“Hot Start” a new X–Plane startup developer, whom has some very talented and experienced X–Plane developers in house, had previously announced a high fidelity Daher–Socata TBM 900 was in development on X-Pilot.com forums. The development team includes totoritko from “the guy who make Better PushBack for X–Plane” and Goran of Leading Edge Simulations. The “Take Command!: Saab340A” fox X-Plane is an exquisite aircraft add-on developed by Leading Edge Simulations, with Goran credited for the external modeling. The “Take Command!: Saab340A” fox X-Plane received the AVSIM Gold Star Award and is available through X-Aviation. Recently, Goran of Leading Edge Simulations generously provided some screenshots of his exterior modeling of the Hot Start TBM 900 in development over at X-Pilot.com forums.
A plethora of features for the Daher–Socata TBM 900 include:
- Performance optimization for modern “many core” CPU’s.
- High fidelity flight model within a “few percent of the real aircraft in the normal flight envelope, including maximum and stall speeds, rate of climb, fuel burn, trim behavior and control feel.”
- “Fine-grained systems model.”
- “Wear and tear.”
- Aircraft maintenance manager.
- Customized G1000 avionics stack.
- “Highly accurate PT6 engine model with realistic startup…”
- Crew alerting system.
- Environment control system.
- Custom Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS–B ground proximity warning system).
- GWX 70 weather radar with weather and ground modes.
- GTS 820 Traffic Advisory System (TAS).
- Dynamic custom registration mark painting on fuselage.
- Custom sound engine sampled from real aircraft.
- Full simulation of the digital ESI-200 attitude indicator standby instrument.
- Etc. etc. etc……
Obviously, a time frame for release of this very promising and detailed aircraft is not set. However, reassuringly progress has been progressive and steady. Release is aimed in the foreseeable future (This Summer ) and would be available through X-Aviation.com.
For those on the fence regarding diving into X-Plane 11 by Austin Myers‘ Laminar Research, this may be the deal maker…