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PMDG Release DC-6 Cloudmaster for X-Plane

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  • External Model - The external model has been accurately modelled using high resolution 3-view drawings of the actual airplane, and painted in exquisite detail with high resolution photo real textures.
  • Fully Interactive, Dynamic Virtual Cockpit - Designed and animated using the same proprietary techniques developed for previous PMDG award-winning product lines, you will truly enjoy the sensation of "being there" when flying this simulator from the fully interactive and animated 3D virtual cockpit. Stunning, high definition photo real textures in the VC truly brings this cockpit to life, and makes the DC-6 look 100% authentic compared to its real world counterpart.
  • Ramp Manager - External objects can be displayed/hidden using the Ramp Manager, adding to the realism and immersion – Tow Bar & Tractor, Wheel Chocks, Pitot Covers, Engine Oil Pans, Mechanic Stands. Here you will also be able to use the quick setup feature to set up the airplane for Cold & Dark, Ready for Start and Ready for Taxi without having to go through the extensive procedures. Great for when you have limited time.
  • Fuel and Loadout Manager – Using the Fuel and Loadout Manager, you will be able to realistically fuel the airplane’s 8 fuel tanks, load the desired number of passengers and amount of cargo for your next flight.
  • Artificial Flight Engineer (AFE) – The AFE can be used to assist you through various phases of flight: Before Start, After Start, Before Take-off, Take-off (Dry or Wet), Cruise, Descent, In Range, Before Landing, After Landing, Parking. During take-off, cruise and descent phases, the AFE will manage the airplane’s power and related settings for you.
  • Maintenance Manager – The Maintenance Manager will allow you to keep track of and manage your airplane’s engine health, propeller hours, engine oil quantities and related fluids such as water/alcohol, auxiliary oil and anti-ice fluids. You will also be able to see the total airframe hours accumulate.
  • Realism Options – You will be able to adjust the airplane’s realism settings to your preference, such as Engine Damage, Realistic Start, Carb Icing, and CB Failures.
  • Save and Load Scenarios – This feature provides you with the ability to save and load 3 different flight scenarios. You will be able to save the airplane in its current state anywhere in the simulator, and then load the scenario again later. Airplane position (lat/long), altitude, speed, switch positions, power setting etc. will be saved and loaded. This is extremely useful for those interrupted transcontinental flights. Just save now and load again later without ruining your progress.
  • Realistic Animations - The animated parts on the DC-6 were carefully researched and faithfully reproduced to match their operation with the actual aircraft. The DC-6 sports realistically animated gear, gear doors, flaps, cowl flaps, fuel dump chutes, passenger doors and cargo doors, as well as main and front cabin exit stairs. In the VC the CA and FO windows and the FE seat works exactly like their real counterparts. All switches, knobs and levers have been animated using actual video footage as reference.
  • Side Icon Bar – The side icons allows you to quickly access the various management screens (ramp manager, fuel & loadout, AFE etc.).
  • Custom Command System – You will be able to assign various switches, levers, knobs and activities to external hardware via the X-Plane command menu. Using this feature will greatly reduce mouse and keyboard usage.
  • Engine Model – The Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp CB-16 engine model has been accurately modelled, including realistic engine start, variable carb icing based on precipitation, dew point and OAT, realistic CHT behaviour, oil temperature heat-up and cool-down rates, realistic oil consumption, realistic oil pressure that varies based on oil temperature, water injection detonation suppressant for high-power take-offs, a realistic auto-mixture system correcting for air density and high/low supercharger modes with corresponding effects on critical manifold pressure, altitude and torque. A failure model (optional, can be disabled in Realism Options) is included. Engines are prone to abuse as well as wear and tear when the failure model is enabled.
  • Airplane Systems and Equipment - The DC-6’s systems were reproduced to match the operation of those in the real aircraft, and include: De-icing, Electrical, Engines, Fuel, Hydraulic, Oil, Pressurization, Propellers and Water Injection.
    • Sperry A-12 Automatic Pilot
    • Bendix King KX 155 NAV/COMM Transceiver
    • Bendix King KR 87 ADF Receiver
    • Bendix King KI-227 ADF Indicator
    • Garmin GI-106A GPS/VOR/LOC/Glideslope Indicator
    • Bendix MN- 61A Marker Beacon System
    • Bendix KT76A Transponder
    • Bendix KMA24 Audio Panel
    • Bendix KDI572 DME Receiver
  • Realistic Fuel System – The fuel system has been accurately modelled, and includes the 8-tank main and alternate fuel system with cross-feed, realistic fuel pressure system and the fuel dump system with accurate dump rates.
  • AC/DC Electrical Bus System – The electrical bus system includes realistic amp draw and voltage, as well as battery drain and charging.
  • Realistic, Immersive Sound Set - To increase the level of realism and immersion, individual switches, levers, knobs, aural warning sounds, and an array of systems sounds were recorded from an actual DC-6 expressly for the purpose of providing total flight deck realism and realistic audio-tactile feedback. The sound set covers every sound you would expect to hear inside the DC-6 cockpit, as well as from the exterior view. Highly realistic effects of the relationship between throttle positions, prop lever positions and engine RPM creates an authentic DC-6 in-cockpit sound experience.
  • Add-on Liveries - As is always the case at PMDG, numerous free add-on liveries are available for a variety of real-world DC-6 operators.
  • Flight Model – The DC-6 flight model has been tested and given the thumbs up by several type rated pilots who are current on type. If they say she flies like a DC-6, we’re not going to argue.

