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Flight1 – ATR 72-500

Product Information Publisher: Flight 1 Description: Add-on Aircraft. Download Size: Format: CD-ROM Simulation Type: FSX

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Reviewed by: Angelique van Campen AVSIM Staff Reviewer - January 5, 2007

Introduction
The making of this small to medium aircraft was not that easy and lots and lots of work had to be done to create this highly detailed product. According to Flight1, they express this as follows “Research, travel, work, and fun! Below are a series of photos detailing some of the aspects in our research trip to find out what the ATR is all about. Any great project starts off with meetings and this one was no different with the development team meeting in Toulouse, France to discuss the project and the upcoming research work. Following the dinner meeting and a good nights rest, the team got up bright an early to start work in the ATR simulators. This time was used for lots of sound recording, flight testing, procedures study, and night lighting overview photographs”. Believe me, this is just a part of the intensive work that is done. Let’s first I’ll start with a small history of ATR; Aerospatiale and Aeritalia (now Alenia) established Avions de Transport Regional as a Groupement d'Intéret Economique under French law to develop a family of regional airliners. The ATR-42 was the consortium's first aircraft and was launched in October 1981. In 1986 a stretched version was launched under the ATR-72 type. With the high wings and the rather special shark fin like propellers, they are a familiar sight at most airports these days and form the mainstay of many regional routes all over the world. Back to the reality; this review covers the FSX ATR version but when needed, I will compare it with the FS2004 version. After consulting Flight1, they could tell me the FSX version is only made compatible for FSX, so it’s not a fully redesigned model. This also includes the 2D and VC cockpits. This means that there should be no differences between the FS2004/FSX model except for the environmental conditions and FPS. This brings up the next question; do you need to pay additionally for the FSX version? That can be answered very quickly, NO! Flight1's policy for this product is based on the fact that when you own the FS2004 version, you get a free upgrade to the FSX version. It even goes further when you buy the CD-ROM product; you get both versions on one CD for one price.

Installation and Documentation
Installation The installation process via the offered Flight1 CD-ROM is without any surprises, so no problems at all. We have the choice to install either the FS2004 or/and FSX versions. Once the installation is finished, it requests you to restart of your PC. The offered FSX software includes SP1 while FS9 includes SP3, so there’s no need to go to the dedicated Flight1 ATR website to download separate Service Packs. With the installation you’ve also got an ATR 72-500 Configuration Manager for FSX. This window consists of four sections; Load & Balance, Options, Interior and Placards. The different looks can be seen on the screenshots below. The included Acrobat manual will
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Only the one labeled with FSX is the right one (for this review)! Documentation The package comes with two digital Acrobat documents. file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72.Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! discuss these different sections and most of the settings are self explaining. The tutorials are clearly and understandably written but what I personally miss is the relation between text and pictures. Air Caraïbes and Atlantic Southeast Airlines. Additionally. can are be used for FSX. This brings the manual all together up to 481 pages. settings. the configuration manager. performance tables and much more).exe. the ATR 72-500 Orientation Manual and the Configuration Manager Info (English/German). familiarization of panel call-up and views. Let’s first start with the last one. Keep in mind that when you look at AVSIM. The Orientation Manual covers almost everything needed for the serious flight simmer. so you either modify the default flight or make your own default flight for the ATR. the necessary explanation of instruments and panels and a complete comprehensive Aircraft Flight Manual (charts.htm (3 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM . is there. since some FSX paintings are there as well. not only look under FSX “Aircraft Repaints. Textures and Modifications” but also under FS2004. On the CD-ROM you will find some more liveries apart from the ones on AVSIM. There’s only one remark in my personal opinion in relation to the tutorials. the CD-ROM cover offers a small booklet with a mix of important things needed for the initial installation process. the following airline liveries are installed and configured: ATR House Color. followed by two flight tutorials. You will find an Introduction and Getting Started chapter. Here it is stated that to have an ATR without any problems. This is a simple one since it explains everything related to the previously mentioned Configuration Manager. Failure to do so could result in problems with your ATR. Together with this. before loading the ATR.AVSIM Online . flying the ATR and finally a checklist. When you want to install additional liveries. Keep in mind that there are two files in the last directory. Then there’s also the remark that FS2004 liveries/paintings. you need to load the default flight (Cessna 172 at KSEA – Seattle) first. Don’t expect too much of it since it’s no more than 13 pages but what is initially needed. Flight1 confirmed this. The default flight is the one for FS2004. you need to install the separate Text-O-Matic program. This can be found via the startup window by selecting “Explore CD ROM” -> directory “Utilities” -> directory “Text-O-Matic” -> TextoMatic_Setup_FSX. Another thing what I want to bring up to your attention is page 3 of the Orientation Manual.

