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The Optica, designed by John Edgley and built by Brooklands Aerospace, had an unusual configuration with a fully glazed forward cabin seating three across. Full animations, 3D gauges and baked textures. By Craig Richardson. Flight model by Pam Brooker.
Screenshot of Edgley Optica in flight.
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Given that just over 20 of these were created in the first place, I’ve never had the pleasure of being in a real-life Edgley Optica. Looking at it you would imagine it is the SMART car of the aviation world – but they are actually far more impressive than their dainty design might suggest. They are perfect for designing slow observation crafts that moved along the skies doing what was necessary.
They were seen as a cheap replacement for helicopters for those without the budget for a chopper, giving them the help they needed in actually getting into the skies and doing a bit of recon themselves. With a cruise speed of 81mph and a stall speed of 67mph, the Optica is hardly a rapid piece of kit but it can do more than enough to help you get a good grounding on some surveillance or similar.
The design itself was first released in the mid-70s and since then it became a bit of a source of laughter at first. Upon release, though, it was well-received and took part in a maiden flight by Squad Leader Angus McVitie, who was the Chief Pilot at the Cranfield College of Aeronatuics. Eventually, the Optica’s original engine, the Lycoming IO-320 was left behind and made into the far more robust Lycoming IO-540. This was even better received and therefore it made a lot of sense for it to start seeing positive feedback. Unfortunately, constantly ownership changes of the Optica occurred until it was taken over by FLS Aerospace. This was then slowly started to be transformed into the Sprint, before being cancelled.
Both the Sprint and the Optica were passed around for years until they were made part of the AeroElvira Limited team. Now, the aircraft is being looked into as a potential for being restarted. Interested in trying it out and seeing what kind of magic it can bring to the table?
Then this great remake is just what you need. It captures the quirky design style perfectly and makes it nice and easy for you to get to grips with how the aircraft handles, as they have managed to get the cockpit and the overall design of the bubble dome that you sit in spot on.
All of the little things have been upgraded and improved to put the whole into the best shape possible, making it nice and easy to fly the aircraft. Whilst it will never be the most powerful or dynamic of flights it will certainly feel different to a traditional flight and will give long-term users of the series something a bit more unique to mess around in.
Whether you want something nice and slow to start training in or you just desire something a bit different to see how it performs, you should definitely consider giving this package a go.
It’s realistic and captures the dynamic and style of the original Optica perfectly, making it nice and easy for you to settle down in the cockpit and enjoy your flights in it moving forward.
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