intergrations are also the main contrary points in the aircraft. Both are very early in their development and in areas it shows. Lighting in switchgear and application internally and externally is a mess, you can sort of work around them because the lighting still looks good, but in reality they should have been far better in their intergration. The ProLine 21 is also very good, but there are a lot of areas still in need of development and a lot of the visual commands (VOR2, APP and 1/2 Bank) that are still missing, some needed commands don't work either, and the screens are still not yet totally independent of each other. Again like the rest the ProLine21 works and works fine, but you miss the detail and tools to fly the aircraft in an expert manner, this also v1.0 and the early review copy...   a few areas were fine tuned and sorted in the v1.1 update, but the ProLine21's deeper detail will however only come more in time... in other words "it is early days".

 

Overall for a private jet the Premier 1A is from a pilot's view quite a simple aircraft, that is not to say there is not a depth of simulation here, but in the way modern aircraft are a very much a computerised and refined way of flying aircraft. In flying the Premier is a very nice aircraft and in areas needs skill, but overall you can very nicely wizz around the planet and be a Global Superstar at the same time... once the early quirks are tuned out of the Premier as a simulation and then as an aircraft it will be completely excellent.

 

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The 390 Premier A1 XP11 by Carenado is coming soon to the X-Plane.Org Store, and is currently only available from Carenado directly:


Premier A1 XP11

 

Priced at US$39.95

 

Features :

  • High-end 4k PBR (Physically-based Rendering) graphics throughout, with ultra-realistic materials rendition (Dynamic reflections, realistic metal and dielectric materials, etc.)
  • Fully customized in-depth annunciator logic/aural warning logic/throttle logic with functioning latches, optimized for VR.
    Custom Proline21 avionics system, all featuring detachable pop-up windows
  • Integrated FMS with detachable pop-up window (Laminar default)
  • Custom Autopilot with detachable pop-up window
  • Rain effect support*
  • In-depth FMOD sound design implementation, including distance effects, realistic prop reversal effects, etc.
  • Custom electrical system/Starter Logic/Fuel System/Bleed Air System/Avionics busses/Hydraulic Logic
  • Extensive VR support
  • Extensive HDR lighting with gimballed 3D lights and dynamically illuminated ice lights for amazing night lighting effects
  • Includes pressurization and oxygen system
  • End-user customizable via Manifest.json file.
  • Goodway compatible
  • Engine design optimized for XP11.30’s jet engine model
  • Support for “librain” plugin (Requires separate plugin install)
  • Librain support also includes visual ice effects on windows.

 

Requirements

Windows XP – Vista – 7 -10 or MAC OS 10.10 (or higher) or Linux
X-Plane 11
CPU: Intel Core i5 6600K at 3.5 ghz or faster.
Memory: 16-24 GB RAM or more.
Video Card: a DirectX 12-capable video card from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel with at least 4 GB VRAM (GeForce GTX 1070 or better or similar from AMD)
570MB available hard disk space

INTERNET CONNECTION is required for installing this product.

Current version and Review Version 1.0 (April 30th 2019), updated version v1.1 tested

 

Installation and documents:

Download for the Premier 1A XP11 is 473.60 Mb and the unzipped file is deposited in the aircraft "Regional Aircraft" X-Plane folder at 656.40 mb.

Download the LIbrain rain effect plugin (add into the aircraft's plugin folder)

 

Documentation:

Huge amount of documentation, with ProLine21 introduction, Laminar FMS manual, Performance and reference tables.

 

  • Carenado Proline 21.pdf
  • Flight Guidance System.pdf
  • Carenado 390 Premier 1A Emergency Procedures.pdf
  • Carenado 390 Premier 1A Normal Procedures.pdf
  • Carenado 390 Premier 1A Performance tables.pdf
  • Carenado Copyright.pdf
  • Credits.pdf
  • General Information.pdf
  • Recommended settings XP11.pdf
  • X-Plane FMS Manual.pdf is required to use the new feature.

 

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Aircraft Review by Stephen Dutton 

3rd May 2019

Copyright©2019 : X-Plane Reviews 

  

(Disclaimer. All images and text in this preview 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 - ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8Gb - Samsung Evo 512gb SSD 

Software:   - Windows 10 - X-Plane 11.31 (v11.30 is required for this aircraft)

Addons: Saitek x56 Rhino Pro system Joystick and Throttle : Sound - Bose  Soundlink Mini

Plugins: Environment Engine by xEnviro US$69.90 : WorldTraffic 3.0 Plugin - US$29.95 : LIbrain rain effects - Free

Scenery or Aircraft

- EGGD - Bristol International Airport by Pilot-Plus + (X-Plane.OrgStore) US$22.95

- LFMN - Nice Cote d'Azur Airport (X-Plane.OrgStore) US$18.50



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The whole Carendo ProLine 21 system is a new development, and not to a point fine not yet tuned for X-Plane, but I expect the development to be quick and sorted quickly, that was made clear in the review, there is still the basic issue of Laminar not allowing very high resolution displays, to a point this area is well behind development that should also be addressed...  but don't turn off your investment just yet, it will get better and quickly.

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