but those can also be used for FSX. This ZIP file offers you checklists and a takeoff and landing data calculation file for FS2004. In the first place you pay one price both versions – FSX and FS2004 – even if you don’t have the CD-ROM version but downloaded it a while ago for FS2004. A free upgrade to FSX is available. so please ignore this option. According to Flight1. Is that a shame or lack of a good product? I don’t think so. an old fashioned dark brown and a fresh looking blue color. On the ground. back to this FSX VC. EHSI (Electronic Horizontal Direction Indicator) and the TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) instruments. Last word from the Flight1 ATR developer: "It seems that the static cockpit interior views on page 2-4 of the manual are no longer applicable for FSX. The cockpit comes in two flavors. Later we will see that the 2D and external view do give completely different FPS between FS2004 versus FSX. While these values are more or less the same in FS2004. the way they made it. default scenery LFBO (Toulouse/ Blagnac) with building storms selected. the average frame rate is between 10 and 15.Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! Ok. are very sharp and even the text on the panels is good. In one way or another. The overall look of the VC is very realistic but more important.htm (4 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM . back to the VC.AVSIM Online . that covers the Flight1 manuals. the EADI (Electronic Attitude Direction Indicator). so it’s up to you what you like and what you choose. since FSX doesn’t support this." Cockpit and Virtual Cabin Virtual Cockpit This time I’ve decided to start with the Virtual Cockpit because more and more flight simmers are using this within FSX and believe me. search jobs on AVSIM and this link. file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72. notice how sharp these instruments are. they created a VC which is the same as the FS2004 version. but there is more. Hold on guys. Unfortunately. They appear in the same way as in the 2D cockpit without any distortion and there’s also no window around it. the ATR 72-500 is only made compatible with FSX. it’s worth seeing this design. There’s one thing I really find that's great. so no special features are introduced. Most of the time you’re looking at cartoonish designs but not here. It’s so real for a virtual cockpit. the instruments are all easy to read. Even in the VC mode. Some information can be found on the Flight1 ATR forum. there's hardly any difference. this is the end of this documentation part but I can say it's a suburb manual with many details which helps you to have hours and hours of having fun and learning more about this small but very detailed aircraft. for example. Ok. Below you will find some shots of the VC including some close-ups of the panel/instruments. you can click. This is really great and what's more. I made some screenshots of the VC and I’m surprised about the FPS. when you look at that picture. As usual. Even the glare shield structure looks very similar to the 2D version where it appears they used digitalized real pictures in my opinion.

When looking at. so extremely detailed and it’s still sharp. When we forget the sunshine and the real beach. Wow … Last but not least. we jump into our simulated Flight1 ATR and make the same shots with our own digital camera as we found on the Internet … the results areawesome. shoot some pictures from real brown cockpits and paste those over here.htm (5 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM .AVSIM Online . At the same time. is exactly the same. I can tell you that this looks so unbelievably real. we need to do some search on the Internet. with all the built in switches/pushbuttons. for example. A great job is done here! At night. there’s always the question ofhow real is the Flight1 ATR 72-500 cockpit? To find that out. I don’t know about the overhead panel in a real ATR. but I know it in the Airbus A310 and the principle backlight for the panel itself. I’ve seen this with many GA airplanes but you will hardly find this with the big commercial jets. file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72. the VC becomes even more impressive. the overhead panel.Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! I would like to bring to your attention to the sharpness of the lower row of pictures. I can only say that the Flight1 ATR offers the customer a very realistic cockpit.

