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More pics than words in this hopefully brief mini review


The Legacy is my all time favorite real aircraft (bias), and thus my favorite sim aircraft (bias).  I first participated in the old Realair beta for v1 and v2 of the Legacy in FSX and later P3D (bias).  I then participated in this Aerobask Legacy beta in XP11 (bias - so you see lots of bias in this review lol).  Plane was released a few days ago avail at Org site.  I know there's a few people hesitant to get it because of the glass cockpit...but the Avidyne is very well done, and the text is very legible and smooth.  I use the Reality XP GTN 750 in mine, but the default is the Laminar GNS530 (still not a bad unit at all - can be updated via navigraph).  The sounds are really cool - lots of little things here and there were coded, switches, canopy, levers, alarms, beeps, engine etc...headset mode too for people that need to communicate online with ATC.  It isn't pressurized but there is oxygen available.  The circuit breakers are fully functional.  There's maybe 8 or 10 liveries (and I've seen some users create a few more).  Speed wise and perf numbers... you can easily do 240 KTAS (four miles a minute) around 8000 ft burning 12-14 gph.  Engine can still perform quite well at say 17,500 for an enjoyable VFR flight with O2.  If that's too fast, just pull power back to 15" of manifold, drop the rpm to 2400, and lean the mixture for 20 deg lean of peak....you'll be in the 160-180 ktas range.  Speedbrakes help you slow down (real life typical engine management is decrease throttle 2" in 2 minutes), so you'll need the brakes in flight.  Sometimes I abuse the engine a little too much in the sim haha. Approach and landing: 140-180 kias 5 miles out, (flaps 10 acceptable at 170 kias), gear down maybe 1-2 miles out if the pattern, or drop them earlier, and you're doing about 125-135 kias.  Short final 95-100, and let the speed bleed off to 85 for touchdown.  If light, check AoA but keep touchdown above 75....she'll drop like a bonanza full of doctors beyond that!


For this flight I'm leaving and arriving at San Luis Obispo KSBP, heading up the coastline towards MRY (about half way there) and turning east near Paso Robles, and back for a landing at SBP.  During the flight I'm maneuvering initially at 3000 msl, then 9500, then 17,500 ft.  Gorgeous scenery provided by Orbx TrueEarth SoCal and GPB500 "airport pack".  Active Sky XP powering weather and again the lovely Reality XP GTN 750 for navigation (occasionally backed up by Mark I eyeball)


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320 kts gs!

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Nice one Ryan. The Realair Legacy has been my default aircraft in P3d forever, and I already had a freeware (and very nice) Legacy in XP but I spotted this on the .Org site when it first showed up. Had to get a copy and I concur - it's wonderful. Gorgeous (sp? that doesn't look right) colours and surfaces, I've been using the orange skin and it really does shine, and it handles beautifully (and this from a man who doesn't have a clue about flying properly). I did a trip from KSNA to KSAN along the coast road, saved it as a replay, and have just sat watching it replay several times. The SoCal scenery and that plane is a wonderful combination. I share your bias! I always thought this aircraft has the same sort of appeal as the Spitfire or the P51 - a sort of symmetry that's just "right".

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