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Stephen posted a topic in General Aviation Aircraft ReviewsUpdate Review : Evektor EV-55 Outback v1.2 by Auctusdelineations An ever quick improving developer will always get an audience, but also the respect that purchasers of their products can be reassured that the purchase they invest in will be improved and developed to a finer and better degree. This is certainly a more important factor if it is the developers first or early designs to build up confidence on both sides of the same equation. And so it is with Auctusdelineations first aircraft for X-Plane in the Evektor EV-55 Outback. After the initial release only a few months ago here is an already significant update in v1.2. You can read X-PlaneReviews original release review here: Aircraft Review : Evektor EV-55 Outback by Auctusdelineations My early comments were that the EV-55 was a great and nicely developed aircraft, certainly in the modeling quality as the aircraft does look very nice in any light with that PBR reflective metal and transparent glass feature. But it was a little rough around some edges and hence the lower-introduction price of US$14.95. The EV-55 was also very favourably received and users liked it a lot and there is no reason to see why not, but there was a few areas that could have been improved, and in this v1.2 most of those points have been addressed. The first point to make is that the Evektor is still a prototype developmental aircraft by Evektor-Aerotechnikand from the Czech Republic, and Auctusdelineations first initial release reflected that design, with an empty rear cabin with just the exposed prototype airframe for comfort. So there is no reference on what the EV-55 would actually look like inside with a developed passenger or cargo version. This original layout is still included in the package as a separate aircraft noted as the "Prototype". But there is now a new version as well called under the older name of "Outback" and this version in v1.2 comes with both a passenger and cargo layout. All versions also now have opening rear doors as well to enhance the overall dynamics of the cabin area of the aircraft. And very impressive the passenger cabin it is as well. There is lovely blue molded seating which is modern in design and looks very well laid out in two single files of four seats on the left and a row of five seats on the right for a nine seater aircraft. Set out behind is a baggage area held in by netting and the bags are literally thrown in on top of each other, but it is all very well done. The Cargo version is just as good. There is a wrapped pallet of goods centre and a palleted box, drum and smaller boxes set out in the rear by the opening doors, in the real back baggage area there is more stored boxes of various sizes and the three sets of netting separates all the various areas. It is all really well done but the cargo is not weight dependent on you setting the aircraft weights, in other words you get the full cargo load at any aircraft's set weight. Doors The front pilot(s) doors opened on the original release aircraft but they were only a last minute addition with no time for the rears. In v1.2 that has been fixed with the rear doors being in two sections and now opened out for one a two up and down passenger entry and a second door to open up the entry space wider to load in the cargo. These doors have been added into the "prototype" version as well, and I really like the modern material used on the internal areas. There are two new opening nose baggage compartments as well, that adds in even more baggage storage and they are filled out with light bags and a briefcase. The door(s) animation can be activated three ways. One by touching the door handles inside, but this way is quite tricky in closing them again. Second is slider settings from slider 1# to slider 6#. A third way to access the animation is via a pop-up menu that is disguised as a "Log Book". It took me a fair while to find the Log Book as it is positioned on the left of your instrument panel and not in the door pockets were I thought it would be sited. Once pressed it hangs in mid-air for access and the door animations are located in the lower framed area. The passenger and cargo configuration change can be done via the right side checkbox and to close the pop-up again you press the "Dismiss" box lower right. It is actually really well done and looks authentic, but you can't use it as a real log book... but it does leave it open to any other animated or static ideas later. Instrument Panel The instrument panel has had attention as well. Those weird yokes are still with us? but the rest of the panel is now looking pretty good. The panel's layout has been changed around a bit to accommodate the larger GNS530 and a right positioned GNS430, where as before there was a stacked two GNS430s