Knoxville Tennessee, and the "Knoxville Flyers" Flying Club has proven a great resource for DreamFleet when it comes obtaining popular aircraft to photograph and fly. It all started with a photo shoot for a forthcoming Cessna 152 project, and ended later with not only our popular Cessna Cardinal, but a lovely Cessna 310L, owned by club member and flight instructor Charles Queen. N137CM is his personal aircraft, and is not owned by the club, as the Cardinal is, but Charles instructs in all of the club's aircraft.
Modified with 325 hp turbocharged engines, this Cessna 310 can cruise at over 240 knots / 270+ mph, with a service ceiling of over 30,000'. Better get your oxygen mask on!
During several days of photographing the 310 and the club's other aircraft we had the opportunity to fly and photograph N137CM, "7 Charlie Mike".
We departed in the club's Cessna 182 as the camera ship, with club president, Jeff Dyer at the controls, and DreamFleet's Lou Betti in the back seat with the camera. On board the 310 was Charles Queen in the left seat, and Flight One's Tom main in the right.
Close to an hour was spent over the Tennessee mountains and valleys photographing Charlie Mike, and several photos from the shoot appear below. Click on each image for a larger version.
Our sincere thanks to Charles, Jeff, and all the fine folks at Knoxville Flyers.
The aircraft model was designed by Mikko Maliniemi of Finland, one of the most talented 3D modelers in the flight simulation industry, and you can be certain that this Cessna 310 will be one of the most complex and detailed aircraft models ever produced. With each new model he produces, Mikko "kicks things up another notch".
If you like the default FS aircraft, even previous DreamFleet aircraft then you are going to be in for quite a treat with the 310! Mikko held back very little when it came to detail, and even increased detail over his previous aircraft models. Here are some of the features to expect:
Virtual Cockpit & Cabin: Nicely detailed and with working gauges, and moving throttles, control wheels, rudder pedals, throttles, and sun visors. Need your charts? Then open up the flight case on the right seat! You can fly from the virtual cockpit, or from our complete 2D cockpit and interior (see below).
Complete Moving Parts: Ailerons, rudder, stabilator, rudder, and flaps all move. The wheels turn, and both cabin door, baggage door, and wing locker doors open and close. Flip a switch in the cockpit, and watch the landing lights extend and illuminate!
Visible Interior and Pilot: This, of course, should be expected, and the interior visible from the outside of the aircraft is highly detailed.
Fuselage and Lighting Reflections: The same as found on the default FSaircraft, there's even reflection on the aircraft windows.
Accurate Flight Dynamics: A pretty aircraft means nothing if it does not fly well, and while it is impossible to create 100% accurate flight dynamics for FS, you'll find the flying characteristics of the DreamFleet Cessna 310 to be quite satisfying.
Details Galore!: Complete external lighting as on the real aircraft, including a switchable left wing "ice light". Detailed textures, right down to almost every rivet and inspection plate that is on the real thing.
In addition to the 3D virtual cockpit and interior, the DreamFleet Cessna 310 features complete 2D instrument panels and interior views, in our "trademark" high resolution, digital photo realistic graphics. Use the "VC" or use the 2D views, or switch between both. Some of the features of our 2D interior include:
Main Instrument Panel: So realistic that you could almost swear you were in Charles Queen's real 310. Every gauge is there, just as it is in the real 310, and operate as accurately as is possible within FS. Certain gauges features a user selectable "digital readout", which tells you what the gauge is reading; great for those with small monitors, or to obtain high accuracy in setting, while all gauges feature "dynamic tool tips", that tell you not only what the gauge is, but what its reading is. In addition, you can also select to place a "cover" over a gauge, so you can practice partial panel IFR. Of course the instrument panels feature near 100% accurate pilot's perspective. As with every DreamFleet panel you are seated in the pilot's seat, not in between the seats!
The 310 features two different main panels: One featuring the real aircraft's gauge arrangement, and another featuring a standard "T" arrangement of the primary flight instruments. When you see how the gauges are laid out on the real aircraft, you'll know this aircraft was built in 1967! So, we're giving you the option to change it to a more modern arrangement if you so desire.
Landing View Panel: Essentially a reduced height version of the Main Instrument Panel, with a larger outside view for making landings easier, or for enjoying the scenery. The landing view panel features all of the primary flight and navigation instruments, and is suitable for IFR work.
Radio Stack: We departed from the true reality of 7CM here, and upgraded the avionics for you. Included is a big-screen, highly detailed moving map GPS, modeled after a very famous real world unit, with NAV/COM radios built in, plus, DME, digital ADF, advanced transponder, 2-axis autopilot with separate altitude alert unit, and two digital NAV/COM units. This allows you to also navigate / communicate using traditional VOR/DME methods without need to use GPS.
Interior Views: They are all here, and you can use these in place of, or to supplement the Virtual Cockpit views. Featured are Forward Left, Left (with visible wing), Rear Left, Rear, Rear Right, Right (with visible wing), Forward Right, and Up views. As with the instrument panel all views are high quality, digital photo realistic graphics. No rendered or hand drawn artwork here!
Aaron Swindle does it again with a very realistic sounding sound set. Authentic Continental engine sounds are featured. You will also get all of the usual switch "clicks", gyro sounds, parking brake lever sound, etc. An audible environment that along with the visual surroundings truly give you the feeling of "being there".
DreamFleet has always prided itself on giving you the MOST for your money, and the Cessna 310 is no exception.
Text-o-Matic: The ever popular "T-o-M" returns to the 310, from previous appearances in our 737 , Archer, and Cardinal. With T-o-M you can repaint your 310 in any scheme you would like, or download paint schemes produced by others. Then use T-o-M to create an entirely new aircraft model, that sports this new paint scheme, and aircraft complete with all the features listed above. By using T-o-M you can create an entire fleet of Cessna 310s!
Config-o-Matic: Joining "T-o-M" is "C-o-M". With Config-o-Matic you will be able to select certain features for your 310, such as type of gauge arrangement, or whether or not you wish to load the 2D interior views to supplement the Virtual Cockpit. You will also be able to set the various weights for your passengers and baggage, and change the color of the cockpit's dome light, and the instrument back lighting.
Includes realistic, custom GPS.
Features and specifications subject to change without notice prior to release.
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