As we are counting down the days to the release of Treasure Hunt, the upcoming FSX: Steam Edition mission pack developed by Jane Rachel Whittaker, we asked popular Youtuber/flight simmer Novawing24 to give us this thoughts on the previous three JRW mission packs: Dangerous Approaches, Cargo Crew, and Arctic Rescue. This is his take on Cargo Crew:
A pilot’s’ life is often glamorized by fast jet pilots or being the personal pilot of a millionaire. The fact is, even those pilots ohave experienced more varied and less notable types of flying, however these roles aren’t at all boring! Cargo Crew by Jane Whittaker brings to life one of those other roles – an air-freight pilot.
This is a mission pack add-on exclusive to FSX:SE and, having been around the world of air-freight for many years, I was intrigued by this pack and excited to try it out. Cargo Crew sets you up as a new recruit for a cargo company and tasks you and your co-pilot Angel on a series of deliveries around the globe.
Your steed for this adventure is a modified version of the default Douglas DC-3. A unique livery is supplied along with some minor tweaks to the way the aircraft flies, not huge differences but they’re there. The mission pack is designed for the DC-3 throughout and no other aircraft is used. However, this does not mean you can’t fly your favourite freighter along the way! You can simply select your own aircraft after selecting “Enable Changes in Mission”. Be warned some of these airfields are a long way from anywhere and may not be suited to a 747-400!
Scenery and Weather
Speaking of airfields and scenery, there is no additional scenery with this mission pack and is designed for use with default. Possibly the best part is that it is also fully compatible with most add-on scenery. I have tested it using Orbx products for all the regions visited as well as some add-on airports and have not had any issues. In regards to weather, each mission is set with its own weather theme that forms part of the story. Just like with changing aircraft you can also set your own weather if you want to make your flight more challenging! On that note, Active Sky users, turn off ASN before starting the mission as ASN overwrites any weather settings in-sim (missions or free flight).
The first thing I liked about this mission pack was the fact that it takes you to places that one perhaps would never have a reason to go to, it’s not just about major hubs but smaller airfields that are just as important and often with spectacular scenery. The next was that some missions out there start you off right by the “action” then finish fairly quickly. In keeping with the idea of sampling the life of a cargo pilot the missions are all full flights, departure and arrival, with weather, mechanical or human challenges en-route. The mission pointer you might be used to in other missions is gratefully absent, relying on you to follow the flightplan provided or interact with ATC, it’s your choice. The one issue I noticed was that the voice-overs, though immersive for the most part, sometimes lose their impact through their very scripted nature and re-use in multiple missions.
Cargo Crew is a compact, neat mission pack to add to your repertoire. With 20 missions ranging from 30 minutes to 4 hours, Cargo Crew provides a creative backdrop to challenge yourself and grow your skills as a virtual aviator as you experience the life of a freighter pilot.
You can find Cargo Crew on Steam by clicking here.
If you enjoyed this review, check out Novawing24’s review of Dangerous Approaches here!