but that’s due to the fact that I made those shots from different angles which results in distortion of the panel text. It allows you to call-up the overhead panel. As you can see from the screenshots above. file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72.real ATR cockpit pictures Flight1 ATR VC screenshots. You’ve got the standard sub-panels which can be called-up via a small icon window just underneath the captain’s RMI. it’s time to click in this area with your left mouse button and there’s the PWC. This icon window is also known as Panel Window Controller (PWC). so left of the CAPT EHSI (see yellow square on the left hand upper screenshot).Net . it seems that the text is not that sharp or strange looking. center and co-pilots panel. the CAPT and FO EFIS control panels. CTR instrument panel. but you can shift positions while looking to the captains. it’s sharp. throttle quadrant and the FMS MCDU. CCAS annunciator (caution/ warning light panel). readable and looking very realistic. clear. 2D Cockpit You will not believe it. but the 2D cockpit covers not just a standard captain’s cockpit view. the comparison between the old fashioned brown cockpit and the ones from Flight1’s ATR are very close. Ok. There’s no sunlight shining into the cockpit but everything is there.htm (6 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM . center stand. let’s first start with the sub-panels. Have a look at these cockpit subpanels in the fresh blue configuration.Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! Courtesy of JetPhotos. When you don’t see anything except the instrument panel itself.AVSIM Online . In some Flight1 pictures.

htm (7 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM . throttle quadrant and FO’s EFIS Control Panel FMC MCDU and Auto Pilot panel Sub-panel CTR Instrument Panel Sub-panel OVERHEAD As seen on picture I (yellow square). But Since you don’t have that in front of you.Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! Activation of icon window (located below captain’s RMI) Center Stand. But we are not finished since there’s a lot more to come. The normal pilot's view gives a good and clear view of the pilot’s panel without the complete engine instruments. CCAS Annunciator and CAPT EFIS Control Panel Gear panel. I will try with the help of screenshots to explain this. we’ve got the wide angle Capt’s panel view. I do believe so. When clicking on the glare shield. See it as when you’re parked in your car and you want to move from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat but don’t want to step out of the car. there’s also the possibility to shift from the LH seat via the center panel to the RH seat. but also the center instrument panel with mainly the engine instruments. Instead.AVSIM Online . It seems that you’ve got a cockpit wide angle view and a normal cockpit pilot’s view. Confusing. ones the icon window is in view you’ve got a variety of sub-panels including the well known overhead panel. Starting with picture I-1. we get an APPROACH/TO file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72. you move your body across from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat. There’s also something else and it works the best when you have the manual with you. while the wide angle view reduces the main pilot’s flight instruments and adds the engine instruments to it. Additionally.

When you click again on the right hand side of this picture. I think you and I have a very good idea about the quality of the panel and instruments and don’t forget all the switches.htm (8 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM . The other systems. Fuel. When you click on the RH side the wide angle Capt’s view. selectors. For clarity. that's all ok although I can’t look behind the scenes at what the programmer really programmed. seems to be also simulated. All the typical pushbutton switches with the integrated lights are so real. I-2 (Capt APPROACH / TO View) III-2 (FO APPROACH / TO View) I-1 (Wide Angle pilot View) II III-1 (normal Pilot View) IV (RH Side Window View) Except for the LH side window view.AVSIM Online . file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72. but this is also an option. what’s programmed behind every switch. like the avionics. I didn’t make a screenshot of the LH side window view. Bleed Air. Auto Flight. or at least a part of the aircraft systems I mentioned. the ENGINE FIRE amber and red warnings are simulated. Flight Controls. you’re shifted to the right. as can be seen on picture II. selector or knob. I don’t know but I do know that everything works. When pressing/releasing a pushbutton. I tried every switch and selector on the overhead panel and all are working. Even the red fire handle illuminates during a test. but it looks very realistic. Again. knobs and so on. a light comes ON.Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! view (picture I-2). Air Conditioning system(s)? For the standard avionics systems and the Auto Flight. This is all nice but what about the simulated aircraft systems. Hydraulic. you’re shifted to picture III and so on to the right hand side window view (picture IV) etc. this is the whole collection of the possible panel images.

