The package includes the Dakota, with the Turbo Dakota available as a separate, free Upgrade.
aircraft model was designed by one of the most talented 3D modelers in the flight simulation industry,
and you can be certain that this Dakota is one of the most complex
and detailed aircraft models ever produced.
If you like the default FS aircraft, even previous DreamFleet aircraft,
then you are going to be in for quite a treat with the Dakota.
The Dakota model is all-new, and was designed in 3D Studio Max.
Fully Interactive Virtual Cockpit & Cabin, with Super-Smooth
running gauges:: State of the art, and beautifully detailed,
with working gauges, and moving throttles, control wheels, rudder
pedals, sun visors, etc. Working click spots for gauges,
You can fly from the virtual cockpit or our complete 2D cockpit
and interior (see below). The
virtual cockpit features "click-to-remove" yokes, for
easy access to and viewing of all gauges and switches.
Advanced VC Night Lighting:The Virtual Cockpit features advanced
night lighting, and the user can select to turn on / dim the panel instrument lights along with the overhead red dome light or white cabin light.
VC integrated with a complete 2D Interior!
the DreamFleet Dakota, there's no need to preselect an
aircraft model with or without a Virtual Cockpit. Just hop
on board and with just a mouse click you can remove the
VC. Switch over to the 2D interior and enjoy accurate views
as you look around, including animated 3D wings.
Complete Moving Parts: Ailerons, rudder, stabilizer, flaps,
etc. all move. The wheels turn, and both cockpit door, and baggage
doors open and close. Click with your mouse, and open the fuel caps
and conduct your own virtual "walk around". Click again,
and tie the aircraft down after flight. You can even remove the
pilot from the cockpit. For those who fly from unimproved runways, you can remove the wheel fairings with just a mouse click (we wish it was that easy in real life!)
Visible Interior with choice of pilots: This, of course, should
be expected, and the interior visible from the outside of the aircraft
is highly detailed. Using our Configuration Control you can choose
between male or female pilots, and with just a click remove the
pilot from the cockpit!
Dynamic Shine and Lighting Reflections on Fuselage: The same
as found on the default FS aircraft.
Accurate Flight Dynamics: A pretty aircraft means nothing if
it does not fly well, and while it is impossible to create 100%
accurate flight dynamics for FS, you'll find the flying characteristics
of the DreamFleet Dakota to be quite satisfying. The
Dakota's flight dynamics were designed by Alexander Metzger of
Switzerland, an experienced designer and glider pilot, who worked
closely with Lou Betti and other Dakota owners in testing the flying qualities of
the aircraft. If the real aircraft's owners are happy with how the
Dakota flies, so will you be!
Details Galore!: Complete external lighting as on the real aircraft,
many parts that would not normally be modeled are modeled.
Detailed textures, right down to almost every rivet and inspection
plate that is on the real thing.
Cockpit, Instrument Panels & Interior
Now available in 3 resolutions / aspect ratios to suit your monitor type!
addition to the 3D virtual cockpit and interior, the DreamFleet
Dakota features complete 2D instrument panels and interior views,
in our "trademark" high resolution, digital photo realistic
graphics. Use the "VC" or use the 2D views. Some of the
features of our 2D interior include:
Main Instrument Panels (left seat and right seat): So realistic
that you could almost swear you were in a real Dakota. Every gauge
is there, just as it is in the real Dakota, and operate as accurately
as is possible within FS. All gauges feature "dynamic tool
tips", that tell you not only what the gauge is, but what its
reading is. In addition, you can also select to place a "cover"
over a gauge, so you can practice partial panel IFR. Of course the
instrument panels feature near 100% accurate pilot's perspective.
As with every DreamFleet panel you are seated in the pilot's seat
not in between the seats!
Landing View Panels (left seat and right seat): Essentially
a reduced height version of the left and right seat Instrument Panels,
with a larger outside view for making landings easier, or for enjoying
the scenery. The left landing view panel features all of the primary
flight and navigation instruments, and is suitable for IFR work.
Zoom Gauges: With just a click you can individually zoom in
on the ASI, ADI, ALT, TC,HSI, VSI and Engine Gauges. Zoom in on just one,
or zoom in on all of them!
Avionics and gauges: The Dakota features a complete set of Reality XP's ultra-smooth running Flight Line T and Flight Line N gauges (as shown above). Reality XP's Garmin GNS430, GMA340 Audio Panel and GTX327 Transponder round out a Reality XP gauge package that will provide a level of realism rarely seen in a Flight Simulator aircraft.
DreamFleet's Elmar Calbo has programmed additional avionics, including the
Bendix-King KN62 DME, KR87 ADF, and the Apollo SL30 NAV/COM* and there's even an ELT you can test on the left side wall of the Virtual Cockpit!!
*This unit is only partially simulated, but is scheduled for complete simulation in the future.
gauges are high resolution, and are created from high quality digital
images of the actual gauges appearing in the real aircraft.
2D Interior Views (FS9 Version only): Featured are Forward Left, Left (with visible
3D animated wing), Rear Left, Rear, Rear Right, Right (with visible
3D animated wing), Forward Right, and Up views. As with the instrument
panel all views are high quality, digital photo graphics. No rendered
or hand drawn artwork here!
Swindle does it again with a very realistic sounding sound set.
Authentic Lycoming O-540 engine sounds are featured, with the originals
recorded from the real aircraft by DreamFleet's Louis Betti. You
will also get all of the usual switch "clicks", gyro sounds,
closing door sounds, etc. An audible environment that along with
the visual surroundings truly give you the feeling of "being
- Choice of 2 Internal Sound Sets
will have a choice of two (2) Internal engine sound sets.
The first features the engine sounds muffled as they would
be heard by the pilot wearing Active Noise Reduction headphones.
This is the most realistic sound set. The second sound set
features the engine sounds at their normal, loud levels, as
are usually provided by default in Flight Simulator. These
are the least realistic sounds, as most, if not all pilots
of these aircraft always wear their headphones for hearing
protection and for ease of radio communication.
has always prided itself on giving you the MOST for your money,
and the Dakota is no exception.
DreamManager: Is the new replacement for "Text-o-Matic",
which appeared in previous DreamFleet products. With DreamManager
you can repaint your Dakota in any scheme you would like, or download
paint schemes produced by others. Then use DreamManager to create an entirely
new aircraft model, that sports this new paint scheme, and aircraft
complete with all the features listed above. By using DreamManager
you can create an entire fleet of Archers!
Configuration Control Panel: Formerly known as "Config-o-Matic"
our Configuration Control is no longer a separate program, but operates
right inside the aircraft! Use the Configuration Control to instantly
select VC options and sounds. Use it to set various options on your
Garmin GNS430, and to activate the various "Preflight"
animations, such as the opening oil filler door and removable fuel
caps. Make your decisions and selections while in the cockpit!
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Two Dakotas, Two versions of FS, and the latest Reality XP Avionics all for only:
To our valued customers: While we had hoped to maintain a lower price of $29.95 on the Dakota, the continued slide of the US dollar against foreign currencies, especially the Euro, has made this impossible. Most of DreamFleet's staff live outside of the USA, and have seen their income drop some 40% over the last two years. Out of respect for the ever-increasing workload they endure with each new DreamFleet product that they produce, it is only fair that they be properly compensated.
Thank you for your understanding and support in these difficult times.
units are identical to the Reality XP units that can be purchased
separately. However, these units are "locked" to the
Dakota's instrument panel and aircraft, and cannot be used on
any other panel or aircraft.