Happy New Year! This Beechcraft Sierra is the first DAM digital model published on the website in 2012. I actually did most of the work in late December, but with the holidays demanding so much time, I couldn’t finish it until now. 2011 was an eventful year for us with the initial release of Digital Aircraft Modeler in June followed by an upgrade in October. As if this was not enough, we also created an initial group of models for everyone to download. Don’t be mislead into thinking we were working. All of this is our idea of fun
The Sierra is an iconic personal airplane that was an evolutionary step in the development of the Musketeer. It appeared in 1970, and was the first of the Musketeers to feature a retractable landing gear. This helped it take full advantage of the 200 hp Lycoming engine.
The aircraft has a lot of devotees and there is plenty of material to read about it on the web. You can Google it easy enough so I won’t repeat any of it here. One thing that I found particularly interesting was that the type of landing gear used required a bit more practice to achieve a smooth landing than other aircraft brands in the same class.
The digital model as published is pleasantly aerobatic. I hope you enjoy flying it. We also took some time to add a rough interior just so the cockpit has a nice look when the model rolls by you on takeoff and landings. I added nav lights and strobe lights too. I’m not quite sure I have them right. If anyone can tell us if I have the colors in the right locations, or what the timing on the strobes should be, let us know.
Good digital modeling!
Sunday Flyer Software, LLC