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  1. Aircraft Update : Spectr-Aero SP-30 v2.0 by Mad Flight Studios Some aircraft are just plain mad, and that moniker certainly relates to the Spector-Aero SP-30, which is a Russian take on the Zenith STOL CH 701 that is a home-built kit aircraft from Canada. More madness comes from the developer in Mad Flight Studios that takes an already very utility aircraft and fills it up with a feature list as long as your arm, and still throws in a few quirks as well to create a very surreal but very rewarding ultra-light aircraft.... well mad in fact. I personally love the SP-30, as it is a gem to fly but as we found out the quirks can get in the way, but once you sort of figure and understand them, then the SP-30 comes alive. From the release version... Review Aircraft Review : Spectr-Aero SP-30 by Mad Flight Studio there has been one other SP-30 update Spectr-Aero SP-30 v1.2 to fix a lot of those earlier quirky annoyances. Spectr-Aero SP-30 v2.0 So here is the next update to version v2.0. It is not a particularly big update but an important one with a few hidden changes that improve the aircraft. The first big change is to the core of the aircraft and a change up to SASL-3 coding. This change is mostly for the coming Vulkan/Metal API changes, but it is a far better plugin with more features built in. One annoyance (a big one actually) is that the landing gear would break very easily, leaving you with a very broken aircraft and even if you were very careful with it... leave selected on the menu selection of (Plane Condition) "Don't save" and it wouldn't fix itself either? Now you have the ability to install unbreakable gear, so now you can do some harder landings if you wish to and now not break the aircraft, it demands a file change in the plugin folder. Associated is the gear breaking down also on certain sceneries and that annoyance has also been fixed. Librain (by Saso Kiselkov) has also been added... .... the effects here have been really well applied. Front screen and perspex roof are wet, but the side windows which are shielded from the rain via the large wings only have the odd droplets for absolute realism. There is now icing and better fog effects as well. Those lovely instrument needles now flicker and move with great realism... .... but watch that engine temperature, as it has been adjusted closer to the real engine readouts, in other words the Rotax 912 runs hotter. The aircraft dynamics have also been completely overhauled, it was very good before, but you now feel the more tighter inputs that are required... nervy? a good question, but no, but you certainly have to feel and work harder on your inputs... Takeoff now requires more concentration, feed in the power less and control your line more... here it was far harder to stay on the centre line... ... on landing I required more input (note the rudder/front wheel angle), but these change only enhance the dynamic flying aspects and do not certainly ruin an already very good flying machine. __________________ Summary This Spectr-Aero SP-30 v2.0 update is a nice one. Mostly it is focused on the new SASL-3 plugin, but in changing the basic core of the aircraft then the developers have took the advantage to do a few tweaks to refine the SP-30, but to also get it ready for Vulkan/Metal v11.50. Better effects with Rain (Librain), Fog and Icing and better dynamics all help in the cause, and finally in that you can't or don't have to break the undercarriage anymore. The biggest and most beneficial change in this release is actually in the price... the Spectr-Aero SP-30 now priced at only US $34.95 and that is a US $10.00 saving over the release price, a more realistic price? I think so, or are you now getting a great and better value bargain.... I think it is the latter. _______________________________ The Spectr-Aero SP-30 v2.0 update by Mad Flight Studio is NOW available! from the X-Plane.Org Store here : Spectr-Aero SP-30 v2.0 Priced at US$34.95 Previously purchasers of the Mad Flight Studio Spectr-Aero SP-30 can update to v2.0 by going to their X-Plane.OrgStore Account. Main features: Dynamic model, handing characteristics, systems controlled and tested by real world pilots and engineers. Full 3D manual ground service propeller covers Pitot cover parking ties parking chocks control surface check fueling (gasoline and chemicals) fuel drain check outside engine heater chemical works equipment Full 3D manual engine service propeller manual rotation oil level check oil change oil filter change air filter change fuel filter change spark plugs change prop pitch selection (from service menu) a lot of failure repairs (from service menu) IFR flying adaptation GNS transponder slip and turn indicator navigation lights landing light cockpit light Realistic gauge operation Custom radiostation FL-760 (with AUX connection simulation) Custom fuel system Custom oil system Custom engine operation A lot of custom failures Custom shake and G-effect (compatible with TrackIR and view-effect plug-ins) Custom 3D sounds (over 170 real sounds) Custom windshield effects (rain, ice, mist) Custom particle effects Fully VR compatible (without additional plug-ins) High Quality PBR textures High accuracy interior and exterior 3D models High accuracy fully animated aircraft 3D ground service and general options menu Two Language manuals and aircraft menus (Russian/English) Two cockpit languages (Russian/English) Two gauge options (Metric/Imperial) Layered paintkit included Requirements X-Plane 11 (Fully updated) Windows, Mac OSX, Linux 64bit 4GB VRAM minimum - 8GB+ VRAM Recommended Download Size: 1.1Gb Current and Review version: 2.0 (March 12th 2020) Changelog v2.0 Changelog v2.0.txt ______________________________________________________________________ Update Review by Stephen Dutton 20th March 2020 Copyright©2020 : X-Plane Reviews (Disclaimer. All images and text in this preview 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)