together centre panel... ... far right now also includes in the co-pilot's instruments a VOR dial, I would always prefer the VOR pointer version, but it looks good. Two other items to be noted is first the "Altitude" setting knob for the S-Tec Fifty-FiveX autopilot has been added mid-panel... ... which many users asked for, and the mid-screen compass has been completely remodeled with a 3d internal dial and it looks far better than the original version. A few of the instruments were a little blurry and this has also had attention in this v1.2 update. They do all look far better and more sharper and thankfully more readable, but the Artificial Horizon is still a little bit more blurry than the rest up closer, in the normal eye position it is fine, but it does stand out now as the only instrument that does now noticeably stands out than the others. The Heading Dial/HSI instrument Bendix King Ki825 instrument is still very small but very good and has been made more distinct. You do however have to still work out your heading before you adjust the dial if you are doing 90º turns as the heading pointer goes off the display, a trick is to set your course pointer and use the pointer and dotted cross as a reference at each 90º angle to the runway. The course and heading adjustment knobs are also now the right way around. The built in ILS alignment is very good as well if only a little on the tiny side. Although there is an external power source (switch), you don't get any GPU (Ground Power Unit) yet. FMOD Sounds Like most of all recent updates the Evektor also now gets the FMOD 3D sound engine. Although the application of directional sound is certainly better. The sounds are not great or better. In cruise there is an annoying high hum that hurts your ears and the speakers had to be turned right down so it doesn't hurt your drums with all its thrumming. Change the throttle position and in the lower speeds the sounds change not gradually but in a significant jump, same with throttle application and you go from idle to full sounds in a blink. So instead of a range of sounds they are quite stepped in certain parts of their range, mostly in the lower. I think they could be good overall, but they need more tuning to the FMOD engine. It is the same with the flight model. It is a great aircraft to fly but it has a few quirks that you need to adjust to. I did find however the more you fly the EV-55, then the more you tune into it, certainly in its throttle ranges and power positions. You also have to set the VOR2 directly and not in the local map and the autopilot has to be double-checked to make sure it is not on for takeoff and after landing or at any point you need manual control, and that means everything lit on the display has to be off including heading and altitude or any set positions. Liveries. The original EV-55 had two liveries and are both faithful to the two original prototypes. The four choices consisted of both white or chrome spinners (white is better) Three new liveries have now been added to the package with: Forward (wavy lines), Camouflage (Very nice) and "The Raven" which is quite arty striking. Summary This is a significant update for the EV-55. It fills in a lot of missing spaces (mostly in the rear) with passenger and cargo versions, and puts in the required animated doors in the rear and bonus front baggage compartments... all items have been really well executed and certainly rounds out the package to far better degree. Lots of nice updates that certainly means the developer is listening to their customers in a better GNS530/430 arrangement, altitude setting for the S-Tec Fifty-FiveX autopilot. Instruments have had attention to make them more clearer and less blurry but the Artificial Horizon still is a little on the blurry side closer up. The new FMOD sounds are however a mixed bag and needs more fine tuning as does the flight model in a few areas (the Flight Model has however come a very long way since its first release, it is just a little bit more of that fine tuning is needed) but to note that definitely the ground handing which has been addressed in this update is now far better. But as users note, the more you fly the EV-55 the more you tune yourself into it. The Evektor EV-55 started off as a quirky aircraft that didn't really fit into any category. It is aimed at the Caravan, Twin-Otter and Brittan Norman Islander markets and it is a great evolution of that small regional feeder aircraft. It does seriously grow on you the more you use and fly the EV-55. And in this more active v1.2 role it is now than just being a prototype aircraft and you do find yourself with a very capable aircraft and one you really can get a lot of great flying in and with a lot of fun thrown into with the bargain. Yes there is slight price increase, but you get a far more rounded aircraft for your money and also three versions