No Money Mondays: Evektor EV-55 Outback
March 14, 2022
The freeware stance in X-Plane 11 has been one of the main selling points for the simulator. The X-Plane.Org forums receive hundreds of aircraft submissions a year but today we are diving into a newer aircraft, the Evektor EV-55 Outback, developed by Auctus Delineations.
Being submitted on December 10th, 2021, by the forum's founder Nicolas, the aircraft has been made publicly available for freeware use, courtesy of the developers, Austus Delineations and John Wilson. The aircraft currently has about 12,000+ downloads, along with the forum page having 27,000+ views.
The aircraft began development in 2004, from a Czech Republic aircraft manufacturer, Evektor-Aerotechnik. The first prototype of the aircraft first flew in 2011 from the Kunovice Airport, with the first production-conforming aircraft flying from the same airport in 2016. In March of 2017, the project was suspended as the company’s investor had some doubts about the company.
The aircraft has an excellently modeled exterior. With well-modeled Pitot tubes to model rivets on the nose of the aircraft. It also features fully modeled engines on the exterior with properly added exhaust effects. All exterior lighting has been fully modeled and set as well, to keep the aircraft as similar to its real-world counterpart. The package also includes a float variant of the aircraft for those of you that like to land in the waters in Hawaii or Seattle.
Flight Deck & Cabin
This rendition features a fully modeled 3D flight deck and cabin. Featuring 3D switches, with a downside to a couple of buttons here and there that are not 3D modeled, this flight deck overall is comparable to freeware aircraft such as the Metroliner or Aerobask’s DR401. When installed, this aircraft ships with the XP G1000 Suite and gauges into two separate packages. The cabin features a passenger cabin but also includes a cargo variant, with the cargo bay being fully modeled as well.
In my overall experience, this aircraft can Swiss001 style land anywhere. The aerodynamics and physics of the aircraft are accurate and comparable to other aircraft. It is a great little aircraft to take to small airfields around the Rocky Mountains, to small Air Bases in the ocean. This aircraft can meet all general aviation needs and is one aircraft I have enjoyed having in my hanger.
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