Extending the capabilities a proven single-engine workhorse.
The original DHC-3 Otter ceased production in 1967. Since then many of these sturdy bushplanes have had their 600HP Wasp radials swapped out for a more powerful turbo-prop power plant thus improving reliability and performance. Our Turbo Otter features a Pratt and Whitney 750 HP PT6A-34 turbine and is based on the typical Viking or Vazar conversion with included STOL kit. In looks and performance it brings the Otter right up to date.
Turbo Otters like their radial predecessors are used extensively across all types of flights: charters, tourist work, cargo and scheduled service, flying passengers and bulky loads deep into the bush, to airfields that would be impossible for most other aircraft.
Same Character, More capable
The overall gross weight is the same as the radial version, but the lighter weight of the turbo-prop powerplant allows the payload to increase by approximately 400lb. The increased power allows shorter take-offs and landings, greater rate of climb and a higher cruising speed - but be careful: in some situations the PT6 can deliver more power than the airframe can handle safely!
The Turbo Otter can carry payloads up to 2,600 lbs.and has a maximum passenger capacity of 9. Cruise speeds up to 140 kts over a maximum range of about 625 miles.
Land Anywhere, Haul Everything
The workhorse capabilities of the DHC-3T Turbo Otter are able to be put to the test. Four separate configurations have been included for landing gear: Standard wheels, amphibious floats, skis, tundra tires; each model complete with tuned flight dynamics that accurately reflects differences in performance and handling.
The interior can be outfitted for nearly any adventure you'd like, with separate passenger and passenger/cargo combinations. Individual passenger and cargo locations can be loaded/unloaded in the simulator, allowing for the visual emulation of flying to a destination and back again.
The Blackbird Simulations DHC-3T Turbo Otter features an intricately modeled, true-to-life interior and exterior, with an abundance of fine detail. All gauges, switches and controls feature smooth animation. Custom lighting makes night operations atmospheric and immersive, while high resolution textures with lifelike metal effects and realistic weathering create a simulation like no other.
PT6-34: 'By the Book' performance
Using code developed for our forthcoming King Air, Tomas and his programming team have pulled out all the stops to bring you what we hope you will agree, is the most accurate and realistic rendition of a PT6A-34 available anywhere today.
All functions and characteristics emulate the real-world classic turbine down to a tee. If you have experienced one in real life you will recognise the distinctive start up, and the way power, sounds, temperature and internal pressures are all meticulously co-ordinated.
Engine model = Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34 Custom modelled systems:
Engine Power = 750 SHP Flat Rated up to 4000 ft. ISA conditions
Propeller = 3 bladed, constant speed.
Propeller model = Hartzell HC-B3TN-3DY /T10282+4
- Startup procedure:
- Totally realistic.
- Spool up rates depending on different variable (fuel, temperature, altitude, battery power,etc).
- Starter switch with different levels of precision:
- Real: switch must be held on to keep the starter engaged
- Basic: standard ON/OFF operation
- Easy: Switch to off position automatically when engine in idle conditions
- In-Flight different start procedures included:
- Starter assisted
- No Starter/Windmilling (depending on conditions)
- Hot starts simulated due to different conditions (fuel too soon, low battery, etc)
- FSX/P3D custom AutoStart included (CTRL-E)
- Custom specific sounds for entire startup/shutdown sequence, both external and internal.
Sound volume is user configurable with MVAMS.
- Realistic propeller rotation at engine startup & shutdown.
- Engine Performance modeled following real engine data from different tables.
- Emergency Power System fully operational.
- Engine failures because of limits exceeded (random)
- Cold & Hot weather operations realistically simulated, including:
- Oil pressure variable upon oil temp conditions
- Oil temp variable upon OAT conditions
- Combustion delays at low temperatures
- Fuel System totally simulated, including:
- Fuel transfer from forward/aft tank to center
- Dual Boost Pump Operations
- Custom Electrical System, including:
- 2 x 24V 30 Ah dual battery configuration.
- Starter/Generator dual operation.
