Stephen Posted January 31 Report Share Posted January 31 NEWS! - Aircraft Upgrade : Piper Aerostar 700P by X-Hangar Ted R. Smith was an aviation legend, this is the same person of whom also designed the famous Aero Commander, and bought the first small business jet aircraft to market, which was the Jet Commander which evolved into the Astra Jet.... Then there was his Aerostar/Sequoia the fastest Twin-Engined general aviation aircraft ever built... just the right aircraft for drug running, right. So another legend but in the infamous collection of bad people pretending to be really a good person to get rich is Barry Seal, who was a sort of Robin Hood in reverse, Seal was a pilot for the commercial airline TWA, and was contacted by a CIA case officer and asks Seal to fly clandestine reconnaissance missions for the CIA over Central America using a small plane with cameras installed. But the deal becomes a two sided affair with Seal running drugs into the United States one way for the cartels, and then also smuggling and trading guns back to the cartel in the other direction for the CIA. So for operations like that you need a pretty good aircraft that was the fastest you get you hands on and could fly very high (or very low) when required... depending on who was actually shooting at you. This real life caper was recreated in a film called "American Made" with a certain Tom (Top Gun) Cruise as Barry Seal, but the real star of the film is certainly the Aerostar 600, which was the perfect tool for the dodgy business of doing clandestine CIA missions in moving drugs and running guns. During the time of production, the Aerostar held the speed record for fastest twin piston General Aviation aircraft, capable of cruise speeds from 220 kt (408 km/h) for the earliest 600 models to 261 kt (483 km/h) for the later 700 models. Light construction, low drag and high powered engines also contribute to fast climb rates. So here an upgrade of the Aerostar 700P aircraft by X-Hangar to X-Plane 12, and yes the X-Plane 11 version is also provided in the same package. New Features Include update fixes and upgrades: ALL new 3d instruments and radios. prior version had 2d instruments New passengers and pilot that load with payload weight ALL new international liveries New texturing New cargo objects in the back of the airplane New Avitab screen V11 specific updates: rain plugin added for win vulcan only (plugin limitation) v12 specific updates: rain effects on the glass adjusted landing gear adjusted payload adjusted lights X-Plane Features Include: 3d instrumentation and radios Garmin 530 with pop up window or use buttons Garmin 430 with pop up window or use buttons Weather radar Stec Autopilot Pilot Figure Passengers that load with payload weight Opening/closing passenger door with a mouse click Yoke hide with Y key or click of the mouse Visors that move with the mouse to adjust Many custom international liveries Blank livery to make your own Weathering layers that include panel lines for your own livery Stripes you can click and paste to your own livery Rain effects for v11 win vulcan only (plugin limitation) Rain effects for v12 User manual in .pdf format to get introduced to the airplane Avitab display FSE (flight sim economy) file New X-Hangar support forum Images courtesy of X-Hangar ________________ Yes! the Piper Aerostar 700P by X-Hangar is NOW available from the X-Plane.Org Store here : Piper Aerostar 700P Price is US$19.95 Requirements X-Plane 12 or X-Plane 11 Windows, Mac or Linux 4 GB VRAM Minimum - 8GB+ VRAM Recommended Current version: 1112 - January 30th 2023 ________________ News by Stephen Dutton 31st January 2023 Copyright©2023: X-Plane Reviews 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) All Right Reserved. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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