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Catalina X Aerosoft
By: Andy Medley

Catalina PBY
Manufactured: Aerosoft
Published: Aerosoft
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PBY Catalina floats and fly’s so what its main role surly it’s not a boat, but
was the reason behind making a flying boat their main intentions when the plans
where unvalued. As we dig a little deeper into the life of the PBY Catalina im
sure it’s going to show something great.
The PBY Catalina series of flying boats was originally conceived to meet a
military requirement and its development built on consolidated experience with
earlier flying boat designs. These earlier types had included the commercial
Model 16 Commodore and the military Model 22 Ranger/P2Y series.
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The Commodore was itself a development of the Model 9 Admiral, or XPY-1 to give
it its US Navy designation. The XPY-1 was designed as a US Navy flying boat with
the capability of linking the United States West Coast with Hawaii. It was a
metal twin-engined monoplane – the first US Navy monoplane seaplane - with a
crew of five, the two pilots being in an exposed cockpit, the navigator in the
bow, the radio operator in the centre section and the engineer aft. Armament
consisted of one 0.30 in machine gun forward of the cockpit and two further 0.30
in guns in an open area further back along the upper hull. Power came from two
450 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340-38 Wasp engines, although, later, a third engine
was installed above the wing. The XPY-1 first flew on 10th January 1929, from
Anacostia in Maryland, but it was destined to be a limited edition of one, the
Navy ordering the cheaper Martin XP2M and P3M flying boat instead. The solitary
Admiral was given the military serial A-8011.

Although the Admiral was not a success in terms of military orders, it did give
rise to interest from the commercial sector, and this led to the Consolidated
Model 16, or Commodore. Design changes included more powerful engines in the
shape of two Pratt & Whitney R-1860 Hornets Bs of 575 hp each and a hull that
could accommodate up to 32 passengers in some luxury. Initially, it had been
hoped that the new type would be sold to the Detroit and Cleveland Navigation
Company, which had plans to use the Commodore between destinations around Lake
Erie, and to Pan American Airways, but in the event no orders materialised.
However, orders did come from Tri-Motor Safety Airways, which wanted to use the
type to link North and South America. The prototype first flew on 28th September
1929, and in due course fourteen were built at the consolidated factory at
Buffalo, New York. All those built operated with the launch customer, which, by
the time of the first delivery, had been renamed New York, Rio & Buenos Aires
Line, or NYRBA, only to be merged with Pan American in September 1930.
Production of the Commodore ceased in the following November.

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(Some brief words there from David Legg fine more about the work and life of
Catalina http://www.catalina.org.uk/ )

Down to the nitty gritty other word let’s review.

I want to first look at the Installation of the PBY Catalina if you’re new to
Aerosoft aircraft installations, you may find it a daunting task i know some
folk find it hard. But from the outset you will open the Exe.file from there it
will try its best to guide you to either FS9 or FSX you will then tell the
product witch FS file you wish to install it to, your then asked for your
registration details username and serial number. At this point you are seconds
away from completion just a few more buttons to click it will take about 2-3
minutes to install fully then all you have to do once this is complete is open
the FS of your installation and fly into the sky.

Inside and Out:
In this package from Aerosoft we think they have been generous by offering you
11 different models and variants of the Catalina all based on the PBY-5 PBY-5A
PBY-6A with only small details to separate them apart as they all include modern
radio and electronics, what more could the simmer of today want. Detailed skins
and art work have also taken place in this aircraft Aerosoft have pushed the
aircraft (boat) to the limited of development. Having seen the aircraft flying
already im slightly ahead of you the simmer but the Aerosoft package will still
keep my eyes open im not falling asleep on this review. I have stepped outside
the aircraft to look at this wonderful detailed textured aircraft and modelling,
and i have to say from the ground i cannot see any problems that stand out. The
art word is of the top quality you would want from FSX painters in today’s world
or serenely expect.

From the inside of the aircraft i could not put into words other than brilliant,
does that make it easier for you.

Systems:
I have read in a forum people moaning about the Catalina not showing real
behaviour’s such as picking a letting water release, however FSx does not
simulate such things as taking on water and releasing water. So Aerosoft used
additional programming to control these invisible surfaces (movements) So from
the Aerosoft department they recommend the de-assigning of any command or axis
for these surfaces, however it seems as only users who have the FSUIPC to handle
joystick operations should run into these issues. Other than that you have one
of the best old timers in your hand ready to fly. Inside cockpit systems have
taken on the role of perfection with accurate detailed modelling 95% of all
switches and buttons work so your systems can be a little hard to work out. We
have found a start up procedure video on YouTube which will be ready to watch at
the end of the review just to help you.

Do not have your volume set to MAX, as we look to the

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Sound Set:
Nothing will challenge the sound set of Catalina the simple sound of engines
starting up onboard the Catalina X.
As you wind up ready for the start procedure there are no electronics so all
hands ready, for the pop pop grunt followed by smoke beautiful.
As the Pratt & Whitney R-1340-38 Wasp engines came to life, like many other
times followed the ploom of smoke and ever loudening noise grating through the
air people know the Catalina had started its engines.

Documentation:
We know this is late in the review but we didn’t want to put you off simply
because the sight of 440 pages of operating manual is plenty to put the novice
pilot off, the aircraft manual can be used for FS9 or FSX witch ever you please
but as the aircraft is only made for FSX, the FS9 is only for merger of the
panel’s uses. But im sure once you have read the whole of 440 pages you will be
the new breed of pilot onboard the Catalina X.

Pricing:
We always make the pricing of products such as aircraft, scenery, and other
add-ons a big part of our life.

We always say it’s too much we never say ooh that’s cheap and in most cases this
product is not cheap but is it worth the high price tag. Yes Yes Yes it’s worth
every penny if you’re a Boeing or Airbus fan why not try some vintage for a
change. £24.00 is a high price to pay in today’s market and climate but im sure
once you can afford it you won’t look back.
Sim-reviews.co.uk says it’s the best aircraft in the vintage category for a long
time.

Please note that some McAfee virus definitions see the installer as a Trojan. Of
course this is a false positive and the file is safe.
 
System Requirements: System Tested On:
Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Windows XP/Vista/7
Intel Core 2 or AMD
2 GB RAM
DX9 Graphic Card 512Mb (Min)
Microsoft Flight Simulator X (Acceleration)
AMD 6000+ DC-3.0Ghz
MoBO: MSI K9 Sli Pro
PNY 9400GT 512Mb
4Gb Ram
XP-Home

What I Don't Like What I Do Like
Nothing to hate Complexed panel

Price: £23.80 $39.70 €27.95 Rating: Gold
Reviewd By: Andy Medley Date: 10 Aug 2009
YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEjSeJVpw-g