The visibility of the latter looks gorgeous, and 145 knots is pretty amazing for something the size of a C182! I have to admit I'd much prefer steam over glass cockpits though; tempted to upgrade my FS2020 version just for the steam planes... As for the 25000 ft, how long would it take to get there? And how much oxygen do you have to bring?The Cessna CT182T Skylane from Carenado is a quite polished airplane. Cockpit is great, and it;s a good looking aircraft. It's performance numbers put it right on top of the single engine piston segment, with a cruise speed of 145 knots and 20000 feet ceiling. It feels larger than it actually is. Feels mostly quite stable in the air, but also felt overly twitchy in windy, mountainous terrain. It may have to do with the the general feel of being in a larger airplane than it actually is in reality, so it feels weird when it wobbles in the wind.
Overall I am happy with this addition, although to be honest I find it a bit overpriced, as it costed almost 25€... It's a cool airplane, but maybe not 25€ of cool and might be better to wait for a sale unless you're really into GA piston props, or really wanted more airplanes. I'm not having buyers remorse, but I don't think I'll part with 25€ again any soon for a single airplane, unless it;s some very special airplane.
The Kitfox on the other hand is quite cheap, less than 9€. It's a bush plane cub, with a modern dashboard but it is most likely the simplest plane in the entire lineup, very easy to start and get moving, but I couldn't fiind out how to turn the engine off in the end, not sure if I missed some lever hiodden anywhere, or if the cockpit is simply missing something. The view to the outside is only rivaled by the one in the Pipistrel Virus, glass everywehere even the ceiling. Like other bush planes, it takes off easily, quite manouiverable but twitchy and low powered. Great for sightseeing, bad for travelling.
It's announced ceiling is a staggering 25 thousand feet, putting it way above other piston props, and rivaling the turboprops. This honestly just feelt like plain cheating, how can such an underpowered plane have such a huge service ceiling compared to all the other piston airplanes?.. But after investigating I found out it's true!