My well is about dry, idea-wise, right now. I’ve spent a week neck-deep in 3DS Max tutorials and tweaking arcane bits of code, and my brain is fried. So rather than just bag on writing Fanboy Friday altogether, I thought I’d give the rest of you a say. Tell me this: what is your favorite sim aircraft at the moment? And when you fly, where do you do it?
I’ll get things started. These last few months have been heaven for virtual GA pilots. Between Sibwings Bird Dog, Flight Replicas’ Super Cub package, and now Carenado’s Cessna 185 Skywagon, I haven’t gone near a kerosene burner. This week, what few times I actually was able to fire up FSX for pleasure, I’ve been engrossed with the 185. It’s a challenging model to control on the ground, and I’m only just now getting the hang of takeoffs. Hint: much rudder dancing involved. I do like a plane that bites back, and this one definitely has teeth.
As for where I’ve been flying… well, duh. In the guise of “testing” (heh) I’ve been doing a lot of flights around my own real-life home using ORBX’s FTX NA Blue scenery. In fact, my first 185 test flight was from the glorious 1S2 Darrington Municipal airport over to Paine Field in Everett, WA (home of the 747, and now the 787). Maybe it’s because I just added a new overclocked Q9550 CPU to my rig, but gawd were the frame rates great! And that’s without the performance tweaking we’re working on being currently installed.
Anyway, enough about me. What and where have you been flying lately?