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Diamond DA20-100 Katana 4X (FSX)


The DA20-100 Katana is proof of the old aviation saying that what looks good will fly good. It`s a sleek little aircraft made from composites. Intended to be a trainer aircraft it is now used by private pilots who enjoy the great performance and low cost per hour.

This aircraft for FSX has one of the most impressive lists of features of any product we ever handled. It really makes you feel like owning the aircraft as you got to do the maintenance, cleaning and even decide what oil type to use. If any product made Microsoft slogan “As real as it gets” come true it got to be the Katana!

If you owned a version of the previous Katana sold by Aerosoft you are entitled to an update for a reduced price. Just enter the serial key of your previous version during the order process.

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FEATURES:

Modes:

Realistic -
Wear and damage can encounter and will be stored. Fluids will be used and the aircraft can get dirty. Maintenance and services are available. Flight hours and landings will be counted and special features unlocked.

Simple - No wear and damage will be simulated. Aircraft stays clean. Flight hours and landings are not locked. No special features.

Instructor - Aircraft is as new every reload. Wear and damage can encounter or be triggered but will not be stored. Fluids will be used and the aircraft can get dirty. Flight hours and landings will not be counted and no special features are available. Instructor Panels are available.

Airframe:

  • Airframe limitations are simulated
  • Trim tabs can be bend on ground
  • Controls can get damaged
  • Controls can freeze
  • Flaps can get damaged - Flaps motor can get damaged - Wheel fairings can be attached/detached
  • Wheel fairings can get damaged
  • Aircraft can get dirty
  • Canopy can be opened and closed
  • Canopy can be opened and closed by airflow
  • Canopy opens if flying down under or due accelerations if not locked.
  • Canopy locking mechanism
  • Canopy can break off
  • Canopy can get covered by ice
  • Elevator can get damaged by canopy
  • Cowling can be opened
  • Oil access door can be opened
  • Fuel tank cover can be opened
  • Wheel fairings reducing drag

Engine (Rotax 912S):

  • Engine damage and wear
  • Engine cooling by air and fluid
  • Carburetor simulation
  • Carburetor can get plugged
  • Carb Heat - Starter simulation
  • Starter can get damaged
  • Starter low voltage simulation
  • Engine start due wind milling
  • Engine Start due turning the propeller by hand
  • Choke simulation
  • Engine wind milling
  • Damage when engaging starter also engine is running
  • Pulled Choke with warm engine stresses engine
  • Cold engine may run better with pulled choke

Propeller:

  • Propeller damage and wear
  • Propeller governor simulated - Propeller ground contact
  • Propeller damage by dust
  • Propeller can be turned by hand
  • Propeller pitch change by hand

Oil System:

  • Oil usage simulated
  • Two sorts of oil: SAE20 / SAE40
  • Oil quantity check
  • Turning propeller or running engine draws oil out of the cylinders
  • Oil Filter
  • Oil temperature and pressure simulation
  • Oil loss without cap during turns
  • Oil access door animation if left open due wind
  • Oil can be drained

Fuel System:

  • Carburetor simulation
  • Fuel pumps and pipes simulation
  • Fuel in pipes can be burned
  • Fueling simulation
  • Fuel dip stick
  • Fuel tank cover
  • Water in fuel
  • Water draining
  • Fuel lead simulation
  • Fuel type selection
  • Fuel pump may be needed above 13.000 ft

Electrical System:

  • Complex battery simulation
  • Complete electrical circuits
  • Switches
  • Relays
  • Circuit breakers
  • Generator simulation
  • Generator wear and damage
  • Displays flicker and brightness
  • Electrical power on starter simulated

Instrumentation:

  • 3d Gauges with smooth animations
  • Needle movements and vibrations simulated
  • Gyros simulated
  • Attitude Indicator simulation
  • Compass card simulation
  • Wet compass acceleration and turning error
  • Pitot tube and static port simulation
  • Pitot tube, static port and stall warning can get plugged

Avionics:

