I’ll take this opportunity to make a plug for Active Sky V, which is an external weather generating program that imports real world weather data into Flight Simulator 2004. Active Sky goes far beyond the basic weather implementation available in FS2004 and makes the flight environment extremely realistic. Here we are descending into Asheville, NC (KAVL) across the Black Mountains to the east.
The Aeroworx B200 is a great tool for flying instrument approaches. I’m not kidding when I say I feel like I can stay proficient in the B200 by hooking up my yoke and pedals and doing a few approaches with FS2004 and the Aeroworx B200. The switches are all in the right places and the instruments respond just as they do in the real thing. Turning on to the ILS 16 at AVL the flight director has captured the course and we are approaching the outer marker.
I know it was a particularly time intensive affair getting the new analogue engine gauges to function correctly and guys at Aeroworx did an outstanding job. Here you can see the real aircraft gauges on the left and the Aeroworx replication on the right (I haven’t yet pulled the props back to cruise of 1700 RPM in the right one).
Two other new instruments you’ll see in the version 2.0 aircraft are the inclusion of the KLN-90B GPS and the BFGoodrich TCAS display.