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News! - Aircraft Released! : Saab 340 by Carenado


Carenado have released the Saab 340 for X-Plane11. Carenado was originally mostly always associated with the general aviation market. But a few years ago Carenado changed their direction upwards, with first to the big twin-engined six to ten seaters like the Dornier Do 228, but a true airliner, even a regional one, was not really an aircraft you would associate with Carenado.


This SAAB 340 was the the first true airliner for Carenado when released for the FlightSim community a few years back, but for X-Plane it was not really on the table as a release (my guess is because of X-Plane11 and its very changeable performance and dynamics). But with the release of X-Plane11.30 then the situation has of course changed. The Saab 340 is no stranger to X-Plane as for the Leading Edge version has been available for years, Although well updated.... it is still an old X-Plane design. A quick first look at the Careando S340 says, this is a very nice aircraft.


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Cockpit is pure SAAB, but also very Carenado... if there is such a feel?


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The feature list is huge :


  • High-end 4k PBR (Physically-based Rendering) graphics throughout, with ultra-realistic materials rendition (Dynamic reflections, realistic metal and dielectric materials, etc.)
  • Fully customized in-depth annunciator logic/aural warning logic/throttle logic, with friction control, gate, flight idle and flight idle override.
  • Custom EHSI and EADI instruments and custom MFD85 with moving map, all featuring detachable pop-up windows
  • Integrated FMS with detachable pop-up window (Laminar default)
  • Custom APS85 Autopilot with detachable pop-up window
  • Fully customized Custom Torque on Take-Off (CTOT) system
  • Fully customized pusher (anti-stall) logic
  • In-depth FMOD sound design implementation, including distance effects, realistic prop reversal effects, etc.
  • Functional gust lock system
  • Custom electrical system/Starter Logic/Fuel System/prop logic/Bleed Air System/Avionics busses/Hydraulic Logic (Requires, among other things, pressurizing brake lines prior to chock removal)/Electrical Temperature system/de-ice logic
  • Custom independent windshield wiper logic (with functional off and park positions)
  • Airspeed Indicator with “Barber Pole” and functional test sequence
  • RealityXP GTN750 support (with 3D panel display support)
  • Extensive VR support with snap points in every passenger seat (All knobs, buttons, dials, handles, etc. also optimized for VR usage)
  • Extensive HDR lighting with gimballed 3D lights and dynamically illuminated tail logo and ice lights for amazing night lighting effects
  • Ground steering (tiller) system
  • Includes air conditioning, pressurization, and oxygen system
  • Features reversionary logic for EHSI and EADI.
  • All passenger seats support seat backs, table trays, arm rests, HDR reading lights, stewardess call buttons.
  • Main door has optional retractable passenger stairs.
  • Functional stewardess control panel
  • Visible and functional Ground Power Unit
  • End-user customizable via Manifest.json file.
  • Goodway compatible
  • Engine design optimized for XP11.30’s new turboprop model
  • Flight dynamics optimized for latest improvements in XP11.30.
  • Support for “librain” plugin, including wiper support (Requires separate plugin install)
  • Librain support also includes visual ice effects on windows.


One of the huge features here is the highly dynamic cabin...  Moving seatbacks, moving shades, custom overhead seat lighting, full individual cabin lighting and panel, call buttons and even moveable armrests and drop down seat table trays. Breathtaking!


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Included is :


  • 9 HD liveries.
  • 1 HD Blank livery
  • S340 Emergency Procedure PDF
  • S340 Normal Procedures PDF
  • S340 Performance Tables PDF
  • S340 Reference PDF
  • S340 Overhead Panel Layout PDF
  • X-Plane FMS PDF
  • Recommended Settings XP11 PDF


Has there been external stairs on a Carenado before? not sure, but there is now...


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Recommended System Requirements
Windows XP – Vista – 7 -10 or MAC OS 10.10 (or higher) or Linux
X-Plane 11
CPU: Intel Core i5 6600K at 3.5 ghz or faster.
Memory: 16-24 GB RAM or more.
Video Card: a DirectX 12-capable video card from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel with at least 4 GB VRAM (GeForce GTX 1070 or better or similar from AMD)
755MB available hard disk space


First impressions really count...  brilliantly done and that cabin is to die for. Systems and performance are tricky and require a lot of study to work your way around the cockpit, instruments and the autopilot also requires some study.. sounds are incredible, as they are very realistic externally but very good internally and again in the cabin, It will take time to learn and fly correctly, so don't expect that from the first flight, my thoughts are a semi-grade to full study aircraft.


Price is noted as ...  US$39.95


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Now Available from Carenado



News by Stephen Dutton

20th January 2019

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