  • Units operation simulated: Navigation and Communication is only possible with operating devices
  • Simple mode: Units can be operated in simple mode for being compatible with hardware
  • KX125 TSO
    • Unit can be turned off
    • Unit has circuit breaker
    • Unit can be damaged
    • Frequencies are stored
    • Standby frequencies
    • Engaging direct frequency control due holding the transfer buttons
    • Modes: CDI, BRG and RAD
    • Auto-TO
    • Independent OBS display
  • KT76A
    • Unit can be turned off
    • Unit can be damaged
    • Unit has circuit breaker
    • Transponder warm up simulated
  • GPS500 (FSX default) off
    • Unit can be turned off
    • Unit has circuit breaker
    • Brightness can be adjusted
  • GNS530 (by Reality XP, not included in the product)
  • GPS500 can be replaced by the GNS530 directly in the simulator

Environment:

  • Cabin temperature simulated
  • Cabin airflow simulated
  • Wing icing
  • Stall warning icing
  • Controls icing
  • Canopy icing
  • Pitot and static port icing
  • Dirt
  • Insects

Visual Effects:

  • Motion and vibration effects
  • Aircraft and parts influenced by propeller wind
  • Realistic and switchable lighting effects
  • Adjustable panel lighting
  • Bump mapping on exterior and virtual cockpit

Sound Effects:

  • Complex sound environment
  • Every lever, switch has its own sound

Graphical User Interface:

  • All settings can be done in FSX

Preflight Panels:

  • Ground equipment and fixation
  • Tow bar
  • Walk-around check
  • Trim tabs
  • Fuel station, fuel drain and dipstick
  • Oil and liquids
  • Payload
  • Aircraft cleaning

Maintenance Panels:

  • Equipment: Change avionics or attach/detach wheel fairings
  • Workshop: Inspection, repairing or replacing parts and systems
  • Service: Replace or refill liquids, replacing or reloading battery etc.

Awards / Reviews:

Conclusion by the PC Pilot Magazine, Issue Sept/Oct 2011:
"As if the aforementioned features weren`t enough, Aerosoft thought to include an `Instructor` mode which is a nifty utility that allows an instructor to use a second monitor to selectively fail or degrade aircraft systems and indicators. The ability to pop circuit breakers, open relays, induce mechanical failures, and to otherwise challenge students, vaults the Aerosoft Katana 4X from pure entertainment software, to being a useful training tool for students. The all-round attention to detail, additional features, and polish of this aircraft make it worthy of exceptional praise."

www.pcpilot.net 

Conclusion by MutleysHangar.com:
"I`ve thoroughly enjoyed reviewing this add-on and it is a fantastic addition to your flight sim hangar. You need to bear in mind that it is a complex aircraft (unless you run it in simple mode) and it may not be the best add-on for the more casual simmer.
If you are unsure you can download the manual prior to purchase to get an idea of what to expect. I did experience some teething problems which will hopefully be addressed in a service pack, but the support available via the Aerosoft forums was a great help in sorting any problems. A tutorial flight would have been welcome and is a glaring omission from such a well packaged product. I`m happy to award the Aerosoft Diamond DA20-100 Katana 4X"

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Conclusion by Flightsimulatornetwork.com:
"...I really loved this aircraft and especially like that if you treat it badly, systems will fail and they will have to be repaired or replaced. These functions are simulated with this product which greatly adds to the experience. The only thing that I would like to see added in a future update is some form of monetary system so the virtual pilot can see how much it is costing to operate the Katana. This is very minor and would just add to a very realistic and enjoyable experience. If you mostly fly long cross country flights in IFR or night conditions then the Aerosoft Katana probably is not the aircraft for you. This aircraft is only certified for daytime VFR operations and is primarily designed for flight training and short flights. I want to thank Aerosoft for providing me with the review copy of the Katana.
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Conclusion by simFlight.de (german):
"...Auch wenn der Preis gegenüber der Vorversion deutlich gestiegen ist, sind die 27,95 Euro absolut gerechtfertigt und gut angelegt. Wer ein modernes Sportflugzeug mit viel Systemtiefe sucht, bekommt mit der Katana 4X ein Addon, das in der Königsklasse angesiedelt ist und keine direkte Konkurrenz hat. Für ernsthafte GA-Flieger unbedingt empfehlenswert!..."

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System requirements:
Microsoft Flight Simulator X (SP2 or Acceleration)
Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 with the latest Service Packs (Vista not recommended)
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU (2 x 2666 MHz) or equivalent (Core 2 Quad CPU recommended)
2 GB RAM
DX9 Graphic Card with at least 512 MB
Mouse with mouse wheel
Download-Size: 180 MB
Installation-Size: 600 MB

Additional downloads:
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