Carenado : Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 : FSPilot’s Review!

Welcome to our screenshot review of the Carenado : Cessna 525A Citation CJ2

Features and Requirements :

ProLine21 system featuring:
                Two navigation modes: VNAV and NAV
                Flight plan creation based on real procedures
                Weather radar screen
                Situation awareness
                Set different altitudes for different waypoints (VNAV)
Navigraph database (AIRAC cycle 1310 (October 2013) included)
                Load a departure procedure (SID)
                Load an arrival (STAR)
                Load an approach (RNAV, ILS, VOR, etc.)
HD quality textures (4096 x 4096)
Real ground power unit (GPU) simulation feature (with volts indicator)
Original HQ digital 3D stereo sounds.
Complete back cabin
Customizable panel for controlling windows transparency, instrument reflections and static elements such as wheel chocks and sights props.
Real behavior compared to the real airplane. Real weight and balance. Tested by real pilots.
Realistic night lights effects on panel and cockpit.

Special Features
Original ProLine21 systems:
                Primary Flight Display (PFD)
                Multi Function Display (MFD)
                Display Control Panel (DCP)
                Course Heading Panel (CHP)
                Course Knob Panel (CKP)
                Mode Select Panel (MSP)
                Flight Management System (FMS)
                Autopilot Panel (APP)
Updatable Navigraph database
Full FSX and P3D v3.0 compatible.

NOTE : You don´t need to have a subscription with Navigraph because this products comes with an October 2013 Navigraph database which has all the information you need to perform a flight. But if you want to keep your database up to date you will need a subscription with Navigraph.

Included in the package
5 HD liveries.
1 HD Blank livery.
525A Emergency Procedures PDF.
525A Normal Procedures PDF.
525A Performance Tables
Carenado Proline 21 PDF
Recommended Settings PDF

Technical Requirements
Windows XP with SP3 installed, Vista or 7 (32 or 64 bits).
Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX with SP1 and SP2 (or Acceleration Pack) installed or Lockheed Martin – Prepar3D Flight Simulator v2.5 or v3.0 or FSX Steam Edition.
Pentium V/3GHz or similar
Minimum 2GB RAM (Recommended 4GB RAM)
512MB graphics card.
940MB available hard disk space.

INTERNET CONNECTION is required for installing this product.

Walk around :

These views show off the very well defined curved nose section of the Carenado Cessna Citation CJ2. The modelling is up to Carenado’s exceptional standards for smoothness and detailing. All door openings have well defined cutouts, smooth animation and show no signs of bleed when closed. Internal detail in the baggage bays is well defined and detailed. Panel line and rivet /screw detailing is very nicely done through textures and bump mapping. Wheel well detailing is also very nice and gear animation is smooth with no interference between parts. Textures are very well mapped and show almost no signs of texture misalignment, stretching effects etc. Textures are very crisp even when on high zoom factors. Exterior lights are well defined and have good illumination effects, though a bit more bloom would give better effect on the landing / taxi lights.

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Close ups – In-flight

The following In-flights close-ups show off the high level of detailing achieved in the modelling and texturing via bump mapping etc. The landing gear and bays are particularly well defined in this model as are the engines and the curious thrust reversers that this little biz-jet employed. Flying control detail is also very good with nice detailing for flap hinging etc. Shaping throughout the model is smooth and texture mapping is precise with no real texture stretching or misalignment to mention. All in all a very nice exterior finish.

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General In-flight

These shots will give a general impression of the exterior from various angles and aircraft attitudes.

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Internal detailing – Including Instrument panel, cockpit and pax cabin :

The same level of detailing is on the inside of the aircraft as well with both the cockpit and main cabin being highly detailed with excellent texturing. The cockpit, instrument panel, displays, gauges, levers, switches etc. are beautifully modeled with crisp textures even at high zoom factors. The electronic displays also have crisp, clear graphics with all being easily readable. Functionality of the instrumentation systems is very good with all operating as expected, including navigation instruments etc. Feature of this package is the Collins Proline 21 avionics suite. Sun visors are animated, control columns can be hidden. Texturing of the panel seating etc is highly detailed and again with little or no misalignment’s or stretching.

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Included liveries in addition to the all white base.

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End of Review :