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News! - Revealed - SIAI-Marchetti SF-260D by JRollon

 

As a sort of backhand...  SimCoders have revealed JRollon's next aircraft, which is the light prop trainer SIAI-Marchetti SF-260D (now Leonardo SF-260). This is the first release from JRollon for some time, but you have still accessed his work as he is the lead developer for Laminar's default aircraft that came with X-Plane11. 

 

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Only to date is there one image available (above) but the aircraft is noted to come with a long list of features. SimCoder's have also noted they have created a REP or Reality Expansion Pack  package to go with the aircraft and a first for a military aircraft and not a GA.

 

Noted SimCoder REP features are:

Fully Working Radio Stack

The radio stack is 100% custom and features the following radios:

  • KX165A Com/Nav Radio
  • KR87 ADF Receiver
  • KFC225 Autopilot
  • GTX-330 Transponder

The radios are so realistic you can use the real world manuals. You’ll find all their features in place.

Custom Sounds Engine

I personally don’t like FMOD very much. It can provide great sound effects but it’s complicated to use from the dev point of view and not that efficient performance-wise.

For these reasons, we developed our custom sound engine that was shipped with REP 3.0 and then improved with the following releases. Personally, I find it much more powerful than FMOD itself.

With the SIAI-Marchetti SF-260D, we further improved REP’s sounds engine to bring a very realistic sound set, including the canopy muffling and wind effects.

Custom Lycoming O-540-E4A5 Engine

REP provides a 100% custom engine model that fully replaces X-Plane’s default. We modelled the engine down to the smallest bolt. It meets the real performance data with incredible precision.

This is the first time REP features a carburettor engine. It even has a custom carburettor icing algorithm.

The SF-260 is a great aerobatic airplane, but you better not fly it inverted for more than 8 or 10 seconds…

Custom Electric System

All the Circuit Breakers are in place and they work as expected. The system loads are there and you can shed them using the CB in case of electrical failure.

Moreover, a true Emergency Battery/Emergency Avionics system is in place to make the thing even more realistic.

A lot of detail

There are a lot of small things that we didn’t ignore.

For example, when you select full flaps, the wing flaps angle will vary between 45° and 50°, depending on the aircraft speed. That is, the air pressure acts on the wing flaps and forces them up to 45° when in flight. While on ground, the air pressure is zero and the flaps can freely go down to 50°.

The gear lights and warning horn work like the real thing. They are 100% custom, as usual.

And did you know that you can fly with the canopy slightly open when your speed is below 120 knots IAS?

 

Personally I would have expected Javier to have updated his excellent (but now very tired) CRJ - 200... but any aircraft released by JRollon is to be celebrated...

 

Text courtesy of Simcoders

 

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News by Stephen Dutton

19th September 2018

Copyright©2018: 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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