Carenado Releases the PA44 Seminole for Microsoft Flight Simulator

November 20, 2020

Carenado has added to their hangar of aircraft available for Microsoft Flight Simulator with the introduction of the PA44 Seminole. The PA44 is a hugely popular twin-engine aircraft among pilots and student pilots alike and especially prevalent in flight schools, with many having obtained their multi-engine license using this aircraft. 

The most significant advantage of the PA-44 is its unique “counter rotating propellers” with each of its propellers rotating in the opposite direction; it reduces the dangers of engine failure as the aircraft doesn’t have a “critical engine.”  The PA44 carries two engines filled with 180HP each. The aircraft features a cruise speed of 160 knots and a maximum range of 915 nautical miles, making it a perfect twin-engine aircraft for either your VFR or IFR excursions.

The Seminole has been faithfully recreated in Microsoft Flight Simulator with multiple features, most notably are the PBR textures that encompass the aircraft as well as its “tablet interface,” which allows the control of opening doors, static components, pilots, and setting the plane in pre-loaded states such as cold and dark.

According to the developer, the sounds have been recorded from the actual aircraft with custom sounds for the engine, knobs, switches, buttons, and more. The developer has also promised realistic flight dynamics and realistic weight and balance, which have been tested by real pilots for full accuracy. 

The feature list goes as follows:

  • Default GNS 530.
  • Custom S-TEC 44 autopilot.
  • Default KX165 NAV2/COM2.
  • Default KR87ADF.
  • Custom BK KN64 DME.
  • Default G330 transponder.
  • Engine and wind sound effects when opening doors and windows. 
  • Original HQ digital stereo sounds recorded directly from the real aircraft (engine, knobs, switches, buttons and different elements).
  • Realistic flight dynamics compared to the real airplane. Realistic weight and balance. Tested by several pilots for maximum accuracy.
  • Physically Based Rendering (PBR) materials and textures.
  • PBR materials authored with industry-standard software used by the film and gaming industries.
  • Tablet interface for controlling static elements, pilots, opening doors, etc.; and starting options such as cold and dark and ready to taxi.

Carenado quietly released the aircraft, with it only appearing on the Microsoft Marketplace and no official announcement from the developer. Nevertheless, it can be purchased from the Microsoft Marketplace for a price of $29.99 USD.

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