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MAAM-SIM R4D/DC-3/C-47: A Review of the Features, Installation, and Performance of this FSX Add-on


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Introduction




If you are a fan of flight simulation games, you might have heard of FSX, MAAM-SIM, and Douglas R4D DC-3 C-47. These are some of the most popular and realistic products in the flight sim community, offering a unique and immersive experience of flying vintage aircraft. In this article, we will explain what these products are, what features they offer, how to install them for FSX, and how to fly them in FSX. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you will find this article useful and informative.




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What is FSX?




FSX stands for Flight Simulator X, which is a flight simulation game developed by Microsoft and released in 2006. It is the tenth and final installment of the Microsoft Flight Simulator series, which started in 1982. FSX allows you to fly various types of aircraft, from light planes to airliners, helicopters to military jets, in different locations and weather conditions around the world. You can also customize your aircraft, create your own missions, download add-ons, and join multiplayer sessions with other players online.


What is MAAM-SIM?




MAAM-SIM stands for Mid-Atlantic Air Museum Simulations, which is a team of volunteer flight sim developers who create add-on aircraft for FS2002, FS2004, and FSX. The team consists of Bill Rambow, Jan Visser, Fred Banting, Rob Young, Howard Sodja, Mark Beaumont, and Michael Davis. They are affiliated with the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania, where they restore and fly real vintage aircraft. Their add-on aircraft are based on the museum's collection and are designed with extreme photo-realism and authenticity. All proceeds from their sales go directly to the museum's restoration programs.


What is Douglas R4D DC-3 C-47?




Douglas R4D DC-3 C-47 is a twin-engine propeller-driven transport aircraft that was developed by Douglas Aircraft Company in the 1930s. It is one of the most successful and versatile aircraft in aviation history, serving in various roles such as airliner, cargo carrier, military transport, paratroop dropship, glider tug, ambulance, gunship, and more. It was widely used by civilian airlines and military forces around the world during World War II and beyond. It is also known by various names such as Dakota, Skytrain, Gooney Bird, Puff the Magic Dragon, etc.


Features of MAAM-SIM R4D/DC-3/C-47 Package




The MAAM-SIM R4D/DC-3/C-47 package is an add-on aircraft package for FSX that includes three different models of the Douglas R4D DC-3 C-47 aircraft, each with its own features and characteristics. Some of the features of this package are:


Three different aircraft models




The package includes three variants of the Douglas R4D DC-3 C-47 aircraft, namely:



  • The R4D-6, which is a US Navy version of the DC-3, painted in blue and gray colors. It has a standard cockpit layout, a passenger cabin with 21 seats, and a cargo door on the left side.



  • The DC-3A, which is a civilian version of the C-47, painted in silver and red colors. It has a modernized cockpit layout, a passenger cabin with 28 seats, and a cargo door on the right side.



  • The C-47B, which is a military version of the DC-3, painted in olive drab and white colors. It has a standard cockpit layout, a cargo cabin with paratroop seats and jump lights, and cargo doors on both sides.



Photo-realistic 2-D and 3-D panels




The package features high-resolution 2-D and 3-D panels for each aircraft model, based on actual photographs of the real aircraft. The panels are fully functional and interactive, with working gauges, switches, levers, knobs, lights, etc. You can also switch between different views of the panels, such as pilot view, copilot view, overhead view, radio view, etc. The panels also include pop-up windows for GPS, autopilot, engine controls, fuel management, etc.


Authentic flight dynamics and sounds




The package simulates the realistic flight behavior and performance of the Douglas R4D DC-3 C-47 aircraft, based on the actual specifications and data of the real aircraft. The package also includes custom-made sounds for each aircraft model, recorded from the real aircraft engines, propellers, flaps, gears, etc. You can hear the distinctive sound of the Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp radial engines as you start them up, rev them up, or shut them down.


Detailed virtual cabins and cockpits




The package features detailed virtual cabins and cockpits for each aircraft model, based on actual photographs of the real aircraft. The cabins and cockpits are fully 3-D modeled and textured, with realistic lighting and shadows. You can explore the cabins and cockpits from different angles and perspectives, using the mouse or keyboard commands. You can also interact with some of the objects in the cabins and cockpits, such as opening or closing doors, windows, curtains, etc.


How to Install MAAM-SIM R4D/DC-3/C-47 Package for FSX




If you want to install the MAAM-SIM R4D/DC-3/C-47 package for FSX, you need to follow these steps:


Download the package from MAAM-SIM website or CD




You can purchase and download the package from the MAAM-SIM website, or you can order a CD version from their online store. The package is compatible with FS2002, FS2004, and FSX. The download size is about 230 MB.


Download the FSX Basic Compatibility Update from MAAM-SIM website




You also need to download the FSX Basic Compatibility Update from the MAAM-SIM website, which is a free patch that makes the package compatible with FSX. The download size is about 12 MB.


Follow the installation instructions carefully




After downloading the package and the update, you need to follow the installation instructions carefully. The instructions are included in the readme files that come with the downloads. You need to extract the files to your FSX main folder (usually C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X), and overwrite any existing files when prompted. You also need to run the FSX Basic Compatibility Update installer after installing the package.


