Sibwings Antonov - 2 FSX/P3D
Version tested : FSX
File size : 143 MB
Installation : Very friendly. As usual with aircrafts, two or three Windows will pop-up to install specific modules.
Framerate : Very friendly.
The Pitts, The Saab Safir.. Rings a bell ? Sibwings has been a very prolific developer for years, especially Under FS9/2004 Platform. Airdailyx, all three of us, we have tested this old russian-native bird. To be frank, we have encountered a few problems, here and there, specifically on P3D.
But finally, one of use has been lucky. We tested the aircraft during a 40 mn flight test on various liveries.
The first impression is the formidable horsepower delivered by the Antonov 2. Another specific fact about this bird is the position of the cockpit and pilots, a few feets over the cabin. The pilot can even see the cabin through a small window behind him. The flight test was successful. Engines, flaps, worked like a charm, although the aircraft takes-off too quickly - way too quickly on my taste. Like it would only require 80 - 100 meters. Hmm. The real take-off run requires 170 meters.
Otherwise, 90 - 95 % of switches are working here. Inside the cockpit, and in the external views as well, all the textures look really good, really effective. You can still watch some old markings written in.... Russian. You will also be surprised by the realism of cockpit windows, that are all showing marks, dirts and wear traces, cockpit reflections. The sounds are not faint, you can actually hear loud and clear the flaps noises when you switch them up or down. And on the main panel, all gauges are easily readable and designed with high definition textures.
Now, is it an aircraft for you ? It dépends. Visual landings on these aircrafts are tricky. You cannot see the runway when the wheels are touching the runway. But it's a funny bird. I can only hope that the editor will release more liveries, including a few Cubans.
PS : a small "bug" or drawback reported so far, once you upload the aircraft in FSX, lined up on the runway, it can shows a "white shadow" on the runway for a second, depending on your computer performances.
Our computer is a I7, 3,4 Ghz, 6 MB, GeForce GTX 650 Ti, Windows 7 / 64 bits.
You need more info on our computers ? Read our left column ADX system Specs.
Six liveries available from Aeroflot old variant to German and Polish liveries.
Screenshot taken from Taxi2gate La Habana MUHA airport in Cuba.
Gauges and buttons are designed with high résolutions textures.
Three days ago, Sibwings has uploaded an interesting video of its latest product :
Airdailyx, June 08th 2013