  2. Aircraft Update : Spectr-Aero SP-30 v1.2 by Mad Flight Studios Sometimes what looks like a casual review can turn out to be something special, and so it was with Mad Flight Studio's Spectr-Aero SP-30, which is a design originally of Canada's Zenith STOL CH 701. It is a very cute if noisy critter of an aircraft, and it comes about as close as a dramatic flying experience that you can get in X-Plane11 with the major plus of a huge feature list and exceptional interaction with the actual aircraft, it is a great if brilliant simulation. The full release review is here: Aircraft Review : Spectr-Aero SP-30 by Mad Flight Studio v1.2 A small quick bug fix update went out straight after the release for the SP-30, so here in this v1.2 update is a more wider set of fixes and adjustments. Rear shelf and parts of the cabin has had new textures and a redesign, it was pretty good before, but these changes are to reflect the real aircraft more. Notable is the instrument panel, which seems to have a more 3d textured feel than before, and yes I really like it. There has been added a new livery called "Experimental Green", which does make the aircraft feel a bit more modern, but it is quite bright and not really to my traditional tastes. The paintkit has been improved and updated as well. Ground drag has been adjusted as there was a bug in there, but it always felt fine to me, the SP-30 feels no different on the takeoff roll either. The right vent animation of which I will note as heat effects has also been made more realistic, as the efects certainly seem to be more visible than before. Use those lovely headphones and you will now have co-pilot interaction sounds, which is a nice new feature. A note is in that you have to set the language before you load in the aircraft (with a new download). Both English and Russian text (clipboard) and sound files are provided, but you have to insert them (change them) yourself as Russian is the set default language . Fuel quantity save is another area addressed. If you have read the release review you will know that I found the Spectr Aero an extraordinary aircraft and it came with some highly realistic features. But I also found because of these very immersive and clever features the SP-30 could also be confined to a certain type of user and not be a completely accessible simulation to a lot of mainstream flyers. The biggest issue was simply a save. With this simulation you have to manually load in fuel and chemicals, do servicing and maintenance, of which are all very immersive and fun. However the SP-30 is a temperamental critter that can be very hard to start, get the procedures right and fine, and away you go... but if you make a slight mistake or if that aircraft refuses to start then you are in trouble, you can fix it of course, but not by a menu or desktop restart of the aircraft... because if you do, then your loading, filling and all your hard work is wiped out on a simple restart, as you are now back at the aircraft's default settings. Do that routine five or ten times and you will simply walk away from the aircraft. I will note however on my first restart in a few months it started first time if I followed the startup procedure closely that is explained in the release review. So has the issue been fixed... well yes and no. If you select on the clipboard selection "Save" then the remaining fuel will be saved, plus all the other aircraft conditions, including any maintenance issues, so now yes you can reload from the desktop bacxk to the aircraft as you last left it.... But here it gets a little tricky, as if you select the "Don't save" tickbox when you reload you go back to the default settings, that is okay, but you also lose all your hard fuel loading efforts, so if you want a full fuel load you have to stop the engine, and reload manually all the fuel again... yada, yada, yada... there is a however a workaround in loading the SP-30 at the default settings with the engine going and then adjusting the fuel load via the X-Plane "Weights, Balance, & fuel" menu to get back to where you were. But this is where it really gets complicated... also selecting the "Don't save" tickbox should revert to the full default settings right, but no. With the "Don't save" checkbox selected the maintenance issues are still present? shouldn't they be cleared if you have selected a default or all systems and set to restart... not here, so you can't clear them? From the developers point of view this is the right approach, in fix the aircraft no matter what to fly, but this is simulation not a real world aircraft and for that full experience you have that option with the "Save" command. Worse you have no control over the maintenance options, so the developers can throw them at you any time they like, but five fuel blockages in two short flights is seriously frustrating if you can't default them, so I crashed, five times? Even if you fix the fault, takeoff and there it is again... so you are put into a no-win situation every time you fly the