sharp and all the switches.Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! By the way. the eyes for detail and the painting/ file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72. can also be found in the Airbus A310 and the newer Airbus models. but I’ve never seen it so real! So it seems to me that you really need to read that 481 page manual. there are always two things which are interesting to look for. I can confirm this since most of the switches. This can be found in the Orientation Manual pages 18-3 to 18-5. then it’s time to look into the cabin and here I’m positively surprised about the cabin quality. I express quality like the reality of the panels. the sharpness of the instruments and which avionics and aircraft systems are simulated. I really have the feeling that I’m walking in a cabin. since operating this aircraft needs a little more then normal knowledge but it's worth the investment. I’m mainly interested in the quality of the cockpit. Everything is there as it's supposed to be. I can conclude that Flight1 has done a terrific job with this ATR 72-500. The rest. Then select “Flight1 ATR 72-500“. selectors etc. makes sense. Great work! External Model Looking at this external model. Additionally there are a few other things which can be controlled in the cockpit and cabin like adjusting the windshield sun visors. the VC is clear.htm (9 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM . When those things are all right or programmed within the limits of Flight Simulator. Virtual Cabin Most of the time this is not really my favorite. So many details and I hope I haven’t forgotten anything but with an excellent realistic 2D cockpit. the activating of the virtual cabin is done with the FSX menu option “Add-Ons”. which is great with lots of options and details.AVSIM Online . into the cabin compartment and walked to the back of the cabin to visit the toilet. where I found my luggage. Now you have the options to Hide the Virtual Cockpit and Show the Virtual Cabin. I stepped out of the cockpit via the cargo hold. as well as the virtual cabin. pilots arm rests. With this sub chapter – Cockpit and Virtual Cabin – almost finished. First of all. I think. removing the yokes for clarity and many other options. Although you will probably find out yourself. That the cabin could be lifted to a higher standard. the flight attendant is already waiting for me with a cup of coffee. selectors and knobs work. that’s always a wish we want to have but for now it looks good and more important.

Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! livery quality. fuselage and tail? Is the model glossy or is the paint already some years old? All those things which make the difference between a real looking external model/paint and one that’s very unrealistic. Additionally there are a few on the CD-ROM and many others can be found in the AVSIM library.AVSIM Online . an ATR factory livery and compare that with real ATR pictures to see if the painter has done his work. On both libraries you will find additional liveries. you can look at. very personal. file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72. The ATR comes standard with three liveries. Do you see rivets on the wings. of course. look in the AVSIM library not only at the FSX paintings but also in the FS2004 corner. Now its time to look to the paintings and then ask how real do they look? Ok. That feeling of how it should look through your eye is. one from the ATR factory. Air Caraïbes and Atlantic Southeast Airlines. I wrote about this already but it’s too important to forget it. for example. That’s not completely what I mean.htm (10 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM . I think it’s time to see how these Flight1 ATR models look.

