Hi! My name is Tim. I go by Tim_PE on Twitch, and this is my video review for the Carenado Shrike commander 500 in X-Plane 10. I spent a few weeks getting to know this plane and flying in all sorts of situations and weather including several live streamed full flights. The links for those are in the description. The commander is a high-wing twin piston aircraft, with a very efficient and aerodynamic design. This particular model is an unpressurized Shrike Commander 500s with 250 horsepower engines. The real plane is designed for six people including the pilot. If you’re an FSeconomy fan, take note: in their database, this plane holds six passengers instead of five, and can do so with full fuel tanks. Combine that with a nearly 200 knot cruise speed and a very light fuel burn, and you have a great FSEconomy short-haul plane. The visual model for this plane is superb. It’s an eye-catching design to begin with and Carenado’s representation of it is nicely detailed. You get six high-quality liveries included with the plane, which is a nice touch. it also includes a full set of custom sounds, which sound great. There’s clearly some great attention to detail in the animations on this aircraft. One thing I particularly love is the compression of the gear struts when landing. I love planes with little features like this – things that many customers might never notice but they put the time and effort in anyway. Let’s hide the yokes for a second and take a look at the panel. The Commander’s panel is very straightforward, as you might expect for a plane designed in the 1950s. As Carenado often does, the panel is based on one specific real-world aircraft and the model includes beautiful custom gauges with a dimmable back-lighting effect and nice reflections. Systems-wise, there’s not much of a story to tell because Rockwell did such a great job designing the real world plane. It’s extremely simple to start up and get going with a minimum of switch flipping to be done in-flight. You don’t have to worry about changing fuel tanks because they’re all interconnected. For navigation you’ve got an HSI, ADF, DME, and the built-in Garmin 530 as well as an additional COM and NAV radio. One thing I do find quite annoying about this plane is that there’s a NAV2 radio, as well as a DME gauge that gives you both NAV1 & NAV2, but there’s no actual NAV2 indicator. I contacted Carenado about this and they told me that the real plane their model is based on didn’t have one either, but they did suggest using the GPS in OBS mode as a second NAV radio, which is a workable solution. This plane includes the Altimatic Century autopilot that you may have seen before on other Carenado planes. It’s extremely simple to use, with a roll hold, heading hold, nav & GPS mode, altitude hold, and pitch hold. It all works quite well, and I personally find it a nice change of pace from a full LNAV and VNAV system. The flight modeling in this plane is excellent. I can’t say I’ve been in a real Commander, but it feels as light and maneuverable as you would expect for a plane that was flown in aerobatics demonstrations, and it’s extremely easy to hand-fly. It’s a straightforward plane to land although I noticed it’s quite easy to plunk down a three-point landing if you’re not careful. Overall, I have to say I really enjoy flying this plane. It’s a great light twin for everything: FSEconomy runs, IFR practice approaches on PilotEdge, or just going sightseeing. Let me know what you think and if this video was helpful or interesting, please let me know, and consider subscribing to my YouTube channel or following me on Twitch. I do plan to make more of these reviews videos, so your feedback is really helpful. Thanks for watching!