SP-30. Here is the point... with the "Save" option set on, then everything goes from one flight to the next in realism, but if you set the "Don't save" option you should reset EVERYTHING including the faults to zero at every startup position, and be able to fly if you don't want these realism options switched on, this aspect would open up the aircraft to far more users, because they can't enjoy this amazing aircraft for any period of time because the faults will always destroy your simulation... sometimes folks we JUST WANT TO FLY with no special features and just enjoy the aircraft, and as it is it is extremely frustrating if you have no control over the faults that are hard wired into the aircraft no matter what selection you choose. Summary This is a very nice but small v1.2 update to the Spectr Aero SP-30, and the machine has a huge amount of features and details, but is lacking in ease of use for the casual flyer, so overall it is not a very accessible aircraft to fly and enjoy consistently and in most cases I find myself shutting it down and walking away with frustration with inconsistencies. In the original release review and this update review the results are the same, the SP-30 is frustrating to use consistently because of very simple strategies in letting you fly either fully with the faults and features, or to be able to simply turn them off, and when you can't disable or adjust over sensitive maintenance issues it will impede the simulation to the point of walking away from an otherwise excellent aircraft. Covered here in this v1.2 update is some new textures and some modeling adjustments, a new livery in Experimental Green, new co-pilot sounds and a new "save" function. The strive to make an aircraft in total realism I can believe in and applaud, but when the over realism here starts to interfere with your simple flying aspects then the fun goes out of the simulation, with no complete resets or when the simple start up and fly aspects are minimised you are not going to spent an hour or so to simply get a few minutes flying to only crash again with a blocked fuel filter at a supposed default (totally cleared) setting, the aircraft is either reset to the default or it isn't and many fliers will revel in that aspect and no doubt that is the developers aims, but I want fun and not the constant frustration created here in my flying.... overall though this is a brilliant aircraft if you can work your way though its realism firewall. _______________________________ The Spectr-Aero SP-30 v1.2 by Mad Flight Studio is NOW available! from the X-Plane.Org Store here : Spectr-Aero SP-30 Priced at US$39.95 Main features: Dynamic model, handing characteristics, systems controlled and tested by real world pilots and engineers. Full 3D manual ground service propeller covers Pitot cover parking ties parking chocks control surface check fueling (gasoline and chemicals) fuel drain check outside engine heater chemical works equipment Full 3D manual engine service propeller manual rotation oil level check oil change oil filter change air filter change fuel filter change spark plugs change prop pitch selection (from service menu) a lot of failure repairs (from service menu) IFR flying adaptation GNS transponder slip and turn indicator navigation lights landing light cockpit light Realistic gauge operation Custom radiostation FL-760 (with AUX connection simulation) Custom fuel system Custom oil system Custom engine operation A lot of custom failures Custom shake and G-effect (compatible with TrackIR and view-effect plug-ins) Custom 3D sounds (over 170 real sounds) Custom windshield effects (rain, ice, mist) Custom particle effects Fully VR compatible (without additional plug-ins) High Quality PBR textures High accuracy interior and exterior 3D models High accuracy fully animated aircraft 3D ground service and general options menu Two Language manuals and aircraft menus (Russian/English) Two cockpit languages (Russian/English) Two gauge options (Metric/Imperial) Layered paintkit included Requirements X-Plane 11.30 and higher Windows, Mac OSX, Linux 64bit 2Gb VRAM Video Card (4GB+ VRAM Recommended) Current version and Review Version : 1.2 (19th July 2019) Installation and documents: Download for the Spectr-Aero SP-30 is 749.35mb and the unzipped file deposited in the aircraft "General Aviation" X-Plane folder at 1.30gb. Documentation: Manual (26 pages) is excellent and covers all aspects of servicing and flying the aircraft. Manuals are in both English and Russian as is the instrument and clipboard languages (note the clipboard language has to be changed manually via a supplied image file) SP-30_manual_En.pdf SP-30_manual_Ru.pdf Paintkit and the language pack is also supplied. Changelog v1.2 SP-30 changelog v1.2.txt ______________________________________________________________________ Update review by Stephen Dutton 25th July 2019 Copyright©2019 : X-Plane Reviews (Disclaimer. All images and text in this preview 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 - ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8Gb - Samsung Evo 512gb SSD Software: - Windows 10 - X-Plane 11.30 (v11.30 is required for this aircraft) Addons: Saitek x56 Rhino Pro system Joystick and Throttle : Sound - Bose Soundlink Mini Plugins: Environment Engine by xEnviro v1.10 US$69.90 : WorldTraffic 3.0 Plugin - US$29.95 Scenery or Aircraft - YBNA - Ballina Byron Gateway Airport 1.0 by Stricko 101 (X-Plane.Org) - Free
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