Cessna 404 'Titan'
For FSX / Prepar3D Published by Alabeo
Reviewed by Andrew Godden
Cessna is synonymous with general aviation aircraft and
collectively, their single engine models have been both the most
prolifically produced and most successful aircraft in the general
aviation category. Since World War II, Cessna have also produced an
excellent range of twin engine general aviation aircraft. The Cessna
404 'Titan' has its pedigree in the Cessna 402, and has been used in
passenger, utility, and cargo roles.
Alabeo continue to produce an excellent and varied range of
aircraft. The twin engine Cessna models have not seen a lot of
development focus with only a few produced over the years and
Alabeo's Cessna 404 'Titan' not only complements the Alabeo range
but also fills a gap in this aircraft category. With its large
capacity and range, the 404 'Titan' is an ideal aircraft for use in
the business, general passenger, or freight role.
The Cessna 404 'Titan' is a ten seat, twin engine, general aviation
aircraft. Powered by a pair of Continental GTSIO-520-M, 6 cylinder,
horizontally opposed, geared, turbo-supercharged, fuel injected, 375
hp engines, the 404 'Titan' is used for passenger, utility, and
Developed from the Cessna 402 with an enlarged vertical stabiliser,
among other changes, the Cessna 404 'Titan' first flew on 26
February 1975 and was introduced in 1976 and, at the time, it was
Cessna's largest twin piston engine aircraft. With two variants
offered initially, in the latter production years, the 404 'Titan'
variant range had increased to seven. Production of the Cessna 404
culminated in 1982, after a production run of 396 aircraft.
Availability and Installation
Cessna 404 'Titan'
The Alabeo Cessna 404 'Titan' is currently available direct from
Alabeo and Alabeo resellers as a 'download only' product (some
resellers also offer a master back-up CD / DVD service for a minor
additional cost). It is priced at US$34.95, or the equivalent on
currency cross rates. The download file size is 434MB and it requires
1.05GB of HDD space for installation. An ‘activation key' is issued on
purchase and is used during installation and the installation process
is intuitive and seamless.
The model features listed by Alabeo for the Cessna 404 'Titan' are
typical of models in the Alabeo range and include:
• high quality 3D model;
• high definition textures;
• Alabeo Garmin GNS 430 GPS unit;
• Alabeo Avidyne Multifunction Display;
• weather radar;
• Flight1 GTN 750 integration;
• Reality XP GNS 530 integration;
• start-up vibration effects;
• gauges reflections and windows scratches;
• blades shines and volumetric side view prop effect;
• custom Cessna 404 'Titan' sounds; and
• realistic behaviour.
Cessna 404 'Titan' was designed as a passenger / corporate and utility
aircraft. The modelling of 404 'Titan' is reasonably accurate and
Alabeo have captured the essence of this aircraft.
Cessna 404 'Titan' is an imposing general aviation aircraft with a
distinctive elongated nose. Alabeo have again applied their trademark
quality and attention to detail on the 404 'Titan', with an exacting
high quality 3D model and high definition textures. The finish on the
various liveries display paint chips, scratches and scrape effects to
portray the true utility role and use of this aircraft. A comparative
review of photographs of real world aircraft to Alabeo's rendition
reveal the exterior shape and dimensions to be very accurate and a
true representation of the real world aircraft. Any noted variations
were minor and are considered to be related to real world production
variations or a degree of artistic licence on the part of the
Wing & Side View
appear to have modelled the interior on the standard passenger
configuration for the model. The cabin layout has a basic seating
arrangement, portraying a standard passenger configuration for this
aircraft, and it gives the 404 'Titan' a very fundamental look and
feel. The quality of the textures, again, display the Alabeo trademark
for quality and detail, with the seating, carpet, and side and roof
panelling displaying scratches and evidence of 'wear and tear' to give
the interior a very used appearance, consistent with the aircraft's
role. A comparative review of photographs of real world aircraft to
Alabeo's rendition reveal the interior shape and dimensions to be very
accurate and an excellent representation of the real world aircraft.
Any noted variations were minor and are, again, considered to be
related to real world production variations or a degree of artistic
licence on the part of the developer.
Flight Instruments and Systems.