in Passenger, cargo and prototype as well with three new excellent liveries. In a short time the EV-55 has come a very long way, it is a great fun aircraft and worth the investment, it is different... but in a great and nice way. _____________________________________________________________________________________ The Evektor EV-55 Outback v1.2 by Auctusdelineations is NOW available! from the X-Plane.Org Store here : Evektor EV-55 Outback Your Price: $19.95 Features: New 3D Sounds using FMOD Technology (X-Plane 11 only) Accurate flight model Detailed, animated 3D model inside and out High quality textures Animated pilot Fully functioning cockpit Cabin doors open/close Wreckage model PBR reflective metal and transparent glass Start-up sheet and control map included 5 liveries Requirements X-Plane 11 or X-Plane 10 Windows, Mac or Linux 2GB+ VRAM Video card Current version: 1.2 (last updated October 13th 2017) Installation and documents: Download for the Evektor EV-55 Outback is 274 mb and the unzipped file is deposited in the "General Aviation" X-Plane folder at 366.90mb in size. Documents provided are: EV-55 CONTROL MAP (panel diagram) EV-55 spec sheet EV-55 Startup Procedure (checklist) Startup checklist EV-55 painkit (gimp) Changelog v1.2 Added customized 3D sound via FMOD Improved the interior of the aircraft, adding lots of details and enhancements Now includes 2 variants, passenger and cargo. Cargo and passenger interiors are both included in the main .ACF file, switchable dynamically Also including an empty interior version true to the initial prototype's avionics. It's a separate .ACF file called "EV 55 Prototype." Animated the rear passenger door, cargo door, and baggage doors in the nose. Doors are mapped to Door #1 - Door#6 All doors have manipulators, and when open allow the cockpit-camera to move outside the aircraft to manipulate doors from the outside if desired Added a "log-book" object that when clicked brings up a menu that can be used to open/shut all the doors and switch between cargo and passenger variants Added three new liveries Avionics: Added a Garmin 530. Added a altitude preselect for the autopilot Added a 2nd VOR display, on the copilot side Magnetic compass totally remodeled and animated in 3D Fixes: Fixed the DME off switch. Removed glare from some screens Fixed some intruments getting blurry at lower texture settings Improved readablity of the HSI Added green glow to Garmin dials Reversed the HSI controls and displays to better match the real instrument Improved the accuacy of the COG, especially along the vertical axis Fixed a typo that made the horizontal stabilizer less effective Improved the accuracy of the hydraulics Adjusted the flightmodel to imroved handling at low speeds and during the landing phase Adjusted fuel consumption to make it more accurate, especially in the X-Plane 10 version _____________________________________________________________________________________ Review by Stephen Dutton 16th October 2017 Copyright©2017: X-PlaneReviews (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) Review System Specifications: Computer System: Windows - Intel Core i7 6700K CPU 4.00GHz / 64bit - 16 Gb single 1067 Mhz DDR4 2133 - GeForce GTX 980/SSE2 - Samsung Evo 512gb SSD Software: - Windows 10 - X-Plane 11.05 Addons: Saitek x56 Rhino Pro system Joystick and Throttle : Sound - Bose Soundlink Mini Plugins: Environment Engine by xEnviro 1.7 US$69.90 : WorldTraffic 3.0 Plugin - US$29.95 : XPRealistic Pro v1.0.9 effects US$19.95 Scenery or Aircraft - KRSW - Southwest Florida International Airport by Aerosoft (X-Plane.OrgStore) US$24.99
Stephen posted a topic in General Aviation Aircraft ReviewsAircraft Review : Evektor EV-55 Outback by Auctusdelineations First thing to note is that because part of the name of the EV-55 is "Outback" it is not an Australian built aircraft. You wouldn't be wrong in thinking that actually as Aussies do call their few odd aviation exports after things set around Australiana like jackaroo, jabiru, brumby and outback wouldn't be a far call for anyone really. But it isn't as the aircraft is designed and is built in the Czech Republic by Evektor-Aerotechnik. The EV-55 is a two-engined utility aircraft that carrys up to 14 passengers or 4000 lb (1800 kg) of cargo, and operates from unimproved fields and at high-altitude airports. The aircraft will has three configurations: passenger, cargo and combined operations with cargo space in the front part of the fuselage and passengers accommodation in the rear. The EV-55 is a conventional high-wing utility design with a T-tail. The prototype aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney PT6A-21 turboprop engines (535 shaft horsepower), driving four-bladed propellers. The wing is mounted atop a nearly-square fuselage, which has five windows per side. The trailing-link tricycle landing gear