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Further Previews of Just Flight’s PA28-181 Archer III In X-Plane 11

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Over on their Facebook page, Just Flight has shared some new work in progress previews of their upcoming PA28-181 Archer III, which is soon to be made available for X-Plane 11.

The new previews showcase the range of material PBR textures both internally and externally to the aircraft, as well as the high definition texturing.

Further to the previews, the product page has been given a run-down of the features the final product will include. Users can expect everything from a fully immersive and detailed cockpit with 3D gauges with smooth animation, and a fully functional IFR kit (including the GNS550). It will also include numerous accurately modeled aircraft systems such as a custom coded fuel and electrical system, vapor lock conditions and foul spark plugs.

The product is still being tested and soon to be released. You can find out the full details via the product page.

Model

  • Accurately modelled PA-28-181 Archer III, built using real-world aircraft plans and comprehensive photography of the real aircraft
  • Numerous animations including multi-animation passenger door that, when open, responds to G-forces and air resistance, baggage door, cockpit windo, and sun visors
  • Ground equipment including chocks and tie-downs
  • HD textures are used to produce the highest possible texture clarity
  • PBR (Physically Based Rendering) materials with real-time environment reflections for superb quality and realism
  • Detailed normal mapping for down-to-the-rivet precision of aircraft features

Cockpit

  • A truly 3D virtual cockpit right down to accurately modelled seat belts and screw heads – every instrument is constructed fully in 3D with smooth animations
  • Cockpit textures feature wear and tear based on reference photos taken in the real aircraft to produce an authentic environment
  • Interactive engine start checklist that responds to user inputs and sim variables
  • Interactive checklists for every stage of flight
  • Aircraft configuration system that will allow you to choose between ‘cold & dark’ or ‘ready for take-off’ (if aircraft is stationary on the ground)
  • Fully functional and comprehensive IFR capable avionics fit including:
    – KMA 24 audio selector
    – Fully featured X-Plane-native GNS530 (supports procedures out of the box, and supports Navigraph and Aerosoft custom nav databases)
    – GNC 255 COM/NAV 2 radio
    – KN 62 DME unit which can display information from NAV 1 or NAV 2
    – S-TEC autopilot with lateral hold modes (HDG, NAV, APR, REV) and vertical modes (ALT, VS)
    – TT31 transponder
    – KR 87 ADF
    – Traffic-Watch ATD-300 traffic awareness unit
    – Strikefinder stormscope
    – HSI and ADF gauges
    – Support for RealityXP GTN750 (sold separately, Windows only)
  • Interactive logbook panel for logging your flight details (X-Plane native)
  • Flight computer panel with useful information such as fuel burn, endurance, speed and wind speed/direction
  • GoodWay compatible
  • Ability to change barometric units from InHg to MB in altimeter adjustment
  • Option to activate flashlight from within pop-up window, to aid in those pitch-black cold and dark starts at night
  • Pop-up autopilot window
  • Option to remove window and instrument reflection effects
  • Animated toe brakes
  • Functional throttle quadrant tensioning system
  • Radio knob animations routed through plugin logic, for optimum movement fidelity and sound synchronisation

Aircraft systems

  • Custom-coded fuel system, including the option of automatic fuel tank switching for use on those long distance cross-country flights (this option is remembered for future flights)
  • Custom-coded electrical system with functional circuit breakers, avionics power circuit and emergency bus controls. Circuit breaker logic is linked to X-Plane’s internal failure logic, so if the plane is set to fail a certain electrical component after a certain number of hours, the circuit breaker for that element will pop out.
  • Realistic landing gear with slow/fast tyre rotation animation (blurry when rotating fast), precise shock absorber animation and wheel chocks and tie-downs
  • Functioning carburettor and primer controls
  • Dedicated interactive engine pop-up window displaying values such as fuel tank weights and imbalance, fuel pressure, oil pressure, oil temperature, battery charge (with quick charge option), and information about spark plug fouling and vapour lock condition
  • Simulated vapour lock condition, with warning pop-up and suggested actions
  • Simulated spark plug fouling condition, with indication of percentage of fouling
  • Lighting system includes separate lighting control for gauges (via rheostat)
  • Functional electric trim control on yoke
  • Simulated fan and vent system with realistic blower sounds (linked to circuit breaker logic and electrical system for realism)
  • Custom external light logic with custom strobe light pattern and custom light halos for added realism

Liveries

The Archer III is supplied with ten liveries from the UK, USA, Canada, France, Australia and Germany:

  • G-CIFY (UK)
  • G-CCHL (UK)
  • N6092U (USA)
  • D-EFVC (Germany)
  • PH-AED (Netherlands)
  • C-GUXL (Canada)
  • HB-PPN (Switzerland)
  • EC-JQO (Spain)
  • VH-PPR (Australia)
  • F-GNCH (France)

Other features

  • Realistic and accurate flight dynamics based on real-world performance and handling data, and input from PA-28 pilots
  • Authentic sound set, generated using X-Plane’s state-of-the-art FMOD sound system
  • Custom sounds for switches, doors, warnings and more, featuring accurate location placement of sounds in the stereo spectrum, 3D audio effects, atmospheric effects, adaptive Doppler, exterior sounds spill in when window or door(s) are opened, different sound characteristics depending on viewing angle etc.
  • Comprehensive manual with panel guide and performance data
  • PSD Paint Kit included so you can create your own paint schemes
  • Dedicated pop-up window for sound mixing, allowing for individual adjustment of the volume of exterior sounds, in-cockpit sounds and various effects
  • Custom weight and balance manager window
 
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