Alabeo : PA-31 Piper Chieftain 350 : FSPilot’s Review !!

Welcome to our review of the Alabeo PA31 Navajo Chieftan 350 for FSX and P3D.

Flight1 GTN 750* integration
Reality XP GNS530* integration (only for FSX)
Alabeo G600 and GNS530
2 different models: commuter and standard
Takeoff run real movement effect 
Full FSX – Steam and P3D v2.5 and v3.0 compatible.
Cold and Dark start option
Superb material shines and reflections.
Volumetric side view prop effect
Gauges reflections
Knob click sounds
Windows scratches and blades shines
High quality 3D model and textures.
Realistic behavior

*Flight1 GTN 750 and Reality XP GNS530 are sold separately

Windows Vista/7/8 (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/2GHz or similar – 2GB RAM – 512MB graphics card.
1.1GB available hard disk space

INTERNET CONNECTION is required for installing this product.

Walk around :

These views show off the very well defined curvatures of the Alabeo PA31 Chieftan 350. The modelling as usual is to their very high 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 bay and wing baggage bays is well defined and detailed. Panel lines and rivet /screw detailing is very nicely done through textures and bump mapping. All 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.

Chieftain 350 Standard wing :

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Chieftain 350 Winglet Variant

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Close ups – In-flight – Standard Wing

These close up In-flight shots further enhance the effort made by the modellers to reproduce this aircraft as accurately as possible, every image is full of the detail, including the landing gear and flying controls all of which have smooth animations and don’t interfere with local structures. Even the static wicks balance when the engines are running. Great effects.

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Close ups – In-flight – Winglet Variant

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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, gauges, levers, switches etc. are beautifully modeled with crisp textures even at high zoom factors. Crazing on the perspex of the windows is evident as the sun picks it up during turns, great effect. Functionality of the instrumentation is very good with all operating as expected, including navigation instruments etc. Sun visors are animated, control columns can be hidden and the small window on the port side of the cockpit can be opened. A very nice office indeed.

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Night Shots

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Liveries Supplied in addition to all white:

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End of Review