It’s been a long wait for the Carenado C337 but it was always going to be a day 1 buy for me. I loved flying the model back in FSX, and was keen to capture some of that nostalgia, despite the developer not holding the highest standing amongst their peers in MSFS.
For what its worth, the purchase definitely lived up to my expectations. The visual model is faultless, the soundset is deep and throaty, the handling is balanced and mild mannered, and all in all, I find it a very easy to operate hands on light twin to fly. The fact it now comes with a tablet interface and is compatible with the PMS GTN750 right out the box breathes a whole new lease of life into this iteration too.
For those new the aircraft type, the autopilot control panel is located on the lower pedestal and it’s operation is fairly rudimentary. Use the pitch wheel on it to control your rate of descent/ascent. When you wish to level off, select the ALT button on the main autopilot panel. Coupled enroute navigation is of course available via either VOR/GPS too.
Engine feathering has been modeled, with the prop lever needing to be lifted up out of a detent at the aft of its range to take the blade angle all the way through.
My test flight today was Tofino on Vancouver Island over to Friday Harbor. Enjoy the screengrabs-
My only gripe so far is the ground handling is a little too sensitive from my RW experience in similar Cessnas. With a bit of power on, applying rudder and dabbing the toe brake resulted in the opposite wheel lifting off the ground and the wingtip striking the ground. Take it easier than you normally would during taxing and you won’t have any problems.