Aerosoft - Robin DR400 X
FSX / P3S
137 MB (No refund) - CD-R Service
The Robin DR400 is an aircraft that will be familiar to many pilots as it is
one of the most used trainers. Conceived in the early 70’s by Pierre Robin
and Jean Délémontez. It flew for the first time in 1972 and at least 1300
were build. In any sense of the word it is a successful aircraft. The wooden
structure and the characteristic ’cranked wing’ make it seem an older
aircraft then is actually was actually rather modern and highly efficient.
It’s light and the fabric covered wings and fuselage have low drag compared
to a metal aircraft with hundreds of rivets. It’s also easy to fly at any
speed so flight schools loved it. It can pull gliders, carry 4 persons and
has proven to be very reliable.
In FSX and Prepar3D it is an ideal aircraft for beginners as you
can cruise around without much hassle. But experts will like the very advanced
flight characteristics that are truly highly accurate. In some of the models
they are so accurate that even they idiosyncrasy of an older aircraft are
included. For example the D-EVEM model that is flown by the main developer has a
rather serious tendency to turn left. On most models this is countered by a trim
tab but it was not on this model till very recent. So this is one model that is
not easy to fly without rudder pedals. Some other models in this product are
better balanced and easier to fly. But it shows how detailed the actual
aircrafts are modelled.
- Engine failure due to
overreving or high Oil temperature
- Realistic engine priming through throttle “pumping” for cold starts
- Enhanced propeller animation
- Realistic RPMs during flight envelope including magneto tests and carb
- Custom fuel pump
- Aersoft Sound Control for special sound effects
- Checklist with panel state selector
- Special developed landing lights that light up objects
- Cockpit shake effect on startup and stall
- Airframe shaking on startup and shutdown.
- Instruments needles react on vibrations and aero dynamical influences.
- Two GPS versions – One version with color and one in monochrome – both
backlighted (monochrome not in Vista)
- Setup page for selection of what to show on the GPS map.
- Accepts FSX flight plans when loaded from the FSX flight plan menu page.
- Direct-To function.
- NRST station Airport, VOR, NDB and fixes can be selected for Direct-To`s.
- Cursor mode where you can select any position on the map as a Direct-To.
- HSI page showing ground track, flight plan leg bearing and cross track
- Bendix King KX 125 TSO Com/Nav radio featuring:
- Direct tune
- 50/25 Khz step selector for Com frequency
- CDI mode VOR/LOC
- Auto-to mode
- NAV Bearing mode
- NAV Radial mode
- Becker Transponder
- KR 85 TSO ADF radio
- Compass that really floats in fluid
- Advanced flight dynamics including realistic side slips and spins
- Very accurate flight behavior
- 7 paints
- 3 different panels
- 2 different flight characteristics
- High quality sound set recorded in and from the real aircraft in flight
and on the ground.
- Automatic warning signs in the VC if the user sets up FSX wrong.
- Extensive documentation, including original checklist and specially
formatted checklists for smartphones.
- Detailed model of a used plane
- Light on framerate.
- No online activation needed, does personalize the installed files.
Developer Joachim Schweigler flying in the real Robin DR400:
Awards / Reviews:
Conclusion by simFlight.com:
"I was skeptical of this add-on at first,
although as I said, I really like the real life DR400. The screenshots didn’t
really convince me, and the feature list didn’t captivate me. But when I started
flying the Robin in FSX, things changed. I really got to like it. It doesn’t
boast the highest definition textures, or the glossiest finish, or the highest
amount of animations, but that certainly doesn’t diminish its value. And while
it doesn’t boast an enormous amount of fancy system-stuff on first sight, it
does surprise you with its features when you start paying attention. It’s not
the most impressive aircraft, neither in real life or FSX, but in the end, I
think it’s one of the best GA add-ons available right now, and currently my
favorite in its class by far."
Fazit von Mike Cameron:
"I live in the United States so I had never heard
of the Robin series of aircraft. I like to primarily fly smaller single engine
general aviation flight simulator aircraft and because the Robin DR-400-140B was
unfamiliar to me and I like the challenge of trying something new, I wanted this
aircraft installed on my system. Aerosoft has delivered a wonderful small
aircraft that looks & sounds great, has excellent animations & flight model
effects and is a fun and relatively easy aircraft to fly. The realistic flight
model is excellent but if you are beginner pilot or do not own some form of
rudder control I recommend downloading the patch that eliminates the left
turning tendency in order to avoid a frustrating flight experience. If you do
own rudder pedals or twist type joystick you are rewarded with a very realistic
flight model. The Robin DR-400X is an outstanding value and I like that Aerosoft
included so many features for such a low purchase price. I will definitely be
keeping the Robin DR-400-140B in my virtual hangar. I want to thank Aerosoft for
providing me with this review copy and Joachim Schweigler for developing this
wonderful aircraft. "
Read review (PDF)
Microsoft Flight Simulator X (SP2, Acceleration Pack or Gold
Edition) or Lockheed Martin Prepar3D
Windows XP, Windows VISTA, Windows 7, Windows 8 (all fully
updated) (64 bit version highly recommended)
3.0 GHz processor (Dual Core processor or equivalent system
2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
3D Graphics Card with minimal 512 MB (2 GB recommended)
Download-Size: 135 MB
Installations-Size: 650 MB
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PDF-Manual of the Robin DR400 (D-EVEM) (German): >>
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|This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 28 June, 2014.