Being stuck in place for a while has me getting back into X-Plane 11 and thanks to some upgrades from TrueEarth Washington and Reshade, I’m at a point where I’m happier with the looks of the sim which means that I can really enjoy the flying experience again and have some fun sightseeing. But I wanted a new aircraft to do that in and I stumbled onto Thranda Design’s Quest Kodiak. It’s a really cool aircraft in real life and the simulated version seems to live up to the part too! Here are some first impressions.
The modern bush-plane
There’s something about bushplanes. As a Canadian, I’ve heard many stories both historical and more recently of the kind of work that small planes flying in the far north do. Servicing towns and villages that have no other means of staying connected with outside supplies and services means air travel is vital and these smaller aircraft are workhorses for that kind of operation.
I didn’t really know I was looking for a plane that had that kind of capability but when I stumbled almost accidentally onto this aircraft, I quickly knew it was what I wanted to fly in X-Plane.
Quest Aircraft designed the Kodiak ground-up to be a utility workhorse that, when configured appropriately, can perform many different roles from passenger transport to cargo carrying. It has short takeoff and landing abilities and it can be configured with floats so it can be used as a seaplane.
That’s the real one…so how about X-Plane 11’s?
Lots of value
Configured with a near standard G1000 avionics package and possessing relatively easy to handle performance attributes, Thranda’s Quest Kodiak feels good to fly and its relatively peppy given the potential cargo or passenger loadout. But the place where this aircraft for X-Plane 11 really shines is in the value.
I’m trying not to buy too many X-Plane aircraft right now as I don’t know if I’ll stick with the sim when the new Flight Simulator comes out but at the same time I’m looking to have some fun right now and so value is essential. Here there appears to be plenty of value with the most recent 2.0 release of this aircraft coming with tons of options.
It can be configured as a cargo aircraft, an executive aircraft, it can have a cargo pod installed beneath it, it can have floats installed turning it into a seaplane, and the standard sized tires can be replaced with larger ones that are ideal for flying in and out of rough airstrips.
The aircraft is designed with short field capability and you can come to a halt in a surprisingly short distance. Small airstrips that are out of the way and off the beaten path are definitely doable with this aircraft which is really cool.
The configuration screen lets you choose from a variety of preset or custom paint schemes meaning you can really dress your aircraft up the way you want which is a really nice extra bonus feature. There’s a lot of extra here actually and that definitely helps to increase the value just a little bit more.
Version 2.0 of the aircraft feels like a mature aircraft in the X-Plane world and while I know there’s a reality expansion pack that adds more detailed operations, right now there’s very little for me to find lacking here. In-fact aside from one or two minor complaints I’m extremely happy with this purchase and I’ll be checking out more of its features including the sea plane operation as soon a I can.
Thranda Design’s Quest Kodiak is available on the X-Plane.org Store for $35.95 USD. I’ll definitely be writing more about it over time.