especially during the late afternoon hours. I also have some minor remarks which are necessary. there are several pictures available where the ATR development team is busy making pictures. In the beginning. but how far can we believe them? One thing is for sure. when looking at all those details like the small/short main landing gear. So. please join me on my test file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72.AVSIM Online . parts of the aircraft offer much more detail than during daytime. on the dedicated Flight1 "Researching the ATR" website.. My intention is not to describe everything of the tutorial.Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! Is there really a need to add comments to these screenshots? I don’t think so. The white tail light is mounted behind a glass or plastic bowl and it looks so real. Although it’s not mentioned in the previous Flight1 ATR text. but I think that the screenshots so far give you an idea of the well designed model with eyes for detail. Later while doing a test flight from EDDM (Frans-Josef-Strauss Airport/Munich). investigating the cockpit and many more things. Now it’s up to me to see how it behaves during ground operations like taxiing. FS2004 liveries can still be used for the FSX model. the propeller blades and its hub. There were also multiple ATR pilots on the beta test staff. take off and during the different flight phases. we had to get ATR approval before we could actually release the title. I will offer you additional external model screenshots. the cargo door (which must be assigned manually via the wing fold command) and the passenger door. all are awesome. In fact. and flight modeling and quite a few people from ATR were part of the beta testing. Unfortunately.? For this I think it’s a good idea to use one of the flight tutorials in the Orientation Manual. so why not this? Probably it’s a limitation of Flight Simulator. We believe the product is very close to the real aircraft in terms of system accuracy. I don’t know and if this is the case. I think that the sharpness of the passenger windows on the outside of the fuselage could be better. I had thoughts about the glossy look but during the late afternoon's warm sunlight.htm (11 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM . Flight1 gives us the following information regarding the ATR flight characteristics “We made multiple trips to the ATR factory in Toulouse.” That’s pretty impressive but." How does it fly …. but more to use it as a guideline for testing the flight dynamics of the ATR or in plain English. However. then you can forget my comment. Awesome … I’m impressed with the external model. There are so many other good details. how this ATR flies. I’m sorry. Still. Last word from the Flight1 ATR developer: "Although more and more dedicated FSX liveries are available at AVSIM. Personally I like the lower four pictures. This typical illumination of the bulb is something we can see with the landing lights on (RH lower picture) as well. with the tampered afternoon sunlight shining on this highly detailed airplane model. visual. The grey – aluminum – lining around the windows is not sharp at all and I don’t know why. many add-on vendors say this. I think that the offered liveries are a little too glossy but that’s also a personal feeling. The overall look tells me this is a well designed model with lots of details. and worked closely with ATR staff throughout this project. I do believe that ATR flight instructors have helped make the simulated ATR model into a real flight sensation. ATR was quite enthusiastic in helping us with many of the technical details we needed.

everything seems to work. I introduce some rudder and clearly can see that the AP is immediately correcting for roll and pitch. Some last items to check and there we go. but that gives me the time to feel this ATR during ground movements. During the rest of the climb I connect the AP (Auto Pilot). file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72. A few miles before the next waypoint. when you want to use the flight plan data (SID. but it's fun when. for example. Slowly and gracefully. a navigation processor unit. By the way. The basic FMS description (chapter 17) is written in that way. Unfortunately. We’re ready to go and before I know. we’ve passed 2000 feet. One of the reasons is that the MCDU is of a different kind than the ones used in Boeing or Airbus airplanes. This will take some time. It goes well without any problems but a simulated taxi feeling as once seen with the Ariane 900ER. Is it easy to fly? Not really since it feels and acts as a real airplane. it’s a good idea to first read chapter 17. the ATR climbs while I’m still flying by hand.htm (12 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM .Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! flight from EDDM (Frans-Josef-Strauss Airport/Munich) to LIPE (Bologna’s Borgo Panigale Airport/Bologna). that means that which came with the product during the installation. the aircraft responds in a natural way. I’ll take my time to perform the necessary cockpit preparations with the help of the tutorial. to the MCDU. knob. there are some similarities. and selector including several tests etc. "Keep the following in mind. is the way the AP is flying the model along the NAV TRACK. Last word from the Flight1 ATR developer: A small but very important remark regarding the detailed flight tutorials. Any sound while taxiing over light bumps built into the concrete is not there. is not here or is it? It’s not the same as in the FS9 Ariane 900ER. the AP moves the aircraft to follow the track as closely as possible and all of this is done in a gentle way.AVSIM Online . It seems that there’s something simulated from out of the pilot's view. airways etc. Since – as far as I can judge and see – all the aircraft systems do operate. What’s also clearly visible and very natural. Basically it is a GPS system that uses a GPS antenna. I really feel myself flying this aircraft in a realistic way. you could also request a new route via RouteFinder. the cockpit starts moving a little up. The other way around is the same when a sudden wind is introduced and with a slight delay detected by us.) as written in the tutorial you leave the navigation data as it is. sit back and relax while reading this chapter. we taxi a little longer than planned. Suppose you’ve unfortunately updated the AIRAC cycle. that you’re able to use the MCDU as if you had the original AIRAC data." I’ve noticed that once you’ve installed a newer AIRAC – in my case cycle 0713 – some data from the tutorial is no longer applicable anymore while interrogating the FMS MCDU. When you add a roll or pitch input. in a simulated cockpit. Of course. STAR. but the cockpit seems to move up and down when I need to brake. which processes the received data from the antenna and transmits it. a correction is made. When power is applied. I need to check every pushbutton. While the AP is steering the aircraft along the NAV TRACK. When you want to use the onboard FMS MCDU. but I do advise you to take a cup of coffee. for example. the Flight Management System installed in the real and simulated model is a Honeywell HT1000 and it is actually a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

