Cessna 310R – Light GA Twin
For FSX Published by Milviz / Flight1 Software
Reviewed by Brian (“Needles”) Buckley
Flying time 38 hours
The C310 first flew in 1954 and remained in production until 1981, since then, many variations have transpired with various models and modifications.
The model in this package is the C310R. It has 210-520-M engines which produce 285hp each. 3 bladed Hartzell propellers and an assortment of cockpits/avionics suites.
The C310 was Cessna’s first twin engine aircraft to be out into production after World War II. There were 1332 Cessna 310R’s built before production ceased in 1981. The C310R was the final variant of this super craft. The C310R is VFR/IFR capable and is suitable for entry level or the more experienced pilots out there.
Download and installation was extremely simple. Simply download and purchase the package after which, you will then get an unlock code from www.Flight1.com Type the code in and fly that’s it!
C310R's model depicted in this package is a highly
detailed replica of its real-life counterpart.
The aircraft has a max range of 1511 nautical miles and a top speed of 207 knots so you can travel far and fast with ease.
Other features of this aircraft are:
• 3 VC setups, including a customisable version, using your own gauges
• 5 different liveries
• High resolution paint kit
• 117 page manual.
5 manuals covering:
• 1 - EDM700
• 2 - GARMIN GNS 430
• 3 - GARMIN GNS 530
• 4 - GARMIN GTX 330
• 5 - Military Visualizations Cessna 310R POH
This package comes with both 2D and 3 variants of the 3D VC. I must say that both the 2D and 3D VC panels are of excellent quality complete with clear, easy to read instrumentation.
There are a total of four click spots on the 2D panel. They are defined in the manual as shown below. You very soon get used to where they are during flight.
The 3D panels have other hot click spots
which are also covered in depth in the manual. So for the
purpose of this review, I shall not cover them here, suffice
to say that you will find them extremely useful during your
The sounds included with this were recorded using an actual Cessna 310R and as you would imagine, are very realistic and you get a sense of being in the real world aircraft.
From the clicking of switches to pumps and flap operations, you will not be disappointed. The manual recommends sound settings of 50% with the voice settings at 75%. These settings should enable you to hear the ATC above all the various noises coming from the aircraft.
You will also notice a weird sound every so often which, when reading on various forums, turns out to be and I quote “is caused by an old style door seal motor that developed a pin hole in the air line of the door seal”.
I found this to be a little annoying but not so much as to ruin my flight, this actually happened to the owner of the aircraft the sounds were recorded from.
There are various animations included with the C310R which you would expect from a high end add-on.
There are four doors to open and close including, main exit, fuselage stowage and two wing luggage compartments. All open and close as smoothly as the real deal.
There is also a pilot’s side opening window. Obviously there are also animations for the landing gear and lights. The landing light switch has three settings which is, in my opinion, an added bonus considering the cost of this add-on. The settings are: off with lights hidden in the wings, extended from the wings but switched off and finally all landing lights on. Brilliant!!
|All the switches, dials etc that you would expect from an aircraft designed for FSX are actually fully functional in the C310R and include some switches that have various functions, other than simply on or off.|
I would suggest that if you are serious about flying the C310R, you read the manuals supplied in depth. This will enable you to get to grips with not only the aircraft but also the various GPS systems supplied with this add-on. MilViz have gone to great lengths to include some exceptional manuals and it would be a travesty were you to simply ignore them. I found that by reading the GPS manuals I gained a better grasp of the intricacies of each unit supplied. I am still learning and find myself going back to the manuals over and over again so as to use the GPS systems to the best of their abilities.
MilViz has programmed more capabilities into the default FSX PS 500 unit, giving you more realistic units in the GPS430 and 530.
Those of you that are already conversant with the various forms of GPS systems on the market will have no trouble using those included with the C310R. I am still learning to use GPS to its full potential so it did take me a while to get through my pre-flight setups but perseverance really does pay off and makes for a truly realistic flight.
GARMIN GNS 430 & 530
The C310R from MilViz has all the flight dynamics of the real aircraft. This is no simple add-on that you can simply set the realism to easy and get away with it.
MilViz has spared nothing when it comes to realism. You really do need to do your pre-flight checks, pre-startup checks etc etc.
I have a Saitek Pro Flight yoke with a single throttle quadrant. This did give me some headaches at first but once I had re-mapped some switches to account for such a quality add-on, I was fine.
It is possible to set the yoke into mode 2 or 3 and then re-map a second lever on the quadrant as a second throttle for engine #2. This worked for me.
It is definitely worth reading ALL the checklists if you want to get the best out this excellent aircraft.
Whilst flying the C310R, there was no apparent hit on my frame rates and I do have a tendency to switch between external and 3D cockpit views, (bad habits die hard).
Here are the liveries included with the package.
MilViz, synonymous for developing Military Aircraft for the flight sim’ community have pulled the rabbit out of the bag for their first foray into General Aviation. And what a rabbit it is. The C310R has proved to be an excellent first GA aircraft from MilViz and hopefully this will lead to more GA craft coming from their stable
The guys at MilViz have spared nothing in the development of the C310R as you will see when you download and install it. From the luscious cockpit and cabin to the extraordinary detailing of the exterior modelling.
The flight dynamics are all in place also. If you don’t pay attention to flying this aircraft to the best of your ability it will sneak up and bite you. It truly is an aircraft for everyone.
If you are in to military aircraft, download this as a training aid to faster machines. If you are in to GA flying, download this now. You will not be disappointed.
The accompanying manuals are also works of art. They are brimming with all the facts and information you will ever need, to get behind the yoke and take to the skies.
If you are a newcomer to twin engine general aviation aircraft, take your time and read the documentation and practice flying with reduced realism settings and use the Free Radio setup. That way it will ease you into what is, in my opinion, a brilliant aircraft for your hangar.
After having so much fun learning and flying the C310R from MilViz, I have to award it a Mutley’s Hangar score of 9.5/10.
Superb guys, very well done! I look forward to more GA from the MilViz stable.
Mutley's Hangar score of 9.5/10
Review machine Spec: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 3.15 hz | 4Gb 800Mhz DDR2 Ram |GTX285 Graphics |Windows 7 64bit