Although I’ve missed my personal deadline for this Best Of I still wanted to publish this as soon as possible. After all, we had some great releases in 2017 and every developer that contributed in bringing our hobby forward deserves some acknowledgment of his work.
That said, I’m a GA man. I do fly airliners regularly but not nearly as much as I should to claim that I am qualified for a rating of these products. That would not be fair to the developers and to you, my dear readers! This Best Of is therefore showcasing products of GA relevant categories only.
All that said, here are our personal Best Of 2017:
General Aviation Aircraft:
Just Flight Piper PA-28R Turbo Arrow III/IV:
Even more refined than the earlier released Arrow III this bad boy is a revolution for General Aviation in X-Plane and a joy to fly!
Aerobask Velocity V-Twin:
Outstanding texture work and sound is featured by this well-deserved silver medalist!
ASDG Piper PA-18 Super Cub:
Still under constant development and already a legend for GA pilots!
Honorable Mention: With the Piper Arrow III v5.0 and the Cirrus SR20 G1000 v2.5 (see our review) developer vFlyteAir released two major updates for their existing line-up that almost made it into the Top 3! Be sure to check them out, you’ll love them both!
General Aviation Scenery:
Airfoillabs KAWO Arlington Area UHD:
A winner by surprise thanks to this beautiful work of art!
Attitude Simulations KTTF Custer:
Although only the first release of Attitude Simulations this product already deserves to be among the best! Find our review here!
Turbulent Designs KIDA Idaho Falls X-Plane Edition:
Another X-Plane debutant delivered top quality scenery. This is definitely recommended for all GA and regional airliner operations. Review available here.
Honorable Mention: Rising Dawn Studios barely missed the Top 3 with their KHAF Half Moon bay. This scenery still deserves to be on everyone’s radar! See our review to learn why!
FSC Dolomiti 3D by Frank Dainese:
No wonder Frank Dainese’s masterpiece leads the pack! This is not only the best areal scenery of 2017 but also among the best ever released. See here why!
A beautiful adventure awaits in this latest product by Aerosoft. Don’t miss our review here!
US Orthophoto Project by Forkboy2:
This is the only freeware project that made it in our Best Of. Thanks to Forkboy2’s efforts we now have almost complete ortho coverage for the US utilizing color corrected imagery from legal sources. Definitely check this out and consider a donation!
rkApps XPRealistic Pro:
Cheap and easy to use, this plug-in greatly enhances immersion. A no-brainer for everyone!
I just love these icebergs in the sim!
Classic Jet Simulations World Traffic 3:
Version 3 of this AI traffic tool is now easier to use than ever. A solid third place.
Congratulations to all winners! Make sure to support them with your wallets! They certainly deserve it!13