When we reach our planned cruising altitude. While cruising. Since there aren’t many clouds.htm (13 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM .Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! Some screenshots from my test flight. One thing I need to tell you. I've already said it . Although there are not that many screenshots in the tutorial part. This means – I know. to see what’s possible and what the FMS has done for us. very real. I can still do a lot of things with the MCDU and I really have the idea that many things are simulated. which has by the way has nothing to do with the simulated FMS MCDU.you really need to read chapter 17 of the Orientation Manual. It not only gives a good impression of the external model itself. In one hand I’ve got my FMS description and operation manual including the 2nd tutorial while looking and fiddling around on the MCDU with my other hand. is that this MCDU is really different then the ones used on Boeing and Airbus airplanes. but it tells me the reality of the flight characteristics. I can file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72. I enjoy the magnificent view of the Austrian and Northern Italy mountains. which you unfortunately can’t see here but believe me.AVSIM Online . it flies very. it’s time to play with this magic MCDU box. which explains everything about the MCDU including examples related to the 2 tutorials.

Before I know. roll or yaw. When I close my eyes and think how this sounds in the Airbus A310. When approaching 10. I’m still doing this by hand but while lowering the flaps. external forces bring the aircraft out of its own stability. I slowly add some pitch but at the same time there’s some turbulence. believe me. Before finishing this part. After the landing and taxi to the designated spot. If you like flying in and around mountains. I need to pay more attention to flying the aircraft. it’s exactly the same realistic sound. Flying the ATR 72-500 manually while introducing a pitch. so very well done.5 hours I try to roll/bank the aircraft a little and see what happens. based on my feelings. Conclusion. Whatever. I take the controls and try to follow the planned route. I’m free at any moment to decide to change my path and fly directly to LIPE. which could give this turbulence. I’m indeed loosing some altitude. This trip is just 230Nm so we‘re quickly approaching Bologna.000 feet. Apart of this. which produces a characteristic sound. which I know from real experience during my real PPL lessons. You can’t fly this aircraft like the default airplanes. I still want to do some last minute checks before descending. wherever on this globe.06Ghz 4Gb RAM DDR 533Mhz nVidia 7800GS+ 512Mb AGP RAID-0 HDD’s . I would like to offer you some bonus widescreen shots.htm (14 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM . there are lots of clouds around me. I shut down the systems in the correct sequence. you need to check your instruments constantly and when flying manually. I disconnect the whole AP and start flying by hand.AVSIM Online . That small experience felt good and realistic.Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! clearly see the ground with all its detail and beauty. so you can takeoff and land at many airports where the big jets are not welcome. the aircraft starts moving a little more than planned and therefore I need to handle the aircraft and bring it back to its planned flight path. it still feels very familiar so let’s say I now have a good idea about the flight characteristics. results in an interaction between two or more axis. which works fine without any problems. Since there is no ATC (Air Traffic Control) available. Of note is the Horizontal Stabilizer manual input. It’s not that big. this with the help of the tutorial. it’s time to start with the descent. file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72. Even at those lower speeds. Oops. Test System Dell Precision 650 Dual Intel Xeon 3. I initially decide to descent with the AP with the help of the FMS flight plan. Although I’m not flying through a cloud. not being a real ATR pilot and without having any motion like you have in a FFS (Full Flight Simulator).SCSI 340Gb Windows XP Professional SP2 FSX with SP1 CH USB Pedals CH USB Flightsim Yoke Flying Time: 23. then you’ve got even more fun by flying this ATR. the ground and flight feelings/dynamics are very realistic. flying the ATR is fun. Due to this. we’re a little too late for our planned TOD (Top of Descent).