Accurate & In-Depth
Building on our experience with replicating the DHC-2 Beaver and DHC-3 Otter, the Blackbird Simulations DHC-3T Turbo Otter offers a comparable level of systems depth and functionality. Our goal is to create an immersive, true-to-life experience for any simulator pilot, regardless of experience. Choose to fly the Turbo Otter by the book, or simply jump in and fly, your choice!
Our DHC-3T goes far beyond the default simulator functionality in order to provide an accurate, realistic recreation of key characteristics and systems functionality. The electrical system is closely simulated, with operable circuit breakers present for key systems. The operation of the flaps, operated much like the Beaver with a selector valve and a hand pump, behaves realistically. And a powered tailwheel system has been custom created for this aircraft with a three way toggle switch that allows switching between powered, free castoring and locked.
The dangerous effects of icing is also simulated, with serious consequences for disregarding potentially dangerous flight conditions. Ice accumulation can be hazardous to the Otter, leading to airspeed loss and a stall; freezing rain can disrupt static instruments and cause incorrect readings.
And at the very core of this simulation is a carefully tuned flight model that seeks to impart the unique flight qualities of this STOL-capable workhorse, created by an author with DHC-3 experience.
Highly Detailed KAP 140 Autopilot
The DHC-3T Turbo Otter includes our custom coded, very accurate simulation of the venerable KAP 140 autopilot. Faithful to the original, from the font used to the replication of servo drives on the trim wheels and the yoke. The logic used in the KAP 140 has been carefully replicated to deliver one of the most realistic autopilot simulations available. A separate manual for the autopilot has been included.
Navigate Your Way
Depending on the era and role you're simulating, we've allowed for an extremely wide variety of options for avionics and third party GPS units. With this package, an extensive amount of compatibility for popular third party gauges and avionics is available. Built-in configuration support from within our MVAMS application is included for the following:
- Flight1 GTN 650 (Single)
- Flight1 GTN 750 (Single)
- Flight1 GTN 650 & 750 (Combo)
- Reality XP GNS 430/530W XP (Combo)
- Mindstar GNS 430/530 (Combo)
- Blackbird Simulations GNS 430/530 (Combo)
- NavStax KingNav
- or, standard radios only!
Please note that compatibility for the above 3rd party gauges (such as from Flight1, RealityXP, Mindstar, NavStax) includes support for installation and setup of our product only; use of any of the offered options requires a functional existing installation of the appropriate gauge.
Use of any 3rd party avionics package in any desired simulator is also of course restricted to the availability of the avionics package for that simulator. Please see the respective manufacturers websites regarding platform compatibility for your avionics package.
Included WX Advantage Weather Radar
The Blackbird Simulations DHC-3T Turbo Otter package also includes a copy of the innovative Blackbird Simulations / REX WX Advantage weather radar. The presence of this weather radar unit in the panel is completely optional - you can fly with or without it! (Please note: The included WX Advantage will only function in the DHC-3T.)
Important: Please note that all of the current default analog and digital avionic equipment installed in our general aviation aircraft and helicopters is based on underlying simulator code and as such, is subject to various deficiencies that cause operation of these units to vary from their real world counterparts. This is not able to be addressed by our team. This includes the GNS 530 / 430 units, audio panel, transponder, ADF unit, and nav/com radios. Due to the inherent limitations present in the simulator, we are therefore unable to provide fixes or support for any issues related to the operation or functionality of these items at this time.
Use of this product in any other version of Windows is not supported at this time.
Intel i5 or AMD equivalent 2.6 Ghz or higher
4 GB RAM
DirectX®11 compliant video card
1 GB video RAM or higher
Note: Due to limitations inherent in Prepar3D's PDK texture system, dual videocard setups such as SLI or Crossfire are not supported when running this sim in P3D v4 and above.
System Requirements (VR):
i9-9900K or AMD equivalent 2.6 Ghz or higher
32 GB RAM
DirectX®11 compliant video card
11 GB video RAM or higher
Hard Drive Space:
3 GB available space
FSX: Steam Edition
Prepar3d Version 4 (Latest release, with all hotfixes)
Current Product Version:
Use or installation of the products(s) referenced on this page in any other platform than that intended or shown
above is not supported and may result in errors or a non-functioning product.
All Blackbird Simulations products require a functioning gaming controller such as a joystick for proper operation.
SGAA and SGSS are not supported.