If you are looking for a fast and powerful twin-engine aircraft for your FSX flights, you might want to check out the RealAir Turbine Duke. This add-on is a highly detailed and realistic simulation of the Beechcraft B60 Duke modified with Pratt & Whitney PT6A turboprop engines. The Turbine Duke offers excellent performance, handling, and systems fidelity, as well as a stunning 3D cockpit and exterior model.
In this review, we will take a closer look at the features and characteristics of the RealAir Turbine Duke, and see how it compares to the real aircraft and other FSX add-ons. We will also explore some of the unique aspects of flying a turboprop aircraft, such as torque, propeller control, and engine management. Finally, we will give our verdict on whether the Turbine Duke is worth buying and adding to your FSX hangar.
Features and Specifications
The RealAir Turbine Duke is available as a download from the RealAir website for $49.95 USD. The download size is about 300 MB, and the installation process is straightforward and easy. The add-on requires FSX with Service Pack 2 or Acceleration installed, and it is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10.
The add-on includes two variants of the Turbine Duke: the V1 and the V2. The V1 is based on the original conversion of the B60 Duke by Rocket Engineering in 2004, while the V2 is based on the updated conversion by Royal Turbine in 2010. The main differences between the two variants are the engine power output, fuel capacity, avionics, and liveries. The V1 has 550 SHP engines and 151 gallons of fuel, while the V2 has 650 SHP engines and 192 gallons of fuel. The V1 has a Garmin GNS 530/430 GPS combo and a Bendix King KFC 225 autopilot, while the V2 has a Garmin GTN 750/650 GPS combo and a Garmin GFC 700 autopilot. The add-on comes with 12 liveries for each variant, plus a paint kit for creating your own custom liveries.
Some of the key features of the RealAir Turbine Duke are:
A highly accurate flight model that simulates the aerodynamics, performance, and handling of the real aircraft.
A realistic sound set that captures the distinctive whine and roar of the PT6A engines.
A fully functional and interactive 3D cockpit with high-resolution textures, smooth animations, custom gauges, and realistic lighting effects.
A detailed exterior model with dynamic reflections, bump mapping, specular mapping, and custom animations.
A comprehensive systems simulation that includes electrical, hydraulic, fuel, pressurization, de-ice, fire protection, and engine management systems.
A custom failure system that allows you to set various failure scenarios and test your emergency procedures.
A custom configuration panel that allows you to adjust various settings such as payload, fuel load, cold and dark start-up option, engine wear option, panel state option, etc.
A custom documentation package that includes a user manual, a quick start guide, a checklist, a reference sheet, and a performance chart.
To test the RealAir Turbine Duke in FSX, we flew several flights in different weather conditions and locations. We also tried different flight phases such as takeoff,