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And I’m not talking about the configuration of FSX itself and did you tweak it and did you do the same as your neighbor etc. file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72. what about a fragmented hard disk or are you using EIDE (PATA Standard) or SATA disks? Is your graphics adapter still using the old AGP or the modern PCIe standard and which PCIe standard is it then? So I can continue with many things which influence the FPS in FSX. You can see my PC specs. Let’s have a look to these FSX screenshots. you really have the feeling that you’re sitting in it. FPS (Frames Per Second) FSX This is so important and hence so difficult to measure. Still I want to show you some screenshots with the FPS counter in view.htm (16 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM . and I did what I can as far as my knowledge reaches and here is the result of several conditions. It is so difficult to measure since none of the computers are the same and apart from that. One thing I want to add. and that’s the fact that when a screenshot shows 18 FPS.Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! The original size of these screenshots was 3200x1200 and brings the ATR 72 to its full glory on the monitors with much more details then before while flying in the VC cockpit mode.AVSIM Online . this was in reality ranging from 14 up to and including 21 FPS.

3 A typical virtual cockpit view with the same conditions as above.Clear weather FRAMES/SEC = 19. The frame rates are taken on a moment.7 VC cockpit .7 VC cockpit . Here the frame rate value is an average of the reality.9 Clear weather FRAMES/SEC = 24.Building storms FRAMES/SEC = 11.Clear weather FRAMES/SEC = 11.8 VC cockpit .0 2D cockpit .5 External view of the airplane with different weather conditions in combination with daylight and night operation. so daylight and night operation as well as clear weather or building storms selected.AVSIM Online .3 Building storms FRAMES/SEC = 17.4 2D cockpit .Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! Clear weather FRAMES/SEC = 18.Clear weather FRAMES/SEC = 16. VC cockpit .8 Building storms FRAMES/SEC = 19. 2D cockpit .Building storms FRAMES/SEC = 12.5 FPS of the shown value. so the average of every condition was +/.Clear weather FRAMES/SEC = 17.Building storms FRAMES/SEC = 12.6 Last but not least. the 2D cockpit with the same conditions for weather and light. Also the frame rates are an average of the flight moment.htm (17 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM .8 2D cockpit .Building storms FRAMES/SEC = 12. file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72.

under the same conditions gives around 30-35 FPS. where is your limit? One may be satisfied with 15 FPS while an other needs a minimum of 20 or 25 FPS. the frame impact on FSX is there but I think it depends on so many things and apart from that. In FS9 all my sliders are set to the right and all options activated. I think it’s a good idea to show you my settings. Settings Display . the FPS is depending on the situation. then there’s a huge difference. OK.Aircraft Settings Display . After I installed a new graphics tweaked driver from DNA for my nVidia 7800GS graphics adapter. the frames where better then the normal nVidia driver.Graphics Settings Display .Scenery Settings Display .htm (18 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM . I made the screenshots as shown.Weather Based on the FSX settings. After listening to the sound. Under FS9 during daylight conditions. Every manufacturer of turbo props has a characteristic sound. For the VC however. which is of course not really correct. FSX performs within my limits but more importantly. and then at least you can judge for yourself that the FPS is not that bad. on the dedicated ATR Flight1 website and in the manuals it's written that the sound is recorder in real life. these values could be higher or lower.Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! As you can see. Sound Who am I to say that this recorded sound is not the real engine sounds and cockpit environmental sound or real warning/caution sounds or the ENGINE FIRE bell sound and so on? Some sounds are very familiar to me since they can also be found in the Airbus A310 series. I hope with this sub chapter – FPS – it helps you understanding that the final output and performance of this Flight1 ATR product and of course. and that’s the same factory where the ATR is built. In other words. I have to be honest that for me one turbo prop sounds the same as another. as related to your PC. I believe it. file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72. Not that strange since the Airbus A310 was built in Toulouse at the Aerospatiale factory. This and with my PC specifications. When I compare for example the upper row of screenshots with FS9. there’s not much difference. All those things are different for everybody and then – I almost forgot – what are the settings in FSX itself. the VC produces between 15-20 FPS. it gives you the correct presentation in relation to the hardware and software settings.AVSIM Online . and it’s not bad.

