The Pit Newsletter 

Welcome to the Bi-monthly  newsletter.

In this issue we discuss some add-ons for the Cessna 172. This is a very popular aircraft that many pilots have trained in. Hope you find the information interesting and useful

The  newsletter will give you insight into the different types of flight simulation, technical articles, tips and reviews.

We will also look at the products, accessories, hardware, software and just about anything that makes the world of flight simulation more realistic and enjoyable.

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                                                        Cessna 172 You're Cleared for Take Off

One of the iconic aircraft of general aviation is the Cessna 172 and it's variations. It's always been one of the basic aircraft in flight Simulator. It's usually included in all the current flight simulator software but made be called something other than Cessna. Many pilots started in aviation on the Cessna 152 or 172. I received my private pilot license in the 172. That was a great feeling. In this issue I decided to look at some peripherals and software for those that may want to realistically fly this aircraft in their flight simulation setup.

The stock C172 aircraft in the current crop of flight simulator does a pretty good job of portraying  the  172 both in looks and flight characteristics. FSX has really brought it up to date.

The FSX Deluxe version172SP even has the standard Garmin G1000 cockpit. MINDSTAR offers the G1000 for FS2004 to bring the Cessna up to date. Reality XP also has additional gauges and panel add-ons for the 172.       X-Plane also does an excellent job with the Cessna 172.

Several advanced model 172s can be purchased as add- Cessna 172 for Microsoft simulator and X-Plane. There's Flight1's 172 and and a 172 from Carenado. They both do an excellent job in being as realistic as possible.


There's tons of  free-ware Cessna 172 models to get your hands on as well. RealAir a commercial company has also released an older free version of the 172 that is very realistic. It was covered in an earlier newsletter. Just do a web search for flight simulator Cessna 172 add-on, you'll be surprised at how many there are.

There are several companies that produce realistic hardware for the Cessna 172. 

Saitek has really went all out on the 172 producing several peripherals for the flight sim fanatic. These peripherals seem to be actually licensed by Cessna with a Cessna logo on them. They also have a push pull throttle module with engine, prop and mixture controls and the Pro Flight throttle quadrant.. 

If you've got a ton of extra cash  there are complete panels available that are plug and play and very realistic. This one is from SimKits. All the instruments and radios are installed and mounted in a panel that is a reproduction of the real Cessna 172 panel. It's only $29,884.92.

Here's another full panel by VRinsight note quite and accurate model of the 172 but it does replicate many general aviation single engine propeller driven aircraft. The cost is approximately $7000.00. If you've got the bucks it's the way to go for instant gratification.

For a setup that's a bit more affordable here's something that would look great on a KwikPit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_3CLm7jmE4

No matter which route you take if you're a 172 buff there are options galore. So enjoy the flight!



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