Preview Updated for FSX, USAF RQ1A Predator UAV, v1.0. Hard working unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) the General Atomics RQ-1 can collect and transmit data without endangering any aircrews' lives. Original model by Tim Conrad updated and repainted in Air Force colors for FSX. By David Robles.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) including Steam Edition & Prepar3D (P3D)
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Updated for FSX, USAF RQ1A Predator UAV, v1.0. Hard working unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) the General Atomics RQ-1 can collect and transmit data without endangering any aircrews' lives. Original model by Tim Conrad updated and repainted in Air Force colors for FSX. By David Robles.

Screenshot of USAF RQ-1A Predator UAV on the ground.

Screenshot of USAF RQ-1A Predator UAV on the ground.

Copy rq-1_uav_FSX folder, and place in FSX usually located in the following: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\Airplanes.

These files shouldn't harm your computer, but I accept no responsibility for their use and effect. Enjoy!

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The archive rq-1_uav_fsx.zip has 34 files and directories contained within it.

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The USAF RQ-1A Predator UAV is one of those aircraft that I always found quite funny to look at – not only is it a unique shape but it flies very differently to what I would typically be used to.

Preview screenshot

That being said, this updated version of the USAF RQ-1A Predator UAV for FSX made me quite curious to see how it would perform. Having had the pleasure of using David Robles models in the past I had high hopes that this would live up to the expectations that I had set for the mod, so how did it stack up to what I was hoping to see?

First off, I was really impressed by how easy this is to install – you just copy the files into your Airplanes folder and voila!

The Design

The level of detail on the model is very impressive, taking into account everything that makes the USAF RQ-1A Predator UAV look as distinctive as it does. This unmanned vehicle obviously has no space for a pilot, but it is controlled remotely and this can be quite a fun kind of flight to take on.

This is a data transmitter so it flies around picking up information, so you will feel like it’s quite minimal in terms of the flamboyant and over the top designs that many of us would be used to when we are looking at various other military aircraft over the years.

This little UAV does what it is asked, and the design keeps it nice and minimal for this reason. The original model by Tim Conrad has been taken on by David and made to look even better than it did in the past, with updates and changes to make it fly with Air Force colors a nice and much needed touch in the right direction towards realism.

The Performance

Given that this is just a UAV it has far less functionality than your average aircraft but you still have total control over how it flies. I found it a bit hooky to fly at first but within a few hours I was beginning to get used to its unique flight style and getting more comfortable with flying it.

I was quite impressed with the flight style but I have to say it was a little unremarkable – however, given what it’s based on, I was hardly expecting a piece of aviation royalty!

That being said I was still deeply impressed by this mod, as the performance that it introduces is very impressive and makes it much easier for someone like myself to appreciate the unique kind of hardware that the USAF RQ-1A Predator UAV is making of for analysis and scouting worldwide.

It’s a nice mod and one that you should definitely pick up if you want to make your jaunts into the skies a bit more interesting. It might not be for everyone but the USAF RQ-1A Predator UAV is a really enjoyable piece of kit that you should enjoy flying.

Adam McEnroe

Adam McEnroe

Adam McEnroe is a flight sim enthusiast who has been simming since the days of FS95. Adam writes all of the download section editorials after testing each of the files. Adam has extensive knowledge using various flight simulator packages and thoroughly tests the files before writing about them. Adam also like to fly real-world aircraft in his spare time and is training for his PPL.

Should you wish, you can contact Adam via email at adam@flyawaysimulation.com.

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noki5911Wed, 29 May 2019 03:05:30 GMT

Thank you for making an easy to download plane.

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