9 comments on “xp+10+reviews + PBY-5 Catalina + developer interview: Hydroz/Olivier Faivre

  1. Ah bien voila Olivier ! L’hélice de ton nouveau Zénith n’est plus en reverse ;-)

    Très belle interview en somme !

  2. I’ve been hoping you were going to review the Catalina. A good review, just what I needed to decide on this plane, made my first order from XPlane Addons. The Catalina will be right at home visiting the islands and fishing camps in the Inside Passage. And flying out of royaloak’s PADU Dutch Harbor while re-reading “Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians”.

  3. Several of the post-war Canso’s made their way to the west coast of Canada. In fact, if I recall, 3 of them were purchased by Queen Charlotte Airways to service their contract run between Vancouver and the new Alcan Aluminum smelter plant up the coast. This preceded Canadian Pacific (so, in fact, Russ Baker and pals didn’t get their hands on them first).

    According to anecdotal evidence, the aircraft was not the most ideal as a Coastal ‘bush’ plane, as it was rather too large and ungainly to slip in and out of smaller seaplane bases, like Sullivan Island, Alert and the likes. Also, due to the high cost of operations (fuel & maintenance) she required full revenue loads when in fact many trips had to be completed to meet schedule requirements whether or not the flight filled.

    Lovely aircraft though and I do like the update very much. Great work!!!

    oh, and Olivier, I’m not sure where or in what format, but I do in fact have some verified documentation on the Canso on the west coast. I’ll dig around in my library and files if you’re interested. You could PM me on the Org if you want it.

    Bamboo Cougar

  4. Hello Joel and others !

    Stay tuned for some “Bush plane” stories with THIS Catalina, our 9767.
    And be sure that this add-on only begin his life, I have plenty of ideas to keep the Cat experience more and more exciting ;-)

    And for thoe who live in Europe, open your eyes this Summer…you might see a big cat in the sky !

    Olivier

  5. Geez Olivier…

    cats in the sky in Europe

    ufos in the sky in the US

    and all we see up here in Canada is more snow from the sky :(

    sigh

    ps… the stories I am definitely looking forward to !!!!

      • Yeah, I saw the cloud renditions of the new release. But London… oh my gosh.
        You know, I have to wonder if “beta” is becoming a new psychological disorder :D
        Ha… reminds me of 9.22 going into the engine changes of 9.3
        How do we get any sleep at night ….

        must be that dang wind you guys are talking about all the time (haha – okay, now I got myself laughing)

        signing off from whatever side of the coin lands up.