For FSX.AVSIM Online . It offers a highly detailed 2D and VC cockpit.htm (19 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM . The only thing I do regret is that the two flight tutorials are mainly text and hardly any relative pictures. I have no other words but I will find some. What I Like About The ATR 72-500 file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72. otherwise this summary will be very short. And. that the user gets both the FS2004 and FSX models. a good to very good frame rate performance. which for a beginner or probably even the more advanced flight simmer. No ….Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! Conclusion. even in FSX. it's awesome. make a stop-over at the lavatory and then via the cabin and cargo hold. panel shapes and seats and many other cabin details. It’s a very comprehensive book with lots of system descriptions and operations. lavatory and cargo hold. which is known by Flight1 and they are currently busy modifying it and when it's finished it will be free for downloading. proceed to the cockpit. It gives an additional dimension to the virtual FS world. Looking at all those Flight1 ATR 720-50 details. which makes this Flight1 product even more interesting. keeping in mind that the ATR package is only made compatible for FSX. it gives a good impression of how it looks like and virtually you can enter the cabin via the passenger entrance. two flight tutorials and a bunch of tables and charts. The FPS are not that spectacular as in FS2004. the Eurowings Commuter Collection. Summary / Closing Remarks What shall I say … overall. I’m happy that the designers added this short cabin. is there a payware FSX competitor? There is only one and it's only for the FS2004 platform. I think they have a very good market. Therefore. Although the manual is not fully updated for FSX. One thing and that’s probably the only thing. while having a very detailed cabin with fully controllable panels. I know it for sure. which offers other models. not having an optimum computer configuration or the sliders in the FSX configuration menus are set too high. the external model has lots of interesting details. is essential to understand the aircraft and its operation. but that can be the result of many other missing tweaks. Like the ATR cabin. Ok. I’m personally not 100% happy with is the glossy external paintings. the ATR 42 and 72. Not only the models itself are impressive but also the Orientation Manual. It's always difficult to make a cabin that looks as real as possible. with all the above in mind I think …. I haven’t found anything. the interior and external sounds are of a good quality and as realistic as possible. let’s start at the beginning. this is a good and realistic presentation of the ATR 72 Series. A cabin doesn’t have any indicators or complicated gauges but it has lots of lines.. Normally I’m not that impressed about a virtual cabin but this time.

so that means all – avionics and aircraft systems – are functional via pushbuttons. All the systems. file:///E|/AVSIM/Reviews/ATR%2072-500/ATR72. This disclaimer is posted here in order to provide you with background information on the reviewer and any connections that may exist between him/her and the contributing party.AVSIM Online . full with details. Awesome! Highly realistic external model. Printing If you wish to print this review or read it offline at your leisure. Very detailed Orientation Manual. an updated manual is on its way. right click on the link below. and operative.based on these PC specifications – is good / acceptable. but it depends also on the environmental conditions. What I Don't Like About The ATR 72-500 q Since the current orientation manual is not fully FSX proven.htm (20 of 21)05/01/2008 6:13:52 PM . knobs etc. and we feel this review is unbiased and truly reflects the performance of the product in the simming environment. Complete virtual cabin with cargo hold and lavatory. The Frame rate performance . which helps you really understanding how this aircraft operates. and select "save as" ATR 72-500 (adobe acrobat required) Comments? Standard Disclaimer The review above is a subjective assessment of the product by the author. Awesome 2D and VC cockpits with realistic sound.Flight Simulation's Number 1 Site! q q q q q q q Simple and straightforward installation process. There is no connection between the producer and the reviewer. which reflects the FSX model.

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