Review: Carenado Fokker 50

Fokker 50, or simply F50, is a turboprop-powered airliner, mainly used on regional flights and manufactured by Fokker based in the Netherlands. Fokker built between 1985 and 1997 over 200 units from which about 88 (July 2018) are still in service. The biggest operator of the aircraft is currently, with 13 Fokker 50s in operation, as of September 2019, is Swedish cargo airline called Amapola Flyg.

Before I start the review, I would like to say Thanks to Carenado for making this review possible. Don’t worry, the review will be honest even though we got the product from Carenado.

Exterior model

Carenado did a very good job modelling the aircraft exterior. In comparison with the real aircraft, developers did a great job, I personally did not find any big differences. Carenado usually does not have a problem with modelling exterior models, and this one is no exception. As usually, developers did not forget to feature 4K PBR textures and custom reflections, which look very nice on the aircraft and are adding a nice feeling to it.

Sounds

This one is an interesting one since Carenado usually does not focus on sounds, but this time, they did, and the result is quite impressive. The aircraft features very nice custom sounds, from the simplest sounds to the complex ones. Since describing the sounds does not do as good job as just playing them for you, you will need to trust me 🙂

Interior model

In terms of the cabin, it’s really well modelled and designed. The window shades and each seat light can be operated. Overall, the seat model, design and the layout looks very well.

In terms of the cockpit, it also looks very well, but not as good as the cabin. I don’t know why, but it feels kinda different than other aircrafts from Carenado portfolio, but overall, a decent job made by Carenado. Of course it does not feature custom FMC, which is not really adding a nice feeling to it, but it’s doable.

Liveries

The aircraft features a total of 11 different liveries which can be changed via the UI.

UI

All planes from Carenado has the same style of UI. You can open it by clicking on one of the three icons on the left side of the game, and if you don’t like them, you can simply hide them by scrolling on them. In this case, the UI consists of three different windows – (A)utopilot, (C)ameras and (O)ptions. In the UI you can, for example, operate the GPU and the doors. As seen below, the ground equipment looks very good, which is quite usual for Carenado aircrafts.

Conclusion

Carenado, again, did a very nice, and mainly fun to fly aircraft, but I would consider the price maybe slightly high, more adequate would be maybe like $30. I would really like to point out the quality of the sounds, which are very realistic and authentic. If you don’t have a regional aircraft in your portfolio, you should consider purchasing this one since there are not many other good regional aircraft for X-Plane 11, at least until FlyJSim releases the Q400. In terms of the FPS, the aircraft is doing quite well, I would say, that if you have at least a mid-range PC, you will not have problem running it.

If you want to purchase this aircraft, you can do so via the Carenado website for $39,95.

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