BlueBird Simulations, the startup studio working on a Boeing 757 (-200 and -300 variants) for Microsoft Flight Simulator, have shared another progress update on their JustFlight product page containing a first glimpse into the modelled cabin of the upcoming airliner.
The team kicks off the update by explaining that “serious hours” have gone into the “huge” project as of late, and great progress is being made. Among other things, fully functional LNAV, VNAV, SID, STAR, holds, have been added to the FMS.
The team report having also made good progress on the plane’s custom hydraulic system, IRS, and pneumatics system, with more details to follow regarding other custom systems which are being worked on right now.
The team confirmed that work on the virtual cabin has also commenced, with two of the screenshots that have been shared depicting wing views from within the cabin. In addition they also say that a custom spoiler animation is being implemented which will depict the plane’s different spoiler functions, with different extension limits and times being replicated accurately in these animations.
Elsewhere, virtual cockpit (VC) textures have apparently been completely reworked from what we’ve already seen, although no screenshots of that work just yet. The team say that they are aiming to share previews of this work around the middle of the year.
On the sound front, the update gives us details of how the BlueBird team has recorded “dozens” of sounds from the real 757, including the APU start-up and shutdown, hydraulic pumps, aural warnings, and everything else down to the sounds of button presses, switch flicks and knob turns. Internal sounds from inside the engines while running have also been obtained, which will be great for those who like to view the flight in progress using the in-game showcase camera.
Finally, BlueBird rounds off the update by saying that work on high-quality exterior model textures is ongoing and work-in-progress. From the screenshots we have already seen, it would be fair to say that the model is already well detailed, so it will be interesting to see what level of detail BlueBird end up achieving with this highly anticipated addon.
You can view the update for yourself by clicking here. FSElite will continue to bring you the latest news on BlueBird’s 757 as and when we get it!