I am compiling my aircraft wish list once more, now that I am in the market for FS2020 addons that will surely come plentiful very soon.
And for that reason I have a special question to all of you who are experts on civilian planes since I am searching for something special.
I have come to like business jets, but I want another challenge: try one without a glass cockpit. One that doesn’t provide me with GPS so I can’t just shrug and go on when my VOR/NDB/VFR skills fail.
So I am searching for a:
business jet, maximum size would be comparable to a Citation Longitude or so. Ideally smaller but it should have a bit of range, 2500nm or so.
it should be fast, ideally more than 400 knots or so at cruising altitude
it should be “old”, no glass cockpit. So probably 1980s or earlier.
The JetStar looks great, but I am not sure I could handle its complexity.
But: people say it handled pretty well, even at slow speeds.
I really like the Learjet 35/36 especially because of the tip tanks which make it very sexy.
It is also fast and relatively nimble.
I think the Gulfstream II is a tad too big for me.
I guess I’ll rather aim at a 10 person airplane than on one that can carry 20 people.
The Falcon 50 is fast.
I admit I am not a fan of its looks though, especially how the top engine looks from the side.
But it would be an option.
Another plane I looked at is the North American Sabreliner. Sadly it falls short of my 2500nm range wish. But it looks like a fighter jet and reportedly also handles well.
Is there any good source to get info about the systems/instruments of those planes?
Such as if I want to know whether a plane has a weather radar, ILS, de-icing equipment or thrust reversers?
Sure, right now this is only a wish list.
IF one of those planes becomes available for FS2020 one would have to check the usual sim stuff as well.
I only flew the 31 but I believe the cockpit is similar in size to the 24/35. At 6’5” its a tight fit. Worth it though. There isn’t a jet without an ejection system on this planet that is more fun to fly. The 31 was maybe a little less fun because all the bad habits were engineered away. The classic Lears were prone to Dutch-rolling, mach tucking and running out of gas before takeoff. In other words, they were perfect!