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NEWS! - Aircraft Update : T-6A Texan II to X-Plane 12 by AOA Simulations

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NEWS! - Aircraft Update : T-6A Texan II to X-Plane 12 by AOA Simulations


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Released late in 2022 for the X-Plane Simulator. The Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is a single-engine turboprop aircraft built by the Raytheon Aircraft Company (Textron Aviation since 2014). A trainer-twin seater aircraft based on the Pilatus PC-9, the aircraft T-6 has replaced the United States Air Force's Cessna T-37B Tweet and the United States Navy's T-34C Turbo Mentor. This X-Plane version is by AOA Simulations.


Since the release there has been already a large update for the AOA T-6A in Dec 2020 to v1.1, but the biggie change is now, in AOA releasing both the X-Plane 11 version, and the coveted X-Plane 12 version.


 Features include

  • Two default liveries, USAF and U.S. Navy TAW-5.
  • 30 (!)  additional liveries will be available on the X-Plane.org freeware download manager.
  • This is the T-6A model with federated (many small units combined into one system) glass display panels.
  • The project has been in development since February 23, 2020 and is our most detailed model to date.

 The Model

  • High quality 3D model with high-resolution, 4K PBR textures.
  • Fully functional virtual front and rear 3D cockpits with more than 380 control manipulators. Everything works, fly from either cockpit.
  • Both pilot and instructor models visible in cockpit views.
  • Optimized to save FPS in VR.
  • Ground equipment.

The Flight model

  • Fully aerobatic, high performance dynamic flight model tested and approved by several former T-6A pilots.
  • Single “Power Lever” control of engine and propeller enables "jet like" simplicity.
  • Unique T-6 Trim Aid Device (TAD) is accurately modeled. This compensates for most engine torque effect with automatic rudder trim.


  • Professional FMOD sound package by SimAccoustics


  • Detailed 38 page User Guide and detailed avionics illustrated guide sheets available HERE ON OUR SUPPORT PAGE prior to purchase.
  • Several checklists options to choose from including detailed checklist powered by Xchecklist freeware plug-in.
  • Tutorial checklist and example Training Flight to get you up to speed with the aircraft.

 More details

  • All panel displays are accurately modeled and powered by SASL plugin / lua code
  • Complete electrical systems model. Every circuit breaker on both the battery and generator bus panels is functional. Individual systems can be isolated, failed and restored via its cockpit circuit breaker.
  • Optional "AOA Extras" for student pilots or those who want to know a little more about what's going on with while the fly. 
  • Save load feature allows you to save some options once and they are the same on your next flight in the model.
  • Default Laminar G1000 available to use with a custom database in the panel mounted GPS unit.


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Video is in X-Plane 11



The Model 3000/T-6 is a low-wing cantilever monoplane with enclosed tandem seating for two. It is powered by single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop engine in tractor configuration with an aluminum, 97-inch (8.1 ft; 2.5 m), four-blade, constant-speed, variable pitch, non-reversing, feathering propeller assembly and has retractable tricycle landing gear. The aircraft is fitted with Martin-Baker Mark 16 ejection seats and a canopy fracturing system.

The T-6 is a development of the Pilatus PC-9, modified by Beechcraft to enter the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) competition in the 1990s. A similar arrangement between Pilatus and British Aerospace had also been in place for a Royal Air Force competition in the 1980s, although that competition selected the Short Tucano. The aircraft was designated under the 1962 United States Tri-Service aircraft designation system and named for the decades-earlier T-6 Texan.


This X-Plane aircraft was developed using the official USAF 1T-6A-1 Flight Manual and SNFO (Student Naval Flight Officer) P-880 Aircraft Systems explanatory guide.


Update to X-Plane 12 is free, and the X-Plane 11 version is part of the package. If already a current purchaser of the T-6A, then go to your X-Plane.OrgStore account to update the Texan ll to X-Plane 12.


Designed by  Fabrice Kauffmann and David Austin of AOA Simulations





The T-6A Texan II by AOA Simulations is now available from the X-Plane.Org Store here:


T-6A Texan II

Price at time of writing US$40.00



X-Plane 12 or 11

4 GB VRAM Video Card Minimum - 8 GB+ VRAM Recommended
Download Size: 360 MB
Current version: XP12 (March 1st 2023)  



News by Stephen Dutton

2nd March 2023

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