This is a complete simulation of the Piaggio PD-808. It includes advanced engine management, realistic systems, and some failure modeling. The model features a complete 3-D virtual cockpit,and a 2-D panel. Sounds are included. The external model features all typical animations plus a load of custom ones. Also includes all custom special effects, including different selectable floodlights for the virtual cockpit (by simply flicking ON the proper light switch on the cockpit itself). Plus with a fly-on-the-numbers flight dynamics file. Includes full documentation.
Initially a joint venture between Douglas and Piaggio, and later only manufactured by Piaggio as Douglas withdrew from the project after the merger with McDonnell. Piaggio continued with the project, but the subsequent delays gave time for the Learjet 23 and the HS-125 to enter the market. This left Piaggio with an aircraft with very little commercial interest. In fact only 2 civilian PD-808s were manufactured. One served as private jet for Piaggio itself, the other crashed due to bad weather while demonstrating to it's only civilian buyer. The italian air force ordered 25 examples anyway, therefore saving Piaggio from bankruptcy. They were used as trainers, VIP transports, Navaid calibrators and ECM platforms. All the 25 units are now disbanded as have reached the maximum flying hours. The last PD-808 flew on May 17, 2003 after more than 25 years of valuable service.
V2.1 brings improved virtual cockpit performance, advanced sound effects, advanced fuel systems simulation (a component requires FSUIPC), some operational procedure corrections and minor bug fixes. V2.1 package includes all versions (RM, GE, TA, TP, Civil).
Version 2.2 update includes:
- 3D models updated with full virtual cabin/cockpit for all versions (full exterior included from virtual cockpit view)
- Windshield heating does not overheat unless the external temperature is above 30 °C
- Widescreen panel (4/3 version still available)