retracts into the nose section or pods on the lower fuselage, and it has a maximum cruise speed of 220 knots (407 km/h). The first prototype, was the EV-55M (military version), and it flew from Kunovice Airport on June 2011, with the company pilot Josef Charvat and a military pilot Maj. Jiri Hana at the controls.The first production aircraft flew from Kunovice in April 2016. (wikipedia) There is no doubt that there is a huge market for a modern utility twin-engined aircraft of this size that can go anywhere and land in not so perfect conditions and come back. Think Twin-Otter, Do 228 or the older DC3 territory and you have the general idea and the range available is huge at 2,258 km (1,403 mi; 1,219 nmi). Auctusdelineations You know the name? no not really as Auctusdelineations is very new to the X-Plane developer scene. Actually this Evektor is his first project for our simulator so there are no former expectations or any guide on what their quality or design is like, but so we have reviews to cover the aircraft and give you an overall feel and information on what this aircraft is and what you get in the package. Evektor EV-55 Outback As noted this EV-55 is a first release for Auctusdelineations, but what an excellent fine start it is. The EV-55 does look great in X-Plane11 and it does take advantage of the XP11 lighting features. The modeling and detailing is very good as well, not in the extreme minute style of detailing, but still very good and the aircraft has great quality throughout. External Detail There is the good finer external detailing and great rivet work is highlighted, there is all over the aircraft the nice chrome touches as well (engine exhausts, latches, door hinges and spinners if chosen) and so it shows Auctusdelineations understands XP11's metalness feature well. The aircraft has been processed for X-Plane11's featured PBR quality so more XP11 features are noticeable there as well. (note there is an X-Plane10 version also provided but without the XP11 features). Glass work is also excellent with great forward cockpit windows and very nicely and if slightly convexed are the side windows, to a point the developer didn't have to do this, but it shows an attention to detail. Front cockpit doors open, but not the rear passenger/cargo door. There are no menus, ground elements or special features (yet) but the basics are well done. The doors are opened/closed via the internal door handles. Detail around the engines and those excellent four-blade propellers are modern in feel and use. Trailing undercarriage detail and animations are also excellent, the wheels are not completely covered in flight, but become hawk like when you drop them. Again nice touches of chrome creates realism Flaps (three position in up, mid and low) looks plain on the top, but the internal detail is very good. Internal Detail It takes a moment or two to get your head around those weird looking yokes? You don't know if they are left over bull horns or something out of a B Grade Science Fiction film... To date there has been only two EV-55's built (and one test hull) so the panel layout is still in traction. The original prototype EV-55 had a G1000 three panel display set up and that could come to this aircraft as another version when the default G1000 GPS version is released by Laminar Research. But for now it is a mixture of dials and modern digital displays. The cockpit has been very nicely developed by Auctusdelineations. The aircraft feels new, for what it actually is and the roof mounted switchgear is nicely done but most of the switches are not functional. The rear is still to be set up as with currently the two well modeled pilot and co-pilot seats and in the rear a bare green skeleton prototype layout. Although this layout is very original to the current aircraft, then I would certainly like the service types with switchable passenger seating and a cargo version. Instrument panel The instrument panel is very well done with nice (if very small) switchgear and that mixture of traditional and digital instrumentation. With the power off you highlight which is which as the digital elements go dark. Instrument glass is reflective, but the reflections are not overly emphasised, in the right lighting this looks the right approach as digital displays are not as shiny as glass instruments. The pilot's side yoke can be hidden, but not both. There is a nice texture to the facia, but you need the right angle of light to see it, but then that is the materials job to provide an anti-glare panel. Instruments are dials for aircraft instruments, digital for engine information and the switchgear is located in three separate layouts lower panel. You get the full Standard Six instruments for the flying pilot with the Airspeed Indicator, Artificial Horizon and the Attitude Indicator on the top row and the VOR dial, Heading Dial/HSI and Vertical