Notwithstanding model specific variations, the cockpit of the 404 'Titan' presents as typical of Cessna aircraft. Supplemented with the Garmin GNS 430 GPS unit, Avidyne Multifunction Display, and Bendix/King weather radar, the cockpit represents the archetypal layout of aircraft in the broader Cessna 404 range. The standard analogue flight instruments are typical of the broader Cessna 404 model range and provide for a familiar environment. All elements of the cockpit are highly accurate and very detailed, and are clear and easy to read, with various alternative cockpit camera views available to provide more detailed clarity. Taking into account the various avionics suite fit out options available for the 404 'Titan', a comparative review of photographs of real world aircraft reveal the panel layout to be a highly accurate rendition of similar real world panel layouts. There was a noted significant problem with the ADF gauge. A heading between 340 and 359 degrees cannot be set as the gauge skips through this range. A review of this gauge on other Cessna aircraft in the Alabeo range revealed this problem to also be present. This indicates there is a major coding issue with this ADF gauge which has not been rectified by Alabeo across a number of product releases.
Models and Liveries.
Throttle Controls & Autopilot
Alabeo provide the Cessna 404 'Titan' in a single model with five
individual liveries (a selection only shown below), each having a
unique aircraft registration number, as well as a blank texture for
aircraft painting enthusiasts. The liveries display the usual Alabeo
high quality. Surface textures, reflections, and shadings give the
aircraft a crisp and realistic appearance, with additional scrape
effects, dirt, oil, and grease stains providing a very rugged and used
Animations, Lighting, and Sounds
The animations of the primary and secondary control surfaces and
other moving elements on Alabeo's Cessna 404 'Titan' are all modelled
faithfully and include:
• primary control surfaces –
ailerons, elevator, and rudder;
• secondary control surfaces – flaps;
• others – rolling wheels, elevator
trim tab, various cockpit and cabin doors open / close, cockpit
windows open / close, and cockpit window
• various static elements.
Door, Hatches, & Static Objects - 1
Door, Hatches, & Static Objects - 2
The lighting and lighting effects on the 404 'Titan' are very good
and are a realistic representation of the real world aircraft. In
particular, the interior night light effects for the instrument panel
and the cockpit replicates the night lighting seen in photographs of
real world aircraft.
The custom 404 'Titan' sounds are effective and representative of
the aircraft. They provide good stereo separation with view movement
in the Virtual Cockpit view and are reasonably representative of the
real world aircraft.
General Characteristics and Performance Specifications
The general characteristics and performance specifications for the
Cessna 404 'Titan' are provided in the table. This is based on data
from the official Cessna 404 'Titan' Pilot Operating Handbook, data
provided by Alabeo, and general research sources. Some of this data
varies between sources and also may be an approximation due to
variances in data and the specific aircraft modelled by Alabeo.
A specific Test Flight was conducted to test the flight performance
of Alabeo's Cessna 404 'Titan'. The flight was conducted in clear
weather with a full fuel load and the aircraft at maximum take-off
weight (MTOW). A cruise altitude of 5,000 ft was adopted and the route
distance was particularly chosen to provide a basis upon which to test
the range characteristics of the 404 'Titan'. Like most aircraft of
this type, adjustments must be made to fuel / pax loading to remain
within the MTOW limitations.
In Flight - 1
In Flight - 2
The aircraft was easy to taxi. With flaps set for take-off, aircraft
rotation and climb out were consistent with the performance
specifications for the aircraft and the aircraft easily maintained a
best rate climb speed of approximately 105 KIAS. Even at MTOW, the 404
'Titan' quickly establishes on the climb to cruise and climbed
effortlessly until the aircraft was established at the cruise
During cruise, a power setting of approximately 57% was established
for long range cruise, with a manifold pressure setting of 27.0 inHg
and an rpm setting of 1800 rpm. This cruise setting produced an
average speed of approximately 165 KTAS, a fuel flow rate of
approximately 34.0 gph, and an endurance reasonably consistent with
the range characteristics of the aircraft. Any noted variances in
performance were minor and had negligible impact on the operation of
the aircraft. The Test Flight confirms the modelling of the aircraft
for speed and range performance to be reasonably accurate.
