Carenado and Just Flight are both releasing their own take on the Piper PA-28 Arrow III for Microsoft Flight Simulator and there’s news and video reactions for both aircraft that are coming out. This is the latest round-up of all of the key pieces of news on both of these aircraft.
Carenado’s Arrow III available now
If you can’t wait for a PA-28 for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the wait is over as Carenado’s PA-28R Arrow III is the first to hit the marketplace. It’s priced at the usual $24.99 USD, similar to Carenado’s other GA aircraft.
A slight delay for Just Flight
Just Flight has indicated on their Facebook page that there will be a slight delay to the launch of the PA-28. It was intended to be out now, however, they are making some last minute tweaks over the weekend. Here’s just some of what they had to say on their Facebook page:
We know that many of you were keen to see this released this week, that was our aim, but at the same time we were never going to compromise quality we want to get this as near perfect as we can prior to release. We’re now so close to the finish line but are going to spend the weekend implementing final changes to the Flight Model with a view to tweaking and testing by Monday afternoon and then the release will follow. Could be Tuesday might push to Wednesday there’s a little bit of the unknown there but bear with us and what we can say is it will be released for all early to middle of next week.Just Flight on their Facebook page
The delay is extremely minor and likely will be worth the wait.
PA-28 head to head
Piper PA-28 aircraft fans are surely feeling both excitement that their favourite type is making its way into Microsoft Flight Simulator and also potential confusion on which aircraft to buy. Both PA-28 recreations are being released extraordinarily close together.
Carenado has released the PA-28R Arrow III into the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace with the following features (as pulled from their website):
- 2 default GNS430.
- Custom S-TEC 55 autopilot.
- Custom KR87 ADF.
- Custom BK KN62 DME.
- Default GTX330 transponder.
- Engine and wind sound effects when opening doors and windows.
- Original HQ digital stereo sounds recorded directly from the real aircraft (engine, knobs, switches, buttons and different elements).
- Realistic flight dynamics compared to the real airplane. Realistic weight and balance. Tested by several pilots for maximum accuracy.
- Physically Based Rendering (PBR) materials and textures.
- PBR materials authored with industry-standard software used by the film and gaming industries.
- Tablet interphase for controlling static elements, pilots, opening doors, etc.; and starting options such as cold and dark and ready to taxi.
Meanwhile, Just Flight’s feature list for the PA-28 includes the following highlights:
- Accurately modelled PA-28R-201 Arrow III, built using real-world aircraft plans and comprehensive photography of the real aircraft
- A truly 3D virtual cockpit right down to accurately modelled seat belts and screw heads – every instrument is constructed fully in 3D with smooth animations
- Tablet EFB for controlling various aircraft options, and checking aircraft and flight information:
- ‘Cold & Dark’, ‘Ready for Take-off’ and ‘Ready for Start’ aircraft states
- Persistent aircraft states, allowing you to always return to your cockpit in the same state that you last left it
- Automatic fuel tank switching for use on those long distance cross-country flights
- GPS unit selection – GPS 100, GNS 430 or GNS 530
- Direction Indicator (DI) or Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI) instrument options
- Aircraft failures (spark plug fouling, vapour lock, oil use and battery failure)
- Passenger, baggage and oil inspection door controls
- Flight computer with useful information such as fuel burn, endurance, speed and wind speed/direction
- Fully functional and comprehensive IFR capable avionics fit including:
- KMA 20 audio selector unit
- KX 170B COM 1 / NAV 1 radio
- KX 175B COM 2 / NAV 2 radio
- KN 62 DME unit which can display information from NAV 1, NAV 2 or its own inbuilt receiver (NAV 3)
- Piper Autocontrol IIIB autopilot unit with navigation, heading and roll hold (altitude hold clickspot included)
- KT 76A transponder unit
- KR 85 ADF unit with ADF/ANT/BFO modes
- GPS 100, GNS 430 and GNS 530
Although a closer comparison of the two is likely worthwhile, the most notable differences are that Just Flight’s version comes with an aircraft persistence feature that will reward more careful flying and it will also come with a configurable dash with three different types of GPS units. The Just Flight version is also of a slightly older and more classic vintage while Carenado’s is a more modern rendition.
Just Flight will also be offering the PA-28 Turbo Arrow III and IV and will be available to owners of the standard version at a dramatically reduced price. No pricing has been released just yet for them.
Several content creators have already had access to the Just Flight pre-release version and have been doing videos about it. Here are some that you might want to watch.
There’s also a couple of videos out about Carenado’s version.
More coverage on both is sure to come!