The PBY Catalina is without a doubt one of the most famous flying boats ever build. After its first flight in 1935 it quickly transformed into the PBY-5A amphibian model that is best known. Despite its strange shape that is rather organic it became a true work horse of many air forces and navies and kept patrolling the oceans for decades.
It had many roles, search and rescue, any shipping or anti submarine patrols or long range reconnaissance. To this day the Catalina is well known to millions and a guest of honor at many air shows.
Models, sound and flight behavior
11 different models based on the PBY-5, PBY 5A and PBY-6A
Different flight behavior for all different models that are checked with all available data and by current Catalina pilots. Now this is said a lot for FS add-on aircraft, but one Catalina operator is actually using this product for simple training in the winter when most Catalina's are hangar queens.
Impressive and powerful sound set, you actually will be able to tune the engines using your ears.
Aerosoft Sound Module that adds sound to switches, controls and events. From hydraulic pumps to the sound of the engines problems, this creates a far more immersive environment.
Two different cockpits, one typical for the 1940s and 1950s and one as many Catalina's are flown today (with modern radio and GPS equipment).
Cowl flaps, floats and landing gear has better simulation of influence on drag by use of additional coding
More realistic water operation by use of additional coding.
Manual (400+ pages) in two parts, includes full actual operational manual of one of the few PBY-5A's flying at this moment.
Gauges and instruments
All instruments done in full 3d.
Highly realistic Bendix King radio stack (feel free to download the real manuals and use those!)
Highly realistic and complex Bendix King KLN-90B GPS receiver
Realistic simulation of the Sperry A-3A (Jack & Heinz) Autopilot for the vintage model.
The newly developed Interactive Checklist helps you to prevent problems by showing the correct settings with red or green checkmarks. It even includes sound effects and allows you to configure the aircraft for take-off or for a complete dead and cold setup.
Added realism (non standard FSX simulations)
Non standard and far more realistic calculations of engine temperatures, taking cowflap position, ambient air temperature, fuel/air mixtures setting, airspeed and engine heat generation into account.
Accurate electrical load and hydraulic pressures calculations.
Realistic cold engine startup, requiring use of engine primers and fuel boosters.
Realistic auto mixture that controls auto rich and auto lean.
Realistic carburettor icing that takes moisture and carburettor air temperature into account.
Structural icing that will accumulate ice on the structure, adding weight until the aircraft becomes unflyable.
Non standard engine failure module that includes sparkplug fouling, damage caused by excessive cylinder head or oil temperature, shock cooling and more.
Power reduction due to excessive carburettor air temperature.
Demonstration of Aerosoft PBY Catalina Interactive Checklist
Additional specifications: Box/CD-Version (FSX): Version 1.10, printed Manual + Period Operations Manual (English) Download-Version (FSX): Version 1.11, Manual + Period Operations Manual as a .pdf-file (English)
1. place in the category "AIRCRAFT: MILITARY, VINTAGE, SPACE" , simFlight Awards 2009
Conclusion by Avsim.com: "The download version sells for 28 Euros, the boxed version for 30. In US dollars, the price is about $33 for the download (presumably because non-EU customers don't have to pay VAT). If you don't mind slow -- and I'm referring to cruise speed, not frame rates -- this is a very attractive package. What sets it apart isn't any one feature -- other products have more detail, or more sophisticated engine modeling -- but the combination of features, performance, and price. It looks sharp, especially in the VC; it's smart about trading detail for frame rates; and it's affordable. Another AVSIM Gold Star for the crew at Aerosoft."
Conclusion by Mutleyshangar.com: "As you will have probably guessed I highly recommend this add-on. I think that there would be something for everyone in it and it can be as involved as you want it to be. Perhaps one day you just want to get airborne and not bother with the realistic engine management, all you need to do is select these options from the checklist. Flying the aircraft by hand is a lot of fun, and is the way it should be done in my opinion. She flies bang on the numbers so you can be sure you won’t be getting any nasty surprises along the way and the stunning looks and exquisite virtual cockpit all make this package the best add-on aircraft I own in my FSX hangar!"
Excerpt from the review by FlightSimulatorXWorld.com: "I can't believe that Aerosoft markets this plane at this price point! Download versions go for around $33 US and what you get is real value for your money. Heck, some web retailers will charge you $20 just to download the pilot's manual, meaning you get the plane for $13! I recommend this add-on without hesitation and you'll be pleased when you get it. I am mostly a cold war jet person myself but I find the Catalina fascinates me in ways other planes don't and is one that I now fly a lot. I go so far to say that this is the commercial add-on of the year and one of the best values in the FSX world. I recommend you go get this beauty NOW!"
Excerpt from the review by fsBreak.com: "There is simply nothing like starting up the engine in the Catalina X. It includes no electronics so starting and tuning the engines must be done by hand. You can find full instructions on their forums, and a video tutorial… Or you could also just choose the aircraft in an already on configuration, but that's no fun!"
Conclusion by Flugsimulation.com: "Nein, die Catalina kommt nicht in meinen Hangar. ...die darf in mein Schlafzimmer!Das, was die Do 27 von Digital Aviation für den FS9 war, ist die Catalina von Aerosoft für den FSX. Geniale Optik, gepaart mit unüblicher Funktionalität, Systemausfällen, dem Aerosoft Sound System und der interaktiven Checkliste bringen der Cat nicht nur den Award für exellente und innovative Flugzeugaddons, sondern auch das Prädikat eines absoluten „Must have.“"
System requirements: Microsoft Flight Simulator X (SP2 or Acceleration) Windows XP / Vista / Windows7 with the latest Service Packs (Vista not recommended) Intel Core 2 Duo CPU (2x 2666Mhz) or equivalent (Core 2 Quad CPU recommended) 2 GB RAM DX9 Graphic Card with at least 512 MB Mouse with mouse wheel Download-Size: 300 MB Installation-Size: 1.1 GB
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. => Read more in our forum
How to purchase and install Download-Versions?:
Buying is simple, just add it to your cart (press the green buy button) and do all the handling of payment (Credit Card and PayPal accepted) . Keep in mind that if you are located outside the EEC you do not pay VAT
On the screen where you see that the payment has been done you will find a download link, download AND SAVE this file to a secure location
While you are doing this, an email is being send to you with the serial code
You can always find your code in the shop under Your Account - Your Order Details - Downloads
During the installation you will be asked to enter your shop login name (email) and for this serial code