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Repaint by Mathieu Vos (APSS), model by Alejandro Rojas Lucena.
Screenshot of Cessna Citation 500 N501GR in flight.
The highly popular Cessna 500 Citation and 500 Citation I pioneered the entry level light business jet market, and their success formed the basis for the world's largest family of corporate jets.
Cessna became the first of the big three American manufacturers (Piper, Beech and Cessna) to develop a jet powered transport. In October 1968 Cessna announced its plans to build a new eight place jet powered business aircraft that would be capable of operating into airfields already served by light and medium twins. Dubbed the Fanjet 500, the prototype flew for the first time on September 15 1969. Soon after the new little jet was named the Citation.
A relatively long development program followed, during which time a number of key changes were made to the design including a longer forward fuselage, repositioned engine nacelles, greater tail area and added dihedral to the horizontal tail. In this definitive form the Citation was granted FAA certification on September 9 1971.
Improvements including higher gross weights and thrust reversers were added to the line in early 1976, followed shortly after by the introduction of the enhanced Citation I later that same year. Features of the Citation I were higher weights, JT15D-1A engines and an increased span wing. A further model to appear was the 501 Citation I/SP, which is certificated for single pilot operation. The I/SP was delivered in early 1977.
Production of the Citation I ceased in 1985, its place in the Citation line left vacant until the arrival of the CitationJet (described separately) some years later.
Aircraft created in GMax. Includes interactive virtual cockpit, full moving parts and special animations front cargo and passenger door. Custom sound set included.
The archive c500_n501gr_fsx.zip has 128 files and directories contained within it. View them...
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|Go to Fly Away Simulation.url||01.22.16||52 B|
The Cessna Citation 500-N501GR is a popular aircraft, and one that I’ve always had a fair chunk of time for. This model, by Alejandro Rojas Lucena, as well as the new textures added in by Mathieu Vos of APSS, is a brilliant take on an aircraft that is well worth getting used to flying. I would heartily recommend downloading this take on the aircraft as it gives a nice glimpse into the beginning of what is now known as the ‘business jet’ era.
These jets were classy and cool in the most obvious ways – fast, slick and designed in a manner that made it ooze class. This remake manages to grab that style and panache and make it absolutely shine through. I love this take on the Cessna 500, as it helps me see into an era of aviation that had long since passed by the time that I arrived.
When compared to most basic Cessna Citation 500 mods, this is a genuine breath of fresh air. It’s designed with an intricate nature and a genuine passion for realism, making sure it showcases why the Cessna was the precursor to what has become a business jet empire. I can immediately feel the ‘royalty’ in the cockpit; it feels so easy to control, with a professional layout that far outstrips many of its more modern successors.
Eventually, the Cessna was put on the market in the late 70s and lasted for close to a decade, finishing up in 1985. Despite being finished years before my own birth, it was a reference point for me in my education into aviation. As such, getting the chance to fly a carefully crafted and lovingly detailed version of an aircraft that meant so much to me was a fantastic experience, even just in a simulation.
It’s for this reason that I so wholeheartedly give this my blessing. It’s an aircraft that was a profound reason why I got into aviation and it helped to sow the seeds of interest that led me to even messing around with simulators. To be able to play around in such an accurate depiction of aviation royalty was a fantastic feeling, and one I won’t forget anytime soon.
Since this was created in GMax, I do admit that I had a bit of a reservation about just how good it would hold up to more modernized models. It looks great! The interactive virtual cockpit and the fully moving animated parts of the aircraft add a layer of zest and life that feels missing in other iterations of the same craft.
This, added in with the new special animations and the front cargo & passenger doors, makes this feel far more authentic than other versions. It adds a spring to the aircraft and ensures that something is always going on, replicating the reality of a busy cockpit.
The custom sounds, though, were the last finishing touch that convinced me this was by far and away the best choice for you to go for.
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