How to Fly MAAM-SIM R4D/DC-3/C-47 in FSX




After installing the MAAM-SIM R4D/DC-3/C-47 package for FSX , you can start flying these vintage aircraft in FSX. Here are some tips on how to do that:


Select the aircraft from the FSX menu




To select the MAAM-SIM R4D/DC-3/C-47 aircraft from the FSX menu, you need to go to the Free Flight screen, and click on the Change button next to the Aircraft option. You will see a list of available aircraft, grouped by manufacturer. You need to scroll down to the MAAM-SIM section, and choose one of the three models: R4D-6, DC-3A, or C-47B. You can also customize the aircraft's paint scheme, fuel load, weight and balance, etc.


Choose a location and weather condition




After selecting the aircraft, you can also choose a location and weather condition for your flight. You can either select one of the predefined airports and regions from the FSX menu, or you can create your own custom flight plan using the Map option. You can also adjust the time of day, season, and weather settings to your liking.


Start the engines and taxi to the runway




Once you have chosen your location and weather condition, you can start your flight. You will see the aircraft parked at the gate or ramp, with the engines off. To start the engines, you need to follow these steps:



  • Turn on the battery switch and the generator switches on the overhead panel.



  • Turn on the fuel selector valves and the fuel booster pumps on the engine control panel.



  • Turn on the magnetos and the primer switches on the ignition panel.



  • Press and hold the starter switches on the ignition panel until the engines start.



  • Adjust the mixture levers and the propeller levers on the throttle quadrant to achieve a smooth idle.



To taxi to the runway, you need to follow these steps:



  • Release the parking brake lever on the lower left side of the cockpit.



  • Use the rudder pedals and toe brakes to steer and control the speed of the aircraft.



  • Follow the taxiway signs and markings to reach the runway.



  • Contact the tower or ground controller for clearance and instructions.



Take off and enjoy the flight




To take off, you need to follow these steps:



  • Align the aircraft with the runway centerline and apply full power.



  • Lift off at about 80 knots indicated airspeed (KIAS).



  • Raise the landing gear lever on the lower right side of the cockpit.



  • Climb at about 100 KIAS and 500 feet per minute (FPM).



  • Reduce power and propeller RPM as needed.



To enjoy your flight, you can use various features of FSX, such as:



  • The GPS window, which shows your position, speed, altitude, heading, etc.



  • The autopilot window, which allows you to set your desired altitude, heading, speed, etc.



  • The radio window, which allows you to communicate with other players or AI controllers.



  • The map window, which shows your flight plan, waypoints, airports, etc.



  • The views menu, which allows you to switch between different camera angles and perspectives.



Conclusion




In this article, we have explained what FSX, MAAM-SIM, and Douglas R4D DC-3 C-47 are, what features they offer, how to install them for FSX , and how to fly them in FSX. We hope you have found this article useful and informative, and that you will enjoy flying these vintage aircraft in FSX. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us or leave a comment below. Happy flying!


FAQs




Here are some frequently asked questions about FSX, MAAM-SIM, and Douglas R4D DC-3 C-47:


Q: Where can I buy FSX?




A: You can buy FSX from various online platforms, such as Steam, Amazon, or Microsoft Store. You can also find physical copies of FSX in some local stores or online auctions.


Q: How much does MAAM-SIM R4D/DC-3/C-47 package cost?




A: The MAAM-SIM R4D/DC-3/C-47 package costs $30 USD for the download version, or $35 USD for the CD version. You can purchase it from the MAAM-SIM website or their online store.


Q: What are the system requirements for FSX and MAAM-SIM R4D/DC-3/C-47 package?




A: The minimum system requirements for FSX are:



  • Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10



  • Processor: 1.0 GHz



  • Memory: 256 MB RAM



  • Graphics: 32 MB DirectX 9 compatible video card



  • Storage: 14 GB available space



  • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible sound card



The recommended system requirements for FSX are:



  • Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10



  • Processor: 2.0 GHz



  • Memory: 1 GB RAM



  • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX 9 compatible video card



  • Storage: 15 GB available space



  • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible sound card



The additional system requirements for MAAM-SIM R4D/DC-3/C-47 package are:



  • FS2002, FS2004, or FSX installed



  • MAAM-SIM FSX Basic Compatibility Update installed



  • Internet connection for downloading and activating the package



  • CD-ROM drive for installing the CD version of the package



Q: How can I learn more about FSX, MAAM-SIM, and Douglas R4D DC-3 C-47?




A: You can learn more about FSX, MAAM-SIM, and Douglas R4D DC-3 C-47 by visiting their official websites, forums, blogs, social media pages, etc. You can also watch videos, read reviews, join groups, or ask questions on various flight sim platforms, such as Simviation, Avsim, Flightsim.com, etc.


Q: How can I support MAAM-SIM and the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum?




A: You can support MAAM-SIM and the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum by purchasing their products, donating money, volunteering your time, spreading the word, visiting the museum, attending their events, etc. You can also follow them on their website, Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel, etc. dcd2dc6462


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