DCS: South Atlantic first impressions

RAZBAM have at long last taken the wrapper off their new DCS: South Atlantic map project and given us our first taste of this new scenery and map pack for DCS World. I’ve spent a couple of hours zooming around different parts of the landscape and these are my first impressions. What is DCS: South…

First impressions of the CowanSim 222B for X-Plane 11

I’ve been flying helicopters a lot more in 2021 and when a sale came up on a recommended module, I decided that I should jump on it and give it a try. These are my first impressions of the CowanSim 222B. Luxury and medical transport Based on the Bell 222B helicopter, CowanSim sells two different…

MSFS Game of the Year edition’s Pilatus PC-6 first impressions

Another aircraft that arrived with the recent with the Game of the Year edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator is the Pilatus PC-6 Porter. This STOL aircraft is suitable for both passenger and utility purposes and you can fly this aircraft out of just about anywhere. It’s also free so if you already have any version…

First impressions of MSFS’s F/A-18E Super Hornet

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m a big fan of the F/A-18 Hornet and that I’ve spent a lot of time flying the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet in that sim. So, when news came that the Asobo team were bringing the F/A-18E Super Hornet to Microsoft Flight Simulator, I was very excited to…

A first look at DCS: Marianas, the new free map for DCS World!

When the price is free, it’s hard to turn it down and that is very much the case for DCS: Marianas. This new map for DCS World was released just today and I’ve spent about 45 minutes flying over the map in an F-14 and a Mi-24 to get two very different experiences with this…

First impressions of Big Radial’s P-40B Tomahawk for Flight Simulator

Aircraft maker Big Radials was nice enough to send me the latest version of their P-40B Tomahawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator and I just did my first complete flight in the aircraft. I thought I’d share a few first impressions in advance of a more full featured review. Plus lots of screenshots! Big Radial’s… big…

VIRPIL MT-50CM3 first impressions and your questions answered

This is part two of my three-part series reviewing the VPC MongoosT-50CM3 Throttle throttle. I’ve been using the new throttle for a couple of weeks now and it’s time to put together some of my first impressions. From out of the box to first flights The first thing that strikes me about the CM3 throttle…

DCS: Mi-24P Hind first impressions

The DCS: Mi-24P Hind is out and I’ve had a few hours with the helicopter now which means its time to write a bit about my first impressions with this new module. Makes a great first impression The Hind really makes a great first impression. A quick look around the cockpit and then at the…

Transformative! First impressions of DCS World 2.7

At this time last year, DCS World and the community around it, were struggling with the latest 2.5.6 open beta patch which had introduced new lighting effects but also brought in plenty of bugs and performance problems. Things were rough for a while, statements were made, and eventually the problems were solved with promises to…

First impressions of the Aerobask Phenom 300

It has been a while since an X-Plane aircraft release has captured my attention but when Aerobask announced that they were doing a new business jet and releasing it ahead of their highly anticipated Falcon 8X project, I immediately took note. Now that the Phenom 300 is out, what’s it like and what are my…