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Release Quick Look : TBM 850 HD Series by Carenado

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Release Quick Look : TBM 850 HD Series by Carenado

This French aircraft has its early beginnings as an American aircraft and an iconic American aircraft company at that in Mooney. In the 1980s, the Mooney Airplane Company of Kerrville, Texas designed a six-seat pressurised light aircraft that was powered by a single 360 hp (268 kW) piston engine in the Mooney 301, which made its maiden flight on 7 April 1983. A French company bought Mooney outright and in the process allowed SOCATA to build a turboprop derivative of the 301. The result of these discussions was the TBM 700, which was much heavier than the 301 with more than twice the power, with a joint venture between SOCATA and Aérospatiale that was named TBM International and still is the current manufacturer of the TBM range of aircraft. The model designation "TB" stands for Tarbes, the city in France in which Socata is located, the "M" stands for Mooney.

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The TBM 850 is the production name for the TBM 700N, an improved version with the more powerful Pratt & Whitney PT6A-66D engine flat rated at 850 shp (634 kW). The TBM 850 is limited to 700 shp (522 kW) for takeoff and landing, but in cruise flight the engine power can be increased to 850 shp (634 kW). The TBM 850 has a typical range of 1,520 nautical miles (2,820 km).

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High resolution (HD) textures are up to the usual excellent high quality standard for Carenado. So the intimate detailing is very good to excellent, I like particularly like the great riveting detail on the wing root fairing, it is really well done. But the whole design work is very good and authentic to the aircraft.

This is the fourth aircraft by Carenado that uses their comprehensive G1000 gps display system.

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This is the three display version with the two smaller PFD's (Primary Flight Display) and the larger central Navigation and Engine management display that dominates the panel. All displays pop-out and are very high quality in their resolution. It is to noted that you have to download Carenado's G1000 Database pack separately to use this aircraft.

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Cockpit is very highly detailed and fully functional, with the excellent GCU 475 Control Unit that is lovely to use. Highlight here is the trim knobs which are working away hard on the yoke when the autopilot is activated. Three menu pop-ups cover the (C) VIews and sound, (O) Options for ground elements, reflections and opening and closing the various doors and hatches.

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Internal cabin is first rate with incredible detail, and the lighting is very good with separate overhead lighting switches for each seat.

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There are one blank and five high quality liveries. But no military versions as the aircraft is in service with the French Army and Air Force.

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A first look shows you a fine aircraft with incredible detailing, It is quite nice to fly, but sounds in HQ digital stereo are very strange compared to other large single turbo-props and are actually authentic...  but it sounds like a cement mixer at speed? 

The G1000 gps is of course very comprehensive, but that central large display is very heavy processing wise so I recommend a large powerful computer to handle the load. The TBM 850 is marketed as an Alabeo but the download is Carenado, so I have noted it here as the Carenado.

The TBM 859 HD is now available from the X-Plane.OrgStore.



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Yes! the TBM 850 with the Garmin G1000 by Carenado s NOW available from the X-Plane.Org Store here :

TBM 850 HD Series

Price is US$34.95
  • Carenado G1000 (PFD and MFD) with GCU 475 Control Unit.
  • AFCS GMC 710 autopilot
  • All-new sound architecture
  • Volumetric side view prop effect
Carenado G1000 (PFD and MFD) with GCU 475 Control Unit
  • Terrain Awareness map mode 
  • Different declutter levels
  • Advance menus and cursor with scroll wheel, click/hold or /drag
  • Aux- Trip Planning Window
  • Checklist mode
  • Crisp, vector-based water data
  • Pop-up windows can be resized and moved around the screen
  • Pristine scroll wheel support
  • FPS-friendly terrain map
Other Features
  • Original autopilot installed
  • Realistic 3D night lights effects on panel and cockpit.
  • HD quality textures (4096 x 4096)
    • 422 pixels / meter textures
  • 3D gauges
  • Over torque engine failure simulation
HD Sound System
  • Original HQ digital stereo sounds recorded directly from the real aircraft
  • 3D stereo effects, such as outside sounds entering open windows.
Enhanced Flight Model
  • Realistic behavior compared to the real airplane. Realistic weight and balance. Tested by real pilots.
Carenado Menus
  • Customizable panel for controlling window transparency, instrument reflections and static elements such as wheel chocks and turbine inlet/exhaust covers.
Included in the package
  • 5 HD liveries + 1 HD Blank livery
  • Carenado G1000 PDF
  • TBM 850 Emergency Checklist PDF - Normal Procedures PDF - Performance Tables PDF
  • TBM 850 Quick Reference PDF
  • Recommended Settings PDF
Windows 7+ (64 bit) or MAC OS 10.8 (or higher) or Linux - 64bit Operating System
X-Plane10.40 + (any edition) - 64bit mode
3 GHz processor - 8GB RAM - 1Gb+ VRAM - 2Gb VRAM Recommended
Windows users: Please ensure that you have all the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables downloaded and installed.
CARENADO G1000  database must be installed


Stephen Dutton

5th May 2016

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