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Aircraft X-Plane11 Update : AeroCommander Shrike 500s by Carenado


It was not hard to fall in love with Carenado's AeroCommander Shrike 500s. It was from the start one of the more of the recent times simply one of the easiest aircraft to slip into, lovely layout and had a great feel behind the controls. So it was an instant favorite.


Here is the X-Plane11 upgrade noted as v1.2, and it is free as the aircraft was released under the six month line banner between update and upgrade. 


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As the aircraft was only released late into 2016 there is not a lot of changes, mostly contained to re-calibration of gauges including the OAT gauge, fuel consumption (to match XP11), ground handling. I would note that the new XP11 engine thrust modelling has had a few adjustments as it feels spot on, but the adjustments are not noted in the upgrade notes.


Of course any new aircraft needs changes in X-Plane11 for the PBR (Physically based rendering) feature and that has been done here for the exterior and interior areas.


Your 500s now looks like you have spent a very hard afternoon with the wax polish, and the results look amazing. Shiny and it now shows off the fuselage to its best condition since the aircraft came out of the factory.


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The excellent detailing looks better as well, Carenado are masters at making aircraft look realistic, and the Shrike looks every bit of the part of that.


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The instrument panel was always a little flat in that grey primer feel, but PBR and new the texture work does lift it a little.


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The lighting has had a few tweaks and the “SuperManipulator” (proprietary scroll wheel) has been replaced with a X-plane-native scroll wheel control. In some ways it is a lot better than the SuperManipulator, it was very good but very twiddly to use sometimes, the default scroll wheels are far easier to use.


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Ground objects are still a little scarce, just a few cones, engine inlet covers and tags, but all the doors work with an opening baggage compartment (no bags).


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The AeroCommander Shrike 500s was pretty complete on release, but this upgrade does bring it right up to X-Plane11 compatibility. The 500s was brilliant before and it is totally brilliant now, well worth the upgrade or purchase.






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Yes! the AeroCommander Shrike 500s by Carenado is NOW available from the new X-Plane.Org Store here :

AeroCommander 500S SHRIKE HD Series


Price is US$32.95


There is now two version of this aircraft for both X-Plane10 and X-Plane11 (the review is for the X-Plane11 version)


If you have already purchased the Carenado AeroCommander 500s then go to your X-PlaneStrore account and upgrade to v1.2 (free).

More detailed X-PlaneReview of the AeroCommander Shrike 500s release can be found here:


Quick Flight Review : AeroCommander Shrike 500s by Carenado


Features Include:

Part of the HD Series - High-Definition Aircraft:

  • Amazingly realistic interior - almost indistinguishable from photographs
  • Makes full use of HDR lighting for realistic interior and exterior illumination
  • Old, weathered, gritty textures that reflect the age and usage of this plane.
  • Around 100 wave files for detailed and immersive 3D audio
  • Cockpit switches' sounds are placed in 3D space, which affects loudness and pan.
  • Outside engine sounds spill in through open doors and windows.
  • Custom programmed Shadin digital fuel flow management instrument
  • Custom programmed electronic CHT/EGT instrument
  • Custom programmed classic Bendix/King Autopilot
  • The above instruments come with 2D pop-up windows
  • Custom programmed flight dynamics, to match POH values with more precision
  • Immersive visual cockpit effects, such as dynamic reflections on instrument glass
  • High resolution 4k textures throughout, with optimized 3D mesh and FPS-friendly logic
  • Copilot figure appears/disappears, depending on set payload weight.
  • Original 500S Aero Commander autopilot installed
  • New and improved multi-function scroll support
  • Volumetric side view prop effect.
  • Default X-Plane GNS530.
  • HD quality textures (4096 x 4096)
  • 350 pixels / meter textures
  • Custom audio plugins with extra effects for added realism
  • 3D gauges
  • Original HQ digital stereo sounds recorded directly from the real aircraft
  • Customizable panel for controlling window transparency, instrument reflections and static elements such as wheel chocks and turbine inlet/exhaust covers.
  • Realistic behavior compared to the real airplane. Realistic weight and balance. Tested by real pilots.
  • Realistic 3D night lights effects on panel and cockpit.
  • Individual passenger 3D reading lights and numerous HDR lighting effects.
  • Dynamic loading/unloading of 3D parts and plugin logic for FPS optimization     



Requirements :

X-Plane 11 or X-Plane 10.50+
Windows 7+ or MAC OS 10.8 (or higher) or Linux - 64bit Operating System
3 GHz processor - 8GB RAM - 2Gb+ VRAM 
Windows users: Please ensure that you have all the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables downloaded and installed.
Current version: 1.2 (last updated May 15th 2017)



Installation : Download is 501.70 mb which is unzipped to your X-Plane Fighter folder at 544.00mb. Key authorisation is required.

Documentation : includes


  • 500S Emergency Checklist PDF - 500S Normal Checklist PDF
  • 500S Performance Tables - 500S Reference PDF
  • 500S Autopilot Operation PDF - Recommended Settings PD



Quick Flight Review by Stephen Dutton

18th May 2017

Copyright©2017: 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)


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