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There are few - very few - developers for whom I am prepared to lay down the cash, sight unseen. RealAir are one of them.

Contentious to say I know, but I still think the piston Duke has the edge over any other piston twin by any other developer. Milviz ran close with the 310R, the Flight 1/Virtavia BN-2 is enjoyable in its own way, and A2A has yet to market an Accusimmed twin. But the Carenado products are just cack in flight fidelity by comparison, lacking whatever the `X` Factor is that RA (and a few others possess).

Given that, the Turbine Duke is a `must have` in my hangar, even before release. And I don't say that very often... in fact, most of the rest are previewed in these very forums!

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There are few - very few - developers for whom I am prepared to lay down the cash, sight unseen. RealAir are one of them.

Contentious to say I know, but I still think the piston Duke has the edge over any other piston twin by any other developer. Milviz ran close with the 310R, the Flight 1/Virtavia BN-2 is enjoyable in its own way, and A2A has yet to market an Accusimmed twin. But the Carenado products are just cack in flight fidelity by comparison, lacking whatever the `X` Factor is that RA (and a few others possess).

Given that, the Turbine Duke is a `must have` in my hangar, even before release. And I don't say that very often... in fact, most of the rest are previewed in these very forums!

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Love everything RealAir have done, and Rob has such a talent in coding FDE that just feels absolutely 'right'. I also agree that whilst Carenado's offerings are beautiful in terms of rendering, I hate their flight dynamics. Just just not convincing, and to a degree they all feel like they fly the same!

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Simon's words sum up my feelings exactly...

The Duke they have done is beautiful work, I love using it around OrbX scenery in particular. The turbine version makes a few of those shorter fields now that little more accessible...

Looking forward to seeing this one out, and as Simon, I will not hesitate with this one...

I loved the 3D integration of the RealityXP Garmins as well, made a great model and simulation that much better.

Andrew

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There are few - very few - developers for whom I am prepared to lay down the cash, sight unseen. RealAir are one of them.

Contentious to say I know, but I still think the piston Duke has the edge over any other piston twin by any other developer. Milviz ran close with the 310R, the Flight 1/Virtavia BN-2 is enjoyable in its own way, and A2A has yet to market an Accusimmed twin. But the Carenado products are just cack in flight fidelity by comparison, lacking whatever the `X` Factor is that RA (and a few others possess).

Given that, the Turbine Duke is a `must have` in my hangar, even before release. And I don't say that very often... in fact, most of the rest are previewed in these very forums!

Could you help out the less-experienced (e.g. me! ) by outlining which other developers would be in or near the RealAir quality ballpark and which would be best avoided? I'm too trigger-happy with my purchases as it is, so a reason to be more discerning would be nice.

In addition to the RealAir piston Duke, I have a number of aircraft from Carenado (152, 172, 182, M20J, PA-28, PA-32, PA-34), Just Flight (152, PA-28, PA-34, Mosquito) , A2A (Cub, Spitfire), FSD (Navajo, PA-32, PA-34) and of course Aerosoft (Beaver and Twin Otter).

That's a lot of Carenado planes, and I do like them but I'd probably be more picky in future if they really turned out to be just style over substance.

Holdit

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Given that, the Turbine Duke is a `must have` in my hangar, even before release. And I don't say that very often... in fact, most of the rest are previewed in these very forums!

You're absolutely right. And I've just taken the Turbine Duke out for its first rides. Awesome as expected. I think they've hit the nail with the turboprop right on the top (as far as I can say in comparison to other addons, only flown piston in real life hands on once). Getting the Duke up in the air with a VS of 4000 is quite remarkable. But watch the oil temperature ;)

Cheers

Thorsten

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