     

           More here http://www.precisionmanuals.com/pages/product/XP/dc6.html

       

 

 

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Reading about this last night, looks fantastic, real dedication to learn all of it correctly, lots of positiveness coming from users of XP, anyone on here be doing a review in the future?

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Hi Wayne,

Jess normally writes our X-Plane reviews but I know she is extremely busy right up into Autumn. :mellow:

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As some of you already know I'm an X-plane user but I'm uncertain if I'll be getting this aircraft as its not really my type of aircraft.

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the DC-6 will come out for fsx and p3d Brett, but there'll be a few things missing from the version that's currently out. Mainly things like the circuit breakers will be U/S in the fsx/p3d version due to restrictions on cockpit animation and clickspots (clickspots are a huge performance issue for the fsx.) 

 

as as for a review, I'd love to write one, but I've currently got two on my plate, plus PC pilot work due soon. Then there's moving....perhaps once I've gotten through next week alive I'll be able to schedule a bit more time. 

 

 

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Best of luck on the move Jess, I hope it goes smoothly for you as I know how hectic it can be.:)

 

Thanks for the info on the DC-6, these companies should really figure a way to work outside FSX like Majestic and A2A.

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Moving the flight model outside of fsx helps, but the VC is still the pinch point. There's simply no way to work around the animation issue in the VC. Maybe dovetail can do something with their FS.  

 

As as for the move, well it's all to pay for next week. Apartment hunting is happening next week. We've our eye on a lovely place that's next to a large graveyard. I'm crossing my fingers. :)

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Hmm, wonder how the other companies figured out how to get the circuit breakers to work in the VC.

 

It's usually nice and quiet next to cemeteries and usually will give you a nice breeze, hope it works out for you.:)

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Probably wont get this I think I would be out of my depth...does look very good though...I do have a few aircraft in both XP and P3D/FSX and in some the XP version has more VC functionality..

 

Hope your move goes well Jess..it sure is a hectic time...

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Check our Froogles video on it Wayne, this product has some great additions to ease you into flying it including a copilot. I am blown away what PMDG did with it.:thum: 

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Yeah I saw that Brett..it is really good.. I am trying to get time to do my IXEG 737.. may het this in the future though..hard to resist...

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Looks like a PMDG I would be interested in. Will have to wait till after I get around to rebuilding my system though (so lazy...so lazy to get round to that...) and for a version to be made for FSX if ever...but it looks like a terrific example of the Dial-y VC'd kind of thing I love to fly.

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