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Aircraft Update : Diamond DA62 XP11v1.04 by Aerobask

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Aircraft Update : Diamond DA62 XP11v1.04 by Aerobask

 

"Where did that time go?" I thought the release of Aerosbask's excellent Diamond DA62 was still earlier this year, no last year...  "Middle" no it was actually "March" last year, so already the new X-Plane11 version is now 14 months on from it's release... "Where the hell did that time go?" As it only did seem like a few months ago since I was reviewing it here at X-PlaneReviews, here is that review: Aircraft Review : Diamond DA-62 by Aerobask

 

Not that Aerobask have been sitting on their hands or not updating the DA62, because they have been very busy with quite a few changes this year alone...  so this update review covers v1.0 to v1.04 or four updates. We packaged them all together here because even with the few version numbers there wasn't a lot to note as the first two updates only covered SASL (Plugin) updates from v3.4.3 to v3.5.0.

 

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Stunning the DA62 is, so XP11 in dynamics and feel...  and Aerosbask do this modern age design so well.

 

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Still so different are those twin Austro E4 engines (marketed as the AE 300) which are a liquid-cooled, inline, four-cylinder, four-stroke, diesel piston aircraft engine of which the DA-62 has the 180hp AE330 version.... and both engines come with those fancy bulky cowlings. Note the deluxe paintjob, I don't think I have seen better in X-Plane.

 

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XP11 v1.04 Updates

G1000 Screen brightness was a noted issue in the original version, so they have been brightened here, there is also in direct lighting as well under the glareshield...

 

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...  well certainly the G1000 displays are far better in daylight, but are also still quite high in saturation, so I still don't think they are perfect, but they are however better...   at night they look really, really good. It is really nice in here...

 

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Both displays pop-out (PFD is the centre aircraft, MFD it is an area left of the radio frequencies), but it can be tricky to find the scale area. Updated here is the AP to the newer Laminar GFC700 Autopilot, although it is hard to tell as the facia plate is still the same and the changes are in the details not the display. Another change is that the SYSTEM page on MFD that has been updated and Aerobask have removed unused key inputs. More SASL updates to v3.6.4 covers some mouse and display fixes.

 

The Oxygen system has been updated to take advantage of the X-Plane 11.30 changes, in that the oxygen is now depleted "on demand" instead of all ways on as in a continuous flow. Therefore duration may depend on the altitude you use, in someways this means your oxygen will last longer, because it is not always being used, but when it is, then it uses more...  but you have a pretty big tank for supply.

 

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The fuel pump switches lighting now goes out when switched off, before they were always on.

 

Glass reflection has been fine tuned for more realism in the different conditions, the reflections were good before, but are now excellent...

 

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.... and the cabin interior is still one of the very best in X-Plane.

 

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Somewhere between the release version and this update, then Aerobask have done a menu upgrade...  mostly to add in tabs and pages. The original "Options" page is still the same, but added in now are: "G1000", "Sound" and "About"

 

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G1000: gives you options for the G1000 system... you can now disable the G1000 pop-ups (2D) for VR flying, Enable Custom Features (see review), Disable Bezels for pop-outs, Show TAS in Knts under the speed tape, Display custom engine display, G1000 Flightplan mouse features (scroll) and there is an experimental flightplan keyboard you can try out. Lower are two options in: Enable Rain Effects (see below) and keep the Pop-up screens inside the cockpit (for cockpit builders).

 

Sound: the "Sound" panel is a duplicate of the X-Plane default sound panel and is really just a shortcut. But there is one extra option to enable/disable speech.

 

About: Credits for creators of the DA62

 

One note with the "Options" is that the statics elements were not always visible in C&D, and that has been fixed.

 

Librain

The Saso Kiselkov's librain.plugin support has also been added.... very nice. The DA62 already had nice rain support and icing, obviously the librain is a better option, but I checked if the icing effects were still in there? the tests proved inconclusive. One note I will make is that Aerobask says to download the 3rd party librain plugin and insert it into the DA62's plugin folder...  I have my librain plugin in the X-Plane/resources/plugin folder? and it still worked fine and here it is more global in it's effectiveness.

 

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Summary

This isn't really an update per se, even with all the point version releases put together it is more of what I call a "nip and tuck". In reality the Aerobask Diamond DA62 was pretty well conceived right out of the original release aircraft. All Aerobask does here is keep the aircraft within the current standards and features (X-Plane v11.35) and that is simply what you get here.

 

Updates include a lot of SASL plugin updates, display and reflection refinements, new Autopilot to the GFC700, Librain water effects and the menu system has been upgraded with more tabs and pages.

 

Aerobask's standards are now always some of the best in X-Plane, all their aircraft are so well sorted on release, in quality and with clever innovated features and with that you can never really go wrong with any of their aircraft...   and so it is here with their Diamond DA62...  is it corny to say it is a "gem of an aircraft" maybe...  but it is. Highly Recommended.

 

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Yes! the Diamond DA-62 by Aerobask is NOW! available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :


Diamond DA62

 

Price is US$34.95

 

Features:

Advanced Flight model
  • Flight model by X-Aerodynamics, very closely matching real performance (based on public data)
Aerobask Systems Suite
  • Fully Integrated Laminar Garmin G1000 with custom EIS and annunciations (In 3D only)
  • Customized FADEC/ECU with test procedures
    • allows engines and propellers to deliver their documented performance with unprecedented accuracy, including in fuel usage
    • Auto-feathering is also accurately managed, for a total immersion
  • Simulated oxygen system
  • Simulated ice protection system
  • MD302: custom coded Standby Attitude Module
  • Fully functional breakers (configurable reliability)
  • New Laminar oxygen system
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  • New Laminar GFC700 Autopilot
  • Saso Kiselkov's librain.plugin support
  • Support for Avitab Plugin
High Resolution Model
  • High quality 3D model with high resolution PBR textures (4K textures)
  • Fully functional virtual 3D cockpit, with smooth and VR-friendly manipulators
  • Windshield effects: reflections, rain and frost
  • Many parameters saved between flights
  • Configurable pilots, passengers and luggage
  • Optimized to save FPS
Custom Sounds
  • FMOD High Quality Enhanced 3D system sounds, including Doppler and Flanger effects
Auto-Updater
  • Keep your aircraft up-to-date with a convenient auto-updater

Requirements:

X-Plane 11 (Fully updated)

Windows, Mac or Linux
4Gb VRAM Minimum. 8Gb+ VRAM recommended
For Avitab, version 0.3.10 or higher is required
Current and review version: 11.1.04  (last updated June 11th 2019)

 

Installation
Download of the Diamond DA-62 is 376mb and it is installed in your General Aviation Folder as a 638mb folder.

 

Framerates are good as those textures have been highly refined for use and with my specs I got framerates in the mid-30's to the early 40's

 

Documents
Documentation is excellent. Great manual with feature details, checklists/Performance tables and MD302 manual.
 
  • Quicklook views.pdf
  • DA62 Flight Manual.pdf
  • DA62 Checklist Normal Operations.pdf
  • Airspeed Normal Operation.pdf
  • DA62 Checklist Emergency Procedures.pdf
  • DA62 Performance Tables.pdf
  • Install_Settings.pdf
  • Quick-Doc MD302.pdf

 

v11.1.04 Changelog

v11.1.04 Changelog.rtf

 

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Update Review by Stephen Dutton
14th June 2019
Copyright©2019: X-PlaneReviews
 
(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)
 

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