BN-2 Islander

Not yet to release…but this was the first I’d seen mention of it.

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The Islander was one of the aircraft I hoped I would be lucky enough to fly someday. I’ll be getting this one for sure.

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Yeah…the St. Maarten, St. Barts, Saba shuffle would be fun in that one!

My flying instructor who is now a very close friend was an islander air ambulance pilot. He has some phenomenal stories from those days. I could listen to him talk for hours about the challenges those guys faced. He transitioned to King airs later and it was still pretty white knuckled. Amazing guy.

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That will be 106…and counting :grin:

I had a BN-2 for FSX - I really liked it. I’ll also be getting this.

I’m pretty sure the count will be higher by the time that the Islander is released. Pretty sure indeed. ;).

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While I do not know exactly how many specific aircraft models I have in FSX, I had a FSTweaks management app that counted each aircraft skin…last time I looked it was over 1700…yeah…not good.

Which is why in XP11 I am severely limiting my purchases - but a good BN2 s a must have! . :grin:

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The developer (TorqueSim) also published a link to the (beta) manual online. I haven’t bought it yet…$40 is a bit rich for me at this point with so much goodness already in my hangar. I’ll probably pick it up on a sale at some point…

EDIT - Quick look at the manual (25 pages) shows it is a pretty bare bones manual. Not much in the way of true systems descriptions…more like a checklist and basic operating manual at this point.

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The TorqueSim Islander is available for $39.95 at X-Aviation (who also have a shiny new website)…

http://www.x-aviation.com/catalog/product_info.php/torquesim-islander-p-177

I’m not sure I will be biting on this one, but time will tell, it might grow on me.

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First mod is already out too…a “backcountry” darker panel

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I do like that darker panel… but I bought another couple of gliders for Condor 2 last night so…must…resist. :dizzy_face:

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I’m tempted… Semester ends next week, so I’ll have time for a life again after that. I’ll keep y’all posted.

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Sounds like the real aircraft manual. Just remember key speeds are all 65 knots.

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Twenty years ago

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I would get this just to see if it’s as hilariously bad as described.

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Yeah…that write-up made it sound like the airplane equivalent of the '89 Chevy Cavalier I was forced to drive in Driver’s Ed.
Or, for that matter, pretty much any other GM car in the '80’s and '90’s.

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Something I and no one else mentioned are the Islanders overhead lights, located above each pilot. They are attached to a curly wire, the same as an ‘old’ curly telephone’ cable. If you reach up they can be pulled out of their mounting so you can position the light where you need it. Very handy on the ground looking for that thing you dropped as you got in the aircraft. Each light is in a solid metal casing and protrudes down from the roof at an angle directly above your head. Bit like a spike. As you bounce up in turbulence it strikes your head very painfully. I knew of one pilot who wore a bone dome to prevent this. It didnt work as the bone dome shattered after a winter season.

I can’t find a photo of the light but thought I would share these finishing with the last one being my final BN2B that I flew. from Shetland.

Its worth noting that historically pilots don’t walk away from a good islander crash.


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The wing no longer being perpendicular to the fuselage is something even I might spot on the preflight walkaround… :bulb:

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Remember to ask your TRI why that isn’t so on the PC-24… :wink:

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Bit of gaffer tape…

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