I assume we all have our personal favorite planes that we would like to fly (among the thousands of model that existed) and “just” need someone to create them. In my case the Hawker 700, P-3 Orion or Fairchild Metroliner.
But we have to decide wether we have the time to wait for 20 years until someone models exactly our favorite models, or maybe give another plane a try.
I personally do prefer prop planes. I did years of airline flying in sims during the 2000s and I figured I preferred the vfr flight planning across long distances as they require more work. I can also use various ifr features if I get into some bad weather as you would need to have that for long legs i suppose. Love a good prop plane and some map work
It all depends on the quality of the SDK. The stock aircraft are well below the standard of third party aircraft for X-plane, FSX, and P3D. As long as Asobo/Microsoft gives developers quality tools to create addons, third party aircraft from developers like Carenado, Just Flight, etc. should be substantially better than the stock aircraft.
Carenado is only as good as the people working for them.
Not long ago Thranda built some planes for them, and they were decent. Unfortunately he left because of differences about the frequencies releases.
They usually make a nice 3d model, then they add (too much) shine, simplified systems (for example the copilot has the same displays as the pilot) and release it at a rather high cost that indicates a study level commitment but save 90% of the work.
I’d compare it to going into a bookstore and buy the great encaeclopedia of xy with 1000 pages, and find out that they have just been copied from “xy for dummies” and do not contain much substance.
Imo Carenado planes are not even bad, they are just way too expensive.
If they were $19.99 aircraft, they’d be a fair value for what you get; nice visuals, basic systems, and a lot of default systems integrated. But, at $39.99 for most of their stuff, it’s over priced. I’ve only bought, I think, four of their aircraft…all during one of their sales. NEVER pay full price for a Carenado plane.
A2A’s sound will likely be the best there is. Their 172 in P3D sounds so incredibly realistic (I fly it in real life too). It has been tough switching to the new default 172. It’s missing a little bit of that nuance.