|Low wing aircraft, Retractable gear aircraft
|Piston aircraft, Single-engine aircraft
|Emmanuel Baranger (3D, FDM)
The Piper PA-32 has long name of Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six, according to Wikipedia. This is the R version since it has retractable undercarriage. With its Lycoming IO-540-K1A5, 300 hp engine, it carries six passengers.
Downloaded and copied the PA-32 to the FG 3.0 folder in my machine. I was eager to try out a larger version of the Piper PA-32, and aircraft that is easy to fly if a bit slower, and one of my favourites. With the bigger engine, the PA-32 would climb faster, fly faster and be more stable to handle, displaying the benefits of size.
The base model appeared in white with a double red stripe down the side. In my experience, this kind of livery is woefully inadequate for bringing out the detail and the form of the 3-D model in Flight Gear. I found a blue and white livery in the menu, strangely name as something-family and immediately was rewarde withe full blue wings and lower fuselage.
The interior shows proper thickness around the windows, however the instrument panel is surprisingly sparse, to put it mildly. There is a lot of opportunity for improvement here.
The PA32 tracked well down the runway, steering was direct and precise. One surprise however was how fast it accelerated to 200 knots and reached the red lined Vne quickly. That was no knots - the ASI is calibrated in kmh for no obvious reason, and needs to be changed as soon as possible, for realism as well as for control.
The airplane stalled without dropping a wing, with the rate of decent remaining at 500 fpm throughout the descent. Control was good. This may not reflect reality, however.
- Panel has few instruments, ASI is in kmh
- Large aircraft sized shadow under the aircraft at all altitudes
- Max: 156 kts
- Cruise: 151 kts
- Stall: 55 kts