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The Dakota features Reality XP Gauges and Avionics programmed with our exclusive Gauge Xtreme technology.


 
 

The Aircraft

The package includes the Dakota, with the Turbo Dakota available as a separate, free Upgrade.

The 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, throttles, etc. 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.

Click-to-Remove VC integrated with a complete 2D Interior!

With 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.

2D Cockpit, Instrument Panels & Interior

Now available in 3 resolutions / aspect ratios to suit your monitor type!

In 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.

All 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!

Sounds

Aaron 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 there".

"DreamAudio" - Choice of 2 Internal Sound Sets

You 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.

Extras

DreamFleet 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!

DreamManager Downloads

• 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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Configuration Control - Click for a larger image

 

Price

Two Dakotas, Two versions of FS, and the latest Reality XP Avionics all for only:

$34.95

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.

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*These 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Both Dakota & Turbo   Dakota aircraft  
• 3D Studio Max ®   Model
• Reflections & Shine
• Full moving parts
• Fully Interactive VC
• Choice of male or   female pilot
• Show / Hide the VC    with  just a mouse    click!
• Remove landing gear    fairings with just a    mouse click!
• Choice of 3, 2D    instrument panel    resolutions!
• Full set of 2D interior   views to supplement   the VC (FS9 only).
• Accurate Flight   Dynamics verified by   real Dakota pilots.
• Photo Real Graphics
• Reality XP Garmin   GNS430 GPS.
• A full set of Reality   XP Flight Line N &   Flight Line T gauges.
• Reality XP GMA340   Audio Panel and   GTX327 Transponder.
• Realistic Sounds
• Choice of 2 Internal   Sound Sets
• Configuration Utility
• Repaint Utility
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Reality XP DropStack Gauge

The DropStack gauge appears in its own window, and can be shown / hidden as you desire.

Use it for convenient access to your panel windows. Simply mouse over the gauge to make it expand, make your selection, and in a moment it retracts. Or, you can lock it in its expanded state if you desire.

 
Place you cursor over it below to see it in simulated action.