Hangar Studios 713 releases the North American Ryan Navion L-17B for MSFS

Hangar Studios 713 has announced the release of their third aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator. After the Navion B and the Camair 480 Twin Navion, the developer is now continuing this series with the military-focused North American Ryan Navion L-17B.

North American Aviation, famous for legendary military aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang and the F-86 Sabre Jet, introduced the Navion as a durable, all-purpose aircraft. Its capabilities caught the attention of the U.S. Army, leading to the development of the L-17 military version for various liaison functions.

Hangar Studios 713 now brings this storied aircraft to life in Microsoft Flight Simulator with a promise of very high levels of detail and accuracy. The package features two models: the L-17B and the L-17D Ski Variant, both modeled to reflect their real-world counterparts. The developer included 20 high-resolution liveries, 19 based on actual Navions and a concept Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) livery.

Hangar Studios 713 promises big upgrades in this product compared to their previous releases. The simulation of the Navion L-17B & L-17D extends beyond visual fidelity to encompass authentic flying dynamics and systems operation. The developer says that simmers can expect an aircraft that feels, handles, and performs in a manner consistent with real-world flight testing feedback. This includes realistic ground physics, a custom-coded hydraulic simulation for gear and flaps, functional circuit breakers, and more.

There seems to be good attention to detail in the aircraft’s design, both externally and internally. Pilots will appreciate the vintage interior and exterior detailing, with dynamic weathering effects, sophisticated animations, and customizable decals. The aircraft also features a unique animated instrumentation system, fully operational lighting, and a custom aerobatic smoke system that reacts to live weather conditions.

For those seeking to deepen their flight simulation experience, the L-17B & L-17D models come with a comprehensive flight manual, downloadable from Hangar Studios 713’s website. This manual provides detailed graphics, charts, and instructions, enhancing the user’s understanding and enjoyment of flying these historic aircraft.

In addition to aesthetic and functional realism, the release includes several quality-of-life features. Simmers can choose between different GPS units, from standard MSFS units to the GTN650 from PMS50, and enjoy custom camera views throughout the aircraft.

These are just some of the highlights, but Hangar Studios 713 provides an extensive feature list that gives a good indication of what to expect from this aircraft:

  • New Navion L-17B & L-17D(Ski Variant) 3D models, Engines, Aerodynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and performance
  • Experience the meticulous precision of vintage interior and exterior detailing on both models, capturing the essence of a bygone era.
  • 20 – 4K highly detailed liveries with 19 liveries based on real Navions and one concept WASP (Women’s Air Force Service Pilots) livery.
  • Excellent aircraft feel, handling characteristics and trim behavior based on extensive real world pilot flight testing.
  • Simulated ground physics added to realism and authenticity to the original L-17B/D.
  • Unique animation feature that adds realism and nostalgia, reminiscent of vintage aviation instrumentation, seamlessly integrated into the cockpit interface.
  • Custom coded hydraulic simulation for both gear and flaps operations.
  • Full working circuitry and life-like lighting for annunciators and exterior lighting FX.
  • Custom Aerobatic Smoke system based on live time weather conditions and 3D modeling.
  • Complete MSFS Flight Manual included in Documentation or downloadable from website with detailed graphics, charts and language.
  • Choose between optional GPS units or opt for a minimalist approach and a fully functional (Hidden) KAP140 Auto Pilot, discreetly integrated for a seamless flying experience.
  • MSFS default Working Title GNS430 with swappable PMS50 GTN650.
  • Integrated Asobo Sound FX.
  • Exquisitely crafted exterior and interior designs, featuring meticulously detailed textures with subtle weathering effects, dynamic aircraft registration decals, and sophisticated animations.
  • Custom camera views and Pilot walk around inspection and instrument views.
  • Custom audio integration for the PS Engineering Inc. PM1000// Intercom.
  • Fully operational vintage venturi tubes, integrated for an immersive instrumentation experience reminiscent of aviation’s golden era.
  • Dimmable red vintage lighting for simulated nighttime cockpit operation.
  • Clipboard functionality for pre-flight/ post-flight aircraft storage with saved state technology.
  • Animated 3d modeled battery with cover.
  • Custom frosting, rain, wheel/ski surface dynamics and FX.
  • Static 3D objects for added vintage realism, modeled, and textured for accurate real-world authenticity.
  • Weight and balance customization accuracy detailed in the in-sim Map setup menu.
  • Authentic Navion vintage yoke design and animations.
  • Multiple clickable and moveable objects including sliding canopy, vents, glove box, hidable native MSFS pilots & more!
  • Authentic Fuel System with Primer and fuel gauges.
  • Excellent animated instrumentation 100% based on a currently flying vintage Navion L-17.
  • With outstanding performance, the Navions L-17B & L-17D outperform default models in their class.

As you can see, there’s plenty of stuff to check out and keep you entertained!

The Hangar Studios 713 North American Ryan Navion L-17B is available now for Microsoft Flight Simulator. You’ll find it on retailers such as simMarket, Orbx, and flightsim.to, priced at just around $15.00 USD.