Military Visualizations Releases DHC-3T Turbo Otter XP

By
Keizo Ono
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Military Visualizations (MilViz) have released their second aircraft for X-Plane, the de Havilland DHC-3T Turbo Otter. Debuted just over a month ago, the DHC-3T for X-Plane was created in a joint venture between vFlyteAir and MilViz.

The feature list of the MilViz DHC-3T Turbo Otter XP includes:

Visuals:

  • Pratt and Whitney 750 HP PT6A-34 turbine based on Viking or Vazar conversion, includes STOL kit
  • Four separate configurations: Standard wheels, amphibious floats, skis, tundra tires; each model complete with tuned flight dynamics that accurately reflects differences in performance and handling
  • Separate passenger and passenger/cargo combinations. Individual passenger and cargo locations can be loaded/unloaded in the simulator, allowing for the visual emulation of flying to a destination and back again
  • intricately modeled, true-to-life interior and exterior, with an abundance of fine detail
  • All gauges, switches and controls feature smooth animation
  • Custom lighting makes night operations atmospheric and immersive, while high resolution textures with lifelike metal effects and realistic weathering create a simulation like no other

Engine:

  • The most accurate and realistic rendition of a PT6A-34 available anywhere today, all functions and characteristics emulate the real-world classic turbine down to a tee
  • "If you have experienced one in real life you will recognize the distinctive start up, and the way power, sounds, temperature and internal pressures are all meticulously co-ordinated."
  • Engine model = Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34
    Engine Power = 750 SHP Flat Rated up to 4000 ft. ISA conditions
    Propeller = 3 bladed, constant speed.
    Propeller model = Hartzell HC-B3TN-3DY /T10282+4

Systems:

  • Electrical system is closely simulated, with operable circuit breakers present for key systems
  • Operation of the flaps, operated much like the Beaver with a selector valve and a hand pump, behaves realistically
  • Powered tailwheel system has been custom created for this aircraft with a three way toggle switch that allows switching between powered, free castoring and locked
  • Dangerous effects of icing is also simulated, with serious consequences for disregarding potentially dangerous flight conditions
  • Ice accumulation can be hazardous to the Otter, leading to airspeed loss and a stall; freezing rain can disrupt static instruments and cause incorrect readings
  • Carefully tuned flight model that seeks to impart the unique flight qualities of this STOL-capable workhorse, created by an author with DHC-3 experience

Sounds:

  • Scratch built 3D sound environment
  • Accurate simulation of the powerful Pratt & Whitney PT6 engine for your listening pleasure
  • Buttery smooth engine starts
  • Highly authentic beta range sound effects
  • Propeller wash sound effects
  • Squealing brakes
  • Stall buffeting
  • Audible cockpit controls (switches, levers, etc.)
  • 3D sound positioning
  • Realistic distance attenuation
  • Custom weather sound effects

Special Features (Unique to the DHC-3T XP):

  • Professionally created & tuned, high fidelity flight model including accurate characteristics specific to the DHC-3T.
  • Four Body Configurations - Standard Wheels, Floats, Amphibious Floats, Skis, each with individually tuned flight models.
  • Multiple loadout configurations, with passengers and cargo. Selectable cargo includes an externally mounted canoe!
  • Custom coded and meticulously modeled PT6-34
  • Custom electrical system with display of electrical load and operable circuit breakers.
  • Custom over-boosting cumulative damage simulation.
  • Unique flap operation which simulates the usage of the manually operated hydraulic pump and selector on the DHC-3T.
  • Realistic locked / powered / free-castoring tailwheel simulation
  • Icing effects on airframe and static instruments fully simulated.
  • Custom FMOD sound design
  • Richly detailed cabin with beautiful high resolution textures and smoothly animated gauges.
  • Realistic and fully adjustable cabin and instrument lighting.
  • Authentic sound environment, inside and out.
  • Ability to completely hide yoke and column for ease of access to important switches and controls.
  • Professionally created liveries based on or inspired by real world aircraft.
  • Available layer-based paintkit for creating your own liveries.
  • Detailed & educational flight manual
  • Yoke Lock
  • Accurately modelled pump operated flaps
  • Power Lever with Beta Gate
  • Condition Lever with safety guard
  • Accurately modelled Emergency Power Lever
  • Tailwheel Lock Switch
  • Fuel Transfer Switch

System Requirements for the Turbo Otter XP are as follows:

All operating systems which are supported by the X-Plane 11 platform. At the time of publication, this includes:

  • OS X: OS X 10.10 or newer
  • Windows: Windows 7, 8, or 10, 64-bit
  • Linux
    (While any distribution which successfully runs X-Plane 11 should be capable of operating this aircraft, distribution specific issues with X-Plane 11 that may causes issues with this aircraft are not supported.)
  • The current release version of X-Plane 11 is always fully supported.
    Beta releases of X-Plane are unsupported; ongoing development of the X-Plane platform during the beta cycle may require our product to be updated for proper functionality.
  • Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 CPU with 2 or more cores, or AMD equivalent. (Recommended: Intel Core i5 6600K at 3.5 ghz or faster.)
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended: 16-24 GB RAM or more.)
  • DirectX 11-capable video card from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel with at least 1 GB VRAM. (Recommended: DirectX 12-capable video card from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel with at least 4 GB VRAM, GeForce GTX 1070 or better or similar from AMD.)
  • 1.5 GB or greater free hard drive space.

For a limited time, MilViz have put an introductory pricing on the Turbo Otter with a five dollar (USD) discount. As of publication the Turbo Otter XP is $34.99 (USD), and when the introductory pricing ends the aircraft will cost $39.99 (USD).

The MilViz DHC-3T is available via their web store and can be found here. To view previous articles about Military Visualizations, click here.

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