Monday, May 27, 2013

Wilco TBM850 incoming!

FSX/P3D. We'll i'll be damned... WilcoPub has just released a slew of previews of their own Socata TBM850 and I must say... Well I don't know what the hell to say about this. I am not a fan of Wilco/Feelthere products but i'll admit, i'm quite intrigued. I really love the visual model of the Carenado but the performance is honestly extremely disappointing and as such, I have left it in the hangar pending review/performance update. What i'll say about the Wilco: It does not look anything as good as the Carenado. But, they are promising a fully functional Garmin G1000 avionics suite (yes VNAV). So shit... what do I do? We will have it for the ADX FirstLook and compare this with the Carenado. Release date is set for:

Wilco Publishing announce the first in a brand new HiFi Simulations series : the TBM850 !

The TBM850 has been studied in-depth to provide the best to the PC pilot. Every tiny detail, every panel screw and rivet are meticulously depicted in 3D. Even the tyres have raised lettering and are grooved ! More cockpit functions than ever before. Super detailing in the cabins, cockpits and exteriors.

Cockpit arrays and instruments built by the best in the business bring you new levels of functionality and interactivity to make your flight experience rewarding and challenging. Flight dynamics programmed by real-world aviation engineers bring a new sense of reality to your virtual skies.

Above all, total realism has been the goal with this production and you get it.

Socata TBM850 - The fastest single-engine turboprop

Up to 320Kts, the TBM850 offers the cruise speeds typical of light jets with the efficiency and economy of a single-engine turboprop. The large propeller can be utilized as a powerful aerodynamic brake, allowing landing on extremely short strips and runways.

Built by DAHER-SOCATA (, the TBM850 is the perfect blend of BEAUTY, TECHNOLOGY and EFFICIENCY.


. Built over the best plans available and with direct access to the real aircraft.
. Comprehensive feature list includes correct operation of the “ailerspoilers” – narrow airbrake-like assisters that improve aileron authority.
. Accurate flap operating gear, fully detailed landing gear and even individually modeled ventilation louvres in the airframe.
. All doors and hatches open to reveal battery packs and a fully detailed engine bay.
. Additional items include an authentic GPU on its own trolley, intake and exhaust muffs, pre-flight flags, prop-tie-downs and wheel chocks (all switchable from the VC).
. Amazing detailed HiDefinition textures bring the aircraft to realistic life and include specially developed techniques for rain spotting and streaking, stains and dirt and uniquely rendered “bump”mapping reproduces panel ripple and pillowing!
. Correct prop/engine thrust off-set.
. High resolution reflective and chrome textures.
. Fully animated, realistic pilot movements
. A choice of female or male left seat pilots is provided and also a lifelike passenger who switches from inside to outside the aircraft when unloading luggage.
. Models can be selected with and without this passenger.
. High quality digital stereo sounds recorded directly from the real aircraft.

. Using the very latest in modelling and texturing techniques, the interior is practically real!
. The panels themselves have leather grain finishes which hold their detail even in extreme closeup.
. All placards are reproduced in pin-sharp clarity and can be read at any distance.
. Every switch, knob and lever works just like the real thing – many with unique programming code.
. Leather finishes in the cabin are incredibly realistic and add to the feeling of quality comfort in the interior. You can almost smell the leather!

Programmed specifically for this Wilco TBM, the panels include fully functional MFD and PFD units which not only operate realistically but have Weather Radar and traffic avoidance systems built in. The big central Garmin 1000 unit is controlled by a fully functional, specially programmed control unit, just like the real aircraft!PANEL FEATURES
. All-glass integrated flight deck with a Garmin G1000 avionics suite
. Two fully-featured 10.4” TFT LCD Primary Flight Display (PFD).
. Multiple 2D pop up windows with glideslope, ILS, Autopilot NAV/COM, ADF and TRANSPONDER integration.
. A 15’’ TFT LCD Multi-Function Display (MFD) which has:
  • Fully automated LNAV and VNAV capability down to 250 decision height for LPV approaches (localiser guidance)
  • WAAS/LPV approach capable
  • Two moving map displays (orientation)
  • Terrain avoidance system TAS
  • Traffic Avoidance TCAS
  • Flight Plan input
  • EICAS Engine and systems display (TRQ, Prop RPM, NG%, ITT, Oil Pressure and Temperature)
  • Fuel management display
. All soft-touch buttons are 3D modelled and coded for complete realism
. 3D modelled exact replica of the Garmin display control unit (DCU) fully integrated and interactive with the central Garmin display.
. Cabin Pressurization display
. Battery, Generator and Bus displays
. ETM (Engine Trend Monitoring)
. Flaps, Elevator, Rudder and Ailerons trims indicators
. NAV/COM radios, ADF, Transponder and autopilot functions
. Normal and Emergency Checklists on screen
. Chart view

FLIGHT DYNAMICS have been programmed by real-world aviation engineers and test-flown by real pilots with TBM experience and offer a challenging and rewarding flight experience.

. Compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Lockheed Martin Prepar3D
. ‘Blank livery’ Paint Kit to create your own paint schemes (PhotoShop required)
. DX9 / DX10 compatible
. Frame-rate friendly
. Easy-to-use operating manual
. Checklists and performances tables supplied

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS. Windows XP 32 with SP3 installed, Vista 32, Windows 7 32/64, Windows 8 32/64 (tbc).
. Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX with SP1 and SP2 (or Acceleration Pack)
. Lockheed Martin Prepar3D Flight Simulator.
. Pentium V/2GHz or similar
. Minimum 2GB RAM (Recommended 4GB RAM)
. 512MB graphic card.

. VRinsight : modules list to be confirmed
. Go Flight modules : modules list to be confirmed
. Track IR (Natural Point)
. TCAS supporting online flights on IVAO and VATSIM networks
. Support for any network using the FS multiplayer mode

Release date set for June 15th.
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Aaron Graham said...

I do not have the aircraft but I think we will be pleasantly surprised. :)

Anonymous said...

Just one question.. Who developed this "thing" ?

Anonymous said...

Just one question...
Who developed this "thing" ?

Pirx said...

Wasn't it intesting enough to Carenado with all it has been discussed here about G1000 systems, VNAV, services packs... that now there is another plane to compare with. And it is said that real engineers and pilots have participated...

Humm, it seems AirDailyX is becoming a real reference in FSX/P3D world, great!

Eye Candy or Systems, the debate is on air :)

Anonymous said...

Good question, maybe it's Feelthere who also did the E-JETS EMBRAER 175 AND 195?

A pity that from a texturing perspective it looks rather poor quality in comparison to the Carenado TBM 850.

A pity that Carenado can't deliver the same system depth, especially since their version is quite a bit more expensive!

Anonymous said...

it dosent realy matter who there is the developer when ever it´s wilco or Feelthere it´s always FPS hungry so far as wel as anoing side effects so i would be surpriced if this should be an exception.. sorry for being that critical but thos companys is not my cop of tee.. as suport as well is 0. they only blame the end user of having some bad mashine even it´s well above there recomended

Anonymous said...

It's amazing that in this day and age of the Internet with modern Photoshop capabilities et al, a company like Wilco chooses to post 320 x 600 res images to promote their product. I mean seriously, are these guys for real?

Anonymous said...

So far I don't recall any pleasant surprises from this publisher, and with an open mind I look forward to them surprising me pleasantly, it would be a first!

DAndre Newman said...

One of the other reasons you do not see the same level of excitement I displayed over the Carenado variant...

Anonymous said...

looking at previous products it's gonna be shit. without doubt. it's already look like shit!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe Wilco is still trying to create and sell. These guys didn't understand that thay can NOT create sim product.

Anonymous said...

I am sure we can merge the Carenado external model with the Wilco interior and systems.

Anonymous said...

"The large propeller can be utilized as a powerful aerodynamic brake, allowing landing on extremely short strips and runways".

That makes me laugh. According to this aircraft can, and I quote "Can slip into a 2,100 ft strip or a mountain runway". It also needs around 2,800 ft to take off.

Compare that with the Real Air Duke Turbine that needs 1,000 ft for take off and 900 ft to land and you can see that performance between the two is a world apart!

The Real Air Duke Turbine wins...ever time.

Anonymous said...

I'm extremely disappointed with Carenado recently! Every airplane I buy ends up collecting dust in my hangar because performance is just horrible! Completely unflyable. I'm not going to buy another Carenado airplane again until they patch up what I already have. And let me tell you... they won't!

kernelPANIC said...

You might wanna send them an email through their support system instead of complaining about it here where they might not read it.

DAndre Newman said...

Given my own personal experience with Wilco's customer service my Piaggio still sits in the hangar for lack of support from them and getting the run around. That aircraft was a CLEAR waste of money.

With this thing, I have no confidence and the reason I am buying it at all is to support our readers before they drop cash on it...

wideloadwhitford said...

This is what you'll expect from Wilco support.

1 year later and still they haven't fixed the CRJ.

Anonymous said...

Wilco need to hire a texture artist or borrow one from Carenado. I found some so-called high-res images of their upcoming TBM850:

Reminds me of aircraft back in Flight Simulator 2002:

Compare this to the Aeroworx B200 from a few flightsim-years ago and even that looks more appealing!

Sid said...

Forget it Wilco! I've also wasted enough money on your rubbish. No more! And forget it Carenado too, I'm not wasting money on the same old systems and inaccuracy either. Just not worth it anymore. The days of taking my money so easily without giving me its value are well and truly over...This money really doesn't grow on trees you know...And I bought plenty of your products until now...I can't believe Carenado's arrogance and Wilco's false advertising and product specs. Thanks so much for testing for us D'andre and your moral reasons for doing so! I only want to spend any extra money on very good worthwhile products that bring me something special.

Anonymous said...

Looks like it will be available from June 30th. 2013

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