There’s a new twin-engined turboprop aircraft for simmers with a soft-spot for this category to consider as their next purchase for MSFS. BRsim Designs has released its Embraer EMB 121 Xingu, following the project’s announcement earlier this year. It’s a classic model of Brazilian aviation, which comes to MSFS courtesy of the same developer who brought us the EMB 202 Ipanema, the Bonanza Debonair, and the Ercoupe 415C.
The EMB121A1-Xingu, built by Embraer, is based on the EMB 110 Bandeirante‘s wing and engine design, merged with an entirely new fuselage. The EMB121 was Embraer’s first pressurized aircraft, taking its maiden flight on October 10, 1976. A modified variant, the EMB 121A1-Xingu II, was introduced in 1981, boasting a more powerful PT6A-135 engine, increased seating, and a larger fuel capacity.
Before production ceased in August 1987, Embraer produced 106 EMB 121 aircraft, with over half exported to countries outside Brazil. Today, the French Air and Space Force is the largest operator, with 22 aircraft still in service.
BRsim Designs’ rendition of the EMB 121 Xingu for MSFS looks to offer a virtual aircraft with a detailed external model, cockpit, and 3D instruments. The Xingu comes with eight liveries, including two each from the Brazilian and French Air Forces, with 4K and 8K textures and a detailed passenger cabin.
BRsim Designs has implemented a series of fundamental systems into the aircraft, such as the KAP140 Autopilot, GSN530, compatibility with the PMS50 GTN750 and custom NAV/COM/DME/ADF/Transponder panels. A custom integrated warning system and anti-stall system, featuring a stick shaker and AOA control system, is also available in this aircraft, along with functional AC and pressurization systems.
The developer also took the care to add an EFB tablet where simmers can access a series of controls, which include chocks, GPU, doors, weight, and fuel. The aircrafts’ checklists are available to access through this EFB, but also through the usual checklist menu in MSFS and even as a PDF file, for maximum convenience.
Engine sounds come straight from the default Asobo King Air, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for the utmost realism in the Xingu’s audio environment. However, the developer added custom sounds to pretty much everything else, which is definitely welcome.
BRsim Designs admits that this is not a so called “study-level” add-on. “Normal” operations are simulated, which likely means you should be able to follow standard procedures fairly realistically, but without much consideration.
The EMB 121 Xingu from BRsim Designs is now available for MSFS, priced at just around $20 through simMarket.