177B and 177RG aircraft models were designed by Mikko Maliniemi
of Finland, one of the most talented 3D modelers in the flight simulation
industry,and you can be certain that this Cardinal is one of the
most complex and detailed aircraft models ever produced. Mikko's
father is also a member of a flying club, and the aircraft he flies
is also a 177 Cardinal!
If you like the default FS Cessna aircraft, then you are going
to be in for quite a treat with the Cardinal! Mikko held back very
little when it came to detail, and here are some of the features
Virtual Cockpit & Cabin: Nicely detailed and with working
gauges, and moving throttles, control wheels, rudder pedals, throttles,
flap lever, cowl flap lever, and sun visors.You can fly from the
virtual cockpit, or from our complete 2D cockpit and interior (see
below). Working click spots for gauges, throttles, etc. Visible
raindrops on the Virtual Cockpit's windshield.
Moving Parts: Ailerons, rudder, stabilator, landing gear (RG
model), and flaps all move. The wheels turn, and both cabin door
and baggage door open and close. Be sure to watch the incredible
animation of the landing gear extension/retraction on the RG version!
With the press of a key, you can even tie it down and put the chocks
and pitot tube cover in place!
Interior and Passengers: This, of course, should be expected,
and the interior visible from the outside of the aircraft is highly
detailed, and includes Mikko (the aircraft's designer) and his father.
and Lighting Reflections: The same as found on the default FS
aircraft, there's even reflection on the aircraft windows.
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 Cardinal to be quite satisfying.
Galore!: Everything from tie down ropes, chocks and pitot tube
cover, to detailed textures, right down to almost every rivet and
inspection plate that is on the real thing.
Cockpit, Instrument Panels & Interior
addition to the 3D virtual cockpit and interior, the DreamFleet
Cardinal 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, or switch
between both. Some of the features of our 2D interior include:
Instrument Panel: So realistic that you could almost swear you
were in the real thing. Every gauge is there, just as it is in the
real Cardinal, and operate as accurately as is possible within FS.
Many gauges features a user selectable "digital readout",
which tells you what the gauge is reading; great for those with
small monitors, or to obtain high accuracy in setting. 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!
View Panel: Essentially a reduced height version of the Main
Instrument Panel, with a larger outside view for making landings
easier, or for enjoying the scenery. The landing view panel features
all of the primary flight and navigation instruments, and is suitable
for IFR work.
Stack: A choice of 3 radio stacks will be available, featuring
both older and newer avionics. In addition, The latest version
the Cardinal features Microsoft's outstanding Garmin GPS500 moving
map GPS. in the FS2002 version the Cardinal showcases our custom-programmed
GPS "SL320", which is a simulation of a real moving map
GPS produced by a well-known manufacturer, and one that appears
in the real 84 Charlie.
Views: They are all here, and you can use these in place of,
or to supplement the Virtual Cockpit views. Featured are Forward
Left, Left (with visible wing), Rear Left, Rear, Rear Right, Right
(with visible wing), Forward Right, and Up views. As with the instrument
panel all views are high quality, digital photo realistic graphics.
No rendered or hand drawn artwork here!
Lycoming O-360 engine sounds are featured. You will also get all
of the usual switch "clicks", gyro sounds, and fuel pump
sound. An audible environment that along with the visual surroundings
truly give you the feeling of "being there".
has always prided itself on giving you the MOST for your money,
and the Cardinal is no exception.
The ever popular "T-o-M" returns to the Cardinal, from
its previous appearance in our 737 and Archer. With T-o-M you can
repaint your Cardinal in any scheme you would like, or download
paint schemes produced by others. Then use T-o-M to create an entirely
new aircraft model, that sports this new paint scheme, and aircraft
complete with all the features listed above. By using T-o-M you
can create an entire fleet of Cardinals!
Joining "T-o-M" is "C-o-M". With Config-o-Matic
you will be able to select certain features for your Cardinal, such
as type of autopilot, or whether or not you wish to load the 2D
interior views to supplement the Virtual Cockpit. You will also
be able to set the various weights for your passengers and baggage,
change the color of the cockpit's dome light, and the instrument
back lighting, adjust the airframe hours on the tachometer, assign
certain custom keyboard commands, in order to access features not
provided for via default keys in FS, and finally, choose the
type of avionics you desire!
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