A luxurious classic that began life in an era of premium American brands, the B55 has always given their owners a sense of pride. Our offering is based on a well maintained and updated Model B55, with a richly equipped interior that lends a sense of comfort and immersion.
A Pleasure to Fly
Continuing our reputation for producing quality aircraft, the Blackbird Simulations B55 combines a highly detailed, carefully crafted model with sumptuous texturing both inside and out to recreate the experience of being in the pilots seat. Smoothly modeled 3d gauges convey a wealth of information and feedback to the pilot, with even the little features present in the form of a working legacy Stormscope radar gauge.
Meanwhile, the refined flight model is designed to replicate the crisp and stable flying characteristics of the B55, ensuring the ability to handle the aircraft in close response to real world pilot reports. Performance figures closely follow the actual charts available for the B55, and as a bonus, a replication of the flying characteristics of the more powerful E55 is available as well.
Equipped for Anything
The virtual cockpit on the Blackbird Simulations B55 represents an aircraft that has been updated to modern standards, while maintaining traces of legacy avionics. Along with the already-mentioned functional Stormscope, the legacy autopilot is still retained in the panel, although it's owner has long since been forced to disconnect it in favor of a more modern unit in the radio stack.
To that end, we've outfitted the B55 to include our GNS 530 & 430 units, an audio panel and mode-S transponder, and autopilot.
Third Party Avionics
Although the Blackbird Simulations B55 includes our own detailed GPS units based on the default simulator data, we do recognize that many of our customers use other popular 3rd party options for replicating the GPS functions. For the B55, we've bundled in compatibility for the most popular avionics add-ons with multiple configurations available to choose from. Compatible 3rd party avionics include the following:
- Flight1 750 GTN
- Flight1 650 GTN
- Mindstar 530 GNS
- Mindstar 430 GNS
- Reality XP 530 GNS
- Reality XP 430 GNS
Please note that compatibility for the above gauge packages includes support for installation and setup of our product only; use of any of the offered options requires a functional existing installation of the appropriate gauge. In addition, any gauges we list compatibility for are not included with the Blackbird Simulations B55.
Use of any 3rd party avionics package in any desired simulator is of course also restricted to the availability of the avionics package for that simulator. Please see the respective manufacturers websites for platform compatibility.
The Blackbird Simulations B55 package also now includes add-on and avionics options that were, at one time, separate purchases. These have now been included as selectable choices at time of product installation. In addition, the B55 installer also has a new format that eases installation, letting the user select which platform to install to, as well as what avionics options are to be installed.
Important: Please note that all of the current default analog and digital avionic equipment installed in our general aviation aircraft and helicopters is based on underlying simulator code and as such, is subject to various deficiencies which are not able to be addressed by our team. This includes our GNS 530 / 430 units, audio panel, transponder, ADF unit, and nav/com radios. Due to the inherent limitations present in the simulator, we are therefore unable to provide fixes or support for any issues related to the operation or functionality of these items at this time.
Use of this product in any other version of Windows is not supported at this time.
Intel i5 or AMD equivalent 2.6 Ghz or higher
4 GB RAM
DirectX®9 compliant video card
1 GB video RAM or higher
System Requirements (VR):
i9-9900K or AMD equivalent 2.6 Ghz or higher
32 GB RAM
DirectX®11 compliant video card
11 GB video RAM or higher
Hard Drive Space:
500 MB available space
FSX: Steam Edition
Prepar3d Version 4 (Latest release, with all hotfixes)
Current Product Version:
Use or installation of the products(s) referenced on this page in any other platform than that intended or shown
above is not supported and may result in errors or a non-functioning product.
All Blackbird Simulations products require a functioning gaming controller such as a joystick for proper operation.
SGAA and SGSS are not supported.