Breaking: JustFlight to bring the 146 ‘Whisper Jet’ to X-Plane

Following the announcement of their Archer III, JustFlight also told us more about the BAe 146, their latest project

JustFlight just announced their next project in earl development, this time it’s not a Piper or a light jet as the hawk, but an iconic piece of the aviation history: the BAe 146 ‘Whisper Jet, commonly known as “Jumbolino” by its four engines.

Initially the plane will be released for Prepar 3D and FSX users, which will have to wait a bit since the airplane is in early development and the feature list is very rich.

In some talks we had during the afternoon with the developers, we can confirm that this work will be converted for X-Plane not long after the initial release.

We don’t have any estimated time of release, and I don’t think that, at the moment, there is a forecastable one, but at least you have the feature list to read, and some pictures to see.


MODEL


Three variants of the 146 are included:
 – 146-100
 – 146-200
 – 146-300
Accurately modelled using real-world aircraft plans and comprehensive photography of the real aircraft (G-JEAO)
Numerous animations including:
 – Trailing edge flap surfaces
 – Wing-mounted spoilers and tail-mounted airbrake
 – All passenger, service and cargo doors
 – Windscreen wipers
 – Distinctive retractable tricycle landing gear
Physical Based Rendering (PBR) materials produce realistic metallic, plastic and glass surfaces (requires Prepar3D v4.4 and above)
4096×4096 textures are used to produce the highest possible texture clarity
Bump and specular mapping used throughout the aircraft to produce a truly 3D feel
Authentic labelling and placards based on those found in the real aircraft

COCKPIT


Captain, co-pilot and jump-seat positions are modelled with hundreds of functional switches, knobs and controls
A truly 3D cockpit environment right down to accurately modelled seat belts and screw heads – every instrument is constructed fully in 3D with smooth animations
Extensive overhead panel with custom-coded hydraulic, electrical, fuel and pressurisation systems
Functional Thrust Management System (TMS)
Authentic gauges and navigational equipment, including FMS, HSI and RMIs
Custom-coded autopilot with LNAV and IAS hold
Cockpit textures feature wear and tear based on reference photos taken in the real aircraft to produce an authentic environment
Interactive engine start checklist
Interactive checklists for every stage of flight
Panel state system which will automatically save the panel state whenever a flight is saved and reload the panel state whenever that flight is loaded
Aircraft configuration system that will allow you to choose between ‘cold & dark’ or ‘ready for take-off’
Many features have been added to help with usability such as the ability to hide the control yokes for a better view of the instruments and pre-set angled views for the overhead panel, centre pedestal and jump seat
Flight computer panel with useful information such as fuel burn, endurance, speed and wind speed/direction
Ability to integrate third-party weather radar

LIVERIES


The 146 will be supplied with a variety of airline liveries from the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Germany and other nations


OTHER FEATURES


Realistic and accurate flight dynamics based on real-world performance and handling data, and input from real-world pilots
Authentic LF-507 engine sound set
Multiple interior and exterior viewpoints, including wing views
Comprehensive manual with panel guide and performance data
PSD Paint Kit included so you can create your own paint schemes

Of course this list comes from FSX/P3D, but we can fairly imagine that the X-Plane’s one won’t be really different.

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