Commercial FSX Aircraft Review
|Description:||Aerosoft BroncoX and ……..|
|Reviewed by:||Julio Monsalve|
Computer / Software Specifications
|Computer System:||- Asus P5Q Pro with Intel E8500 OC 4.2 GHz
- 4 GB Kingston HyperX 1066
- GIGABYTE Nvidia 460 GTX + O
- SB X-Fi Xtreme Music
|Software:||- Windows 7 x64
- FSX Pro with Acceleration
Introduction, Installation and Manuals
One Review, two Add-ons
Aerosoft’s BroncoX with test flights in and around Orbx FTX “New Zealand”
While I was very busy with my professional life, I couldn’t stop thinking on having a great escape. I mean an FSX escape. Many different aircrafts came into my mind since I was looking for something new, something interesting to share. With that idea in mind I went to the Internet, looking into different developers from Carenado to Flight1 passing thru A2A, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for. So I changed my criteria a bit, to look for something that I don’t like, in order to see if that could work. And it did, as a result I picked the Aerosoft BroncoX, almost the ugliest plane on FSX!
I always have the idea that if an aircraft is nice, then it flies nice. If it looks fast then it goes fast. But it gets tricky when you see the OV-10 Bronco. It doesn’t look nice and it doesn’t look fast, so I don’t have a clue about how it’s going to fly! By these criteria, Bronco’s flying characteristics are looking grim! The only way to find how the Bronco flies was to try it! Why is this plane so ugly?
I learned that the designers of North American Rockwell were looking for a robust, flexible, excellent cockpit visibility with low altitude but acceptable air speed, which could reach places where the fast and highly tech planes from the 60’s and 70’s couldn’t. As a result they created it’s characteristic lack of silhouette. But what a result! The OV-10 was so successful that it could even be operated from Aircraft Carriers! Its reputation was formidable, scaring everyone that sees it, not only using its model/design, but also thanks to a couple of mighty shot guns, packed with rockets and bombs. Kind of intimidating features aren’t they?
Some enemies said that it was very difficult to aim at it, not only because its agility but also because none can see it directly for more than a couple of seconds (even from the radar screen)! After such introduction, then I need to write more about Aerosoft features, to make this review as balanced as I can! From Aerosoft website you can find the list of features, but what a list. So if you haven’t seen it please take your time and go to Aerosoft to have a look, if you want to keep up with the review!
From there I want to highlight:
- Highly realistic modelled Garret T-76 (Honeywell TPE331) engines (we think this is the best representation of turboprops in FS so far).
- Unique Checklist Gauge with the option to let the checklist perform the required actions.
- 8 models (US Air Force, US marines, NASA, German Wing of the OV-10 Bronco Association).
- Highly realistic flight mechanics (several test flights were done in the real aircraft to verify the simulated model).
- Even includes realistic stalls, spins and the dreaded Dutch roll behavior.
Let’s face it, after reading the complete list, it might be ugly, but this add-on is starting to look very interesting! (BTW the ugliest on my ranking is the Pilatus PC-6 Porter). The Bronco is a 500MB file that came direct from Aerosoft website and for 29,95 Euros it can be yours!. The system requirements are very basic. Actually the minimal to enjoy FSX! After some clicks, the launcher came into life, so the installation process was a straightforward action. Please remember to follow the instructions.
I was expecting 1000 pages to explain the detail of all those interesting features. However, Aerosoft managed to create a very concise booklet with everything you need to know, from small history to a brief description of all the simulated systems. Just enough information so that a flightsim pilot can take the best from it and not get bored. So use it!
Thanks to a straight to simming approach I didn’t feel a bit “shy” like I used to feel when I approached new complex add-ons. My next step was to go directly to FSX and launch a flight, since the control panel only appears while simming (that’s a nice touch!). On the aircraft menu you will find all your 8 variants, each of them with their own flight dynamics.
Control Panel or “Engineer Station”
What I like about the Bronco is that it can be as challenging as you want it to be. By pressing shift-3, you will be able to reach the Bronco’s “Engineer Station”. On a single screen you can set up your bronco to meet your demands and since this is an “Engineer Station”, you can see how all your systems come to life when you click “Ready for Taxi” from a “Cold & Dark” setting! What a cool feature! If you want to use the complete procedure, you can use the Interactive Check List gauge, which is just great.
It offers you the possibility of playing the sound of each item. So every time you click you will hear “Power Level Flight Idle…. Checked! ” What a great feature! I enjoy it! It is a truly interactive tool, so thanks Aerosoft for such a nice feature! The highly realistic Garret T-76 can be taken into submission if you decide to click on two important boxes: “No Failure” and “No Accu Wear”. That is at your own risk because you know what they said: Once you go Accu Wear you will never go back!! You have a small selection to adjust how reliable your Bronco is going to be. After having a nice time around the cockpit while using the Interactive check list and getting ready to fly, I started to have a revelation.
The beauty in such an ugly plane! If you look carefully, every item is as real as it can be with plenty of sounds and plenty of 3D feeling; it just makes you feel like you are sitting there! Details are just staggering. A very impressive job! Now it is time to fly. For this review I decided to go to New Zealand, the land where glaciers, coasts and mountains will provide the perfect scenery to contrast the Bronco.
A Bronco unleashed in Orbx FTX New Zealand!
I selected Canterbury’s airport and after the lengthy checklist, I was ready to fly. The taxiing was easy as I could control the speed without any inconvenience, something rarely seen on FSX turbo props. My plan was to go from A to B on a straight line, so using custom made GPS, a direct to route was a piece of cake. Taking the plane to the active location, I’m ready to fly. Full throttle and the Bronco came to life! The sound is deep and strong, so you can feel each horsepower trying to escape. The roll down the runway was the first opportunity to try to control this beast. For some reason, for me, it’s a bit difficult to keep it straight, but after a while, what a feeling.
This is the first add-on that resembles exactly the floating/flying sensation that I feel when I fly a GA. I reach 5Kft in a couple of minutes. To trim the plane took me more time than I thought.
I like the way it flies, but what a waste of simm-flying time if you dare to use this add-on as a normal GA! As soon as I departed, I noticed a tendency to not to fly on a straight line! Ideal to chase some coastlines, rivers and glaciers! When it is time to land, you have to be sharp on your skills, because the Bronco will bite you if you don’t pay attention to the indicated airspeed. Full flaps will stop you in the middle of the air and combined with the turbine lag, you need to be prepared to react. Remember always to keep your nose down and never less than 100KIAS on the approach.
I’ve spent four short hours around South Island, performing touch and goes, going up and down, fast and slow and I couldn’t stop having fun. The complete time for this review was 20 hours, and definitely I will keep flying this beast, as I didn’t have the time to properly test the AccuWear feature. This add-on has so much quality that it is hard to find something negative, but my only comments come in the form that this is not an easy plane to fly. It actually can be challenging (even without AccuWear) and although it will provide you with plenty of fun, it is not for rookies and requires some study.
The idea to take to the skies in Aerosoft’s BroncoX initially was not in my mind, but what I’ve discovered about this flexible and kind of irreverent plane, is that it can offer you the most amazing experience as a GA pilot, based on great view, amazing flight dynamics and a visual quality that makes this ugly plane into a beautiful gem. But remember, if it looks fast, then it will go fast, if it looks nice, then it will fly nice, but if it looks like the Bronco, then it will fly like a BroncoX!
The Bronco, an untrained horse! Just what I need!
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