Oil & Exhaust Stains
Dirt, Scratches, & Scrapings
Configured for landing, with full flaps, and trimmed for a descent
rate of approximately 500 ft/min, the aircraft’s approach speed was
approximately 90 KIAS and it touched down at approximately 80 KIAS,
with a landing roll out comparable with the specifications for the
In testing the accuracy of the instruments, based on the measured Test
Flight, the speed indications on the airspeed indicator, were
consistent with the averages measured. Additionally, when establishing
a set rate of climb on the vertical speed indicator, the respective
gain in altitude on the altimeter was achieved within the measured
minute, and a standard rate turn was achieved within the measured two
minute period using the turn coordinator.
Landing Configuration - 1
Landing Configuration - 2
The performance of Alabeo’s Cessna 404 'Titan' was very good in
flight, displaying the expected general flight characteristics of this
aircraft. The 404 'Titan' is a lot of aircraft and yet it is
reasonably nimble for its size. The aircraft handles very nicely and
is a delight to fly. Overall, the aircraft model displays a reasonably
accurate rendition of the flight characteristics and performance of
the real world aircraft.
There are seven manuals / documents provided in Adobe Acrobat format
(.pdf) for the Cessna 404 'Titan':
• Alabeo GNS 430 Users Guide - this
three page document details the operating of the Garmin GNS 430 GPS
• Avidyne Multifunction Display –
this 13 page document details the operating of the Avidyne
Multifunction Display unit;
• Weather Radar Manual – this three
page document details the operating of the Bendix/King Weather Radar.
• Normal Procedures - this six page
manual details the procedures for the normal operation of the
• Emergency Procedures – this 13 page
manual details the emergency procedures for the aircraft;
• Performance Tables – this four page
document details the performance tables for the aircraft; and
• Limitations - this two page
document details the airspeed limitations for the aircraft.
Additional documents provide information for P3D users and information
on the integration of the Reality XP GNS 530 GPS unit.
Value for Money
On a value for money assessment, the Alabeo Cessna 404 'Titan' is
The aircraft model performed excellently within the existing
settings I have in FSX. I have most of my settings set very high and
there was no need to make any adjustments. There was no discernible
frame rate impact directly attributable to the Alabeo Cessna 404
'Titan' and FSX continued to perform smoothly.
This version of the Alabeo Cessna 404 'Titan' is for FSX / P3D only.
Other specified technical requirements are as follows:
• Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (32 or
• Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX with SP1 and SP2 (or
Acceleration Pack) or Lockheed Martin Prepar3d Flight Simulator
• Pentium V, 2GHz or similar, 4GB RAM, 1GB graphics card,
and 1.05GB available HDD space.
Review Computer Specifications
The specifications of the computer on which the review was conducted
are as follows:
• Intel i7 990X Extreme 3.46GHz;
• NVidia GTX980 G1 Gaming, 4GB, 1228/1329MHz;
• 12GB, Kingston DDR3, 2000MHz, XMP T1 CL9 HyperX;
• Windows 7, (64bit);
• Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX Acceleration; and
• additional major add-ons include: Active Sky Next, REX
Essential Plus Overdrive; Ultimate Traffic 2; Orbx FTX Global BASE;
Orbx FTX Global
VECTOR; Orbx FTX Global openLC EU; Orbx FTX Global openLC
Alaska/Canada; Orbx FTX Trees HD; Orbx FTX region series;
and Orbx FTX
The Cessna 404 'Titan' is an aircraft which fills a niche in the
aircraft add-on market and complements the Alabeo repertoire nicely.
The aircraft displays the Alabeo hallmark traits of detail and
accuracy, providing an excellent balance of quality and detail at a
great price. The identified problem with the ADF gauge is particularly
disappointing as this continues to carry through from previous Alabeo
The passenger / utility role, coupled with the performance
characteristics of the 404 'Titan' make this is a fantastic aircraft
for a diverse range of flying adventures and it is a beautiful
aircraft to fly.
Just Plane Business
Alabeo have done another excellent job with the Cessna 404 'Titan'.
It is another fine product which displays a high level of quality and
detail and represents excellent overall value for money.
Quality and attention to detail.
Excellent value for money.
Malfunctioning ADF gauge.
● External Model:
● Flight Characteristics (does it fly by the numbers):
● Flight Dynamics (does it feel like what it looks like):
● Value for Money:
The Alabeo Cessna 404 'Titan' is awarded an overall Mutley’s Hangar score of 9.4/10, with an "Highly Recommended" and a Mutley's Hangar Silver Award.