Speed Indicators set out directly below, however the Turn/Slip indicator is far left and lower with the magnetic compass to the right. Far left there is a Radar altitude (x100) meter and a Astro Tech Chromometer is top right. Some dials very close up can be slightly blurry, but in most cases they are all quite readable and clear. There is however a noticeable lack of backlighting and no adjustment either. To note the Heading Dial/HSI instrument is a Bendix King Ki825 which is the advanced, color LCD display version with built in heading, course and ILS alignment and VOR/ADF pointers. it is a complex thing for such a small instrument and you want more control on which points you want to use. The Bendix King Ki825 is also the highlight of the co-pilot's side with in a row above (L-R) Airspeed Indicator, Artificial Horizon and the Attitude Indicator and again the Turn/Slip indicator which is to the lower far right this time. There are two digital ECAM (Electronic Centralised Aircraft Monitor) displays covering (top) both engines TRQ (Torque), ITT (Interstage Turbine Temperature), NP/RPM and NG RPM readouts and eight nice coloured circlular readout displays. Lower ECAM covers both engines Fuel Flow, Oil Temp, Engine Pressure, PWR (Power), N1% and N2% outputs. This ECAN has vertical coloured readouts. Note top right with the excellent set of annunciators that are very well done and the boxes do have that slight convex look for realism. Radio fit-out is very good as well with top the standard GMA 340 Com radio, then two default GNS430's with COMM1/VOR1 top unit and COMM2/VOR2 lower unit. Bottom is a Bendix King KN62A DME/VOR unit (selectable), but you have to set the frequency by hand, the X-Plane local map VOR insert doesn't work? Right stack has a very welcome S-Tec Fifty-FiveX autopilot, Bendix King KR87 ADF unit and finally a Garmin GTX 327 Transponder. Lower panel is the switchgear located in three separated panels. From left to right is the first panel with the items for Steering, EXT Lighting, INT Lighting. Middle panel includes Prop Autofeather and Sync, Probes Heating, hydraulics pump, Yoke show/hide, Brakes anti-skid, Landing gear, Fuel Pumps and X-Feed. Ignition and Engine Start (L&R). Right panel is the electrical panel that includes master/battery switches and generator (DC) L&R and Volt/Amp selector. Switchgear is a little small to see (text) and use but feels and looks authentic. Centre Console The centre console is very modern and very well presented. Twin throttles are small but chunky and nice to use. Other levers cover (both engines) for RPM feather (Max/Low) and Mixture for Flight Idle, Low Idle and Engine cut-off. I really like the plastic red knob feel on the mixture levers and cut-off guide levers, very authentic. Lower console has Trim indicators and knobs, Flap indicator and small selection lever and full De-Icing switches that covers the props, airframe and windshield. Again very close up the diagrams and text is again slightly blurred (certainly the trim indicator diagrams) but still more than usable. Footwells are well done with nicely crafted rudder pedals and fuse panels. External Lighting The EV-55's external lighting is not bad. All the usual lighting in Nav, Beacon and strobe are well done. There is a nice if small tail light as well. There is a set of landing lights and taxi lights built into the undercarriage pontoon (pod) structures that has a nice glass enclosure when inspected closely. But when used together the two sets of lights then tend to merge together. Internal Lighting The lighting on the dials in the daytime feels a little dull, but the instruments are not as bad as night and can be read quite easily, certainly I would like some adjustment here, but it is fine for most circumstances. It is a nice panel at night especially with those digital readouts. The rear is dark, there is a passenger light for the rear but it doesn't seem to do what it says it should do? There are two spots on the roof for highlighting both lower switchpanels, with one for the co-pilot and one for the flying pilot. Liveries There are only two liveries with the default factory livery and a Czechoslovakian registered livery, both come in different white or chrome spinner versions. There is a painkit provided but in the gimp (.xcf) and not photoshop (.psd) format. In the air The engine startup sequence is very good, with the slow turn until the fuel and ignition kicks in, it sounds good as well, but overall the sounds are only average to good. Good in the start up and taxiing lower revolution areas but a bit droney in the cruise and not a lot of throttle sound feedback, but to be fair my guess is that custom sounds for the EV-55 would be hard to find and replicate, FMOD sounds would certainly be a great addition here. The EV-55 is great to fly, but not perfect. My guess it is about 95% but the Outback