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Aircraft Release : Aqulia A210 & A211G by Picus X

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Aircraft Release : Aqulia A210 & A211G by Picus X

 

AQUILA Aviation by Excellence AG is founded by Peter Grundhoff, Alfred Schmiderer und Markus Wagner in 1996, and their first design was an all composite two seater light aircraft called the A210, with the official official engineering and certification name of the Aquila AT01.

A 210 is powered by a Rotax S3 flat four air and water cooled piston engine, creating 73.5 kW (98.6 hp) and driving a two blade propeller. It is supported by Tri-cycle landing gear with speed fairing and has a top speed of 241 km/h (150 mph; 130 kn).  It first flew in March 2000.

Picus X is a new X-Plane developer that have released not one but two versions of this aircraft in the original A210 and the A211G. These aircraft come in a package bundle of the two aircraft (they can be bought separately, but you get a far better deal in the bundle) from the X-Plane.OrgStore.

 

A210

 

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A211G

 

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If you are a keen observer you will notice that externally both aircraft are identical...  not a single difference between them.

Where they do differ is internally... in the cockpit.

 

A210

 

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The original A210 has the standard dial cockpit, with the standard six instruments fore and centre. Instrument avionics consist of X-Plane standard Garmin GNS430, GMA 340 radio and communication unit and a GTX 330 Transponder with automatic ALT or GND mode and Splash Screen. Engine dials include Hobbs Meter, Fuel Capacity & Cylinder Heat Temp, Voltmeter and Oil Temp, Ammeter and Oil Pressure. There is a very strange needle display for the 2xfuel tanks. far right are the banks of fuses.

 

A211G

 

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On the A112G all the engine instruments and everything central panel and right panel are the same as the A210, but the standard six dials have now been replaced by a Garmin G500 which is an integrated avionics system. It provides two displays, called the GDU 620 system. This is the First Garmin G500 adaption for an X-Plane payware aircraft.

 

Garmin G500 Avionics features include:

  • Custom 3D analog gauges with in-depth modelling (e.g. floating fuel needles) and HD textures
  • Picus X G500 with fully functional Primary Flight Display (PFD) and partly modelled Multi Function Display (MFD) incl. initialization and AHRS alignment
  • Picus X G500 includes moving map
 (based on the basic X-Plane® functions)
  • Picus X G500 includes WX forecast
  • Picus X G500 includes up to 5 customisable approach charts
  • Picus X GTX 330 Transponder with automatic ALT or GND mode and Splash Screen on startup
  • Picus X GMA 340 radio and intercom
  • X-Plane® GNS430 with custom 3D bezel
  • Garmin Splash Screen on startup

 

Menus include:

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There is a good set of three menus that are accessed by the pX logo on the left lower part of your screen. Menus include:

Options - Presets (views) - Magic functions

Fuel & Load - Mass & Balance

Checklist

Options, includes static elements, opening and closing the canopy, Two types of Wheel Fairings (Tundra - Standard, below)

 

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There is a Flight Instructor Mode (view from the right seat, 3D pilot on the left seat), and you can set the prop to neutral.

"Magic Functions" will Start your aircraft up to flight for you and then at the end of the flight do the reverse in shut it down again... It will also perform a Run-Up Test Sequence.

 

"Fuel & Load" allows you to load the aircraft via the menu in Fuel (both wing tanks), Pilot, passenger and baggage. And the CoG (Center of Gravity) aircraft balance and weight will be shown on the graph on the right.

 

Checklist is excellent and covers all "Normal Procedures" in before flight - Takeoff  - after takeoff...  to shutdown. Both full Normal and Emergency checklists are provided in the documents.

 

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Aircraft Modeling is very clean composite, but well done. If you like Aerobask Aircraft then this right up your street in design and execution.

 

Aircraft features include:

  • Correct physical model and airfoil parameters for laminar wings, ailerons, rudder, elevators and prop
  • Correct engine parameters and limits
  • Correct pitch deflection angles for the prop blades along with realistic weight and torque
  • Detailed exterior with HD textures (e.g. place cards, screws, dirt)
  • Detailed interior with HD textures (e.g. modelled seat belts and shoulder harnesses, leather seats, carpets)
  • Night VFR with 3 independent HDR lighting options (instrument backlights, panel, dome light)
  • Custom 3D gauges with in-depth modelling (e.g. floating fuel needles) and HD textures with original place cards mounted
  • Functional Davtron chronometer with UTC, local time and stop watch
  • Floating menu with 3D view presets, floating Checklists for inflight use
  • Fuel, Mass & Balance menu with real time altering and calculation
  • Magic Functions for Engine Startup Sequence, Run-Up-Test Sequence, Shutdown Sequence
  • Choke modelled (required for engine startup if cylinder head temperature is below 50° C)
  • Prop strike damage modeled (toggled, if aircraft touches ground with less than 5° negative pitch)
  • Functional Emergency Location Transmitter (ELT) on impacts larger 4.0 G
  • Animated exterior (e.g. Vibrating exhaust tube depending from engine RPM, G-loaded shock absorbers)
  • Static Elements (pitot tube cover, winglet covers, chocks)  
  • Animated pilot with Sennheiser headset and Rayban sunglasses (depending on sunlight)
  • Removable key with slinging key chain
  • Original Rotax 912S sound including advanced starter, ignition and shutdown noises
  • Custom tire squeal sound, independent for each tire touching ground

 

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A quick flight confirmed this Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) is certainly a hold between a few fingers around the stick sort of of flying machine, you need a very light touch and feel the aircraft through very small inputs...  and yes it is very nice to fly. This machine is VFR (Visual Flight Rules) so there is no Autopilot or aircraft servo control. But you can still use the Garmin GPS as a guide to follow a route and the waypoints with distance are shown directly in front of you (A211G).

 

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Sounds are really top-notch and excellent, and they include:

  • Original Rotax 912S sound incl. starter, startup and shutdown
  • Original Aquila stall warning sound
  • Original ELT sound (very loud!)
  • Custom tire squeal sound, independent for each tire touching ground
  • Custom avionics fan
  • Custom flaps servo sound
  • Custom canopy sound (open/close)
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At night the cockpit is very good with two adjustment features, with a red lighting strip that highlights the panel.

 

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The rocker switches are all white, which is not very realistic, and the external fuselage is also has a white sheen in the dark, which I don't like, but otherwise the lighting is fine.

 

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Liveries

Both A210 and A211G liveries are excellent and sadly can't be swapped around if you want a different livery on another aircraft, Blanks on both aircraft are included. Highlights are the excellent Airline training colours which are clever.

 

A210

 

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A211G

 

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So if you like Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) or Ultra Light Aircraft then (ULA) these duo from PicusX are excellent, very similar in the vein of Aerobask Aircraft `and have loads of original features. Highly Recommended.

 

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Yes! the Aqulia A210/A211G by PICUS is NOW available from the new X-Plane.Org Store here : 

 

Aquila A210 and A211G

 

Price is US$27.95

 

Developer PicusX - PICUS X

 

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Requirements

Windows, Mac OS, Linux (please refer to the requirements of X-Plane®)
X-Plane® 10.40 (64-bit only!) or higher
Multi Core Processor at least 2.5 GHz
RAM at least 4 GB
VRAM at least 1 GB
630 MB free hard disk space for both models of the airplane
The Aquila comes with SASL 2.4.0 included
Current Version: 1.0 (initial release December 11th, 2015)
 
Note: Make sure you have v1.0.2 on download
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Preview by Stephen Dutton
16th December 2015
Copyright©2015: X-PlaneReviews

 

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