(Watch the video!) Black Square is back with another Steam Gauge Overhaul, now for the Baron and the Bonanza
Update, February 22 – Just Flight published today a teaser video for this new release from Black Square, featuring many of the very impressive changes that are coming to both the Baron and the Bonanza. It looks grand! Check it out below… and don’t miss that TBM teaser at the end!
Just Flight and Black Square have announced the return of the Steam Gauge Overhaul series for Microsoft Flight Simulator. After turning the default Grand Caravan and King Air into near study-level analog versions of the same airplanes, Black Square will now overhaul the Bonanza and the Baron in a similar fashion, with many changes to the default experience with those planes.
Black Square will use the same philosophy and technology, now fine-tuned following the work on the Caravan and the King Air, to significantly upgrade the simulation on both the Baron and the Bonanza up to a much higher standard. This will happen, of course, alongside the conversion to steam gauges, which will turn these airplanes into more charming machines. That is, of course, for those who prefer classic instrument panels.
Just Flight says that Black Square’s work will feature “the most advanced fuel-injected piston engine and turbocharger simulations to date”. It’s a bold claim that raises our expectations about this release and its impact on the Bonanza and the Baron. Both aircraft include normally aspirated and turbocharged engines, alongside a range of additional options that include wingtip tanks, hot-swapping radio equipment, failures, and more.
A highlight of this series from Black Square is the comprehensive simulation of the electrical systems in the affected aircraft. This will continue to be a key feature in the upcoming releases, so expect to see fully working circuit breakers, meters, switches, and knobs.
As usual, these mods only change the interior and the instruments in the airplanes. The external model and texturing remain the same as that was built by Asobo. Note that the Baron is only available in the Deluxe and Premium Deluxe editions of MSFS, while the Bonanza can be flown by everyone.
Just Flight revealed that both of these products will be released soon, with a small interval between the two. The official product pages for both airplanes are now live and include plenty of detailed information about this very significant overhaul from Black Square. The preview images also look absolutely superb!
This is a must buy – for both… I love the C208 and the KA350 Analog versions. Study level is the only way to simulate correctly any
abnormal and emergency scenarios. Way to go Black Square, keep them coming!
Tempted by Baron looks awesome but no opening doors or windows puts me off
The windows open in all the other Black Square aircraft, so I would imagine these will too. –Actually, you can see the window open in the Bo in the screenshots.
Waiting impatiently on a Starship update, but the Baron will be a must buy for me me.