needs that final fine tuning. First is the engine output is not consistent and you see that on the displays and in flying the aircraft, the power is there, but not consistently. This is also noticeable on landing and if you drop below 100knts then you start to stall were as the stall speed is around 64knts, this EV-55 is a STOL or Short Takeoff and Landing aircraft, but you can't get down to those slower speeds at around 70knts to 80knts without losing height and sometimes pretty quickly. So you play it safe and even with full flap down at around 100knts and throttle power is still needed to control your height. I actually adapted to the EV-55 pretty quickly, but it will take a few flights to lock into its foibles and slightly odd characteristics, I will also make the point that they could actually be correct and these performances are part of the EV-55's character as well and it is still only a prototype only - built for evaluation aircraft. And all aircraft are different and the point to make is that this is a very different style of utility aircraft and without not much in rear passenger and cargo weight. Summary Overall I was very pleasantly surprised by the EV-55 Outback. I received far more than I actually expected. The modeling is first rate and with some really nice design touches and there is a lot of skill in here that could have been very easily not been bothered with, like the very nice convex glass, warning panel and the great overall small chrome detailing that both enhance the aircraft to a far more professional level than what you expect for most first time developers to complete. It is an interesting aircraft as well, to fly and learn, but as noted some areas of the performance still need a little tuneup but nothing an update can put right but remember this is a prototype only - built for evaluation aircraft. You do easily adapt to this EV-55 and quickly learn to fly it with some skill, but it will take a few flights to see all the areas you have to aware of, but from then on you just enjoy it and it grows on you the more and more every time you fly it. A few other areas are noted in daytime instrument lighting, and a few text and image areas are slightly blurred, but only really close up. Sounds could be better and FMOD sound would be a really nice addition. The most interesting thing though is where the developer wants to take this aircraft? It has a load of potential in the way it could be set up in cargo, passenger and military versions, and the option of it being fitted out with the coming X-Plane default G1000 three panel GPS system would be a great in here addition as well, it really depends on how and in what direction this aircraft will go. So yes a very interesting aircraft, surprising actually and user feedback is very good. Another bonus is the price, as the EV-55 is priced under US$15 and that makes it a total bargain as well and one easily investing in without breaking the bank account, so all round this is a great deal and an interesting aircraft. For a first time developer this Evektor EV-55 is a great introduction for them to the X-Plane simulator and one developer to watch out for again in the future. _____________________________________________________________________________________ The Evektor EV-55 Outback by Auctusdelineations is NOW available! from the X-Plane.Org Store here : Evektor EV-55 Outback Your Price: $14.95 Features: Accurate flight model Detailed, animated 3D model inside and out High quality textures Animated pilot Fully functioning cockpit Cabin doors open/close Wreckage model PBR reflective metal and transparent glass Start-up sheet and control map included 2 liveries Requirements X-Plane 11 or X-Plane 10 Windows, Mac or Linux 2GB+ VRAM Video card Current version: 1.1 (last updated July 24th 2017) Installation and documents: Download for the Evektor EV-55 Outback is 119.870mg and the unzipped file is deposited in the "General Aviation" X-Plane folder at 181.10mb in size. Documents provided are: EV-55 CONTROL MAP (panel diagram) EV-55 spec sheet EV-55 Startup Procedure (checklist) Startup checklist EV-55 painkit (gimp) _____________________________________________________________________________________ Review by Stephen Dutton 4th August 2017 Copyright©2017: X-PlaneReviews (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) Review System Specifications: Computer System: Windows - Intel Core i7 6700K CPU 4.00GHz / 64bit - 16 Gb single 1067 Mhz DDR4 2133 - GeForce GTX 980/SSE2 - Samsung Evo 512gb SSD Software: - Windows 10 - X-Plane 11.02 Addons: Saitek x52 Pro system Joystick and Throttle : Sound - Bose Soundlink Mini Plugins: Environment Engine by xEnviro US$69.90 : WorldTraffic 2.0 Plugin - US$29.95 : XPRealistic Pro v1.0.9 effects US$19.95 Scenery or Aircraft - KRSW - Southwest Florida International Airport by Aerosoft (X-Plane.OrgStore) US$24.99