What’s the new V-22 Osprey by AOA Simulations and why, military operations lovers, are going to buy without any doubt this iconic aircraft
I am not really into military operations, as most of X-Plane users, but I followed the development of this iconic plane until the release. The V-22 Osprey is one of the most beautiful aircrafts for military flights since it is a “Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing “Tilt-Rotor” military transport” suitable for both helicopters and airplanes fans.
I fancied the Osprey from X-Plane 10 that had a default V-22 in its fleet. Of course nothing special compared to this one or to the payware quality add-ons, but still something enjoyable. The version that AOA Simulations is bringing is a quite detailed replica both in exterior and interior textures.
This is the list of all the features that you can bring home for 32$ from x-plane.org
Standard model features:
- Fully animated 3D exterior model: gear, flaps, flight controls, nacelle tilt, ramps, doors and in-flight refueling probe
- Fully animated prop rotor feather, fold, nacelle tilt and wing stow sequence
- Fully animated 3d interior cockpit model: stick, throttle, rudder pedals, switches, etc.
- Seven liveries: Full Scale development V-22A, HMX-1 “Marine One”, Japan SDF, RCAF 103 SAR Squadron, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command CV-22B, U.S. Marine Corps VMM-161 Greyhawks and VMM-265 Dragons MV-22B’s
- More liveries available on the X-Plane.org freeware download manager
- SASL plug-in driven avionics and automated systems
- Default auto tilt, auto trim and auto flap control options can be switched off for full manual control if desired
- Rapid ground refueling, virtual in-flight refueling and refueling from AI plane options
- AOA Simulations F-35B features retained for the V-22
- Optional HMD (Head Mounted Display)
- Optional dynamic head movement in flight and taxi without track IR device (aka R2c)
- Optional automatic target tracking feature. Tracks AI planes from cockpit with pilot head camera for realistic formation flying and in-flight refueling
- Optional DAS (Distributed Aperture System) enables 360 degree tracking with automatic switching to external airframe camera
- Unique chase view “Arcade” mode and forward with nothing “Superman” mode when HMD is switched on in the cockpit before switching to either of those external views
As you can read there aren’t many detailed informations about systems, and I believe they could be a little more than default even if it has “SASL plug-in driven avionics and automated systems” that can add a lot of realism to a very interesting add-on.
You can check out one of the many videos that the developer publishes on his YouTube channel feauturing a take-off and conversion from helicopter to plane, such a fascinating view!