From the studios of Lionheart Simulations comes another sleek and fluid styled beauty, the high tech, aerodynamic Diamond Star DA40 ‘XLS’ Edition by Diamond Aircraft Corporation. This aircraft add-on package comes with nine different aircraft registries with variations of interiors, animated pilot, high detail and fully animated virtual cockpit.
The Diamond Star XLS features the Garmin G1000 glass panel instrument system high detail bezels, built in autopilot system, and ‘soft light’ illumination. To top off the list, this complete, new package also comes in full FSX and Prepar3D formats including P3D V4.5 64 bit and P3D V5. Textures are ‘ultra’ 4K high resolution, giving the DA-40 crisp, beautiful textures throughout. There are nine different aircraft variants to choose from, that feature four different interior themes as well.
Some cool features also included in the package are flexing wings that move with turbulence and when hitting bumps on the ground, a pop-up 3D placard, and rear fold down seats. For those that are student pilots and lovers of modern, new, fresh looking, sleek general aviation aircraft, the DiamondStar XLS might be for you.
- High technology Garmin G1000 glass panel system with built in autopilot. These have gauge code refinements, features such as wind direction, pattern entry selection, enhanced frame rates performance, and many other features and upgrades.
- New sound system that features clickable ‘audible’ sounds in the cabin area
- FSX and Prepar3D ‘pure’ models and textures for both simulators
- Fully animated control surfaces
- Wing Flex, where the wings slowly bend upwards as you increase airspeed
- Wing vibration when the engine is running
- Soft glow interior cabin/cockpit illumination, mimicking soft lit overhead lighting
- Fold down rear seats, click to flip down, as like the actual aircraft for added storage capabilities
- Smooth cabin modeling
- High resolution textures for extreme detail of interior, panel, and fuselage
- Animated pilot that feature ‘roaming sight’
- 6 Different paint schemes
- Removable / Hide-able wheel skirts
The paint kit for the DA40 is built into the download. You will find it labeled ‘Paintkit’ in the aircraft’s folder in FSX or P3D.
Build 3.1.06 Changelog
- Numerous updates to the Avionics including click zones, code cleanup, engine and fuel readout adjustments
- Adjustments to the Air Files for more realistic speeds, reducing cruise from 154 knots to just under 130 knots
- Enhancements to the model including new XLS trim parts in the door sills, etc.
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