File Description: If you’ve flown in Lynn and Bill Lyon’s Piper PA-23 Apache then you’ll likely know where I’m coming from when I say it’s one of the best payware old GA aircraft models out there. Like the Maule and a few others, it’s one of the few freeware packages out there that could have easily been released as payware (and I think may have initially been payware), and I for one, am very grateful it was not.
However, one of the big gripes with the Apache’s package is the lack of a DME display unit to couple with the Collins multi-comms/avionics gauge, a directional gyro with a heading bug and a suitable autopilot insert to bind the avionics to one AP unit. Initially the PA-23 was sold as an IFR capable plane, with the autopilot being either “good trimming” or the person in the right seat flying the plane. In the decades which followed, autopilots and updated gear became commonplace and most Piper PA-23’s were outfitted with modern avionics.
This upgrade will replace the bank indicator with a Directional Gyro w/ Heading Bug, add a DME indicator, and add a Bendix/King KAP 140 autopilot controller.